Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ercoupe 415-C, N3816H: Accident occurred September 10, 2019 at Ak-Chin Regional Airport (A39), Maricopa, Pinal County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3816H


Location: Maricopa, AZ
Accident Number: WPR19LA253
Date & Time: 09/10/2019, 0830 MST
Registration: N3816H
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On September 10, 2019, about 0830 mountain standard time, an Ercoupe 415-C, airplane, N3816H, impacted a building during departure from Ak-Chin Regional Airport (A39), Maricopa, Arizona. The pilot receiving instruction and the flight instructor were seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered and operated by the Desert Aero Club LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and a flight plan was not filed for the flight.

According to an eyewitness, the airplane was heard traveling down the runway during departure and the engine sounded normal. The airplane departed from runway 22, and as the airplane was climbing out, it veered left, pitched up slightly and rolled left, putting the airplane in a nose down descent, impacting the roof of the A39 administrative building. The eyewitness who was also the first responder stated that the pilot and flight instructor exited the airplane and one of the occupants jumped to the stairwell below. They were both transported to the hospital.

The airplane entered the top of the two-story building and was lodged in the outside wall and roof. The airplane was visible from the ground below and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. The wreckage was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ercoupe
Registration: N3816H
Model/Series: 415 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Desert Aero Club LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCGZ, 1462 ft msl
Observation Time: 1456 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Maricopa, AZ (A39)
Destination: Maricopa, AZ (A39)

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: 32.990556, -111.917222




MARICOPA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A small plane crashed into a building at the Ak-Chin Regional Airport Tuesday morning.

A pilot instructor and student were on board.

The Ak-Chin Fire Department tells Arizona's Family that the plane crashed into the flight operations building at the airport.

[WATCH: Aviation community reacts to plane crashing into building near Maricopa]

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Ercoupe 415-C crashed under "unknown circumstances" after taking off around 8:30 a.m. 

Fire officials say one staff member was inside the building at the time of the crash, but was not hurt.

Desert Rat Aviation tells Arizona's Family that the plane belonged to them.

Both the pilot instructor and student were taken to Chandler Regional Hospital and are expected to be OK.

"It's a little bit astonishing to see the airplane actually sticking out of the building," said Les Crawford, a pilot. "Another 20 feet this way, they would've crashed straight into the ground with the way it looked. So they probably wouldn't be here today if that had happened." 

Photos from the scene show how the small plane sliced right into the top of the building. You can also see the plane's tail sticking out of the top of the crash site.

It was those pictures and video that triggered horrifying memories for Phoenix resident Sam Moeller, who survived a plane crash near Wickenburg last year.

"When I saw that picture I couldn't believe those two people survived," he said. "It always brings up memories when I see other plane crashes."

Moeller's near-death experience left more than just physical scars said Moeller. He told Arizona's Family that the survivors of Tuesday's crash -- a pilot instructor and a student -- will likely face turmoil similar to what he's been though.

"Emotionally, they're going to have bad dreams," he explained. "There's a whole lot [of times] I remember waking up, many times in cold sweat thinking about that -- that day. It's not going anywhere." 

Moeller said he still has issues today, more than a year after his plane went down.   "I still to this day, I personally don't feel comfortable going up in a single-engine airplane," he said. "That's a scary, scary feeling."

The plane was removed from the building at about 4 p.m. by Air Transport. 

"When an accident like this happens, we're contacted either by the insurance company or the NTSB and we respond to the scene and they are all like this--in rivers, in mountains, in buildings and in the desert," said Reed Jarman, the owner of Air Transport. 

The plane will now be taken to his storage property where investigators will be reconstruct it and try to figure out what happened. 

The airport that was the site of Tuesday morning's crash is owned by the Ak-Chin Indian Community. The FAA and NTSB will investigate the incident. 

The airport is located about 8 miles southeast of Maricopa, and about 44 miles southeast of Phoenix.

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

Beechcraft A23, N3555R: Accident occurred September 10, 2019 at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), Panama City, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3555R

Location: Panama City, FL
Accident Number: ERA19TA276
Date & Time: 09/10/2019, 1220 CDT
Registration: N3555R
Aircraft: Beech 23
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 10, 2019, about 1220 central daylight time, a Beech A-23, N3555R, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) Panama City, Florida. The student pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the student pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The student pilot reported that he and his flight instructor were performing airport traffic pattern work, go-arounds and touch and go landings to runway 16. After a normal go-around due to excessive crosswinds, they initiated a no-flap landing for the next attempt. As the pilot became established on short final, he reported that the approach was normal, but when he attempted to arrest his descent by increasing engine power, the engine did not respond. He pulled the power lever out (towards idle) and the instructor told him to immediately "push it back in to add power." After several unsuccessful attempts to increase engine power, the instructor took control of the airplane and attempted to land. The propeller was wind milling during short final then completely stopped just before landing in the grass short of runway 16; the airplane then bounced onto the runway, hitting one of the approach lights, before rolling a short distance down the runway and coming to a stop.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the right wing spar was damaged, and the upper and lower areas on the right wing were buckled. The maintenance service provider's mechanic stated that during recovery of the airplane and inspection, they discovered foreign object debris with the consistency of dirt blocking the fuel vent line.

The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land, instrument airplane. She also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single engine and instrument airplane. She reported 3,150 hours total time. She was issued an FAA second-class medical certificate in May 2019.

The student pilot/owner was issued an FAA third-class medical certificate in August 2017.

According to FAA records, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate on April 12, 1965. It was a four-place, internally braced low-wing airplane, that was equipped with fixed tricycle landing gear, and a Continental IO-346A, 165-horsepower engine driving a two-blade metal fixed pitch propeller. The student pilot purchased the airplane on May 10, 2017.

The weather conditions reported at ECP at 1153 included winds 080° at 7 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 4,500 ft, temperature 34° C, dew point 22° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.18 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N3555R
Model/Series: 23 A23
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: ECP, 68 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Panama City, FL (ECP)
Destination: Panama City, FL (ECP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries:2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.358333, -85.795556 (est)

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N62LU: Incident occurred September 10, 2019 at Bowman Regional Airport (KLOU), Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis

Aircraft landed and struck taxiway lights.

https://registry.faa.gov/N62LU

Date: 10-SEP-19
Time: 19:24:00Z
Regis#: N62LU
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LOUISVILLE
State: KENTUCKY

Boeing 747-400: Incident occurred September 10, 2019 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK), New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York

Aircraft struck a light pole while being marshalled on ramp.

Date: 10-SEP-19
Time: 14:55:00Z
Regis#: FRV0214
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 747
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Flight Number: RAMO0124
City: NEW YORK
State: NEW YORK

Cessna 172E Skyhawk, N5347T: Accident occurred September 10, 2019 in Grassy Butte, McKenzie County, North 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; Fargo, North Dakota

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N5347T


Location: Grassy Butte, ND

Accident Number: CEN19LA311
Date & Time: 09/10/2019, 1230 CDT
Registration: N5347T
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 10, 2019, about 1230 central daylight time, a Cessna 172, N5347T, impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from a road near Grassy Butte, North Dakota. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to (registration expired), 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 no flight plan had been filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.


According to local law enforcement and the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot used the airplane to monitor the cattle on his ranch. The pilot stated that he was departing from the road to the north and climbed to about 40 ft above ground level when the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot made a left turn and landed hard in the field parallel to the road. Figure 1 shows the airplane where it came to rest in the field.



Figure 1 – The accident airplane upright in a field 

The FAA inspector completed a preliminary examination of the airplane. He reported that a significant amount of water was found in the carburetor and the airplane's fuel tanks. Also, water was found in the supply fuel tank from which the pilot fueled the airplane.


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Cessna

Registration: N5347T
Model/Series: 172 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Glen Myers
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site:

Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:  KS25, 2110 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Grassy Butte, ND
Destination: Grassy Butte, ND 

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Serious

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 47.378611, -103.589722 (est)

Convair CV-440F, N24DR: Fatal accident occurred September 11, 2019 near Toledo Express Airport (KTOL), Lucas County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Olmsted, Ohio
Pratt & Whitney; East Hartford, Connecticut
National Transportation Safety Board; Washington, District of Columbia

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N24DR
Location: Monclova, OH
Accident Number: CEN19MA312
Date & Time: 09/11/2019, 0239 EDT
Registration: N24DR
Aircraft: Convair 440
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 125: 20+ Pax,6000+ lbs 

On September 11, 2019, at 0239 eastern daylight time, a Convair 440 airplane, N24DR, impacted trees and terrain while on final approach to runway 25 at the Toledo Express Airport (TOL). The accident site was located about 1/2-mile from the runway arrival threshold in Monclova, Ohio. Both pilots were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by Ferreteria E Implementos San Francisco under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 125 as a non-scheduled cargo flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was being operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Millington-Memphis Airport (NQA), Millington, Tennessee, at 2314 central daylight time and was destined for TOL.

According to the operator, the flight crew initially departed Laredo International Airport (LRD) about 1838 central time the evening before the accident and arrived at NQA about 2210 central time. The airplane was refueled before departing on the accident flight.

Preliminary air traffic control position data depicted the airplane proceeding direct to TOL after departure from NQA at a cruise altitude of 7,000 ft mean sea level. About 39 miles southwest of TOL, the airplane entered a cruise descent in preparation for approach and landing. The flight crew was subsequently cleared to land at 0235 when the airplane was about 5 miles southeast of TOL. The pilot acknowledged the landing clearance; however, no further communications were received. The airplane ultimately became established on final approach for runway 25 before radar contact was lost. No problems or anomalies were reported during the flight.

The airplane struck trees beginning about 0.12-mile east of the accident site; about 0.65-mile northeast of the runway arrival threshold. The initial strikes were about 55 ft above ground level. Multiple tree breaks were observed along the flight path through the wooded area east of the accident site. A ground impact scar was located west of the wooded area and led to the accident site. The impact path was oriented on a westerly heading. The airplane came to rest in a parking lot about 0.50-mile from the threshold and near the extended centerline of the runway.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Convair
Registration: N24DR
Model/Series: 440 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Ferreteria E Implementos San Francisco
Operator Designator Code: FEIB

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: TOL, 683 ft msl
Observation Time: 0252 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Millington, TN (NQA)
Destination: Toledo, OH (TOL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.596389, -83.783889

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. 

Douglas Robert Taylor
February 12th, 1947 – September 11th, 2019

Douglas Robert Taylor, 72, of Laredo and San Antonio, Texas, died on September 11, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Goff Taylor and Virginia Clare Milliken Taylor. He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 56 years, Marilyn Buchannan Taylor; his daughter and son-in-law, Laura Clare and Shane Michael Coogan; his siblings Ann Reeves, Dr. Susan Jane Taylor, James Carl Taylor, and Janet Taylor Carpenter, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and dear friends. Doug, a graduate of Alamo Heights High School, attended the University of Texas at Austin before pursuing a career in aviation in Corpus Christi. He inherited his love for flying from his father, who tutored and shaped him as his career developed, and who instilled in him a respect for aviation that was evident in his professional pursuits. He lived and worked in Laredo for over 40 years, where he owned and operated many types of aircrafts. He was most proud of his “tail draggers”, especially his beloved Curtiss C-46 Commando which he named “Bullet,” that he flew with precision across the United States and Mexico. He had many business ventures including building houses with his company Equity Homes. At the time of his death he was an active pilot for work and pleasure and proud co-operator of the FBO Barker Ground Services. He was gifted since childhood with a fascination for all things mechanical, but also had an uncommon appreciation for literature, history and economics. His heart was tender for those he loved. He spoke truthfully, which made his counsel so valuable. He was revered for his native intelligence, encyclopedic knowledge, common sense, generous spirit and sense of fairness. He was unfettered and unconventional. He was a faithful mate, a superb father to the child he doted on, and a steady mentor for those interested in improving their skills. None of us want to let him go, but now he will fly for eternity and be forever in our hearts. TEMPUS FUGIT. Services will be held Saturday, September 21st, 2019 12:30 pm at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church 1018 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78208. Burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements by www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com. Celebration of life will be held at 4pm at Beethoven Maennerchor, 422 Pereida St, San Antonio, TX 78210. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church at https://stpauls-satx.org/donate.

Donald Peterson

Donald "Don" Peterson, 69, of Laredo, formerly of Sioux City, died September 11th, 2019, from injuries sustained in an plane crash near Toledo, Ohio.

Don was born on Jan. 20, 1950, in Sioux City, the son of Axel Peterson and Bernice (Stevens) Peterson-Lohrman. He attended and graduated from Leeds High School, in Sioux City, in 1968.

He married Kathy Eagle in 2002. Don served with the U.S. Army Rangers in Vietnam. He did gold mining in Montana from 1988 to 1995. He was a pilot in Alaska for 11 years before moving to Laredo, where he flew cargo planes. His favorite pastime was fishing.

Don is survived by his wife, Kathy; and three stepchildren, Shannon Irons of Washington, Carol Harker and Bobby Irons of Montana.  He was preceded in death by his parents.











TOLEDO, Ohio — Two people were confirmed dead after a cargo plane crashed near Toledo Express Airport on Wednesday at 2:37 a.m. 

The Lucas County Sheriff's Office said the plane crashed on Garden Road east of the airport in Bubba's Mobile Truck Repair Heavy Duty Towing's parking lot. 

Troopers worked with law enforcement officials in Texas to notify next of kin. Crew members were identified as Douglas R. Taylor, 72, and Donald C. Peterson Sr., 69, both of Laredo, Texas. 

Investigators said flight N24DR traveled to Millington, Tennessee from Laredo, Texas, then to Toledo.

The aircraft struck multiple unoccupied vehicles on the ground near I-80 and a significant fire resulted from the impact.

Port authority official said the Convair CV-440F was owned by Barker Aeromotive, Inc., and was loaded with automotive parts.  

The crash did not affect any flights arriving or departing at the airport, and business at Toledo Express Airport operated normally.

Multiple fire departments from different counties in the area were called to work on the fire which appears to be under control. 

Toledo hazmat was also called to the scene to do air quality monitoring to check explosive levels as a safety precaution.

There were a couple of road closures due to the crash. However, all roads have since reopened.

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