Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lockwood Air Cam, N50MJ: Incident occurred October 14, 2019 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Aircraft landed with gear retracted resulting landing on the pontoons.

N50MJ LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N50MJ

Date: 14-OCT-19
Time: 18:05:00Z
Regis#: N50MJ
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: AIRCAM
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PUNTA GORDA
State: FLORIDA

Loss of Control on Ground: Aeropro CZ A220, N441B; accident occurred October 14, 2019 at Buckeye Municipal Airport (KBXK), Maricopa County, Arizona

View of damage to the left wing of the airplane.
Federal Aviation Administration


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

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/N441B

Location: Buckeye, AZ
Accident Number: GAA20CA045
Date & Time: 10/14/2019, 0930 MST
Registration: N441B
Aircraft: AEROPRO CZ A220
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during landing, the airplane encountered crosswind gusts from the left, and the pilot aborted the landing. The airplane drifted to the right and over the runways edge, and the tailwheel struck the brush off the right side of the runway. The airplane's airspeed decreased and the left wing "dipped into the wind." The airplane touched down on the left main landing gear and the landing gear collapsed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 90° at 9 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 17.

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: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/31/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/27/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 751.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 28.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 607 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 46.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AEROPRO CZ
Registration: N441B
Model/Series: A220
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 55118
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/27/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 45 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 914UL2
Registered Owner: Redpole LLC
Rated Power: 115 hp
Operator: Redpole LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBXK, 1021 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1635 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 144°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Marana, AZ (AVQ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Marana, AZ (AVQ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0830 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Buckeye Muni (BXK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1032 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Soft; Vegetation
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5500 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/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: 33.420556, -112.686111

Loss of Control in Flight: Beech B36TC Bonanza, N5836B; accident occurred September 25, 2019 at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (KLBB), Texas

View of damaged left wing.


Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas  

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/N5836B

Location: Lubbock, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA587
Date & Time: 09/25/2019, 0715 CDT
Registration: N5836B
Aircraft: Beech 36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll, about 60 knots, the airplane lifted off in nose high attitude and the stall warning horn actuated. About 20 feet above the ground, the airplane rotated to the right, but he overcorrected, and the left-wing tip struck the runway. Shortly after, he landed the airplane without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 15 minutes before the accident, the wind was 230° at 9 knots. The pilot reported the wind was calm. The airplane departed from runway 35L.

The pilot added that post-accident the elevator trim was found set to nose high, and that he should have used a pre-takeoff checklist to verify the elevator trim was set to the takeoff position. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/25/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/25/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 178 hours (Total, all aircraft), 178 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 33 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Check Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Private
Age: 21, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied:Right 
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/20/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/20/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 340 hours (Total, all aircraft), 340 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 85 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 43 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N5836B
Model/Series: 36 B36TC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: EA558
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/11/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3850 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2083 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520
Registered Owner: We Gone Llc
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: We Gone Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Unknown
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLBB, 3241 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 320°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lubbock, TX (LBB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lubbock, TX (LBB)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0715 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Lubbock Preston Smith Intl (LBB)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 3282 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Dry 
Runway Used: 35L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 11500 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 33.663611, -101.820556 (est)

Cessna 172, N7267A: Accident occurred October 13, 2019 near Palmer Municipal Airport (PAAQ), Alaska

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

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

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N7267A


Location: Palmer, AK
Accident Number: ANC20LA002
Date & Time: 10/13/2019, 1620 AKD
Registration: N7267A
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 13, 2019, about 1620 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N7267A, sustained substantial damage following a collision with terrain during an emergency off-airport landing, about 15 nautical miles southeast of the Palmer Municipal Airport (PAAQ) Palmer, Alaska. The solo private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed.

The pilot reported that, after flying around the Knik Glacier area, while returning to Birchwood Airport (PABV) Birchwood, Alaska, the engine began to run rough and the rpm "rolled back." He applied carburetor heat, confirmed a rich mixture, checked the fuel tank levels, and placed the fuel selector to the left tank. He added that, he verified the oil pressure, the magneto switch was selected to both, and that the primer was in and locked, but he was unable to restore full engine power. The pilot subsequently selected an all-terrain vehicle trail as a forced landing site. Just prior to touchdown, at about 15 feet above the ground, the left wing struck a small tree, the airplane yawed to the left and touched down in a nose low, off-center angle. Subsequently, the right main landing gear and nose gear separated, and the right wing struck the ground. The pilot was able to egress the airplane without further incident.

The airplane was equipped with a Continental O-300-B model engine. The airplane has been recovered and a detailed wreckage examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7267A
Model/Series: 172 Undesignated
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: PAAQ, 230 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Palmer, AK (4AK6)
Destination: Birchwood, AK (BCV)

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: 61.450278, -148.683333 (est)

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Sonex, N612RF; accident occurred October 11, 2019 at Whidbey Air Park (W10), Langley, Island County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Washington

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/N612RF

Location: Langley, WA
Accident Number: GAA20CA018
Date & Time: 10/11/2019, 1530 PDT
Registration: N612RF
Aircraft: FOXWORTHY RICK A SONEX
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, on left base in the traffic pattern, the airplane was high. He made a 270° descending right turn to final and add 20° of flaps. The airplane descended faster than expected and the left wing struck a tree. The airplane impacted terrain, came to rest inverted, and post-crash fire ensued.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

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: Sport Pilot
Age: 65, 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: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/23/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 160.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 160.4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: FOXWORTHY RICK A
Registration: N612RF
Model/Series: SONEX
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1559
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Aerovee
ELT: C91A installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: Aerovee 2.1
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 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: KPAE, 606 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 136°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Langley, WA (W10)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Langley, WA (W10)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Whidbey Air Park (W10)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 271 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2470 ft / 25 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 48.017500, -122.437778 (est)

Update: The aircraft involved was a small homemade plane. The owner was the pilot and was on approach to the field. He lost engine power and his wing clipped a tree. The plane did a flat spin then landed on its top and caught fire. Its pilot was injured then airlifted to Providence in Everett and the extent of his injuries is not known at this time. The plane’s cockpit was completely destroyed by the fire.

Earlier: South Whidbey Fire/EMS responders are on scene of an airplane crash at Porter Field. The one occupant onboard was injured and is being airlifted to Everett Providence Hospital for further treatment. The plane burned during the crash and was extinguished by responders.

-South Whidbey Fire/EMS





A pilot is lucky to be alive after his small aircraft crashed Friday at Porter Field on Whidbey Island.

Fire crews who were called to the scene said the pilot was the only one on board and he was injured and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

The plane caught fire and burned during the crash but fire crews put out the flames, South Whidbey Fire/Emergency Medical Services officials said.

Officials with Whidbey Airpark said the aircraft was a home-built Sonex and the crash happened while the pilot was returning from his flight.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the aircraft crashed short of the runway.

No information was provided on the pilot's specific injury.

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

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kiro7.com

Quad City Challenger II, N358KP: Incident occurred October 14, 2019 at Central Wisconsin Airport (KCWA), Mosinee, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

Aircraft landed hard and nose gear bent and right wing scraped runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N358KP

Date: 14-OCT-19
Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N358KP
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: CHALLENGER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MOSINEE
State: WISCONSIN

Enstrom F-28A, N286Q: Incident occurred October 13, 2019 in Chugiak, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage

Rotorcraft lost power and made an emergency landing in a backyard of a residence.

https://registry.faa.gov/N286Q

Date: 13-OCT-19
Time: 22:40:00Z
Regis#: N286Q
Aircraft Make: ENSTROM
Aircraft Model: F28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CHUGIAK
State: ALASKA

Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow, N75139: Accident occurred October 13, 2019 near Kezer Air Ranch Airport (61TE), Springtown, Parker County, 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; Irving, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
  
https://registry.faa.gov/N75139

Location: Springtown, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA016
Date & Time: 10/13/2019, 1215 CDT
Registration:N75139 
Aircraft: Piper PA-28R-200
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning

On October 13, 2019, about 1215 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200 airplane, N75139, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Springtown, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to U.S. Aviation Group LLC and operated by U.S. Aviation Academy as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from Kezer Air Ranch Airport (61TE), Springtown, Texas, about 1200 and was destined for Denton Enterprise Airport (DTO), Denton, Texas.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration:N75139 
Model/Series: PA-28R-200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: U.S. Aviation Academy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DTO, 642 ft msl
Observation Time: 1153 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Springtown, TX (61TE)
Destination: Denton, TX (DTO)

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: 32.986667, -97.619722 (est)

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N8333P: Incident occurred October 11, 2019 at San Luis County Regional Airport (KSBP), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose

Aircraft struck a bird on landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8333P

Date: 11-OCT-19
Time: 21:21:00Z
Regis#: N8333P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN LUIS OBISPO
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-44 Seminole: Incident occurred October 14, 2019 at Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.

Date: 15-OCT-19
Time: 00:58:00Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
FlightSafety Academy: SFY884
City: VERO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Van's RV-4, N59RB: Incident occurred October 14, 2019 at Canton-Plymouth Mettetal Airport (1D2), Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Aircraft landed and a gust of wind blew aircraft off runway damaging precision approach path indicator (PAPI).

https://registry.faa.gov/N59RB

Date: 14-OCT-19
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N59RB
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PLYMOUTH
State: MICHIGAN

Loss of Control in Flight: Van's RV-4, N15WL; accident occurred October 12, 2019 at Chesapeake Ranch Airport (MD50), Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Herndon, Virginia 

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N15WL

Location: Lusby, MD
Accident Number: GAA20CA026
Date & Time: 10/12/2019, 0945 EDT
Registration: N15WL
Aircraft: LLEWELLYN, WARWINC W Vans RV-4
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while taking off, just after rotation, the right wing dropped, and the airplane started to drift right. The right wing struck the runway and the nose and the left wing then impacted terrain. The airplane cartwheeled and came to rest in the grass adjacent the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

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

An airport's automated weather observation station located 4 miles to the south reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 200° at 3 knots. The airplane was departing from runway 31. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/17/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 608 hours (Total, all aircraft), 452 hours (Total, this make and model), 544 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: LLEWELLYN, WARWINC W
Registration: N15WL
Model/Series: Vans RV-4 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1868
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/23/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 790.02 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: KNHK, 40 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1352 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 189°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 18000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lusby, MD (MD50)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lusby, MD (MD50)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0945 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Chesapeake Ranch (MD50)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 116 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 31
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2500 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 38.361111, -76.405278 (est)






On Saturday, October 12th, 2019, at approximately 10:00 a.m., fire and rescue personnel from Calvert and St. Mary’s County responded to 865 Crystal Rock Road in Lusby, for the reported plane crash.

Crews arrived on the scene to find a single-engine, two-seat aircraft off the runway and into the woods.

Firefighters reported the occupants were out of the aircraft, with no injuries reported.

Police, and the Federal Aviation Administration are currently investigating the incident.

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

Van's RV-4, N4332J: Fatal accident occurred October 14, 2019 near Rooster Field Airport (84NC), Moore County, North Carolina

Charles “Joe” Grant Fitzgerald Jr.


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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greenboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
 
https://registry.faa.gov/N4332J


Location: Cameron, NC
Accident Number: ERA20FA009
Date & Time: 10/14/2019, 1156 EDT
Registration: N4332J
Aircraft: Vans RV4
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 14, 2019, at 1156 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Vans RV-4, N4332J, was substantially damaged when it impacted wooded terrain while on approach to Rooster Field Airport (84NC), Cameron, North Carolina. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Woodward Field Airport (CDN), Camden, South Carolina, at 1046, and was destined for 84NC.

According to a friend of the pilot, who was also a flight instructor, the accident pilot departed from 84NC, which was also the site of the accident pilot's residential home, to CDN on Saturday morning, October 12, 2019 to attend an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) fly-in event. Later that day in the afternoon, during the return flight on the climb out, the accident airplane canopy separated from the airframe, and the accident pilot returned safely to CDN. According to the friend, the pilot told him via telephone Saturday evening that the airplane "flew alright" without the canopy, did not sustain any other damage, and when the weather improved on Monday, he planned to complete the return flight to 84NC without the canopy and would wear a motorcycle helmet with a facemask. The pilot's friend advised him not to fly the airplane without the canopy.

According to a private pilot based at CDN, he met the accident pilot for the first time at the EAA fly-in and after discussions, they planned to fly their respective airplanes in a loose formation to 84NC on Monday morning. He reported that they both arrived at CDN about 0930 Monday, fueled their airplanes, which he observed to be a top-off for the accident airplane, and departed; he added that the accident pilot did not seem to have any difficulties flying the airplane with the motorcycle helmet and no canopy. About 20 nautical miles southwest of 84NC, the private pilot reported that the accident pilot continued direct to 84NC, while he flew around the airspace of Mackall Army Airfield (HFF), Camp Mackall, North Carolina. This was the last time the private pilot observed the accident airplane. The private pilot subsequently landed at 84NC.

A Garmin 296 GPS device was found at the accident site and preliminary data from the accident flight were extracted from the unit. The recording began at 1044 and at 1046, data consistent with a takeoff from runway 24 at CDN was recorded. The data subsequently revealed that the airplane proceeded en route on a direct course to 84NC, about 1,100 ft GPS altitude, and about 80 knots groundspeed.

At 1156:06, data revealed that the airplane flew over the 84NC airport center, at 500 ft GPS altitude and 67 knots, and entered a left downwind in the traffic pattern for runway 9. At 1156:29, about .25 mile from the runway 9 threshold, the airplane entered a left base, at 63 knots and an altitude of 455 ft. At 1156:33, the airplane continued on a left base, slowing to 57 knots and maintaining altitude, and 3 seconds later the data showed the airplane headed 139° true, at 54 knots groundspeed, at an altitude of 440 ft. This was the last recorded data and the airplane's position was about .25 mile from the runway 9 threshold, near an extended centerline from the runway, about 480 ft from where the main wreckage was found.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Alert Notice (ALNOT) missing aircraft message was issued at 1744 and the airplane was located about 0045 on October 15, 2019 by first responders.

According to Leidos Flight Service, there was no record that the pilot received a weather briefing and there was no flight plan on file for the accident flight.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot was issued an FAA third-class medical certificate in May 2018. A review of the pilot's logbook contained a record of flights from August 29, 2010 to September 6, 2019. The pilot had logged a total flight time of 581.5 hours, in which 390.5 hours were pilot-in-command and 50.4 hours were in the accident airplane. The pilot logged 7 hours in the past 90 days. His most recent flight review was completed on February 28, 2019.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the 2-seat, single-engine, low-wing airplane was manufactured in 1992. It was powered by a Lycoming O-320-E2A, 150-horsepower engine. The airplane was registered to the pilot in July 2018. According to the maintenance records, the most recent condition inspection was completed on March 18, 2018.

The initial impact point and main wreckage were co-located in heavily wooded terrain about 590 ft from the runway 9 threshold. The airplane was found inverted oriented on a 050° heading. All major components of the airplane were found with the main wreckage; flight control continuity was established from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit. Fuel remained in the left wing and was observed to be leaking; no debris was noted in a fuel sample and it tested negative for water when exposed to water finding paste. The inboard portion of the right wing displayed significant aft crushing and no fuel was present in the wing as the fuel tank had been breached. The left and right flaps were found partially extended. Elevator trim continuity was established from the cockpit to the control surface.

The cockpit, instrument panel, and seats remained largely intact. The ignition was found selected to both, the fuel selector was selected to the right tank, and the primer lever was stowed. The throttle lever was found full forward; the mixture and propeller levers were found full aft (idle-cut-off). An emergency locator transmitter was installed and was found set to the arm position. According to first responders, the pilot was found wearing the motorcycle helmet that had a full-face mask, and the 5-point harness remained buckled and was cut during the recovery.

The engine remained attached to the engine mounts. The majority of the wooden propeller blades separated from the hub and were splintered. During an engine examination, the remnants of the propeller were rotated by hand and valve train continuity was established. All cylinders remained attached to the crankcase and thumb compression and suction was attained on all cylinders. All spark plugs sparked during engine rotation; each were removed and displayed normal operating and combustion signatures.

The carburetor remained intact and attached to the engine, the butterfly valve remained attached to the throttle arm and moved freely. The carburetor was disassembled; the carburetor floats were intact, and no debris or fuel was observed in the bowl, and the venturi needle was clear of debris. The smell of fuel was present in the bowl. The engine oil was observed to be black in color and no metal or debris was observed.

The 1156 recorded weather observation at Moore County Airport (SOP), Pinehurst/Southern Pines, North Carolina, which was located about 8 miles southwest of the accident site, included wind variable at 3 knots, clear skies, and visibility 10 statute miles. The temperature was 22° C, the dew point was 11° C; and the altimeter setting was 30.10 inches of mercury. The private pilot reported that he landed on runway 9 and the wind was a quartering tailwind from the northwest, about 5-10 knots, and it was gusting.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N4332J
Model/Series: RV4 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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: SOP, 459 ft msl
Observation Time: 1156 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Camden, SC (CDN)
Destination: Cameron, NC (84NC) 

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.271667, -79.254444

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. 

Charles “Joe” Grant Fitzgerald Jr., age 66, died Monday, October 14, 2019, from an aviation accident near his home in Cameron, North Carolina. 

Joe was born on June 10, 1953, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, to the late Charles Grant Fitzgerald and Charlotta Ellen Aldridge Fitzgerald. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Cynthia Elaine Houchin, Francis Felice Clark-Hudson, and Laura Genevieve Fitzgerald-Gordon. Joe served in the United States Army, retiring as a Special Forces Master Sergeant. He loved flying, spending time in nature, making music as a guitarist and pianist, and educating others about aviation. Joe was also known for his sense of humor, self-reliance, and magnetic personality. Above all else he loved his family, a proud father and grandfather who was happiest when surrounded by loved ones.  

He is survived by his two children and one grandchild: Joseph Fitzgerald and husband Joseph Landau of New York, NY and their daughter Sophia Fitzgerald Landau; daughter Anna Fitzgerald of Norfolk, VA; mother of his children Irene Sievers of Fayetteville, NC; brother Toby Burkhart of Ardmore, OK; sisters Donna Hammer and husband Ron of Riverton, WY, and Martha Shadoan of Oklahoma City, OK.  

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home in Sanford, NC. There will be no formal visitation after the funeral home service.  

Condolences may be made at https://supportful.com/fitz. In lieu of flowers, donations to support Joe’s homestead, farm and air strip may be addressed to PO Box 10845, Norfolk, VA 23513, or online at https://supportful.com/fitz. 


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Charles "Joe" Grant Fitzgerald Jr., age 66, died Tuesday, October 15, 2019, from an aviation accident near his home in Cameron, North Carolina.

Joe was born on June 10, 1953, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, to the late Charles Grant Fitzgerald and Charlotta Ellen Aldridge Fitzgerald. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Cynthia Elaine Houchin, Francis Felice Clark-Hudson, and Laura Genevieve Fitzgerald-Gordon. Joe served in the United States Army, retiring as a Special Forces Master Sergeant. He loved flying, spending time in nature, making music as a guitarist and pianist, and educating others about aviation. Joe was also known for his sense of humor, self-reliance, and magnetic personality. Above all else he loved his family, a proud father and grandfather who was happiest when surrounded by loved ones.

He is survived by his two children and one grandchild: Joseph Fitzgerald and husband Joseph Landau of New York, NY and their daughter Sophia Fitzgerald Landau; daughter Anna Fitzgerald of Norfolk, VA; mother of his children Irene Sievers of Fayetteville, NC; brother Toby Burkhart of Ardmore, OK; sisters Donna Hammer and husband Ron of Riverton, WY, and Martha Shadoan of Oklahoma City, OK.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home in Sanford, NC. There will be no formal visitation after the funeral home service.


Condolences may be made at https://supportful.com/fitz. In lieu of flowers, donations to support Joe's homestead, farm and air strip may be addressed to PO Box 10845, Norfolk, VA 23513, or online at https://supportful.com/fitz.

CAMERON, North Carolina — The pilot who died in a plane crash in October flew the plane without a canopy and wore a motorcycle helmet and facemask during the open-air flight, according to a new report.

The plane crashed on Oct. 14 in a wooded area near Cameron just before noon. Its pilot, Charles Grant Fitzgerald, Jr., 66, was the lone person in the two-seater aircraft and died in the crash.

An accident report released by the National Transportation Safety Board calls Fitzgerald's plane, an Vans RV-4, "experimental" and "amateur-built."

According to the report, Fitzgerald flew his plane from Woodward Field Airport in Camden, S.C., to a Experimental Aircraft Association meeting two days before the

During his flight back to South Carolina, the canopy of his plane separated from the frame, but the pilot landed safely at the Woodward Field Airport in Camden.

Fitzgerald's friend, who is a flight instructor, told officials that Fitzgerald called him Saturday evening to tell him about the open-air flight.

He said he planned to fly the topless plane again on Monday, this time wearing a motorcycle helmet and facemask to brave the wind. The friend advised Fitzgerald not to fly the plane while it was in that condition.

Another pilot told officials that Fitzgerald met him at the Woodward Field Airport at 9:30 a.m. that Monday. The two fueled their airplanes and left for Rooster Field Airport in Cameron, N.C.

When the planes were about 20 miles from the North Carolina airport, the two pilots took different paths, he said.

The last recorded data from Fitzgerald's plane located it about a quarter mile from the runway, about 480 feet from the crash site, according to the report.

The crashed plane was located around midnight on Oct. 15.

According to FAA airman records, Fitzgerald held a private pilot certificate and had recorded flights from Aug. 29, 2010, to Sept. 6, 2019, logging a total flight time of 581.5 hours in the air. Fitzgerald had logged seven hours in the 90 days before the crash, and his most recent flight review was completed on Feb. 28, 2019.

Just one week later, a Florida pilot and his wife were killed when their plane crashed at Umstead Park on its way to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.


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Charles Grant Fitzgerald Jr, a Cameron veteran who died in a plane crash Monday near his home, is being remembered as a personable pilot with a passion for aviation.

Fitzgerald, 66, was found dead early Tuesday in the wreckage of his homebuilt aircraft, a Van’s RV-4, off Cranes Creek Road. He had been traveling from a fly-in event at Woodward Airfield in Camden, South Carolina.

Roland Gilliam, owner of Gilliam-McConnell Airfield in Carthage, said Fitzgerald was “well thought-of in the community.”

“He was a very pleasant guy who liked to talk and never met a stranger,” Gilliam said. “And he was a good mechanic, always tinkering with things.”

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office said Fitzgerald, who had been reported missing by a concerned neighbor, was the only passenger aboard the two-seat aircraft. He was located in a “heavily wooded area” near his private airstrip, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash. According to Gilliam, Fitzgerald reportedly lost his plane’s canopy while departing from South Carolina.

“I don’t know if that contributed to it or not,” Gilliam said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are assisting with the investigation.

Fitzgerald served in the Special Forces, Gilliam said, and “still did some work in conjunction with the military.” Funeral arrangements had not been announced as of Friday afternoon.

“Charles was a nice guy,” Gilliam said. “It’s a shame when you get killed doing something you love.”

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

VASS, North Carolina (WNCN) – A 66-year-old Moore County man died when his aircraft crashed near a private airstrip near Vass, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said.

Charles Grant Fitzgerald, Jr., of Cameron was flying a two-seater aircraft from Camden, South Carolina to Vass when the plane when down, the sheriff’s office said.

The plane was found around 12:45 a.m. upside-down a few hundred yards from Fitzgerald’s private airstrip.

“After an extensive search of the area, Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation, located the wreckage in a heavily wooded area off of Cranes Creek Road in the Cameron-Vass area of Moore County,” Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a release.

Fitzgerald was retired from the military and served as a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the sheriff said.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been contacted and is investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.cbs17.com

A man from Cameron is dead after his plane crashed Monday in the woods in the Cameron-Vass area, according to a news advisory from Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Grant Fitzgerald, Jr, 66, was the pilot in the Van's RV-4 experimental aircraft flying from Camden, South Carolina to a private airstrip in Vass when his plane went down by the runway.

“After an extensive search of the area, Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation, located the wreckage in a heavily wooded area off of Cranes Creek Road in the Cameron-Vass area of Moore County,” said the advisory.

Authorities were searching for the man for several hours when he was reported missing after his departure from South Carolina.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and their investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://sandhillssentinel.com