Monday, April 29, 2019

Beech 76 Duchess, N3733D: Accident occurred April 26, 2019 at St. Charles County Smartt Airport (KSET), Missouri


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Dury Aviation Services Inc


https://registry.faa.gov/N3733D


NTSB Identification: GAA19CA231

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 26, 2019 in St Charles, MO
Aircraft: Beech 76, registration: N3733D

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.



Gear up landing.

Date: 26-APR-19
Time: 17:35:00Z
Regis#: N3733D
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 76
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST CHARLES
State: MISSOURI













AIRCRAFT:   1980 BEECH 76 N3733D, s/n: ME-362

Last Annual Inspection on 01/03/19 at Tach 179.8, TTAF 11038.9
                               
ENGINES:    

(2) Lycoming LO-360-A1G6D 

PROPELLERS:  

(1) Hartzell HC M2YR 2CEUF/FB12118B & (1) Hartzell HC M2YR 2CLEUF/FJC7666A                                       

EQUIPMENT: #1 Nav/Com - Collins VHF 251

DME - Collins 451

Transponder - Collins TDR 950

Audio Panel - Collins AMR 350

#2 Nav/Com - Collins VHF 251

ADF - Collins 650

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: Gear up landing on 04/26/19

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   Damage includes but may not be limited to: 

Both Propellers,

Both engines experienced a prop strike

Belly skins and possibly ribs           

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  St Charles County Airport, St Charles, MO

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com

Beech E50, registered to Engen LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N29Y: Accident occurred April 26, 2019 in Sheldon, Vernon County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N29Y

Location: Sheldon, MO
Accident Number: CEN19LA127
Date & Time: 04/26/2019, 1455 CDT
Registration: N29Y
Aircraft: Beech 50
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On April 26, 2019, about 1455 central daylight time, a Beech E50 (Twin Bonanza) airplane, N29Y, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a dirt field following a dual partial loss of engine power near Sheldon, Missouri. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, sustained no injury. The airplane was registered to Engen, LLC, and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the El Dorado Springs Memorial Airport (87K), El Dorado Springs, Missouri about 1445.

The purpose of the flight was to reposition the airplane from 87K to the pilot's home base at the Atkinson Municipal Airport (PTS), Pittsburg, Kansas. The pilot reported this was the airplane's first flight since maintenance work was performed, including the annual inspection, which was completed on the day of the accident by an independent certificated airframe and powerplant mechanic. After departing from 87K and climbing to about 3,000 ft above mean sea level (msl) and on heading of 246°, the pilot configured the airplane for cruise flight.

About 1452, the pilot heard the right engine emit "sputtering" noises and was backfiring. The pilot applied power to the left engine and then noticed a "large smoke trail" was emitting from the left engine about 1 minute after the right engine started emitting "sputtering" noises and was backfiring. The pilot did not have carburetor heat applied and he reported that he always operates with the mixture in the full rich setting. Once the degradation of both engines commenced, the airplane was at an altitude of about 1,700 ft msl (about 800 ft above ground level), and the pilot concluded that the two engines were no longer producing adequate power to remain airborne.

The pilot decided to execute a forced landing to a dirt field that was tilled. During the forced landing sequence, the pilot did not have adequate time to execute an emergency shutdown on both engines as he reported the dual engine degradation and loss of altitude sequence happened fast. The pilot configured the airplane for the forced landing and during the landing roll on the dry dirt, the nose landing gear wheel collapsed, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage as shown in figure 1. Once the nose landing gear wheel collapsed up into the fuselage, the nose of the fuselage and the two Hartzell full-feathering metal three-blade propellers impacted the dirt. The pilot, stationed in the front left seat, was able to egress from the airplane without further incident and contacted first responders with his cellular phone from the accident site.

Figure 1 - View of the front of the airplane. 
(Courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration)

About 60 total gallons of 100 low lead fuel (about 30 gallons in each main fuel tank) were confirmed to be onboard at the time of the accident. The pilot purchased fuel from 87K, and the airport manager obtained a fuel sample from the onsite fuel storage facility and no contamination was noted in the sample. The airport manager further reported that other pilots who obtained fuel around the same time as the accident pilot did not report any issues with the fuel they purchased.

On April 27, 2019, an aviation safety inspector (ASI) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) traveled to the accident site. During the onsite examination by the FAA ASI, no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine were noted. An examination of the airplane's maintenance records revealed no evidence of uncorrected mechanical discrepancies with the airframe and engine.

The FAA ASI interviewed the mechanic who reported the airplane was transported to 87K for the annual inspection in December 2018 and the annual inspection wasn't started until early March 2019. No major discrepancies were noted during the annual inspection. During the inspection of the fuel sumps, a small amount of water was discovered, but the mechanic reported this was "nothing more than usual" as seen during an annual inspection. No work was performed on the fuel system outside of the inspection. It was discovered that the right engine had a "bad" exhaust valve on one cylinder, and the cylinder was replaced by the mechanic. The mechanic further reported that both engines were ground ran several times at various power settings (including the highest power setting that could be safely accomplished without the airplane moving) during the annual inspection and no discrepancies were noted.

The airplane was recovered from the accident site and was transported to a secure location for a future examination of the airframe and both engines.

The six-seat capacity airplane, serial number EH-16, was manufactured in 1957. The airplane was equipped with two 340 horsepower supercharged Lycoming Engines GSO-480 series engines.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N29Y
Model/Series: 50 E50
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTS, 952 ft msl
Observation Time: 1955 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: El Dorado Springs, MO (87K)
Destination: Pittsburg, KS (PTS)

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.666111, -94.302222 (est) 

Bell 407, N403TD: Incident occurred April 28, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey

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

Experienced a bird strike, landed without incident.

Helicopter Services LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N403TD

Date: 28-APR-19
Time: 00:47:00Z
Regis#: N403TD
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 407
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: SIGHT SEEING
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: NEWARK
State: NEW JERSEY

Zenith CH 601 HDS Zodiac, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N61PG: Accident occurred April 27, 2019 near Fuquay/Angier Field Airport (NC78), Angier, North Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N61PG

Location: Angier, NC
Accident Number: ERA19LA159
Date & Time: 04/27/2019, 1500 EDT
Registration: N61PG
Aircraft: Zenair Zodiac CH601
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 27, 2019, about 1500 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Zodiac CH 601 HDS, N61PG, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power about 1 mile from Fuquay/Angier Field Airport (NC78), Angier, North Carolina. The sport pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Gilliam-McConnell Airfield (BQ1), Carthage, North Carolina about 1415.

The pilot reported that he departed BQ1 with about 15 gallons of fuel. While about 10 miles from his destination of NC78, the engine "stumbled/stuttered briefly and then resumed running normally," but then 1 or 2 minutes later, the same conditions occurred, but were more severe and more sustained. For the remainder of the flight, the engine continued to run rough, and would momentarily "cut out" intermittently, but the engine did not stop completely. When the airplane was about 1,000 ft above ground level and losing altitude, the pilot pulled the throttle to idle and approached a field to complete an off-airport landing. During the subsequent landing roll, the airplane impacted a pile of dirt and nosed over.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who examined the airplane at the recovery facility, the fuselage, wings, and empennage sustained substantial damage. The inspector confirmed that the engine had compression and continuity when the propeller was rotated by hand. Both carburetors had fuel in their respective bowls, and fuel was present in both wing tanks and the header tank.

According to FAA airmen records, the pilot held a sport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. He reported a total of 337 flight hours, 53 hours of which were in the accident airplane.

At 1500, the weather conditions reported at Harnett Regional Jetport Airport (HRJ), Erwin, North Carolina, 10 miles south of the accident site were, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, wind 240° at 6 knots, temperature 24°C, dew point 2°C, and barometric pressure of 29.91 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N61PG
Model/Series: Zodiac CH601 HDS
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KHRJ, 201 ft msl
Observation Time: 1500 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Carthage, NC (BQ1)
Destination: Fuquay/Angier, NC (NC78)

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: 35.392500, -78.706667 (est)

FUQUAY-VARINA, North Carolina  — A pilot experienced a close call Saturday when his plane went down in a field in Fuquay-Varina.

The pilot, 67-year-old Rolf M. Grandstaff, was taken to Harnett Central Hospital for treatment of minor injuries after crawling to a nearby house, where a family provided help.

The plane went down in the Penley family’s backyard, but they didn’t hear a crash, only a knock at the door.

“This gentleman came to the door and said, ‘My plane had crashed’ and he said, ‘I need help,” Tammy Penley said. “He was very bruised, very cut up. He had several lacerations.”

Authorities in Harnett County said Grandstaff was flying a single-engine private plane when he started having engine issues. He turned the engine off, then coasted into a field behind the Penleys’ home, where the plane flipped over.

“You could see where he had crawled out of the window and where he broke the window and the stuff laying around it,” Penley said.

Penley immediately offered help, first calling 911.

“I called the ambulance and they told us what to do. I got a washcloth and held it on top of his head. He had a pretty serious wound on his head,” she said.

Grandstaff is expected to be OK, and Penley credits a little help from above.

“I’m just thankful he’s alive because, when you see those pictures, it was God that protected him and kept him safe,” she said.

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

Bakeng Deuce, N19RG: Accident occurred April 27, 2019 at Smith-Reynolds Airport (KINT), Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

https://registry.faa.gov/N19RG

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA235
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Winston Salem, NC
Aircraft: Bakeng BAKENG DEUCE, registration: N19RG

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.

Ground looped.

Date: 27-APR-19
Time: 20:44:00Z
Regis#: N19RG
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: BAKENG DEUCE
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WINSTON SALEM
State: NORTH CAROLINA





A plane crash at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem caused no injuries Saturday afternoon, according to the Winston-Salem Police Department.

The small private plane, which was coming from Georgia, crashed upon landing around 4:45 p.m.

The pilot and passenger were not injured in the crash, police said.

"The crash happened on Smith Reynolds' property," said Julie Koppang, communications supervisor for the police department. "There were no injuries. It seemed to be very minor."

Forsyth County and Winston-Salem fire department personnel responded to the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.

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

Bell 206B-3 Jet Ranger III, registered to and operated by Wilbur Ellis Company under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an agricultural aerial application flight, N206JH: Accident occurred April 26, 2019 in Oakridge, Lane County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon
Rolls Royce; Indianapolis, Indiana 

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N206JH

Location: Oakridge, OR
Accident Number: WPR19LA122
Date & Time: 04/26/2019, 0700 PDT
Registration: N206JH
Aircraft: Bell 206
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On April 26, 2019, about 0700 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 206B, N206JH, struck trees during a forced landing in Oakridge, Oregon. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Wilbur Ellis Company under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an agricultural aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed from a remote landing spot in Oakridge at 0642.

The pilot had just sprayed a load of herbicide on trees, and was maneuvering the helicopter for a final pass to complete the dispersal, when he heard a faint buzzing sound that lasted about 1 to 2 seconds. There were no accompanying annunciator light warnings, and he did not hear any alert horns, but noticed that the engine power turbine (N2) gauge was oscillating about the 11 to 12 o'clock position (50-65% range). The rotor tachometer speed remained within the operating range, and he decided to perform an autorotation. With no landing spots close by, the helicopter landed on sloping tree-covered terrain and rolled over. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N206JH
Model/Series: 206 B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Wilbur Ellis Co
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRBG, 509 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 43 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Oakridge, OR
Destination: Oakridge, OR 

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: 43.553889, -122.475833

OAKRIDGE, Oregon -- A helicopter crash has been confirmed in rural Lane County Friday morning.

Lane County Sheriff's Office says the pilot is OK and with the helicopter.

The pilot has refused medical care, the sheriff's office said.

The Bell 206 crashed around 7:15 a.m. Friday while doing agricultural spraying, according to Peter Knudsen with the National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB confirmed that the pilot was not injured but that the helicopter suffered substantial damage.

As of 9:30 a.m., emergency personnel hadn’t yet made their way to the wreck because it is in such a remote area, about an hour from Oakridge, according to the sheriff's office.

There are no base camps or staging areas at this time, officials said, as they are attempting to reach the site through downed trees and rural terrain.

There is no cell service in the area of the crash. The pilot managed to reach air traffic controllers by radio.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://nbc16.com

Guimbal G-2 Cabri, N367PA: Accident occurred April 26, 2019 at McMinnville Municipal Airport (KMMV), Yamhill County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Precision Flight Training Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N367PA

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA226
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 26, 2019 in McMinnville, OR
Aircraft: Guimbal CABRI, registration: N367PA

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.

Crashed while performing autorotation, rolled onto its side. 

Date: 26-APR-19
Time: 23:15:00Z
Regis#: N367PA
Aircraft Make: HELICOPTERES GUIMBAL
Aircraft Model: CABRI G2
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: MCMINNVILLE
State: OREGON

MCMINNVILLE, Oregon — McMinnville Police responded to a helicopter crash at the McMinnville Airport shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday. 

Both the pilot, identified as Lars Erik Mehlum, 21, and the passenger, Andy Stephen Moorhouse, 51, were uninjured.

Officials say Mehlum and Moorhouse were performing training exercises and lost speed, causing the rotor to hit the ground. The helicopter came to rest on its side just north of the taxi-way at McMinnville Airport.

The incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board per protocol for investigation.

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





McMINNVILLE, Oregon (KOIN) -- Two people escaped injury when a helicopter doing training exercises crashed in McMinnville late Friday afternoon.

The pilot and passenger were training and lost speed, which caused the rotor to hit the ground at the McMinnville Municipal Airport, McMinnville police said. The helicopter landed on it side but neither the 28-year-old pilot nor the 51-year-old passenger was hurt.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified.

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


A helicopter training session in McMinnville ended badly, but without injury, Friday night.

McMinnville Police said a pilot and passenger were performing training exercises at McMinnville Airport on Friday afternoon when the helicopter engine lost speed, the rotor touched the ground and the aircraft crashed on to its side just north of the airport taxiway. Neither occupant was injured, but police reported the incident to federal aviation authorities for investigation.

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

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, N125MG: Incident occurred April 26, 2019 at Hillsboro Airport (KHIO), Washington County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Gear collapsed and prop strike

Hillsboro Aero Academy LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N125MG

Date: 26-APR-19
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N125MG
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 44 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PORTLAND
State: OREGON

Grumman American AA-5B Tiger, N191DS: Incident occurred April 28, 2019 near McGhee Tyson Airport (KTYS), Alcoa, Blount County, Tennessee

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

Landed on a highway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N191DS

Date: 28-APR-19
Time: 23:35:00Z
Regis#: N191DS
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA 5B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROCKWOOD
State: TENNESSEE 



BLOUNT COUNTY, Tennessee — A small plane made an emergency landing on Pellissippi Parkway between Cusick Road and Old Knoxville Highway, according to Blount County dispatch.

A Blount County Sheriff's deputy said the pilot couldn’t make it to a runway and landed on the highway. 

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority's Department of Public Safety said it received an Alert 2 notification indicating that an aircraft was experiencing issues. The Grumman American AA-5B Tiger could not make the airport runway and made an emergency landing.

There are no serious injuries reported at this time, according to officials.

Alcoa Police and Fire Departments responded. The pilot was traveling from Avon, Indiana to Elberton, Georgia, according to officials.

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





BLOUNT COUNTY (WATE) - A small plane landed safely on Pellissippi Parkway Sunday night, according to Blount County Dispatch.

Dispatch says the plane landed near exit 11A on the parkway around 7:41 p.m. 

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authorities Dept of Public Safety received an Alert 2 notification from the FAA indicating that an aircraft was experiencing issues. 

The plane made an emergency landing on Pellissippi Parkway between Cusick Road and Old Knoxville Highway.

Blount County Sheriff's Office, Alcoa Police Department and Alcoa Fire Department were all on the scene. 

No injuries were reported and the pilot was heading from Avon, Indiana to Elberton, Georgia.

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

Hard Landing: Ultramagic S-90, N901UM; accident occurred April 27, 2019 in Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas

Map of Accident Area 


Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, 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/N901UM


Location: La Mesa, TX
Accident Number: CEN19CA128
Date & Time: 04/27/2019, 0830 CDT
Registration: N901UM
Aircraft: ULTRAMAGIC S90
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot's accident report, he was making an approach to land in a furrowed farm field. About 10 feet above the ground, he pulled the vent chute. The balloon struck the ground travelling about 15 mph, tipped over, and was dragged by the wind across furrows for 60 feet. A gust of wind lifted the partially-filled balloon back into in the air to about 20 feet. He pulled the vent chute again and after travelling another 128 feet, the basket struck the ground hard. The wind dragged the balloon for another 30 feet, striking ditches on both sides of a road. It then travelled another 88 feet through grass. The balloon was not damaged; however, one passenger sustained serious injuries and a second passenger sustained minor injuries.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, there were 18 balloons at the launch site, including an FAA Inspector. The inspector had unpacked his balloon but did not launch. No other pilots unpacked their balloons due to the of the high winds aloft. (The accident pilot) was the only one to take off.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied:
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Balloon
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/15/2018
Flight Time:  684 hours (Total, all aircraft), 56 hours (Total, this make and model), 645 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ULTRAMAGIC
Registration: N901UM
Model/Series: S90
Aircraft Category: Balloon
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Balloon
Serial Number: 90/151
Landing Gear Type: None
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/27/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1495 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:
Airframe Total Time: 51 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: LUV, 2999 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 0815 CDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 11000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: La Mesa, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: La Mesa, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.876389, -101.945833

Low Altitude Operation / Event: Air Tractor Inc AT-602, N602AM, accident occurred April 28, 2019 in Quanah, Hardeman County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N602AM

Location: Quanah, TX
Accident Number: CEN19TA131
Date & Time: 04/28/2019, 1258 CDT
Registration: N602AM
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 602
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On April 28, 2019, about 1258 central daylight time, an Air Tractor Inc. AT-602 airplane, N602AM, impacted a powerline and subsequently impacted terrain near Quanah, Texas. The commercial pilot reported no injuries. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage damage during the impact with terrain. The airplane was registered to and operated by Buffalo Ridge Airspray LLC as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Quanah Municipal Airport, near Quanah, Texas, about 1200.

The pilot reported that the airplane was loaded up to spray 200 acres north west of Quanah, Texas, where the wind was from the east northeast about 7 to 9 mph. However, local wind at a nearby airport was 130° at 5 kts. The aerial application passes were conducted east to west, paralleling a transmission powerline. The flight was uneventful for the entire load. Before departing the field location, the pilot performed two "clean up" passes along the west boundary of the field flying from the south to the north. The first north bound heading trim pass was successful. The pilot flew the airplane to the south end of the field to initiate the second and final trim pass. As the pilot flew out of the field over the powerline, he thought the airplane had cleared the powerline. He subsequently thought the propeller blades struck the wire that he did not see and the engine lost power. The pilot conducted the "proper emergency steps such as fuel, feather the prop, and trim the aircraft." He then performed a controlled "crash landing," next to the wheat field he was trying to land in, about 1.5 miles away from the powerline strike. The pilot further reported that "there was no malfunction prior to hitting the powerline."

The pilot's safety recommendation stated, "Avoid the powerline entirely by leaving off the "clean up" passes along the west boundary of my field. I could have waited for a south wind to help get my spray under the wire and around the northwest corner of the application area, instead of making the extra "clean up" passes towards the wire."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 25, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/10/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/28/2018
Flight Time:   1306 hours (Total, all aircraft), 23 hours (Total, this make and model), 1262 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N602AM
Model/Series: AT 602 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1997
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 602-0408
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/15/2018,
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 12500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 9582 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-60AG
Registered Owner: Buffalo Ridge Airspray Llc
Rated Power: 1050 hp
Operator: Buffalo Ridge Airspray Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 46JG 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCDS, 1951 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1201 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 289°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Quanah, TX (F01)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Quanah, TX (F01)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 34.363333, -99.900833 (est)