Monday, January 7, 2019

Luscombe Silvaire 8A: Accident occurred January 05, 2019 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ), Pinal County, Arizona

CASA GRANDE — An aircraft crash-landed Saturday afternoon at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, injuring the pilot and a passenger, authorities said.

Dave Reffner, the airport's manager, said a Luscombe 8A bounced while landing on the runway and the pilot lost control.

The two-seat, single-engine aircraft ended up in the northwest area of the airport.

The male pilot and a female passenger were both injured. The woman was flown to a trauma center in the Phoenix area and the man was treated by paramedics at the scene, according to the Casa Grande Fire Department.

The Fire Department was called out to the airport at 1:30 p.m. The aircraft did not catch fire, but firefighters did help to contain fuel that was leaking from it.

Reffner said the airport was briefly closed Saturday afternoon while the incident was being investigated. He reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration.

This is the second accident reported at the airport within the last couple months. A man had to be flown to a Phoenix hospital after his plane crashed on the night of November 27th.

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

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N9673W: Accident occurred January 27, 2018 near Meriden Markham Municipal Airport (KMMK), New Haven County, Connecticut



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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Windsor Locks, Connecticut 

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


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N9673W



Location: Meriden, CT
Accident Number: ERA18LA071
Date & Time: 01/27/2018, 1615 EST
Registration: N9673W
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 27, 2018, about 1615 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N9673W, was substantially damaged during a forced landing while approaching Meriden Markham Municipal Airport (MMK), Meriden, Connecticut. The airline transport pilot and one passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for flight that originated at Oxford County Regional Airport (81B), Oxford, Maine about 1330.

The pilot reported that he performed the preflight inspection at 81B and determined that there were 36 gallons of fuel on board prior to departure. Earlier that day, his passenger flew the airplane from MMK to 81B and reportedly departed MMK with full tanks, or 50 gallons of fuel on board. The airplane was not refueled at 81B. For the flight from 81B to MMK, his flight planning showed that he would land with 6 gallons of fuel on board.

Just prior to passing Worcester, Massachusetts, while on the right tank, the fuel gauge began to "flicker," then the engine "faltered." He intentionally exhausted the right tank fuel supply to maximize his available fuel. He switched to the left tank and the flight continued. Approaching the Hartford, Connecticut area, his passenger suggested that they stop for fuel, but he was confident in his fuel calculations and did not want to pay a higher price for fuel there, so he continued. About 2.5 miles north of MMK, the fuel pressure gauge "faltered" and the engine subsequently lost power. He looked for a place to land and realized that a nearby pond would be the best option. During the forced landing attempt, the airplane collided with a fence and came to a stop on dry land.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The airplane came to rest on an embankment after colliding with a chain link fence. Both wings and the lower, forward fuselage was structurally damaged. The nose gear snapped off during the impact sequence and was found under the airframe. The left and right wing fuel tanks were not compromised. The airplane was moved to a level position and no visible fuel was observed in either fuel tank. During the subsequent recovery of the wreckage, about 1/2 gallon of fuel was recovered from both tanks. No fuel stains were observed on the exterior surfaces of the airframe.

The pilot reported on the NTSB Form 6120.1, Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report, that there was no mechanical malfunction or failure prior to the accident. In a subsequent correspondence with the NTSB investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that there was a leak at the gascolator found on November 17, 2017. The gascolator gasket had slipped out of place, resulting in the leak. He found the gascolator components to be in good condition and he reassembled the unit. The airplane was then flown at least 10 hours without any observed leaks prior to the accident flight.

On March 26, 2018, the gascolator was removed from the wreckage and examined by a NTSB investigator. The unit was intact, and no evidence of obstructions, leaks or fuel staining was found.



Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/30/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/02/2016
Flight Time:  16650 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 16000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 29 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N9673W
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-23137
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/28/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 10 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2575 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D2A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: MMK, 103 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 30°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Oxford, ME (81B)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Meriden, CT (MMK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 EST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Meriden Markham Muni (MMK)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 103 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  41.520000, -72.820000 (est)

Bellanca 17-30A Viking, N8849V: Fatal accident occurred January 07, 2019 in Soddy-Daisy, Hamilton County, Tennessee

https://registry.faa.gov/N8849V

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.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office 
January 11th at 5:49 PM 

Aircraft from Lake Chickamauga Recovered

Hamilton County, Tennessee – Private Contractors working on behalf of the insurance company responsible for the recovery of the aircraft that crashed in Lake Chickamauga on January 7th, 2019 have successfully recovered the plane.

The aircraft was ferried to an undisclosed, secure location on Lake Chickamauga where it was unloaded and reloaded onto a flatbed truck. It will now travel to a secure location where the National Transportation Safety Board personnel will review the wreckage.

This incident remains an active and ongoing investigation. No additional details are available at this time.

Any questions regarding the wreckage, its location, or the amount of time necessary to review the wreckage should be directed to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Due to the fact the aircraft was brought to a secure location inaccessible to local media, the HCSO Public Relations Division has provided the images for story documentation purposes. Please attribute the pictures to the HCSO Public Relations Division.

 Frank Davey and Lynda Marinello

Private contractors on Friday recover the wreckage of a Bellanca 17-30A Viking that crashed in Chickamauga Lake on January 7th, 2019.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division


Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea and John Scruggs, one of 10 divers on the department's forensic dive team, talk about challenges and equipment being used to search on Chickamauga Lake for a missing pilot and parts of his plane following a crash on Monday.

This underwater remotely-operated vehicle is among equipment being used in the search for a missing pilot and his plane after a crash Monday on Chickamauga Lake.


John Scruggs, one of 10 divers on the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office forensic dive team, describes how dry suits work that are being used by divers in the search for a missing pilot and his plane on Chickamauga Lake.



Hamilton County Sheriff's Office forensic divers wearing dry suits don helmets like this to enables them to breathe, stay as warm as possible and talk to others while conducting searches under water.



Frank William Davey

DECEMBER 26, 1951 ~ JANUARY 10, 2019 (AGE 67)

Capt. Frank William Davey, 67, of Soddy Daisy, died January 7, 2019 while piloting his private plane. Frank was born December 26, 1951 in Nashville, the son of the late William Norman Davey and Ellen Schoen Bergan. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Ellen Wittkamper. He is survived by his adoring wife of 48 years, Janet Vickery Davey, a precious daughter, Laura (Tony) Willingham, a beloved son, William Stuart (Elizabeth) Davey, grandchildren, Emma Cate Willingham, Garrett Sharp Willingham, Benjamin William Davey and Caroline Elizabeth Davey as well as a host of nephews, extended family and friends.

Frank was a 1970 graduate of Tyner High School, a 1974 graduate of University of North Carolina ~ Chapel Hill, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree on an ROTC scholarship. He then went on to complete a Master’s in education from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. In 1974, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and proceeded to flight school in Pensacola, Florida where he obtained his gold Naval Aviator wings in 1976. He was stationed primarily in MCAS Tustin, CA where he flew the CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter and also spent time in Japan and Korea. He flew as a test pilot at Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation flying aerospace helicopters in Grand Prairie, TX and also served the FAA as an air traffic controller, serving at the DFW and ATL centers before retiring. 

Frank taught school at Notre Dame High School for most of his teaching career but also at Sale Creek High School and Sequatchie County High School and several branches of Chattanooga State as an adjunct professor. He was very involved in youth sports where he coached soccer and baseball. He also served as an official for TSSAA in football, volleyball and for nearly 25 years as a baseball umpire.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 4-8pm at Lane Funeral Home ~ Ashland Terrace. Also from 11am-12pm, January 16, 2019 with Funeral Service to follow at Hixson Presbyterian Church with Rev. Robert Johnson and Rev. Steve Boon officiating. Procession will follow for a 1:30 interment at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415. www.lanefh.com





Search crews identified several "areas of interest" late Wednesday evening and continued searching those areas Thursday morning, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea said. By about 3 p.m., the aircraft was located near the area where witnesses said it went down — in front of Camp Vesper Point — Monday afternoon. It was in about 35 feet of water.

The victims' families identified them as retired U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Frank Davey and Lynda Marinello. Both were teachers at Notre Dame High School for several years and the two families became close friends.

"The [Davey] family is saddened to learn of the death of Lynda, which brings us further grief in addition to losing Frank," Richard L. Cox Sr., Davey's childhood best friend, said in the statement Thursday.

Both families thanked the multiple agencies involved in the search, including the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Tennessee Valley Authority, Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin County Emergency Services, Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department and Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Services.

"Truly you are our heroes," Cox wrote.

Both victims' remains were taken to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office, which will be in charge of positively confirming the identity of each victim.

Search crews used side-scan sonar to locate an anomaly on the lake floor, and divers then confirmed the wreckage, according to the sheriff's office.

The damaged aircraft remains submerged. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office personnel will determine how to best recover it in the coming days.

A timeline for recovery has not yet been determined, a news release states, and that timeline will greatly depend on the weather, water conditions, the time required to assess the wreckage and what resources are available to lift the plane from the lake.

But once it's been removed from the water, the plane will be taken to a secure site for further investigation.

The sheriff's office will work in collaboration with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the crash, a news release states.

However, the NTSB is delaying accident investigations and hearings as the partial government shutdown continues.

NTSB representatives have not answered phone calls or responded to emails. A recorded message for the media relations office said all media personnel had been furloughed and nobody would respond until the shutdown ends. The message suggested leaving a voicemail, but the mailbox was full.

"The HCSO would like to offer our prayers and condolences to the family of the victims as they continue through the difficult grieving process," reads a statement from Sheriff Jim Hammond.

Davey's family has said he will be interred at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.

Marinello will be honored from 2-5 p.m. Saturday in a "celebration of life" at The Urban Lawn, 306 W. Main St., said her daughter, Alaina Marinello, in a statement. The Marinello family welcomes all of her former students, friends, colleagues, "and anyone else who had the pleasure to meet her."

"For those attending we ask you to come as we all remember her-colorful and vibrant: no somber (all black) attire, plenty of color and glitter," Alaina Marinello said. "We aim to celebrate her and she would have wanted everyone to feel comfortable and fabulous."

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

S.O.C.A.T.A. MS893E Rallye Commodore 180, N353RA: Accident occurred January 11, 2018 near Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3), Medina County, Ohio

Roger Keene, 73, of Richfield talks with media after a forced landing. The plane lost power a mile or so outside the airport so Keene chose the safest place he could find to land. Keene was the only one in the plane and walked away uninjured. "I was lucky," he said.


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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio


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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N353RA



Location: Wadsworth, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA073
Date & Time: 01/11/2018, 1130 EST
Registration: N353RA
Aircraft: S.O.C.A.T.A. MS893E
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry 

On January 11, 2018, about 1130 eastern standard time, a S.O.C.A.T.A. MS893E airplane, N353RA, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3), Wadsworth, Ohio. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a ferry flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed without a flight plan from Reader-Botsford Airport (67D), Wellington, Ohio, about 1120.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to ferry the airplane, which had an expired annual inspection, to a new hangar. During the approach to 3G3, the pilot noticed a loss of engine power. Following unsuccessful attempts to restore engine power, the pilot executed a forced landing, during which the airplane impacted trees and damaged both wings.

Examination of the airplane at the accident site revealed the carburetor heat control was in the off position. The left fuel tank contained nine gallons of fuel and the right fuel tank contained seven gallons of fuel. The fuel contained no contaminants and no obstructions were found in the fuel lines. The engine was rotated by hand utilizing the propeller and compression was observed at all cylinders, with normal valve train and crankshaft continuity. Both magnetos were rotated by hand and produced spark at all leads. The engine fuel pump was actuated and exhibited normal suction and compression of fuel. The carburetor filter was free of contaminants and no anomalies were noted with the carburetor. Examination of the engine and fuel system revealed no preimpact anomalies that would have precluded operation of the engine.

The pilot stated that although his normal habit pattern was to activate the carburetor heat control while on downwind, this action may not have occurred on the accident flight and he thought the power loss might have been caused by carburetor icing. He had not flown the airplane for more than a year.

The recorded temperature and dew point data from a nearby weather station were plotted on a carburetor icing chart. The charted data showed that the weather was conducive to serious icing at descent power near the time of the engine power loss. 

Roger Keene walks around at the scene where he force landed his plane in a yard on Concord Place on January 11, 2018. Keene was on his way from the airport in Wellington to store his plane at Wadsworth Municipal Airport.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 06/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/01/2017
Flight Time:  910 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 910 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: S.O.C.A.T.A.
Registration: N353RA
Model/Series: MS893E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 13180
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2315 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 1 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 601 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O&VO-360 SER
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: KAKR, 1101 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1154 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 81°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  12 knots / 20 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: WELLINGTON, OH (67D)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wadsworth, OH (3G3)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1120 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: WADSWORTH MUNI (3G3)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 973 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Vegetation
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3529 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; 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:  41.003056, -81.756389 (est)


Roger Keene stands at the scene where he force landed his plane in a yard on Concord Place in Wadsworth. 


Roger Keene (left) works with state troopers in a yard on Concord Place after force landing his plane in Wadsworth. 

Roger Keene walks past debris after a forced landing in a yard on Concord Place in Wadsworth. 





Yampa Valley Regional Airport (KHDN), Routt County, Colorado

January 5th
6:52 p.m. 

Yampa Valley Regional Airport firefighters responded to a report of an interior gas leak at the airport.


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


January 3rd 
4 a.m. 

West Routt Fire Protection District and Yampa Valley Regional Airport firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the airport.  A frozen pipe in a hangar caused the alarm. 

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