Saturday, May 30, 2020

Pilatus PC-12/47, N721KP: Incident occurred May 28, 2020 at Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (PASI), Alaska



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

Aircraft while boarding, tail stand lost contact with the ground resulting in a tailstrike.

Kalinin Partners LLC d/b/a Alaska Seaplanes

https://registry.faa.gov/N721KP

Date: 28-MAY-20
Time: 03:20:00Z
Regis#: N721KP
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 135
City: SITKA
State: ALASKA

Aero Commander 500S Shrike, N909AK: Accident occurred May 28, 2020 near Aniak Airport (PANI), Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aircraft crashed on takeoff into water under unknown circumstances.

State of Alaska

https://registry.faa.gov/N909AK

Date: 28-MAY-20
Time: 23:43:00Z
Regis#: N909AK
Aircraft Make: AERO COMMANDER
Aircraft Model: 500
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: ANIAK
State: ALASKA




ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Division of Forestry plane with four people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff in the Western Alaska community of Aniak Thursday, a Forestry spokesperson said.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy made the first public announcement of the incident shortly after 5 p.m. during his third online Town Hall meeting.

"The report that we have is all survived, (with) bumps and bruises," Dunleavy said.

Tim Mowry, with the Alaska Division of Forestry, said he had just learned of the incident when reached minutes later. Mowry said the pilot and three forestry staff on board did not suffer life-threatening injuries, but he did not know to what extent they were injured.

According to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, the plane was a state-owned Aero Commander 500S Shrike. The pilot, Mark Jordan and three other passengers were all Medevaced to Anchorage with non-life threatening injuries.

NTSB Region Chief Clint Johnson says the crash happened at about 3:43 p.m. The plane came to rest in a body of water. The Aniak airport's runway sits nestled between slight bends in the Kuskokwim River and a slough of the Aniak River. Other small bodies of water are located near Aniak's airport as well.

Photos from Aniak resident Dave Mattson show the yellow State of Alaska plane resting in what appears to be a shallow body of water. Mattson, who owns an automotive store near the airport, was at the community's barge landing when he heard the crash from half a mile away.

"It's a miracle," Mattson said. "I don't see how anyone [survived this]."

By the time he had gotten to the site of the accident, troopers had responded and the passengers were already receiving care.

There is not a staffed fire in the region, Mowry said. He was still gathering more information about the flight and the incident.

https://www.ktuu.com

Cessna 182T Skylane, N316JH: Incident occurred May 28, 2020 at Prescott Regional Airport (KPRC), Yavapai County, Arizona


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft made a hard landing.

North-Aire Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N316JH

Date: 28-MAY-20
Time: 23:35:00Z
Regis#: N316JH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PRESCOTT
State: ARIZONA

Champion 7ECA Citabria, N9557S: Accident occurred May 28, 2020 near Vine Grove Airport (70KY), Hardin County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

https://registry.faa.gov/N9557S

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA160
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Vine Grove, KY
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N9557S

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

Aircraft departed and struck power lines and crashed in a field.

Date: 28-MAY-20
Time: 18:43:00Z
Regis#: N9557S
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: RADCLIFF
State: KENTUCKY









One person was injured when a small private plane clipped a power line as it descended Thursday afternoon near North Middle School and landed upright beside a tree line in a cornfield.

Officials at the scene said two people were in the plane less than a mile from the Vine Grove airport with the owner/pilot suffering minor injuries. Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly said the crash occurred at 2:39 p.m.

“The plane was taking off going north to south toward Rogersville Road when for unknown reasons the plane began to descend and hit a transmission line,” Mattingly said.

Although the plane landed near Joe Prather Highway, the trees concealed the scene from passing motorists. Police and other emergency vehicles drove 200 yards across a farm field to find the crash site. Vine Grove police blocked access from the highway after Federal Aviation Administration officials arrived.

Chester Dennis was mowing along the right of way adjacent to his family’s property nearby when the crash occurred. He didn’t see the wreck but noticed the traffic signal was out at Prather and Rogersville Road just before he saw two fire trucks pull off the road and disappear into an adjacent field.

The power outage initially impacted nearly 30,000 customers in parts of Vine Grove, Radcliff and Elizabethtown, according to a Nolin RECC outage report.

Mattingly said the pilot suffered cuts and bruises. His name was not released. A passenger was uninjured.

The Federal Aviation Administration quickly was on the crash scene and is handling the investigation. In addition to the VGPD, the Vine Grove Fire Department, Hardin County Emer­gency Management, Hardin County EMS and Kentucky State Police also responded.

Thursday’s incident is the second plane crash in less than a year involving an aircraft in Vine Grove.

On June 23, a two-­seater plane crashed as it attempted to land at the Vine Grove airport.

Josef Schroeder of Radcliff and Daniel Brooks of Rineyville suffered multiple fractures in the crash.

Vine Grove Fire Chief Steve New said the plane clipped trees by the landing area as it descended.

https://www.thenewsenterprise.com

Friday, May 29, 2020

AutoGyro Cavalon, N477AG: Fatal accident occurred May 28, 2020 in Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon • Accident occurred August 14, 2019 at Sanderson Field Airport (KSHN), Shelton, Mason County, Washington • Incident occurred October 23, 2016 at South Texas Regional Airport (KHDO), Hondo, Medina County, Texas



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

May 28, 2020: Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field and post crash fire.


https://registry.faa.gov/N477AG


Date: 28-MAY-20

Time: 22:44:00Z
Regis#: N477AG
Aircraft Make: AUTOGYRO
Aircraft Model: CAVALON
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: ROSEBURG
State: OREGON

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. 


ROSEBURG, Oregon - The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has presumptively identified the pilot from Thursday's aircraft accident as 77-year-old Lee Pauling of Olympia, Washington.

Pauling was operating a AutoGyro Cavalon when the aircraft crashed around 2:13 p.m. on private property Thursday in the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road in Roseburg.

Pauling was declared deceased at the scene.

He was the only occupant on board at the time of the incident.

The Sheriff's Office is working with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration on the investigation.

Next of kin has been notified.

https://kval.com

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

Additional Participating Entity:  
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

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

Location: Shelton, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA221
Date & Time: 08/14/2019, 1800 PDT
Registration: N477AG
Aircraft: AutoGyro Cavalon
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 14, 2019, about 1800 Pacific daylight time, an experimental AutoGyro Cavalon, N477AG, impacted the runway shortly after takeoff from Sanderson Field Airport (SHN), Shelton, Washington. The sports pilot received minor injuries. The gyrocopter received substantial damage to the empennage and fuselage. The gyrocopter was registered to the pilot who was operating it as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed around the airport about the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from SHN at about 1700.

According to the pilot, he was conducting takeoff and landings from runway 23. He reported that he had previously been lifting off the runway at about 56 miles per hour and on the fourth takeoff roll he noticed the airspeed had reached 60 knots. He then applied slight aft control stick. The gyrocopter rapidly pitched up, nose high into the air and began to yaw to the right. He said that he heard a loud bang and the gyrocopter quickly struck the runway. He recalled the engine had stopped running when the gyrocopter came to a stop.

Examination of the accident site revealed the gyrocopter struck the runway slightly left of centerline, rolled onto its left side and slide about 170 ft to the left edge of the runway. All major components remained affixed to the gyrocopter. Small fragments of fiberglass and acrylic were scattered along the runway from the initial contact point to the final resting spot.

The gyrocopter was recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: AutoGyro
Registration: N477AG
Model/Series: Cavalon
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane 
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Shelton, WA (SHN)
Destination: Shelton, WA (SHN) 

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: 47.232778, -123.150833 (est)

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

October 23, 2016:  AutoGyro Cavalon on landing rolled over. 

Date: 23-OCT-16

Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N477AG
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HONDO
State: Texas

Cessna 177RG Cardinal RG, N35231: Incident occurred May 28, 2020 at Prineville Airport (S39), Crook County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft nose gear malfunctioned on landing.


https://registry.faa.gov/N35231


Date: 28-MAY-20

Time: 23:25:00Z
Regis#: N35231
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PRINEVILLE
State: OREGON



PRINEVILLE, Oregon (KTVZ) -- A pilot who called in to report a malfunctioning landing gear before landing at Prineville Airport Thursday afternoon brought the plane skidding to safe stop after the landing gear collapsed and there were no injuries, fire officials said.

Crook County Fire and Rescue was called to stand by around 3:45 p.m. as a Cessna 177RG Cardinal RG aircraft was experiencing a malfunction with its landing gear as it prepared to land at the airport, Division Chief Russ Deboodt said.

The unidentified pilot was alone in the plane, Deboodt said.

The landing gear collapsed on touchdown and the plane skidded to a controlled stop on the runway shortly after, he said. The pilot was able to turn off the engine and fuel supply just before touching down, Deboodt added.

https://ktvz.com

Beech V35B Bonanza, N512BD: Incident occurred May 28, 2020 in Laredo, Webb County, Texas

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

Aircraft experienced engine failure and made an emergency landing on the highway. 


https://registry.faa.gov/N512BD


Date: 28-MAY-20

Time: 15:33:00Z
Regis#: N512BD
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: LAREDO
State: TEXAS





WEBB COUNTY, Texas (KGNS) - A small aircraft makes an emergency landing on a Webb County highway on Thursday afternoon.

According to law enforcement, the plane landed between 10 to 16 miles of Las Lomas on Highway 59.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston Air Traffic Control got in contact with Laredo Police about an emergency landing that was needed.

The plane was carrying three people at the time and made an emergency landing on Highway 59.

All three people are safe and encountered no injuries.

Several law enforcement agencies were called out to the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating what type of failure the plane encountered.

Department of Public Safety also identified all three passengers were men.

https://www.kgns.tv






A small private plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 59, east of Laredo near Las Lomas area, due to a mechanical failure, state police said.

At about 11 a.m. Thursday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said they received a call from Laredo police about a small private plane doing an emergency landing on mile marker 812 of U.S. 59. Houston Air had reported it to LPD.

DPS, U.S. Border Patrol, Laredo Airport Police and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

The pilot mentioned a mechanical failure but didn’t specify what exactly, according to DPS. The small aircraft was coming from Conroe to Laredo. But due to mechanical failure, it made an emergency landing.

“After the engine failed, they had more trouble controlling the plane and had to plan and conduct an emergency landing on Highway 59. We immediately secured the area,” said Sheriff Martin Cuellar, who also responded to the scene.

DPS said the plane landed safely partially on the westbound traffic lane. The pilot and two other passengers were unharmed.

The plane was taken a mile east from the landing location and will be held until the National Transportation Safety Board arrives. The airplane will eventually be taken back to Laredo International Airport. 

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.


https://www.lmtonline.com

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N7085R: Incident occurred May 27, 2020 at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California -and- Accident occurred January 13, 2018 in Corona, Riverside County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

May 27, 2020:  Aircraft landed and nose gear separated and incurred a propeller strike.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7085R

Date: 27-MAY-20
Time: 23:53:00Z
Regis#: N7085R
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA



January 13, 2018


January 13, 2018


January 13, 2018


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Final 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/N7085R
Location: Corona, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA102
Date & Time: 01/13/2018, 1209 PST
Registration: N7085R
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Simulated/training event
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

Analysis

According to the flight instructor, during an off-airport simulated engine failure with a 180° turn, he called for a go-around upon completion of the maneuver. The student initiated the go-around, but the airplane struck power line wires. The flight instructor landed the airplane in a field, and the nose landing gear separated from the airplane. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.

The flight instructor reported that this accident could have been prevented by performing a ground reconnaissance of unfamiliar practice areas to assess for hazards to flight. The flight instructor will also initiate simulated engine failures at a higher altitude to enable recovery at no less than 500ft above ground level.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot and flight instructor's failure to see and avoid powerlines during a simulated emergency landing, which resulted in a wire strike during a go-around.

Findings

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Student pilot (Cause)
Monitoring environment - Instructor/check pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying
Simulated/training event (Defining event)

Approach-VFR go-around
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Landing
Part(s) separation from AC

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 26, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/11/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/05/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1015 hours (Total, all aircraft), 700 hours (Total, this make and model), 800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 115 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3.4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/18/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 55 hours (Total, all aircraft), 14 hours (Total, this make and model), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N7085R
Model/Series: PA 28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 28-21788
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/28/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9089.69 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2A
Registered Owner: DUBOIS AVIATION INC
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: DUBOIS AVIATION INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAJO, 533 ft msl
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 62°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 0°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 16 knots, 110°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chino, CA (CNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chino, CA (CNO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1140 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 33.897778, -117.602500 (est)

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, N781ND: Incident occurred May 27, 2020 at Grand Forks International Airport (KGFK), North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft just after startup, fire from left engine. 

University of North Dakota

https://registry.faa.gov/N781ND

Date: 27-MAY-20
Time: 15:50:00Z
Regis#: N781ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: GRAND FORKS
State: NORTH DAKOTA

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Fuel Exhaustion: Ercoupe 415-C, N415WE; accident occurred October 19, 2016 in Lindenwold, Camden County, New Jersey





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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Allentown, Pennsylvania 

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/N415WE 

Location: Lindenwold, NJ
Accident Number: ERA17LA023
Date & Time: 10/19/2016, 1240 EDT
Registration: N415WE
Aircraft: ERCOUPE 415
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries:2 Serious 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 19, 2016, about 1240 eastern daylight time, an Ercoupe 415C, N415WE, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain in Lindenwold, New Jersey. The private pilot and passenger were seriously injured. No flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Flying W Airport (N14), Lumberton, New Jersey. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated he rented the airplane and added nine gallons of fuel at Claremont Airport (58M), Elkton, Maryland. He departed with full fuel, 18 gallons, for the 1.2 hour flight to N14. He picked up a passenger and departed for a local area flight with about 12 gallons of fuel. The passenger stated that after departing N14 they briefly returned to the airport to fix a headset before departing again for the local flight.

About 15 minutes into the flight, while level at 1,200 feet at 2,300 rpm, when "without warning or touching the throttle, no power was available." He applied carburetor heat, but power was not restored. He began an emergency descent and the airplane subsequently impacted trees in a residential area.
The passenger reported it appeared that the engine was running at low rpm, and that during the flight the pilot stated, "something was wrong with the throttle." The pilot later stated he believed there may have been a problem with the throttle connection.

The owner stated the airplane burns about five gallons per hour, it has two 9 1/2 gallon wing tanks and a six gallon header tank. The header tank gravity feeds to the engine and the wing tanks are equipped with engine driven fuel pumps.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane subsequently impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and the cockpit. Examination of the wreckage by an FAA inspector revealed the glass bowl on the fuel filter housing was empty. The engine mounts, crankcase, fuel system, and wiring were examined, no anomalies were found. The propeller was removed and a starting fluid was sprayed into the engine intake area. After a few revolutions, the engine began to fire and briefly ran in spurts while starting fluid was sprayed into the engine air inlet area. Correct throttle cable connection was not verified.Although there was no postaccident fire, first responders sprayed the airplane with fire suppressant. Due to the damage to the airplane and the fire suppressant the FAA inspector was unable to determine the amount of usable fuel on board.

The pilot held a private certificate for airplane single engine land airplane. His last FAA first-class medical was issued on March 7, 1992, with no restrictions.

The two-seat, low wing, tricycle landing gear-equipped airplane, was manufactured in 1946. It was powered by a Continental C-75, 75 horsepower engine.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 66, 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 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/07/1992
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/08/2015
Flight Time:  347 hours (Total, all aircraft), 19 hours (Total, this make and model), 347 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ERCOUPE
Registration: N415WE
Model/Series:415 C 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2157
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats:2 
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: C75 SERIES
Registered Owner: MCCAFFERY DANIEL LEE
Rated Power: 75 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: VAY, 53 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1254 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 45°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / Unknown
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / Unknown
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LUMBERTON, NJ (N14)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: LUMBERTON, NJ (N14)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1220 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 39.824444, -74.988611

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N530AK: Accidents occurred November 23, 2019 and February 10, 2020 at Kerrville Municipal Airport (KERV), Texas -and- Accident occurred May 31, 2019 at Sparta Community Airport - Hunter Field (KSAR), Randolph County, 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: Kerrville, TX
Accident Number: CEN20CA033
Date & Time: 11/23/2019, 1100 CST
Registration:N530AK 
Aircraft: PIPER PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The private pilot was on a cross-country flight with one passenger. He stated that based on the wind reported by his destination airport's Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), he decided to make a conventional, full-stall, 3-point landing. He said he crossed mid-field and entered a left downwind for runway 30. The turn to base and final were normal. When the airplane was about a foot off the runway at stall speed, "an unexpected" wind gust pushed the airplane to the left. The left main landing gear contacted the runway, and the airplane drifted to the right. The left shock absorber broke, and the airplane swerved to the right. The tailwheel unlocked and the airplane ground looped. Damage included a bent left wing and left main landing gear. The pilot did not indicate the wind direction but said it was at 7 knots. AWOS reported that the wind was calm. The pilot did not indicate that there were any mechanical anomalies with the airplane prior to the accident. He noted that the destination airport "has a reputation for gusty wind conditions . . . the gust caught me in a landing configuration where I was unable to maintain directional control at touchdown." The pilot stated that once the tailwheel turns about 15 to 20 degrees, it unlocks automatically and the tailwheel swivels. When the airplane began its turn and reached the point where the tailwheel unlocked, there is no tailwheel steering. 

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: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/13/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/24/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2160 hours (Total, all aircraft), 53 hours (Total, this make and model), 1750 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 108 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 75 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N530AK
Model/Series:PA18 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
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.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4017 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ERV, 1817 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1050 CST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Conroe, TX (CXO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kerrville, TX (ERV)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0900 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Kerrville Municipal (ERV)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation:1617 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 6004 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.976667, -99.085556 (est)

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

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

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

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

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)