Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Aerodynamic Stall/Spin: Commander 114B, N374JW; accident occurred February 22, 2020 at Branch County Memorial Airport (KOEB), Coldwater, Michigan

Airplane in the grass near the runway.

Damaged and wrinkled left wing. 

Damaged and curled propeller blades. 


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

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/N374JW

Location: Coldwater, MI
Accident Number: CEN20CA100
Date & Time: 02/22/2020, 1430 EST
Registration: N374JW
Aircraft: Commander 114
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The purpose of the flight was to complete a flight review for the commercial rated pilot in the left seat with the flight instructor in the right seat. After takeoff and about 300 ft agl, the flight instructor reduced the throttle to idle to simulate an engine failure. The flight instructor expected the pilot to make a gradual right turn to land mid-field on the intersecting runway. The pilot did not respond as expected so the flight instructor assumed control, made a right turn, and lowered the airplane's nose. About the same time the pilot thought they were too low and advanced the throttle full forward. They felt the airplane shudder and experienced an aerodynamic stall before it impacted the ground. A postimpact fire ensure under the engine cowling that was extinguished by the passenger using the onboard fire extinguisher. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. Examination of the propeller noted curling and chordwise scratches on the blades. Additionally, the engine monitor indicated the engine was turning at 2,625 rpm at the time of the accident, consistent with the engine producing high power.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/02/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/26/2018
Flight Time:  1783 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1682 hours (Total, this make and model), 1702 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/05/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/19/2020
Flight Time:  3610 hours (Total, all aircraft), 54 hours (Total, this make and model), 3432 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: , Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s):
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification:
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Commander
Registration: N374JW
Model/Series: 114 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1993
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 14595
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1882 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-T4B5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 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: KOEB, 959 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1415 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  14 knots / 20 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Coldwater, MI (OEB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Coldwater, MI (OEB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Branch County Memorial (OEB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 958 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3500 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.936944, -85.046667 (est)


A single-engine plane made a crash landing off the runway at the Branch County Memorial Airport Saturday afternoon while the pilot was undergoing recertification.

Patrick Murphy, 70, of White Pigeon, had flown his Commander 114B from its base at Kirsch Municipal Airport in Sturgis. He was conducting “touch and go” take offs and landings under the direction of certified instructor Ed Shumway, 72, of Tekonsha.

Around 1:40 p.m., witnesses said the aircraft experienced a stall and subsequent off-runway ground impact during a simulated “engine-out” during takeoff.

The plane came in hard and tore off the wheels, as well as bent the propeller. The fuselage suffered some bottom damage.

Less than 50 gallons of fuel was spilled in the rocky grassy area near the middle of the airport. A Department of Natural Resources officer responded. Airport Manager Joe Best said the spill did not present any danger to wetlands or water where it was spilled.

Coldwater Fire and LifeCare responded. Passenger, Rick Crepas, 60, of Kalamazoo, reported a sore neck. That was the only injury.

Branch County Sheriff deputies conducted the investigation. Michigan State Police also responded.

The insured plane was left in the middle of the airport field pending arrival of Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety board staff during the week.

The airport was not closed and planes continued to use the runways while the investigation was underway.

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


COLDWATER, Michigan — There were no injuries in a single-engine plane crash reported in Branch County Saturday, officials said. 

Around 1:42 p.m. deputies responded to the  Branch County Memorial Airport on a report of a plane crash and fire. When they arrived, they found the Commander 114B had "belly crashed" in a field. 

There were three people in the plane, one of them being Edwin Shumway, a flight instructor from Tekonsha. 

The three people told police they took off on a short runway, climbed to 300 feet and simulated a "power failure." The pilot, Patrick Murphy of White Pigeon, made a slight right turn but the plane started to shake badly. Murphy lost control and the plane dropped immediately, police said. 

Shumway said he and Murphy "pulled up as hard as we could," but the plane slammed into the ground and slid about 250 yards before coming to a stop. 

One of the tanks in the wing ruptured and all the fuel spilled out.  

The back passenger Richard Crepas of Kalamazoo was not injured. 

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to investigate the crash, which is standard protocol for a plane crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wzzm13.com

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N3266Q: Fatal accident occurred February 22, 2020 in Rogers, Hennepin County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, Alabama
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3266Q

Location: Rogers, MN
Accident Number: CEN20FA096
Date & Time: 02/22/2020, 1111 CST
Registration: N3266Q
Aircraft: Beech A36
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On February 22, 2020, about 1111 central standard time, a Beech A36 airplane, N3266Q, was destroyed after impacting terrain near Rogers, Minnesota. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Flying Cloud Airport (FCM), Eden Prairie, Minnesota, about 1100 and was destined for Breezy Point Airport (8MN3), Breezy Point, Minnesota.

According to air traffic control (ATC) data, after departure the airplane turned north and climbed to 2,000 ft mean sea level (msl). While cruising at 170 knots groundspeed, the airplane climbed to 2,300 ft msl and decelerated to 100 knots groundspeed, then began a descending left turn to 190°. The airplane descended on this heading for 30 seconds at 70 to 75 knots groundspeed. At 1,100 ft msl, which was about 200 ft agl, the airplane turned right, and the last ATC data recorded at 1110:43 was 1,000 ft msl, 72 knots groundspeed and 243°.

A witness observed the airplane turning at low altitude. He subsequently noticed the airplane's bank angle increase and a rapid descent. The airplane impacted into a forested area and a postcrash fire ensued. Flight control continuity was established for the ailerons, rudder, and elevators. The engine was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N3266Q
Model/Series: A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMIC, 861 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Minneapolis, MN (FCM)
Destination: Breezy Point, MN (8MN3) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 45.198056, -93.652778

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.


Scott Wagner

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man killed in a plane crash near Rogers on Saturday is being identified as Scott Wagner.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza crashed around 11 a.m., inside the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve in Rogers.

Wagner Garden Centers now writes on social media that Scott Wagner — the man who the plane was registered to — has died. Wagner was a co-owner and operator for Wagner’s Greenhouses. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

An investigation into the crash has been handed off to the National Transportation Safety Board. Wagner Garden Centers says it will share additional information about the incident when it becomes available.

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





ST MICHAEL, Minnesota — A spokesperson for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office tells KARE 11 that one person has died in a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza crash near the border of Hennepin County and Wright County. 

The Beechcraft A36 Bonanza went down around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The crash site is on the west side of the Crow-Hassan park reserve, not far from the Crow River.

Three Rivers Park District says Crow Hassan is a "very remote" park and that it is highly unlikely any bystanders would have been near the scene of the crash.

On Sunday, crews cleaned up the crash site. SKY 11 shot aerial video of their work.

When first responders arrived, they located a deceased individual inside of a single-engine aircraft, according to Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson.

“Our deepest sympathy goes to the friends and family of the deceased,” Hutchinson said. “we will continue to work with federal and local investigators to gather additional information.”

Three Rivers spokespeople are urging the public to stay away from the scene of the crash until it clears. 

The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted it was investigating the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kare11.com





MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One person is dead after a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza crashed inside a natural reserve near Rogers Saturday.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says it happened just after 11 a.m. inside the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, located south of the Crow River.

Several nearby residents that WCCO spoke to say Crow-Hassan is a popular park year-round for outdoor activities, including horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking and walking. There are many trails, and on a such a nice weekend day it was very busy there — which makes it amazing that no one else was hurt.

“There should be a lot of dog walkers out, snowmobilers everywhere, people out just enjoying the nice weather, kinda waiting to get outside all winter, so yeah, there should’ve been a lot of people out walking, so no shocker that a couple people uptown said they saw what happened,” St. Michael resident Carter Reese.

The crash happened in a remote part of the park. None of the activity trails were impacted by the crash.

The investigation has been handed off to the National Transportation Safety Board. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office will release the victim’s identify and cause of death at a later date.

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

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, N550FK; accident occurred February 22, 2020 at Hawley Municipal Airport (04Y), Clay County, Minnesota

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N550FK


Location: Hawley, MN
Accident Number: CEN20CA101
Date & Time: 02/22/2020, 1550 CST
Registration: N550FK
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that while on the base leg, he decided to perform a three-point landing and applied "2 notches of flaps." During the landing flare, the pilot moved the flaps to the 4th notch to avoid bouncing during the landing. Upon touchdown, the airplane's tailwheel landed first; the airplane bounced on its main landing gear and drifted to the right. The pilot attempted to correct by adding power and initiating a go-around. Subsequently, the right main landing gear contacted a snow bank on the edge of the runway, the airplane ground looped and came to rest on its nose.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; 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: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/25/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/20/2018
Flight Time:  1738 hours (Total, all aircraft), 516 hours (Total, this make and model), 1563 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N550FK
Model/Series: A185 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number:18503229
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/02/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3525 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5078 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-D15B
Registered Owner: 38884 LLC
Rated Power: 300 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:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Detroit Lakes, MN (DTL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hawley, MN (04Y)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Airport Information

Airport: Hawley Municipal Airport (04Y)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1210 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3398 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go; 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: 46.884167, -96.350556 (est)

Beechcraft B23 Musketeer Custom, N4007T: Incident occurred February 21, 2020 at Red Lodge Airport (KRED), Carbon County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aircraft landed short of runway.


https://registry.faa.gov/N4007T


Date: 21-FEB-20

Time: 21:10:00Z
Regis#: N4007T
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: RED LODGE
State: MONTANA

Carbon County Sheriff's Office 

Red Lodge Police, Red Lodge Fire-Rescue and Carbon County Sheriff's Office all responded to a single-engine plane crash at the Red Lodge Airport shortly after 1400 hours. Minor injuries were reported, and two (2) souls were transported by RLFR to a local hospital for medical attention. RLPD and airport officials will will be investigating. 



BILLINGS — The crash of a small plane on the landing strip temporarily closed the Red Lodge Airport on February 21st, according to Red Lodge Fire Rescue.

Two people in the plane were taken to Beartooth Billings Clinic with minor injuries, according to the Carbon County Sheriff's Office.

The airport was closed at around 2:10 p.m. when the crash was reported so the landing strip could be cleared.

There is no word yet on what may have caused the "hard landing."

The Sheriff's office, Red Lodge Police Department, and Red Lodge Fire are investigating.

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

Piper PA-22-108 Colt, N4588Z: Incident occurred February 22, 2020 at Four Corners Regional Airport (KFMN), Farmington, San Juan County, New Mexico

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway striking a runway light and the gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N4588Z

Date: 22-FEB-20
Time: 01:16:00Z
Regis#: N4588Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FARMINGTON
State: NEW MEXICO

Cessna 140A, N1161D: Incident occurred February 23, 2020 in North Bend, Coos County, Oregon

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

Aircraft experienced engine problems, landed on a beach and flipped over.

https://registry.faa.gov/N1161D

Date: 23-FEB-20
Time: 02:00:00Z
Regis#: N1161D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 140
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: NORTH BEND
State: OREGON

Mooney M20J, N205TG: Incident occurred February 21, 2020 at Allegheny County Airport (KAGC), Pittsburgh -and- Incident occurred July 22, 2017 at Washington County Airport (KAFJ), Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania

February 21, 2020:  Aircraft aborted takeoff due to tow bar still being attached to nose gear and propeller was damaged. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N205TG

Date: 21-FEB-20
Time: 14:20:00Z
Regis#: N205TG
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: PITTSBURGH
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania

July 22, 2017:  Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 22-JUL-17
Time: 18:51:00Z
Regis#: N205TG
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: WASHINGTON
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Beech A36 Bonanza, N1561L: Incident occurred February 20, 2020 at Big Bear City Airport (L35), San Bernardino County, California

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

Aircraft after landing swerved to avoid N177BG and hit a sign.

Otanav Express LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N1561L

Date: 20-FEB-20
Time: 20:55:00Z
Regis#: N1561L
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BIG BEAR
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N370SP: Accident occurred February 20, 2020 at Boulder Municipal Airport (KBDU), Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado 

Rocky Mountain Flight Consultants LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N370SP



NTSB Identification: CEN20CA094
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Boulder, CO
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N370SP

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


Aircraft on landing lost control and slid into a snowbank.

Date: 20-FEB-20

Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N370SP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BOULDER
State: COLORADO

Cessna 510 Citation Mustang, N163TC: Accident occurred February 20, 2020 at Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB), Volusia County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed gear up and caught fire.

Ejets LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N163TC

Date: 20-FEB-20
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N163TC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 510
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DAYTONA BEACH
State: FLORIDA







DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (WESH) – Two people are safe after the plane they were traveling in Thursday, February 20th, landed without landing gear at Daytona Beach International Airport.

The Cessna 510 Citation Mustang landed at the airport around 12:45 p.m.

Crews are working to remove the plane and inspect runways before it reopens.

It’s unclear when the runway will be able to be reopened and some flights had to be re-routed to other airports after the incident.

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

Piper PA-22-160 Tri Pacer, N9410D: Incident occurred February 20, 2020 in Indiantown, Martin County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft experienced fuel exhaustion and landed in a water canal. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N9410D

Date: 20-FEB-20
Time: 17:04:00Z
Regis#: N9410D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: INDIANTOWN
State: FLORIDA

Beechcraft B200 King Air, N860J: Fatal accident occurred February 20, 2020 in Coleman County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Pratt & Whitney Canada

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N860J

Location: Coleman, TX
Accident Number: CEN20FA093
Date & Time: 02/20/2020, 0600 CST
Registration: N860J
Aircraft: Beech 200
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On February 20, 2020, about 0600 central standard time, a Beechcraft, B200 airplane, N860J, impacted terrain near Lake Coleman, Texas, in open ranchland. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to TLC Air, LLC and operated by Lauren Engineers & Constructors, Inc. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a cross-country flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated from Abilene Regional Airport, (ABI), Abilene, Texas, and was en route to the Valley International Airport (HRL), Harlingen, Texas.

A preliminary review of air traffic control communications with the pilot revealed the airplane was cleared for takeoff from Runway 35L, shortly afterwards the pilot was instructed to climb to 12,000 ft and was then cleared to climb to FL230.

The pilot reported to the controller that they encountered freezing drizzle and light rime icing on the climb from 6,400 ft to 8,000 ft.

As the airplane climbed through 11,600 ft, the pilot reported that they were having an issue with faulty deicing equipment and needed to return to the airport. The controller instructed the pilot to descend to 11,000 ft and cleared them direct to the ABI. The flight was then instructed to descend to 7,000 ft and asked if there was an emergency. The pilot responded in the negative and stated that they blew a breaker when they encountered icing conditions, and that it was not resetting.

The controller then instructed the pilot to descend to 5,000 ft and to expect the ILS Runway 35R approach. The controller then instructed the pilot to turn to a heading of 310. Shortly afterwards the controller asked the pilot if they were turning to the assigned heading; the pilot responded that they were having issues with faulty instruments. When controller asked the aircraft to report their altitude, the pilot reported that they were at 4,700 ft. The controller then instructed the pilot to maintain 5,000 ft. The pilot responded he was "pulling up". There was no further communication with the pilot.

Preliminary review of the airplane's radar track showed the airplane's departure from ABI and the subsequent turn and southeast track towards its destination. The track appeared as a straight line before a right turn was observed. The turn radius decreased before the flight track disappeared.

The airplane impacted terrain in a right wing low attitude, followed by the right engine, then left engine. The wreckage path was on an initial heading of 320°, and continued for about 570 ft. The wreckage was highly fragmented and spread-out along the wreckage path.

At 0552, the automated weather station located at ABI recorded wind from 040° at 7 knots, 10 miles visibility, broken clouds at 900 ft, broken clouds at 1,400 ft, overcast clouds at 3,100 ft, a temperature of 14°F, dewpoint of 41°F, and an altimeter setting of 30.34 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N860J
Model/Series: 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Ka 200 Holdings Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Not Reported
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Abilene, TX (KABI)
Destination: Harlingen, TX (KHRL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.050833, -99.570000 (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.



COLEMAN COUNTY, Texas (KTAB) – The site of where a Beechcraft B200 King Air crashed near Lake Coleman is set back quite a way from public roads. That means that data, a collection of numbers and arrows pulled from flightaware.com, is the best way to tell what happened.

“It looked to me like he turned around and made more than one 360-degree turn,” said general aviation pilot Dan Kenley,” which would make you think something’s not going right.”

Kenley explains while the human body is capable of recognizing surroundings and position while on the ground, it is truly out of its element while in flight.

As an example, Kenley described two very different actions which result in similar sensations: “In the airplane you can’t tell a pull up — it pushes you down in the seat — from a turn, which pushes you down in the seat.”

“Your kinesthetic senses won’t work in the air. The only thing you can do, you’ve gotta fly the instruments in the airplane,” said Kenley.

If those instruments are lost, which may have been the case in the Coleman County accident, the situation becomes extremely dire, and Kenley says recovery is extremely difficult, if not impossible.

“Somebody’s instruments could go out and if they went out, and they were trying to do something in the airplane, when they went down and moved back up, that would start all these sensations that you get, and that could do you in.”

Once the flight path is put into motion on flightaware.com, you can see the situation play out. The details may never be completely discovered, or made known, but the result is all too clear.

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



MERKEL — From a young age, Chase Hunter Bellah was in love with airplanes.

As an adult, he was licensed to fly commercially. That love came from a trip he took as a 5-year-old.

"For his fifth birthday," Michael Bryan said, "he flew to Dallas. He sat in the pilot's seat and (got to see the plane). He was hooked on airplanes from that day forward."

Bellah was laid to rest after a funeral service Monday at Merkel Church of Christ, with about 200 in attendance. Bellah called Brownwood home but he was a Merkel High School alum.

Bryant was officiant at the service and spoke for the family.

He died in a plane crash Thursday in Coleman County. He was the pilot.

The passengers were Cleveland "Cleve" Whitener III, 70, and Gary Alan Morrison, 65. Their services will follow this week.

Bellah never grew out of his love for airplanes. His family told Bryan that every time they arrived in Lubbock from Merkel, they needed to go by Reese Air Force Base to see the planes take off and land.

And, they said, every time they left Lubbock, they needed to do the same.

With Bellah's love of planes came a love for travel. He was able to visit all 50 states and both Canada and Mexico, Bryan said.

"The United States had Chase written all over it," Bryan said. "He's been everywhere. He's saturated it."

Bellah competed in football and track at McMurry University, graduating with a degree in business administration.

In 2014, he married Kelsy, and the couple in September had a son, Kylan. A video showing images of Bellah holding his young child and spending time with his wife and other family members was shown before and after the service at the church.

"Chase was a family man," Bryan said. "He wasn't a dad for a long time, but I think he would've been a great dad."

Bryan said one trip took Bellah and his wife to Canada, where they traveled more than 7,000 miles in 2½ weeks.

Bellah also was remembered for his extensive shoe collection, Bryan said. That earned laughter from those in attendance.

Bryan said he never saw Bellah wearing the same pair of shoes a second time.

"I don't know what they're going to do with all of those shoes," Bryan said. "I'm sure they'll be finding them all over the place."

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


Chase Hunter Bellah

Chase Hunter Bellah, 31, of Brownwood, Texas, went to be with his Lord on February 20th, 2020, while doing what he loved.

Chase was born in Lubbock, Texas, on May 24th, 1988. He spent the greater part of his life in Merkel, Texas, and graduated from Merkel High School. He then attended McMurry University while playing football and competing in Track and Field. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, he began pursuing his career in aviation as a pilot. He received his ATP License, the highest license a pilot can achieve, and also later earned his real estate license. During this time he met the love of his life, Kelsy, and wed on June 8, 2014. Throughout their marriage adopted a dog, Nala, and they continued to enjoy Chase's favorite things in life: camping, hiking, boating, traveling, flying, and daydreaming. They celebrated the birth of their son Kylan on September 4, 2019.

Chase had the biggest heart and his family was his whole world. He was always striving to learn something new. Chase found joy in many things, but most of all in his son, Kylan. He will be remembered for his love of family and his strong love for his Lord and Savior. Many things led Chase to realize that he was not in control, and often said, "I am God's Co-Pilot."

He is survived by his wife Kelsy Bellah; son Kylan Bellah; parents Jimmy and Ginger Bellah; sister Kami Schuchart and her husband Garret of Temple; grandparents Carroll and Pat Bellah of Athens; mother-in law LeAnn and husband Chris Herd of Anson; and brothers-in-law Chase and Lance Scott of Abilene.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM on February 24th, 2020, at the Merkel Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Starbuck Funeral Home in Merkel.


Charles Cleveland "Cleve" Whitener III

Charles Cleveland "Cleve" Whitener III, chairman and CEO of Lauren Engineers and Constructors, died February 20th, 2020, in a Coleman County plane crash. Cleve, a friend Gary Morrison, and their pilot Chase Bellah were en route to a quail hunt on the family's ranch near Harlingen. He was 70.

A memorial service honoring Cleve's life is planned for 2:00 p.m. February 25th at First Baptist Church of Abilene, 1333 North 3rd. A private graveside service will be held on February 24th. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene.

Born September 22nd, 1949, in Waco, Texas, Cleve was the second of five children born to Mary Pearl (Miller) and Charles Cleveland Whitener Jr. He grew up in the Dallas area with two brothers and two sisters, graduating from Lake Highlands High School in 1968. As a multi-sport athlete, Cleve played on multiple LHS football, baseball, and basketball playoff teams, including the Lake Highlands '68 State Basketball Championship team. He scored his first construction job in the building of the then new Lake Highlands high school.

Cleve played football for Southern Methodist University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a SMU senior and First Team Academic All-American, Cleve was one of two National Scholar-Athletes honored in New York with the 1972 "Red" Blaik Award (a precursor of today's Campbell Trophy) for the nation's best collegiate scholar athlete by the National Football Foundation. Subsequently, he attended the University of Texas at Arlington and Dallas Theological Seminary, completing graduate courses in business and religion. These three fields of study coalesced into the passion of his life, centered on his Lord Jesus Christ.

Cleve met Becky Trickey while they were serving as leaders on a Young Life retreat in Colorado, and they married July 27, 1974, in Abilene, Texas. Their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, was born while the couple lived in Atlanta, Georgia. Later, using his daughter's name, Cleve created the mechanical engineering division, Lauren Constructors, Inc. as a subsidiary of the Comstock Group, to pursue industrial projects on an open shop basis. In 1988, he created Lauren Engineers & Constructors, Inc. as a holding company for three of the Comstock Companies and began doing design and build projects throughout the Southeast and Southwest. He relocated the company to Abilene in 1994. Under Cleve's guidance, Lauren Engineering has achieved multiple state, national and international awards in innovation, safety, and project execution. Lauren engineering has created a worldwide footprint in engineering, procurement, and construction with projects in electrical power generation, chemical/polymers, refining and industrial manufacturing beyond the US from the west and east coasts of Canada, as well as in India and a number of other worldwide locations.

Caring for the Lauren family, his own family and contributing to his community were central to his character. Competitive by nature in business and in life, Cleve was an avid sportsman who enjoyed time with friends and family on regular trips to hunt, camp, fly fish and snow ski. He was an active member of First Baptist Church and its Top of the Mesa Sunday School class.

In Abilene, Cleve served as chairman of the West Central Texas Workforce Development Board and Harmony Family Services. He was a founding member of the board of directors for Bible Training Center for Pastors in Tucker, Georgia. He also served on the board of Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, FCCI. Through the Whitener Family Foundation he and Becky quietly support many local and international Christian organizations. For more than 20 years, Whitener provided scholarships to young people seeking careers in engineering, business and construction fields. He supported the Lantern Project, which provided construction skills training and disaster relief, and sent Lauren employees and their families on mission trips.

Cleve was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Nathan.

He is survived by his wife, Becky, and daughter Lauren, of Abilene; his mother, Mary of Southlake; brother, Sid and wife Sherri of Aledo; and two sisters, Cherry Rohe and husband Jamie of Denver, Colorado, and Nancy DePue and husband Jim of Colleyville, nephews Ethan and Austin DePue, nieces Courtney Whitener, Meagan Lewis, and Kristin Gustafson. He is also survived by Becky's mother, Mary and husband Allen Wright of Abilene, Allen's children, Erin and Yanni Tassoulas, Kelly and Cindy Wright, John Wright and their families; in-laws Cindy Corpening of Fort Worth, Charles Trickey, Larissa Trickey and their children Alyssa and Braden, nieces and nephews Brittany Miller, Brandy Barbee, Thomas and Matthew Sleutz.

Those wishing to honor Cleve's life may do so with memorial gifts to any organization, church or charity that strives to bring the work and gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and the world, or to any charity of your choice. Memories may be shared and condolences submitted online at: www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com


Gary Morrison

Gary Morrison, Abilene CPA, died February 20th, 2020, in a Coleman County plane crash at age 65. He was headed to Harlingen to go hunting with his good friend Cleve Whitener.

A funeral is planned for 1 p.m. February 26th, at Beltway Park Church/South Campus in Abilene, Texas with burial to follow. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene.

Morrison was born in Abilene, December 28th, 1954, the oldest son of the late Bill and Jane Morrison. He graduated from Cooper High School and only left town for Austin when he became a University of Texas diehard Longhorn. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, he returned to Abilene. He received a Master of Accountancy from Abilene Christian University and for more than 30 years was a partner and owner of Burchell, Denson & Morrison, P.C.

Gary met the love of his life, Mari Kay Young, on a blind date arranged by his mother, a local Abilene realtor, who had met Mari Kay at an open house. The couple married in Bangs, Texas on May 21, 1988, and had two children, Anna Katherine who now lives in Houston, and William McKendrie who is a graduate student in Accounting at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Above all else, Gary loved his family. He could not wait to become a father, and with the birth of his daughter Anna, his eyes were opened to a new world of beauty that only a daughter can teach. In the years that followed, he helped her navigate the business world not only as a father but also as a mentor in her professional career. Gary's devotion to his family and love of sports played out in his involvement in the community. His own family swore he was born with a ball in his hand, so when his son McKendrie was born, Gary returned to his childhood love of sports. There is no other relationship like that between a coach and a player, but even more special when that bond is between father and son.

Gary lived by the pursuit of Jesus first, family second and work third. Integrity permeated his business and his faith. He was an active member of Beltway Park Church for over 25 years. His deep and abiding love for the nation of Israel was reflected in his service on the Fields of Wheat Board of Directors and his frequent travel to Israel in support of that ministry. Gary had a servant's heart. He loved the West Texas Rehabilitation Center and served as Chairman of Finance for many years of both the Center and the Foundation. He was one of the five founders of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Classic. Since its inception in year 2000, Gary only missed one game.

Both Gary and Mari Kay were blessed to have families that love deeply with arms wide open. It is their big hearts for each other and the next generation that bind their family together. Gary's heritage will be known through the lives of his beloved children.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife and children and by his only brother, Paul, and his wife, Becky, of Midland and their daughter, Rachel Morrison of Fort Worth. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Sharon Rambo, and Margaret Blackburn (husband, Royce), brothers-in-law David Young (wife, Elizabeth), and Stephen Young (wife, Veta) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Those wishing to honor Gary's life may do so through memorial gifts to local organizations he loved: West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605; Big Country FCA, PO Box 6605, Abilene, TX 79608; Dixie Little League, PO Box 7603, Abilene, TX 79608, or the Abilene High School football program, attn: Coach Mike Fullen, 2800 N. 6th St., Abilene, TX 79603, or a charity of your choice. Memories may be shared and condolences submitted online at  www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com