Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Robinson R22 B Beta II, I-GPES: Fatal accident occurred May 03, 2019 in Pegognaga, Italy

Alessandro Foglio Bonacini

 The whole Lamborghini Squadra Corse team is deeply saddened by the news of Alessandro Bonacini’s passing. Alessandro was a close friend of Lamborghini Squadra Corse and raced with us on many occasions. Rest in peace.



NTSB Identification: ERA19WA165
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, May 03, 2019 in Pegognaga, Italy
Aircraft: Robinson R22, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


The government of Italy has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Robinson R22 Beta helicopter that occurred on May 03, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Italy's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.


All investigative information will be released by the government of Italy.



Alessandro Foglio Bonacini










Un elicottero di piccole dimensioni che sembrava stesse eseguendo qualche peripezia in aria. Poi, un boato e il velivolo che, a folle velocità, è precipitato fino a schiantarsi al suolo nelle pertinenze di un’azienda di Pegognaga, all’incrocio tra via Pertini e via Guido Rossa. A bordo dell’elicottero il 37enne Alessandro Foglio Bonacini, originario di Quattro Castella, in provincia di Reggio Emilia, che ha perso la vita nella tarda mattinata del 3 maggio a seguito del drammatico incidente. La vittima era responsabile finanziario, nonché azionista, della nota azienda reggiana Cellular Line, che produce accessori per smartphone e tablet. Era anche pilota di auto per la «Lamborghini Squadra Corse», che sulla propria pagina Facebook ha postato una foto del pilota con un messaggio di ricordo e condoglianze.

Foglio Bonacini era sposato e padre di due figli di cinque e otto anni. Tra l’altro il velivolo, modello A22 Beta 2, si è schiantato su una colonnina di metano, provocando un'imponente fuga di gas sotto pressione fermata dall’intervento dei vigili del fuoco e dei tecnici solo un’ora dopo lo schianto. A seguito del boato udito distintamente da decine di persone, i dipendenti dell’azienda nella quale il velivolo è precipitato sono corsi all’esterno per verificare cosa fosse successo, salvo dover poi precipitosamente tornare nel capannone a causa dei pezzi e dei detriti dell’elicottero che stavano piovendo a terra.

Sul posto nel giro di pochi istanti sono giunti vigili del fuoco, carabinieri, polizia locale sanitari del 118 e il sindaco di Pegognaga Dimitri Melli. Insieme a loro anche alcuni amici del pilota e, successivamente, anche la moglie della vittima, che alla notizia è stata colta da un lieve malore e subito soccorsa dal personale medico presente. Sul posto, dopo aver appreso la notizia, sono arrivati anche l’istruttore di volo del 37enne e il proprietario della società presso la quale il pilota aveva noleggiato l’elicottero. La società in questione è la Elicompany Srl di Fossoli, frazione di Carpi, da dove, nella mattinata, Foglio Bonacini era partito. Il 37enne, partito appunto da Fossoli di Carpi, era arrivato fino a Pegognaga per salutare un amico titolare di un’azienda a poca distanza da dove si è verificato l’impatto. Amico che a tutti gli effetti è uscito per ammirare il 37enne in volo e ha quindi assistito alla tragedia in prima persona, vedendo l’elicottero riprendere quota dopo essersi abbassato di alcuni metri, quindi impennarsi e infine, dopo il boato, precipitare al suolo a tutta velocità. Cosa abbia provocato il terribile schianto non è ancora ben chiaro. Non è chiaro se si sia trattato di un’avaria del motore, del rotore o quale altro problema tecnico. Aspetti tecnici sui quali sarà ora l’autorità giudiziaria a fare chiarezza. Del caso si sta occupando il sostituto procuratore Carmela Sabatelli. Il velivolo, come pure la salma, sono stati posti sotto sequestro. Sul posto, nella prima serata, si sono portati anche i funzionari di Ansv, l’Agenzia nazionale per la sicurezza del volo, arrivati direttamente da Roma. Il velivolo è rimasto nel punto dove è precipitato fino al sopralluogo dei tecnici romani.

https://milano.corriere.it

Quad City Challenger, N638DC: Accident occurred May 22, 2019 in Raymond, Hinds County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N638DC

Location: Raymond, MS
Accident Number: CEN19LA149
Date & Time: 05/22/2019, 1910 CDT
Registration: N638DC
Aircraft: CHISTOV CHALLENGER
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 22, 2019, about 1910 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Chistov Challenger N638DC, experienced a total loss of engine power during a visual approach for landing to a private airstrip near Raymond, Mississippi. The airplane then collided with trees and powerlines during a forced landing. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and post-crash fire. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from the private airstrip about 1900.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CHISTOV
Registration: N638DC
Model/Series: CHALLENGER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: JVW, 247 ft msl
Observation Time: 1855 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Raymond, MS
Destination: Raymond, MS

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.120278, -90.312778 (est)



TERRY, Mississippi (WLBT) - A plane crashed in Terry on Lebanon Pinegrove Road Wednesday evening, confirms Major Pete Luke.

The 50-year-old pilot from Raymond told investigators that as he approached a landing strip on Jenkin Road, the plane’s engine failed, causing it to crash into power lines and then catch on fire.

According to a witness, the wheels of the plane caught the power lines and flipped upside down.

The witness also said that the pilot unbuckled his seat-belt and fell onto the ground and ran to safety.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the crash.

Law enforcement and emergency vehicles are on the scene.

Entergy is also on the scene. Several homes near the accident are without power.

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



TERRY, Mississippi (WJTV) - UPDATE: According to Major Pete Luke, the plane's pilot says the crash was due to an engine failure. 

The pilot says that he was approaching a landing strip on Jenkins Road, when the engine failed, causing the plane to crash into the power lines and catch fire. 

Hinds County Sheriff’s Investigators and personnel from the FAA will be investigating the crash.  

No injuries were reported. 

Hinds County Sheriff's Department is investigating a small plane crash near Lebanon Pinegrove Road and Jenkins Road in Terry. 

HCSD Major Pete Luke says preliminary reports show the plane crashed into power lines and is fully engulfed in flames. 

Luke says the pilot is alert and moving around. 

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified of the crash. 

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

Piper PA-28-180, N4248T: Incident occurred May 21, 2019 in Miramar, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Landed on a highway. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N4248T

Date: 21-MAY-19
Time: 15:17:00Z
Regis#: N4248T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIRAMAR
State: FLORIDA



MIRAMAR, Florida  - A small plane made an emergency landing Tuesday morning on U.S. Route 27 near Krome Avenue in Miramar.

Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg said Terry Cress was flying from Immokalee on the way to North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines when the engine of the Piper PA-28 started making some strange noises.

Cress decided not to chance it and landed the plane in a turning lane along busy U.S. 27.

The plane landed in the northbound lanes, just north of the Miami-Dade County line. 

"He landed very softly," witness Marta De La Rosa said in Spanish. "I'm so emotional because it was so dangerous." 

Cress and his passenger were not injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident and said the plane experienced an engine-related problem.

Story and video ➤ https://www.local10.com



MIRAMAR, Florida  (WSVN) - New video released to 7News shows a different view of a plane’s emergency landing in Miramar.

The small plane had to make an sudden landing on U.S. Route 27 on Tuesday morning after the pilot said there was an issue with the engine.

Instagram user “Rafagonzalez92” posted the video on his story showing the aircraft taxiing on the highway.

The plane landed safely with no injuries to the pilot or passenger on board.

The aircraft remained on scene Wednesday morning while the FAA continues to investigate.

Story and video ➤ https://wsvn.com




MIRAMAR, Florida (WSVN) - Police and fire rescue crews responded to a plane making an emergency landing on U.S. 27 in Miramar, near the county line.

The call came in just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday of a small plane trying to land at North Perry Airport, near the area of Pines Boulevard and U.S. 27 in Pembroke Pines.

Officials said the pilot had contacted the tower to report engine trouble.

The Piper PA-28 ended up landing safely near the area of North Krome Avenue and U.S. 27, near Honey Hill Road.

7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where Florida Highway Patrol, Pembroke Pines Police and Miami-Dade Police cruisers could be seen surrounding the aircraft.

“I don’t know what happened,” said an onlooker.

“It’s crazy, bro,” said another witness. “It’s only in Dade, only in Dade.”

Two men were on board when the aircraft came down. They were not hurt.

The pilot and passenger could be seen walking around the plane and talking with officials.

The engine cowling was removed and could be seen on the ground in front of the Piper.

Martha Betancourt, woman who works at a food truck nearby said she witnessed the landing. She recorded cellphone video moments after it touched down on the roadway.

Another view of the plane’s landing was posted onto one Instagram user’s story showing the aircraft taxiing on the highway.

Speaking through a translator, Betancourt said the men on board came over to her truck and were a little shaken up.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said they are working with Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue on the call.

Authorities have been consulting with the pilot to figure out the best way to remove the plane.

The aircraft remained on the roadway Wednesday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the landing.

Story and video ➤ https://wsvn.com

Hughes 369D, registered to Schuman Carriage Company Ltd doing business as Magnum Helicopters, N369MH: Incident occurred May 21, 2019 -and- Accident occurred August 08, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Made precautionary landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N369MH

Date: 21-MAY-19
Time: 21:46:00Z
Regis#: N369MH
Aircraft Make: HUGHES
Aircraft Model: 369D
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: SIGHT SEEING
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: HONOLULU
State: HAWAII

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii
Boeing Helicopter; Mesa, Arizona
McDonnell Douglas Helicopter; Mesa, Arizona

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

Location: Honolulu, HI
Accident Number: WPR18LA221
Date & Time: 08/08/2018, 0920 HST
Registration: N369MH
Aircraft: Hughes 369
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Sightseeing 

On August 8, 2018, about 0920 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a Hughes 369D helicopter, N369MH, experienced a significant inflight vibration event, which resulted in the pilot executing an emergency landing to a school field in Honolulu, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and his 3 passengers were not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to Schuman Carriage Company Ltd, and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 136 air tour flight, doing business as Magnum Helicopters. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight. The flight originated from the operator's facility at Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii about 0909.

The helicopter was the lead aircraft in a two-helicopter flight that was proceeding east/southeast from HNL, approximately along the shoreline. According to the pilot, the helicopter was in cruise at an altitude of about 1,800 ft. when he felt "severe" vibrations and then heard a "loud bang," after which the helicopter began to shake "violently." The pilot lowered his collective control and entered a power-on autorotation, with the intent of landing the helicopter in a grassy clearing in a residential neighborhood. He radioed his colleague in the trailing helicopter regarding his intentions, and then advised his passengers of the same. The pilot reported that the vibrations caused the transponder to work free of its panel mount. He also stated that even small tail rotor pedal inputs significantly worsened the vibrations.

The pilot made a partial run-on landing onto the targeted clearing. He reported that on first contact, the helicopter bounced about a foot into the air, and that the remaining slide on the dry and rocky grass field was rougher than he expected. The helicopter came to a stop upright, and the pilot shut down the engine. After the rotor blades stopped their rotation, the pilot had the passengers exit the helicopter. The landing field was part of a public school grounds, and the pilot released the passengers to the care of the school staff, while he examined the helicopter, and coordinated with his company.

The landing site was situated about 13 miles east of HNL, and the event occurred about 11 minutes after the helicopter departed HNL. Both the departure location and the landing site were situated at an elevation of approximately sea level.

Contrary to applicable regulations, the operator recovered the helicopter back to its facility, and began disassembly for repair without NTSB or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) knowledge or approval. More than a day after the event, the NTSB became aware of the operator's maintenance activity, and instructed the operator to cease that activity, because evaluation indicated that the helicopter had been substantially damaged, and that the helicopter was therefore now the subject of an NTSB accident investigation.

Photographs and descriptions provided to the NTSB indicated that multiple tail rotor blade and gearbox components had failed during in-flight operation. The helicopter and removed components were preserved for subsequent detailed examination by personnel from the NTSB and other agencies.

The pilot held commercial and flight instructor certificates with helicopter ratings. He reported that he had about 7,300 hours total flight experience, including about 2,400 hours in the accident helicopter make and model. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued in January 2018, and his most recent flight review was completed in March, 2018.

FAA records indicated that the helicopter was manufactured in 1978, and was equipped with a Rolls-Royce 250-C20B series turboshaft engine. The helicopter was registered to the operator in September 2012. Prior to that, the helicopter had been registered in Panama, Florida, Texas, and California. The operator reported that the helicopter had a total time (TT) in service of about 14,328 hours, and that the engine had a TT of about 17,176 hours. The helicopter's most recent 100-hour inspection was completed in January 2018.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hughes
Registration: N369MH
Model/Series: 369 D
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Schuman Carriage Company Ltd
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commercial Air Tour (136)
Operator Does Business As: Magnum Helicopter
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HNL, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / 21 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Honolulu, HI (HNL)
Destination: Honolulu, HI (HNL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude:

Piper PA-18, N1798A: Incident occurred May 21, 2019 at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK),

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Tipped over on nose.

Slow Goose LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N1798A

Date: 21-MAY-19
Time: 20:34:00Z
Regis#: N1798A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FREDERICK
State: MARYLAND

Incident occurred May 21, 2019 at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (TJSJ), San Juan, Puerto Rico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico

Prop strike.

Date: 21-MAY-19
Time: 14:48:00Z
Regis#: N54JX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN JUAN
State: PUERTO RICO

Accident occurred May 21, 2019 in Bigfoot, Frio County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Clipped power lines.

Date: 21-MAY-19
Time: 15:50:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: UNK
Aircraft Model: UNK
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
City: BIGFOOT
State: TEXAS

Cessna A185F Skywagon, privately-owned operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight, N5457X: Fatal accident occurred May 21, 2019 in Whittier, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N5457X



Location: Whittier, AK
Accident Number: WPR19FA152
Date & Time: 05/21/2019, 1300 AKD
Registration: N5457X
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 21, 2019, about 1300 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped Cessna A185F, N5457X nosed over during a water landing in Cascade Bay near Whittier, Alaska. The private pilot sustained minor injuries, one passenger sustained serious injuries, and another passenger was fatally injured. The privately-owned airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. The cross-country flight departed Wasilla Airport, Wasilla, Alaska, about 1210 with a planned destination of Cascade Bay. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that he planned to fly with the two passengers for a sightseeing trip in the Prince William Sound area, and then land on the water in Cascade Bay to view a waterfall. He was an acquaintance with both passengers, and had flown them in the same airplane a few years prior.

The preflight inspection and takeoff were uneventful, and the pilot reported that both passengers were talking throughout all stages of the flight. They approached Cascade Bay for a landing to the west, and the pilot performed his before-landing checks. Confirmation of the landing gear position was included in the checklist, and while he could recall performing the check, he did not have a specific recollection of the landing gear status. The water was rough, so he planned to land the airplane slightly faster than normal. However, as soon as the floats touched the water, he felt a jolt, and the airplane then violently nosed over. The cabin immediately filled with water, and he was able to egress by forcing out the door window. After spending a moment at the surface, he swam back down into the airplane and was able to pull the passenger located in the aft seat free. He attempted to free the passenger in the front right seat, but he appeared to be already unconscious.

Review of photographs taken a few hours after the accident revealed that the airplane had come to rest inverted, with the entire fuselage submerged and only the floats remaining above water. The four wheels of the landing gear appeared in the extended, runway landing position. (See Figure 1).


Figure 1 - Airplane at the Accident Site

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5457X
Model/Series: A185 F
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: PAVD, 37 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 43 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 30000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:None 
Departure Point: Wasilla, AK (PAWS)
Destination: Cascade Bay, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 60.910556, -147.770833

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. 

Pilot Scott Johannes 
(Courtesy Mat-Su Health Foundation)

A 75-year-old passenger who was on board a Cessna Skywagon when it crashed into Cascade Bay within Prince William Sound near Valdez on Tuesday has died.

William Resinger, of Palmer, died after being trapped inside the plane when it overturned in the water. According to an updated trooper dispatch on Wednesday, CPR efforts on Resinger were unsuccessful.

The plane was carrying two others at the time of the crash — 56-year-old pilot Scott Johannes of Wasilla and another passenger.

Troopers say Johannes was flying the aircraft with the two passengers when he attempted to land in the bay, but crashed into the water. He and the surviving passenger were able to escape.

Four nearby vessels, two Coast Guard boats and several good Samaritans responded to the scene of the crash. Johannes and the surviving passenger were airlifted by the Alaska Air National Guard to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Troopers say Resinger's family has been notified of his death. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have also been notified.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.


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



A 75-year-old Mat-Su borough man was killed in a Tuesday floatplane crash in Prince William Sound.

Alaska State Troopers ID’ed the deceased as William Resinger of Palmer. He was one of two passengers aboard a Cessna 185 Skywagon that went down over Cascade Bay about 20 miles southwest of Valdez.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Charly Hengen said the pilot and both passengers were underwater but four vessels in the area immediately responded.

“Sector Anchorage issued out what’s called an urgent marine information broadcast and some good Samaritans were in the area and they were able to provide assistance to the people,” she said. “Also an Alaska Air National Guard rescue helicopter crew was launched by sector Anchorage watchstanders, they were able to medevac two of the people and those people were taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.”

Initial reports came in to the Cordova Police Department, which received a 911 call. State Troopers say the aircraft crashed as pilot Scott Johannes of Wasilla was attempting to land in Cascade Bay.

First responders performed CPR on Resinger, who was unresponsive. A Coast Guard boat transferred him to the Whittier Hospital Medical Center. He was later declared deceased.

“Unfortunately, that’s always sad news to hear once we transfer a person off to hear that news,” Hengen said.

The other two were flown to an Anchorage hospital. Their condition and the identity of the second passenger have not been released.

Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. It’s the third fatal floatplane crash in Alaska this month.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.alaskapublic.org

Authorities have identified the man killed in a plane crash off of Cascade Bay in Prince William Sound. The victim has been identified as William Resinger, 75 of Palmer.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Resinger was a passenger on board the plane, piloted by Scott Johannes age 56, of Wasilla, with the tail number of N5457X.

Troopers say the plane had two passengers on board when the plane attempted to land in the bay, instead crashing into the water. Johannes and the other passenger were able to escape, but AST reports Resinger was trapped inside the plane, which was turned upside down in the water.

Good Samaritans responded in boats, and Resinger was eventually taken from the downed plane. CPR was initiated, but AST said it was not successful.

Johannes and the surviving passenger were transported to an Anchorage hospital. The two reported general injuries, according to the USCG.

This marks the third fatal plane crash in Alaska in just 8 days.

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

Cessna S550 Citation S/II, N311G: Fatal accident occurred May 22, 2019 near Indianapolis Regional Airport (KMQJ), McCordsville, Hancock County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Williams International; San Antonio, Texas 
 
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

https://registry.faa.gov/N311G

Location: Greenfield, IN
Accident Number: CEN19FA148
Date & Time: 05/22/2019, 1245 EDT
Registration: N311G
Aircraft: CESSNA S550
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 22, 2019, about 1245 eastern daylight time, a twin engine, turbofan-powered, Cessna Citation S-550 airplane, N311G, impacted a flooded corn field about ½ mile northeast of Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ) Greenfield, Indiana. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot as an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. The Airline Transport rated pilot and the sole passenger were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an IFR flight plan had been filed and activated. The flight departed MQJ about 1243 destined for Minden-Tahoe Airport (MEV), Nevada.

Archived Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) radar data depicted the airplane departing from runway 7 at MQJ. Shortly after departure, the airplane began a left turn towards an air traffic control (ATC) assigned heading of 320°. After reaching an altitude of about 1,400 ft MSL, the airplane descended until it disappeared from the radar.

A witness on the ground at MQJ reported seeing the airplane in an estimated 90° left bank with the nose parallel to the horizon shortly after departure. He observed the airplane's nose lower slightly before rising again to a level attitude. At no point did he observe the nose of the airplane rise above the horizon. The nose of the airplane again lowered and the airplane impacted the ground.

The airplane impacted a flooded cornfield and exhibited significant fragmentation. The wreckage and debris field covered an area of about 270 ft long and 103 ft wide. The initial ground scar was aligned on about a 327° magnetic heading (MH). The nose of the airplane came to rest on a 268° MH and the tail came to rest on a 182° MH. Both engines separated from the airplane and were located about 197 ft from the point of initial impact, roughly aligned with the ground scar. A post-impact fire incinerated about 80% of the airplane.

The airplane was equipped with two Williams International FJ44-3A turbofan engines. Detailed engine and wreckage examinations are pending. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N311G
Model/Series: S550
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 862 ft msl
Observation Time: 1635 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 14 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Greenfield, IN (MQJ)
Destination: Minden, NV (MEV) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 39.851389, -85.883611

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.

Robert and Robin Holman

The Nevada couple who died in a plane crash in Hancock County earlier this month were major benefactors of a small private liberal arts college in their home state.

Hancock County Coroner David Stillinger said Thursday in a news release that Robert Walter Holman Jr., 75, and his wife, 61-year-old Robin Holman, were killed in the May 22 crash in Hancock County. Robert Holman was the pilot, Stillinger said.

The couple was from Incline Village, Nevada, according to Stillinger. 

Sierra Nevada College, a private school of about 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students also located in Incline Village, told IndyStar that the couple was passionate about the arts, and were generous benefactors to the school. They have an arts center named after them — the Holman Media Arts Center.

Robin Holman was a member of the SNC Tahoe Board of Trustees for several years. A vigil was held to honor the couple on Tuesday, the school said in a statement.

"The greatness of the Holmans’ influence on the students of Sierra Nevada College can never be summed by any measure," the statement said. "We are humbled by the vision of the world they supported through their leadership in our community, and grateful for the inclusion of SNC in that vision."

The Cessna S550 Citation S/II crashed around 12:45 p.m., shortly after taking off from Indianapolis Regional Airport, about 17 miles east of Indianapolis, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine. Federal officials said the jet was headed to the Minden-Tahoe Airport, near Lake Tahoe, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. 

NTSB spokesman Terry Williams told IndyStar the aircraft was a Cessna Citation 550.

The investigation is still in its early stages, Williams said last week. A preliminary report will be issued within days, he said, but there likely won't be a determination of the cause of the crash for at least a year. 

Formerly known as Mount Comfort Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport was renamed in March 2011.

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

Robin and Robert Holman



MT. COMFORT — Investigators on Thursday began puzzling over the mystery of why a fully fueled Cessna S550 Citation S/II crashed in a field just after takeoff the day before from Indianapolis Regional Airport.

Experts from the National Transportation Safety Board, who officially took over control of the crash site late Wednesday, were back on scene first thing Thursday morning. Their local investigation is expected to take three to five days, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said.

A preliminary report about Wednesday’s crash could be released in a couple of weeks, Weiss said.

The names of the victims still haven’t been released. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department had the task of notifying the victims’ relatives, but they said it could be some time before they release the names to the public. Because of the nature of the crash, official identification likely will come via dental records and DNA.

On Thursday, County Road 400W, the road closest to the crash site, was closed between County Roads 400N and 500N, just east of the airport runway, so work by the NTSB would not be disturbed.

Investigators are looking for perishable evidence that might shed light on the final seconds of the flight. They were looking for electronic devices such as cell phones or GPS systems, Weiss said.

The overall investigation will fall into three main areas, Weiss said: human, the plane itself and the environment.

“After they document the wreckage site and the wreckage itself to find clues about what happened based on the wreckage location and the field, the wreckage will then be moved to a secure location out of the weather,” Weiss said.

That’s when the investigators will go over every part of the airplane remaining and begin to look at individual components, which will then be sent to laboratories in Washington, D.C., for further analysis.

Results from the full investigation could take as long as 12 to 24 months, Weiss said.

Firefighters from Buck Creek Fire Department, located just west of Indianapolis Regional Airport, were first on the scene shortly after 12:40 p.m. Wednesday. Fire Chief David Sutherlin described the crash scene as a worst-case scenario.

“While we carry items on our trucks to handle airplane crashes, when it’s out in the middle of a muddy field like that, it makes our job extremely difficult,” Sutherlin said, noting that trucks could not navigate the mud without getting stuck.

Nearby farmers Gary Edwards and Josh Hancock where on the scene within minutes the chief said, supplying first-responders with ATVs and allowing them to get to the scene. With their help and the assistance from a Buck Creek firefighter who was off duty, who brought his truck with specialty designed mud tires, they were able to shuttle firefighters and gear back and fourth.

“It really kept the flow going for us,” Sutherlin said.

Sutherlin and 10 other Buck Creek firefighters saw flames and a lot of smoke when they first arrived, Sutherlin said, but he noted most of the aircraft was destroyed.

“That’s how aircraft crashes are,” the chief said, “They’re very violent.”

Fire officials were told by a member of the airport maintenance crew who saw the plane on the ground that it taxied and took off normally. The maintenance worker turned to go about his work, but seconds later, the plane crashed.

The NTSB investigators called Buck Creek firefighters back to the scene late Wednesday night to help handle the disarming of the fire extinguishers that were on board the plane. However, Sutherlin said, the NTSB officials ended up handling the situation on their own.

Original article ➤ http://www.greenfieldreporter.com





MCCORDSVILLE — A Cessna S550 Citation S/II crashed shortly after taking off from Indianapolis Regional Airport on Wednesday killing both occupants of the plane, officials said.

Sgt. John Perrine, of the Indianapolis post of the Indiana State Police, said the crash happened shortly after 12:45 p.m. Wednesday near the airport, formerly known as the Mount Comfort Airport, in Hancock County.

"The investigation will continue as to how this happened and why this happened, but right now our preliminary goal is to make notification to the family of those deceased and that's what we're working to do," Perrine said. "We have identified the two people that were on board and we are working to notify the families."

The identifies of the two people on board the plane have not been released.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be handling the investigation, which is standard procedure for a plane crash.

Perrine said the Hancock County Sheriff's Office were the first on the scene.

The location of the crash, one-quarter to one-half mile off the road through a muddy field, provided some challenges for first responders trying to get to scene to render aid, Perrine said.

"We're fortunate that we have partners here in Hancock County that were able to provide some utility vehicles, four-wheel-drive vehicles, to get the firefighters to the scene to start working on rescue efforts," Perrine said.

The Hancock County 911 Center got a bunch of calls about 12:43 p.m.

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




MT. COMFORT — Police and rescue crews are at the scene of fatal plane crash at Indianapolis Regional Airport at Mt. Comfort.

Indiana State Police said two people died in the crash, which occurred early Wednesday afternoon. A witness told the Daily Reporter he drove near the site — near the intersection of County Roads 400W and 500N — not long after the plane went down. He described it as a Cessna Citation, and thick black smoke was rising from it.

First-responders quickly closed County Road 400W, east of the airport, between County Roads 400N and 500N.

Rescuers who were first on the scene had trouble reaching the crash site in their vehicles because the field was muddy. They were approaching it on foot, and ATVs also were on the way to the scene.

Original article ➤ http://www.greenfieldreporter.com






HANCOCK COUNTY, Indiana – Two people died after a Cessna S550 Citation S/II crashed near the Indianapolis Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon.

According to Indiana State Police, the plane went down northeast of the airport just after taking off around 12:30 p.m. Two people who were aboard the aircraft were killed, ISP said.

Federal authorities have been called to assist in the investigation.

The Indianapolis Airport Authority issued this statement:

We can confirm that there was an aircraft incident that did occur near the Indianapolis Regional Airport today near Mt. Comfort, Ind. The aircraft took off at approximately 12:30 p.m. and crashed shortly after take off in a field just due east of the airport. There were two souls on board. There are no survivors. The National Safety Transportation Board has been notified, and is in route to take jurisdiction over the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://fox59.com