Saturday, December 21, 2019

Ground Collision: Pilatus PC-12/45, N552TC and Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N976SP; accident occurred November 28, 2018 at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (KIWA), Maricopa County, Arizona



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

N552TC Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


N552TC Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N552TC




Location: Mesa, AZ

Accident Number: GAA19CA079A
Date & Time: 11/28/2018, 0850 MST
Registration: N552TC
Aircraft: Pilatus PC12
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the Pilatus reported that after he received his IFR clearance from the local air traffic controller, he taxied from the ramp to the taxiway. While turning onto the taxiway, he was further instructed by the controller to give way to an airplane on the same taxiway. He acknowledged the instruction, "stopped" the airplane, looked left and saw a Cessna, which already passed him, so he looked right, did not see any other airplanes on the taxiway and continued to taxi. Shortly after, he realized that the propellers struck something, so he immediately shut down the airplane, deplaned, and realized that he struck another Cessna he did not see.

The flight instructor in the Cessna reported that, while the student pilot was taxiing back to the ramp, they were instructed by the local air traffic controller to follow company traffic while passing another airplane, to their left, "holding" short of the same taxiway. He then looked left outside of his window and saw a spinning propeller moving closer towards the airplane. He immediately grabbed the controls and hammered the right pedal, but the propeller of the other airplane struck their airplane's left wing.

The Pilatus sustained damage to the propeller. The Cessna sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

A video provided by the airport authority showed that the Pilatus taxied left on to the taxiway from the ramp without stopping. It also showed that there was another airplane, further down the taxiway. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied:
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4439 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2187 hours (Total, this make and model), 4109 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pilatus
Registration: N552TC
Model/Series: PC12 45
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 443
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 8
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/18/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 9921 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 3272 Hours
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time:  at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney Canada
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-67B
Registered Owner: Daylight Nightlight Ez Flight Llc
Rated Power: 1200 hp
Operator: Daylight Nightlight Ez Flight Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIWA, 1382 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1547 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:231° 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  45 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mesa, AZ (IWA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Monterey, CA (MRY)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 0840 MST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: PHOENIX-MESA GATEWAY (IWA)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 1383 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 10401 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.307778, -111.655556 (est)




N976SP Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

N976SP  Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  
https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N976SP


Location: Mesa, AZ
Accident Number: GAA19CA079B
Date & Time: 11/28/2018, 0850 MST
Registration: N976SP
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The pilot of the Pilatus reported that after he received his IFR clearance from the local air traffic controller, he taxied from the ramp to the taxiway. While turning onto the taxiway, he was further instructed by the controller to give way to an airplane on the same taxiway. He acknowledged the instruction, "stopped" the airplane, looked left and saw a Cessna, which already passed him, so he looked right, did not see any other airplanes on the taxiway and continued to taxi. Shortly after, he realized that the propellers struck something, so he immediately shut down the airplane, deplaned, and realized that he struck another Cessna he did not see.

The flight instructor in the Cessna reported that, while the student pilot was taxiing back to the ramp, they were instructed by the local air traffic controller to follow company traffic while passing another airplane, to their left, "holding" short of the same taxiway. He then looked left outside of his window and saw a spinning propeller moving closer towards the airplane. He immediately grabbed the controls and hammered the right pedal, but the propeller of the other airplane struck their airplane's left wing.

The Pilatus sustained damage to the propeller. The Cessna sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

A video provided by the airport authority showed that the Pilatus taxied left on to the taxiway from the ramp without stopping. It also showed that there was another airplane, further down the taxiway.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 28, 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: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 474.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 234.4 hours (Total, this make and model), 260.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 96.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 74.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 26, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/14/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 1.8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N976SP
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1999
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 172S8198
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/19/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2558 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 10630.1 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO360-L2A
Registered Owner: Atp Aircraft 4 Llc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Atp Aircraft 4 Llc
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: KIWA, 1382 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1547 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 231°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  45 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mesa, AZ (IWA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Mesa, AZ (IWA)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0700 MST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: PHOENIX-MESA GATEWAY (IWA)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 1383 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 10401 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: 33.307778, -111.655556 (est)

Landing Area Undershoot: Piper PA-28-180, N5668W; accident occurred November 27, 2018 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ), Pinal County, Arizona

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/N5668W


Location: Casa Grande, AZ

Accident Number: GAA19CA084
Date & Time: 11/27/2018, 1830 MST
Registration: N5668W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The solo student pilot reported that, while on final approach at night, he slowed the airplane to about 87 knots and extended 20ยบ of flaps. He then realized his altitude was low, so he initiated a go-around, but the right main landing gear struck a fence and the airplane impacted the terrain.

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.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/26/1970
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 170 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5668W
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-847
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O&VO-360
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCGZ, 1462 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 181°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  6 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Haze; No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Casa Grande, AZ (CGZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Casa Grande, AZ (CGZ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1800 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CASA GRANDE MUNI (CGZ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1464 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5200 ft / 100 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: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 32.955000, -111.766944 (est)

Loss of Control in Flight: Cessna 172N, N738VK; accident occurred November 12, 2018 at Piseco Airport (K09), Hamilton County, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

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/N738VK


Location: Piseco, NY
Accident Number: GAA19CA058
Date & Time: 11/12/2018, 1300 EST
Registration: N738VK
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while landing on a snow plowed airport, during the touchdown, the airplane "slipped sideways" and a wheel struck a snow pile, which oriented his heading "to the left side of the runway." He then applied full power to go around, but the airplane impacted a grove of trees.

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 an airport about 40 miles away, reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was 120° at 5 knots. The pilot reported the wind was 290° at 5 knots. The airplane landed on runway 04.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 77, 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: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/25/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1541 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1400 hours (Total, this make and model), 1525 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N738VK
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17270270
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/07/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2138.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 A4M
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: KUCA, 744 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 42 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 244°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 120°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Schenectady, NY (SCH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Piseco, NY (K09)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1220 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Piseco (K09)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Snow
Airport Elevation: 1703 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Slush covered; Snow
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3016 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 43.453333, -74.515000 (est)

Abnormal Runway Contact: Socata TBM 700, N850TJ; accident occurred November 02, 2018 at Corvallis Municipal Airport (KCVO), Benton County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

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/N850TJ

Location: Corvallis, OR

Accident Number: GAA19CA061
Date & Time: 11/02/2018, 1000 PDT
Registration: N850TJ
Aircraft: Socata TBM 700
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during the landing flare, the airplane suddenly rolled left. He quickly corrected, landed and taxied to the ramp without further incident. He conducted a post flight inspection and discovered that the left-wing tip struck the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron.

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, about seven minutes after the accident, reported wind from 170° at 8 knots. The airplane landed on runway 17.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, 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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/06/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/08/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 2445 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1617 hours (Total, this make and model), 2359 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 48 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Socata
Registration: N850TJ
Model/Series: TBM 700 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 568
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/16/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 7024 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 1259 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-66D
Registered Owner: Skoro Anton T Trustee
Rated Power: 850 hp
Operator: Skoro Anton T Trustee
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCVO, 250 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1707 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 59°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2100 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Boise, ID (BOI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Corvallis, OR (CVO)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0900 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Corvallis Muni (CVO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 249 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: RNAV; Visual
Runway Length/Width: 5900 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.497222, -123.289444 (est)

Birdstrike: CSA SportCruiser, N564SC; fatal accident occurred December 22, 2018 in Naples, Collier County, Florida

View of Airplane at rest.
Federal Aviation Administration

View of Snarge on Nose Wheel.
Federal Aviation Administration

Aft view of airplane.
Federal Aviation Administration

View of underside of engine.
Federal Aviation Administration

View of Underside of Engine Cowling with Snarge.





Federal Aviation Administration

Due to the accident, the pilot succumbed to his injuries on January 23rd, 2019, which was thirty-one (31) days after the accident occurred. This case was assigned just after the National Transportation Safety Board resumed operations from the government shutdown.


Stony Grey Stafford 
August 26th, 1947 ~ January 23rd, 2019 (age 71) 

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


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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N564SC



Location: Naples, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA091
Date & Time: 12/22/2018, 1330 EST
Registration: N564SC
Aircraft: Czech Sport SPORTCRUISER
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 22, 2018, around 1330 eastern standard time, a Czech Sport Sportcruiser, N564SC, was substantially damaged after it impacted trees following a bird strike near Naples, Florida. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and the pilot-rated-passenger sustained minor injuries. The private pilot succumbed to his injuries on January 23, 2019. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Naples, Florida, around 1315. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot-rated-passenger, after fueling the airplane to 20 gallons, he and the pilot departed the airport. They proceeded to climb to 2,500 ft above ground level, and about 25 miles east of APF, the airplane struck a large bird. The engine continued to operate for about 2 minutes, until the "low fuel" warning indicator illuminated, and then the engine stopped producing power. The pilot declared an emergency and elected to perform a forced landing on a road. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a road sign and several large trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

An examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and wings were impact damaged during the accident sequence. The nose wheel fairing and the underside of the engine cowling revealed evidence of a bird strike. Examination of the carburetor revealed that the butterfly valve operated without anomaly, however, fuel was leaking from the assembly. Examination of the engine could not differentiate the damage that resulted from the bird strike versus the collision during the landing. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/05/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/10/2017
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Czech Sport
Registration: N564SC
Model/Series: SPORTCRUISER No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: C0524
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: Jrs Flying Club Llc
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: Jrs Flying Club Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: APF, 9 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 267°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Naples, FL (APF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 EST
Type of Airspace: Unknown

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 26.166944, -81.516111 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Zenith CH750 Cruzer, N947DS; accident occurred December 08, 2018 at Hesperia Airport (L26), San Bernardino County, California

 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

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/N947DS



Location: Hesperia, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA090
Date & Time: 12/08/2018, 1000 PST
Registration: N947DS
Aircraft: Zenair CH 750 CRUZER
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that he planned to land close to the numbers, but about 15 feet above the ground, the airplane descended unexpectedly. He added power and pitched the nose down, but the nose wheel touched down hard. The airplane began to porpoise, so he increased the throttle to full, but the airplane veered left, exited the runway, and impacted an empty hangar.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 71, 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: 10/14/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 25 hours (Total, all aircraft), 315 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N947DS
Model/Series: CH 750 CRUZER No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: C75-10047
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/22/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1440 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Viking
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 110
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KAPV, 3062 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1755 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 28°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Corona, CA (AJO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hesperia, CA (L26)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: HESPERIA (L26)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3390 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3910 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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:  34.376944, -117.316111 (est)