Thursday, July 25, 2019

Beechcraft 95-B55 Baron, N8910U: Fatal accident occurred July 24, 2019 near Chadron Municipal Airport (KCDR), Dawes County, Nebraska

Damon Brown, Sarah Andrews Brown and their son Duncan Brown were killed when their Beechcraft 95-B55 Baron crashed near Chadron Municipal Airport in Nebraska.

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration; Lincoln, Nebraska
Federal Aviation Administration; Rapid City, South Dakota
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N8910U

Location: Chadron, NE
Accident Number: CEN19FA236
Date & Time: 07/24/2019, 1420 MDT
Registration: N8910U
Aircraft: Beech 95B55
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 24, 2019, about 1420 mountain daylight time (MDT), a Beech 95-B55 (T42A) airplane, N8910U, impacted trees and terrain about 1/4 mile north of Chadron Municipal Airport (CDR), Chadron, Nebraska. The pilot, pilot-rated-passenger, and one passenger were fatally injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. 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. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Fond du Lac County Airport (FLD), Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, about 1120 central daylight time, and was en route to CDR.

Preliminary flight track data revealed portions of the accident flight from FLD to CDR. The first point was recorded 1.25 miles northwest of FLD at 1,475 ft mean sea level (msl) and heading west. The track was associated with transponder code 7227. The track continued generally west at a cruise altitude about 8,000 ft msl, until 1348 MDT when the track stopped about 22 nm northwest of Valentine, Nebraska. At 1408 MDT the flight track resumed for less than 3 minutes during which time the altitude decreased from 8,125 ft msl to 7,3000 ft msl and ground speed 174 knots. At 1417 the track resumed about 12 nm northeast of CDR with a transponder code of 1200 at 6,050 ft msl and 158 knots ground speed.

A witness who was located near the main terminal at CDR on the south side of the airport stated that he observed the accident airplane in the traffic pattern on the east side of runway 21. The airplane appeared to be on the left base leg for runway 21 as it made a left turn. While in the left turn the nose suddenly dropped and the airplane descended behind the tree line.

Another witness, who was located 0.24 nm northeast of the accident site, stated the she heard the airplane overhead and the engine "sputtered" as if it lost power. She added that the sound from the airplane was a lot louder than the normal airplane traffic over her house. After she heard the airplane pass she looked outside but did not see the airplane.

The accident site was located 0.25 nm north-northeast of runway 21 in a harvested hay field next to a tree line. The wreckage debris path was scattered on a 270° heading and the airplane came to rest aligned on a 180° heading. Figure 1 shows an aerial view of the main wreckage as it came to rest upright in the field.


Figure 1 – Aerial view of accident site

An initial examination of the wreckage revealed that the fuel tanks were breached due to impact and there was no evidence of a fuel spill underneath the airplane. About 3 ounces of fuel was found in the right fuel strainer assembly. About one ounce of fuel was found in the left engine driven fuel pump supply line.

Seats 4, 5, and 6 had been removed from the airplane and the cabin and nose baggage compartment were both found packed with camping gear and other miscellaneous items. All items were removed from the cabin and nose baggage compartment and weighed for weight and balance calculations. The cargo in the cabin weighed 293.6 pounds. The cargo in the nose baggage area weighed 116 pounds.

The airplane has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N8910U
Model/Series: 95B55 T42A
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:
Observation Time: 1453 MDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 37°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 20 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Fond Du Lac, WI (FLD)
Destination: Chadron, NE (CDR) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 42.850278, -103.085000

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. 


Damon Brown
 (EBA Engineering)


Sarah Andrews worked as a geologist for two decades before becoming an author. She draws on her knowledge of geology for her novels, which feature a forensic geologist named Em Hansen.

Duncan Brown, back row, center, poses for a picture after the 2018 Leadership Academy hosted by the Redwood Empire chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Brown, 25, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, after the plane carrying him and his parents, Damon and Sarah Brown, crashed near Chadron, Nebraska. 
(Courtesy of the Redwood Empire chapter of the American Institute of Architects)



A Nebraska plane crash claimed the lives of a Sonoma County family this week, tragically ending the Graton trio’s annual summer trip to a renowned aviation conference in Wisconsin and stunning friends and neighbors.

Damon and Sarah Brown and their adult son Duncan were killed Wednesday after their Beechcraft 95-B55 Baron went down just north of the Chadron, Nebraska, municipal airport about 2:30 p.m., according to the Dawes County Coroner and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Damon Brown, 61, worked at the EBA Engineering firm in Santa Rosa and had a background in geology, like his wife, Sarah, 68, who authored a series of novels featuring a geologist who solves mysteries. Their only child, Duncan, 25, a graduate of Sebastopol’s Analy High School, worked at a local architecture firm after returning from college in Southern California.

All three were pilots, though it appeared that Sarah had let her license expire, according to the FAA. A family friend said they were in the Midwest to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture convention, one of the largest aviation gatherings in the country.

Family friend Nancy Saylor said that Sarah Brown recently told her over lunch that the three were especially looking forward to this year’s trip to Wisconsin.

“It was a big thing for them. They really had a fabulous time there every year, camping and sharing and bringing up memories,” said Saylor, a longtime teacher at Graton’s Oak Grove Elementary School who met the family when Duncan was a student.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. Weather in Chadron at the time was calm and clear, with light south winds between 5 to 10 mph, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation of the crash and expects to report preliminary findings within two weeks, though final findings won’t be released for months or even over a year, according to Eric Weiss, an NTSB spokesman.

The three lived together in a home off Graton Road. On Friday, a collection of seashells was scattered near the front door, the path leading up to it lined by lavender bushes. A kayak sat under one of the trees and a giant purple star hung in the front window.

The Browns were strongly connected to the Graton community, where they’d lived most of Duncan’s life and where he’d attended Oak Grove Elementary School. Sarah Brown had volunteered at the school and at the nearby Hallberg historic butterfly garden. She also belonged to the Graton Community Club.

“They were very active in Graton,” Saylor said.

Under her maiden name, Sarah Andrews, Sarah Brown wrote a series of novels chronicling the adventures of a female forensic geologist, Em Hansen. Her tales did well enough to warrant more than 10 books, and positive testimonies from readers on Goodreads, a social media site dedicated to reading, indicate that her work hit home with people who loved finding a good murder mystery with rooted in-depth knowledge of the natural world.

“She weaves the mystery with lots of talk of geology, ecology, and evolution/ creationism,” a Goodreads reviewer wrote of “Rock Bottom,” a later book in the Em Hansen series. “Sometimes it was a lot of geology, but it was all interesting.”

Damon Brown was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, host of the Wisconsin conference that a spokesman, Dick Knapinski, described as “aviation’s family reunion.” Over this week, it was expected to draw more than 10,000 airplanes and 500,000 people for hundreds of seminars and exhibits and daily afternoon air shows, Knapinski said.

“If it has flown, is flying or will fly, it probably will show up at Oshkosh sometime,” he said.

The Browns Beechcraft Baron 55 was built in 1965, according to FAA records. The twin- engine plane, with seating of up to five, is considered a higher-end private aircraft.

“That’s a very good airplane,” Knapinski said. “That one’s been around for a lot of years, and it’s got a great safety record.”

Damon Brown’s love for flying spanned decades and even showed up at his workplace in the form of spare parts ordered and stowed for the Beechcraft, according to longtime work partner, Nazar Eljumaily, whom Damon mentored as a pilot. Eljumaily also described his colleague as a “world-class marksman” who liked to hunt and an engaging conversationalist whom Eljumaily got to know over about 30 years.

“We kind of grew up working together,” Eljumaily said.

Randy Seelye, a former Press Democrat editor, said he and his wife bonded with the Browns to the point of occasionally celebrating Thanksgiving together. Seelye recalled skiing with Damon and Duncan in North Lake Tahoe and socializing over the years with Sarah and Damon.

“Both were quite gregarious, fun to be around,” Seelye said, adding that their son “seemed like he was hitting his stride” in recent years.

After graduating from Analy High, Duncan Brown studied biology and Spanish at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He interned for NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection “to protect the earth’s biosphere from extraterrestrial contamination,” according to a college publication. Back in Sonoma County, he had been working for a local architecture firm.

Duncan was a bright student for his third-grade teacher at Oak Grove Elementary, Peggy Heil. They stayed in touch over the years when he visited the school before the first bell of the year.

“Oak Grove was really a very special part of his life,” Heil said. “I fully expected to see him this summer as I get ready for the school year. He was that old student who came by the classroom to see if you needed help with anything.”

At Analy High, he often would head for the counselor’s office to visit with Peggy Heil’s husband, Joseph Heil, who for years was a counselor there.

“He was excited about going to Occidental and after he’d been there, he came by (and) said it was just the right place for him,” Joseph Heil said. “When he got his pilot’s license, he told me about that, and when he soloed, he was through the moon. He was just so happy.”

“He was a jovial, unique character, just a sweetheart of a guy,” Joseph Heil added. “I can’t believe they’re gone.”

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

Air Tractor Inc AT-602, N50634: Accident occurred July 24, 2019 in Walls, DeSoto 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/N50634

Location: Walls, MS
Accident Number: CEN19LA244
Date & Time: 07/24/2019, 1105 CDT
Registration: N50634
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 602
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On July 24, 2019, about 1105 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-602 airplane, N50634, sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Walls, Mississippi. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Delta Dusters II LLC. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight was originating from the Delta Flying Service Inc Airport (MS65), Walls, Mississippi when the accident occurred.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N50634
Model/Series: AT 602 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: DELTA DUSTERS SVC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: ZDWG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Walls, MS (PVT)
Destination: Walls, MS (PVT)

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:

Piper PA-24-260 Comanche, N8762P: Incident occurred July 24, 2019 in Edgewood, Isanti County, Minnesota

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

Aircraft on departure impacted runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8762P

Date: 24-JUL-19
Time: 16:49:00Z
Regis#: N8762P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: EDGEWOOD
State: MINNESOTA

Air Tractor AT-502, N1509E: Accident occurred July 24, 2019 in Welsh, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N1509E

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA452

14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Welsh, LA
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 502, registration: N1509E

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.


Aircraft crashed into a field after clipping a telephone pole.

Date: 24-JUL-19
Time: 13:43:00Z
Regis#: N1509E
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT502
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 137
City: WELSH
State: LOUISIANA




Around 8:20 am on July 24th a 911 call came in that a plane crashed.  

Units responded to LA 382 and David road, South of Roanoke, Louisiana.

The plane, a crop duster had struck a power pole, lost a wing and then struck a tree before coming to a stop in a field. 

The pilot walked away from the crash and was transported to the hospital by private vehicle with minor scrapes.  

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.  

Welsh Fire district 3 responded to assist.

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

Birdstrike: Cessna 402C, N300SN; accident occurred July 21, 2019 near St. Louis Lambert International Airport (KSTL), Missouri

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration; Burlington, Massachusetts

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


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


https://registry.faa.gov/N300SN


Location: St. Louis, MO

Accident Number: GAA19CA451 
Date & Time: 07/21/2019, 1300 CDT
Registration: N300SN
Aircraft: Cessna 402
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 9 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

Analysis 

The operator's director of safety reported that, during short final, the pilot quickly maneuvered the airplane to avoid a bird. When the pilot rolled wings level, a second bird went through the propeller and struck the horizontal stabilizer. The pilot then landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left horizontal stabilizer.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The airplane's collision with a bird during short final.

Findings

Environmental issues
Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)
Animal(s)/bird(s) - Ability to respond/compensate (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final
Birdstrike (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/30/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/24/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 1762 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1365 hours (Total, this make and model), 500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 186 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 75 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N300SN
Model/Series: 402 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 402C0060
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/04/2019, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6850 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 24579.3 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-VB
Registered Owner: Hyannis Air Service Inc
Rated Power: 325 hp
Operator: HYANNIS AIR SERVICE INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135); On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Cape Air
Operator Designator Code: HYIA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSTL, 710 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1751 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 11°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 9000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Marion, IL (MWA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: St. Louis, MO (STL)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1230 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Airport: ST LOUIS LAMBERT INTL (STL)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 618 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 12R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 11019 ft / 200 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 8 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 9 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.750000, -90.374722 (est)

Cessna 210, N410R: Incident occurred July 18, 2019 in Republic, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aircraft on landing went off the end of the runway into a fence.

https://registry.faa.gov/N410R

Date: 18-JUL-19
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N410R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: REPUBLIC
State: MISSOURI

Phoenix Air U-15, N44DY: Incident occurred July 19, 2019 in Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aircraft ground looped on landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N44DY

Date: 19-JUL-19
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N44DY
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: PHOENIX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KALISPELL
State: MONTANA

Cessna 210M, N1943M: Incident occurred July 21, 2019 at Blairstown Airport (1N7), Warren County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown

Aircraft landed gear up in the grass near the runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N1943M

Date: 21-JUL-19
Time: 17:29:00Z
Regis#: N1943M
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BLAIRSTOWN
State: NEW JERSEY

Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III, N442G: Incident occurred July 21, 2019 at Raton Municipal Airport (KRTN), Colfax County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aircraft landed without fully extended nose gear.

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https://registry.faa.gov/N442G

Date: 21-JUL-19
Time: 18:24:00Z
Regis#: N442G
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: RATON
State: NEW MEXICO

Cessna 310G, N8904Z: Incident occurred July 21, 2019 at Brookhaven Airport (KHWV), Shirley, Suffolk County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

Right main gear collapsed after landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8904Z

Date: 21-JUL-19
Time: 19:59:00Z
Regis#: N8904Z
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310G
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SHIRLEY
State: NEW YORK