Monday, April 01, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N75242; accident occurred March 31, 2019 at East Georgia Regional Airport (KSBO), Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia

  
View of damage to firewall 
Federal Aviation Administration 

 View of damage to upper engine mount
Federal Aviation Administration 


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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/N75242


Location: Swainsboro, GA
Accident Number: GAA19CA191
Date & Time: 03/31/2019, 1125 EDT
Registration: N75242
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 cruise flight, his onboard weather radar showed unfavorable weather ahead, and he diverted to a nearby airport for a precautionary landing. Upon touchdown, the airplane veered left, slid off the runway onto the adjacent field, and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the upper engine mount.

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, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 230° at 9 knots, gusting 18 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 32.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
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: 02/13/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/26/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 248 hours (Total, all aircraft), 166 hours (Total, this make and model), 202 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N75242
Model/Series: PA32 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32-7600016
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/22/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-540-E4B5
Registered Owner: M&M Air Llc
Rated Power: 250 hp
Operator: M&M Air Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSBO, 329 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1535 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Shellman Bluff, GA (1GA0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Winder, GA (WDR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: East Georgia Regional (SBO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 327 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6021 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: 32.609167, -82.370000 (est)

Cessna 310K, N6999L: Incident occurred March 30, 2019 at Magic Valley Regional Airport (KTWF), Twin Falls County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N6999L

Date: 30-MAR-19
Time: 20:04:00Z
Regis#: N6999L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TWIN FALLS
State: IDAHO

Delta Air Lines, Airbus A320: Incident occurred March 30, 2019 at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (KMSP), Minnesota

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

Delta Air Lines flight 730: During taxi was cut off by a vehicle on the taxiway, returned to gate.

Date: 30-MAR-19
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: 320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA
Flight Number: 720
City: MINNEAPOLIS
State: MINNESOTA

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N733PG: Incident occurred March 30, 2019 at Essex County Airport (KCDW), Caldwell, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Veered off the runway and hit a taxiway sign.

PN Aero LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N733PG

Date: 30-MAR-19
Time: 15:10:00Z
Regis#: N733PG
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CALDWELL
State: NEW JERSEY

Van's Aircraft RV-7A, N197RV: Incident occurred March 30, 2019 at Monmouth Executive Airport (KBLM), Belmar, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Brake and tire caught fire.

https://registry.faa.gov/N197RV

Date: 30-MAR-19
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N197RV
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RV 7A VANS
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: BELMAR
State: NEW JERSEY

Piper PA28: Incident occurred March 27, 2019 at Old Bridge Airport (3N6), Middlesex County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Veered off the runway.

Date: 27-MAR-19
Time: 18:50:00Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OLD BRIDGE
State: NEW JERSEY

Bell 222, local personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N222ML: Accident occurred March 30, 2019 in Montgomery, Orange County, New York

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N222ML



Location: Montgomery, NY
Accident Number: ERA19LA145
Date & Time: 03/30/2019, 1230 EDT
Registration: N222ML
Aircraft: Bell 222
Injuries: 1 Minor, 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 30, 2019, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Bell 222, N222ML, was substantially damaged during a forced landing shortly after takeoff near Montgomery, New York. The private pilot was not injured, while one of the five passengers sustained minor injuries. No flight plan was filed for the local personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated he completed a preflight checklist, boarded passengers, and started the engines. Prior to takeoff, all gauges were in a normal range. He departed and about 1,000 ft he noticed the engine one needle dropped, indicating it had lost power, and the engine two needle spiked. He made a sharp left turn to return to the airstrip and perform a run-on landing. As the helicopter was touching down, a strong northeast wind pushed the helicopter left and the left landing gear to touched down in the grass, which pulled the helicopter onto uneven ground. The helicopter came to a stop, then tipped over onto its left side and the main rotor impacted the ground. After it came to rest there was a small fire underneath helicopter. All the occupants exited the helicopter and the fire was extinguished.

The helicopter was righted to prevent a fuel leak. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector traveled to the site and examined the helicopter. The rotor and transmission was separated and laying next to the helicopter. There was damage to the nose and fire damage to the upper portion of the fuselage aft of the number one engine.

The ten-seat helicopter was equipped with two Honeywell LTS-101 turboshaft engines.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for helicopter-rotorcraft. His most recent FAA third-class airman medical certificate was issued on August 31, 2017, at that time he reported 250 total flight hours.

At 1230, the weather conditions reported at Orange County Airport (MGJ), Montgomery, New York, about 3 miles southeast of the accident site included, wind from 170° at 13 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 18°C, dew point 6°C, and an altimeter setting of 29.95 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N222ML
Model/Series: 222 A
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
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: KMGJ, 365 ft msl
Observation Time: 1230 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Montgomery, NY
Destination: Montgomery, NY

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 4 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 5 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.539444, -74.306944

TOWN OF CRAWFORD – Six people suffered only minor injuries when the helicopter they were in made a hard landing and overturned shortly after takeoff at 12:38 p.m. on Saturday.

All of the occupants – including the pilot and five passengers – refused medical attention after the chopper crashed in a field off Youngblood Road in the Town of Crawford. One suffered a minor laceration while exiting the aircraft.


Police Chief Dominick Blasko said the rotorcraft experienced a loss of engine power on take off and overturned during attempted force landing. 


A fuel leak from the chopper was contained by hazmat crews.


Crawford Police were assisted at the scene by State Police, State Environmental Conservation Police, Bullville Fire Department, Pine Bush Ambulance and Mobile Life Support Services.


The investigation is continuing.


Story and video ➤ http://midhudsonnews.com

Beech E35, N3249C: Incident occurred March 31, 2019 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH) Harris County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N3249C

Date: 31-MAR-19
Time: 14:45:00Z
Regis#: N3249C
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: E35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

Runway Excursion: Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N902RA; accident occurred March 31, 2019 at Stephenville Clark Regional Airport (KSEP), Erath County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

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/N902RA


Location: Stephenville, TX

Accident Number: GAA19CA192
Date & Time: 03/31/2019, 1015 CDT
Registration: N902RA
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The student pilot reported that during landing, the airplane was configured with flaps 30°, and the airspeed was 70 knots. When the airplane was over the runway, he reduced the throttle to idle and initiated the landing flare. The airplane descended rapidly, landed hard and bounced. He aborted the landing, "but the wind caught me and the next thing I knew, I was facing the taxiway." The airplane exited the left side of the runway and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing lift strut.

The METAR for the accident airport, reported that at the time of the accident, the wind was from 050° at 12 knots, and gusting to 20 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 32.

According to the manufacturer's Pilot Operating Handbook, the maximum demonstrated crosswind is 15 knots.

The crosswind component for the accident flight was 16 knots.

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

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 41, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/07/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 42.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 38.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 6.2 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N902RA
Model/Series: 172 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17260190
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/08/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: Rich Aviation Services Llc
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Rich Aviation Services Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSEP, 1321 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1715 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 214°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 20 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 50°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.42 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Weatherford, TX (WEA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Weatherford, TX (WEA)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Stephenville Clark Rgnl (SEP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1321 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4209 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 32.215278, -98.177778 (est)

Cessna 172B, N8145X: Incident occurred March 29, 2019 in Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston

Landed on interstate.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8145X

Date: 29-MAR-19
Time: 21:59:00Z
Regis#: N8145X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: ABINGTON
State: VIRGINIA




WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) - A small airplane has been removed from the interstate after the pilot made an emergency landing because the aircraft ran out of fuel. 

The plane landed around 6 p.m. Friday on Interstate 81 north near exit 7 in Virginia. 

No one was hurt and no vehicles were struck, according to Virginia State Police. 

According to the FAA database, the plane is a Cessna 172B registered to David B. Hobart of Virginia Beach. 

VSP originally said the aircraft would be refueled so the pilot could take off using the interstate as a runway. Instead, the plane was loaded onto a tow truck and removed from the scene around 8 p.m. VSP said it would be taken to Virginia Highlands Airport. 

The pilot told News Channel 11 he just purchased the aircraft and that was his first time flying it as owner.

One lane of I-81 was closed while the plane remained parked on the shoulder of the interstate. 

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








Washington County, Virginia  — At 6:01 p.m. Friday, Virginia State Police received a call of a plane having to make an emergency landing on I-81 around mile marker eight.

Police say it was a small fixed wing aircraft near the Exit Seven area in Washington County.

The plane had to make an emergency landing because it had run out of fuel before it could reach the Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon.

The pilot was not injured.

No vehicles on the interstate were struck or damaged

"He recently purchased [the plane] this morning" said Virginia State Master Trooper Patrick Lower. "Its got a faulty gas gauge."

"There's no coordinated emergency landings. It just happens. He didn't call ahead to ask to land on the interstate. He did a great job not hitting anybody or anything."

The aircraft was re-fueled and taken on a flatbed tow truck to Virginia Highlands Airport.

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




WASHINGTON COUNTY, Virginia (WDBJ7) — Virginia State Police responded to an unusual event on Friday after a plane was forced to land on Interstate 81 in Washington County.

At 6:01 p.m. Friday, state police received a report that a small, fixed-wing aircraft made an emergency landing off the right, northbound side of I-81 near Exit 7 in Bristol. The plane made the emergency landing because it had run out of fuel before it could reach the Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon.

The pilot was not injured. No vehicles on the interstate were struck or damaged, according to a release from VSP.

The aircraft was refueled and the pilot had to wait for approval by the FAA to take off, police said, but then he took off from the interstate and continued along his route safely.

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

Cessna Citation 560: Incident occurred March 31, 2019 at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (KROA), Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Veered off the taxiway and struck a sign.

Date: 31-MAR-19
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: LKE
Flight Number: 335
City: ROANOKE
State: VIRGINIA

Piper PA-24-260, N8733P: Incident occurred March 30, 2019 at Louisa County Airport/Freeman Field (KLKU), Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Gear up landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8733P

Date: 30-MAR-19
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N8733P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 260
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LOUISA
State: VIRGINIA

Piper PA-16, N676SC: Accident occurred March 31, 2019 at Afton Municipal Airport (KAFO), Lincoln County, Wyoming

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

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/N676SC


Location: Afton, WY
Accident Number: GAA19CA184
Date & Time: 03/31/2019, 1130 MDT
Registration: N676SC
Aircraft: Piper PA 16
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, upon landing, the airplane bounced twice and started to veer left. He immediately applied power to go-around, but the main gear struck a snow bank, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left and right wings.

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

About the time of the accident, the automated weather reporting station reported that the wind was calm. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 34.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
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: 05/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/13/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2293 hours (Total, all aircraft), 34 hours (Total, this make and model), 2094 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N676SC
Model/Series: PA 16 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1949
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 16-676
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/22/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2405 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A2B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: KAFO, 6221 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1735 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 4°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Afton, WY (AFO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Afton, WY (AFO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1045 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Afton Muni (AFO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6220 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7025 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.708889, -110.942222 (est)

Cirrus SR22 GTS X G3 Turbo, registered to Casey's Aircooled Engine LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N173CT: Fatal accident occurred March 31, 2019 in Farmington, San Juan County, New Mexico

Marvin Monroe Casey


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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Cirrus Aircraft; Duluth, Minnesota

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N173CT


Location: Farmington, NM
Accident Number: WPR19FA103
Date & Time: 03/31/2019, 1439 MDT
Registration: N173CT
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 31, 2019, about 1439 mountain daylight time, a Cirrus SR-22 airplane, N173CT, collided with terrain near Farmington, New Mexico. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Casey's Aircooled Engine LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Marginal visual flight rules (VFR) weather conditions prevailed at the accident site, and a VFR flight plan had been filed. The cross-country flight departed Cal Black Memorial Airport (U96), Halls Crossing, Utah, about 1345 with a planned destination of Big Spring Mc Mahon-Wrinkle Airport (BPG), Big Spring, Texas.

According to the pilot's family, he had flown from his home base in Big Spring on March 29, and had spent the weekend in the Lake Powell, Utah area. He had flown the route at least a dozen times before, and was familiar with the terrain.

Preliminary Federal Aviation Administration radar data for the day of the accident revealed a target that was believed to be the accident airplane departing the Halls Crossing area at 1351, and climbing on an eastbound track. About that time, while the target was climbing out of a transponder-reported altitude of 9,125 ft, the accident pilot made radio contact with Cedar City Flight Service Station to activate his VFR flight plan. During that communication exchange the briefer asked the pilot if he had the Airmen's Meteorological Information (AIRMET) for icing and mountain obscuration for the planned route of flight, to which the pilot reported that he did.

About 1400, the radar target had reached 14,000 ft, and about that same time the pilot made a call to the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZDV), requesting VFR flight following. The controller accepted the request, and issued the airplane a discrete transponder code. Three minutes later, with the same, previously unidentified radar target about 30 miles southeast of U96, and at 15,000 ft, the target was positively identified as the accident airplane. The controller advised the pilot that he had established radar contact, and provided the pilot with the altimeter setting for Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ), Cortez, Colorado.

By 1409, the airplane had reached its highest altitude of 17,300 ft, and was about 50 nautical miles southeast of U96. A few minutes later, the target turned left, and began to track east. For the next 7 minutes its track began to slowly transition back to the southeast, after which the pilot was provided and acknowledged a frequency change by the ZDV controller.

At 1428 the airplane was about 24 miles southwest of Farmington Airport (FMN), and the controller provided the pilot with the FMN altimeter setting. About that time, the airplane began descending, until at 1435, it had progressed another 24 miles, and descended to 9,300 ft.

The controller then provided the pilot with the frequency for Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAB), and the pilot read it back correctly. No other radio transmissions were received by controllers from either ZAB or ZDV, and at 1438:10, the airplane had descended to 8,575 ft, and began a descending right turn. The radius of the turn was about 3,200 ft, and the last recorded radar return from the airplane occurred 16 seconds later, with the airplane at 6,850 ft, and on a southbound track.

Controllers from both ZDV and ZAB attempted to establish communications with the pilot. No responses were received, and an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued at 1512.

A search and rescue mission was conducted by the Civil Air Patrol and the New Mexico State Police, and the airplane wreckage was discovered about 1700.

The wreckage was located in flat high desert terrain, at an elevation of about 6,185 ft, 450ft southwest of the last recorded radar target, and 30 miles south of FMN.

The first identified point of impact was a 4-ft-deep by 10-ft-wide crater which contained the nose landing gear assembly, two propeller blades, and fragmented engine and airframe components. Two matching linear impact marks, the total length of which corresponded to the airplane's wingspan, emanated from the crater on a north-south heading. The right wingtip and green navigation lens fragments were found at the tip of the northern mark, and red navigation lens fragments were located at the tip of the southern mark.

The debris field was 450 ft long, on a heading of about 210° true (See Figure 1). The engine came to rest about 30 ft beyond the crater, and the remainder of the debris was composed of fragmented pieces of composite main cabin and wing structure, fanned out to a width of about 100 ft. The aluminum ailerons, elevators, and flaps were crushed and distributed throughout the debris field, and the farthest components were the left forward seat and a wing fuel cap.

The rocket-powered airframe parachute was located in the center of the debris field. The harness cables remained attached to their respective airframe fittings, and the top of the parachute canopy remained folded evenly along its pleats, and had not unfurled. Although the canopy lines had extended to their full length, the solid-fuel rocket motor remained attached to the parachute assembly and had not been expended. These findings were consistent with the parachute system not having been activated in flight.

Officers from the New Mexico State Police observed a storm passing through the high desert area south of Farmington on the afternoon of the accident. A Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement officer who responded to the accident site that day, stated that upon his arrival skies were clear, but the ground was wet with rain from a shower that had passed through the area a few hours prior.


Figure 1 – Accident Site Viewed to the West 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N173CT
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFMN, 5502 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Halls Crossing, UT (U96)
Destination: Big Spring, TX (BPG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  36.218333, -108.016389

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.

Marvin Monroe Casey
April 7, 1959 - March 31, 2019

Marvin Monroe Casey, age 59, from Big Spring, Texas died on March 31, 2019 in New Mexico doing what he loved, flying his Cirrus SR22. 

Marvin was a longtime resident of Big Spring, Texas. He was born on April 7, 1959 in Houston, Texas. He was the owner of Casey’s Campers, which has been family owned since 1975. Marvin loved life to the fullest. He loved flying, hunting, camping, boating, spending time with his family and always was looking for new adventures. He worked hard so he could play hard. Marvin was always willing to help others and touched many lives. Marvin’s personality was always outgoing and fun-loving. He never met a stranger and everybody that knew him, loved him. Marvin will be truly missed and never forgotten. 

Marvin is survived by his wife Debra Casey of Big Spring; children: Johnathan Casey, Trista Hubbard and husband Brandy; grandchildren: Cassidy Casey, Aeris Casey, Kenna Bennett, McKenzie Hubbard, Addison Hubbard and Casey Hubbard, all Big Spring. Marvin is also survived by his parents: Monroe Casey and wife Renee of Big Spring and Jackie Curtis and husband Ray of Palisade, Colorado; one sister: Kimberly Blossom and husband Larry of Clifton, Colorado and one brother: Kyle Casey of Big Spring. 

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com

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FARMINGTON, New Mexico (KOSA) -- UPDATED AT 8:00 P.M.

A plane that crashed in northeast New Mexico left one West Texas man dead on Sunday.

New Mexico State Police said 59-year-old Marvin Monroe Casey of Big Spring was pronounced dead on the scene.

“You couldn’t ask for a better man than Marvin. He would give you the shirt off his back. Just an awesome guy," said Danny Eagle, a long-time friend of Casey's. "I have a sour stomach. I just can’t believe it. When I heard it- I’m in awe.”

The Federal Aviation Association told us a Cirrus SR22 GTS X G3 Turbo was reported missing by Denver Air Traffic Control around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

State police said the call came in about the downed aircraft around 4:15 p.m.

Federal Aviation Administration said it's last known position was about 50 miles south of Farmington.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Lynn Lundsford said the plane was en route to Big Spring.

On Monday, Casey's two stores, Casey's Aircooled Engine LLC and Casey's Campers, were closed. Instead, purple memorial wreaths were left behind.

A friend of Marvin said his memory will stay alive in the community of Big Spring.

"Everybody in town knew Marvin. Funny. Always cracking jokes. You couldn't ask for a better man," Eagle said.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation.

“I’m just so heartbroken. I can’t believe it," Eagle said.

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National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a downed aircraft in northwest New Mexico.

According the FAA, the airplane was en route to Big Spring when it crashed.

The pilot, 59-year-old Marvin Monroe Casey, died in the crash according to New Mexico State Police.

The plane's tail number is registered to Casey's Aircooled Engine LLC in Big Spring.

The Federal Aviation Administration told us a Cirrus SR22 GTS X G3 Turbo was reported missing by Denver Air Traffic Control around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

State police said the call came in about the downed aircraft around 4:15 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it's last known position was about 50 miles south of Farmington.

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FARMINGTON — State police and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an aircraft crash that occurred Sunday between Farmington and Crownpoint.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford, a Cirrus SR22 GTS X G3 Turbo crashed under unknown circumstances with one person on board.

The small plane was headed to Big Spring, Texas when it was reported missing at approximately 3:15 p.m. Lunsford said the plane disappeared from air traffic radar about 50 miles south of Farmington. The wreckage was discovered Sunday evening.

State Police Spokesman Ray Wilson said in an email that police received a call about the crash shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday. Wilson said the pilot, Marvin Monroe Casey, 59, of Big Spring, was pronounced dead on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

The single-engine plane was owned by Casey’s Aircooled Engine LLC, located in Big Spring.

The tracking service FlightAware reports that the plane landed in Halls Crossing, Utah, Friday morning after leaving Big Spring. Halls Crossing is located near Lake Powell in San Juan County. According to the flight tracking service's website, AirNav RadarBox, the plane left Halls Crossing shortly before 2 p.m. 

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