Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N13151: Incident occurred November 04, 2019 at Laurence G. Hanscom Field Airport (KBED), Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston

Aircraft landed and veered off runway striking a runway light.

F N A Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N13151

Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 15:40:00Z
Regis#: N13151
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BEDFORD
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Cessna 150L, N5390Q: Incident occurred November 04, 2019 in Hempstead, Nassau County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York, New York

Aircraft experienced engine problems and landed on a beach.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5390Q

Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 19:55:00Z
Regis#: N5390Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: NEW YORK
State: NEW YORK




A small plane made an emergency landing on a beach in Point Lookout Monday. 

Pilot Robert Lutz says he was flying his small plane back from Bay Bridge Airport in Maryland to MacArthur Airport in Islip when the plane lost power. He says he radioed for help and was advised to touch down on Ocean Parkway, but instead he decided to land the plane on the beach in Point Lookout. 

"I said no, I'm going to the beach. Picked out a nice spot. I knew it would be unpopulated. I knew the sand was kind of firm," Lutz says. 

First responders arrived to the scene just after 2 p.m. and took the plane off the beach and onto a parking lot. "We're lucky that it wasn't a summer day and the beach wasn't packed,” says Chief Jared Siegelman.

Lutz owns Gyro Revolution, a flight center at MacArthur Airport. He says that he and his girlfriend weren’t hurt in the landing, and he was confident he'd be able to safely land the plane. He says, "I’ve been flying since 1994, when I was 13. We train for this." 

The fire chief says once the Federal Aviation Administration is done with their investigation, the plane will be towed from the beach parking lot.

Story and video ➤ http://longisland.news12.com










A small plane made an emergency landing at Civic Beach in Point Lookout on Monday afternoon.

Multiple fire, police and emergency crews were on the scene. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the incident, a Cessna 150 made an emergency landing on the beach in Point Lookout, nine miles east-southeast of John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 2:20 p.m.

The airplane's pilot, Robert Lutz, told News12 that he was flying his plane back from Bay Bridge Airport, in Stevensville, MD, and was heading to Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip when he lost power and radioed for help. He added that picked the beach as a landing site because he knew it was unpopulated and the sand would be firm. Neither Lutz or his girlfriend, who was a passenger on the plane, were injured.

"The aircraft reportedly experienced an engine-related problem," an FAA spokesman said. "There were two people aboard."

“It was a perfect landing,” said Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department Commissioner Chas Thompson. “It was an emergency landing … the plane lost power.”

Thompson, who was on the scene, told the Herald that no injuries had been reported.

“He made a great landing,” Thompson said, adding that the pilot was able to avoid the water and put the single-engine plane down on the sand.

Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department Chief Jared Siegelman said that the plane was moved to Town Park at Point Lookout, where the FAA and a recovery company will tow it to an airport.

"Anywhere on the barrier island, you don't see a plane go down," Siegelman said. "Thank god he was an experienced pilot and no one got hurt."

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

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N210EF: Incident occurred November 04, 2019 at Aurora State Airport (KUAO), Marion County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft lost power on short final and landed short of runway.

Despain Aviation LLC

Pixelpan LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N210EF

Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N210EF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: P210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: AURORA
State: OREGON

Robinson R22, N8560A: Accident occurred November 04, 2019 at Smoketown Airport (S37), Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown

Smoketown Helicopters LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N8560A

NTSB Identification: GAA20CA060
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, November 04, 2019 in Smoketown, PA
Aircraft: Robinson R22, registration: N8560A

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

Rotorcraft back skid caught grass on landing and rolled over on its side.

Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N8560A
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SMOKETOWN
State: PENNSYLVANIA






SMOKETOWN, Pennsylvania  — A helicopter crashed Monday morning at Smoketown Airport in Lancaster County, according to the airport manager.

The aircraft went down shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday at the airport in East Lampeter Township.

According to the airport manager, the helicopter was being used for training.

The rotorcraft came down a little hard in the wind and tipped over, the manager said.

The manager said a flight instructor and student pilot who were on board weren't hurt.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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

Ercoupe 415-C, N87173: Accident occurred November 03, 2019 in Greer, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia

Old Time Aero LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N87173

NTSB Identification: GAA20CA059
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 03, 2019 in Greer, SC
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415, registration: N87173

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 lost control on landing.

Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N87173
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: 415C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GREER
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Beech 1900D, N716MJ: Incident occurred November 04, 2019 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City

Aircraft struck a bird.

Alpine Aviation Express LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N716MJ

Date: 05-NOV-19
Time: 02:50:00Z
Regis#: N716MJ
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 1900
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SIOUX FALLS
State: SOUTH DAKOTA

Beech 95-B55 (T42A) Baron, N3214A: Incident occurred November 04, 2019 at Houston County Airport (KDKR), Crockett, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N3214A

Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 02:00:00Z
Regis#: N3214A
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CROCKETT
State: TEXAS

Beech A36TC Bonanza, N936TC: Accident occurred November 04, 2019 at General Dick Stout Field Airport (1L8), Hurricane, Washington County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N936TC

Location: Hurricane, UT
Accident Number: WPR20LA032
Date & Time: 11/04/2019, 1200 MST
Registration: N936TC
Aircraft: Beech 36
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 4, 2019, about 1200 mountain standard time, a Beech A36TC airplane, N936TC, sustained substantial damage during a gear up landing at General Dick Stout Field Airport (1L8), Hurricane, Utah. The private pilot and pilot rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to Final Design Group LLC and operated by the pilot, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the airport about the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated at about 1100.

According to the pilot, the approach was uneventful. When he selected the landing gear lever to the extended position, he became distracted by traffic taking off on the runway he was cleared to land on. He stated that he did not recall checking if the landing gear was fully extended. After landing, he noticed that the landing gear circuit breaker was open, and that the landing gear was only partially extended.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N936TC
Model/Series: 36 A36TC
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: KSGU, 2884 ft msl
Observation Time: 1156 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hurricane, UT (1L8)
Destination: Hurricane, UT (1L8)

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: 37.140278, -113.306111 (est)

Learjet 60, N889DW: Incident occurred November 04, 2019 at Snohomish County Airport (KPAE), Everett, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

Aircraft struck a bird on short final.

Weidner Property Management LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N889DW

Date: 05-NOV-19
Time: 01:15:00Z
Regis#: N889DW
Aircraft Make: LEARJET
Aircraft Model: 60
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: EVERETT
State: WASHINGTON

Cessna 150M, N714LK: Fatal accident occurred November 04, 2019 near New Bedford Regional Airport (KEWB), Bristol County, Massachusetts

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, Alabama

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N714LK

Location: New Bedford, MA
Accident Number: ERA20FA031
Date & Time: 11/04/2019, 1532 EST
Registration: N714LK
Aircraft:Cessna 150 
Injuries:1 Fatal 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 4, 2019, at 1532 eastern standard time, a Cessna 150, N714LK, was destroyed when it impacted a cemetery in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated from the New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB), New Bedford, Massachusetts, around 1450.

Review of preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) radar data revealed that the airplane departed EWB and climbed to about 2,500 ft mean sea level (msl) while tracking in a southwesterly direction for about 20 minutes. The airplane then began a gradual descent, turned to the northeast, flew along the shoreline, and turned north toward EWB, descending to around 300 ft msl. The airplane then commenced a climbing right turn to about 4,000 ft, then descended rapidly in a left circular pattern.

According to a witness who had exited his car in a parking lot near the cemetery, he heard a sound "like a motor revving up high." He looked up and saw an airplane "swoop down like it was going to land," climb very high, and then "pivot on its left wing" before "coming straight down." He thought the airplane was "doing tricks."

According to the president and an employee of the EWB fixed based operator where the owner/pilot had parked and serviced his airplane for about 20 years, the pilot was "cheerful and happy to be flying" the morning of the accident. They reported that he spent about 10 to 15 minutes performing a preflight inspection of his airplane before departing. They described the pilot as "a conservative pilot" who would never perform aerobatics. The president stated that the business monitored the tower frequency for incoming airplanes and did not hear the pilot contact air traffic control (ATC), adding that he "would never enter the airspace without calling."

According to a friend of the pilot who flew with him regularly, "he was a very safe pilot" and would "never be doing aerobatics." He stated that they often flew toward Newport, Rhode Island, and then along the shoreline back toward West Island, Massachusetts, where the pilot would typically call ATC.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued November 1, 2018. Examination of the pilot's logbooks revealed 1,356 total hours of flight experience, of which 1,209 hours were in the accident airplane. His most recent flight review was completed August 18, 2018.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the two-seat, high-wing airplane was manufactured in 1977. It was powered by a Continental O-200A engine. According to airplane maintenance logbooks, an annual inspection was completed on the airplane on June 7, 2019, at a total tachometer time of 5,050.2 hours. The tachometer located in the airplane at the time of the accident indicated 5,064.2 hours, which was 14 hours since the annual inspection. The engine had accrued 980.5 hours since overhaul.

Examination of the accident site and wreckage revealed that the airplane impacted a tree in a near vertical nose down attitude about 3.5 nautical miles and 164° from EWB. The debris field extended about 240 ft from the tree on a heading of about 220°. The left wing with the strut attached was located about 10 ft from the tree, followed by the empennage and engine at 30 ft, the right wing at 40 ft, the carburetor at 87 ft, a ruptured fuel tank at 122 ft, and the main wheels and directional gyro at 240 ft. All major portions of the airplane were located on site.

The fuselage was destroyed. Both wings were impact fractured, bent on all surfaces, and exhibited leading edge damage consistent with tree impact. The empennage was impact fractured and bent. The instrument panel was fragmented and destroyed. The engine controls were in the full forward position. The cabin heat control was in the full aft position.

The engine was separated from the airplane and came to rest inverted. The carburetor, alternator, starter motor, oil filter adapter, oil filter, and the left and right magnetos were impact separated from the engine case. One magneto was recovered in several pieces, and the second was recovered mostly intact. The mostly intact magneto was functionally tested using an electric drill motor to rotate the magneto drive. Spark was produced at the three remaining ignition leads when the magneto was manually rotated.

The engine was turned right-side up. Examination revealed that several spark plugs were impact separated. The intact spark plug electrodes showed coloration and wear consistent with normal operation when compared to a Champion Check-A-Plug chart. The damaged propeller was removed, and thumb suction and compression were observed on all cylinders when the crankshaft was rotated manually. Crankshaft continuity was confirmed from the front to the rear of the engine. A borescope inspection of all four cylinders revealed normal coloration and condition of the piston tops, cylinder walls, and valves. The recovered carburetor was normal in appearance. The fuel screen was unobstructed, and the carburetor floats revealed deformation. No fuel was found during the examination.

The propeller remained attached to the engine crankshaft propeller flange. Examination of the propeller blades revealed aft bending and chordwise twisting along the length of both blades with leading-edge gouging and chordwise rotational scoring on the camber sides. Control continuity was established from the flight controls to the flight control surfaces; however, cables exhibited tensile overload fractures.

At 1453, the recorded weather at the EWB included wind from 180° at 9 knots gusting to 17 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 11° C, dew point -2° C and an altimeter setting of 30.34 inches of mercury.

A Stratus ADS-B receiver/flight data recorder system was removed from the airplane and forwarded to the National Transportation Safety Board Vehicle Recorder Laboratory for data recovery.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N714LK
Model/Series: 150 M
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: EWB, 792 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 17 knots, 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: New Bedford, MA (EWB)
Destination: New Bedford, MA (EWB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.621111, -70.938333

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.



Paul E. Vidal

Paul E. Vidal, 74, of Westport, husband of Carol A. (Gamache) Vidal, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019.

Paul was a professor at Community College of Rhode Island, having earned his master's degree at Bridgewater State College. He was an Army Veteran. In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Carol to many far-flung places around the world. Paul was also an avid private pilot, a lifetime Patriots fan, and a self-described choco-holic. He relished a good snowstorm. He was curious about many different things including astronomy, photography, nature, and science.

Besides his wife of 47 years, he leaves two children, Veronica Vidal Praeger, her husband Derek and their son Rudolf of Long Beach, CA, and Andrew Vincent Vidal, his wife Kristine and their children, Vincent and Juliet of E. Bridgewater;

three siblings, Louise Lebreux and her husband Roland of Tiverton, Annette Therrien and her husband Eugene of Palm Bay, FL, Maurice Vidal and his wife Francoise Touchais of Rehoboth; a brother-in-law Peter Gamache and his wife Nancy of Plymouth; many nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Edmond R. and Jeanne (Patry) Vidal. 

Visitation Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Auclair Funeral Home, 690 S.Main St. Fall River.  Funeral service Saturday 9:00 A.M. at the funeral home with burial following at Notre Dame Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675.  

Lynn Spencer, Investigator In Charge.



NEW BEDFORD (CBS) — Investigators in New Bedford are still digging through plane parts to analyze evidence as to why a small plane crashed in a cemetery there Monday, killing the pilot.

All that is left of the Cessna 150M is now scattered throughout a part Rural Cemetery, located in the middle of the city. Pilot Paul Vidal was killed in the crash. No one else was aboard the plane when it crashed.

Lynn Spencer, the air safety investigator from the NTSB in charge of investigating the crash, said Tuesday that the plane departed the New Bedford Regional Airport at 2:50 p.m. and crashed at 3:31 p.m. She said they do not yet know why the plane was seen doing circles and other maneuvers in the air, and that they do not know whether it was intentional.

Investigators also found no flight plan, Spencer said, but witnesses told them Vidal often took recreational flights around the area of New Bedford that do not require submitting a flight plan for. 

Spencer said investigators would be on scene for two days, after which the remains of the plane would be moved. She said a preliminary report should be expected in ten days, with a final report to be expected in 18 to 24 months.

“The NTSB does investigate every civilian airplane crash in the United States,” Spencer said. “And our goal is to learn not only what happened but why it happened so that we can prevent similar accidents in the future.”

Spencer encouraged any witnesses to the crash to report what they saw or heard to the NTSB on their website.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell released a statement Tuesday afternoon expressing his sympathy for Vidal’s family.

“Mr. Vidal was a well-known and respected member of Greater New Bedford’s recreational aviation community for many years, where his loss is being felt today,” Mitchell said.

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

Paul E. Vidal


NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts (WPRI) — Investigators are working to figure out what caused a small plane to crash Monday afternoon, taking the life of its pilot.

Paul Vidal, 74, of Westport, died after the Cessna 150 came down nose-first in Rural Cemetery around 3:30 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the crash happened shortly after Vidal took off from New Bedford Regional Airport. Several eyewitnesses captured the plane flying low on video, and some said they could hear it throttling before it came down.

Police remained at the cemetery throughout the night to guard the crash site. On Tuesday, members of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division were seen walking the scene and surveying the area with a drone.

Vidal was the only person onboard during the crash. He had been a licensed pilot since 2001 and his wife Carol Ann said flying was one of his favorite hobbies, among many.

“He enjoyed everything,” she said. “He loved astronomy, he loved flying, he just got involved in everything. We had a good life, just… it’s over… pick up the pieces. It’s hard. He’s not coming home.”

Carol Ann Vidal said her husband told her if there was ever an emergency during a flight, he would seek to cause minimal damage.

“He crashed in the graveyard to avoid houses,” she said. “I remember him saying that he’d always do that. If he had to come down, to not hurt anybody. He was a good pilot.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also investigating the crash alongside MassDOT and New Bedford police. A representative from the NTSB told Eyewitness News they plan to hold a press briefing at 3 p.m. to provide an update.

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














NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts - The pilot of a small plane was killed Monday after his Cessna 150 crashed into a cemetery in New Bedford.

The plane crashed into Rural Cemetery shortly after takeoff from New Bedford Regional Airport around 3 p.m. Monday.

The family of the pilot identified the victim as Paul Vidal of Westport, Massachusetts.

The victim's son, Andrew Vidal, feared his father was involved in the crash when he saw the wreckage on television.

"I turned on the news, because it just happened to be that time, and I recognized his plane," he said. "I don't know what happened at all, couldn't even guess."

Flight data indicates the plane had just taken off from nearby New Bedford Regional Airport and spent approximately 20 minutes in the air before crashing into the cemetery.

An eyewitness said they heard a low-flying aircraft, then a loud crash.

Video from Sky 5 showed the debris from a small plane scattered across the cemetery. The plane appeared to crash into a tree and a number of headstones.

Paul Vidal, 74, has been licensed as a private pilot since at least February 2010. Vidal was the only person on board, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.

Andrew Vidal told NewsCenter 5's Adam Bagni that his father, who grew up in Fall River, had nearly 25 years of experience as a pilot.

Paul Vidal loved flying and often traveled with his wife following a long stint as a teacher at the Community College of Rhode Island, according to his son.

"Every couple of days, when it was nice weather, he liked to get out and fly around," Andrew Vidal said. "He wanted to be an airline pilot when he was younger."

Paul Vidal is survived by his wife, son, daughter and three grandchildren.

"He made me the man I am, so I'm grateful to him for everything. I loved him," Andrew Vidal said. " (He was ) a good role model, a good friend and a good dad."

State police were responding to the crash scene to assist local police and firefighters.

Rural Cemetery was expected to remain blocked off through Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were investigating the cause of the crash.

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

TangoGyro Tango2, N875FV: Fatal accident occurred November 04, 2019 near Polk County Airport (4A4), Cedartown, Georgia

The NTSB traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N875FV


Location: Cedartown, GA
Accident Number: ERA20FA029
Date & Time: 11/04/2019, 1200 EST
Registration: N875FV
Aircraft: PAVEL Tango2
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

On November 4, 2019, about 1200 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Tango2 gyroplane, N875FV, was substantially damaged when it impacted a field near Cedartown, Georgia. The sport pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from Polk County Airport (4A4), Cedartown, Georgia, around 1130. The test flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to a friend of the pilot, the pilot was performing a test flight in order to mitigate a vibration in the gyroplane. The friend watched the pilot add fuel to the gyroplane, check the oil, and perform part of the preflight inspection before the friend continued working on other things around his hangar. Then, the friend watched the gyroplane takeoff, fly out of sight, and noted no issues with the gyroplane. He knew that the flight test would last about 15 minutes, so after 30 minutes had passed, he alerted authorities and went to look for the pilot. The wreckage was located later that day around 1330.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airmen records, the pilot held a sport pilot certificate with endorsements for gyroplane and weight-shift control land. He did not possess an FAA medical certificate, nor was he required to have one. According to a friend of the pilot, he had about 200-300 hours of flight time in the same make and model as the accident gyroplane.

The two-seat tandem, fixed tricycle gear, composite gyroplane was assembled from a kit and issued an FAA experimental airworthiness certificate in 2019. It was powered by a Yamaha 8GL-01, 130-horsepower engine, equipped with an Aero Prop three-blade, fixed pitch, composite pusher propeller and a two-blade aluminum rotor. Review of the maintenance records revealed that the gyroplane's most recent condition inspection was completed on October 20, 2019. At that time, the airframe and engine had accumulated 0 total hours of operation. The hobbs meter was located in the wreckage and noted 4.8 hours of total time.

The 1335 recorded weather observation at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (PUJ), Dallas, Georgia, which was about 14 miles to the southeast of the accident location, included wind from 120° at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 13° C, dew point 03° C; and an altimeter setting of 30.20 inches of mercury.

The main wreckage was located in a cotton field, at an elevation of 853 ft above mean sea level. The gyroplane impacted the field, and then came to rest inverted about 15 ft beyond the initial impact point. The debris path was oriented on about a 270° magnetic heading. All major components of the gyroplane were located in the vicinity of the main wreckage. There was no evidence of post impact fire and an odor of fuel was noted at the accident site.

The forward right section of the fuselage was impact damaged and crushed. The windscreens were impact separated and the pieces were located in the vicinity of the main wreckage. The rudder remained attached to the fuselage and the right side was impact damaged. Rudder control continuity was confirmed from the rudder to the pedals in the cockpit. The cyclic controls remained attached to their respective attach points in the cockpit. The walking beam remained attached along the keel and was bent. Cyclic control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit control to the main rotor head. Throttle control continuity was confirmed from the throttle control in the cockpit to the engine.

The main rotor mast was impact damaged and bent aft. The main rotor would rotate 360° when moved by hand and the pitch and roll pivot bolts were secure. The main rotor drive gear where the main rotor brake contacted the gear was examined and minor wear was noted. One of the main rotor blades was impact separated and located about 15 ft from the main wreckage and the cap was impact separated. The separated blade exhibited impact damage, was bent in the aft direction, and rotational scoring was noted. The other rotor blade remained partially attached to the main rotor head. It was bent in the positive direction, exhibited rotational scoring, the cap remained attached, and was partially bent aft. The two shims that were added to each blade to reduce the pitch angle of the main rotor blades were located in the vicinity of the wreckage.

The engine remained attached to the airframe through all engine mounts. All 3 spark plugs were removed, exhibited normal wear, and no anomalies were noted. The throttle body was examined and no anomalies were noted. The cylinders were examined with a lighted boroscope and no anomalies were noted. The valve cover was removed to facilitate examination. The camshafts were examined with no anomalies noted. In addition, the valve timing chain was not seated on the two camshaft gears. A section of the valve cover that covered the camshaft gears was impact separated and located in the vicinity of the main wreckage. Crankshaft continuity was confirmed when the No. 3 piston was pushed down and the propeller moved. The oil filter was removed from the engine, examined, and no anomalies were noted. Coolant was noted in the radiator. Fuel was noted in the fuel rail. The fuel injectors were removed, examined, and were not obstructed.

All 3 propeller blades remained attached to the propeller hub. Propeller blade A was fractured but remained attached to the hub. The leading and trailing edge of the blade were split. Leading edge damage was also noted on the blade. Blade B remained attached to the hub and no anomalies were noted. Blade C remained attached to the hub and the leading edge exhibited damage. The propeller would rotate when moved by hand. In addition, the propeller gear clutch would rotate when the propeller was rotated by hand.

The vibration tester unit that was being used by the pilot during the flight was not located. However, the cables and sensors remained attached to the airframe and rotor head. Two of the three connection points remained intact and the third connection point was separated. In addition, the excess cable was located in the aft seat.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PAVEL
Registration: N875FV
Model/Series: Tango2
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PUJ, 1290 ft msl
Observation Time: 1335 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cedartown, GA (4A4)
Destination: Cedartown, GA (4A4)

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: 34.043889, -85.177222

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. 



"Alexander Vagner had an untimely passing on November 4th, 2019.  

Alexander left for a test flight and unfortunately never made it back to the hanger. 


We, his family, mourns in his unexpected passing.  


Alexander was such a devoted and passionate husband of 43 years,  loving father, and grandfather of 3 beautiful grandchildren. 


Alexander was very well known in the Gyro community for being such a great person who showed his passion and gratitude for flying.  He is loved by all and will never be forgotten by any means. 


We find peace in knowing that he passed doing what he loved to do. 


We ask for your help in covering funeral cost as this was by all means, unexpected. 


We appreciate your kindness in advance during this very difficult and emotional time."


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CEDARTOWN – One person was killed Monday when an experimental aircraft crashed in a cotton field in the 2600 block of Collard Valley Road.

Chuck Beavers, the Polk County airport manager, said the craft is an experimental gyroplane that had taken off from the airport around 11:30 a.m. on a test flight.

Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier reported that Alexander Vagner, 55, of a Cumming address, was the lone victim in the crash. Vagner’s body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of investigation Crime Lab for autopsy.

Brazier said officials at the Polk County Airport began a search with a plane in the air after Vagner failed to return from his test flight. County police and sheriff’s deputies also joined airport personnel in a search from the ground.

It was local farmers who found the aircraft crashed in a cotton field southeast of the airport around 1:30 pm. Brazier pronounced Vagner dead at the scene at 1:45 p.m., not long after his arrival with emergency personnel.

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




A pilot was killed in an experimental amateur-built TangoGyro Tango2 crash in Polk County Monday afternoon.

The aircraft landed in a cotton field between Collard Valley and Wyatt Road just after 1 pm.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate the fixed=wing, single engine amateur built aircraft.

The plane had taken off from the Polk County Airport just before crashing less than two miles away.

The identity of the pilot has yet to be released pending notification of next of kin.

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