Monday, November 12, 2018

Rockwell Aero Commander 690C Jetprop 840, privately owned and operated, N840JC: Accident occurred November 12, 2018 near Myrtle Beach International Airport (KMYR), Horry County, South Carolina

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Accident Number: ERA19LA043
Date & Time: 11/12/2018, 1415 EST
Registration: N840JC
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 690
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 12, 2018, about 1415 eastern standard time, a Gulfstream American (Aero Commander) 690C, N840JC, sustained substantial damage when it collided with terrain during an approach to landing at the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Greater Cumberland Regional Airport (CBE), Cumberland, Maryland.

According to the pilot, he was following radar vectors for the downwind leg of the traffic pattern to runway 36 at MYR. He turned for final approach and was inside the outer marker, when he encountered heavy turbulence. As he continued the approach, he described what he believed to be a microburst and the airplane started to descend rapidly. The pilot added full power in an attempt to climb, but the airplane continued to descend until it collided with the Atlantic Ocean 1 mile from the approach end of runway 36.

A review of pictures of the wreckage provided by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the cockpit section of the airplane was broken away from the fuselage during the impact sequence.

At 1456, the weather recorded at MYR, included broken clouds at 6,000 ft, few clouds at 3,500 ft and wind from 010° at 8 knots. The temperature was 14°C, and the dew point was 9°C. The altimeter setting was 30.27 inches of mercury.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N840JC
Model/Series: 690 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: C&C Flying Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYR, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1456 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Cumberland, MD (CBE)
Destination: Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 33.643611, -78.919444 (est)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Fire Department responded after a Gulfstream 690C Turbo Commander crashed into the ocean near Springmaid Pier, according to Lt. Jonathan Evans with Myrtle Beach Fire.

Only one person was inside the plane at the time of the crash, Evans said. Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue Chief Tom Gwyer said a good Samaritan pulled the pilot out of the plane and brought the person to shore.

That Good Samaritan spoke with WMBF News about the incident.

21-year-old Brady didn’t want to reveal his last name or show his face because he didn’t want the attention on himself.

He says he was walking along the beach, watching planes go by as he does frequently since he’s an aviation fan trying to get his pilot's license.

Brady was on the phone with his brother as the plane crashed into the ocean. He then called 911.

“After I got off the phone with 911, I just went into the water and started to go and swim towards it," Brady said.

By the time Brady got to the plane, the water was just above his head.

“I was just like, ‘Hey man, don’t worry. You’re going to be alright sir,’ and stuff like that,” Brady said. "‘I’m going to get you out.’”

Brady then brought the pilot to shore with the help of another Good Samaritan: a hotel employee. Brady says he helped significantly.

“He did all that he could’ve done. So I’m thankful he was there, because it would’ve been extra hard for me to get him on land without him there," Brady said.

Brady had the chance to meet with the pilot at Grand Strand Medical Center.

According to Gwyer, the pilot is in critical condition.

Brady said he spoke briefly with the pilot, and the pilot thanked him for saving him.

No word on why the plane went down.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small airplane went down into the ocean off the shores of Myrtle Beach Monday afternoon, causing a short delay for flights leaving Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Myrtle Beach and Horry County rescue crews worked the scene near the Springmaid Pier and close to the Myrtle Beach State Park. The FAA announced after 2:20 p.m. that all departing flights would be held at gate for an expected 15 minutes or less. Departing planes had the same warning.

Kirk Lovell, spokesperson for the airport, said that he does not know if the plane was arriving or departing from the Myrtle Beach airport.

The pilot of the plane was the only person on board, said Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Tom Gwyer. The pilot made it to the beach, but was taken to the hospital, Myrtle Beach police said.

The plane was trying to land at Myrtle Beach International Airport, but “obviously something went wrong,” Gwyer said.

A good Samaritan saved the pilot from the small plane, and the pilot is currently in critical condition at a local hospital, he said.

The pilot was responsive when rescuers got to the scene. He told them no one else was on board during the crash, and rescue swimmers with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department surveyed the wreckage in the surf, Gwyer said.

Original article ➤

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WNCN) - A small plane has crashed near a pier in Myrtle Beach on Monday afternoon, reports indicate.

The incident happened near Springmaid Pier with the plane ending up in the surf.

Myrtle Beach Fire Water Rescue teams are headed to the scene.

Initial reports indicate only the pilot was aboard the plane at the time.

Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue said that the pilot was safe on the beach after the crash.

Kirk Lovell, the Director of Air Service and Business Development at the Myrtle Beach airport, said a general aviation aircraft is down in the water and the number of people onboard is unknown.

Original article can be found here ➤

Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow III, N52737: Accident occurred November 11, 2018 at Cannon Creek Airpark (15FL), Lake City, Columbia County, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lake City, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA041
Date & Time: 11/11/2018, 1315 EST
Registration: N52737
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 3 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 11, 2018, about 1315 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28R-201, N52737, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during the initial climb after takeoff from Cannon Creek Airpark (15FL), Lake City, Florida. The private pilot and two passengers were seriously injured, and one passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The right front seat passenger stated that as soon as they took off, he knew something was wrong because the airplane was not climbing very fast. He thought the airplane was going to touch back down on the runway when he noticed the airplane's nose going "up and down." The airplane made several nose-up and nose-down oscillations before going past the left side of the runway and contacting tree tops. The airplane then impacted the ground and cartwheeled.

A witness who was parked on the side of the runway to watch the airplane takeoff, stated he observed the pilot perform a preflight engine run-up and the airplane begin its departure on runway 27, a 2,600 ft-long runway. The wind was a right quartering tailwind about 8 to 10 mph. He thought the pilot "forced" the airplane off the ground and it immediately began "oscillations;" when the airplane appeared to be near stall speed, the nose lowered and would then raise again, which repeated until the airplane contacted tree tops. He further stated that each time the airplane oscillated, it resulted in a lower altitude.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane's wings sustained buckling and tears. The left main landing gear collapsed. The fuselage had buckling along its length aft to the elevator. The rudder was undamaged.

The four seat, low-wing, tricycle gear airplane, was manufactured in 1989. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-360 series, 200-horsepower engine, equipped with a two-bladed McCauley propeller.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. His FAA third class medical certificate was issued on August 20, 2015. He reported 3,583 total hours of flight experience at that time.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N52737
Model/Series: PA28R 201
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGNV, 123 ft msl
Observation Time: 1806 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2700 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lake City, FL (15FL)
Destination: Lake City, FL (15FL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  30.150556, -82.665000 (est)

First responders on Sunday afternoon cordoned off the grass runway at Cannon Creek Airpark after a plane belonging to residents of the aviation-focused community crashed into a tree during takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The plane, a single-engine Piper PA-28R-201, is registered to William and Susan Lagoni of Southwest Challenger Lane.  Four people were onboard when the aircraft crashed around 2 p.m. in the aviation community, which sits off Sisters Welcome Road, according to an FAA spokesperson.           

Multiple neighborhood residents confirmed the husband and wife were both aboard the plane with two other passengers. 

FAA is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will make a determination as to the cause of the crash. 

One source close to the couple said the third and fourth passengers were a man and his young daughter. 

Several onlookers at the scene Sunday afternoon said the pilot and passengers were airlifted to a Gainesville hospital.

The plane was about halfway down the runway when it crashed, the source close to the couple said. 

Columbia County deputies and emergency medics taped off the crash site before community residents circled around.

The unidentified adult male passenger was visiting from Indiana, said several people at the scene.

Original article ➤

LAKE CITY, Florida - A small plane crashed in Cannon Creek Airpark in Lake City on Sunday afternoon, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. 

Officials said four people were on board. Fire and Rescue crews said all four were alert and talking after the crash.

Fire Rescue officials said they were flown to the trauma center in Gainesville as a precaution and the extent of the injuries they suffered is unknown. 

No one on the ground was hurt.  

Original article can be found here ➤

Cloudy Skies in China for Small U.S. Aircraft Makers: The question now is whether Boeing, the U.S.’s biggest exporter, will be the next to suffer

The Wall Street Journal
By Trefor Moss

ZHUHAI, China—Trade tensions with China are already hurting some of America’s smaller aircraft makers, clouding their prospects at Tuesday’s biennial China airshow, normally a lucrative forum for clinching deals.

China slapped a 5% levy on small and medium aircraft in September, leaving aerospace giant Boeing Company unscathed but affecting smaller players such as Robinson Helicopter Co. of Torrance, Calif.

Wilson Liao, chief executive of PTE Systems Ltd., a Chinese dealer of Robinson light helicopters, expects to sell just one or two of the manufacturer’s aircraft this year, down from about 20 normally amid trade tensions and China’s economic slowdown.

“Many clients are choosing to wait and see,” Mr. Liao said. “And some people are buying second hand.”

The Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese imports were partly spurred by a yawning trade imbalance between the world’s top two economies: the U.S. imported $505 billion in Chinese goods last year, whereas China bought $130 billion worth of American products.

But in aerospace, the situation is flipped. China bought more than $16 billion worth of American aircraft and aerospace equipment in 2017, while its aerospace industry exported less than $1 billion in planes and parts to the U.S.

That gives China leverage it lacks in other sectors, potentially making aerospace “the designated hostage in this confrontation”, said Richard Aboulafia, a vice president at Teal Group, a U.S. aviation intelligence company.

The question now is whether Boeing, the U.S.’s biggest exporter, will be the next to suffer. That hasn’t happened so far because China—where commercial air travel is growing rapidly—depends on both Boeing and Europe’s Airbus SE to supply jetliners to its expanding airlines.

China accounts for a quarter of Boeing’s deliveries, and the company forecasts that about one in six of the 43,000 jetliners needed globally in the next 20 years will be sold in China.

At Tuesday’s airshow, Boeing executives said the company’s operations remained unaffected by the trade dispute, as they outlined plans to invest more in China and expand the company’s local supply chain.

“We continue to engage with the leaders of the U.S. and China to urge a constructive discussion to resolve these trade discrepancies,” said Rick Anderson, Boeing’s senior vice president for Northeast Asia.

With consumer travel booming, China is expected to overtake the U.S. as the world’s biggest airline market in 2022. In a July interview, Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said the company wasn’t yet seeing any disruption resulting from trade tensions. “In China they need the airlift capacity,” he said.

General aviation is also taking off: China licensed 93 new general aviation airports in the first half of 2018, having only had 80 in the whole country at the end of last year, according to the civil aviation authority.

That’s a huge growth opportunity for U.S. producers of smaller aircraft, including Robinson and others such as Piper Aircraft Inc., Textron Inc.’s Cessna Aircraft Co. and Bell Helicopter Inc., General Dynamics Corp.’s Gulfstream Aerospace Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft Co.

Furthermore, the U.S. and Chinese aerospace supply chains are deeply entwined. Boeing operates a joint venture in Tianjin, producing composite parts for jetliners, and a finishing center, which will install interiors for 737 Max jets destined for Chinese customers, is due to open next month near Shanghai.

U.S. aerospace suppliers such as Honeywell International Inc. and Rockwell Collins Inc. also have sizable China operations and provide components for China’s emerging domestic jet industry.

But the tariffs, combined with the weakening of the Chinese yuan currency, now threaten to choke off what had been a booming market for civil aircraft.

Stratford, Conn-based Sikorsky normally gets about five to 10 helicopter orders a year, but that business has now dried up, said Li Xiaoyu, the company’s chief China representative.

“The market’s changed; 2018 has been very quiet for us,” Mr. Li said. Sikorsky’s main Chinese customers, government ministries and state-run companies, “take politics into account when purchasing,” he said.

Piper Aircraft Inc. scored the biggest order in its history—for 152 trainers—from Chinese dealer Fanmei Aviation Technologies in February, just before the U.S.-China trade tussle heated up.

“We don’t want to get caught up in the politics,” said a spokeswoman for the Vero Beach, Fla-based firm, adding the company could probably sell the aircraft elsewhere should trade friction disrupt the order. A representative of Fanmei said it plans to honor the contract.

Kurt Robinson, president and chairman of Robinson Helicopter, said he believed orders for U.S.-made choppers would bounce back “once operators in China have clarity concerning U.S.-China economic relations.”

The problem for these companies is that there are plenty of foreign alternatives should China hike aero tariffs to 25%—the level Beijing proposed in an early draft back in April.

A representative of one non-U.S. producer of business jets, who asked not to be identified, said his company would get a big boost in China should tariffs price rival Gulfstream out of the market.

A spokeswoman for Gulfstream—which secured the biggest order in its history from China four years ago—said the company wouldn’t publicly discuss the impact of tariffs.

—Andrew Tangel, Chunying Zhang, Fanfan Wang and Doug Cameron contributed to this article.

Original article can be found here ➤