Friday, March 20, 2020

Piper PA-46-500TP, N31LA: Incident occurred March 16, 2020 at Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed and while taxiing gear collapsed.

Northeast Aviation Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N31LA

Date: 16-MAR-20
Time: 13:53:00Z
Regis#: N31LA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA46
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: VERO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28-151, N43080: Incident occurred March 16, 2020 near Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

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

Aircraft on final was struck on the left wing by an unknown object.

Red Baron Rentals LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N43080

Date: 16-MAR-20
Time: 17:19:00Z
Regis#: N43080
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: ST AUGUSTINE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 182P Skylane, N20847: Accident occurred March 14, 2020 in Lumberton, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N20847


Location: Lumberton, MS
Accident Number: CEN20LA123
Date & Time: 03/14/2020, 1300 CDT
Registration: N20847
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 14, 2020, about 1300 central daylight time, a Cessna 182 airplane, N20847, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Lumberton, Mississippi. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The flight originated at Columbia-Marion County Airport (0R0), Columbia, Mississippi, at 1300, with an intended destination of Picayune Municipal Airport, Picayune, Mississippi. No flight plan was filed for this visual flight rules flight.

According to the pilot, about ten minutes after departure and about 1,500 ft mean sea level, the engine experienced a "sudden reduction in power." He reported that all instrument gauges appeared normal and the engine was running smoothly, but it had a "different" sound. The pilot turned on the electric fuel pump and tried both the PRIME and ON position; there was no change in the engine performance. He completed a magneto check with only "a slight drop" per side.

The pilot stated he did not have enough power to maintain altitude; he attempted to divert to IH Bass Jr Memorial Airport (4R1), in Lumberton, Mississippi, but continued to lose altitude. The piloted noted that the terrain in the area was rolling hills and forest land. He selected a clear-cut field that had a small road next to it to complete the forced landing. The airplane touched down on the road which turned to the right. The pilot reported that while trying to make the right turn to follow the road, the airplane ground looped and went backwards into a tree line.

The airplane came to rest in a wooded area. The airplane impacted numerous trees during the accident sequence and sustained substantial damage to the left and right wings, and the tail section (Figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1: Photograph of Main Wreckage. (Courtesy of FAA)


Figure 2: Photograph of Tree Impact Marks. (Courtesy of FAA) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N20847
Model/Series:182 P 
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: KBXA, 120 ft msl
Observation Time: 1255 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1100 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Columbia, MS (0R0)
Destination: Picayune, MS (MJD) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.078333, -89.591111 (est)

Cirrus SR22, N57RZ: Incident occurred March 17, 2020 at Grants Pass Airport (3S8), Josephine County, Oregon

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

Aircraft hit a deer on landing.

Sierra Tango Ventures LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N57RZ

Date: 17-MAR-20
Time: 07:15:00Z
Regis#: N57RZ
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GRANTS PASS
State: OREGON

Piper PA-22-108 Colt, N4837Z: Accident occurred March 16, 2020 near Ralph Wenz Field Airport (KPNA),

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Casper, Wyoming 
Piper Aircraft; Phoenix, Arizona 

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N4837Z

Location: Pinedale, WY
Accident Number: WPR20LA110
Date & Time: 03/16/2020, 1720 MDT
Registration: N4837Z
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On March 16, 2020, about 1720 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-22-108, N4837Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pinedale, Wyoming. The student pilot sustained minor injuries and the flight instructor was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot reported that the flight instructor took control of the airplane on final approach to runway 29, because the airplane was drifting to the right. The flight instructor later reported that after he took control of the airplane, he applied rudder control inputs, however, the airplane would not straighten out. The airplane impacted terrain near the runway.

A post-accident examination of the airplane revealed damage to both wings and fuselage. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Figure 1- Accident Site

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4837Z
Model/Series: PA22 108
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: KPNA, 7086 ft msl
Observation Time: 1015 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pinedale, WY (PNA)
Destination: Pinedale, WY (PNA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.796944, -109.810556 (est)



PINEDALE (WNE) – A young pilot in training and his experienced flight instructor were both injured but survived a single-engine plane crash just south of the Pinedale Airport on Monday evening, March 16th.

Riley Wilson, 18, and his instructor Fred Holden, 79, both from Pinedale, were flying in the vintage 1961 single-engine Piper with Wilson at the controls as they approached the Pinedale Airport runway from the north for a landing, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Klief Guenther.

Something happened with the aircraft while Wilson was flying and Holden took over control but a mechanical failure made it so Holden could not control the plane, he said. At that point the plane was about 150 feet above the ground and going about 85 miles an hour, they told him. The plane’s wheel and right wing landed on the ground, tipping the propeller forward into the ground about 50 feet south of the airport’s boundary.

Guenther said neighbors saw the plane’s crash landing and called 911 and went to the scene.

The two men were taken by ambulance to the Pinedale Medical Clinic, where Wilson was treated for head and facial injuries and released. Holden was transported by medical helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for “substantial injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening,” according to Guenther.

He noted that Holden is an “extremely experienced pilot.”

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

Piper PA-31-350, N885HA: Incident occurred March 17, 2020 in Crooked Creek, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aircraft landed gear up.

Compass Rose LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N885HA

Date: 17-MAR-20
Time: 02:00:00Z
Regis#: N885HA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CROOKED CREEK
State: ALASKA

Hatz Classic, N15FD: Incident occurred March 17, 2020 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed hard and gear collapsed. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N15FD

Date: 17-MAR-20
Time: 16:18:00Z
Regis#: N15FD
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: HATZ CLASSIC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PUNTA GORDA
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N66046: Accident occurred March 17, 2020 at Palm Beach County Park Airport (KLNA), West Palm Beach, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida 

Aircraft departed and crashed at the end of runway and went into a retention pond. 

Palm Beach Flight Training Corp

https://registry.faa.gov/N66046

Date: 17-MAR-20
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N66046
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: WEST PALM BEACH
State: FLORIDA



LANTANA, Fla. — A small plane made a hard landing at Lantana Airport on Tuesday afternoon, authorities say.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, crews responded to the airport, located at 2633 Lantana Road, around 3:45 p.m.

A Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP made a hard landing and was at the end of the runway.

Officials said two people onboard the aircraft were not hurt.

The plane had a small fuel leak as a result of the landing, but that leak was quickly stopped by firefighters.

The cause of the hard landing is under investigation.

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

Cessna 172N Skyhawk II, N738DB: Incident occurred March 17, 2020 at Kahului Airport (PHOG), Hawaii

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

Fly Maui LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N738DB

NTSB Identification: ANC20CA034
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Kahului, HI
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N738DB

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 landed veered off runway and flipped over.

Date: 17-MAR-20
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N738DB
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KAHULUI
State: HAWAII







A Cessna 172N Skyhawk II flipped over Tuesday morning after veering off the runway following its landing on Runway 2 at Kahului Airport, officials said.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, wasn’t seriously injured, said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration Pacific Division.

The state Department of Transportation reported that the pilot, a woman in her late 30s, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after the plane flipped over at about 9:15 a.m. She reportedly suffered a small cut to her head.

The DOT said on its Facebook page at about 11 a.m. that DOT and airport rescue firefighting crews were working to remove the flipped plane.

While the plane was being removed from the runway, a couple of Mainland flights were diverted to Kona International Airport on Hawaii island, said Maui District Airports Manager Marvin Moniz. He said Hawaiian Airlines interisland flights weren’t affected because they could use the smaller Runway 5 at the airport.

By about 11:15, the main runway was reopened. “We’re back to normal operations,” Moniz said.

The DOT said that Kahului passengers should check with their airlines for current flight status updates.

The plane, which was manufactured in 1977, is registered to Fly Maui LLC, which has a Kihei address.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate, Gregor said.

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

Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster, N274PM: Fatal accident occurred March 17, 2020 in La Crosse, Rush County, Kansas

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N274PM


Location: LaCrosse, KS
Accident Number: CEN20LA122
Date & Time: 03/17/2020, 0919 CDT
Registration: N274PM
Aircraft: Cessna 208
Injuries:1 Fatal 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On March 17, 2020, about 0919 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 208B, N274PM, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident about 7 nautical miles northwest of La Crosse, Kansas. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 on-demand cargo flight.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Transportation Safety Board did not respond to the accident site.

The Planemasters Ltd. flight, PMS1670, was being operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan from Wichita Dwight D Eisenhower National Airport (ICT), Wichita, Kansas, to Hays Regional Airport (HYS), Hays, Kansas. A review of Federal Aviation Administration preliminary air traffic control (ATC) communications and commercially available radar and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast data revealed that the flight departed ICT about 0751 CDT. At 0825, the HYS automated weather observation service (AWOS) was reporting, in part, winds from 080° at 11 knots, visibility 1 statute mile, and overcast clouds at 200 ft above ground level. About 0831, the radar and ADS-B data were lost as the airplane descended through 4,000 ft while being vectored for the instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 34. Shortly thereafter, the pilot executed a missed approach, and about 0843, the airplane was re-acquired by radar and ADS-B. The pilot stated to ATC his intention to attempt the ILS approach to runway 34 a second time.

At 0841, the HYS AWOS indicated that visibility had dropped to ¼ statute mile in fog. About 0853, radar and ADS-B data were again lost as the airplane descended on the instrument approach. About 0859, the airplane was re-acquired by radar northwest of HYS. At that time, the pilot stated his intention to divert to Great Bend Airport (GBD), Great Bend, Kansas. A review of radar and ADS-B data showed the airplane begin a turn to the south toward GBD while climbing to about 7,000 ft. About 0918, the airplane began a descent and left turn. The last radar and ADS-B targets were observed about 0918:48.

The wreckage was discovered in a field about 0945. The airplane's tail and wings were visible above ground, with the forward fuselage and engine section buried several feet under the terrain, consistent with a near-vertical, high-speed impact. The main landing gear was bent aft towards the tail with the left and right main wheel protruding from the ground. The smell of Jet-A fuel was present at the accident site.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N274PM
Model/Series:208 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Planemasters Ltd
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: DPUA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHYS, 1998 ft msl
Observation Time: 1356 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility:  0.25 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Wichita, KS (ICT)
Destination: Hays, KS (HYS) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.540000, -99.460000 (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.


RUSH COUNTY— One person died in an accident just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Rush County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster piloted by Anthony P. Thompson, 56, Apopka, Florida, crashed in a field near Kansas 4 Highway and 170 Road one mile south and one half mile west of 160 Road, Ave L.

Thompson was pronounced dead at a the scene.  The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

RUSH COUNTY - A small airplane crashed in Rush County Tuesday morning, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Troop E Technical Trooper Michael Racy says the crash killed at least one person.

KHP received a report approximately at 9:29 this morning and responded to the scene in a wheat field near K-4 and 170 Road. The location is northwest of La Crosse.

Racy says Federal Aviation Administration investigators from Dodge City are on site as KHP provides security.

Original article ➤ https://hayspost.com

Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion II, N5261Y: Incident occurred March 17, 2020 at Oakland/Troy Airport (KVLL), Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Aircraft on landing nose gear collapsed, left wing contacted the ground and spun.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5261Y

Date: 17-MAR-20
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N5261Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TROY
State: MICHIGAN



Troy, Michigan – The Troy Fire Department responded to a report of an airplane that had apparently flipped over, off of the runway, at Oakland Troy Airport. The airport is a county operated, unstaffed facility. This means there is no crash rescue services on site, and no staffed control tower facilities. The incident was called into the 9-1-1 center by a passerby.

Upon their arrival, firefighters confirmed that the pilot had exited the craft, and there was no fire and no fuel leaking. The single engine aircraft had sustained obvious damage.

The pilot indicated that he was enjoying his aircraft, with no indication of any malfunctions. When he attempted to land, the plane made an abrupt turn into the grassy area alongside the runway and partially cart-wheeled to a stop, but did not flip over. Upon entering the grassy area, the plane then became stuck in the soft earth. The aircraft appeared to have damage to the propeller, both wingtips, and the landing gear. The pilot also reported a minor injury to his hand. Firefighters requested Oakland County Air Traffic Control to close the airport until the plane could be removed.

The incident was turned over to Troy Police and the FAA for investigation. Damage estimates are incomplete at this time. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported.

Original article ➤ http://oaklandcounty115.com



Authorities are investigating after a small plane skidded onto the grass while landing at Oakland/Troy Airport on Tuesday. No major injuries were reported.

Troy police, which responded to the scene, initially described the incident as a crash and rollover. In a statement Wednesday, fire officials said they were called to the site near Coolidge at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on "a report of an airplane that had apparently flipped over, off of the runway" at the county-operated, unstaffed facility without a staffed control tower.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw the pilot had exited the single-engine aircraft and there was no fire or fuel leaking but "obvious damage," according to the release.

"The pilot indicated that he was enjoying his aircraft, with no indication of any malfunction," the Fire Department said. "When he attempted to land, the plane made an abrupt turn into the grassy area alongside the runway and partially cart-wheeled to a stop, but did not flip over. Upon entering the grassy area, the plane then became stuck in the soft earth."

The plane appeared to have damage to the propeller, both wingtips and the landing gear, fire officials said.

The pilot reported a minor injury to his hand, according to the statement.

He was the only one onboard the Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion II, said J. David VanderVeen, Oakland County's director of central services, which oversees the airport.

"In the scheme of things, he was very fortunate," he told The Detroit News on Wednesday.

Firefighters requested that Oakland County Air Traffic Control close the airport until the plane could be removed.

Damage estimates were incomplete.

The incident has been turned over to Troy police and the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation, the Fire Department said.

Considered Oakland County's "executive" airport, the site serves private, corporate and charter aircraft, with nearly 200 tenants and several transient vehicles daily, according to its website and Facebook page.

Charter passenger and air freight, as well as aircraft maintenance and fuel, are available on the field. It also has 138 T-Hangars and 40 open, asphalt tie-downs for general aviation aircraft, officials said.

Such an incident like the one on Tuesday is "very rare," VanderVeen said.

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

Wag-Aero Wag-a-Bond, N215AM: Incident occurred March 18, 2020 at Ellendale Municipal Airport (4E7), Dickey County, North Dakota

Aircraft discovered with damage at the hangar.

Stewart Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N215AM

Date: 18-MAR-20
Time: 01:31:00Z
Regis#: N215AM
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: WAGABOND
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: ELLENDALE
State: NORTH DAKOTA

Cirrus SR22, N150X: Accident occurred March 17, 2020 in Conway, Horry County, South Carolina

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N150X

Location: Conway, SC
Accident Number: ERA20LA129
Date & Time: 03/17/2020, 1545 EDT
Registration: N150X
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On March 17, 2020, about 1545 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N150X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Conway, South Carolina. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he departed from Hammond Northshore Regional Airport (HDC) about 1215 on an instrument flight rules clearance and proceeded towards the destination airport, but elected to divert to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) due to the low ceiling at the destination. He was told to expect the instrument landing system approach to runway 18 and was vectored to the initial approach fix (IAF). While in instrument meteorological conditions he flew towards the IAF with autopilot on and in NAV mode, and he also reduced engine power to lose altitude. As the flight approached the IAF the airplane was still high, "… not as stable as he wanted to be," and had a tendency to turn to the left. He increased engine power to maintain altitude or climb as necessary and had trouble stabilizing the instruments, adding that it felt like he was "fighting [the airplane]" in the roll axis. He realized that the flight was too slow and when attempting to correct, felt the airplane getting away from him and was likely in an unusual attitude. He then decided to activate the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, and while descending under canopy, secured the engine and prepared for the touchdown, which occurred on all landing gears. The airplane's nose gear collapsed, and the rudder partially separated.

The airplane was equipped with Avidyne multifunction and primary flight displays. Examination of the airplane and downloading of non-volatile memory was pending recovery from the accident site. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N150X
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYR, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Hammond, LA (HDC)
Destination: Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR) 

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: 33.897778, -78.950833 (est)



Nobody was hurt after a plane made an emergency landing in an Horry County field on Tuesday afternoon.

Horry County Fire Rescue responded to the small aircraft around 4 p.m. in the area of Highway 472 and Gunsmoke Trail.

Highway 472 runs between S.C. 22 and Highway 19 outside of Conway.

When crews arrived, they found a Cirrus SR22 plane made an emergency landing into the field. The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) deployed, according to Horry County Fire Rescue.

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

Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche, N7155Y: Accident occurred March 18, 2020 near Eagle Nest Ranch Airport (OR65), Estacada, Clackamas County, Oregon

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N7155Y

Location: Eagle Creek, OR
Accident Number: WPR20LA111
Date & Time: 03/18/2020, 1700 PDT
Registration: N7155Y
Aircraft: Piper PA 30
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 18, 2020 about 1700 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-30 airplane, N7155Y, impacted terrain during takeoff from Eagle Nest Ranch Airport (OR65), Estacada, Oregon. The airline transport pilot was seriously injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed.

Video of the accident revealed the airplane lifted off the runway surface with a nose high, left-wing low attitude. After liftoff, the airplane immediately banked to a right-wing low attitude and appeared to be in a slow climb. When the airplane reached about 15-20 feet above the ground it made a left turn towards adjacent trees. The airplane continued the left turn until the left wing struck a tree. The airplane subsequently struck the ground and trees and burst into flames.

Witnesses reported they heard the airplane takeoff from the grass strip. Some stated that the airplane didn't sound as loud as it normally would. Immediately after the accident occurred, they proceeded to the airplane and pulled the pilot out of the wreckage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7155Y
Model/Series: PA 30 No Series
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: TTD, 39 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Eagle Creek, OR (OR65)
Destination: Eagle Creek, OR (OR65)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 45.352778, -122.340833 (est)









EAGLE CREEK, Oregon – One person was taken to a trauma center after a small plane crashed in Clackamas County on Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said.

The crash was reported at about 5:30 p.m. at the Eagle Nest Ranch Airport in Eagle Creek.

Initial reports state the aircraft crashed on takeoff and caught some nearby trees on fire.

One person suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area trauma center in a Life Flight Helicopter Ambulance, Clackamas Fire officials said.

Fire crews managed to get the flames under control.

No immediate word on what caused the crash.

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

Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, N3943T: Fatal accident occurred March 18, 2020 in Pleasant Plain, Warren County, Ohio

Due to the COVID-19 risk, the National Transportation Safety Board did not respond to the accident site.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3943T

Location: Pleasant Prairie, OH
Accident Number: CEN20LA127
Date & Time: 03/18/2020, 2247 EDT
Registration: N3943T
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 18, 2020, about 2245 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-180 airplane, N3943T, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in Pleasant Plain, Ohio. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The flight originated at El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, Texas, at 1300, and landed at Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport (MKO) at 1755. According to records obtained from the FBO at MKO, about 1810 the pilot purchased 30.5 gallons of 100 low lead aviation gas at the self-service pump. The airplane departed MKO about 1820 with an intended destination of Clermont County Airport (I69), Batavia, Ohio.

The closest airport to the accident site was the planned destination of I69, at an elevation of 843 ft, a magnetic variation of 4W, and had an automated weather observation system (AWOS). At 2226 EDT, the AWOS reported the following conditions: wind from 230 at 8 knots, visibility 7 miles in drizzle, ceiling overcast at 600 ft agl, temperature and dew point 6 degrees Celsius (C), altimeter 30.03 inches of mercury. Remarks: automated station, hourly precipitation 0.01 inches, temperature 16.4 C, dew point 15.9 C.

Preliminary radar data indicated the airplane departed MKO and flew northeast climbing to about 11,000 ft. The aircraft made several course deviations along the route. The airplane descended out of 11,000 ft about 2112 CDT. While about 3,000 ft the airplane turned east then almost immediately turned northwest, followed by a course reversal to the southeast. About 2243 the aircraft started a left turn and the ground speed increased dramatically. The last target was at 2244:14.


Figure 1: Final portion of N3943T flight track of accident flight.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC), the pilot established communication with air traffic and requested an area approach (RNAV) to runway 22 at I69. Air traffic issued the current altimeter, informed the pilot there was no traffic or landing information for the I69, and advised the pilot to expect the RNAV approach to runway 22. Air traffic issued radar vectors to the pilot, and later issued direct routing to the FIGPU waypoint, the initial approach fix (IAF) for the RNAV approach to runway 22. The controller observed the airplane make several course deviations and instructed the pilot to maintain the assigned heading. The airplane was eight miles from FIGPU waypoint when air traffic instructed the aircraft to maintain 3,000 ft and cleared the pilot for the RNAV approach for runway 22.

The airplane was approximately 2.5 miles west of FIGPU waypoint when the aircraft turned westbound. ATC advised the pilot they observed the aircraft turning westbound and asked if they required any assistance. The pilot responded in the negative and reported an autopilot malfunction. ATC had noted there had been several course deviations made by the airplane. The airplane then turned southeast and ATC asked if the airplane was proceeding to the JERAL waypoint, another IAF on the RNAV approach for runway 22. The pilot responded in the affirmative and the controller asked if they had corrected their autopilot issue. The pilot reported that he was manually flying the airplane.

The airplane was 4.5 miles from the JERAL waypoint when the airplane turned southbound. The controller advised the pilot that he appeared to be heading southbound; the pilot reported he was experiencing "heavy turbulence" and then stated he was experiencing a "heavy downdraft." The airplane then entered a rapidly descending left turn. ATC advised the pilot of his low altitude and instructed him to climb to 4,000 ft immediately. The pilot did not respond and there was no further communication from the airplane. Radar contact with N314VR was lost as the airplane was descending through 1,400 ft approximately 14 miles north of the I69 Airport.

Figure 2: Overlay of N3943T flight track with locations of approach fixes.

The airplane wreckage was located in a densely wooded area, which had an elevation of about 755 ft mean sea level (msl). The area surrounding the accident site was interspersed with agricultural fields, wooded areas, and scattered residential housing located adjacent to the main roadways. The airplane entered the wooded area on a heading of about 135º. The first point of impact was a treetop, impact marks were observed at a height of 68.7 ft. The airplane continued into the wooded area, impacted additional trees, and came to rest near a small pond within the wooded area. The engine, propeller, and main instrument panel were located about 55 ft away from the main wreckage, on a heading of 130º.

Figure 3: Main Wreckage of N3943T

According to the maintenance shop at ELP, the pilot had flown the airplane in for repair work a few days prior to the accident. The pilot reported he was having a problem with the landing gear, the VOR was experiencing poor range, and the #2 communications channel was intermittent with static. The mechanics reported they replaced the motor on the landing gear power pack, replaced a faulty coax cable from the VOR antenna, and replaced a bad capacitor in the #2 communications channel. The pilot had also mentioned he was having issues with the autopilot, but mechanics did not find any problems with the system. The pilot then attributed the perceived issue with the autopilot may have been due to flying to ELP with the landing gear extended.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3943T
Model/Series: PA28R 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: I69, 843 ft msl
Observation Time:2226 EDT 
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 600 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Muskogee, OK (MKO)
Destination: Batavia, OH (I69) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 39.294167, -84.107778

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.

HARLAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities have identified the man who died in a small plane crash Wednesday night, The Journal-News reported.

Elio Abiakel, 42, of Mason, crashed his Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow near 8940 Morrow-Rossburg Road. Abiakel was the only person on board.

Abiakel was traveling from Oklahoma to an airport in Clermont County, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol. Officials said that the crash was to the southwest of the road, and emergency crews needed to use small utility vehicles to get to the site.

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