Friday, March 06, 2020

Hard Landing: Cessna 152, N6450B; accident occurred September 25, 2019 at Purdue University Airport (KLAF), Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana

View of damaged engine mount and truss.
Federal Aviation Administration


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

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/N6450B

Location: Lafayette, IN
Accident Number: GAA19CA571
Date & Time: 09/25/2019, 1710 EDT
Registration: N6450B
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The student solo pilot reported that, shortly after touchdown, the airplane landed ballooned and bounced twice. Subsequently, the airplane pitched down, the nose landing gear struck the runway and collapsed on the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine frame.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 20 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 230° at 8 knots and about 40 minutes after the accident the wind was from 210° at 8 knots. The pilot reported that during landing, the winds were 230° at 9 knots, gusting 16 knots. The student pilot was landing the airplane on runway 23.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 20, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/25/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 33 hours (Total, all aircraft), 33 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6450B
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 15283935
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1669 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235
Registered Owner: Purdue Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 108 hp
Operator: Purdue Aviation Llc
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: KLAF, 637 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2054 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 191°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.78 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lafayette, IN (LAF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Lafayette, IN (LAF)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1600 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Purdue University (LAF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 605 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6600 ft / 150 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: 40.412222, -86.936944 (est)

Loss of Control in Flight: Beech B36TC Bonanza, N5836B; accident occurred September 25, 2019 at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (KLBB), Texas

View of damaged left wing.


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

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/N5836B

Location: Lubbock, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA587
Date & Time: 09/25/2019, 0715 CDT
Registration: N5836B
Aircraft: Beech 36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll, about 60 knots, the airplane lifted off in nose high attitude and the stall warning horn actuated. About 20 feet above the ground, the airplane rotated to the right, but he overcorrected, and the left-wing tip struck the runway. Shortly after, he landed the airplane without further incident.

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.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 15 minutes before the accident, the wind was 230° at 9 knots. The pilot reported the wind was calm. The airplane departed from runway 35L.

The pilot added that post-accident the elevator trim was found set to nose high, and that he should have used a pre-takeoff checklist to verify the elevator trim was set to the takeoff position. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/25/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/25/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 178 hours (Total, all aircraft), 178 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 33 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Check Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Private
Age: 21, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/20/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/20/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 340 hours (Total, all aircraft), 340 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 85 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 43 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N5836B
Model/Series: 36 B36TC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: EA558
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/11/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3850 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2083 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520
Registered Owner: We Gone Llc
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: We Gone Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Unknown
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLBB, 3241 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 320°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lubbock, TX (LBB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lubbock, TX (LBB)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0715 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Lubbock Preston Smith Intl (LBB)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 3282 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Dry 
Runway Used: 35L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 11500 ft / 150 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: 33.663611, -101.820556 (est)

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 152, N472TC; accident occurred September 17, 2019 at Naples Municipal Airport (KAPF), Collier County, Florida

View of damaged engine mount.



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

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/N472TC


Location: Naples, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA556
Date & Time: 09/17/2019, 1030 EDT
Registration: N472TC
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, during approach to land, the airplane suddenly sank. She added power, but the airplane bounced. She added more power, but the airplane bounced again and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The chief executive officer for the flight school reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about 37 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 030° at 4 knots. The same automated station reported that, about 23 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 020° at 6 knots. The student pilot landed the airplane on runway 05.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 22, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/15/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 49.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 49.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 49.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N472TC
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15279792
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/08/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5437.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Registered Owner: Florida Flight Training Center
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator: Florida Flight Training Center
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: KAPF, 9 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 33°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Venice, FL (VNC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Naples, FL (APF)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0930 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: NAPLES MUNI (APF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 8 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6600 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 26.150000, -81.778611 (est)













Loss of Control in Flight: Piper J3C-65, N33463; accident occurred September 26, 2019 at Hunt Field Airport (KLND), Lander, Fremont County, Wyoming

View of right wing damage.
Federal Aviation Administration

View of fuselage damage.
Federal Aviation Administration


Additional Participating Entity:

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

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/N33463

Location: Lander, WY
Accident Number: GAA19CA575
Date & Time: 09/26/2019, 1450 MDT
Registration: N33463
Aircraft: Piper J3C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during takeoff in ground effect, the airplane encountered a gust of wind from the left and the right wing struck the ground. The airplane drifted right, the main landing gear impacted a fence parallel to the runway, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage and both wings.

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

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 280° at 18 knots, gusting to 28 knots. The airplane was departing from runway 04.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
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: 02/20/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/23/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3475 hours (Total, all aircraft), 60 hours (Total, this make and model), 3406 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N33463
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 5973
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/19/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4640.26 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: C-85-8FJ
Registered Owner: Lander Skymaster Llc
Rated Power: 85 hp
Operator: Lander Skymaster Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLND, 5558 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 98°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 18 knots / 28 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lander, WY (LND)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lander, WY (LND)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1448 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Hunt Field (LND)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5588 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

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: 42.815278, -108.728611 (est)

Abnormal Runway Contact: Piper PA-22, N3365B; accident occurred September 27, 2019 at Pollock Municipal Airport (L66), Grant Parish, Louisiana

View of damaged right wing from behind.
Federal Aviation Administration


Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; 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/N3365B


Location: Pollock, LA
Accident Number: GAA19CA576
Date & Time: 09/27/2019, 0930 CDT
Registration: N3365B
Aircraft: Piper PA 22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that the airplane bounced during landing. He added that, during the second touchdown, the airplane was not aligned with the runway and the airplane ground looped. The airplane exited the runway to the left and impacted a drainage ditch.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right 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: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Remote
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Airship; Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Helicopter; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/29/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/22/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 8492 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6 hours (Total, this make and model), 4902 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Remote
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/10/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/18/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1454 hours (Total, all aircraft), 270 hours (Total, this make and model), 29 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3365B
Model/Series: PA 22 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-2170
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/20/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2567.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A1A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: KESF, 118 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 121°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pollock, LA (L66)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pollock, LA (L66)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0640 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: POLLOCK MUNI (L66)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 203 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4499 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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:  31.479444, -92.461111 (est)

Nose Down: Aerotek Pitts S-2B, N5310S; accident occurred September 28, 2019 at Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (KMVL), Lamoille County, Vermont

View of nosed down Aerotek Pitts S-2B, N5310S


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

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/N5310S 


Location: Morrisville, VT
Accident Number: GAA19CA577
Date & Time: 09/28/2019, 1130 EDT
Registration: N5310S
Aircraft: Pitts S2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The biplane pilot reported that, during the landing roll, the biplane veered right. He applied left rudder and brakes, the left-wing tip scrapped the runway and the biplane exited the runway to the left. He then applied more brakes to avoid a drainage ditch and the biplane nosed down.

The pilot reported that the biplane sustained substantial damage to the lower, left-wing spar.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial; Private
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/02/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/17/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 11000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2500 hours (Total, this make and model), 11000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pitts
Registration: N5310S
Model/Series: S2 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1984
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic
Serial Number: 5004
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:2 
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/22/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1696 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2305 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: AEIO 540 D4A5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMVL, 732 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1454 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 190°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Morrisville, VT (MVL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Morrisville, VT (MVL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Morrisville-Stowe State (MVL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 732 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 01
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3700 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.534444, -72.613889 (est)

Eurocopter EC 130B4, N11QK: Accident occurred March 05, 2020 in Kalapana, Hawaii

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; Hilo, Hawaii

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N11QK

Location: Kalapana, HI
Accident Number: ANC20LA028
Date & Time: 03/05/2020, 1130 HST
Registration: N11QK
Aircraft: Eurocopter EC130
Injuries: 2 Minor, 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Sightseeing 

On March 5, 2020, about 1130 Hawaii standard time, a Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter, N11QK, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident, about 6 miles north of Kalapana, Hawaii. Of the six occupants on board, the commercial pilot and three passengers were uninjured, and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 flight.

According to the pilot, the accident helicopter was the second of two commercial air tour helicopters departing Hilo International Airport (PHTO). After departure, they flew in a southerly direction and remained slightly offshore for a short time before turning west along the shoreline. The two helicopters proceeded to a geographic area known as the "Old Ocean Entry." As the helicopter passed over the shoreline, the pilot noticed a significant, high frequency airframe vibration. He said that as soon as the vibration started, the tail rotor chip annunciator light briefly illuminated, and as the vibration continued, the tail rotor chip light "flickered." The vibration and noise stopped after a few seconds and the chip light extinguished. He selected a large open area as a precautionary landing site and slowed the helicopter on the approach. As the helicopter slowed, he raised the collective, and applied right tail rotor pedal, but the nose of the helicopter veered to the left. The pilot noted that he eventually applied full right tail rotor pedal, but the nose of the helicopter continued to the left. At about 200 feet above ground level, with the right tail rotor pedal fully depressed, the helicopter began to spin to the left. In an effort to stop the spin, he attempted to gain forward airspeed, but eventually closed the engine throttle and preformed a hovering autorotation. He said the helicopter descended, touched down hard, and subsequently rolled on its right side, sustaining substantial damage to the fuselage, tail boom, and the main rotor drive system.

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) postaccident examination of the helicopter revealed that one of the ten tail rotor fenestron blades fractured at the blade root, and it subsequently deflected off the fenestron drive shaft, creating an imbalance, which was followed by the failure of the drive shaft. The tail rotor chip detector cannon plug was found to have an intermittent connection, and an inspection of the tail rotor gearbox magnetic drain plug revealed very small metallic particles. All ten tail rotor fenestron blades have been retained and shipped to the NTSB's Materials Laboratory for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Eurocopter
Registration: N11QK
Model/Series: EC130 B4
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Helicopter Consultants of Maui LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Commercial Air Tour (136); Agricultural Aircraft (137); Rotorcraft External Load (133); On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:Day 
Observation Facility, Elevation: PHTO
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Kalapana, HI
Destination: Kalapana, HI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor, 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 19.438611, -155.000000 (est)

A Blue Hawaiian Helicopters tour rotorcraft with six onboard made an emergency landing in a lava field in the Leilani Estates area shortly before noon Thursday.

There were no serious injuries among those onboard the flight, which originated at Hilo International Airport.

Initial reports put the landing site near the Pahoa Transfer Station, but that was later updated to about five miles southwest of Pahoa. A statement from Mayor Harry Kim’s office said the site in a grassy clearing within a forested area near an old geothermal site off Highway 130 and Ala ‘Ili Road.

“A Eurocopter EC130 was conducting an air tour when the rotorcraft experienced engine problems,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email.

The pilot made a precautionary landing, and the rotorcraft rolled over, he said.

A county helicopter was among the eight Hawaii Fire Department Units responding to the 11:35 a.m. call. The county chopper flew the pilot and five passengers to the Pahoa Fire Station where they were examined by medics. Five of the six were transported to Hilo Medical Center as a precautionary measure, the mayor’s office said. All were reported to be ambulatory and in good condition.

“They seemed to be alright,” said Hawaii Fire Department Capt. Chris Mantz.

A fire department statement said 13 personnel were involved in the response.

“All we know is we got a call of a helicopter down — and I use the word ‘down’ because we don’t know if it was a crash or a hard landing,” added Hawaii Police Department Capt. John Briski, the Puna Patrol Division commander. “Everyone is accounted for, and they were all transported back here.”

Briski said it took his officers “a while” to access the crash scene because of the remote nature of the incident’s site.

Quentin Koch, president of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, issued a statement Thursday afternoon.

“On March 5th, a Blue Hawaiian rotorcraft was in flight near the Leilani Estates area when the pilot conducted a precautionary landing,” Koch said. “The helicopter had launched from the Hilo base on the ‘Circle of Fire’ tour. The five passengers onboard and the pilot are safe.

“The safety of our passengers and pilot are our always top priority, and the pilot’s decision to safely land the rotorcraft is always the right decision.”

Koch said local emergency services were called, and the company notified the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

A Blue Hawaiian Helicopters rotorcraft made an unplanned landing on Aug. 19, 2018, at Shipman Beach in Keaau. No injuries were reported.

The most recent fatal tour helicopter crash was that of a Safari Helicopters on Dec. 26 in Kokee State Park on Kauai. The pilot and all six passengers were killed. A preliminary investigation didn’t state a cause but cited a witness reporting “adverse weather conditions” at the time.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and its registrant company, Helicopter Consultants of Maui LLC, have been involved in two fatal crashes — neither of which occurred on the Big Island — since 2000.

On Nov. 10, 2011, a Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Airbus EC130 crashed on Molokai, killing five people. The investigation concluded the crash was due to pilot error while operating in “marginal weather conditions.”

And on July 21, 2000, an Airbus 355 helicopter operated by Helicopter Consultants of Maui crashed near Kahului after striking a mountain at about 2,900 feet. Seven people were killed.

The NTSB cited weather-related factors and a failure by the pilot to maintain adequate ground clearance in low-ceiling conditions.

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