Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cessna Ector 305A Mountaineer, N65070: Fatal accident occurred February 22, 2020 at Dillingham Airfield (PHDH), Mokuleia, Hawaii

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii 

Location: Mokuleia, HI
Accident Number: ANC20FA024
Date & Time: 02/22/2020, 0920 HST
Registration: N65070
Aircraft: CESSNA 305
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On February 22, 2020, about 0920 Hawaii standard time, a Cessna Ector 305A, N65070, collided with terrain after takeoff from Dillingham Airfield (HDH), Mokuleia, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and airline transport pilot sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned by Honolulu Soaring Club Inc. and was being operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed about 0905.

The owner of the airplane stated that his company had operated the airplane as a glider tow airplane for about 40 years. On the morning of the accident, he allowed a friend who was a well-known highly experienced tow pilot to provide instructional training to another friend who wanted to be a tow pilot and needed required training. Both pilots flew an instructional flight a week before the accident. The pilot receiving training was seated in the front of the tandem cockpit and the instructor pilot was seated in the rear.

According to multiple witnesses, the airplane took off on runway 8 and completed one lap in the pattern. A witness reported that the first landing was "rough," and the tail wheel bounced up and down and the airplane came to an abrupt stop on the runway. The engine was shut down on the runway and the rear seated instructor pilot disembarked. He walked around the airplane and then stopped alongside the front seated pilot and talked to him for a while. The instructor pilot then boarded the airplane and the engine was started and the airplane took off again. Witnesses reported that after the airplane cleared the runway surface, the airplane yawed hard right and drifted south toward the tree line. A pilot who witnessed the flight stated that the airplane was "obviously in distress and not in control." Some witnesses reported the engine sound diminishing as the airplane approached the trees, and then surge again as the airplane flew over the tree line and then the engine sound went quiet. One witness saw the airplane turn right, then rapidly roll left and descend to the ground in a nose low attitude. See figure 1 for the observed flight path and impact location.

Figure 1. Observed accident flight route and impact location 
(Courtesy of Honolulu Police Department)

The wreckage was located in a field of long grass on US Army property about 800 ft south of the runway near an access road. The airplane came to rest slightly nose down, upright on the fuselage in a left wing down attitude heading about 100°. The forward fuselage and left wing leading edge sustained substantial damage. The propeller was separated from the engine and located in a 6 inch depression about 4 ft in front of the wreckage. The fuselage exhibited buckling on the left side mid-section. Fuel leaks were evident at the left wing tank and fuel was present in the right wing fuel tank. All major components were located at the scene. See figure 2.

Figure 2. Aerial view of N65070 wreckage
(Courtesy of Honolulu Police Department)

The airplane was equipped with a Continental O-470 engine. The wreckage has been retained for further examination.

All witnesses interviewed stated that the winds were less than 5 knots from 080° at the time of the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N65070
Model/Series: 305 A
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: PHHI, 840 ft msl
Observation Time: 2124 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  8 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mokuleia, HI (HDH)
Destination: Mokuleia, HI (HDH) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 21.576944, -158.200556 (est)

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  Noreen Price, Aviation Accident Investigator
National Transportation Safety Board

 William "Bill" Enoka and Richard Rogers 

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A single-engine aircraft that crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday at Dillingham Airfield, killing both people onboard, lost engine power before it went down.

That’s according to NTSB investigators.

Meanwhile, the Honolulu Medical Examiner said the two killed in the crash died of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the crash.

The two were identified as Richard Rogers, 70, of Haleiwa and William Enoka, 78, of Kapaa.

On Monday, the wreckage of the plane was moved from the crash site about 1,000 feet from the runway to a hangar at Dillingham Airfield.

Authorities also reopened the general aviation airport.

Noreen Price, an NTSB aviation accident investigator, said the Cessna Ector 305A Mountaineer that went down was 200 feet in the air when it veered right, lost power and crashed.

“This airplane yawed like this and then came down and then rolled rapidly left and impacted the ground," she said.

The NTSB has ruled out weather as a factor in the crash.

Price said since the plane lost power, the crash could have been caused by a mechanical issue.

The pilot could have also intentionally shut off the engine if there was an emergency.

“Pilots can also cut engine power themselves, which for an emergency if you are about to crash, the procedures you are supposed to do is shut down an engine,” Price said.

The plane was doing what’s called touch and go ― a training maneuver for practicing landings and takeoffs quickly. They were on their second touch and go.

Members of the aviation community said Rogers, a retired Hawaiian Airlines pilot, was undergoing training since he new to the model. Enoka was a highly experienced instructor.

The recreational aviation industry fears that the accident makes it more likely that Dillingham will be closed to civilian aviation after the state turns it back over to the army in June.

“This incident does not impact that process. If anything it likely reinforces the state’s contentions that it will be getting out of the management of this facility,” said Hawaii DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara.

Original article ➤

HONOLULU(KHON2)–Tragedy on the North Shore after a deadly plane crash Saturday morning. It happened at Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia.

Two men were killed in the crash, one is 78, the other in his 60’s.

According to Tim Sakahara at the Department of Transportation, the plane took off from Dillingham airfield just after 9:20A.M. Saturday and crashed not long after in an area owned by the US Army, known as boondocks right next to the airfield.

Both men onboard died.

“One of them was deceased on scene. One of them was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The Honolulu medical examiner did release information that he did pass away at the hospital,” Sakahara explained.

A witness said one of the men was getting an aircraft certification.

KHON 2 is withholding their identities until next of kin are notified, but friends of the victims said the man working toward his certification was a former Hawaiian Airlines pilot. His trainer was the squadron commander for the civil air patrol gliders.

“It’s shocking to have another fatal crash so soon after the tragic crash of King air,” said Scott Blackley a pilot and aviation support specialist.

Blackley was referring to a deadly crash that killed 11 people when a skydiving plane went down shortly after take-off at Dillingham airfield in June 2019.

The plane that crashed on Saturday was a Cessna Ector 305A Mountaineer used to tow glider planes. Sakahara said it was owned by Honolulu Soaring Club.

“Those L19 Cessnas that they use to tow gliders up are a handful especially if an engine has problems,” Blackley said.

He added that they were doing training drills when they ran into trouble.

“They weren’t towing a glider. They were just doing pilot training– touch and gos. And on the second or third time around on takeoff they turned right out of over the boondocks over there like the tow planes usually do when they’re towing gliders– they turn right…So they were simulating that turning right and one of the witnesses said that the engine had quit because he could hear the engine quit and it lost some altitude,” Blackley explained.

He said that the engine kicked back on but it was too late.

“The angle of attack was severe and it couldn’t fly and stalled and flipped over and nosed into the ground,” Blackley said.

Sakahara said the NTSB and the FAA were notified immediately after the crash and that an NTSB investigator should arrive in Honolulu no later than Sunday to investigate the crash.

According to Sakahara, Dillingham Airfield is closed until further notice due to the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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