Sunday, May 03, 2020

Aerodynamic Stall/Spin: Cessna 182Q Skylane, N96974; accident occurred May 05, 2019 at Marion Municipal Airport (KMZZ), Grant County, Indiana








Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Marion, IN
Accident Number: GAA19CA246
Date & Time: 05/05/2019, 1712 EDT
Registration: N96974
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during landing, the airplane landed hard and bounced. He decided to go around, so he added full power, but the nose pitched up sharply. He added that he attempted to lower the nose, but the airspeed decreased, and the airplane "lost lift on [the] right side." He pushed forward on the control yoke, but the airplane drifted right, the right wing aerodynamically stalled, and the airplane impacted the ground next to a taxiway and spun around. A passenger saw a fire in front of the firewall, and all occupants exited the airplane.

The airplane was destroyed by postaccident fire.

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

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the pilot stated he used nose-up trim during the approach. The pilot also stated that, during the go-around, he attempted to use the electric trim to trim nose down. When the airplane nosed up, the pilot attempted to lower the nose but hesitated due to the airplane being near the ground, and he retracted the flaps. The FAA inspector examined the airplane and found that the trim setting was "just short of full nose up trim."

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper trim setting and his exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack during a go-around, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.

Findings

Aircraft Angle of attack - Capability exceeded
Aircraft Elevator tab control system - Incorrect use/operation
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR go-around Miscellaneous/other
Approach-VFR go-around Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)
Approach-VFR go-around Attempted remediation/recovery
Approach-VFR go-around Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1880 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1840 hours (Total, this make and model), 1800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N96974
Model/Series: 182 Q
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18266920
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/29/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3073.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:  Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 230 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: KMZZ, 863 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2115 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 173°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  7 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: 29.88 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rochester, IN (RCR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Marion, IN (MZZ)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1645 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: MARION MUNI (MZZ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 858 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6011 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.486944, -85.683611 (est)

Mooney M20C Ranger, N6863U: Incident occurred April 26, 2020 at Tracy Municipal Airport (KTKC), Lyon County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed and veered off runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N6863U

Date: 26-APR-20
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N6863U
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TRACY
State: MINNESOTA

Incident occurred April 26, 2020 in Haskell, Muskogee County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aircraft departed and engine quit, returned to runway and while landing wing struck a port-a-potty.

Date: 26-APR-20
Time: 22:50:00Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HASKELL
State: OKLAHOMA

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N707VB; accident occurred April 25, 2020 at Skypark Airport (KBTF), Bountiful, Utah







Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Bountiful, UT

Accident Number: WPR20CA134
Date & Time: 04/25/2020, 1200 MDT
Registration: N707VB
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot reported that she aborted the first landing due to the wind changing direction and slight gusts. During the rollout after the second landing, the pilot applied brakes as the wind simultaneously shifted and lifted the tail upward, which resulted in the propeller striking the runway and the airplane coming to rest in a nose-low attitude. Shortly after, another wind gust lifted the tail, which caused the airplane to flip over. The right-wing lift strut, rudder, and vertical stabilizer were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in a roll-over.

Findings

Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Gusts - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Other weather encounter
Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 65, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/12/2019
Flight Time:  1274 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1193 hours (Total, this make and model), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N707VB
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-4595
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/20/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 25 Hours
Engines:1 Reciprocating 
Airframe Total Time: 4004.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-B2B
Registered Owner: Wild Thing Aviation LLC
Rated Power: 160 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: KSLC, 4225 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1754 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:200° 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 9000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 24000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Brigham City, UT (BMC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bountiful, UT (BTF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1122 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: SKYPARK (BTF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4237 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4634 ft / 70 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.863889, -111.927500 (est)

Hughes 369D, N9159F: Accident occurred April 25, 2020 in Pylesville, Harford County, Maryland

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland
Rolls-Royce Corp; Indianapolis, Indiana
MD Helicopters; Mesa, Arizona 
Haverfield Aviation; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 


Location: Pylesville, MD 
Accident Number: ERA20LA160
Date & Time: 04/25/2020, 1240 EDT
Registration: N9159F
Aircraft: Hughes 369
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load

On April 25, 2020, at 1240 eastern daylight time, a Hughes 369D helicopter, N9159F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pylesville, Maryland. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was operated by Haverfield Aviation as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 133 rotorcraft external load operation.

The pilot reported that while he was performing human external cargo (HEC) long line operations, he was requested by ground personnel to support the movement of a conductor powerline nearby. He proceeded to the landing zone which was about 300-400 ft from the area requiring assistance, dropped off the HEC, and via the long line, he picked up a conductor hook, all from a hover, and continued to the area that needed support. He reported that after the hook was attached to the wire, he began maneuvering for about 10-15 seconds to move the wire a short distance laterally, as a crane was supporting the weight of the wire. During the maneuvering, the pilot applied "slight aft and up pressure" to move the conductor, there was no lateral banking, and the pitch attitude was about 5°-10° nose up. After the conductor was moved to the area needed, the pilot maneuvered to remove the hook, but prior to the hook becoming free from the conductor, the helicopter entered a left yaw and the engine began "spooling down."

The pilot reported that he subsequently heard the "engine out alarm" and entered an autorotation by "slamming the collective down" and immediately pulling the belly band release levers, which was the first of two release levers that needed to be pulled to release the long line. As the helicopter entered the flare, he pulled the collective up to complete the autorotation landing, however the long line remained attached to the conductor wire and became taught, which rolled the helicopter onto its left side, where the main rotor blades impacted the ground.

Multiple witnesses on the ground reported that they heard the helicopter's engine go "quiet" shortly before the autorotation.

The pilot reported that the loss of engine power occurred about 150 ft above ground level and the helicopter impacted the ground about 4-5 seconds later. The pilot reported that he did not have sufficient time to pull the main hook emergency release lever (the second release lever) located on the cyclic control, which was why the line remained attached to the helicopter. He added that the cyclic was also equipped with a red push button that could release the main hook, however, the circuit breaker for this electrically activated release was pulled due to HEC operations being performed just prior to the accident. Figure 1 shows the location of the belly band release lever located next to the collective circled in red (on an exemplar helicopter), and the second photo on the right shows the red push button electric main hook release and the main hook release lever located on the cyclic control (on the accident helicopter).

Figure 1: View of the belly band release lever (red circle) and the main hook release lever and pushbutton

The pilot reported that the belly band was a secondary cable support system required for when HEC operations were being performed, which they had been conducting just prior to the accident. Figure 2 shows the belly band, which is the blue band wrapped around the fuselage, and the main hook and long line circled in red.

Figure 2: View of the helicopter at the accident site with a belly band and long line

According to photographs provided by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector and the operator who examined the helicopter at the accident site, the tail boom and main/ tail rotors sustained substantial damage. Postaccident examination found 146 lbs (21.5 gallons) of fuel in the main tank, which could hold up to 421.9 lbs of usable fuel. There were no obvious signs of a catastrophic mechanical engine failure.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with a helicopter rating. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued in April 2019. The pilot reported a total flight time of 12,408 hours, 8,500 hours in the make and model helicopter, and 101 hours in the past 30 days.

The helicopter was retained for further investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hughes
Registration: N9159F
Model/Series: 369 D
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Haverfield Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: THV, 486 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pylesville, MD
Destination: Pylesville, MD

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.697222, -76.392778 (est)

HARFORD COUNTY — Maryland State Police are investigating a helicopter crash in Pylesville.

The pilot is identified as Andrew Rannigan, 34, of Chesapeake, Virginia. He did not require medical treatment for a minor injury he sustained.

At about 1 p.m. on April 25th, police were called to the 4400 block of Graceton Road, Pylesville.

A Hughes 369D helicopter that crashed in a field was found.

It went down while the pilot, who was the only occupant, was inspecting power lines.

Officials say the helicopter was from Haverfield Aviation and had been contracted for power line work by a utility company.

There is no word on the cause of the crash. The helicopter did not strike any structures or vehicles on the ground. No one on the ground was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

https://www.wmar2news.com

Piper PA-28R-200, N7KL: Incident occurred April 26, 2020 at Bunkie Municipal Airport (2R6), Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aircraft was just started and nose gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7KL

Date: 26-APR-20
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N7KL
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: BUNKIE
State: LOUISIANA

Cessna 320D Executive Skynight, N4189T: Incident occurred April 26, 2020 at Gwinnett County Airport (KLZU), Lawrenceville, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.


Keystone Aerial Surveys Inc


https://registry.faa.gov/N4189T


Date: 26-APR-20

Time: 01:25:00Z
Regis#: N4189T
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LAWRENCEVILLE
State: GEORGIA 



GWINNETT County, Georgia (CBS46) -- A plane managed to land safely and without injuries after displaying problems with its landing gear.

Gwinnett County Briscoe Field Control Tower notified Gwinnett County Fire and Police around 8:42 p.m.  that an inbound plane was having gear issues. First Responders arrived on the scene and immediately began preparing for a potential crash situation

The plane was reported as being a Cessna 320D Executive Skynight with only the pilot on board.

The Control Tower had the plan perform multiple low approaches so they could visualize the landing gear prior to attempting a landing. When all landing gear appeared to be properly lowered, the plane was instructed to proceed with landing.

All agencies reported that the plane landed safely on the runway; however, as the plane continued down the runway, the front landing gear did collapse and the plane came to a stop on the runway.

Reports say that the pilot was able to secure the power at that point and safely evacuate the plane, fortunately with no injuries, fires, or additional hazards.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Airport Authority are investigating the incident prior to releasing the plane. Once released, the plane will be removed from the runway.

Gwinnett County Briscoe Field's single runway will remain closed until the plane is removed, though the airport is open to other traffic such as helicopters.

https://www.cbs46.com

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-20 Pacer, N1598A; accident occurred April 26, 2020 at Meadow Lake Airport (KFLY), Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado








Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Accident Number: CEN20CA161
Date & Time: 04/26/2020, 0845 MDT
Registration: N1598A
Aircraft: Piper PA 20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

Analysis

The flight instructor reported that, while demonstrating a three-point, full-stall landing with a 4-knot right-quartering crosswind, the airplane bounced slightly but that it "seemed minor and controllable." The airplane touched down again, and he pulled the yoke further aft, which resulted in another small bounce. Once the airplane was on the runway, he pulled the yoke full aft, and the airplane immediately veered right off the runway. The instructor attempted to correct by applying full left rudder to no avail. The left wingtip and nose struck the ground, and the airplane came to rest upright. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and aileron. A Federal Aviation Administer inspector and the pilot examined the airplane and found no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The flight instructor's improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing, and his subsequent loss of directional control.

Findings

Personnel issues Aircraft control - Instructor/check pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Other weather encounter
Landing Abnormal runway contact
Landing Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing Runway excursion
Landing Attempted remediation/recovery

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 48, 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; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/15/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/22/2019
Flight Time:  3658 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 3297 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 109 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N1598A
Model/Series: PA 20 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20-836
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/06/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1799 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2381.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-290
Registered Owner: Dodd Wesley D
Rated Power: 125 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: FLY, 6877 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0845 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Colorado Springs, CO (FLY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Colorado Springs, CO (FLY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0820 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Meadow Lake (FLY)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6877 ft
Runway Surface Condition:  Dry
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 6000 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.864444, -104.768611 (est)

Pitts Model 12, N214RF: Incident occurred April 25, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft landed and tail wheel broke.

https://registry.faa.gov/N214RF

Date: 25-APR-20
Time: 14:40:00Z
Regis#: N214RF
Aircraft Make: PITTS
Aircraft Model: 12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PENSACOLA
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N7300Y: Incident occurred April 24, 2020 at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft landed gear up.

N7300Y LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N7300Y

Date: 24-APR-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N7300Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA30
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-24 Comanche, N6718P: Incident occurred April 24, 2020 at Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (KOAK), California

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N6718P

Date: 24-APR-20
Time: 19:10:00Z
Regis#: N6718P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OAKLAND
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 310K, N7021L: Incident occurred April 24, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aircraft landed gear up.

Crystal Ridge Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N7021L

Date: 24-APR-20
Time: 18:25:00Z
Regis#: N7021L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SALT LAKE CITY
State: UTAH

Nose Over: Aeronca 7AC, N83216; accident occurred April 25, 2020 at Enosburg Airfield, Franklin County, Vermont






Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Enosburg, VT
Accident Number: ERA20CA159
Date & Time: 04/25/2020, 1215 EDT
Registration: N83216
Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that, during the landing roll on a private grass airfield, the main landing gear dug into soft grass, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing lift strut. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper decision to land on unsuitable terrain, which resulted in a nose-over.

Findings

Environmental issues Soft surface - Effect on equipment
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information


Certificate: Private
Age: 29, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No 
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/08/2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/08/2020
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 297 hours (Total, all aircraft), 34 hours (Total, this make and model), 271 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 49 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N83216
Model/Series: 7AC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 7AC-1877
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1220 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4573.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: A65-8F
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FSO, 230 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1215 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 272°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: South Hero, VT (VT26)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Enosburg, VT
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1145 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information


Airport: Enosburg Air Field (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 405 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
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: 44.923056, -72.753889 (est)

Lancair LC41-550FG, N576BS: Incident occurred April 24, 2020 at Huntsville International Airport (KHSV), Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft taxiing and brakes caught fire.

C&J Aerobiz LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N576BS

Date: 24-APR-20
Time: 17:55:00Z
Regis#: N576BS
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: LC41
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: HUNTSVILLE
State: ALABAMA

Hard Landing: Sonex, N1222C; accident occurred April 27, 2020 near Cable Airport (KCCB), Upland, San Bernardino County, California





Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Upland, California
Accident Number: WPR20CA132
Date & Time: April 27, 2020, 08:20 Local
Registration: N1222C
Aircraft: COOK SONEX
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that he returned from a local flight and was practicing touch-and-go landings. During the second takeoff, as the airplane gained altitude, the engine began to gradually lose power. Unable to return to the runway, the pilot initiated a precautionary landing to a strip of gravel that is perpendicular to the runway. During the landing, the right wing was substantially damaged.  

The pilot reported that he did not believe there was problem with the engine, but that the problem was with the fuel-to-air mixture caused by the fuel pressure regulator not keeping a continuous constant pressure that led to the gradual loss of engine power.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A gradual loss of engine power during takeoff due to the pressure regulator not keeping continuous fuel pressure which led to a precautionary off airport landing and collision with terrain.

Findings

Aircraft Fuel pressure indicating - Damaged/degraded
Environmental issues Rough terrain - Not specified

Factual Information

History of Flight

Emergency descent Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Landing Hard landing (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 66,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
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: November 26, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: November 25, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 639 hours (Total, all aircraft), 166 hours (Total, this make and model), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: COOK
Registration: N1222C
Model/Series: SONEX 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 1662
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 16, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 130 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Jabiru
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 3300
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 120 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCCB,1439 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 08:15 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 309°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Upland, CA (CCB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Upland, CA (CCB) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CABLE CCB 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1443 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24 IFR
Approach: None 
Runway Length/Width: 3863 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.110553,-117.681945(est)