Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Air Tractor AT-502, N7314D: Fatal accident occurred April 09, 2019 in Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Air Tractor; Olney, Texas
Pratt & Whitney Canada; Bridgeport, West Virginia
Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N7314D

Location: Harlingen, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA117
Date & Time: 04/09/2019, 1033 CDT
Registration: N7314D
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 502
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On April 9, 2019, about 1033 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502 airplane, N7314D, collided with high-voltage power transmission lines and terrain while maneuvering at a low altitude near Harlingen, Texas. The commercial pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed during impact and a postimpact fire. The airplane was owned by the pilot and operated by Rowland Dusters under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137 without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The local agricultural application flight departed a private airstrip, near Raymondville, Texas, about 1005.

The purpose of the flight was to spray pesticide over a cultivated cotton field. A witness reported that she was driving northbound on Highway 77 when she observed the airplane flying to the west, at a low altitude, when it collided with power transmission lines. She observed numerous sparks when the airplane collided with the power transmission lines and an explosion upon impact with the ground.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the 77-year-old pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for single and multiengine land airplanes. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on March 27, 2019, with a limitation for corrective lenses. On his application for the medical certificate, the pilot reported having accumulated 25,000 total hours of flight experience, of which 200 hours were flown within the previous 6 months. A search of FAA records showed no previous accidents, incidents, or enforcement proceedings. The pilot's flight history was established using his logbook. The final logbook entry was for a flight review dated March 24, 2016, at which time he had accumulated 27,411 total hours of flight experience.

The airplane, serial number 502-0003, was powered by a 680 shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-15AG turbo-propeller engine, serial number PCE-14143, which drove a three-blade, constant-speed, full-feathering, Hartzell HC-B3TN-3D propeller, serial number BUA30488. The single-seat airplane was equipped with a conventional landing gear, flaps, and agricultural application equipment. The airplane had a maximum allowable takeoff weight of 8,000 pounds. The airplane was issued a restricted category airworthiness certificate on June 26, 1987. The airplane's hour meter was destroyed during the postimpact fire, which precluded a determination of the airplane's total service time at the time of the accident. The last annual inspection of the airplane was completed on April 1, 2018, at 10,822.8 total airframe hours. At the last annual inspection, the engine had accumulated 9,762.6 total hours since new. A postaccident review of the maintenance records found no history of unresolved airworthiness issues. The operator reported that the airplane departed with 170 gallons of Jet-A fuel on board and 75 gallons of Malathion pesticide.

A postaccident review of available meteorological data established that day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The nearest aviation weather reporting station was located at Rio Grande Valley International Airport (HRL), Searcy, Arkansas, about 8 miles east-southeast of the accident site. At 1052, about 19 minutes after the accident, the HRL automated surface observing system reported wind 190° magnetic at 15 knots, a clear sky, 10 miles surface visibility, temperature 28°C, dew point 14°C, and an altimeter setting of 29.97 inches of mercury.

The accident site was in a newly planted cotton field, which was the intended field to be sprayed during the flight. The airplane impacted two, 1.108 inch diameter, 345 kilovolt power transmission lines that were strung between two 136 ft tall structures along the eastern border of the field. The airplane subsequently impacted the field about 200 ft west of the powerlines. A fan-shaped wreckage debris field extended about 100 ft from the initial ground impact. The overall distribution of the wreckage was consistent with the airplane traveling west-northwest when it impacted the ground. Red navigation lens material, from the left wingtip, was found at the initial impact with the ground. The main wreckage consisted of the fuselage, empennage, right wing, engine, and propeller. The main wreckage exhibited evidence of a prolonged postimpact ground fire. All airframe structural components and flight control surfaces were identified at the accident site. Flight control continuity could not be established due to impact damage; however, all observed separations were consistent with overstress or damage sustained during the postimpact fire. The flap actuator was found in the fully retracted position. The left wing was highly fragmented during impact. The forward face of the left main wing spar exhibited broad vertical marks 3 ft to 6 ft from the airplane centerline. The observed marks were consistent with contact with a large diameter electric transmission cable. There were two transmission cables conjoined with the main wreckage; one wrapped around the engine and propeller shaft, and the other wrapped around the wing carry-through structure and fuselage. The right wing was largely intact with fire damage to the inboard portion of the wing. There was no evidence of a wire strike on the leading edge of the right wing, horizontal stabilizer, or vertical stabilizer. The fuselage was found upright with significant fire damage. The preimpact position of the powerplant control levers could not be determined due to the deformation and fire damage to the cockpit. Engine control continuity could not be established due to impact and fire damage. The engine remained attached to the fuselage mounts. The inlet case struts were fractured during impact and the accessory gearbox had separated from the engine except for external lines and cables. The 1st stage compressor blades exhibited a tip rub and ingested dirt and organic matter. The engine had separated at the C flange. The downstream side of the compressor turbine disc and blades exhibited rotational scoring from contact with the power turbine vane and baffle. A majority of the power turbine blades had separated from the disc. Several power turbine blade roots and tips were found preceding the main wreckage in the debris field. The remaining turbine blades were displaced forward in the disc and were fractured close to midspan of the airfoil. The disc and blades exhibited rotational scoring on the upstream side from contact with the power turbine baffle and vane. The downstream side of the power turbine blades and disc exhibited rotational scoring from contact with the exhaust duct. The chip detector was removed, and no magnetic debris was observed. The propeller remained attached to the engine. The three propeller blades remained attached to the hub and exhibited spanwise twisting. Two blades segmented during the impact sequence and one blade remained intact with leading and trailing edge gouging near the blade tip. The intact blade also exhibited minor chordwise scratches about midspan. The postaccident examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane before it collided with the high-voltage power transmission lines.

The airplane was equipped with a Satloc G4 agricultural GPS system that provided guidance and analysis for agricultural application operations. The system's non-volatile memory was successfully downloaded using a surrogate airplane. The recovered data did not include continuous position information for the flight; the system was configured to only record limited position data while the pilot depressed the spray trigger. Further review of the recovered data established that the pilot had sprayed one field before the accident. The system did not record any position data near the accident site.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N7314D
Model/Series: AT 502
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Rowland Dusters
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: ZBPG 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HRL, 36 ft msl
Observation Time: 1052 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Raymondville, TX (PVT)
Destination: Raymondville, TX (PVT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: In-Flight and On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 26.292500, -97.765000


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.


Bennard S. Rowland II 
1941 - 2019 
~

Lasara - On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Bennard Strauss Rowland II, of La Sara, Texas went on to be with his parents Bennard and Verna Mae Rowland and his sister Billie and brother Otis "Dump" Rowland. 

Ben was born on May 20, 1941 in Natchez, Mississippi and moved to LaSara, where his father started Rowland Dusters in 1946. He was a loving father and had many passions in his life; including horses, cars, cats and most of all, flying. He "officially" began flying in 1962 at age 20, but everyone knows that he began "practicing" at more like 13 or 14. In a career that lasted for over 50 years, and 30,000 flight hours, there isn't much he didn't or couldn't do in an airplane. From fighting fires in Mexico, flying fisherman to beachside resorts or flying his beloved Air Tractor 502, he was truly at home in an airplane. He took his fathers company from the days of dusting to a modern fleet of turbine powered GPS equipped ag-planes. He was one of the few pilots that had started in the dust era that was still flying today, and he took great pride in that fact. Ben was also a long time farmer in both Willacy and Hidalgo counties, growing row crops and some of the best and sweetest watermelons. He was a long time member of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association and in 1989 was recognized as its Operator of the Year. He served on committees and boards throughout his life, including the Engleman Irrigation District, where he served as a director for many years. Though he is gone, he leaves behind a legacy of hard work and determination, and a family tradition that loves both the land and the air as much as he did. 

He is survived by his wife Barbara, sisters Cissie Watson (Harland) and Sue Damstrom (Walden); children Bobette Sandy (Jim), Benajeane Rowland Jones, Bennard Strauss Rowland III, Blayne Rowland (Gina), Boyd Rowland (Kimberly), and Baden Rowland (Peggy). Ben was also blessed with 17 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, including a rowdy bunch of Cajuns from South Louisiana that always held a special place in his heart. Honored to serve as pall bearers will be his grandsons: James and John Sandy, Curtis and Cameron Jones, AJ, Blake, Tyler, Wyatt, Tony, Luke, Mathew and Bryce Rowland, and Evan Riley.

He will be greatly missed and forever loved. 

Visitation will be Friday evening, April 12 from 6 to 8:00 PM at Duddlesten Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, 301 N. 5th, Raymondville. 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, 3649 Leopard St., Suite 403, Corpus Christi, TX 78408 or to a charity of your choice. Our family has been overwhelmed by the sheer number of people reaching out and offering everything from sympathy and food, to airplanes and pilots. We deeply appreciate it all.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Duddlesten Funeral Home, 604 W. Hidalgo Ave., Raymondville, Texas.



NEAR HARLINGEN – A well-known pilot and businessman from La Sara was identified as the victim of a fatal crash that happened near Harlingen Tuesday morning.

Bennard S. Rowland II, 77, was piloting a Air Tractor AT-502, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The cropduster aircraft struck a power line around 10:45 a.m. near the intersection of US-77 and Orphanage Road.

The plane was engulfed in flames, but first responders were able to put it out.

The pilot was the only occupant onboard, but harmful chemicals were also in the aircraft. 

Sgt. Maria Montalvo with the Texas Department of Public Safety said, "The scene is being secured we do have other personnel responding to the scene to secure the chemicals that were spilled. We're also having the light company to the scene, as well."

Cameron County Emergency Officials said the Federal Aviation Administration, TCEQ,and the Texas Department of Agriculture were notified of the incident.

The FAA said they will be working to release the tail number after investigators verify it.

The NTSB is sending an investigator the the scene Wednesday.

They will be examining the aircraft and documenting the scene.

A preliminary report will be posted about ten days after the fact-finding mission.

It will provide more information, however, the cause of the accident will be addressed in the final report that can take between 12 and 18 months to finalize.

Story and video: https://www.krgv.com





A Lasara man was the pilot who was killed when his crop duster crashed in a farm field in northwestern Cameron County Tuesday morning.

The Department of Public Safety has identified him as 77-year-old Bennard S. Rowland II.

The plane went down just west of I-69E near Orphanage Road at around 10:45.

An FAA spokesman says the plane, an Air Tractor 502, struck some power lines just before it slammed into the ground. 

The Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kurv.com

Van's Aircraft RV-4, N10SQ: Incident occurred April 04, 2019 at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL), Polk County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

While taxiing Van's Aircraft RV-4 (N10SQ) struck parked unoccupied Piper PA-32-260 (N3476W) and pedestrian (who refused medical treatment).

https://registry.faa.gov/N10SQ

Date: 04-APR-19
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N10SQ
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RV 4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: LAKELAND
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 152, N68727: Accident occurred April 08, 2019 at Lancaster Airport (KLNS), Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Lost control, struck a runway sign and nose gear collapsed resulting in prop strike.

Aero-Tech Services Inc.

https://registry.faa.gov/N68727

Date: 08-APR-19
Time: 13:32:00Z
Regis#: N68727
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LANCASTER
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Cubcrafters CC11-160: Incident occurred April 08, 2019 at Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

Gear collapsed.

Date: 08-APR-19
Time: 20:15:00Z
Aircraft Make: CUBCRAFTERS INC
Aircraft Model: CC11 160
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROCK HILL
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Cessna 560 Citation V Ultra, N566VR: Incident occurred April 07, 2019 at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), Los Angeles County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft went off the end of the shortened 16R runway. No injuries reported.

R & C Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N566VR

Date: 08-APR-19
Time: 02:40:00Z
Regis#: N566VR
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: VAN NUYS
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7372P: Incident occurred April 06, 2019 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7372P

Date: 06-APR-19
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N7372P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 250
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Van's Aircraft RV-4, N228RT: Incident occurred April 04, 2019 at Winter Haven Regional Airport (KGIF), Polk County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Slid off the runway causing prop strike and damage to runway light.

https://registry.faa.gov/N228RT

Date: 04-APR-19
Time: 20:59:00Z
Regis#: N228RT
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RV 4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WINTER HAVEN
State: FLORIDA

Mooney M20V, N711PP: Incident occurred April 07, 2019 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Nose gear collapsed.

Mooney International Corporation

https://registry.faa.gov/N711PP

Date: 07-APR-19
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N711PP
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20V
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Aero Commander 560A, N4700: Incident occurred April 07, 2019 at St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport (KPIE), Pinellas County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Veered off the taxiway and struck a taxiway light.

https://registry.faa.gov/N4700

Date: 07-APR-19
Time: 17:27:00Z
Regis#: N4700
Aircraft Make: AERO COMMANDER
Aircraft Model: 560 A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: ST PETERSBURG
State: FLORIDA

American Airlines, Boeing 737-800, N810NN: Incident occurred April 07, 2019 at Miami International Airport (KMIA), Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Experienced a bird strike, returned and landed without incident.

American Airlines Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N810NN

Date: 07-APR-19
Time: 15:39:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 738
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: 318
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Delta Air Lines, McDonnell Douglas MD-88: Incident occurred April 05, 2019 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL), Georgia

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

Struck by a tug.

Date: 05-APR-19
Time: 00:17:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Aircraft Model: MD88
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIR LINES
Flight Number: 1276
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

PSA Airlines, Canadair CRJ-700, N514AE: Incident occurred April 06, 2019 - Augusta Regional Airport (KAGS), Richmond County, Georgia

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

Missing 4' panel near the fuselage, no debris found.

American Airlines Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N514AE

Date: 06-APR-19
Time: 11:20:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CRJ7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: PSA AIRLINES
Flight Number: 5169
City: AUGUSTA
State: GEORGIA

Cessna 208, N167PM: Incident occurred April 06, 2019 at Orange Municipal Airport (KORE), Franklin County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Massachusetts

Landed hard and gear collapsed.

Randigo LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N167PM

Date: 06-APR-19
Time: 19:45:00Z
Regis#: N167PM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ORANGE
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Beech N35 Bonanza, N30YJ: Incident occurred April 05, 2019 at Millard Airport (KMLE), Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N30YJ

Date: 05-APR-19
Time: 14:52:00Z
Regis#: N30YJ
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: N35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OMAHA
State: NEBRASKA

Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, N292RM: Accident occurred April 06, 2019 at Perry County Airport (I86), New Lexington, Ohio

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

Gear up landing, prop strike.

https://registry.faa.gov/N292RM

Date: 06-APR-19
Time: 21:05:00Z
Regis#: N292RM
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 180
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEW LEXINGTON
State: OHIO

Van's Aircraft RV-8, N183RV: Incident occurred April 06, 2019 at Butler County Regional Airport - Hogan Field (KHAO), Hamilton, Ohio

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

Nosed over and veered off the runway into the grass.

HCRV8 LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N183RV

Date: 06-APR-19
Time: 21:03:00Z
Regis#: N183RV
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RV 8
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: HAMILTON
State: OHIO

Piper PA-28-181, N382D: Incident occurred April 06, 2019 at Smyrna Airport (KMQY), Rutherford County, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Struck a coyote.

Professional Training Aircraft LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N382D

Date: 06-APR-19
Time: 02:04:00Z
Regis#: N382D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SMYRNA
State: TENNESSEE

Diamond DA40 Diamond Star, N134PS: Incident occurred April 08, 2019 near Skypark Airport (KBTF), Bountiful, Davis County, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Force landed in a field.

Bountiful Flight LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N134PS

Date: 08-APR-19
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N134PS
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: D40
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BOUNTIFUL
State: UTAH





WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Two people escaped injury after the plane they were in landed in a field shortly after taking off from Skypark Airport Monday afternoon.

Emergency crews were dispatched to a report of a hard landing in a field near 400 N. Legacy Parkway about 2 p.m., according to Davis County Sheriff's Lt. Jason Boydston

The Diamond DA40 Diamond Star was performing touch and goes at the airport when it lost engine power and landed in a field in West Bountiful, said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

A Utah Department of Transportation traffic camera showed the plane landed next to a fence that separates the field with the Legacy Parkway Trail, which runs adjacent to Legacy Parkway.

Boydston said there were no injuries or fuel leaks.

"It looks like they were pretty lucky to have this field here to land in," he said.

Kenitzer said the FAA will investigate the crash.

One northbound lane of Legacy Parkway was closed for several hours while crews responded to the scene. It reopened after 5 p.m.

Story and video ➤ https://www.ksl.com

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

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N118LS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

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

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

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

Larry Haight 

Ed Goldgehn


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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