Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Loehle Sport Parasol, N4347C: Incident occurred October 28, 2019 in Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N4347C

Date: 28-OCT-19
Time: 19:45:00Z
Regis#: N4347C
Aircraft Make: LOEHLE
Aircraft Model: SPORT PARASOL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WAYNESVILLE
State: OHIO

LET L-13 Blanik, N213TA: Accident occurred October 27, 2019 at Enumclaw Airport (WA77), King County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

Puget Sound Soaring Association Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N213TA

NTSB Identification: GAA20CA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Enumclaw, WA
Aircraft: Let L13, registration: N213TA


NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Glider hit the end of the runway on landing.

Date: 28-OCT-19
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N213TA
Aircraft Make: LET
Aircraft Model: L13
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ENUMCLAW
State: WASHINGTON

Cessna 172RG Cutlass RG, N9779B: Incident occurred October 26, 2019 at Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Aircraft on taxi went off taxiway and hit a taxiway light.

https://registry.faa.gov/N9779B

Date: 26-OCT-19
Time: 16:22:00Z
Regis#: N9779B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: ST PETERSBURG
State: FLORIDA

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-30, N8816Y; accident occurred October 25, 2019 at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida 

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N8816Y

Location: Opa Locka, FL
Accident Number: GAA20CA050
Date & Time: 10/25/2019, 1945 EDT
Registration: N8816Y
Aircraft: Piper PA 30
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The pilot receiving instruction in the multi-engine airplane reported that, during the runup, they briefed for a simulated engine failure during takeoff. He added that, during the takeoff, the flight instructor reduced the left engine throttle and the airplane veered to the left. He "lost the control" and the instructor took the flight controls. The airplane lifted off the ground into ground effect and the left wing struck the ground, exited the runway, and came to rest in the grass adjacent the runway.

The flight instructor seated in the right seat, reported that, after he reduced power on the left engine during takeoff, the pilot became confused by the sudden left yaw and did not react. He repeatedly told the pilot to abort the takeoff. Brakes were only installed on the pilot's (left) side, so the instructor was unable to apply brakes. The pilot panicked, moved the left throttle to full, remained locked on the controls, and applied back pressure on the yoke. The instructor continued to attempt to take the flight controls from the pilot, but the airplane entered ground effect. The instructor took the flight controls and, as the airplane settled to the ground, he reduced both throttles to idle. The airplane touched down in a "left yawing, slight left bank attitude" and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane skidded on the runway to the left, rotated counterclockwise, exited the runway, and came to rest in the grass.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 20, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/24/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 235 hours (Total, all aircraft), 8 hours (Total, this make and model), 153 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 63 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 30, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; 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 Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/25/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/12/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1459 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model), 1400 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 111 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8816Y
Model/Series: PA 30 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 301974
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/30/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3256.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: IO-320-B1A
Registered Owner: Saddy Barraza
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Pilot Training Center North Miami
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: KOPF, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:162° 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Miami, FL (OPF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Miami, FL (OPF)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1945 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: MIAMI-OPA LOCKA EXECUTIVE (OPF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 8 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8002 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 25.913056, -80.282222 (est)

Mooney M20E, N5897Q: Incident occurred October 25, 2019 at Sparta/Fort McCoy Airport (KCMY), Monroe County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5897Q

Date: 25-OCT-19
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N5897Q
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SPARTA
State: WISCONSIN

Cessna T337C Turbo Super Skymaster, N337TX: Incident occurred October 27, 2019 in Calhoun, Gordon County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta

Aircraft made a forced landing on a road.

Gemetric LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N337TX

Date: 27-OCT-19
Time: 17:10:00Z
Regis#: N337TX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 337
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CALHOUN
State: GEORGIA




CALHOUN, Georgia — A light plane was forced to make an emergency landing on an Interstate 75 off ramp in Calhoun early Sunday afternoon.

According to the Gordon County Sheriff's Office, deputies were sent out at about 12:15 p.m. after they received reports of the private plane landing on the Exit 310 off ramp to Union Grove Road. 

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the plane landed in the northbound lanes of the interstate and then the pilot steered it onto the exit ramp. 

No injuries were reported to anyone on board the aircraft, according to the sheriff's office. No damage to property was reported either. 

Along with deputies, troopers from the Georgia State Patrol also responded to the incident. 

The pilot said the plane had fuel-related issues, according to the GSP. 

The plane was towed to Tom B. David Airport in Calhoun via Union Grove Road and GA 3 / US 41, the GSP said.

According to Kathleen Bergen with the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft involved in the incident was a Cessna 337 Skymaster. Bergen said there were two people were on board the aircraft at the time of the incident. 

The FAA has taken over the investigation of the incident.

Story and video ➤ https://www.11alive.com

Questair M-20 Venture, N35HW: Accident occurred October 27, 2019

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

https://registry.faa.gov/N35HW
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Daytona Beach, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2020
Aircraft: HIGGINS JOHN H/WILLIAMS JOHN D QUESTAIR VENTURE, registration: N35HW
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, during landing, his approach was unstable with an excessive descent rate. Surveillance video footage showed that the airplane touched down hard at the start of the displaced threshold, bounced, veered right, exited the side of the runway, clipped a tree, and then impacted terrain. A postcrash fire ensued. The airplane sustained thermal and substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The pilot report that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's unstabilized approach, which resulted in a hard, bounced landing, loss of directional control, and impact with a tree and then terrain.

The pilot reported that during landing, his approach was unstable with an excessive descent rate. Surveillance video footage showed that the airplane touched down hard at the start of the displaced threshold, bounced, veered right and exited the side of the runway where it impacted terrain, and a post-crash fire ensued.

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

The pilot did not report a preaccident mechanical failure or malfunction with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.

Aero Adventure Aventura II, N170AV: Accident occurred October 26, 2019 in Tavares, Lake County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Sport Flying USA Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N170AV

NTSB Identification: GAA20CA051
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 26, 2019 in Tavares, FL
Aircraft: Pereyra AVENTURA, registration: N170AV

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft landed on Lake Dora bounced and flipped over.

Date: 26-OCT-19
Time: 16:10:00Z
Regis#: N170AV
Aircraft Make: AERO ADVENTURE
Aircraft Model: AVENTURA
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TAVARES
State: FLORIDA

Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N49MH: Accident occurred October 25, 2019 at Boulder City Municipal Airport (KBVU), Clark County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas

Aircraft landed and went off runway and struck a fence.

https://registry.faa.gov/N49MH

Date: 25-OCT-19
Time: 19:33:00Z
Regis#: N49MH
Aircraft Make: AERO VODOCHODY
Aircraft Model: L39
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BOULDER CITY
State: NEVADA

An jet flown by a former Hungarian Air Force fighter pilot ran off the runway at the Boulder City Municipal Airport on Friday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in an email the aircraft crashed under “unknown circumstances.”

Preliminary reports indicate that the L-39 airplane crashed after landing at the airport, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email. The aircraft, which sustained minor damage, ran off the runway and struck a perimeter fence.

The FAA said the aircraft is registered to Istvan Kalmar. Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Kalmar said, “The brake overheated … and it made the runway short.”

He said the aircraft ran off the runway and “badly pushed a fence over” but that “nobody even had a scratch.”

Kenitzer said local authorities reported that two people were onboard.

The L-39 is a single-engine military aircraft designed and manufactured by Aero Vodochody for the Czechoslovakian Air Force, according to airforce-technology.com. It was the first airplane to be powered by turbofan engines. There are numerous variations of the jet, which is generally used as a training aircraft for military pilots.

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

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N9008V: Accident occurred October 27, 2019 at LeRoy Airport (5G0), Genesee County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester

https://registry.faa.gov/N9008V


NTSB Identification: GAA20CA048
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Le Roy, NY
Aircraft: Beech 36, registration: N9008V

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft on departure crashed in the grass.

Date: 27-OCT-19
Time: 19:10:00Z
Regis#: N9008V
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LE ROY
State: NEW YORK



LEROY, New York (WHEC) - A small plane crashed at the Le Roy Airport in Genesee County on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, their dispatch center was notified of the crash around 3 p.m.

The sheriff's office says the plane failed to take off and hit an embankment before coming to rest in an open area. The underbody and engine compartment of the plane sustained significant damage.

The plane had four people onboard at the time of the crash. Pilot John Yates, along with his wife and two kids, were able to remove themselves from the plane. All four were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is still still being investigated by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.


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


The LeRoy Airport runway was shut down temporarily Sunday afternoon as emergency crews responded to a small plane crash.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office said a family of four suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Airport owner Raymond Detor said it happened around 3:15 p.m.

A single-engine plane was taking off from the airport when it crashed during takeoff. The aircraft stayed on airport property and landed within a few yards from a mobile home park on the western side of the runway. 

The pilot John Yates, 48, of Canandaigua, and three other passengers made it out of the plane on their own. 

"I was sitting in my living room watching the Buffalo Bills game and I heard a bang," said Donald Showler, of LeRoy. "I thought maybe it was my porch and I saw an airplane out here in the airport, [with] the motor about 40 feet in front of it, and people starting to get out of the plane."

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but the Federal Aviation Administration is said to begin an investigation sometime this week.

The airport owner said the last time a plane crashed in the area was about 10 years ago. The airport has since reopened while the investigation continues.

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










LEROY, New York (WIVB)–Three people are in the hospital after a plane crash in Leroy.

It happened around 3:30 this afternoon at the Leroy airport. Officials say the plane slipped off the runway.

It’s unclear how badly the people involved were hurt. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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

Piper PA-28-161, N42998 and Piper PA-28-161, N2135BA: Accident occurred October 23, 2019 at Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport (KTPL), Temple, Bell County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio

Aircraft on taxi was struck by N2135B.

https://registry.faa.gov/N42998

Date: 23-OCT-19
Time: 01:20:00Z
Regis#: N42998
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: TEMPLE
State: TEXAS

Aircraft on taxi struck N42998.

https://registry.faa.gov/N2135B

Date: 23-OCT-19
Time: 01:20:00Z
Regis#: N2135B
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: TEMPLE
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer, N2621P: Accident occurred October 27, 2019 near Benson Airport (6MN9), White Bear Township, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
  
https://registry.faa.gov/N2621P

Location: White Bear Township, MN
Accident Number: CEN20LA015
Date & Time: 10/27/2019, 1055 CDT
Registration: N2621P
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 27, 2019, about 1055 central daylight time, a Piper PA22-150 airplane, N2621P, impacted terrain during a takeoff from Benson Airport (6MN9), White Bear Township, Minnesota. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged during the impact. 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 was originating from 6MN9 at the time of the accident and its destination is unknown.

According to initial information from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane impacted terrain under unknown circumstances during takeoff. The airplane came to rest in a ditch about 1/4 mile northwest of 6MN9.

At 1045, the recorded weather at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport (Janes Field), near Minneapolis, Minnesota, was: Wind 300° at 10 kts, gusting to 15 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition overcast clouds at 2,000 ft; temperature 7° C; dew point 2° C; altimeter 29.90 inches of mercury.

6MN9 was a private, non-towered airport, which was owned by White Bear Township, Minnesota. It was located about three miles north of the township. The airport had an estimated elevation of 942 ft above mean sea level. The airport was serviced by one runway, 12/30, which was a 2,000 ft by 75 ft runway with a turf surface.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2621P
Model/Series: PA22 150
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: KANE, 912 ft msl
Observation Time: 1045 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 15 knots, 300°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: White Bear Township, MN (6MN9)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 45.116667, -92.996111 (est)






One person was taken to a hospital after a small plane crash in White Bear Lake.

It happened Sunday morning shortly before 11 a.m. near the county line between Washington and Ramsey counties, not far from the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and County Road J.

Officials said one person was on-board the plane, which crashed near train tracks. That person suffered non life-threatening injuries but was taken to a hospital.

Authorities said the plane hit a tree. It's unclear where it was headed or what it was doing before it crashed.

Darryl LeMire says his friend Gary McDaniel had just taken off from Benson Airport in White Bear Lake when something went wrong.

"It's very scary," LeMire said. 

McDaniel tried returning to the airport but hit a tree and crashed about 100 yards from the runway, amazingly he walked away.

"I just talked to his wife," LeMire said. " He survived. He's got some cuts on his face and got hit pretty hard, but she said he's doing really well."

Story and video ➤ https://kstp.com

Enstrom 280F, N280F: Fatal accident occurred October 26, 2019 in Jordan Valley. Malheur County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Enstrom Helicopters; Menominee, Michigan

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

  
https://registry.faa.gov/N280F

Location: Jordan Valley, OR 
Accident Number: WPR20FA016
Date & Time: 10/25/2019, 1541 MDT
Registration: N280F
Aircraft: Enstrom 280F
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 25, 2019, at 1541 mountain daylight time, an Enstrom 280F, N280F, collided with terrain near Jordan Valley, Oregon. The commercial pilot was fatally injured, the private pilot (airplane) rated passenger sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to Sundance Aviation Group LLC., and was being operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The local flight departed Caldwell Industrial Airport (EUL), Caldwell, Idaho, at 1520. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

According to the passenger, who was the pilot's daughter, the intent of the flight was to fly towards the Owyhee Mountain Range and Reservoir, a trip they had taken multiple times before. Upon her arrival at the airport that afternoon, the pilot had already moved the helicopter out of the hangar. A short time later they boarded and taxied to the local fueling facility, where the pilot serviced the helicopter with the addition of 22.5 gallons of fuel.

The passenger stated that the departure was to the southwest and was uneventful, and after arriving over the Owyhee Mountain Range, they observed some wild horses. The pilot performed an orbit over the horses, while the passenger took photos. Once complete, they proceeded back on track to the southwest. A few minutes later the pilot calmly stated that the "rpm" was low. Due to the tone of his voice, the passenger was not initially concerned, however he began to manipulate the flight controls and when she looked over, he appeared nervous. The helicopter then rapidly descended, and struck the ground.

Preliminary ADS-B flight track data for the entire flight was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The data closely matched the passenger's statement, and indicated that the orbit over the horses occurred about 18 minutes after takeoff, 25 miles southwest of EUL, at a GPS altitude of about 4,900 ft, which was between 50 and 200 above ground level (agl) over the undulating terrain. After completing the orbit, the helicopter departed southwest bound and proceeded at an altitude of about 50 ft agl, until the last recorded target, 2 miles to the south-southwest.

By 2230 family members called the Ada County Sheriff's Department, after neither the pilot nor passenger had returned home. Both of their cars were subsequently found at the airport, and at 2342 the FAA issued an alert notice (ALNOT). The helicopter was equipped with a 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter (ELT), however, no activation signal was received by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). A search and rescue mission was initiated by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Division, and the wreckage was discovered at 0820 the following morning by deputies from the Malheur County Sheriff's Department.

The helicopter was located about 500 ft south of the last ADS-B target at an elevation of 4,917 ft mean seal level (msl). The helicopter came to rest on its right side on a heading of about 330 ° magnetic. The cabin sustained crush damage, resulting in fragmentation of the entire canopy and the composite canopy structure, completely exposing the cabin contents. The lower cabin support structure including the flight controls, instrument panel, and seat bases were folded 90° down. The lower seat assemblies exhibited crush damage downwards and to the right, while the seat backs had crushed aft and to the right.

Aft of the cabin wall, the primary helicopter structure remained largely intact, with the tubular steel pylon members behind the aft cabin wall sustaining compression damage focused on the lower right side. The tailboom was intact, and the right horizontal stabilizer was bent down about 90° midspan. The tailrotor gearbox remained attached to the gearbox boom, and the entire assembly had rotated about 180 along the longitudinal axis. All three main rotor blades remained attached to the hub, and all exhibited 30° upward bending damage. (See Photo 1)

Photo 1 – Helicopter at the Accident Site

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Enstrom
Registration: N280F
Model/Series: 280F
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
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: KMAN, 2537 ft msl
Observation Time: 2255 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Caldwell, ID (EUL)
Destination: Caldwell, ID (EUL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 43.394722, -117.046944
 
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. 


Jim F. Valentine, MD


BOISE, Idaho — A St. Luke's surgeon died in a helicopter crash Friday on the Idaho, Oregon border.

52-year-old Dr. Jim Valentine, of Eagle, died this weekend after his helicopter crashed. Dr. Valentine worked at St. Luke's Boise Clinic in Bariatrics and General Surgery.

A passenger, Valentine's daughter, was flown to a hospital by air ambulance. Malheur County Sheriff says she has severe injuries but is not believed to be life-threatening.

Authorities are praising the resilience of the 25-year-old Idaho woman who survived a frigid night in the high desert of southeastern Oregon.

Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said Monday that despite being injured herself, Jordan Valentine managed to crawl around the side of the wreck to get out of the wind after the helicopter went down in a remote area southeast of Succor Creek State Natural Area on Friday afternoon. She was lightly dressed and the temperature was in the 20s.

Johnson credited Jordan, saying it took "a very tough and determined person to be able to survive a crash like that and keep her composure through the night."

The helicopter is registered to Sundance Aviation out of Eagle.

According to The Civil Air Patrol's National Radar Analysis Team, the helicopter dropped off the radar at 4:40 p.m. Friday afternoon.

MCSO received the call around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. They activated the county's search and rescue team.

The pilot was killed in the crash, but his daughter was found alive. She managed to find shelter until help arrived, as temperatures dropped into the upper 20's overnight.

The father and daughter duo were sightseeing in the area and headed to the Owyhee Reservoir.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are taking over the investigation.

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ADRIAN – When Malheur County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team members found Jordan Valentine on Saturday morning, she could barely move.

The 25-year-old woman from Eagle, Idaho, lay beside the wreckage of an Enstrom 280F helicopter on a secluded high desert hill south of Adrian. The crash, at about 4pm Friday, killed her father, Jim Valentine, 52, also of Eagle, who was piloting the helicopter.

Despite serious injuries, Valentine managed to crawl out of the wreckage and then took shelter out of the wind next to the rotorcraft. She was wearing light clothing.

“She was beat up pretty bad,” said Travis Johnson, Malheur County undersheriff.

Johnson said the sheriff’s office received the call of an overdue helicopter around 2 a.m. Saturday. From there, the sheriff’s office activated its search and rescue team.

“We called people in and got a plan together,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the last radar contact on the helicopter was near Succor Creek.

The area is remote, said Johnson.

“The roads in that area are not great but luckily it was not far from one of those roads and it was out in a flat area where it was fairly visible,” said Johnson.

The search kicked off just before dawn. Around 8 a.m., search and rescue personnel sighted the wreckage near Top Reservoir, southeast of Succor Creek State Park.

 “It takes a very tough and determined person to be able to survive a crash following by a long cold night,” said Johnson.

The temperature in the area dropped below freezing.

Valentine was flown by LifeFlight to a Boise-area hospital around 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said an investigator had been dispatched to the scene of the crash. He said the crash remains under investigation.

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MALHEUR COUNTY, Oregon — An Eagle man is dead following a weekend helicopter crash in a remote desert area of Malheur County.

The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office was notified about 2:00 a.m. Saturday of a helicopter that had not returned as expected.

“The last contact with radar showed it in the Succor Creek area, about 50 to 60 miles south of Ontario,” said Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson. “We learned a helicopter had crashed on Friday, the 25th sometime around 4:00 p.m. near Top Reservoir, southeast of Succor Creek State Park.”

Malheur County Search and Rescue volunteers were called out and began searching at daylight.

“One of our UTV search teams located the crashed helicopter at 8:20 that morning. The two occupants were Identified as Jim Valentine, a 52-year-old man from Eagle, Idaho, and his daughter Jordan Valentine, a 25-year-old female also of Eagle,” Johnson said.

Jim Valentine was deceased. His daughter was transported by air ambulance to a Boise hospital with multiple injuries. She is currently listed in serious condition.

“She was wearing only light clothing at the time, but managed to make it through a very windy, cold night. Temperatures were around 28 degrees when we arrived on scene,” Johnson said. “Although badly injured, she had the wherewithal to crawl around the aircraft to get out of the wind. It takes a very tough and determined person be able to survive a crash followed by a long cold night.”

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

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