Thursday, February 13, 2020

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N530AK: Accidents occurred February 10, 2020 and November 23, 2019 at Kerrville Municipal Airport (KERV), Texas -and- Accident occurred May 31, 2019 at Sparta Community Airport - Hunter Field (KSAR), Randolph County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas 

February 10, 2020:  Aircraft experienced a gust of wind on landing and lost control. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N530AK

Date: 10-FEB-20
Time: 20:50:00Z
Regis#: N530AK
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KERRVILLE
State: TEXAS

November 23, 2019
Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas

NTSB Identification: CEN20CA033
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Aircraft: PIPER PA18, registration: N530AK

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.


May 31, 2019
View of damage to the right wing.
Federal Aviation Administration


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

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/N530AK


Location: Sparta, IL
Accident Number: GAA19CA298
Date & Time: 05/31/2019, 1030 CDT
Registration: N530AK
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that the airplane was equipped with 26-inch tundra tires, and that he performed a landing on the asphalt runway. The airplane touched down and the airplane veered to the right. The pilot applied left rudder and left brake but overcorrected the airplane's direction to the left. Subsequently, the airplane ground-looped to the left, and the right main landing gear collapsed, and the right wing struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/13/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/24/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2034 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Total, this make and model), 1919 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 95 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 27 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N530AK
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-4385
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/30/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3187 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Amateur/Experimental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: Unknown
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: KSAR, 538 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1535 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 290°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sparta, IL (SAR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sparta, IL (SAR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0715 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Sparta Community-Hunter Field (SAR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 537 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4002 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.148889, -89.698611 (est)

Aeronca O-58B Grasshopper, N46674: Incident occurred January 30, 2020 at Taunton Municipal Airport (KTAN), Bristol County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aircraft after fueling, pilot hand cranked the propeller, moved forward hitting a hangar and a light pole.

https://registry.faa.gov/N46674

Date: 30-JAN-20
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N46674
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: O58B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: TAUNTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Maule M-7-260, N309MA: Accident occurred February 02, 2020 in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

https://registry.faa.gov/N309MA

NTSB Identification: ERA20CA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 2, 2020 in Manchester, NH
Aircraft: Maule M7, registration: N309MA

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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cessna 172F Skyhawk, N817PS: Incident occurred February 06, 2020 near Lake George, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances near Lake George.

Alaska-Yukon Aviation Ministries Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N817PS

Date: 06-FEB-20
Time: 21:40:00Z
Regis#: N817PS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: PALMER
State: ALASKA

Navion G, N1011M: Accident occurred February 09, 2020 at Fort Smith Regional Airport (KFSM), Sebastian County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aircraft conducting touch and goes, lost engine power, attempted to circle back landing in grass and gear collapsed.

Clear Blue Sky LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N1011M

Date: 09-FEB-20
Time: 21:51:00Z
Regis#: N1011M
Aircraft Make: NAVION
Aircraft Model: G
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT SMITH
State: ARKANSAS





A small-engine aircraft crashed on takeoff Sunday at the Fort Smith Regional Airport but no serious injuries were reported.

Airport Director Michael Griffin said the aircraft landed on the north-south runway and did not affect the main runway.

“It was a general aviation plane with four people on board,” Griffin wrote in an email. “Two of them had minor injuries, but nothing too serious.”

Pam Kelly, a passenger on the plane, said engine power was lost on takeoff. Kelly said, the pilot crashed the plane trying to miss the fire station and a Delta flight.

Griffin noted the Federal Aviation Administration was onsite Monday investigating and he could not provide any other details at this time.

According to the FAA’s database, the aircraft N1011M is a 1962 Navion G registered to Clear Blue Sky LLC in Fort Smith and was previously owned by a man in Miami Springs, Fla.

Clear Blue Sky LLC is registered in good standing with the Arkansas Secretary of State to James Kelly. According to its website, Clear Blue Sky is a residential management company with “intrinsic knowledge of the Orlando rental market.”

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

Rutan Long-EZ, N91CX: Incident occurred February 08, 2020 at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland

Aircraft landed and went off runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N91CX

Date: 08-FEB-20
Time: 00:50:00Z
Regis#: N91CX
Aircraft Make: RUTAN
Aircraft Model: LONG-EZ
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LIVERMORE
State: CALIFORNIA

Monday, February 10, 2020

Cessna 182T Skylane, N14007: Incident occurred February 08, 2020 at San Carlos Airport (KSQL), San Mateo County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose

Aircraft struck a bird on takeoff.

Mewmew Investment LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N14007

Date: 08-FEB-20
Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N14007
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182T
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SAN CARLOS
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-23: Incident occurred February 09, 2020 at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft landed and went off the end of the runway and struck a light.

Date: 09-FEB-20
Time: 21:15:00Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HOLLYWOOD
State: FLORIDA

Hawker 800XP, N312FU: Incident occurred February 09, 2020 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL), Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft on taxi to the ramp was struck by a tug.

N312FU LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N312FU

Date: 09-FEB-20
Time: 01:00:00Z
Regis#: N312FU
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: HAWKER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 340A, N500CT: Incident occurred February 07, 2020 in Scott County, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita

Aircraft engine struck an unknown object.

Crotts Aircraft Service Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N500CT

Date: 07-FEB-20
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N500CT
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 340
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SCOTT CITY
State: KANSAS

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N988FX: Accident occurred February 07, 2020 at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (KBWI), Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore

Aircraft struck approach lighting system (ALS) light bar on approach. 

Federal Express Corp

https://registry.faa.gov/N988FX

Date: 07-FEB-20
Time: 09:28:00Z
Regis#: N988FX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 135
Flight Number: MTN8308
City: BALTIMORE
State: MARYLAND

Beech 95-C55, N15A: Incident occurred February 08, 2020 at Richard L. Jones Jr Airport (KRVS), Tulsa County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City

Aircraft struck a light on taxi.

Doug Harris Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N15A

Date: 08-FEB-20
Time: 22:50:00Z
Regis#: N15A
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: TULSA
State: OKLAHOMA

Cessna TU206G, N756HU: Incident occurred February 09, 2020 at Atoka Municipal Airport (KAQR), Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City

Aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed short of the runway.

Cullen Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N756HU

Date: 09-FEB-20
Time: 21:05:00Z
Regis#: N756HU
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ATOKA
State: OKLAHOMA

Beechcraft F33A Bonanza, N6665U: Fatal accident occurred February 08, 2020 near Granbury Regional Airport (KGDJ), Hood County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field. 

B & J Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N6665U

Date: 08-FEB-20
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N6665U
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 33
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: GRANBURY
State: TEXAS

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.

James Barrie Coffield Jr.
December 17, 1948 - February 08, 2020

James Barrie Coffield, Jr., 71, of Weatherford, Texas, was in a fatal airplane accident on February 8th, 2020, while doing what he loved to do.

Graveside service:  2:00 p.m., Friday, February 21st, 2020 at Elmwood Cemetery, 1115 E. Nelson St., Bowie, Texas 76230.  A Celebration of Life will follow at 5:00 p.m. at Joe T. Garcia's Restaurant, 2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth, Texas 76164.

Memorials:  Cal Farley's Boys Ranch or your charity of choice.

James was born Dec. 17, 1948 in Bowie, Texas and graduated from Bowie High School in 1967.  He attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at Arlington, earning degrees in Business Administration and Political Science.  He worked in the oil and gas industry for 44 years and served on the Board of Directors for Legend Bank in Bowie for 25 years.  James greatly enjoyed the outdoors.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter, taking many trips, not only in the U.S., but several in Africa.  Other interests included flying his plane and reading books by his favorite authors.

James was preceded in death by his parents, James Barrie Coffield, Sr. and Dorothy Jackson Coffield.


Survivors:  Brother, John Whit Coffield and his wife, Pam; niece, Jenna Loeffelholz and her husband, John, and their daughters, Anna and Grace; niece, Kaley Coffield; nephew, Adam Coffield; and many wonderful cousins.
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The pilot from last weekend's Beechcraft F33A Bonanza plane crash has been identified. 

The body of James B. Coffield Jr., 71, of Weatherford, Texas was found in the wreckage on Black Diamond H Ranch northwest of Granbury Sunday morning, according to the highway patrol. 

Coffield was flying from Mineral Wells to the Granbury Regional Airport when his plane went down. 

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

GRANBURY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — An investigation is underway after a fatal plane crash in Granbury Saturday.

At approximately 11:10 a.m. February 9th, Highway Patrol Troopers were called to the wreckage site of a plane crash north of FM 4 and west of CR 2580. When troopers arrived, they found a Beechcraft F33A Bonanza with the sole occupant dead inside.

Officials said the accident is suspected to have occurred Saturday because that is when the pilot — who has not been identified — had filed a flight plan from Mineral Wells to Granbury.

The Federal Aviation Administration as well as the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the crash.

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

Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II, N66JJ: Incidents occurred February 08, 2020 and June 22, 2018 in Houston, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

February 08, 2020: Aircraft landed gear up.

Up and Up Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N66JJ

Date: 08-FEB-20
Time: 02:55:00Z
Regis#: N66JJ
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

June 22, 2018:  Aircraft landed on uncharted grass strip, gear collapsed.

Date: 22-JUN-18
Time: 15:56:00Z
Regis#: N66JJ
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

Eurocopter AS.350-B3, N350AM: Incident occurred February 09, 2020 in Lubbock, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Rotorcraft encountered instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and landed in a field.

Air Methods Corp

https://registry.faa.gov/N350AM

Date: 09-FEB-20
Time: 14:05:00Z
Regis#: N350AM
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: AS350
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 135
City: LUBBOCK
State: TEXAS

Aviastroitel AC-4C Russia, N912ES: Fatal accident occurred February 09, 2020 near Front Royal-Warren County Airport (KFRR), Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington

Experimental glider on final struck trees and crashed in a field.


https://registry.faa.gov/N912ES


Pete Maynard:  http://skylinesoaring.org/Feb20.pdf

Date: 09-FEB-20
Time: 18:37:00Z
Regis#: N912ES
Aircraft Make: AVIA STROITEL
Aircraft Model: AC4
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: FRONT ROYAL
State: VIRGINIA

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.



Authorities say a Clarke County man died Sunday when his glider crashed near the Front Royal-Warren County Airport on Stokes Airport Road.

Peter C. Maynard, 65, of Lander Lane, Berryville, was killed in the crash at 1:37 p.m. Sunday, according to information provided Monday by Virginia State Police Sgt. Brent Coffey and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Senior trooper R. Riggs responded to the report of a plane crash in Warren County shortly after the incident, according to information from Coffey. Maynard died at the scene as a result of his injuries, according to police information. No one else was injured. State police notified the FAA and the NTSB of the crash. 

A preliminary investigation into the crash indicates the pilot tried to land or take off and then hit several trees, according to police information.

Maynard was the newly elected president of the Skyline Soaring Club, according to the club's online newsletter. The club, based at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport, is dedicated to the sport of "soaring" in gliders, some of which have engines and some of which do not. About a hundred people belong to the group, which operates on weekends, weather permitting.

Shane Neitzey, one of the club's founders, declined to talk about the crash, but he said Maynard was a well-liked, active member of the group and that he was "very safety conscious."

"He was loved, and he's going to be missed," Neitzey said in a phone interview. "It hurts us all."

According to Neitzey, Maynard joined the Skyline Soaring Club in 2015. The group owns and operates five gliders, plus two tow planes. About 20 gliders are privately owned. Maynard owned his glider, Neitzey said.

In the club's February newsletter, Maynard introduced himself, telling members he was a recently retired United Airlines pilot, having spent 35 years with the company, in addition to having extensive military experience. He added that he was married with two grown daughters. Maynard stressed the importance of safety, saying there is "never a reason to compromise" it.

Maynard also served on the Clarke County Planning Commission. He was appointed to the panel on April 16, 2019.

"We are shocked and saddened by this news," Clarke County Board of Supervisors Chairman David Weiss said in a statement. "Pete approached life with vitality, and his energy invigorated everyone around him. He will be missed by all of us in Clarke County. We send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends."

The Federal Aviation Administration provided more details about the crash in a statement issued Monday afternoon. An AviaStroiel AC4 Model C, taildragger-style glider crashed into a field while on approach to the airport at 1:37 p.m. Sunday, according to FAA information.

Investigating agencies did not provide information on a tow plane that would have pulled the glider.

The FAA referred the media to local authorities for information on the pilot. The FAA is investigating the crash and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the crash.

An investigator with the NTSB has responded to the crash, Terry Williams, a public affairs officer with the agency, said by phone Monday. The investigation could take more than a year to complete, Williams said. The agency has entered the on-scene or early fact-gathering phase of the investigation. The investigator first documents where the glider crashed and came to rest and looks at the site and the aircraft, Williams explained.

“The aircraft will be moved to a more secure location for further examination and we’re gonna be looking at the engine as well as ... the aircraft itself and damage to the aircraft and so forth,” Williams said.

NTSB investigators will examine the aircraft and its maintenance records; the environment, including the weather conditions at the time of the crash; and the pilot’s records and training, Williams said.

A plane crash killed a pilot near the Warren County-Front Royal Airport in early October 2017. The operator of a tow plane pulling a glider crashed on private property near the facility and caught fire, according to police information released after the incident. Authorities identified the tow plane pilot as Steven B. Zaboji, 76, of Reston, who was towing a glider for a student’s introductory flight. The glider landed safely at the airport. The NTSB released its final report on the crash last spring but did not identify a specific cause for the incident.

The report indicates that investigators found no sign of mechanical failure in Zaboji’s plane nor did he have medical complications during the flight. The agency report indicates that the glider instructor turned away from Zaboji’s plane, which delayed Zaboji’s timing on releasing the tow rope that contributed to the crash.

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

WARREN COUNTY, Virginia (WHSV) — A Shenandoah Valley man is dead after a plane crash in Warren County Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Virginia State Police say 65-year-old Peter C. Maynard, of Berryville, was attempting to land or take off in a small glider when the plane collided with several trees at 1:37 p.m. in the 400 block of Stokes Airport Road.

That's not far from the Front Royal-Warren County Airport.

Maynard died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

According to police, both the FAA and NTSB were notified of the crash.

No one on the ground was injured.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

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



FRONT ROYAL (WINA) – State Police report a glider pilot from Berryville is dead after a crash into some woods in Warren County. The FAA and NTSB have been called in for investigation, but a state trooper responded around 1:30 Sunday afternoon to the 400 block of Stokes Airport Road near the Front Royal-Warren County Airport for a report of an aircraft crash.

A preliminary investigation found a glider that was attempting to land, and collided with several trees — bringing it down. 65-year old Berryville resident Peter Maynard — the only person aboard the glider — died at the scene.

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

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Air Tractor AT-401, N4532F; accident occurred August 24, 2017 in Pearsall, Frio County, Texas

The No. 9 engine cylinder viewed from the aft side, as received. 

The No. 9 engine cylinder viewed from the forward side, as received.

The pushrod tubes on the forward side of the engine, showing denting damage.

View of the aft spark plug, showing denting damage and the end of the crack between two cooling fins.

The crack in the cylinder showing the largest opening.

The cylinder crack, viewed from the forward side.

View of the other end of the cylinder crack.

View of the fracture surfaces of the cylinder crack, after laboratory opening. 

The outboard mating fracture surface, annotated to show the different fracture regions.

The progressive area of the outboard fracture surface, using oblique lighting.

The inboard mating fracture surface, annotated to show the different fracture regions.

The fatigue area of the outboard fracture surface, using oblique lighting.




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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N4532F

Location: Pearsall, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA330
Date & Time: 08/24/2017, 1000 CDT
Registration: N4532F
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 401
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On August 24, 2017, about 1000 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-401, N4532F, impacted terrain during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Pearsall, Texas. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by Fitch's Flying Service as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local agricultural application that departed from McKinley Field Airport (T30), Pearsall, Texas, at 0900.

The pilot reported that the airplane experienced a partial loss of engine power during a low-altitude spray run over a field. He noted that the engine was surging and that he was unable to regain normal engine operation. He climbed to 100 ft above ground level, jettisoned the airplane's chemical load, but the engine operation still did not improve. The pilot reported that he subsequently made a forced landing to a nearby field. The pilot stated that the airplane decelerated rapidly and nosed over when it descended into tall vegetation and landed in soft sandy soil. The vertical stabilizer and rudder were substantially damaged.

A postaccident examination revealed a circumferential fracture of the No. 9 cylinder. The fractured cylinder, serial number (s/n) 4 4HN52 L215, was submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board's Materials Laboratory for additional examination. The laboratory examination revealed a large circumferential crack through the cylinder housing. The crack was located at the valley between two air cooling fins and through the forward spark plug hole. The crack measured circumferentially as 26.3 inches long, with about 5.6 inches of the remaining cylinder circumference uncracked. The widest opening of the crack was located about 8.5 inches from the bottom side of the inboard flange, and 10.5 inches from the bottom opening of the cylinder. The fracture faces exhibited features consistent with prolonged exposure to exhaust and combustion gasses for different lengths of time. Further examination revealed crack arrest and ratchet marks consistent with progressive cracking from multiple crack initiation sites. There were no discernable discrepancies, such as corrosion pits, wear marks, or machining marks present at the crack initiation sites. The crack had prorogated from the outer cylinder surfaces inward. Further examination of the crack features using a scanning electron microscope revealed fatigue striations consistent with fatigue cracking. A sample of the cylinder was tested using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray fluorescence, which confirmed the material composition was consistent with an AA 200-series aluminum casting alloy. Additionally, hardness measurements were consistent with a casted AA 200-series aluminum alloy material.

The engine, a Pratt & Whitney R-1340AN-1, s/n 41-12807, had accumulated 8,899.2 hours since new and 1,310.1 hours since the last overhaul on March 5, 2009. A complete service history for the No. 9 cylinder could not be determined with the available logbook documentation. The No. 9 cylinder was not replaced or repaired during the 2009 overhaul. Based on available documentation, the No. 9 cylinder was not removed or repaired since the 2009 overhaul. According to the engine logbook, on August 1, 2017, about 64 hours before the accident, the engine cylinders were inspected in accordance with airworthiness directive No. 99-11-02 to verify that there were no visible cylinder cracks, and the corresponding logbook entry indicated "no cracks found."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 33, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
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 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/09/2017 
Occupational Pilot:Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/10/2017
Flight Time:  609 hours (Total, all aircraft), 290 hours (Total, this make and model), 545 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 220 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 108 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N4532F
Model/Series: AT 401 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1990 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 401-0769
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 7860 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 264 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6228.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: R-1340AN-1
Registered Owner: Fitch's Flying Service
Rated Power: 600 hp
Operator: Fitch's Flying Service
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: COT, 474 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0953 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
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: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pearsall, TX (T30)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pearsall, TX (T30)
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time: 0900 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.876389, -99.005278 (est)