Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Tecnam P-2002 Sierra, registered to Volare LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N118LS: Fatal accident occurred April 08, 2019 (and) Incident occurred March 02, 2019 at Santa Fe Municipal Airport (KSAF), New Mexico

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Accident Number: WPR19FA106
Date & Time: 04/08/2019, 1538 MDT
Registration: N118LS
Aircraft: TECNAM P2002
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On April 8, 2019, about 1538 Mountain daylight time, a Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam P2002 Sierra, N118LS, light sport airplane, was destroyed when it impacted terrain about 525 ft northeast of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF) Santa Fe, New Mexico. The flight instructor and student pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to Volare LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local instructional flight that departed SAF at an unknown time.

A witness located near the departure end of the runway reported that as the airplane took off, it did not climb very high and then went sideways and nose-dived towards the ground.

Preliminary review of surveillance camera video, located near the airport terminal, showed the accident airplane taking off on runway 33. The airplane leveled off at a low altitude and shortly thereafter, the video showed the airplane's wing drop and then it entered a steep nose down attitude before it impacted the ground. A postimpact fire ensued.

A postaccident examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, revealed that all major structural components and primary flight controls of the airplane, were located at the accident site. The debris field was determined to be about 180 ft in length. The main wreckage came to rest upright on a heading of about 175° magnetic.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: TECNAM
Registration: N118LS
Model/Series: P2002
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Sierra Aviation
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSAF, 6344 ft msl
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Santa Fe, NM (SAF)
Destination: Santa Fe, NM (SAF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.617222, -106.089444 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Larry Haight 

Ed Goldgehn

SANTA FE, New Mexico  — The State Police have identified the two people who died in the crash of a small airplane at the Santa Fe Regional Airport Monday as flight instructor Larry Haight, 72, and student pilot Edward Jay Goldgehn, 60, both of Santa Fe.

Haight was a flight instructor at local flight school Sierra Aviation.

According to the Sierra Aviation website, Haight left the Air Force in 1989 and became a commercial pilot and flight instructor, as well as a licensed aircraft mechanic.

“When not instructing he enjoys flying aerobatics in his own Bellanca Decathlon,” the site says. “Larry now has over 10,000 hours of flight time, including more than 8,200 hours of instruction given.”

The site says Haight was rated as a “Commercial Pilot, Airplane single engine land; “Flight Instructor, Airplane single engine land: and “Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic with Inspection Authorization.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. The FAA’s website shows that cause of the crash is undetermined. It also says the plane’s registration number identifies it as a fixed-wing two-seater Tecnam P2002 Sierra owned by Volare LCC of Santa Fe.

Airport manager Mark Baca said on Monday that the pilot appeared to be doing “pattern work” – or flying practice – with “touch and go” landings and take-offs before the crash.

Baca said the crash took place about 500 feet from the departure end of the runway.

Original article ➤ https://www.abqjournal.com

The pilot and passenger in a light sport aircraft (LSA) died following a Monday afternoon crash at Santa Fe Municipal Airport, New Mexico State Police said.

City officials said occupants of the aircraft, whose identities were not immediately made public, were practicing landing techniques when the plane crashed and burned on airport property shortly after 3:30 p.m.

“They were practicing, doing touch-and-goes,” airport manager Mark Baca said in a phone interview. “They were practicing landing. You come in, touch down and take off.”

The Tecnam P-2002 Sierra was destroyed by fire, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Santa Fe Fire Department assistant Chief Carlos Nava told The New Mexican that members of a crash rescue unit stationed at the airport responded to the incident, which occurred on a secondary runway just south of a National Guard complex.

Baca said officials from the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office in Albuquerque were at the scene on Monday and that officials with the National Transportation Safety Board, which has taken over the investigation, will be at the airport on Tuesday.

State police initially said on social media that the pilot was the only occupant of the aircraft. Spokesman Mark Soriano later said two people died.

Chuck Grosvenor, an instructor with Sierra Aviation, a business based at Santa Fe airport that has a fleet of aircraft available for training and rental, said the leased aircraft was a Tecnam P-2002 Sierra.

However, he said he could not discuss any further details. “We’ve been instructed by state police not to talk while this is investigated.”

Monday’s fatal crash is the second at the airport in the past five months. In late November, Larry Nelson, 73, of Wheat Ridge, Colo., crashed just short of the runway while on a trip from Arizona to Akron, Colo. Family members believe he was making an emergency diversion to the Santa Fe airport.

Original article ➤ https://www.santafenewmexican.com

March 02, 2019:  Went off the runway into the grass.

Date: 02-MAR-19
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N118LS
Aircraft Make: COSTRUZIONI
Aircraft Model: P2002 SIERRA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


  1. Dear God, what on earth would have caused such a horrific ending like this?! Doing T&G's one would think a minor crash would end up with a bent plane but this thing is a smoke hole above ground!
    Condolences to the families.

  2. Aircraft wreckage is located off departure end of runway 33. Use time 2140Z to locate the audio at liveatc.

    May they rest in peace.

  3. I am not sure how to make sense of this. I am a student at the school, Larry was not my instructor, but he was such a proficient and experienced pilot. What in this world would make a plane go down in a stupid pattern practice exercise like this, and a day where winds were calm and skies relatively clear. Really. Unfortunately, what happened in that cabin, will probably might never be known. I cannot avoid thinking this poor Larry and the other guy just having this tragic end, just like that, still, I am disturbed by this, I cannot even imagine how their families will feel right now, I am so sorry for such a lose of such a good person, in such a stupid circumstances.

  4. Suicide by pilot comes to mind. Pure speculation but looks like what that one student did in another case but the instructor lived to tell the tale.
    And Tecnams with rotax engines are not exactly old planes bit modern machines with a decent safety record.

  5. RIP Larry. I knew you only for a short time. This whole thing stinks of strange and twisted. Don't think the whole story will ever be known here. An accomplished pilot flies (or stalls) a perfectly sound airplane right into the ground in such a critical phase of flight as take off. Any accomplished pilot knows (I would think) this is not a time to doze off. There are warning signs before a stall. A mysterious event we will probably never completely comprehend.

  6. RIP Larry, we will miss you. Larry was a very experienced pilot and truly a nice guy. Larry was a great instructor who always had a lot of patience with his students. Really weird accident that we probably never know what happened,

  7. Rest In Peace my friend.