Friday, February 22, 2019

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N1203F: Accident occurred February 21, 2019 at Livermore Municipal Airport KLVK Alameda County, California



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Navolutions Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N1203F

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA183
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Livermore, CA
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N1203F

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Lost control and went off the runway into the grass.

Date: 21-FEB-19
Time: 20:44:00Z
Regis#: N1203F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LIVERMORE
State: CALIFORNIA

Tecnam P92 Eaglet, N108TE: Accident occurred February 21, 2019 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Crashed due to unknown circumstances.

Light Sport Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N108TE

Date: 21-FEB-19
Time: 21:35:00Z
Aircraft Make: COSTRUZIONI
Aircraft Model: P92 EAGLET
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO



CENTENNIAL, Colorado (CBS4) – For the third time in two days, there has been a hard landing at Centennial Airport.

One person suffered “moderate” injuries in an emergency landing on runway 10/28. Another passenger was not hurt.

The plane was described as a light sport aircraft (LSA). 

On Wednesday, two planes landed hard and caused the runways to temporarily be closed.

As of Thursday evening, all runways were open.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://denver.cbslocal.com

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado  — One person was injured after a plane made an emergency on runway 10/28 at Centennial Airport on Thursday.

South Metro Fire Rescue responded and rendered aid to one of the passengers.

It was the third plane in two days to experience problems at Centennial Airport.

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

Hughes 369E, registered to K&S Helicopters and operated by Paradise Helicopters under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight, N506PH: Accident occurred February 21, 2019 in Kukuihaele, Hawaii

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N506PH

Location: Kukuihaele, HI
Accident Number: WPR19LA087
Date & Time: 02/21/2019, 0659 HST
Registration: N506PH
Aircraft: MD HELICOPTER 369
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

On February 21, 2019, about 0659 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a McDonnel Douglas, MD 369E helicopter, N506PH, impacted terrain during a forced-landing about 1 mile south-east of Kukuihaele, Hawaii. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and tail boom. The helicopter was registered to K&S Helicopters and operated by Paradise Helicopters under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Hilo International Airport, Hilo, Hawaii about 0600.

The pilot reported that he was maneuvering to land at an off-airport pick up site. He started the approach to land and while in a descending turn to the right, he observed, out of the corner of his eye, a yellow flash, followed by a red flash. The pilot then looked inside the helicopter and saw the engine out light illuminate and heard an alarm activate. He noticed the exhaust gas temperature at about 909° C and the engine torque gauge indicated 0%. He established an autorotational descent and found a suitable landing area. During touchdown, the tail rotor assembly and left skid assembly broke away followed by the helicopter rolling to the left. The helicopter came to rest on its left side with the engine still running. The pilot shutdown the engine and exited through the front wind screen area with the help of witnesses.

Two witness's reported hearing a bang followed by observing the helicopter descend to the ground. The helicopter was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MD HELICOPTER
Registration: N506PH
Model/Series: 369 E
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commercial Air Tour (136); Commuter Air Carrier (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:  0659 HST
Distance from Accident Site: 37 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

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: 20.110833, -155.554167 (est)

HONOKAA — A 39-year-old man was transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious condition following a tour helicopter crash at around 7 a.m. today near Kukuihaele, according to the Hawaii Fire Department

The crash occurred on private land accessible through Waipio on Horseback Ranch, near the 7.5-mile marker of Honokaa-Waipio Road (Highway 240) near the Waipio lookout. The crash site wasn’t visible from the highway and the Tribune-Herald wasn’t allowed to visit the crash site.

The Fire Department said the crash was on open land about 200 yards mauka of the highway.

The department said the crash was a result of engine failure.

No passengers were on board when what the helicopter’s owners, K&S Helicopters, dba Paradise Helicopters, described in a statement as a “hard landing … while arriving for a utility flight” occurred.

The pilot self-extricated and was able to walk away from the rotorcraft. K&S said he was hospitalized “for further evaluation as a precautionary measure.”

“The care of our pilot is our highest priority right now,” said Calvin Dorn, K&S CEO. Dorn didn’t identify the pilot.

K&S said it “is cooperating with authorities involved” and Hawaii Police Department Capt. Albert Jason Cortez said the Federal Aviation Administration “has been contacted regarding this.”

“We classify this as a public accident,” Cortez said.

Police said the helicopter ended up on its side. Asked about damage to the aircraft, Cortez replied, “There was some damage but not as much as you’d expect considering there was a crash.”

According to the FAA aircraft registry, the helicopter is a McDonnell Douglas 369E manufactured in 1989 with an Allison 250-C20 turboshaft engine. Its airworthiness certificate was issued Aug. 22, 2011, with an expiration date of Aug. 31, 2020.

Original article ➤ https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com

Van's RV-6, N1328D: Incident occurred February 15, 2019 at Lakefront Airport (KNEW), New Orleans, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Hit barricades.

MB Aero LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N1328D

Date: 15-FEB-19
Time: 20:35:00Z
Regis#: N1328D
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: VANS RV 6
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: NEW ORLEANS
State: LOUISIANA

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N83AF, accident occurred February 21, 2019 at Morristown Municipal Airport (KMMU), Morris County, New Jersey

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Saddle Brook, New Jersey 

Aviation Accident Final 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/N83AF

Location: Morristown, NJ

Accident Number: GAA19CA151
Date & Time: 02/21/2019, 1700 EST
Registration: N83AF
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

Analysis 

The flight instructor reported that, during takeoff with the student pilot on the flight controls, the airplane veered slightly left. The instructor assisted by applying rudder input, which corrected the veer, but then the airplane abruptly veered left. The instructor assumed control of the airplane, pulled the power, and applied brakes and rudder. The airplane exited the runway to the left into grass, and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The student reported that he recalled the instructor telling him about the airplane's left turning tendencies and having to correct with the opposite (right) rudder. He added that he may have corrected with the wrong rudder during the takeoff.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount and fuselage.

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

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about 10 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 290° at 7 knots. The airplane was departing from runway 31.

The Federal Aviation Administration's Airplane Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083-3B, "Normal Takeoff," stated, in part:

As the airplane gains speed, the elevator control tends to assume a neutral position if the airplane is correctly trimmed. At the same time, the rudder pedals are used to keep the nose of the airplane pointed down the runway and parallel to the centerline. The effects of engine torque and P-factor at the initial speeds tend to pull the nose to the left (Torque and P-Factor will be discussed in greater detail in later chapter). The pilot must use whatever rudder pressure is needed to correct for these effects or winds. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's improper rudder input and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action during takeoff, which resulted in a loss of directional control, a runway excursion, and the landing gear collapsing.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Use of equip/system - Instructor/check pilot (Cause)
Use of equip/system - Student pilot (Cause)
Delayed action - Instructor/check pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion
Landing gear collapse

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 29, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):  Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 368 hours (Total, all aircraft), 310 hours (Total, this make and model), 234 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 86 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 18, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N83AF
Model/Series: 172 R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17281052
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/13/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 15896.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Registered Owner: Ameriflyers Of Texas Inc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: American Flyers
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)
Operator Does Business As: 07960
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMMU, 187 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2150 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 341°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 25000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Morristown, NJ (MMU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Morristown, NJ (MMU)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1700 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Morristown Muni (MMU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 186 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 31
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3997 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.797500, -74.415833 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer, N7822D; accident occurred February 21, 2019 at Scappoose Industrial Airpark (KSPB), Scappoose, Columbia County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aviation Accident Final 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/N7822D



Location: Scappoose, OR
Accident Number: GAA19CA150
Date & Time: 02/21/2019, 1425 PST
Registration: N7822D
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

Analysis 

The solo student pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he intended to accomplish a three-point landing. During the landing flare, the airspeed decreased, and just before touchdown, he applied aft yoke pressure to pin the tailwheel on the runway. As the main landing gear touched down, the airplane veered left, and it then exited the left side of the runway and collided with taxiway signage.

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

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with taxiway signage.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Sign/marker - Effect on equipment (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 54.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 53.3 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7822D
Model/Series: PA22 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-5468
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/18/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5020 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-B1A
Registered Owner: Twinco Leasing Llc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Twinco Leasing Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSPB, 55 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1410 PST
Direction from Accident Site: 19°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Scappoose, OR (SPB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Scappoose, OR (SPB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1418 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Scappoose Industrial Airpark (SPB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 58 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5100 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go; 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: 45.771111, -122.861944 (est)


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

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


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


Location: Scappoose, OR
Accident Number: GAA17CA199
Date & Time: 04/03/2017, 1930 PDT
Registration: N7822D
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The student pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he accomplished several takeoffs and landings on the asphalt runway during his solo flight in the pattern. He reported that, during his sixth landing, the airplane swerved to the left and subsequently swerved to the right during the landing roll. He attempted to control the airplane's direction with rudder pedal application, but he inadvertently applied the toe brakes, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both left side wing struts, the rudder, and the windscreen.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's loss of directional control during the landing roll and his subsequent inadvertent brake application, which resulted in a nose-over.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Brake - Unintentional use/operation (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Nose over/nose down 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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: 10/28/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/27/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 106 hours (Total, all aircraft), 41 hours (Total, this make and model), 16 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N7822D
Model/Series: PA 22
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-5468
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:  4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/03/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: N7822D LLC
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSPB, 55 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 19°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Scappoose, OR (SPB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Scappoose, OR (SPB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1830 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: SCAPPOOSE INDUSTRIAL AIRPARK (SPB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 58 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5100 ft / 100 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: 45.771111, -122.861944 (est)

Fuel Exhaustion: Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N148ME, accident occurred May 29, 2018 near Ernest A. Love Field (KPRC), Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Prescott, Arizona

Aviation Accident Final 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/N148ME


Location: Prescott, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA312
Date & Time: 05/29/2018, 2115 MST
Registration: N148ME
Aircraft: PIPER PA 46
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

According to the pilot, about 15 minutes before reaching the destination airport during descent, the engine lost power. The pilot switched fuel tanks, and the engine power was momentarily restored, but the engine stopped producing power even though he thought it "was still running all the way to impact." The pilot conducted a forced landed on a highway at night, and the right wing struck an object and separated from the airplane. The airplane came to rest inverted.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector (ASI) that performed the postaccident airplane examination, the fuel lines to the fuel manifold were dry, and the fuel manifold valves were dry. He reported that the fuel strainer, the diaphragm, and the fuel filter in the duel manifold were unremarkable. Fuel was found in the gascolator.

The FAA ASI reported that, during his interview with the pilot, "the pilot changed his story from fuel exhaustion, to fuel contamination." The inspector reported that there were no signs of fuel contamination during the examination of the fuel system.

According to the fixed-base operator (FBO) at the departure airport, the pilot requested 20 gallons of fuel. He then canceled his fuel request and walked out of the FBO. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper fuel planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent total loss of engine power.

Findings

Aircraft
Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)

Personnel issues
Fuel planning - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute-descent
Fuel exhaustion (Defining event)
Loss of engine power (total)
Attempted remediation/recovery

Landing
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Part(s) separation from AC
Roll over


Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Private
Age: 34, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/05/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/27/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 2000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N148ME
Model/Series: PA 46
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1986
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 46-8608009
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4118 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520
Registered Owner: 1ST AVENUE MALIBU SERVICES LLC
Rated Power: 0 hp
Operator: 1ST AVENUE MALIBU SERVICES LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None



Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPRC, 5052 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 341°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SANTA ANA, CA (SNA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: PRESCOTT, AZ (PRC)
Type of Clearance: IFR; VFR; VFR on top
Departure Time: 1940 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D



Airport Information

Airport: Ernest A Love Field (PRC)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 5045 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 



Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.340556, -112.294167 (est)

Republic Airlines, Embraer 170/175: Incident occurred February 16, 2019 in Gordonsville, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Republic Airlines flight 3641: Reported severe turbulence, flight attendant injured wrist and knee. Aircraft continued to destination.

Date: 16-FEB-19
Time: 23:25:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: E170
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: REPUBLIC AIRLINES
Flight Number: 3641
City: GORDONSVILLE
State: VIRGINIA

Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel +, N427MM: Incident occurred February 20, 2019 at Jackson Hole Airport (KJAC), Teton County, Wyoming

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Casper, Wyoming

Landing gear door tore off causing damage to underside of aircraft.

Nolines Leasing LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N427MM

Date: 20-FEB-19
Time: 04:20:00Z
Regis#: N427MM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560XL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: JACKSON
State: WYOMING