Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Cirrus SR22, N7GA: Fatal accident occurred November 26, 2019 near Gass Peak, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances and there was a post crash fire.

Baron von Speed


Date: 27-NOV-19
Time: 01:35:00Z
Regis#: N7GA
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

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.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Multiple agencies are investigating after a plane crashed into Gass Peak on Tuesday evening.

The crash happened around 5:35 p.m., and authorities said that from a first look from the air, it was determined there were no survivors.

The plane was a Cirrus SR22, and the tail number is N7GA, which is registered to Baron Von Speed LLC.

The company’s website said the owner is Greg Akers, and multiple neighbors of Akers told 13 Action News they believed he was one of the three people on board the plane when it crashed.

One neighbor said she has lived across the street from Akers for 13 years, and he’s watched her daughters grow up. She also said he always told them about his aviation adventures - even sending videos from the view of his airplane when he flew.

“You almost thought that was his child… his passion for aircraft, his passion for flying, his passion for his past job as an air traffic controller, he always had something fun to share,” said Cosette Packer.

The coroner’s office has not yet to release the identity of the victims.

Las Vegas police had to suspend their initial search due to weather and then said search teams would look at the area Wednesday morning.

Officers said they will continue to work with federal and local agencies during the recovery and investigative efforts with the NTSB.

Story and video ➤ https://www.ktnv.com

A wintry storm expected to bring more than a foot of snow to the Sheep Mountain range north of the Las Vegas Valley has put a stop to local recovery efforts for a downed aircraft that officials have said slammed into mountainous and remote terrain Tuesday evening.

“Recovery efforts may not take place until Friday and Saturday,” Metropolitan Police Department Lt. David Gordon said Wednesday. The department on Tuesday night had sent a helicopter to search the area.

The Cirrus SR22, capable of about 210 mph, crashed around 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane went down under unknown circumstances near Gass Peak, in the Sheep Mountain range, and caught fire.

Initial reports indicated that three people were on board, he said. Las Vegas police described the crash as “not survivable” on Tuesday night.

At 6,943 feet, Gass Peak is the highest point in the Sheep Mountain range, looming about 4,900 feet above Las Vegas.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through 4 a.m. Saturday for the mountains surrounding the valley.

As for the Sheep Mountain range, snow began falling around 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to meteorologist Chris Outler.

“Heavier and steadier snowfall” accompanied by gusty winds was expected well into Wednesday evening before a brief lull overnight, he said.

‘Very challenging terrain’

Still, without the inclement weather, the location of the crash presents its own set of problems, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The agency is leading the investigation into the crash.

“Our understanding is it is very challenging terrain,” spokesman Peter Knudson said, adding that “it is not clear at this point” when — if at all — an investigator will be able to access the site.

Generally, he said, there are two types of recovery efforts in such investigations.

The first would involve the recovery of victims, typically carried out by local authorities. The second would be the examination and recovery of the aircraft itself.

In some cases, an aircraft recovery company might be required to retrieve evidence if access to the site by an investigator is not be feasible.

The downed aircraft, with tail number N7GA, was registered to Baron Von Speed LCC, a local aviation company, according to the FAA.

Officials have not released information about the aircraft’s passengers, but state business records list Rachel Bergeron as a registered agent for Baron Von Speed and two managing members: Gregory Akers — a former Las Vegas air traffic controller — and Valeriya Slyzko.

Clark County marriage records show Akers and Slyzko were married in February 1998. No one answered the door at their listed Henderson address late Wednesday morning, but a neighbor, Rob Beaudry, described Akers as a “very pleasant guy.”

‘An intense fire’

Evertt Rogers, who lives on a large horse ranch near the southern base of the Sheep Mountain range, said he stepped outside Tuesday night after receiving a news alert on his phone about the crash.

“And there it was,” Rogers, 31, told the Review-Journal on Wednesday, “an intense fire burning on top of the mountain. The chopper was circling the peak of the mountain with a searchlight, and I could see the mountaintop.”

He doesn’t remember how long he stood outside watching, but “all of the sudden” the fire — which he said resembled a white light, unlike a regular camp fire — went out.

“The helicopter did a couple more rounds over the mountain, and then it came down the hill, along the slope, slowly,” Rogers said.

At the same time, Kris Korpi said he witnessed the moment the four-passenger aircraft slammed into the mountain from his 14th floor office in the Molasky building near downtown Las Vegas.

A visitor to his office prompted him to look out the window in the direction of Gass Peak, where he saw a fireball emanating from the mountain.

“Aircraft exploded on impact with flaming debris ejected across a narrow field limited by the steep gradient of the mountainside,” Korpi, 72, said in an email. “The fireball and debris field extinguished rapidly (20-25 seconds) and faint embers dropped below unaided visibility in less than two minutes.”

Story and video ➤ https://www.reviewjournal.com

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A small plane crashed north of Las Vegas Tuesday night, but recovery efforts have been delayed because of the weather.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. near Gass Mountain Peak. Metro Police told 8 News Now they don’t believe any of the three people on board survived.

A single-engine Cirrus SR22 plane with tail number N7GA was listed as the aircraft that crashed on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.

Witnesses in the area reported an explosion.

“My heart’s broken. I mean, it’s just beyond tragic,” said Chris Clyne, a friend of one of the supposed victims.

Friends told us one of the people who died in the crash was Greg Akers. Records showed Akers owned Baron Von Speed LLC, the company to which the plane belonged. We were told Akers just retired, and he’ll be greatly missed.

“Just a great, great person,” expressed Clyne. “He was funny, outgoing, caring. He helped people. He was very talented. Just a wonderful, wonderful soul.”

According to flight radar, the small aircraft was heading to the North Las Vegas Airport when it lost contact with air traffic controllers. Now, friends are left wondering what went wrong.

“He was a great pilot, and he was very smart on that stuff. So, it’s just sad, whatever happened, you know,” said Clyne.

The NTSB, the lead agency in this case, said it could take up to a year or more before there are answers. In the meantime, friends are holding on to Akers’ memory.

“I’m going to miss him.”

Metro Police told us recovery efforts may not happen until Friday or Saturday. It’s also important to note that the names of the victims have not been officially released by the Clark County Coroner’s office.

Story and video ➤ https://www.8newsnow.com

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — UPDATE, Nov. 27 | Authorities say a search and rescue crew determined there were no survivors after a small plane crashed Tuesday near Gass Mountain Peak north of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say the team flew Tuesday evening over the crash site, which is at about 6600 feet elevation.

"Although inclement weather conditions prevented rescuers from landing in the area, they were able to determine from the air that there were no survivors," an LVMPD spokesman said in a statement.

LVMPD Search and Rescue returned to examine the area again Wednesday morning to get more details to share with federal investigators, a spokesman said in a statement.

Police will continue to work with federal and local agencies on recovery and investigative efforts, though the National Transportation Safety Board has jurisdiction over the investigation.

The Clark County Coroner's office will identify the victims and their cause and manner of death. There's been no immediate confirmation on the number of people who were on board.

Search and Rescue organizers advised that inclement weather could delay recovery efforts into Friday or Saturday, Lt. David Gordon said earlier Wednesday.

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the NTSB, said a timeline has yet to be determined for recovering the airplane from the site of the crash.

FAA records indicate the plane was registered to a company called Baron Von Speed that operates in Las Vegas.

ORIGINAL | A small plane crashed north of the Las Vegas valley on Tuesday evening around 5:30 p.m.

Initial reports were of an airplane going down and catching fire in the mountainous area north of N. Decatur Boulevard and Iron Mountain Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the plane, a single-engine Cirrus SR22 with three people on board, crashed under unknown circumstances on Gass Peak.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department dispatched a helicopter to assess the scene.

Lt. Boxler with LVMPD says that the Search and Rescue chopper determined the crash was “not survivable” and no rescue efforts were made.

The North Las Vegas Fire Department says that the NLV Airport reported a plane missing from its airspace.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will begin an investigation beginning Wednesday, November 27th.

Story and video ➤ https://news3lv.com

HENDERSON (FOX5) -- Three people are dead after a small plane crashed north of the Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday night. 

According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Lt. Brian Boxler, reports of a small plane crash at Gass Peak came in about 5:30 p.m. on November 26th. The site is about 6,600 feet above sea level. 

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the plane to be a single-engine Cirrus SR22 that crashed and reportedly caught fire after crashing, according to spokesman Ian Gregor.

"Initial reports" were that three people were on board. Nellis Air Force Base said it was not one of their aircraft and police believe those on board to be civilians. 

At 7:30 p.m., Boxler said the search team determined the crash "was not survivable" and there "will be no rescue efforts."

On November 27th at 9:15 a.m., LVMPD's Search and Rescue reassessed the area to gather any additional details. Crews were able to confirm that there were no survivors from the crash from the air.

LVMPD spokesman Lt. David Gordon said Wednesday morning that "recovery efforts may not take place until Friday or Saturday," due to inclement weather.

The peak is north of the valley near the Clark County Shooting Complex. FAA and NTSB will investigate further. 

LVMPD said the identification of the victims, and their cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Story and video ➤ https://www.fox5vegas.com


gretnabear said...

Las Vegas Strip is about 2,000 feet above sea level, North Las Vegas Airport ‎2,205 ft / 672 m and Gass Peak is the highest peak in the Las Vegas Range of Southern Nevada with a summit of 6,937 feet.

Anonymous said...

Terrible news, wife and mother-in-law also aboard. Pilot name Greg Akers. I wonder if controlled impact?

Unknown said...

The flight track for the 2nd flight on the 26th appears to show an autopilot set for 6500ft right up to the end. They probably never saw the mountain in the dark, and never felt a thing.

Anonymous said...

Aircraft was speaking to Nellis approach. Aircraft was assigned 6,500 ft and was vectored towards the mountain to avoid traffic departing Nellis. At the time of the crash, the sun had set and the mountain was not visible.

Anonymous said...

gretnabear posted the info for the flight from VGT to HII. Why? This was not the accident flight. The accident occurred on the return flight from HII to VGT. This info has nothing to do with the accident that occurred over two hours later????

Anonymous said...

All that technology in the glass panel displaying every kind of situational awareness you could want, an autopilot, emergency chute and maybe even anti ice. Yet here we are reading the terrible aftermath. Curious what went wrong on this one.

Jim said...

The pilot was part of the formation in this event, also listed in the current blog, and was credited for the photos: http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2019/11/loss-of-engine-power-partial-cirrus.html
A lot of swiss cheese holes would have to line up for this to happen with the technology in the Cirrus and contact with ATC.

Unknown said...

I wonder how much a modest resolution thermal IR camera would add to the airframe cost and allow visibility of terrain at night and in light mist/haze. Certainly the video could be ported through the existing displays.

Anonymous said...

SR22s built before 2003 were equipped with traditional analog instruments and a 10" (later 12") Multi-function display (MFD). First “Glass” SR22, late 2002 - early 2004.

Anonymous said...

I flew out of this airport a couple of years ago. Landed one evening, stayed overnight, and departed runway 30 the next day in calm sunny VFR. I instructed clearance delivery I needed a northwest departure for a Reno heading. Next thing I know, the controller has me headed ENE. After about 1 minute (giving him the benefit of the doubt), I said "where are you taking me - I need to go to Reno". After his "oopsie", I finally received the correct vectors.

Flying in from the east on a dark evening was hairy enough for me - I was essentially IFR in VFR conditions. Who knows what this fellow was experiencing taking off in the pitch black dark towards the mountains...?

BTW - His records indicate he was a control tower operator @ LV - wondering if he was the same one I experienced.

Unknown said...

Being an older Cirrus I have a feeling this one was not equipped with full glass and was probably a Steam Gauge with GNS430's (complete guess) but based on the CFIT nature of this accident that seems a good assumption. I fly into VGT often from Reno and have a hangar there as well, but have not seen this airplane up close in person. There is a lot of Terrain North and Northwest of Las Vegas and I fly with a FLTA equipped IFD550 in my airplane to help ensure I don't allow something like this to happen. As a retired controller he would know he could have told them "unable" when they turned him for departing traffic and they would have had to come up with another solution. It will be a while till the report comes out, but it seems they turned him into terrain, forgot about him and he allowed the flight into terrain to continue. Very, very sad. ATC are great people, but you have to be willing to respectfully challenge them now and then. If you screw up as the pilot, you can die, if they screw up, you can die....

Kirk D. said...

SR-22 seems to be on a roll to the aircraft with the highest ratio of specific type to have incurred the highest fatal accident rate of any GA aircraft the last few years. My question is why?

Unknown said...

I feel it is an overconfidence by Cirrus Pilots. I've seen them take off out of Reno and Minden NV and go straight at the Sierras over Lake Tahoe in very windy and otherwise inclement weather. I've talked to some owners who really seem to feel an extra sense of confidence in the airplane. I think it is such an advanced airplane that is very simple and wonderful to fly for it's capabilities that it's inherit ability to make a pilot feel comfortable is it's downfall in that they begin to trust it in situations they probably shouldn't.
It's a great airframe with great avionics and abilities, but it still flies almost 100 year old engine technology like any other piston single and mother nature can swat any piston single down like a fly if she chooses.

Anonymous said...

ref above. Those who can buy, operate, and maintain will fine pre 2004 SR22 G1 priced <$200K; pre 2007 G2 <$350K: pre 2011 <$500K; pre 2017 <$700K