Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N4371Z: Incident occurred September 29, 2020 at Boyne City Municipal Airport (N98), Charlevoix County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aircraft while taxiing after an aborted takeoff from the grass ended on its nose. 

Jarema Aviation LLC


Date: 29-SEP-20
Time: 12:19:00Z
Regis#: N4371Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: BOYNE CITY
State: MICHIGAN

Cessna 170B, N2772D: Accident occurred September 22, 2020 at Heritage Field Airport (KPTW), Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N2772D

Location: Pottstown, PA
Accident Number: ERA20LA338
Date & Time: September 22, 2020, 12:18 Local
Registration: N2772D
Aircraft: Cessna 170
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 22, 2020, about 1218 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 170B, N2772D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The pilot-in-command (PIC) and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ADS-B data, after takeoff from Heritage Field Airport (PTW) the flight flew around locally then returned and entered the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 28. The flight turned onto the base and final legs of the airport traffic pattern for runway 28. The PIC stated to a FAA inspector that during the approach the winds were reported to be 8 knots gusting to 15 knots from 310°. He reported to NTSB that the flight encountered light turbulence and a little bit of windshear on short final with a slight gain/loss of indicated airspeed, though he was not worried. The flight ballooned about 8 to 10 ft, to which he added a little power while flying above the runway. With a wind from the right, the main landing gears contacted the runway and at that moment the wind shifted from a quartering headwind to a quartering tailwind. With left rudder and brake applied, the airplane went to the right which he could not correct. The airplane ground looped and spun to the right and exited the runway. When it did so he pulled the mixture control and turned the fuel selector and master switch off. The airplane came to rest in an easterly heading which was opposite the landing direction. He further stated that he was comfortable with the reported winds and he did not believe attempting a go-around would have been feasible or safe.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N2772D
Model/Series: 170 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTW,288 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 14 knots, 310°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Pottstown, PA 
Destination: Pottstown, PA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.23992,-75.556002 (est)

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N75634: Accident occurred September 29, 2020 near David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Houston, Texas

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

https://registry.faa.gov/N75634

Location: Spring, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA425
Date & Time: September 29, 2020, 14:00 Local 
Registration: N75634
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 29, 2020, about 1400 central daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N75634, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Spring, Texas. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot and his flight instructor completed three touch-and-go landings prior to a student solo flight, which was the accident flight. After the student pilot took off and entered the airplane into the airport traffic pattern, he was unable to return the rudder control from an asymmetric position. He was unable to maintain control of the airplane to return to the runway and performed a forced landing on a baseball field where the airplane hit several drainage ditches and incurred substantial damage to the fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N75634
Model/Series: 172
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDWH,152 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 21 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Spring, TX
Destination: Spring, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.054083,-95.555996 (est)

Bell 206B JetRanger, N91TA: Accident occurred September 09, 2020 in Randle, Lewis County, Washington

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Northwest Helicopters I Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N91TA

Location: Randle, WA
Accident Number: WPR20LA331
Date & Time: September 9, 2020, 11:00 Local 
Registration: N91TA
Aircraft: Bell 206 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell 
Registration: N91TA
Model/Series: 206 B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft external load (133)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCLS,177 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 53 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 3009 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Randle WA Fire Station, WA
Destination: Randle, WA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 46.281154,-121.42271 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Piper PA-18A 150 Super Cub, N5779D: Accident occurred September 16, 2020 in Arctic Village, Alaska

https://registry.faa.gov/N5779D

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in Arctic Village, AK
Aircraft: Piper PA18, registration: N5779D

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.

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion, N300JS: Accident occurred September 25, 2020 at Bryant Field Airport (O57), Bridgeport, Mono County, California

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

https://registry.faa.gov/N300JS

Location: Bridgeport, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA325
Date & Time: September 25, 2020, 12:38 Local 
Registration: N300JS
Aircraft: Cessna T210
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N300JS
Model/Series: T210 M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

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: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.264654,-119.22273

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N5525V: Incident occurred September 27, 2020 at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda County, California

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

Aircraft during landing veered off the runway. 

Flying Particles Inc


Date: 27-SEP-20
Time: 22:15:00Z
Regis#: N5525V
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: LIVERMORE
State: CALIFORNIA

Lancair 235, N35FW: Accident occurred September 25, 2020 at Chester Airport (KSNC), Middlesex County, Connecticut

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut 

https://registry.faa.gov/N35FW

Location: Chester, CT
Accident Number: ERA20LA337
Date & Time: September 25, 2020, 16:31 Local 
Registration: N35FW
Aircraft: Lancair 235 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lancair 
Registration: N35FW
Model/Series: 235 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSNC,417 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Chester, CT 
Destination: Chester, CT

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.383709,-72.505787 (est)

Cessna 140, N89476: Accident occurred September 26, 2020 at Massey Ranch Airpark (X50), Edgewater, Volusia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft struck a hole while attempting to depart from the grass and veered into a fence and tree.  


Date: 26-SEP-20
Time: 13:45:00Z
Regis#: N89476
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 140
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: NEW SMYRNA BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV, N33CL: Incident occurred September 26, 2020 at Springfield-Branson National Airport (KSGF), Greene County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aircraft landed gear up. 


Date: 26-SEP-20
Time: 23:10:00Z
Regis#: N33CL
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28RT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SPRINGFIELD
State: MISSOURI

Beechcraft A24R Sierra, N24662: Incident occurred September 25, 2020 at Creve Coeur Airport (1H0), St. Louis County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aircraft landed gear up.


Date: 25-SEP-20
Time: 14:34:00Z
Regis#: N24662
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A24R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST LOUIS
State: MISSOURI

Beechjet 400A, N258EB: Incident occurred September 26, 2020 at Trenton Mercer Airport (KTTN), Mercer County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia

Aircraft struck a bird on landing. 

RIGI INC


Date: 26-SEP-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N258EB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 40
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: COBALT AIR
City: TRENTON
State: NEW JERSEY

Beech A36 Bonanza 36, N118TW: Incident occurred September 27, 2020 at Roswell Air Center Airport (KROW), Chaves County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 


Date: 27-SEP-20
Time: 15:12:00Z
Regis#: N118TW
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ROSWELL
State: NEW MEXICO

Cessna 182P Skylane, N5905J: Incident occurred September 25, 2020 near Richard Lloyd Jones Jr Airport (KRVS), Tulsa County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aircraft departed and experienced engine failure and made a emergency landing in a field. 


Date: 25-SEP-20
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N5905J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: TULSA
State: OKLAHOMA

Piper PA-28-151 Cherokee Warrior, N33859: Accident occurred September 27, 2020 at Union County Airport-Troy Shelton Field (35A), South Carolina

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

https://registry.faa.gov/N33859 

Location: Union, SC
Accident Number: ERA20LA335
Date & Time: September 27, 2020, 09:00 Local
Registration: N33859
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 27, 2020, about 0900 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-151, N33859, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Union, South Carolina. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to a witness, the pilot told him that he had an appointment in Georgetown, South Carolina. The witness advised the pilot multiple times to “leave the airplane on the ground” because of the “heavy fog” conditions. The pilot departed Union County Airport (35A), Union, South Carolina, and approximately 20 minutes later, the witness stated that the pilot came back and announced over the radio that he could not see the ground. The witness talked to the pilot using the airport’s common traffic advisory frequency and attempted to guide him back to the airport, however the pilot stated he was having “engine trouble” and struck trees in the vicinity of the airport.

Multiple witnesses reported hearing “popping sounds” and that the engine “didn’t sound good” prior to the accident.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident location reported that the airplane came to rest in a wooded area and a post impact fire ensued, which consumed most of the cabin. The wings of the airplane separated from the fuselage and the leading edges exhibited impact damage.

The airframe and engine were recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N33859
Model/Series: PA28 151
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LUX,696 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft AGL 
Visibility: 5 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Union, SC
Destination: Georgetown, SC

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.686953,-81.641167 (est)

Aeronca 11CC Super Chief, N4388E: Incident occurred September 26, 2020 in Central, Pickens County, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed on a road and the tail struck a mailbox.


Date: 26-SEP-20
Time: 21:40:00Z
Regis#: N4388E
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 11CC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CENTRAL
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Piper PA-28-180, N9688J: Incident occurred September 27, 2020 at Grand Strand Airport (KCRE), North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina 

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 

Martin Jones LLC


Date: 27-SEP-20
Time: 19:37:00Z
Regis#: N9688J
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NORTH MYRTLE BEACH 
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Piper PA-28-181, N36711: Incident occurred September 27, 2020 in Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Aircraft experienced engine issues and made an emergency landing at a decommissioned airfield. 


Date: 27-SEP-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N36711
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: LEXINGTON
State: TENNESSEE

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N7993W: Incident occurred September 25, 2020 at Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO), Houston, Texas

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway incurring a propeller strike. 

AWMR LLC


Date: 25-SEP-20
Time: 23:33:00Z
Regis#: N7993W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CONROE
State: TEXAS

Rolladen-Schneider LS4, N45TH: Incident occurred September 26, 2020 in Waller, Texas

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

Glider lost lift and made an emergency landing in a field. 


Date: 26-SEP-20
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N45TH
Aircraft Make: ROLLADEN SCHNEIDER
Aircraft Model: LS4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: WALLER
State: TEXAS

Cessna T182T Turbo Skylane, N157RC: Fatal accident occurred September 27, 2020 in Santa Barbara, California

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA319
Date & Time: September 27, 2020, 07:03 Local 
Registration: N157RC
Aircraft: Cessna T182 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 27, 2020, at 0703 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T182T airplane, N157RC, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Santa Barbara, California. The pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal cross-country flight.

The flight departed Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), Santa Barbara, California, for a crosscountry flight to the Truckee-Tahoe Airport (TRK), Truckee, California.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airplane departed runway 15L, established radio contact with Los Angeles Center departure control and turned a heading of 255 degrees with a climb to 8,000 ft above ground level (agl). The airplane then turned to the north, followed by a turn to the east and a rapid descent. Radio and radar contact were lost, and an alert notification was issued by the FAA. Wreckage and an oil slick were located approximately 2 miles from SBA in the Pacific Ocean by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department. There were no mayday calls received by ATC from the pilot. 

Reported weather at SBA at the time of the accident was overcast skies at 900 ft and visibility 7 miles.

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Dive unit to assist in the search for the pilot and airplane. The estimated depth of the wreckage was 200 ft. On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the pilot, and airplane were located and recovered.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N157RC
Model/Series: T182 T 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: OXR,44 ft msl
Observation Time: 06:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -7.2°C /-8.3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1400 ft AGL 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Santa Barbara, CA 
Destination: Truckee, CA (TRK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.388,-119.84 (est)

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. 

Debra Sue Nicholson
April 20, 1959 – September 27, 2020

Our hearts are broken and our minds bewildered at the tragic passing of our dear mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who was killed on September 27, 2020 when the plane she was piloting crashed shortly after take-off in Santa Barbara.

In the words of the countless hundreds of people who loved and admired Debbie, she was beautiful, kind, adventurous, energetic, whip-crack smart, fun to be with, a positive force, spirited, good at bringing people together, upbeat, enthusiastic, warm, generous, devoted, a loyal friend, fearless, humorous, interesting, witty, loving, accomplished, unforgettable, inspirational, efficient, resourceful, disciplined, compassionate, one-of-a-kind, remarkable, authentic, a bright light, independent, courageous, my hero, the bottom line. She had an infectious happy spirit, high-wattage energy, a tremendous sense of fun, and lived each day to the fullest. It’s impossible to imagine the world without her and we were the lucky ones to have had her in our lives.

Debbie was born in 1959 to Marilyn and Bob Nicholson and graduated Arcadia High School (’77), Stanford (’81) and UVA law school (’84). She took after her father who passed away two years to the day before her and taught her that she could do anything she set her mind to. She continued to talk to him and ask for his guidance as she managed many extended family matters. She began her career practicing tax law in San Francisco and went on to have her own estate planning law practice in Tahoe City. In her lifetime she was a cheerleader, song girl, president of the speech team, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Big Sister, congressional intern, secretary/treasurer of the Tahoe Truckee Bar Association, judge pro-tem for the Placer and Nevada Counties Courts system, water utility board member, newly appointed member of the Truckee Tahoe Airport Advisory Committee, co-correspondent for Stanford class of ’81, and member of the Tahoe Yacht Club and Valley Hunt Club.

Debbie worked incredibly hard so that she could play even harder, and she became a pilot and loved flying her plane because it gave her the ability to accomplish a multitude of projects and activities. She loved world-wide traveling with family and friends and all types of sporting activities but especially skiing and mountain biking. Many of us found ourselves behind her skiing West Face or climbing to Stanford Rock but she always waited for us with humble patience. She took on each day with purpose, gusto and razor-sharp focus whether it was flying to Utah for mountain biking, Sun Valley for skiing or Los Angeles and Phoenix for business and visiting family and friends.

Debbie leaves behind her two beloved sons, Bob and Will; her mother Marilyn; siblings Diane and Bob; brother-in-law Jim and sister-in-law Shannon; ex-husband and father of Bob, John (Tinker) Ward and ex-husband and father of Will, Pete Craig; nieces and nephews, Meagan, Nick, Sam, Sophie, Jack, Ben and Bryce; as well as numerous cousins and nieces and nephews through marriage who will all miss her for the rest of their days. Debbie’s passing leaves a big hole in a lot of people’s lives but we know she would have wanted all of her friends and loved ones to live life like she did, with passion and energy and a commitment to positivity that will honor her incredible life.

     

Debra Nicholson Craig












Authorities on Monday said they stopped the search and rescue effort for a Tahoe City woman about 24 hours after her plane was first reported downed off the coast near the Santa Barbara Airport.

The search for pilot Debra Nicholson has now turned into a recovery effort led by a dive team, the Coast Guard said.

According to a press release, authorities stopped the search a day after the Coast Guard located “a debris field and light sheen in the reported vicinity of the downed aircraft,” around two miles off the coast of the Santa Barbara Airport.

The plane was last seen at 7:10 a.m. Sunday.

Petty Officer Richard Brahm said search and rescue efforts are called off for various reasons, including life expectancy on the water, how long a person could reasonably survive in the water and the circumstances by which the person entered the water.

According to Hardy Bullock, director of Aviation and Community Services at the Truckee Tahoe Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office called the airport Sunday morning to confirm that Nicholson’s plane was not in the hangar.

“They wanted to make sure that the subject’s aircraft wasn’t in a hangar here,” Bullock said. “That’s protocol. We conduct a safety search to ensure that the aircraft scheduled to be here has arrived. If it’s not, it could substantiate claims.”

Bullock said the plane nor pilot were found on the premises.

ENGAGED COMMUNITY MEMBER

Nicholson was an active community member, and was just appointed to serve on the Airport Community Advisory Team September 23rd, four days before her plane went down, Bullock said.

“She volunteered her time with the advisory team,” Bullock said. “We were looking forward to working with her.”

According to a letter of intent Nicholson directed to the Truckee Tahoe Airport on July 21st, Nicholson has two sons, the youngest of whom just began college.

According to that same letter, Nicholson has been practicing solo estate law in Tahoe City for over 30 years.

Brent Collinson, a Tahoe attorney who specializes in estate planning, said he remembers laughing with Nicholson after a Bar Association-sponsored slalom many years ago.

“The Bar Association used to have a ski day where attorneys got together and skied at a resort,” Collinson said. “We had a slalom race when she was four or five months pregnant and she beat me. Afterwards when we were sitting around, she said, ‘I live in Squaw Valley and ski everyday, so don’t feel bad.’”

Collinson, who is also a pilot, said he was jarred by the news given how qualified Nicholson was as a pilot.

“She had gone beyond the basics of a pilot’s license,” Collinson said. “I know she was instrument rated.”

LOSS TO LEGAL COMMUNITY

Although Nicholson practiced estate law alone, she shared an office with another estate attorney in Tahoe City, Gregg Lien.

Lien said he knew Nicholson for over 40 years.

“I am dumbfounded,” Lien said. “She was a dear friend and colleague.”

Lien said Nicholson had a “whip crack smart mind,” and was well respected by her legal peers.

Lien said he and Nicholson worked for the same firm in the 1980s.

“We have a small legal community in Tahoe,” Lien said. “This is a tremendous loss to our community and group of colleagues.”

“The community is going to miss her,” Collinson said.

Tecnam P92 Eaglet, N562TU: Accident occurred September 28, 2020 in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland 
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologies (BMVIT); Vienna
Rotech Flight Safety; Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo (ANSV); Rome

https://registry.faa.gov/N562TU

Location: Centerville, MD
Accident Number: ERA20LA341
Date & Time: September 28, 2020, 18:00 Local
Registration: N562TU
Aircraft: Tecnam P92
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 28, 2020, about 1800 eastern daylight time, a Tecnam P92 airplane, N562TU, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Centerville, Maryland. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to the flight instructor, he and a student pilot were flying straight and level, about 1,700 feet above mean sea level, on a southwest heading, 10 to 12 miles from Bay Bridge Airport (W29), Stevensville, Maryland, when the airplane suddenly began to vibrate severely. This was followed by a marginal reduction in engine rpm from about 5,100 rpm to 4,500 rpm.

The flight instructor then took over the flight controls from the student pilot and manipulated the throttle control to see if a different power setting would reduce the vibrations. There was no discernable result and movement of the throttle control did not elicit a corresponding response from the engine. The flight instructor then ensured that the fuel valves were all on (they were) and turned on the electric fuel pump.There still were no changes to the vibrations or power. 

Assessing the situation as an impending engine failure, the flight instructor configured the airplane for best glide speed, turned towards the nearest field, for a potential forced landing, and made a “Mayday” transmission. About 1-minute later, the engine stopped, and they were gliding towards the field that he had selected.

He attempted to restart the engine, but the engine would not even crank when the starter was engaged, and all the avionics in the airplane shutdown. This was very concerning to him as the master switch was still on, and he needed the speed and altitude indications as well as the wing flaps. About 30 seconds later, all the displays came back on, he configured for landing, aligned with the longest portion of the field, and touched down uneventfully in soybean plants that were being grown in the field.

As the airplane slowed, the airplane’s nose dropped to the ground, the nose wheel landing gear dug into the soft earth and grass, tore off, and the airplane slid on the forward portion of the fuselage belly, until the nose of the airplane dug in, and the airplane slowly nosed over.

Preliminary examination by a federal Aviation Administration inspector, revealed that the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Tecnam
Registration: N562TU
Model/Series: P92 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KW29,17 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Stevensville, MD (W29)
Destination: Centerville, MD

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.050014,-76.151108 (est)

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N4132W: Accident occurred September 25, 2020 at Silver Springs Airport (KSPZ), Lyon County, Nevada

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

https://registry.faa.gov/N4132W

Location: Silver Springs, NV
Accident Number: WPR20LA322
Date & Time: September 25, 2020, 19:45 Local 
Registration: N4132W
Aircraft: Piper PA32-300
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N4132W
Model/Series: PA32-300 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCXP,4699 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Fallon, NV (FLX) 
Destination: Fallon, NV (FLX)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.401847,-119.25412 (est)