Wednesday, October 09, 2019

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, N1544: Accidents occurred October 07, 2019 and January 24, 2018 in Kodiak, Alaska

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Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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/N1544

Location: Kodiak, AK
Accident Number: GAA20CA007
Date & Time: 10/07/2019, 1410 AKD
Registration: N1544
Aircraft: De Havilland BEAVER DHC 2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, during a landing on a glassy river, as he was rolling the wings level, he felt the left float touch the water. The airplane yawed to the left, went up the river bank, and slid on the tundra.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No 
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/14/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/16/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 8173 hours (Total, all aircraft), 238 hours (Total, this make and model), 7978 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 231 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 52 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: N1544
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1230
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/30/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 31302.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R985
Registered Owner: Andrew Airways Inc
Rated Power: 450 hp
Operator: Andrew Airways Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAKH, 43 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 183°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.38 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Larson Bay, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Kodiak, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1357 ADT
Type of Airspace:Class G  

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 56.938611, -154.182500 (est)

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Ketchikan, Alaska

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N1544

Location: Kodiak, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA025
Date & Time: 01/24/2018, 1220 AKS
Registration: N1544
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND BEAVER DHC 2
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On January 24, 2018, about 1220 Alaska standard time, a DeHavilland DHC-2 airplane, N1544, sustained substantial damage following a loss of directional control while landing on an unimproved airstrip, near Kazakof Bay on Afognak Island, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by Andrew Airways Incorporated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 visual flight rules flight. The commercial pilot sustained no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed Kodiak Airport (PADQ), Kodiak, Alaska about 1200 for the roughly 23 nautical mile flight to Kazakof Bay.

According to the pilot, after overflying the unimproved airstrip, he landed to the west into an estimated 7 knot wind. The touchdown was normal, however when he applied the brakes during the ground roll, the airplane "veered hard to the right." The airplane departed the right side of the airstrip, collided with alder bushes and small spruce trees, and came to rest against a dirt embankment. The right main landing gear separated from the gear box which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

The closest official weather observation station is PADQ. At 1153, a METAR was reporting, in part, wind 280° at 16 knots, gusting 32 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and ceiling clear; temperature 21° F; dew point 5° F; altimeter 29.76 inches of Mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N1544
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: ANDREW AIRWAYS INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: D4NA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PADQ, 80 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -6°C / -15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots/ 32 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: KODIAK, AK (ADQ)
Destination: Kodiak, AK

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: 58.117778, -152.553056 (est)
Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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/N1544

Location: Kodiak, AK
Accident Number: GAA20CA007
Date & Time: 10/07/2019, 1410 AKD
Registration: N1544
Aircraft: De Havilland BEAVER DHC 2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, during a landing on a glassy river, as he was rolling the wings level, he felt the left float touch the water. The airplane yawed to the left, went up the river bank, and slid on the tundra.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No 
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/14/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/16/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 8173 hours (Total, all aircraft), 238 hours (Total, this make and model), 7978 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 231 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 52 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: N1544
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1230
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/30/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 31302.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R985
Registered Owner: Andrew Airways Inc
Rated Power: 450 hp
Operator: Andrew Airways Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAKH, 43 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 183°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.38 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Larson Bay, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Kodiak, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1357 ADT
Type of Airspace:Class G  

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 56.938611, -154.182500 (est)

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Ketchikan, Alaska

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N1544

Location: Kodiak, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA025
Date & Time: 01/24/2018, 1220 AKS
Registration: N1544
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND BEAVER DHC 2
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On January 24, 2018, about 1220 Alaska standard time, a DeHavilland DHC-2 airplane, N1544, sustained substantial damage following a loss of directional control while landing on an unimproved airstrip, near Kazakof Bay on Afognak Island, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by Andrew Airways Incorporated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 visual flight rules flight. The commercial pilot sustained no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed Kodiak Airport (PADQ), Kodiak, Alaska about 1200 for the roughly 23 nautical mile flight to Kazakof Bay.

According to the pilot, after overflying the unimproved airstrip, he landed to the west into an estimated 7 knot wind. The touchdown was normal, however when he applied the brakes during the ground roll, the airplane "veered hard to the right." The airplane departed the right side of the airstrip, collided with alder bushes and small spruce trees, and came to rest against a dirt embankment. The right main landing gear separated from the gear box which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

The closest official weather observation station is PADQ. At 1153, a METAR was reporting, in part, wind 280° at 16 knots, gusting 32 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and ceiling clear; temperature 21° F; dew point 5° F; altimeter 29.76 inches of Mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N1544
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: ANDREW AIRWAYS INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: D4NA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PADQ, 80 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -6°C / -15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots/ 32 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: KODIAK, AK (ADQ)
Destination: Kodiak, AK

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: 58.117778, -152.553056 (est)

Airbus AS350B3, N789LP: Incident occurred October 06, 2019 in Monterey, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose

Rotorcraft baggage door disconnected from rotorcraft.

Warfield Aviation II LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N789LP

Date: 06-OCT-19
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N789LP
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
Aircraft Model: AS350
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MONTEREY
State: CALIFORNIA

Fuel Exhaustion: Cessna 150J, N50618; accident occurred October 08, 2019 near Fallon Municipal Airport (KFLX), Churchill County, Nevada

View of damage to the airplane’s vertical stabilizer and rudder. 
Federal Aviation Administration 


Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

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/N50618


Location: Fallon, NV
Accident Number: GAA20CA010
Date & Time: 10/07/2019, 1930 PDT
Registration: N50618
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during the preflight inspection, the fuel gauges indicated that each tank was half-full. The pilot did not visually inspect the fuel tanks to verify the fuel gauge's indicated reading. After a 40-minute local flight, the engine lost power during the right turn to the base leg of the airport traffic pattern. The pilot recalled that airplane's fuel gauge indicated that ¼ of the fuel capacity remained. He forced landed in a "flat" attitude on the desert. The nose landing gear dug into the soft, dry surface and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to horizontal stabilizer and the rudder.

Additionally, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented by visually inspecting the fuel tanks using a fuel stick to assess the airplane's fuel quantity.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63
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: None Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/12/1985
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/08/2008
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 670 hours (Total, all aircraft), 630 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N50618
Model/Series:150 J 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1968 
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15069437
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats:2 
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/19/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1601 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5189 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-200-A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator:On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KQAV, 3934 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1256 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 155°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fallon, NV (FLX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fallon, NV (FLX)
Type of Clearance:VFR 
Departure Time: 1830 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Fallon Muni (FLX)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3966 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5705 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.499167, -118.748889 (est)

Piper PA-18 Super Cub, N7788D: Accident occurred October 07, 2019 in Gila, Grant County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque

Aircraft veered off runway and hit a rock.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7788D

Date: 07-OCT-19
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N7788D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: GILA
State: NEW MEXICO

Beech A36 Bonanza, N396JG: Accident occurred October 08, 2019 at Waukesha County Airport (KUES), Wisconsin

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N396JG

Location: Waukesha, WI
Accident Number: CEN20LA006
Date & Time: 10/08/2019, 1445 CDT
Registration: N396JG
Aircraft: Beech 36
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 8, 2019, about 1445 central daylight time, a Beech 36 airplane, N396JG, experienced a loss of engine power while departing from the Waukesha County Airport, Waukesha, Wisconsin. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to TCU Investments Inc, Waukesha, Wisconsin, and was privately operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight.

Preliminary information provided by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector indicated that while departing runway 18, the airplane's engine stopped producing power. During the forced landing, the airplane's fuselage was substantially damaged.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N396JG
Model/Series: 36 A36
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: KUES, 911 ft msl
Observation Time: 1445 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.032778, -88.234722

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Quickie, N23JH; accident occurred July 19, 2018 near Zanesville Municipal Airport (KZZV), Muskingum County, Ohio

 Jacob Havens, Commercial Pilot


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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

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


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


http://registry.faa.gov/N23JH


Location: Zanesville, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA284
Date & Time: 07/19/2018, 1600 EDT
Registration:N23JH 
Aircraft: Toomey Quickie
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 19, 2018, about 1600 eastern daylight time, a Toomie Quickie airplane, N23JH, impacted high vegetation, nosed over, and impacted terrain near Zanesville, Ohio, during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power. The commercial pilot was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial canard and fuselage damage during the nose over. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Zanesville Municipal Airport (ZZV), near Zanesville, Ohio, about 1530.

According to the pilot, the airplane was not equipped with an electric starter and required the pilot to start the engine by rotating the propeller by hand. Additionally, the airplane required an electrical charge to operate the spark plugs' igniter as opposed to a spark from an engine driven magneto. The day before the accident flight, the airplane was grounded due to a dead battery. The pilot charged the battery with jumper cables and was able to start the airplane. However, the pilot subsequently installed a new battery and found it produced 13-14 volts versus the previous battery's 8.5-9.5 volts. The pilot cycled the engine through an engine run and departed from the Butler County Regional Airport-Hogan Field, near Hamilton, Ohio, and landed at ZZV about 1300.

The pilot discussed the intended photo mission with the flight crew of the chase airplane. They decided that the pilot would position the airplane off the chase airplane's right wing north of the airport over an area where the terrain of rolling hills and wooded areas would provide the best backdrop for a northbound photo run. The photo mission was anticipated to take about 30 minutes to complete.

The pilot performed a quick preflight inspection, started the airplane, departed ZZV on runway 16, and performed a climbing left turnout to head north. Upon reaching 2,500 ft, about 1,500 ft above ground level (agl), he joined up with the chase airplane. Up to this point in the flight, there were no malfunctions and the pilot was able to keep the airplane in formation with the chase airplane.

The pilot signaled the end of the flight with a "rudder wag" and both airplanes headed back to ZZV. During the return flight, approximately 4 miles north of the airport, the airplane engine power dropped in excess of 1,000 rpm and its engine monitor indicated about twice the normal fuel flow. The pilot was able to maintain airspeed and altitude. He announced that the airplane was having engine trouble and was planning a straight-in landing.

The rpm subsequently began to decrease even further, about 20 rpm per second. The pilot determined that the airplane would not be able to make the airport. The pilot saw unsuitable terrain to the airplane's right, and to the left, a dogleg road pointed into the wind with fields beyond it. He announced his intentions over the ZZV unicom frequency, and began a descending right turn down toward the road. The pilot stated that when he lined the airplane up with the road, it had excess airspeed and that he knew he could not stop the airplane in time. He observed signs at the turn of this road and elected to fly over them. But, there were cornfields on the other side of the signs. The pilot reduced the power to idle and flew above the top of the corn, bleeding off as much airspeed as possible before "dropping in" the cornfield. The airplane's nose struck the ground and the "momentum and angle of the crash caused the tail of the aircraft to gently continue over before coming to rest upside down."

The pilot reported that even though the canopy had shattered during the impact, he, after unhooking from the harness, was unable to get out of the inverted wreckage. Fuel began to leak from the vent on the fuel tank filler cap and he "secured" the airplane. The pilot subsequently used his mobile phone's voice calling feature to call the chase airplane pilot and 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 call lasted about 30 minutes and the operator stayed on the line until the first responders were able to locate the pilot.

The accident airplane had a condition inspection completed on July 4, 2018. During the inspection, a cracked exhaust manifold was welded back together and reinstalled.

At 1553, the recorded weather at ZZV was wind 110° at 7 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 28° C; dew point 13° C; altimeter 30.03 inches of mercury. The temperature and dew point present were favorable for the formation of serious carburetor icing at a descent power setting.

A Federal Aviation Administration Inspector examined the wreckage. The inspector observed a separation of the right-hand exhaust manifold which was directly beneath the intake breather for the engine. He also found the mixture set screw on the carburetor was very loose against the spring and was extended out. The cowling exhibited an impact mark in the location of the mixture screw.

The pilot's safety recommendation stated, "I was planning on installing stronger exhaust manifolds after the summer season because I wanted to take the aircraft to Oshkosh. I should have grounded the airplane when this same exhaust manifold broke previously."


 Jacob Havens, Commercial Pilot

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 24, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/30/2018
Flight Time:  586 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model), 430 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 46 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Toomey
Registration: N23JH
Model/Series: Quickie
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2013 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 003
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/04/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 640 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 99.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Onan
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 18 hp
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: KZZV, 880 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 187°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Zanesville, OH (ZZV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Zanesville, OH (ZZV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

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: 39.988611, -81.884722 (est)