Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sonex, N84WG: Incident occurred July 26, 2019 in Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington

Aircraft lost propeller in flight.

https://registry.faa.gov/N84WG

Date: 26-JUL-19
Time: 12:20:00Z
Regis#: N84WG
Aircraft Make: SONEX
Aircraft Model: SONEX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: LESSBURG
State: VIRGINIA

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, N791BK: Incident occurred July 28, 2019 in Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington

Aircraft ground looped on landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N791BK

Date: 28-JUL-19
Time: 21:25:00Z
Regis#: N791BK
Aircraft Make: GREAT LAKES
Aircraft Model: 2T1A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WARRENTON
State: VIRGINIA

Fairchild Dornier SA-227AC Metro III Expediter, N681TR: Accident occurred July 27, 2019 at El Paso International Airport (KELP), 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; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N681TR

Location: El Paso, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA246
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 0535 MDT
Registration: N681TR
Aircraft: SWEARINGEN SA227
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On July 27, 2019, about 0535 mountain daylight time, a Fairchild/Swearingen SA227-AC airplane, N681TR, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion at the El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, Texas. The pilot, co-pilot, and observer were not injured. The airplane was registered to Sierra West Airlines, Inc. and operated by Pak West Airline dba Sierra West Airlines as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from ELP about 0430.

The flight crew was unable to retract the landing gear after takeoff and received indications of a hydraulic system failure. Unable to lower the landing gear, the left main landing gear subsequently collapsed during landing. The airplane departed the runway pavement and encountered an airport sign. The outboard left wing contacted the ground when the gear collapsed. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SWEARINGEN
Registration: N681TR
Model/Series: SA227 AC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pak West Airlines
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As: Sierra West Airlines
Operator Designator Code: VPOA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ELP, 3962 ft msl
Observation Time: 0541 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: El Paso, TX (ELP)
Destination: El Paso, TX (ELP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.807222, -106.376389 (est)

Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I, N456AG: Fatal accident occurred July 28, 2019 near Gainesville Municipal Airport (KGLE), Cooke County, Texas

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N456AG

Location: Gainesville, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA238
Date & Time: 07/28/2019, 1622 CDT
Registration: N456AG
Aircraft: Piper PA34
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On July 28, 2019, about 1620 central daylight time, a Piper PA-34 airplane, N456AG, impacted terrain near Gainesville Municipal Airport (GLE), Gainesville, Texas. The airplane was owned and operated by US Aviation Group, LLC. The instructor pilot and student pilot were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed by post-crash fire. The airplane was operated under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 141 as an instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Denton Enterprise Airport, Denton, Texas.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N456AG
Model/Series: PA34 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: US Aviation Group Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information


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

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.

Francesca Norris, Flight Instructor

Yu Qui, Student Pilot




A 25-year-old flight instructor and her 22-year-old student pilot are dead after a fiery crash at the Gainesville Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon, officials say.

The Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I came down at about 4 p.m. Sunday as they prepared to land in Gainesville, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

The plane crashed about a quarter of a mile (440 yards) east of the runway and caught fire after impact.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that 22-year-old Chinese student pilot Yu Qui died at the scene. The second passenger, 25-year-old instructor Francesca Norris, of North Richland Hills, was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where she later died.

Norris' father, a former Navy pilot currently flying for American Airlines, spoke with NBC 5 Monday about his daughter and said she loved to travel, was passionate about flying and was chasing her dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot like he and her brother.

Before becoming an instructor, Norris attended Baylor University on scholarship where she graduated pre-med in 2016. After Baylor, Norris taught English at a vocational school in Bangkok, Thailand, for a year, according to her profile on Linkedin, before starting as a flight instructor in November 2018.

Norris' family and friends described her as "brilliant" and someone who was incredibly strong and full of passion.

"It's a tremendous loss. It's truly sad. She was just such a good -- she was a wonderful person and it's sad to have something like this happen," said Jeff Leisten, a family friend and American pilot.

Leisten said Norris was happy to be doing what she was doing, had found her place and was a good aviator.

"These things do happen and unfortunately this was just a horrible, horrible circumstance," Leisten said.

Norris' flight school, U.S. Aviation Academy, canceled flights Monday and released the following statement.

"All of our hearts are heavy as we collectively mourn our student and instructor. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and loved ones," said Justin Sykes, assistant CFO, U.S. Aviation Academy. "We are assisting with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and local authorities as they investigate the accident.

Sykes added the academy will be conducting their own internal investigation and that they'll provide grief counselors on campus throughout the week

"The grief we feel at this loss is immense," Sykes said.

The Denton-based academy created a memorial inside for students to write kind words about both victims. It plans to pass the messages along to family members.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined and it's not clear who was in control of the plane when it went down.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation, the FAA spokesman said.

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





GAINESVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A flight instructor and her student pilot have died after a small plane they were in crashed Sunday afternoon in Gainesville.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the crash happened just after 4 p.m. as the Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I was preparing to land at Gainesville Municipal Airport (about 75 miles north of Dallas). The plane crashed about a quarter mile from the runway.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said student pilot Yu Qiu, 22, of China was pronounced dead at the scene.

Instructor Francesca Norris, 25, of North Richland Hills was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with critical injuries. She later died, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner.

The US Aviation Academy has since come out with a statement regarding the crash.

“All of our hearts are heavy as we collectively mourn our student and instructor. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and loved ones. The safety of our students and instructors remains at the cornerstone of our training program and, with that in mind, we are assisting with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and local authorities as they investigate the accident,” the academy said. “We will also be conducting our own internal investigation. We will have grievance counselors on campus throughout the week to assist our students and staff. The grief we feel at this loss is immense.”

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will be investigating the crash.

Story and video ➤ https://dfw.cbslocal.com

Bell 206B, N454MS: Accident occurred July 27, 2019 in Dukedom, Tennessee

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

CB Couch Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N454MS

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA457
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, July 27, 2019 in Dukedom, TN
Aircraft: Bell 206, registration: N454MS

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.

Rotorcraft struck a power line and crashed in a field.

Date: 27-JUL-19
Time: 17:21:00Z
Regis#: N454MS
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 137
City: DRESDEN
State: TENNESSEE

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N12KW; accident occurred July 27, 2019 at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (KSRB), Sparta, Tennessee

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

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/N12KW

Location: Sparta, TN
Accident Number: GAA19CA456
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 1030 CDT
Registration: N12KW
Aircraft: Piper PA46
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 7 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during takeoff, everything appeared "good" until he saw a yellow warning light illuminate. He remembered seeing the letters "hydr…" on the light and became concerned about the landing gear. He decided to abort the takeoff and reduced power and held back pressure on the yoke. He added that he intentionally "let" the airplane go left over grass. As the airplane decelerated, he saw a taxiway sign ahead, the stall warning horn sounded, and the airplane settled back onto the ground on the taxiway sign. The pilot then pulled the yoke full aft and added right brake, and the airplane impacted a ditch. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector corroborated the pilot's statement.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The FAA inspector reported that, during postaccident examination, no warning lights were noted.

The pilot reported that, before the flight, he performed weight and balance calculations. He added that the airplane was more than 300 lbs over the maximum allowable gross weight and was "heavy aft." He reported that he had seven people on board the six-seat airplane; six people were sitting in a seat, and one person was sitting on the floor.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain the runway heading during an aborted takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with a sign and terrain. Contributing to the need to abort the takeoff was the pilot's improper decision to take off with the airplane over its maximum gross takeoff weight.

Findings

Aircraft
Heading/course - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Maximum weight - Capability exceeded (Factor)
CG/weight distribution - Capability exceeded

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Factor)

Environmental issues
Sign/marker - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 33, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/14/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/01/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 340 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 52 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N12KW
Model/Series: PA46 350P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4636255
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540
Registered Owner: Allied Moulded Products, Inc.
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: Allied Moulded Products, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSRB, 1024 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1535 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 222°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sparta, TN (SRB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1030 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: UPPER CUMBERLAND RGNL (SRB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1024 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6704 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 6 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 7 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.058889, -85.527778 (est)

Stoddard-Hamilton GlaStar, N98PW: Accident occurred July 26, 2019 at Mitchell Municipal Airport (KMHE), Davison County, South Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N98PW

Location: Mitchell, SD
Accident Number: CEN19LA241
Date & Time: 07/26/2019, 1410 CDT
Registration: N98PW
Aircraft: Stoddard-Hamilton GlaStar
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 26, 2019, about 1410 central daylight time, a Stoddard-Hamilton GlaStar, N98PW was substantially damaged when it veered off the runway while landing at Mitchell Municipal Airport (MHE), Mitchell, South Dakota. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal cross-country flight. The flight originated from Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at an undetermined time, and was en route to MHE.

The pilot landed on runway 18 and immediately lost directional control. The airplane veered to the right off the runway and struck a ditch. The pilot said the right brake may have locked up. The right wing was bent, and the fuselage was buckled. An examination of the airplane is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stoddard-Hamilton
Registration: N98PW
Model/Series: GlaStar
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: MHE, 1304 ft msl
Observation Time: 1352 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mitchell, SD (MHE)
Destination: Mitchell, SD (MHE) 

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: 43.782778, -98.034167 (est)

Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200, N428AW: Incident occurred July 27, 2019 at Erie International Airport (KERI), Pennsylvania

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

Aircraft struck a bird on landing.

Air Wisconsin LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N428AW

Date: 27-JUL-19
Time: 18:28:00Z
Regis#: N428AW
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL600 2B19
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
City: ERIE
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Cessna T182T Turbo Skylane, N5148Y: Incident occurred July 27, 2019 at Reading Regional Airport (KRDG), Berks County, Pennsylvania

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

Aircraft veered off runway during landing and gear collapsed.

JRL Air LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N5148Y

Date: 27-JUL-19
Time: 15:49:00Z
Regis#: N5148Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: READING
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Piper PA-24-250, N7071P: Incident occurred July 28, 2019 at Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton (KPDT), Umatilla County, Oregon

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7071P

Date: 28-JUL-19
Time: 02:50:00Z
Regis#: N7071P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PENDLETON
State: OREGON

McDonnell Douglas 369E, N438RC: Accident occurred July 27, 2019 at Eugene Airport (KEUG), Lane County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N438RC    

Location: Eugene, OR

Accident Number: WPR19LA205
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 2215 PDT
Registration: N438RC
Aircraft: Md Helicopter 369
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Other Work Use

On July 27, 2019, about 2215 Pacific daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter, N438RC, landed hard at the Mahlon Sweet Field Airport (EUG), Eugene, Oregon. The commercial pilot and commercial rated passenger were seriously injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage throughout. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the Lane County Sheriff's Office as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which departed from an off airport site.

The pilots reported that as they approached the hangar area to land, they entered a right turn; the helicopter continued the turn into a spin. Unable to stop the spin, the commercial rated passenger took over the controls and reduced the power, but the helicopter descended quickly and landed hard. The landing skids spread and the tail rotor impacted the ground.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Md Helicopter
Registration: N438RC
Model/Series: 369 E
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Lane County Sheriff's Office
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: EUG, 374 ft msl
Observation Time: 0954 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Eugene, OR (EUG)
Destination: Eugene, OR (EUG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 44.121389, -123.207222 (est)

Robinson R44 Raven II, N7508Z: Accident occurred July 27, 2019 near Blair Municipal Airport (KBTA), Washington County, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N7508Z

Location: Blair, NE
Accident Number: CEN19LA240
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 1628 CDT
Registration: N7508Z
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On July 27, 2019, at 1628 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N7508Z, impacted terrain following a reported system malfunction near Blair, Nebraska. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades and tailboom. The helicopter was registered to and operated by NE IA Helicopters, LLC, Tekamah, Nebraska, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed an off-airport location for aerial application operations at an unknown time.

According to the pilot, after completing the last spray pass, he pulled the helicopter up over a tree ridge and began to head towards the south. At the top of the climb, the pilot noticed the engine RPM was beyond "max limitations" and the rotor RPM was in the green range. The pilot initiated a right pedal turn to the north and decreased the engine throttle in an attempt to lower the engine RPM. After adjusting the engine throttle, the engine RPM remained at the upper limit, but the rotor RPM decreased. The pilot then attempted to correct the rotor RPM by increasing the throttle; however, the rotor RPM began to fluctuate up and down, and continued to decrease. Due to being unable to control the rotor RPM, the pilot performed a forced landing to a corn field. During the forced landing, the main rotor blades impacted corn and terrain, and the helicopter came to rest upright.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N7508Z
Model/Series: R44 II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: NE IA Helicopters, LLC
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:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Blair, NE
Destination: Blair, NE 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 41.564167, -96.140833 (est)


 A LifeNet helicopter transported Angelo Resendez (pilot) to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

BLAIR, Nebraska  —  A Michigan man was injured after a helicopter crash in Washington County, Nebraska.

Authorities confirmed Angelo Resendez, 46, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was the pilot of the helicopter that crashed west of the Blair Municipal Airport.

Investigators said the call to respond to the emergency came after 4 p.m. Saturday.

Officials said Resendez was the only person inside the helicopter when it crashed near County Road 33 and County Road 38.

A medical helicopter arrived on the scene -- investigators said Resendez suffered minor injuries and reported feeling some pain.

"He was complaining of the pain. (But he was) still conscious, alert, breathing, talking to us," said Sgt. Brian Beckman, with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Still, Beckman said Resendez was flown to an area hospital for treatment.

"We've had some bad (helicopter crashes) in the county before with the fatalities, and this guy here is a very lucky man," said Beckman.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said the crop duster crashed into a cornfield - investigators said it got too close to the ground as it actively dusted.

Beckman said crews found it tough to first get to Resendez because of trenches in the cornfield.

"You can't see anything from out here, and just to get somebody to coordinate exactly where he was at was our hardest part," Beckman said. "And that couldn't have taken us much more than half-an-hour to actually get to him and find him."

Beckman said crews did get the pilot out quickly.

Beckman also said the situation could have been worse because many helicopter crash victims do not survive.

Officials said the Federal Aviation Administration will start its own investigation into the crash. 

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




One person was transported via medical helicopter to an Omaha hospital after a small helicopter crashed near County Roads 33 and 38, which is about a mile west of the Blair Municipal Airport.

Kennard Rescue, Bennington Rescue, a Nebraska State Patrol officer and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

According to preliminary information from Washington County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Brian Beckman, the pilot was crop dusting a field near a home just northwest of the intersection of County Roads 33 and 38.

"Must have just gotten too low to the ground," Beckman said. "Pretty low to the ground and hit hard."

The pilot, Michigan resident Angelo Resendez, 47, was conscious and indicating he was experiencing pain, Beckman said.

Resendez's injuries appeared to be non-life threatening. Chief Deputy Kevin Willis with the Washington County Sheriff's Office said on Monday that Resendez was up and walking around following the crash. A LifeNet helicopter transported him to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha at around 5:15 p.m.

Willis said the Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating the incident.

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Unknown or Undetermined: ICON A5, N663BA; accident occurred July 27, 2019 in Littlefield Lake, Isabella County, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Icon Aircraft Inc; Vacaville, California

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/N663BA



Location: Lake, MI
Accident Number: CEN19LA242
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 1320 EDT
Registration: N663BA
Aircraft: ICON A5
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Unknown or undetermined
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On July 27, 2019, about 1320 eastern daylight time, an amphibious, light sport Icon Aircraft Inc. A5 airplane, N663BA, sustained substantial damage during an impact with trees and water shortly after departure from Littlefield Lake, Lake, Michigan. The airplane was registered to and operated by Icon Aircraft Inc. as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight when the accident occurred. The airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries, and the pilot rated passenger sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was a sales demonstration flight with a client. When he arrived at Littlefield Lake, he estimated the wind to be about 8 to 10 knots from the southwest. After landing, he water taxied to the client's lake shore home, and the client boarded the airplane. After plow taxing the airplane to the selected departure area, he said the wind had increased, and he estimated the speed to be between 12 and 15 knots. He said when he started the takeoff run, he saw three small wakes, consistent with those from wave runners, which helped propel the airplane into the air. He said that the airplane took off on the first attempt and the takeoff was normal and "there was nothing wrong with the [air]plane at all." He stated that when they got to the shoreline, they were about 50 to 60 ft above the treetops. His plan was to execute a right turn to stay over the lake in the event of an engine failure. Before starting the right turn, he looked at the angle of attack indicator and it indicated one needle width below the top of the green, and he estimated his speed between 55 and 60 knots. He initiated a 10° turn to the right to stay over the lake, and it felt like they "hit a wall." The airplane descended rapidly, clipped a tree, and impacted the water.

The pilot rated passenger, who was seated in the left seat at the time of the accident, stated that "the weather was not the best" and that the wind was shifting 180°. He said he told the pilot-in-command (PIC) this sentiment, and that it took four takeoff attempts to get airborne. After the second attempt, he said he told the PIC that it would not break his heart if they did not go. He said that the airplane felt very sluggish and acted as if it did not want to come off the water. When the airplane transitioned off the water, he estimated they were about 100 ft from the trees, headed straight toward them, and the airplane "felt very heavy." He said the PIC told him that the airplane had 485 lbs of useful load available and the fuel level was at ¾ of a tank.

A post-accident weight and balance calculation, based upon the most recent available weight and balance and information provided to a Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector, revealed that the airplane was about 57 lbs over maximum gross weight and outside of the weight and center of gravity envelope limits contained within Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH). The POH lists the maximum takeoff weight as 1,510 lbs and contains the following warning:

"Warning: It is the responsibility of the pilot to make sure the airplane is loaded properly. Operation outside of the approved weight and balance limitations could result in an accident and serious or fatal injury."

A witness to the accident stated that they saw the airplane make three takeoff attempts before the airplane became airborne. The pilot wrote in a post-accident email "Plow taxing [sic] takes place at approximately 3,800 rpm, so it would likely be perceived as an attempted takeoff. Full takeoff power, however, is approximately 5,300 rpm."

Data retrieved from the airplane's Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) revealed that the flight began about 1309 at the passenger's lake shore residence. After departing the passenger's residence, the airplane water-taxied northeast, exiting a cove that linked to the main lake. The airplane taxied about 5 minutes and 35 seconds with the engine speed less than 4,000 RPM. About 11 minutes and 10 seconds after departing the residence, the engine speed began to increase until it peaked about 5,292 RPM about 1314:47. At this time, the flaps were indicating 0°, the indicated airspeed was recorded at 26.34 knots, and the airplane was on a 125° ground track.

At 1314:49, engine RPM began to decrease, and the ground track indicated a turn toward the south. At 1314:52, the flaps were lowered to 30°, and the airplane continued the turn toward the north.

After traveling north for about a minute around 4,300 RPM, the airplane began a turn toward the west. The westerly track continued for about a minute before the airplane turned toward the southeast. While in the turn, with the flaps set at 30°, engine RPM began to increase to 5,140 RPM. At 1317:52, the recorded indicated airspeed peaked about 37 knots. The engine speed remained above 5,000 RPM until 1317:57. As the RPM decreased, the ground track began to indicate a more easterly track.

At 1318:57, the engine speed again began to increase, and the ground track began to indicate a turn back toward the southeast. The turn continued as engine speed and airspeed began to increase. At 1319:29, the engine speed indicated 5,021 RPM, the recorded indicated airspeed was 45.32 knots, the ground track was about 219° and altitude began to increase.

At 1319:34, the indicated airspeed started to oscillate between about 40 to 53 knots.

At 1319:40, the highest airspeed of the flight was recorded at 54.64 knots.

At 1319:42, the highest GPS altitude recorded was about 947 ft mean sea level (MSL). The lake level was recorded at approximately 906 ft MSL.

The last line of data was time stamped 1319:45. At that time, the engine speed was 4,839.59 RPM, the indicated airspeed was 28.69 knots, the airplane ground speed was 39.4 knots, the ground track was 353°, and the wing's angle of attack was 20.54°.

A review of video of the accident flight posted on social media from witnesses showed the airplane in a nose-high attitude with the flaps extended as it approached trees during the initial climb. As the airplane reached about the midpoint of a stand of trees, the angle of attack appeared to increase and the nose dropped. The right wing then lowered and impacted one of the trees. The airplane subsequently descended rapidly into the water.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ICON
Registration: N663BA
Model/Series: A5 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 00004
Landing Gear Type: Amphibian
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/03/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1510 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 20 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 620 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: Icon Aircraft Incorporated
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: Icon Aircraft Incorporated
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
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Departure Point: Lake, MI (n/a)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: Lake, MI (n/a)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None

Latitude, Longitude: 43.772222, -84.946111 (est)

Location: Lake, MI
Accident Number: CEN19LA242
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 1220 EDT
Registration: N663BA
Aircraft: ICON A5
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None

Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On July 27, 2019, about 1220 eastern daylight time, an amphibious, light sport Icon Aircraft Inc. A5 airplane, N663BA, sustained substantial damage during an impact with trees shortly after departure from Littlefield Lake, Lake, Michigan. The airplane was registered to and operated by Icon Aircraft Inc. as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight when the accident occurred. The Airline Transport pilot sustained minor injuries and the pilot rated passenger sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was a sales demonstration flight with a potential client. When he arrived at Littlefield Lake, he estimated the winds to be about 8 to 10 knots from the southwest. After landing, he taxied to the client's home and beached the airplane so the client could board. After taxing the airplane to the selected departure area, he said the wind had increased and he estimated the speed to be between 12 and 15 knots. He said when he started the takeoff run, he saw three small wakes, consistent with those from wave runners, which helped propel the airplane into the air. He said that they got into the air on the first takeoff attempt. He said the takeoff was normal and "there was nothing wrong with the [air]plane at all." He stated that they got to the shoreline, they were treetop height plus an estimated 50-60ft. His plan was to execute a left turn to stay over the lake in the event of an engine failure. Before starting the right turn, he looked at the angle of attack indicator and it showed one needle width below the top of the green, and he estimated his speed between 55-60 knots. He started to initiate a 10° turn to the right to stay over the lake and it suddenly sounded like they "hit a wall."

The pilot rated passenger, who was seated in the left seat at the time of the accident, stated that "the weather was not the best" and that the wind was shifting 180°. He said he told the pilot-in-command (PIC) this sentiment, and that it took four takeoff attempts to get airborne. After the second attempt, he said he told the PIC that it would not break his heart if they did not go. He said that the airplane felt very sluggish and acted as if it did not want to come off the water. When they did get airborne, they were about 100 ft from the trees, headed straight toward them and the airplane "felt very heavy." When asked to elaborate on the weight, he said the PIC told him they had 485 lbs available and only ¾ of a tank of fuel.

A post-accident weight and balance calculation, based upon the most recent available weight and balance and information provided to a Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector by the PIC, revealed that the airplane was about 70 lbs over max gross weight and outside of the weight and center of gravity envelope limits contained within Pilot's Operating Handbook.

A review of video of the accident flight shows the airplane in a nose-high attitude with the flaps extended as it approaches trees after takeoff. As the airplane reached about the midpoint of a stand of trees, the angle of attack appears to increase and the nose drops. The right wing then lowered and impacted one of the trees. The airplane subsequently descend rapidly into the water.

A witness to the accident stated that they saw the airplane make three takeoff attempts before the airplane became airborne.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ICON
Registration: N663BA
Model/Series: A5
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Icon Aircraft Incorporated
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.772222, -84.946111 (est)





Isabella County Sheriffs Office

Last Saturday the Isabella County Sheriffs Office handled a plane crash that occurred at Littlefield Lake.

There were two (2) deputies working Marine patrol at the time of the crash, they also witnessed it occur.

Deputy Graham and Marine Deputy Klawender immediate responded within under a minute to the crash site. 

They were assisted with lake goers who were on the lake in bringing two men from the wreckage to a pontoon boat. 

This boat then transferred the men to the shore where they were treated by fire/rescue and EMS personnel. 

However the story doesn’t end there.

Once the two victims were transferred to medical facilities the job of recovery and removal of the airplane began.

I cannot say enough about residence from the lake area and those who were on the lake who assisted our agency. 

It was a task that we had no instructions or experience in doing.

Removal of a plane from a lake was new to us as well. 

A plan was established and the use of the water sport tubes to support the plane was determined viable, several people donated the use of them who were on the lake. 

The use of those tubes are very appreciative by our agency. 

The Isabella County Sheriffs Office and pedestrians on scene worked together to tie the tubes to the wings of the plane to keep it afloat. 

Once that was done we used two Jet Skis that were donated by Lakeside Marina in Mecosta County for marine patrol use for the summer to float the plane through the water to the Mooring and then it was loaded onto a wrecker for transport. 

Again there were a lot of people that assisted our agency to make this happen and I/we very much appreciate it. 

Also, if anyone has a photographs of the plane being towed in I would ask if you don’t mind to have a few of them sent to us. Thank you again Littlefield Lake residents and goers for all of your help. 

Sheriff Michael Main

Discovery of an explosive-charged parachute delayed investigation Monday into the crash of a rare airplane on busy Littlefield Lake Saturday, Sheriff Micheal Main said.

The amphibious ICON-A5 plane, which could land and take off on water or solid ground, had a parachute and the explosive device used to deploy it - which was partially deployed in the crash - concerned investigators.

"The device was partially activated and created a safety concern for investigators," Main said. "Federal Aviation Administration worked with the manufacture and with the help of Green’s towing staff were able to remove the device safely."

The device was moved to a secure area and held until a Michigan State Police bomb squad could respond. It was detonated at a local gravel pit.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will continue to investigate.

Meanwhile, the pilot and owner of the plane, Tyrone Finch, 54, from Tennessee has been released from the hospital.

His passenger, local pilot Patrick Jarman, 62, of Deerfield Township, was more seriously injured but is recovering and expected to be released soon from a hospital in Grand Rapids, Main said.

Jarman was intending to test fly the ICON-A5, described as a "high-wing flying boat-type amphibious monoplane," with the intention of possibly buying it, sources said.

Two Isabella County Sheriff's marine deputies were on the scene, patrolling on jet skis at the time of the crash, and witnessed the plane attempt to take off from the lake.

According to the deputies, when the plane became airborne, it appeared to begin to struggle to gain altitude and began to turn, striking a tree and immediately taking a nosedive in the water.

Isabella county was experiencing strong wind gusts at the time of the crash, which the Isabella County Sheriff's office suspects may have interfered with the take-off.

The deputies responded immediately and approached the plane, finding pedestrians from another vessel in the vicinity already assisting both Finch and Jarman out of the cockpit.

They went into the water and assisted getting the men onto a nearby pontoon boat, before transporting both men to shore, where they were treated by fire/rescue and EMS.

Finch suffered slight injuries and Jarman was more seriously hurt, sources said.

According to the Isabella County sheriff's office, both were transported to a local E.D. with non-life-threatening injuries, but Jarman was flown by Areomed helicopter to Grand Rapids, where he is listed in serious condition.

Many residents and lake-users were also on the scene, helping officials and workers from Green's Towing to get the plane out of the water.

The plane was upside down in the water for several hours, with several local lake residents and Greens Towing staff securing flotation tubes under the wings to keep the plane from sinking.

Once secured, Sheriffs personnel used ropes to slowly pull the plane with the deputies' jet skis to the mooring/dock area, where the plane was loaded onto a flatbed wrecker and slowly moved from the lake to an impound yard.

Nottawa Sherman Fire Department and Mobile Medical Response assisted with the rescue.

One of only about 90 such planes in existence, the ICON-A5 was developed earlier this decade and went into limited production in 2016.

It has folding wings allowing it to be transported or stored in a garage and can land and take off on the ground or on water.

Sheriff Main on Monday thanked all who assisted with the rescue of both the pilot and passenger and the recover of the plane, which crashed mid-afternoon on a busy lake in northwest Isabella County.

"Once the two victims were transferred to medical facilities the job of recovery and removal of the airplane began," Main said.

"I cannot say enough about residents from the lake area and those who were on the lake who assisted our agency," Main said. "It was a task that we had no instructions or experience in doing. Removal of a plane from a lake was new to us as well."

Main said:

A plan was established and the use of the water sport tubes to support the plane was determined viable. Several people donated the use of them who were on the lake. The use of those tubes are very appreciative by our agency.

The Isabella County Sheriff's Office and pedestrians on scene worked together to tie the tubes to the wings of the plane to keep it afloat.

Once that was done we used two Jet Skis that were donated by Lakeside Marina in Mecosta County for marine patrol use for the summer to float the plane through the water to the mooring and then it was loaded onto a wrecker for transport.

Again there were a lot of people that assisted our agency to make this happen and I/we very much appreciate it. Also, if anyone has a photographs of the plane being towed in I would ask if you don’t mind to have a few of them sent to us. Thank you again Littlefield Lake residents and goers for all of your help. 

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