Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Aeropro CZ Aerotrek A220, N214K: Fatal accident occurred January 27, 2020 in Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia 
Rotax Aircraft Engines; Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N214K

Location: Grafton, WV
Accident Number: ERA20FA088
Date & Time: 01/27/2020, 1255 EST
Registration: N214K
Aircraft: AEROPRO CZ A220
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 27, 2020, about 1255 eastern standard time, an Aeropro CZ A220, N214K, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain while en route near Grafton, West Virginia. 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. There was no flight plan filed for the flight that originated from North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB), Clarksburg, West Virginia.

According to an employee of the business that sold the airplane to the accident pilot, the pilot arrived at Shawnee Field Airport (1I3), Bloomfield, Indiana on January 25, 2020, to take delivery of the newly manufactured airplane. He reported that the pilot completed multiple training flights with a flight instructor over the weekend and then departed for the cross-country flight to his home in Massachusetts about 0900 on the day of the accident.

According to fixed-based operator (FBO) employees and fuel receipt records, when the airplane arrived at CKB about 1220, the pilot informed the employees he was making a fuel stop and was on his way to Massachusetts. He added 16 gallons of fuel to the airplane and remarked that "your weather is bad" to one of the employees. He subsequently paid for his fuel, left the FBO building, and departed.

According to Leidos Flight Service, there was no record that the pilot received a weather briefing or filed flight plans on the day of the accident.

Review of preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC) communications revealed that the pilot was given clearance by the CKB ATC tower to taxi and subsequently depart runway 21 under visual flight rules (VFR). The pilot departed the area to the northeast and there were no further communications with ATC.

Review of preliminary FAA radar track data revealed that the accident airplane departed runway 21 at 1246 and proceeded to climb to about 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl) on a heading of about 050° for 4 minutes. The airplane leveled off for about 1 minute, then re-entered a climb at an increased rate. Two minutes later, radar data depicted the airplane at 5,500 ft msl with an indicated groundspeed of 46 knots. Subsequently, the flight track showed the airplane complete a tight 180° left turn. The final radar data depicted the airplane about .25 nautical mile from the location of the main wreckage heading 212° at 5,100 ft msl with an indicated groundspeed of 105 knots.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. The pilot was issued an FAA third-class medical certificate June 5, 2018. A review of the pilot's logbook revealed the pilot had logged a total flight time of 967 hours, in which 5.3 hours were instructional hours in the accident airplane recorded on January 26, 2020. The pilot logged 25 and 8 hours in the past 90 and 30 days respectively. From August 8, 2019, to January 26, 2020, the pilot had logged 7 hours of actual instrument fight time and accumulated 16 instrument approaches. His most recent flight review was completed on September 8, 2018. Several pages of the pilot's logbook were damaged by the postcrash fire and were not legible.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the 2-seat, single-engine, high-wing special light sport (S-LSA) airplane was issued a special airworthiness certificate on January 23, 2020. It was powered by a Rotax 912 ULS 100-horsepower engine and was equipped with a BRS Aerospace Whole Aircraft Rescue Parachute System. According to a bill of sale and registration application, the pilot purchased and registered the airplane to himself on January 23, 2020.


Figure 1: The Accident Airplane During Assembly in December 2019. 
 Rollison Light Sport Aircraft Inc

The initial impact point coincided with a tree, about 110 ft from where the main wreckage was located. The angle of descent from the top of the tree where the airplane first collided to the main wreckage was about -55° and oriented 175° true. The accident site elevation was about 1,480 ft msl. All major components of the airplane were found near the main wreckage. Flight control continuity could not be established due to the highly fragmented wreckage and postcrash fire that consumed most of the fuselage; however, fragments of each flight control surface, forward and rear wing spars, and wingtips were located with the main wreckage.

The cockpit, instrument panel, seats, and fuselage were largely consumed by the postcrash fire. A fragmented and fire damaged airspeed indicator was found indicating about 40 mph (35 knots). Several instrument casings were located, but each sustained significant fire damage. The main fuel shutoff valve was located in the debris and found selected to an on/open position. There was no evidence that the aircraft rescue parachute system had activated; however, the system was not identified in the postcrash fire debris.

The engine was located with the main wreckage, partially submerged in the terrain. It sustained heavy impact damage; the No. 2 cylinder was found partially submerged in terrain about 5 ft from the remainder of the engine. The propeller hub had fragmented into several pieces and all three propeller blades were located near the main wreckage. Each had fragmented into several pieces and separated from its hub. The carburetor sustained impact damage but remained partially connected to the engine. The butterfly valve was observed closed and could not be moved due to impact damage.

The 1253 recorded weather observation at CKB, which was located about 10 miles southwest of the accident site, included a broken ceiling at 1,800 ft above ground level (agl), an overcast ceiling at 2,300 ft agl, visibility 10 statute miles, wind 260° at 6 knots, temperature was 4° C, dew point -2° C, and an altimeter setting of 29.83 inches of mercury.

The 1253 recorded weather observation at Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW), Morgantown, West Virginia, which was located about 16 miles north of the accident site, included an overcast ceiling of 2,100 ft agl, visibility 10 statute miles, wind 280° at 7 knots, temperature 3° C, dew point -2° C, and an altimeter setting of 29.82 inches of mercury. According to a first responder who observed the weather conditions at the accident site shortly after the accident, there was an overcast cloud layer, the temperature was about freezing, and there was an occasional flurry, but the visibility was "not an issue."

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AEROPRO CZ
Registration: N214K
Model/Series: A220
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Unknown
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCKB, 1203 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Clarksburg, WV (CKB)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 39.393056, -80.048889

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. 



SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - A pilot killed in a small airplane crash in West Virginia has been identified as a former neurosurgeon at Baystate Medical Center.

Patients and former co-workers of Dr. Thomas Kaye are now sharing their memories of him.

Those who knew Dr. Kaye, who worked at Baystate for much of his career, say he was the type of doctor who took time out of his day to make sure his patients were comfortable.

"He had a way of making people not afraid of what was going on," local resident Jennifer Pecor tells us.

Investigators say neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Kaye was flying to Massachusetts Monday afternoon in the plane he recently purchased came crashing down in West Virginia.

One of his former patients, Jennifer Pecor, tells Western Mass News not only did he operate on her when she was ten years old, but her daughter as well many years later.

"They told us she wasn't going to make it. Dr.Kaye and Dr. Oh had said they were actually going to operate on her. They basically saved her life. I’m pretty sure if it wasn't for him, she wouldn't be here today," stated Pecor.

She remembers him as a caring doctor who had a real impact on her family.

"When I was little, I was pretty terrified of a lot of things and a lot of surgeries, and he calmed my nerves and then when my daughter was in a cardiac arrest he was all sorts of jokes and laughter and calmed me when i was by myself terrified that she was going to die," explained Pecor.

Dr. Kaye worked at Baystate Medical Center for more than twenty years.

Chief of neurosurgery, Dennis Oh, says he looked up to him as a surgeon, because of how kind he was to patients and their families.

"He has a special touch of holding your hand and helping you get through the difficult episode of neurosurgical care for your child, so he was a pediatric neurosurgeon, but also treated adults. He treated everything," says Dr.Oh.

Dr. Oh says his former colleague will be greatly missed.

"It's devastating. I think, you know, when you lose someone of not just his magnitude, but his charisma and how widely loved as he was, it just shocks everyone," added Dr. Oh.

Dr. Kaye was the only person in the plane at the time of the crash.

He was 67-years-old.

Circumstances surrounding Monday's crash are still under investigation.


https://www.westernmassnews.com



UPDATE (1/29/2020 11:55 a.m.):

GRAFTON, W.Va. (WBOY) – The Taylor County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police has released the name of the deceased pilot of the plane that crashed in Taylor County on Monday.

According to state police, the man has been identified as Thomas Kaye, 67, of Haydenville, Massachusetts. Kaye was a neurosurgeon at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts, until he retired in 2018, according to a spokesman at the medical center.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office believes Kaye has just purchased the plane and was flying it home when the accident occurred.

UPDATE (1/28/20 2:20 p.m.):

New information is available in a plane crash January 27 in Taylor County that killed one person.

The plane involved is an Aeropro CZ A220 registered to Rollison Light Sport Aircraft, Inc., which is based out of Bloomfield, Indiana. The registration number is N214K. This is a two-seat, single-engine propeller airplane that is typically used for recreational purposes.

Federal officials are on scene to determine what happened in the crash and why, according to Adam Gerhardt, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

One of the key pieces of the investigation involves determining if the four corners of the plane, the right and left wings, the nose and the tail, are at the accident site. Investigators are looking at the plane itself, the engine, the pilot and any challenges the pilot may have encountered and weather conditions at the time.

Investigators are working to determine what the weather conditions were like across the area to understand what the pilot encountered when the plane crashed.

According to Gerhardt, the plane left Indiana and made a refueling stop at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport. The plane was then continuing on toward the Massachusetts area, although Gerhardt said it is uncertain which airport the pilot was flying to.

The plane’s direction of travel at the time of the crash is still under review, according to Gerhardt.

The plane was not equipped with a black box, and Gerhardt said it is not required to be. Investigators are looking for non-volatile memory, such as an iPad or GPS device, that could contain relevant data.

The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration will be on site for about three to five days. A recovery crew will take the airplane to Springfield, Tennessee to continue the investigation, Gerhardt said.

A preliminary report will be released in about 10 days. A final report will take between 12 and 18 months and will include the full factual and analysis and probable cause for the crash, according to Gerhardt.

The FAA is on site to assist the NTSB, with a focus on what regulatory items applied to the plane and to the flight. If there are any urgent safety recommendations, the two agencies can make any needed changes, said Gerhardt.


Gerhardt added that the whole reason for being on site is to prevent future accidents.

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



GRAFTON — An aircraft that crashed in Taylor County Monday afternoon was en route to Massachusetts from Indiana when the accident occurred, according to investigators.

The Aeropro CZ Model A220, described as a special light-sport aircraft, went down approximately 10 minutes after taking off from the North Central West Virginia Airport, where the pilot had stopped to refuel, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.

The accident occurred in Taylor County not far from the Marion County line in a wooded area near Valley Falls Road, according to a press release issued Monday evening by West Virginia State Police.

The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane, was killed, according to local law enforcement.

The identity of the deceased had not yet been released as of Tuesday afternoon, pending notification of next of kin, according to a representative of the West Virginia State Police.

The pilot was “not from this area,” said Taylor County Sheriff Terry Austin.

Along with State Police, first responders from Taylor and Marion counties responded to the accident scene on Monday afternoon.

The aircraft was “still smoldering with fire in the woods” when first responders arrived, according to the State Police press release.

NTSB investigators arrived at the “highly fragmented” crash scene around 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Knudson.

North Central West Virginia Airport staff have been in contact with investigators and are assisting investigation efforts “anyway we can,” said North Central West Virginia Airport Director Rick Rock.

According to Rock, airport staff members interacted with the pilot and there was “nothing apparent” that was amiss at the time of the refueling.

“It’s a really unfortunate thing. Our hearts go out to the family and the first responders,” Rock said.

Investigators are not aware of any distress call from the pilot, nor did the pilot receive any air traffic control services, according to Knudson.

The pilot was flying under visual flight rules rather than instrument flight rules, and was therefore not required to have contact with air traffic control, he said.

An aircraft recovery company team is expected to arrive at the crash site on Wednesday, and on-site investigation and cleanup are expected to be completed by the afternoon, he said.

Preliminary radar data will also be used in the investigation, he said.

No eye or ear witnesses have yet come forward. Anyone who may have seen or heard the crash is asked to email witness@ntsb.gov.

A preliminary report on aircraft accidents is typically completed in the weeks following the crash, but a final report, including the cause and contributing factors, can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months to complete, Knudson said.


https://www.wvnews.com



A retired Baystate Medical Center neurosurgeon died Monday when he crashed his small private aircraft in a wooded section of West Virginia 10 miles south of the Pennsylvania line.

West Virginia state police identified the deceased as Thomas Kaye, 67, of the Haydenville section of Williamsburg, Massachusetts. He was the only occupant of the aircraft, according to WTAP news in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

He was killed Monday afternoon when his single-engine Aeropro A220 light-sport aircraft crashed in a wooded area near Grafton, West Virginia.

WVNews cites a National Transportation Safety Board official who said the plane was heading from Indiana to Massachusetts. It had stopped to refuel at North Central West Virginia Airport in Clarksburg, and then crashed around 10 minutes after resuming its flight.

Keith O’Connor, spokesman for Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, said Kaye worked at the hospital for nearly two decades as a neurosurgeon before he retired in 2018.

The crash is being investigated by West Virginia State Police and the NTSB.


https://www.masslive.com



TAYLOR COUNTY, West Virginia (WDTV) - UPDATE: 01/29/20 11:40 A.M.

West Virginia State Police have released the name of the man killed in a plane crash Monday.

Thomas Kaye, 67, of Haydenville, Massachusetts, was flying from Indiana to Massachusetts. He stopped at North Central West Virginia Airport to refuel shortly before crashing.

A NTSB spokesperson told 5 News investigators haven't found witnesses to the crash.

The debris field was “highly fragmented," Knudson said. The plane was an experimental Aeropro A220. Kaye did not send out a distress signal before crashing and didn't have air traffic control services like flight following, investigators learned.

NTSB crash investigators are expected to remain at the crash site until sometime Wednesday. A preliminary crash report could be finalized within one to two weeks, but the official investigation could take 12-24 months to complete.

Investigators want to talk to anyone who may have saw the plane crash. They should contact witness@NTSB.gov if they have information that could help the investigation.


https://www.wtap.com









TAYLOR COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV)-- UPDATE 01/29/2020 @ 2:45 p.m.

A neurosurgeon based in New England was killed when the plane he was flying crashed in Taylor County Monday.

Dr. Thomas Kay worked with Trinity Health of New England Medical Group. Dr. Christopher Comey, the chair of the surgery department at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, released a statement to 5 News regarding the death of his colleague:

"On Monday our community lost my friend and our colleague Dr. Tom Kaye to an aviation accident. I have known and worked with Tom for over 20 years and his kindness, focus on patient care, and willingness to assist other colleagues was unmatched.

"Tom was happily retired when I asked him to come on board to work with Dr. Michael Hill at Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury. He willingly returned to patient care with great skill and enthusiasm. Tom also spent some time at Saint Francis as things got set up in Waterbury.

"I received continual feedback that he was kind and patient when called at any hour of the day or night. Tom was truly a special person, and our community mourns his passing."

Kaye, who West Virginia State Police troopers said was from Haydenville, Massachusetts, went to medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.

NTSB investigators said he was flying to Massachusetts from Indiana. He refueled at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Clarksburg Monday afternoon. His plane crashed 10 minutes after takeoff from Clarksburg, investigators said. He didn't send a distress signal and it's not known what caused the crash.

The NTSB was expected to finish collecting evidence from the "highly fragmented" debris field near the Marion-Taylor County line Wednesday.

Anyone who may have seen the plane crash should contact witness@NTSB.gov if they have information that could help the investigation.

UPDATE 01/29/2020 @ 11:02 a.m.

The pilot killed in Monday's plane crash in Taylor County has been identified by West Virginia State Police.

Thomas Kaye, 67, of Haydenville, Massachusetts, was flying from Indiana to Massachusetts. He stopped at North Central West Virginia Airport to refuel shortly before crashing.

A NTSB spokesperson told 5 News investigators haven't found witnesses to the crash.

The debris field was “highly fragmented," Knudson said. The plane was an experimental Aeropro A220. Kaye did not send out a distress signal before crashing and didn't have air traffic control services like flight following, investigators learned.

NTSB crash investigators are expected to remain at the crash site until sometime Wednesday. A preliminary crash report could be finalized within one to two weeks, but the official investigation could take 12-24 months to complete.

Investigators want to talk to anyone who may have seen the plane crash. They should contact witness@NTSB.gov if they have information that could help the investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY

Investigators haven't found witnesses to Monday's plane crash in Taylor County, an NTSB spokesperson told 5 News.

The plane left Indiana and was en route to Massachusetts, according to Peter Knudson with the NTSB. It crashed near the Marion-Taylor County line 10 minutes after taking off from a fuel stop at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Clarksburg.

The debris field was “highly fragmented," Knudson said. The plane was an experimental Aeropro A220. The pilot did not send out a distress signal before crashing and didn't have air traffic control services like flight following, investigators learned.

NTSB crash investigators are expected to remain at the crash site until sometime Wednesday. A preliminary crash report could be finalized within one to two weeks, but the official investigation could take 12-24 months to complete.

The pilot's name hasn't been released.

Investigators want to talk to anyone who may have saw the plane crash. They should contact witness@NTSB.gov if they have information that could help the investigation.

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