Saturday, January 04, 2020

Dynamic Rollover: Aérospatiale SE 3130 Alouette II, N92785; accident occurred January 04, 2020 in Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, California



Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Salt Lake City, Utah 

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/N92785

Location: Mokelumne Hills, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA059
Date & Time: 01/04/2020, 1209 PST
Registration: N92785
Aircraft: Sud Aviation SE 3130 ALOUETTE II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Dynamic rollover
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that after about 20 minutes of flight, he returned to a private runway. The pilot descended to the runway and he began a hover-taxi to the other end. While hovering, the right skid made contact with the grass adjacent to the runway. The helicopter rolled over on its right ride, damaging the main rotor blades. The pilot reported that he thought that the accident could have been prevented if he had a faster and quicker reaction time.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/12/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1291 hours (Total, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Sud Aviation
Registration: N92785
Model/Series: SE 3130 ALOUETTE II No Series
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1236
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/12/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Installed, activated
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KSCK, 27 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2155 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 225°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2200 ft agl
Visibility:   10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.35 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mokelumne Hills, CA (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Mokelumne Hills, CA (PVT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  PST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Private (PVT)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 1500 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 38.295556, -120.720833

A light utility helicopter crashed in the vicinity of Mokelumne Hill on Saturday, a representative of the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.

Allen Kenizter in the FAA Office of Communications said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Kenizter said only a single pilot was reported to be on board the helicopter, which crashed under unknown circumstances.

Local authorities would likely have information related to the pilot’s condition, he said.

Representatives of Cal Fire, Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District and the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment. 

According to the FAA database, the helicopter is an SE 3130 Alouette II and was manufactured in 1958. The manufacturer is French in origin and cited as SNIAS, or “Société nationale industrielle aérospatiale.” The FAA described the craft as having a turbo-shaft engine manufactured by Turbomeca.

The registered owner is a Mokelumne Hill man with an address on the 9200 block of Highway 26. 


Original article ➤ https://www.uniondemocrat.com

Update at 1:30 p.m.: CAL Fire reports the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and they have reported the helicopter crash to the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate. It is unclear if the helicopter was taking off, landing or just enroute when it plummeted to the ground.

Original post at 12:25 p.m.: Mokelumne Hill — First responders are on the scene of a helicopter crash in the area of Mokelumne Hill in Calaveras County.

The incident happened on a landing strip at the end of the 8700 block of Easy Bird Road near Highways 26 and 49. 

CAL Fire reports that is was the Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District Chief Michael Dell'Orto who spotted the helicopter descending called it in to dispatch.  

All of the occupants were able to escape from the helicopter uninjured before it burst into flames, according to CAL Fire.

Investigators are at the scene actively trying to determine what caused the crash. 

There is no word on the helicopter’s make or model at this time.

Fire crews quickly put out the blaze.

There was major damage to the helicopter as a result of the crash and flames that left it charred and mangled on the airstrip, according to CAL Fire.  

The crash occurred shortly after noon on Saturday.

Original article ➤ https://www.mymotherlode.com

Abrupt Maneuver: Ryan Navion D, N384TL; accident occurred January 20, 2019 at Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport (KPTN), Patterson, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

View of damaged empennage without vertical stabilizer and rudder.

View of damaged empennage from rear.

View of damaged empennage.


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Final 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/N384TL

Location: Patterson, LA
Accident Number: GAA19CA115
Date & Time: 01/20/2019, 1345 CST
Registration: N384TL
Aircraft: NAVION NAVION
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abrupt maneuver
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that, while on a 3-mile base leg, he encountered a flock of large birds. He aborted the base leg and rapidly descended the airplane to avoid the birds, but the birds followed. The pilot continued the dive and saw power lines nearby. He made an "evasive maneuver (dive down)" to avoid the power lines, but the vertical stabilizer struck the power lines, shearing off the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

The pilot maintained airplane control, climbed the airplane, declared "mayday," and requested flight following to an airport without a crosswind for landing. He approached at a higher airspeed to reduce the airplane's left turning tendencies, and during the landing roll, the airplane veered left off the runway into an adjacent field.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 pilot's failure to maintain clearance from power lines while making an evasive maneuver to avoid birds.

Findings

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern base
Abrupt maneuver (Defining event)

Emergency descent
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Landing
Runway excursion

Emergency descent
Part(s) separation from AC

Pilot Information


Certificate: Private
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/23/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/23/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1327 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1000 hours (Total, this make and model), 1327 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: NAVION
Registration: N384TL
Model/Series: NAVION D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1948
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: NAV-4-1384
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/03/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2838.73 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-BA
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 285 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: KPTN, 9 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 287°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 0°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Gonzales, LA (REG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Patterson, LA (PTN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1326 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: HARRY P WILLIAMS MEMORIAL (PTN)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 8 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

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: 29.707222, -91.296389 (est)

Fuel Related: Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N99308; accident occurred January 20, 2019 in Aguilares, Webb County, Texas

Engine Data Monitor Data Plot. 


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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration; San Antonio, Texas
Federal Aviation Administration; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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/N99308

Location: Aguilares, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA063
Date & Time: 01/20/2019, 1330 CST
Registration: N99308
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On January 20, 2019, about 1330 central standard time, a Cessna 172P airplane, N99308, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Aguilares, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by Skylens, LLC. The aerial observation flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan was filed for the flight. The local flight departed Laredo International Airport (LRD), Laredo, Texas, about 0906 and was en route to return to LRD.

Due to the government furlough, neither the National Transportation Safety Board, nor the FAA responded to the accident site.

According to the pilot, she was conducting an aerial photography flight. The pilot reported that she departed with about 40 gallons of fuel, with the fuel selector valve selected for both fuel tanks. She added that during straight and level flight, she switched the fuel selector valve to the slower-burning tank, and then after about 2 hours she switched it back to both. The pilot monitored the difference in consumption for the remainder of the flight, changing tanks as needed to keep it balanced. The pilot added that based upon experience, she had fuel for about 5.5 hours of flight on full fuel tanks.

The airplane was at an altitude of 5,300 ft mean sea level when the airplane began shaking and the engine rpm dropped to about 900. The pilot recalled that she moved the fuel selector valve from one side to both and attempted to restore engine power by adjusting the fuel mixture control and the engine throttle control, with no improvement. The pilot stated that she pitched the nose of the airplane down for best glide speed and prepared for a forced landing to a gravel road. During the forced landing, the airplane bounced and veered off the road and into a field. As the nose landing gear came down, it stuck in the grass, and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. Both wings and the fuselage were substantially damaged.

The first responders reported to the FAA inspector that immediately after the accident, fuel was leaking from the right fuel tank but not the left fuel tank. After the airplane was righted, about 4 gallons of fuel were recovered from the right fuel tank and the left fuel tank was empty. It is unknown how much fuel, if any, leaked out while the airplane was inverted.

According to the Cessna Pilot Operating Handbook for the Cessna 172P, the fuel tanks have a total capacity of 43 gallons of fuel; 3 gallons of unusable fuel. The review also noted under Cruise Performance, if properly leaned, the fuel consumption is between 6.4 and 7.3 gallons of fuel per hour.

The airframe, engine, and related systems were later examined under the auspices of an FAA inspector. The engine test run was conducted; the engine started without hesitation and ran at various power settings. The FAA inspector reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airframe, engine, or related systems that would have precluded normal operations.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 28, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/23/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/17/2018
Flight Time: 611.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 378.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 531.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 238.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 81 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N99308
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1985 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17276431
Landing Gear Type: Float; Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/20/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 15201 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D2J
Registered Owner: Skylens Llc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Skylens Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHBV, 662 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1930 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  5 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Haze; No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Laredo, TX (KLRD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Laredo, TX (KLRD)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0906 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E; Class G

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: 27.448333, -99.086389 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Champion 7ECA, N11852, accident occurred January 19, 2019 at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California

Damage to the Right Wing and Collapsed Landing Gear.


Additional Participating Entity:
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


https://registry.faa.gov/N11852

Location: Chino, CA
Accident Number: WPR19CA067
Date & Time: 01/19/2019, 0910 PST
Registration: N11852
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that he was landing with a light quartering tailwind. Upon touchdown, the airplane ground looped, and the landing gear collapsed. Subsequently, the right wing impacted the ground and sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact 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 pilot's loss of directional control while landing, which resulted in a ground loop.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tailwind - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown
Other weather encounter
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing gear collapse
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/10/2018
Flight Time:  1581 hours (Total, all aircraft), 120 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N11852
Model/Series: 7ECA No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 823-72
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/09/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 3 Hours
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1361 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-235
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 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: CNO, 650 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0924 PST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  8 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 8°C
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: VFR
Departure Time: 0830 PST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Chino Airport (CNO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 650 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4858 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.975278, -117.635278 (est)

Beechcraft B200 King Air, N200HF: Accident occurred January 04, 2020 at Morristown Municipal Airport (KMMU), Morris County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro

Aircraft landed and skid off the runway.

L C Whitford Co Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N200HF


Date: 04-JAN-20
Time: 17:14:00Z
Regis#: N200HF
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: BE200
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MORRISTOWN
State: NEW JERSEY



MORRISTOWN — Morristown Airport returned to normal operations hours after a small plane went off a runway on Saturday.

The Beechcraft King Air series aircraft went off the runway into a grassy area around noon in foggy conditions, which temporarily shut down the airport, according to the airport.

There was no word on how many people were on-board the plane at the time of the incident, but Morristown Police told Patch that there were no injuries.

Based on a photo of the aircraft shared by the airport, the craft appeared to be a King Air 250, which can hold up to 9 occupants. The King Air 250 is the "most popular business turboprop in the world," according to the Beechcraft website.

By 3 p.m., the airport was handling all incoming and outgoing flights on its only other runway as an investigation continued into the crash. Both runways resumed normal traffic after 9 p.m., according to the airport.

The FAA is investigating the crash. The airport did not disclose who owned or operated the Beechcraft B200 King Air involved Saturday.

Morristown Airport is a publicly owned, privately operated airport. Among its visitors, President Donald Trump often lands there in Air Force One during his visits to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://nj1015.com





MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (WABC) -- A Beechcraft B200 King Air failed to completely stop and ran off a runway at a Morristown Municipal Airport.

The incident happened Saturday when the Beechcraft plane was attempting to land on Runway 23.

The plane eventually came to a stop in a grassy area off of the runway.

Fire and Police quickly arrived at the scene around noon.

The ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting), operations staff and EMS determined there were no injuries and no one required medical assistance.

Specific aircraft or flight details are not available but initial damage was reported to be to the propeller area of the aircraft, authorities said.

The cause of this incident is unknown at this time and this matter will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Morristown Municipal Airport was closed immediately following this incident and the airport remains closed at this time.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://abc7ny.com

Loss of Control in Flight: Piper PA-18-90 Super Cub, N3298Z; accident occurred January 19, 2019 in Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Michigan

Photograph of N3298Z Inverted in the Snow.

Photograph Showing the Pilot’s Side of the Inverted Airplane.

Photograph Showing the Passenger’s Side of the Inverted Airplane.



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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Final 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/N3298Z

Location: Iron Mountain, MI
Accident Number: CEN19CA062
Date & Time: 01/19/2019, 1335 EST
Registration: N3298Z
Aircraft: Piper PA 18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal



Analysis

On January 19, 2019, about 1315 central standard time, a Piper PA-28 airplane, N3298Z, impacted terrain near Iron Mountain, Michigan. The airline transport-rated pilot sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated at Ford Airport, Iron Mountain, Michigan. The pilot reported that he had conducted an uneventful sight-seeing flight and intended to return to the departure airport. He initiated a left turn about 800 ft above a lake and became distracted while focusing on a distant point across the frozen and snow-covered lake. The pilot added that he lost reference to the horizon while continuing in a descending left turn until ground impact.

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

The departure airport's automated surface observation system, located 6 miles west of the accident site, reported that, about 20 minutes before the accident, winds were from 020º at 5 knots, 10 miles visibility, ceiling overcast at 3,500 ft, temperature -11ºC, dew point -18ºC, and altimeter setting of 30.19 inches of mercury.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's distraction and subsequent loss of situational awareness and visual horizon in overcast sky conditions, which led to an unrecognized descent during a low-level maneuver and subsequent impact with snow-covered terrain.

Findings

Personnel issues
Situational awareness - Pilot (Cause)
Attention - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Snowy/icy terrain - Contributed to outcome
Clouds - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying
Loss of control in flight (Defining event)

Uncontrolled descent
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)



Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/03/2019
Flight Time:  15196 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1250 hours (Total, this make and model), 14696 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3298Z
Model/Series: PA 18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-7240
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/24/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3995.64 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: C90-12F
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 90 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: KIMT, 1122 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1254 CST
Direction from Accident Site: 263°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 20°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -11°C / -18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Iron Mountain Kingsford, MI (IMT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Iron Mountain Kingsford, MI (IMT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E

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: 45.830000, -87.980000 (est)

China Airlines, Boeing 747-400: Incident occurred January 04, 2020 at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO), California





A China Airlines Boeing 747 was forced to return to San Francisco International Airport Saturday afternoon after striking a bird shortly after take-off, an airport official reported.

The Boeing, carrying cargo on a trans-Pacific flight, landed back at San Francisco International Airport without incident at 2:55 p.m., said Jeff Figone, airport duty manager. Under Federal Aviation Administration rules, the bird strike raised concerns about safety that necessitated the aircraft’s return, Figone said.

The Twitter account @EightOneECHO tweeted that flight 5107 left San Francisco at 1:39 p.m. and was bound for Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport. The account, citing air traffic control communications, said there was possible damage to instruments and shared a video of the plane apparently dumping fuel as it made its return to the airport.

Figone said it would be typical for a plane, loaded with enough fuel for a trans-Pacific flight, to need to off-load some of the fuel in order to make a safe landing. He said the plane would undergo checks of its instruments and could refuel and return to the air later in the day.

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