Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bell 206B JetRanger II, PT-HPG: Fatal accident occurred February 11, 2019 in Rodovia Anhanguera, São Paulo, Brazil


NTSB Identification: ERA19WA099
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Monday, February 11, 2019 in Barueri County, Brazil
Aircraft: Bell 206, registration:
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Brazil has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Bell 206 helicopter that occurred on February 11, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Brazil's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Brazil.

Vietnam Airlines, Airbus A321-272N: Incident occurred February 06, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan

NTSB Identification: ENG19WA012
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Incident occurred Wednesday, February 06, 2019 in Lahore, Pakistan
Aircraft: AIRBUS A321, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On February 2, 2019, a Vietnam Airlines A321-272N Neo, powered by two P&W PW1130G-JM geared fan engines experienced an No. 2 (right ) engine failure while in cruise. It was reported that a stall warning was detected followed by high vibration and an exhaust gas temperature overlimit warning. The flight crew diverted the flight and landed safely in Lahore, Pakistan. Ground inspection of the effected engine found damage to the low pressure turbine stage 3 blades.

The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority is conducting an investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board is participating an Accredited Representative for the State of Manufacturer of the engines.

American Airlines, Boeing 777-200, N771AN: Incident occurred February 27, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

American Airlines flight 123: Experienced severe turbulence injuring two (2) flight attendants.

https://registry.faa.gov/N771AN

Date: 27-FEB-19
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N771AN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 777
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: 123
City: HONOLULU
State: HAWAII

Expressjet, Canadair CRJ-200, N884AS: Incident occurred February 27, 2019 at Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), Lexington, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Expressjet flight UA-4182: Reported bird strike.

https://registry.faa.gov/N884AS

Date: 27-FEB-19
Time: 19:37:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CRJ2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: EXPRESS JET
Flight Number: ASQ4182
City: LEXINGTON
State: KENTUCKY

Cessna 150, N5515E: Incident occurred February 27, 2019 at Andrews University Airpark (C20), Berrien Springs, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Went off the runway into a field and came to rest on nose.

Andrews University

https://registry.faa.gov/N5515E

Date: 27-FEB-19
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N5515E
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: ANDREWS UNIVERSITY
City: BERRIEN SPRINGS
State: MICHIGAN

Alaska Airlines, Boeing 737-900, N224AK: Incident occurred February 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alaska Airlines flight 51: Due to air quality issue four (4) attendants transported to hospital.

https://registry.faa.gov/N224AK

Date: 28-FEB-19
Time: 01:18:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 739
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: ALASKA AIRLINES
Flight Number: 51
City: MINNEAPOLIS
State: MINNESOTA

Embraer Phenom 100, N649DX: Incident occurred February 27, 2019 at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC), Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Slid off the end of the runway into Engineered Material Arresting System bed.

Quest Diagnostics Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N649DX

Date: 27-FEB-19
Time: 10:30:00Z
Regis#: N649DX
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: EMB 500
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: LABQUEST
City: KANSAS CITY
State: MISSOURI



KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KCTV) -- The Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport has reopened after a plane slid off the runway due to slick, freezing precipitation Wednesday morning.

Airport officials said an Embraer Phenom 100 light jet was landing to the south about 4:30 a.m. when it left the runway.

There was one person onboard, the pilot, and there are no known injuries or major visible damage to the aircraft.

Field maintenance crews pre-treated the runway with E36 deicing agent, officials said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kctv5.com

Spirit Airlines, Airbus A319-100, N531NK: Incident occurred February 27, 2019 at McCarran International Airport (KLAS), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Spirit Airlines flight 424: Reported smoke in the cockpit with three (3) flight attendants transported to hospital.

https://registry.faa.gov/N531NK

Date: 27-FEB-19
Time: 21:39:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319 L
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SPIRIT AIRLINES
Flight Number: 424
City: LAS VEGAS
State: NEVADA

Cessna 177RG Cardinal, N2654V: Incident occurred February 27, 2019 at Trenton-Mercer Airport (KTTN), Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey -and- Incident occurred July 05, 2016 in Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Touched down in the Engineered Material Arresting System area.

https://registry.faa.gov/N2654V

Date: 27-FEB-19
Time: 15:25:00Z
Regis#: N2654V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TRENTON
State: NEW JERSEY

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

July 05, 2016: Aircraft force landed in a field.

Date: 05-JUL-16
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N2654V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PFLUGERVILLE
State: Texas

Warner Aerocraft Space Walker II, owned by a private individual and operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight without a flight plan, N1778: Accident occurred February 27, 2019 in Devine, Medina County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


https://registry.faa.gov/N1778


Location: Devine, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA087
Date & Time: 02/27/2019, 1638 CST
Registration: N1778
Aircraft: Warner Aerocraft Space Walker II
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 27, 2019, about 1638 central standard time, an amateur-built Warner Aerocraft Space Walker II, N1778, collided with a tree and terrain while maneuvering near Devine, Texas. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned by a private individual and was being operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that departed Castroville Municipal Airport (CVB), near Castroville, Texas, about 1630.

The pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to overfly his private airstrip, located about 5 miles south-southwest of CVB, to evaluate the surface condition of the runway. The pilot remembers an uneventful takeoff from CVB, flying to his airstrip, and maneuvering near the north end of the airstrip as he prepared to make a low pass of the runway. The pilot does not recall the remaining portion of the flight besides having a brief memory of the airplane descending toward trees in a 90° nose-down pitch attitude. The pilot does not recall if the airplane had any mechanical malfunctions during the flight. The pilot stated that his wife and two grand-daughters, who were witnesses to the accident, heard a reduction in engine power before seeing a dust cloud rise above some trees.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Warner Aerocraft
Registration: N1778
Model/Series: Space Walker II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: CVB, 774 ft msl
Observation Time: 1635 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Castroville, TX (CVB)
Destination: Castroville, TX (CVB)

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:  29.275000, -98.877500 (est)

Piper PA-28-181, N2184X: Accident occurred February 26, 2019 at Bowman Regional Airport (KLOU), Louisville, Kentucky

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N2184X

Location: Louisville, KY
Accident Number: ERA19LA109
Date & Time: 02/26/2019, 1835 EST
Registration: N2184X
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 26, 2019, about 1835 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-181, N2184X, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion following an aborted takeoff from Bowman Field Airport (LOU), Louisville, Kentucky. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, after performing a pre-flight inspection, he taxied to the active runway for departure. He conducted an engine runup, pre-takeoff checklist and no anomalies were noted. Once he was cleared for takeoff, he advanced the throttle and began the take off roll. As the airplane accelerated through 60 knots and became airborne, the engine stated to run "rough." He elected to land straight ahead on the remaining runway. The airplane over-ran the runway and collided with the perimeter fence.

An examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the left wing was broken away from the fuselage. The outboard section of the right wing, which included the aileron, was broken away from the wing assembly. The vertical stabilizer was also broken off of the empennage. The airplane was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2184X
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Louisville Pilots Club Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: LOU, 545 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Louisville, KY (LOU)
Destination: Lexington, KY (LEX)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.228056, -85.663611 (est)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, registered to and operated by Sound Aviation LLC as a visual flight rules on-demand commercial flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135, N40449: Accident occurred February 13, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N40449

Location: Anchorage, AK
Accident Number: ANC19TA014
Date & Time: 02/13/2019, 1245 AKS
Registration: N40449
Aircraft: Piper PA32R
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On February 13, 2019, about 1245 Alaska standard time, a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane, N40449, encountered momentary severe turbulence during a descent about 22 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. The airline transport pilot and one of the passengers were not injured; the second passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane sustained no damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Sound Aviation, LLC., as a visual flight rules on-demand commercial flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed Lime Village Airport (AK2), Lime Village, Alaska, about 1200, destined for Merrill Field Airport (MRI), Anchorage, Alaska.

According to the pilot, while en route to MRI, severe turbulence was briefly encountered as the airplane descended through 3,500 feet mean sea level (msl) over the mouth of the Susitna River. One of the two passengers, who was seated in the center row right seat, hit her head on the ceiling. The flight landed at MRI without incident and the passenger was treated at a medical facility, where it was determined that she sustained serious injuries.

During an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the injured passenger stated that her lap belt was fastened, but not tight enough. She was familiar with the use of the lap belt and flew with this company in the accident airplane, once or twice a month.

The closest weather reporting facility was Ted Stevens International Airport (PANC), which was about 22 miles southeast of the turbulent weather area. At 1253, an automated routine weather observation report indicated the following conditions: wind from 030° at 9 knots, sky condition clear, visibility 10 statute miles, temperature 21°F, dew point 9°F, and altimeter 29.84 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N40449
Model/Series: PA32R 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Sound Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PANC, 132 ft msl
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -6°C / -13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Lime Village, AK (2AK)
Destination: Anchorage, AK (MRI)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  61.300000, -150.540000 (est)

Runway Excursion: Cessna 182C Skylane, N8644T; accident occurred February 21, 2019 at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N8644T

Location: Livermore, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA146
Date & Time: 02/21/2019, 1710 PST
Registration: N8644T
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during landing in a gusting tailwind from the right, the airplane touched down, exited the left side of the runway, and collided with runway lights and taxiway signage. The airplane continued across the adjoining taxiway, and then came to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left main landing gear attachment points.

The pilot reported that the wind at the time of the landing was from 350° at 12 knots, and gusting to 19 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 25R.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/20/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/27/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 298 hours (Total, all aircraft), 283 hours (Total, this make and model), 253 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 31 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N8644T
Model/Series: 182 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 52544
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/02/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 230 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLVK, 393 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1701 PST
Direction from Accident Site: 94°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 19 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Redding, CA (O85)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Livermore, CA (LVK)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1540 PST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Livermore Muni (LVK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 399 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5253 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.693333, -121.820278 (est)

Iberia Air, Airbus A330-202, EC-MNK: Incident occurred February 25, 2019 at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Iberia Air flight 6171: Struck leading edge of left wing while pulling into gate.

Date: 25-FEB-19
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: EC MNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: 330
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: IBERIA AIR
Flight Number: 6171
City: LOS ANGELES
State: CALIFORNIA

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700, N759GS: Incident occurred February 25, 2019 at Bradley International Airport (KBDL), Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley

Southwest Airlines flight 2169: Experienced a wingtip strike during landing attempt in strong winds.

https://registry.faa.gov/N759GS

Date: 25-FEB-19
Time: 23:42:00Z
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: 2169
City: WINDSOR LOCKS
State: CONNECTICUT



Federal officials are investigating why a Southwest Airlines plane made three chaotic landing attempts at Bradley International Airport in high winds Monday night that, according to one report, caused the tip of one wing to scrape the runway and left dozens of frightened passengers vomiting from the severe turbulence.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday an investigation of the incident is underway. Southwest confirmed the aircraft, which was ultimately diverted to T. F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., had suffered damage on the right wing. The airline said it will conduct its own internal review of the flight, apologizing to passengers and offering ticket refunds and vouchers for a future flight.

Southwest flight 2169, which had flown out of Orlando International Airport, landed at Green at about 7:30 p.m., carrying 146 passengers and a crew of five.

Passenger Christine Orlovsky-Lascano of Trumbull, who was returning from a trip to Disney World with her mother and three young sons Tuesday, described the harrowing, chaotic scene inside the cabin.

“With each fail they would go back up, circle and then descend again to try and land,” Orlovsky-Lascano said. “So, with each descent that we experienced, there was horrible turbulence that was making a good portion of the people on the plane vomit.”

Monday’s powerful gusts of wind brought down trees and power lines across Connecticut, cutting electricity to thousands of homes and businesses.

According to federal aviation regulations, the pilot is the final authority in the operation of the aircraft. But the FAA may require a written report defending actions taken in the operation of a plane.

The harrowing flight on the Boeing 737 into Bradley comes as Southwest struggles with mounting flight cancellations tied to a maintenance backlog on its fleet. USA Today reported that Southwest canceled 131 Monday flights, or 3 percent of its scheduled flights, citing flight tracker FlightAware. More than 400 flights were delayed, USA Today reported.

Aviation Herald, an industry publication, reported that one of the landing attempts at Bradley resulted in a wing striking the runway.

In a statement, Southwest said there were no reported injuries on the flight.

“We are reaching out to our customers on the flight to offer our apologies, refund their ticket and extend a gesture of a goodwill flight voucher for a future trip on Southwest,” Brandy King, an airline spokeswoman, said in the statement.

The airline did not immediately respond to an inquiry about Southwest investigating the incident.

Once the plane had landed at Green, Orlovsky-Lascano said she rented a car to drive to Trumbull, arriving home at about 10:45 p.m. On Tuesday, she said she remained shaken.

“To be honest, I’m not ready to think about flying anytime soon,” Orlovsky-Lascano said. “Safe to say as we exited the plane, every other row had used barf bags.”

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.courant.com



WINDSOR LOCKS, Connecticut — The FAA is continuing its investigation after a Southwest Airlines jetliner had difficulty landing at Bradley International Airport Monday night.

A wing on the Boeing 737-700 scraped the runway at Bradley, according to the Hartford Courant.

In a written statement, Southwest said that the plane — Flight 2169 operating Monday from Orlando International Airport — suffered some damage and has been taken out of service for repair.

The 737 had 146 customers and five crew members on board when it tried to land at Bradley during high winds on Monday evening. The flight was diverted to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Southwest said there were no reported injuries.

The airline said it has refunded the cost of passenger’s tickets and offered them vouchers for future travel.

Alisa Sisc, a spokeswoman for Bradley International Airport, said landings and take off are coordinated between the pilot and the FAA Air Traffic Control.

FAA communications manager Kathleen Bergen said the agency doesn’t comment on ongoing investigations.

The final report will be available through a federal Freedom of Information Act request.


Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.masslive.com

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and Southwest Airlines said they are investigating a flight that made repeated attempts to land at Bradley International Airport on Monday — at one point reportedly striking a wing against the ground — before diverting to Rhode Island.

In a statement, the FAA said Southwest Airlines Flight 2169, a Boeing 737 with 146 customers and five crew onboard, tried to land at Bradley three times amidst strong winds. The plane, which took off from Orlando International Airport in Florida, ultimately landed safely at T.F. Green State Airport in Warwick around 7:30 p.m.

No one was injured during the abortive landing, but some reports quoting passengers said people were nauseated and began vomiting in their seats due to severe turbulence as the plane rose and descended.

A spokesman for Southwest said a subsequent inspection indicated that the plane sustained some damage during the landings. The FAA is looking into claims that that the Boeing’s wing tip touched the runway during the first attempted touchdown.

The airline apologized for the incident and extended offers of ticket refunds and vouchers to the passengers. Southwest also said it will launch its own internal investigation of the flight.

Though federal officials have not formally determined what forced the plane’s pilot to divert to Rhode Island, Southwest blamed the unusually strong winds that blew down trees and power lines throughout the state on Monday. At some points, Eversource Energy was reporting thousands of outages among residential and commercial customers.

The failed landing at Bradley comes as Southwest is contending with a slew of canceled flights over the last two weeks. On Feb. 21, the airline dropped nearly 400 flights, or about 9 percent of its schedule, due to problematic weather and maintenance issues, according to a report from USA Today. More flights were delayed after a computer outage the next day.

According to the newspaper, Southwest leadership took the unusual step of publicly apologizing to passengers for the problem and blamed the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association for disrupting ongoing work and contributing to the pileup of delays.

Union officials, in turn, accused Southwest of scapegoating its own technicians and said safety was their top priority, USA Today reported.

Southwest has not said how many of the cancellations were linked to maintenance issues and how many were attributable to inclement weather.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.journalinquirer.com

Stoddard-Hamilton GS-1, N498CF: Incident occurred February 25, 2019 at The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (KMTH), Monroe County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Nose gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N498CF

Date: 25-FEB-19
Time: 22:48:00Z
Regis#: N498CF
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: GS 1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MARATHON
State: FLORIDA

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-32-260, N3708W, accident occurred February 14, 2019 at Marshall County Airport (C75), Lacon, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


https://registry.faa.gov/N3708W

Location: Lacon, IL
Accident Number: GAA19CA145
Date & Time: 02/14/2019, 1400 CST
Registration: N3708W
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during landing, after a go-around, the airplane touchdown about 5 feet to the left of runway centerline and veered left. He corrected with opposite rudder and aileron, but the airplane continued left, exited the runway, and impacted a snowbank.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, the time of the accident, the wind was from 210° at 11 knots. The pilot reported that the wind was from 220° at 9 knots, gusting 14 knots. The airplane landed on runway 13.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/09/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/29/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 159 hours (Total, all aircraft), 29 hours (Total, this make and model), 57 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 29 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3708W
Model/Series: PA32 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32-621
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/08/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3306 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-540 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 hp
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: KC75, 568 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:1735 UTC 
Direction from Accident Site:311° 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.54 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lacon, IL (C75)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lacon, IL (C75)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1340 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: MARSHALL COUNTY (C75)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 584 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Wet 
Runway Used: 13
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4003 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.018889, -89.385833 (est)