Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Flight Control System Malfunction/Failure: Excalibur, N78DZ; accident occurred June 04, 2017 near Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG), Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Aircraft at Accident Site. 


Fractured Right Elevator Control Rod at Accident Site. 

Left and Right Elevator Control Rods.


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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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/N78DZ

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Accident Number:CEN17LA216 
Date & Time: 06/04/2017, 0824 MDT
Registration: N78DZ
Aircraft: WILLIAM D TELFAIR/ZIA Z TELFAI EXCALIBUR
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Flight control sys malf/fail
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 



On June 4, 2017, about 0824 mountain daylight time, an Excalibur experimental light sport airplane, N78DZ, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Albuquerque, New Mexico, during an emergency landing due to flight control anomalies. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area and a flight plan was not filed. The airplane was registered to the pilot and the personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The local flight originated at 0715 from the Double Eagle Airport (AEG), Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was enroute back to AEG when the accident occurred.

According to the pilot, he had been flying a little over an hour without any problems since takeoff from AEG. He was flying straight and level, about 75 mph (below never-exceed speed), when the pitch control became erratic. The control stick started slamming fore and aft to the limits, the airplane nose began pitching up and down, and the airplane began buffeting like it was going to come apart. The pilot declared an emergency and reduced airspeed to 50 to 60 mph, which slightly lessened the fore and aft stick movement and pitch, but did not control it. The pilot turned to clear steep terrain and choose a relatively flat field for an emergency landing. He was able to make final directional corrections and flew the airplane to landing about 40 to 45 mph and 200 to 300 ft per minute rate of descent. The airplane remained upright, but the nose gear and the left main gear sheared off, the airplane turned 180°, and the left wing and horizontal stabilizer struck the ground.

Examination of the aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector and the pilot after the accident revealed a broken, right elevator control rod. The left elevator control rod was not broken. The control rod that separated was a factory-supplied, 1/2-inch aluminum tube with bearings at each end. The attach points of the control rods appeared to be intact. The bearings were still connected and safety wired and all other control rod linkages and attach points were connected. There was normal movement of the left elevator control system (rod still intact). The damaged control rod (right elevator) and the intact control rod (left elevator) were compared and examined by a National Transportation Safety Board structures engineer. According to the engineer, there was no indication of any pre-existing failure on the fracture surface of the right elevator control rod. The deformation of the rod was indicative of a bending failure of the rod.

The pilot reported after the accident that he may have encountered flutter. 



Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/23/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/03/2017
Flight Time:  4978 hours (Total, all aircraft), 64 hours (Total, this make and model), 4800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WILLIAM D TELFAIR/ZIA Z TELFAI
Registration: N78DZ
Model/Series: EXCALIBUR NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 2614
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/17/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 64 Hours
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 64 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 582UL-99
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:65 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: ABQ, 5354 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0824 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Albuquerque, NM (AEG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Albuquerque, NM (AEG)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0715 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Double Eagle (AEG)
Runway Surface Type:N/A 
Airport Elevation: 5837 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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: 35.113889, -106.890833 (est)

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Grumman G-164C, N7501Z; accident occurred June 14, 2017 in Delaplaine, Greene County, Arkansas

Airplane Wreckage at the Accident Site Side View. 

Airplane Wreckage at the Accident Site Rear View. 


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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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/N7501Z

Location: Delaplaine, AR
Accident Number: CEN17LA230
Date & Time: 06/14/2017, 1820 CDT
Registration: N7501Z
Aircraft: Grumman G164
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On June 14, 2017, about 1820 central daylight time, a Grumman G164 agricultural airplane, N7501Z, was substantially damaged following a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power near Delaplaine, Arkansas. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to HDS Inc., of Beech Grove, Arkansas, and operated by Kin-Co Ag Aviation Inc., of Beech Grove, Arkansas, as a local agricultural flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed. The flight originated at 1800 from the operator's private airstrip located in Delaplaine, Arkansas.

The pilot reported that he was en route to spray a rice field after loading chemicals at the company base. While approaching the field, the engine was not producing full power. The pilot elected to executed a forced landing into a rice field. As the airplane landed in the field, the right main landing gear struck a levee, and the airplane flipped inverted, resulting in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. There were no witnesses to the accident.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any mechanical anomalies with the airplane or engine and did not show any evidence of fuel. Although the top fuel tank was breached in the accident, fresh green grass around and underneath the wreckage did not show any evidence of fuel contamination, or blight.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  5000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1270 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N7501Z
Model/Series: G164 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1979 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number:42C 
Landing Gear Type:Tailwheel 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/02/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 3109 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Honeywell
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:TPE331 
Registered Owner: Hds Inc
Rated Power: 650 hp
Operator: KIN-CO AG Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: NOSG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ARG, 279 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1835 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Delaplaine, AR
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: Delaplaine, AR
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1800 CDT
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: 36.219444, -90.731389 (est)

Powrachute Airwolf, N260AZ: Accident occurred January 18, 2020 in Gold Canyon, Pinal County, Arizona



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

https://registry.faa.gov/N260AZ

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA070
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Aircraft: Powrachute AIRWOLF, registration: N260AZ

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.

Powered parachute crashed on takeoff. 

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 16:05:00Z
Regis#: N260AZ
Aircraft Make: POWRACHUTE
Aircraft Model: AIRWOLF
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: GOLD CANYON
State: ARIZONA




GOLD CANYON, Arizona — The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says a man was hurt Saturday morning when a powered parachute crashed.

It happened in the Desert Wells Recreation Area near Gold Canyon, east of the Valley.

Authorities says the pilot, a 50-year-old man, suffered a fractured leg when the powered parachute hit a barrier. It appears the aircraft did not get high enough off the ground which caused the incident.

The pilot's current condition is unclear. Authorities said he was the only person on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called out to investigate.

Story and video ➤ https://www.abc15.com

Cessna 182A, N2078G: Incident occurred January 18, 2020 in Bakersfield, Kern County, California

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

Aircraft made an emergency landing on a highway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N2078G

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 07:50:00Z
Regis#: N2078G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BAKERSFIELD
State: CALIFORNIA

Flight Design CT2K, N922HT: Incident occurred January 18,2020 near French Valley Airport (F70), Murrieta -and- incident occurred November 03, 2019 in San Diego, California



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

January 18, 2020: Aircraft ran out of fuel and made an emergency landing in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N922HT

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 17:10:00Z
Regis#: N922HT
Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Aircraft Model: CT2K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MURRIETA
State: CALIFORNIA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

November 03, 2019: Aircraft veered off runway striking a taxiway light.


Date: 03-NOV-19
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N922HT
Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Aircraft Model: CT2K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Mooney M20J, N228AL: Incident occurred January 20, 2020 at Oxnard Airport (KOXR), Ventura County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N228AL

Date: 20-JAN-20
Time: 20:38:00Z
Regis#: N228AL
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OXNARD
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28-161, N8578Z: Incident occurred January 20, 2020 near Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River County, Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird.

FlightSafety International Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N8578Z

Date: 20-JAN-20
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N8578Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: VERO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Roll Over: Kitfox III, N4283V; accident occurred January 18, 2020 at Wauchula Municipal Airport (KCHN), Hardee County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N4283V

Location: Wauchula, FL
Accident Number: ERA20CA083
Date & Time: 01/18/2020, 1030 EST
Registration: N4283V
Aircraft: Denney KITFOX
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Roll over
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that he was conducting a crosswind landing on runway 36, in the tailwheel-equipped experimental, amateur-built airplane. The airplane touched down, bounced slightly, settled, and then veered off the right side of the runway. It struck a light, then flipped over in the grass and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder and the fuselage forward of the horizontal stabilizer. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The nearest weather reporting station, located 29 miles east of the airport, reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 110° at 14 knots. The pilot reported that the wind was from 270° at 8 knots gusting to 14 knots.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Sea
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: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  115 hours (Total, all aircraft), 42 hours (Total, this make and model), 61 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 42 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:Denney 
Registration: N4283V
Model/Series: KITFOX III
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 770
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/09/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1050 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 528LC
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: SEF, 63 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1035 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 97°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Palmetto, FL (48X)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wauchula, FL (CHN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Wauchula Muni (CHN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 107 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4005 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 27.515000, -81.880556 (est)

Thunder AX9-140 SII, N970TC: Accident occurred January 19, 2020 in Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida 

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N970TC

Location: Homestead, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA094
Date & Time: 01/19/2020, 0745 EST
Registration: N970TC
Aircraft: Airborne America AX9-140
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor, 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation - Sightseeing 

On January 19, 2020, about 0745 eastern standard time, an Airborne America AX9-140 (S.2) balloon, N970TC, sustained minor damage when it contacted power lines in Homestead, Florida. The pilot and four passengers were not injured, two passengers received minor injuries, and two passengers were seriously injured. The local sightseeing flight was operated by Sunrise Balloons Miami LLC. under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed about 0700.

According to the pilot, prior to the flight he checked several sites at least five times and called flight service to check the weather. He reported that the weather was clear and cool that morning, the surface winds were 100° at 3 knots, and the winds aloft were in the single digits (6 knots). The pilot and ground crew picked up the passengers and then proceeded to the launch site where they released a Chinese wish lantern to determine the wind direction.

According to the passengers, after the balloon was inflated, they were given a quick safety briefing by a ground crew member which did not contain many details or instructions.

There were two chase vehicles, a truck for the equipment and a passenger van. The pilot communicated with the truck with a handheld radio, though sometimes he had to call several times to get a response. They flew very low almost the entire flight and were so low that they were able to communicate easily with people on the ground who came out of their homes to see the balloon go by.

According to the pilot, after flying for about 50 minutes, he began looking for an appropriate field to land. While passing over an intersection, he noticed power lines ahead. He believed that he had more than adequate altitude for clearance and continued his level flight. As he was about to cross overhead the power lines, he felt a strong down draft, which began to push the balloon into a rapid descent. He then applied maximum continuous burner heat, to stop the abrupt descent; however, the balloon then contacted the power lines. The pilot initiated the emergency procedures of deflating the envelope, while simultaneously shutting off the propane tank.

Accordingly to the passengers, the balloon was approaching a field low and fast when it struck power lines with the lower part of the envelope and the flying wires that hold the basket to the canopy. The balloon came to rest with the envelope draped over the power lines with the basket in a small group of trees directly below the lines, 10 to 12 ft above the ground. Electrical arcing occurred and several passengers sustained burns.

The balloon envelope and basket were manufactured in 1989. The balloon was powered by two propane burners and the partitioned basket had a capacity of 9 occupants.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for lighter-than-air balloon. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on June 1, 2017. He reported 881 total hours of flight experience.

The 0756 recorded weather at Homestead Air Reserve Base (HST), Homestead, Florida, located about 8 nautical miles southeast of the accident site, included wind from 110° at 3 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 19°C, dew point 16°C, and altimeter setting of 30.12 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Airborne America
Registration: N970TC
Model/Series: AX9-140 2
Aircraft Category: Balloon
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HST, 6 ft msl
Observation Time: 0756 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Homestead, FL (None)
Destination: Homestead, FL (None)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor, 4 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor, 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 25.541667, -80.535833 (est)


SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Florida (WSVN) - Rescue crews took one person to the hospital following a hot air balloon crash in Southwest Miami-Dade.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a hot air balloon got tangled in power lines near Southwest 240th Street and Southwest 212th Avenue, just before 7:45 a.m., Sunday.

Power went out for homes in the area temporarily as a result, officials said, but it has since been restored.

Paramedics transported the victim to an area hospital in unknown condition.

Story and video ➤ https://wsvn.com

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 185D, N1557F; accident occurred January 17, 2020 at Davis Airport (W50), Laytonsville, Montgomery County, Maryland

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N1557F

Location: Laytonsville, MD
Accident Number: ERA20CA091
Date & Time: 01/17/2020, 1705 EST
Registration: N1557F
Aircraft: Cessna 185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to practice takeoffs and landings. After two uneventful circuits in the traffic pattern, he aligned the airplane up on runway 8 for another takeoff. As he applied engine power, he used the right rudder to center the airplane on the runway. About 50 ft into the takeoff roll, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot applied right brake and right rudder, however the airplane became "momentarily airborne." He reduced engine power and as the airplane settled back onto the runway, it veered to the right. The pilot attempted to stop the airplane by applying the brakes, however, it continued off the right side of the runway, traveled through mud, and subsequently the left main landing gear collapsed. The left wing, left elevator, and left horizontal stabilizer were substantially damaged in the accident sequence.

An examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest on the left side of the fuselage. The tailwheel attachment tube was separated from the empennage, but the tailwheel control cables remained attached.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/04/2019
Flight Time: 1800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 900 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1557F
Model/Series: 185 D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 185-0928
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/19/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3197 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 14 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3697.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-470 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 265 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: GAI, 539 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1656 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 190°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.69 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Laytonsville, MD (W50)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Laytonsville, MD (W50)
Type of Clearance: Special VFR
Departure Time: 1705 EST
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Airport: Davis (W50)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 609 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 08
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2000 ft / 50 ft
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: 39.243333, -77.150000 (est)

Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N35731: Incident occurred January 19, 2020 near Meridian Regional Airport (KMEI), Lauderdale County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aircraft experienced engine problems and landed in a field.


Gibson Aviation LLC


https://registry.faa.gov/N35731


Date: 19-JAN-20

Time: 21:21:00Z
Regis#: N35731
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: 91
City: MERIDIAN
State: MISSISSIPPI






MERIDIAN, Mississippi (WTOK)- A small plane made a miracle landing after the engine shut down.

A pilot and passenger who ran out of fuel made an emergency landing one mile southeast of Meridian Regional Airport Sunday evening. The passenger said they were heading from Atlanta to Meridian.

The passenger said when it looked like they weren’t going to make it to runway they quickly made a decision to land in a homeowner's field.

“After talking to the pilot it looked like he had lost fuel and the engine had shut down. Fortunately, he was over this open field and was able to safely land. Both pilot and passenger are okay,” said LEMA director Odie Barrett.

The plane was refueled and will be back in the air Monday.

Story and video ➤ https://www.wlox.com

Embraer Phenom 300, N424QS: Incident occurred January 18, 2020 at Lincoln Airport (KLNK), Lancaster County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aircraft slid off taxiway, left gear collapsed and wingtip struck the ground.

NetJets Sales Inc
Berry Petroleum Company LLC
VFTCR Corp
Mansfield Aviation LLC
Lexicon Management Group Inc
BL Air LLC
Henning Management LLC
Hamilton Point Investments LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N424QS

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 15:29:00Z
Regis#: N424QS
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: EMB505
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 135
Flight Number: EJA424
City: LINCOLN
State: NEBRASKA

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N73707; accident occurred January 20, 2020 at Sunriver Airport (S21), Deschutes County, Oregon


















Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

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/N73707

Location: Sun River, OR
Accident Number: WPR20CA071
Date & Time: 01/20/2020, 1225 PDT
Registration: N73707
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that after an uneventful cross-country flight, the airplane landed smoothly onto the runway and started to veer left. The pilot added right rudder and despite his actions the airplane continued to veer left. He aborted the landing by applying full engine power, continued to apply the right rudder, but the airplane collided with a snowbank on the left side of the runway and nosed over. The pilot reported that the runway was coated in icy patches.

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

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: 28, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/26/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/18/2019
Flight Time:  152 hours (Total, all aircraft), 151 hours (Total, this make and model), 108 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N73707
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17267620
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/11/2020, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 12 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9712 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: Leading Edge Aviation, Inc.
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Leading Edge Aviation, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KS21, 4164 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1930 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 28°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 8000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bend, OR (BDN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Sun River, OR (S21)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 2005 UTC
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Sunriver (S21)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4163 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Ice; Wet
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5461 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in 

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: 43.875556, -121.453333 (est)


SUNRIVER — A small airplane crashed Monday at the Sunriver Airport, but the pilot and passenger, both from Bend, were uninjured and walked away from the crash.

The pilot was a student with Leading Edge Flight Academy, said Brandon Wright, the Sunriver Airport manager. He said he did not know whether the passenger was also a student.

“He tried to land here and had some issues,” Wright said.

Wright said he did not know the name of the pilot.

A report of the crash came in at about 12:40 p.m. The plane, a Cessna 172, could be seen upside-down next to the icy runway at the airport. Sunriver Police Department said the crash occurred as the plane was landing.

The airport closed shortly after the incident, but reopened around 3 p.m.

Only a small fuel leak was reported, but was contained shortly after the crash, Wright said.

Story and video ➤ https://www.bendbulletin.com



SUNRIVER, Oregon (KTVZ) — Two licensed pilots on a training flight escaped injury Monday afternoon in the crash of a small plane that was landing at Sunriver Airport, officials said.

The crash, reported around 12:40 p.m., left the single-engine plane on its top in the snow beside the runway at the resort’s airport, Sunriver Fire Department officials said.

The crash led to a small fuel leak that was contained.

The Cessna 172, which received its airworthiness certificate in 1976, is registered to Leading Edge Aviation, a pilot training facility located at Bend Airport, according to FAA records.

Officials told NewsChannel 21 on scene that the pilot apparently was attempting a left-turn maneuver shortly before landing, was unable to re-correct and landed in the snow bank beside the runway, where the plane flipped over, sustaining considerable damage to its wings.

The airport was closed after the crash, while crews worked to remove the plane from the snow bank. It reopened around 3 p.m.

Jack Walker, executive vice president of Leading Edge, said their investigation is just starting but that “our main concern is, he’s safe, the passenger is safe.” 

Walker said both are Bend residents and licensed pilots who were on a training flight. “The plane is in Sunriver until further notice, he added.

Story and video ➤ https://ktvz.com