Thursday, May 14, 2020

Beech F33A Bonanza, N711JA: Fatal accident occurred May 12, 2020 near Tampa North Aero Park (X39), Wesley Chapel, Pasco County, Florida -and- Incident occurred January 27, 2017 at Clearwater Airpark (KCLW), Pinellas County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N711JA

Location: Land O Lakes, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA179
Date & Time: 05/12/2020, 1125 EDT
Registration: N711JA
Aircraft: Beech F33
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 12, 2020, about 1125 eastern daylight time, a Beech F33A, N711JA, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Land O Lakes, Florida. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane was based at Clearwater Air Park (CLW), Clearwater, Florida. Earlier during the day of the accident, the pilot flew the airplane uneventfully from CLW to Tampa North Aero Park (X39), Tampa, Florida and was returning to CLW at the time of the accident. Runway 32 at X39 was 3,541 feet long, 50 feet wide, and consisted of asphalt.

According to witnesses at X39, the pilot performed an engine run-up near the beginning of runway 32 and the engine sounded normal. The pilot then taxied onto the runway for departure, but as soon as the engine reached full power, it began to sound abnormal, rough, and/or lean. The pilot then reduced engine power and taxied to runway 14, performed another engine run-up and the engine sounded normal. However, the engine again began to run rough when it reached full power for takeoff. The pilot reduced the engine power and taxied to the beginning of runway 32. He performed a third engine run-up and the engine sounded normal. As the engine reached full power, it began to run rough again, but the pilot continued the takeoff roll. The airplane travelled more than half the distance of the runway before it lifted off, "barely" cleared trees at the end of the runway and made a left turn. One of the witnesses radioed the pilot and advised that he had a rough running engine, the pilot replied "ya, returning," followed by "going down."

Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright in the backyard of a vacant residence about 1/2 mile west of the departure end of runway 32. All major components of the airplane were accounted for and a postcrash fire consumed most of the cockpit, cabin, and right wing. The left wing had separated during the impact and was also located in the backyard of the residence, north of the main wreckage.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N711JA
Model/Series: F33 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Logical Choice Aviation N711JA Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ZPH, 89 ft msl
Observation Time: 1135 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Land O Lakes, FL (X39)
Destination: Clearwater, FL (CLW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 28.223611, -82.386944

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.


Thomas Saxon

May 12, 2020









May 12, 2020

Thomas Saxon and Robert Schupbach both loved flying planes. They also loved jumping out of them. So what if everyone else thought they were crazy, as Schupbach assumed — it’s what made he and Saxon good friends.

“He made an excellent partner — even though he was much bigger than me, we were able to maintain our fall rate together, just because so many times we jumped together,” said Schupbach, who met Saxon through a skydiving club about five years ago. "He made me feel safe, and I made him feel safe.”

Soon after the two became friends, Schupbach remembered, he asked his skydiving buddy to become a co-owner of his Beech F33A Bonanza. The plane required expensive maintenance, Schupbach said, but they could handle it between the two of them.

Saxon, 61, died Tuesday morning when the Beech F33A Bonanza crashed into a backyard in Wesley Chapel. Though the plane came down in the well-populated Grand Oaks subdivision, it missed houses and residents. No one else was injured.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration went to the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board, which publishes the results of investigations into plane crashes, has yet to release a preliminary report. Neither agency has publicly determined the cause of the accident. The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday identified Saxon as the pilot.

Flight data, tracked by the website FlightAware, show that the plane safely completed a 14-minute flight from Clearwater — where Schupbach said the plane was based — to Tampa North Flight and Rental Center, just west of Interstate 75 in the Wesley Chapel area. It landed at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday. The plane took off again at 10:40 a.m., first heading north and then east before circling back toward the airfield.

It crashed 12 minutes later, just a few thousand feet from the airfield.

The FAA classified the damage as “substantial.” Images and footage broadcast by WFTS-Ch. 28 showed flames and smoke rising from the debris. The Beech F33A Bonanza wings appeared to be shorn off.

Robert Katz, a flight instructor and veteran pilot in Texas who closely tracks plane crashes across the country, said what he could see of the crash’s aftermath made him suspect corrosion had damaged the plane, causing the wings to come off. It’s an issue Katz said he’s seen before in older airplanes in coastal communities, where the nearby saltwater encourages corrosion.

“It makes it easy for the wings to snap off — in what was a perfect flying weather day," he said. “Everyone in that neighborhood is lucky to be alive.”

Schupbach said he had no idea why the plane crashed.

“The maintenance was excellent,” he said. "The plane was kept up — this is why I took Tom in as a partner in the first place.”

Ongoing maintenance had actually caused the plane to stay on the ground for much of the past year, Schupbach said. That included the installment of new navigation equipment, he said, as well as an annual inspection.

Schupbach didn’t know much about his friend’s personal life, he said — they mostly talked about flying and skydiving. He said Saxon was retired and owned some rental properties in Madeira Beach, where he also lived. He was a proud Marine veteran, Schupbach said, and had the branch’s insignia on his parachute container.

Saxon’s wife, Cindy, declined to comment on Wednesday. Thomas Saxon served as a Madeira Beach city commissioner in the late 1990s, according to stories in the then-St. Petersburg Times. He made a living running more than two dozen veterans centers across the southeast, according to one of those stories.

Schupbach said Saxon just felt comfortable in the sky.

“We are a different breed," Schupbach said. "We had that in common.”

https://www.tampabay.com

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

January 27, 2017:  Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 

Date: 27-JAN-17
Time: 14:45:00Z
Regis#: N711JA
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE33
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CLEARWATER
State: FLORIDA

January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017


January 27, 2017

Piper PA-22-150, N4454A: Accident occurred May 11, 2020 at Fayetteville Municipal Airport (KFYM), Tennessee -and- Incident occurred April 28, 2018 at Richard B. Russell Airport (KRMG), Rome, Floyd County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

https://registry.faa.gov/N4454A

NTSB Identification: ERA20CA185
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 11, 2020 in Fayetteville, TN
Aircraft: Piper PA22, registration: N4454A

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 and nose gear collapsed.

Date: 11-MAY-20
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N4454A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FAYETTEVILLE
State: TENNESSEE

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

April 28, 2018:  Ground looped.

Date: 28-APR-18
Time: 14:15:00Z
Regis#: N4454A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROME
State: GEORGIA

Super Cub, N39SC: Incident occurred May 12, 2020 in Anchorage, Alaska

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

Aircraft departed, smoke in cockpit and returned to land and discovered a melted battery.

https://registry.faa.gov/N39SC

Date: 12-MAY-20
Time: 00:57:00Z
Regis#: N39SC
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: SUPER CUB
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Let L-33 Solo, N355BA: Incident occurred May 09, 2020 in Arlington, Snohomish County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Evergreen Soaring Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N355BA



NTSB Identification: WPR20CA151
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Aircraft: Let L 33 SOLO, registration: N355BA

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.


Glider made a forced landing on a grass field and struck a hole.

Date: 09-MAY-20
Time: 19:55:00Z
Regis#: N355BA
Aircraft Make: LET
Aircraft Model: L33
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ARLINGTON
State: WASHINGTON

Mooney M20E Super 21, N480Y: Incident occurred May 10, 2020 at Morristown Municipal Airport (KMMU), Morris County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.

Lauschke Aviation Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N480Y

Date: 10-MAY-20
Time: 18:50:00Z
Regis#: N480Y
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MORRISTOWN
State: NEW JERSEY

Cessna 402, N4661N: Accident occurred May 09, 2020 near Henry County Airport (KHMP), Hampton, Georgia





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

https://registry.faa.gov/N4661N

NTSB Identification: ERA20CA176
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Hampton, GA
Aircraft: Cessna 402, registration: N4661N

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 crashed into trees.

Date: 08-MAY-20
Time: 19:19:00Z
Regis#: N4661N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 402
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: HAMPTON
State: GEORGIA

Mooney M20R Ovation, N16RM: Incident occurred May 10, 2020 at Las Cruces International Airport (KLRU), Doña Ana County, New Mexico

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N16RM

Date: 10-MAY-20
Time: 00:50:00Z
Regis#: N16RM
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LAS CRUCES
State: NEW MEXICO

Piper PA-31-310 Navajo, N4474K: Incident occurred May 08, 2020 at Destin Executive Airport (KDTS), Okaloosa County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass.

https://registry.faa.gov/N4474K

Date: 08-MAY-20
Time: 20:54:00Z
Regis#: N4474K
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: DESTIN
State: FLORIDA

Titan Tornado S, N318WH: Accident occurred May 09, 2020 near Haskell Airport (2K9), Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N318WH

Location: Haskell, OK
Accident Number: CEN20LA173
Date & Time: 05/09/2020, 0630 CDT
Registration: N318WH
Aircraft: Titan TITAN TORNADO S
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 9, 2020, about 0630 central daylight time, an experimental Titan Tornado S airplane, N318WH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident about 3 miles north of Haskell Airport (2K9), Haskell, Oklahoma. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he departed from 2K9 and climbed about 600 feet per minute to 2,000 ft where he intended to level off. He stated that the airplane was flying really well with no anomalies noted at that point. As he decreased the pitch attitude, very suddenly the airplane vibrated aggressively and it "felt like the tail was thumping." He decreased the engine power to slow the airplane and descend, but the thumping and vibrating continued. He pitched the airplane down and aimed to land in a field or on the riverbank. Before he was able to land, the airplane suddenly rolled inverted and descended into the trees.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that the airplane was found in a densely wooded area with the right wing separated and significant impact damage to the entire airplane. The stabilator was found fractured and disconnected from the push/pull tube.

The wreckage has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Titan
Registration: N318WH
Model/Series: TITAN TORNADO S Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KMKO, 610 ft msl
Observation Time: 0653 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Haskell, OK (2K9)
Destination: Haskell, OK (2K9)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 35.864167, -95.655556 (est)

















Wagoner County Sheriff's Office
Deputies respond to plane crash South of Coweta, pilot flown to area hospital

On 05-09-2020 Wagoner County E-911 Dispatch received information of a plane crash South of Coweta in the area of East 205th and State Highway 72. Wagoner County Deputies Lt. E Crockett, E Patrick, B Sieg, D Clark, and Sgt. J Halfacre responded to investigate. Wagoner County Deputies were dispatched at 0825 hours and a deputy was on scene in minutes coordinating with Wagoner County Emergency Management and area first responders.

As additional first responders arrived, Deputy Sieg, Crockett, Patrick, and Clark all proceeded to the scene of the plane crash to assist the victim. Yocum Trucking allowed first responders to company golf carts and 4-wheelers to gain access to the crash site. Responders had to traverse muddy fields and heavy foliage to access the airplane crash site. Deputy Sieg relayed GPS coordinates continuously to Wagoner County E-911 Dispatch to direct first responders. Air Evac 83 responded to the scene to transport the victim due to his significant injuries. Wagoner County Emergency Management responded with ATV vehicles to allow access to the crash site.

The pilot sustained injuries in the crash and was transported by Air Evac 83 to a local area hospital for treatment. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating the crash in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane had taken off from the Haskell Airport before having unknown issues and crashing into a rural area of Wagoner County.

The Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Heath Underwood and his Wagoner County Emergency Management team, Stone Bluff Fire Department, Coweta Fire Department, Muskogee County EMS, Haskell Fire Department, Haskell Police Department, Air Evac 83 (Muskogee), Yocum Trucking, Muskogee County Sheriff's Office, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for their assistance.

Murphy Renegade Spirit, N649RSL: Incident occurred May 08, 2020 in Brooksville, Hernando County, Florida

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

Aircraft on taxi experienced a propeller strike.

https://registry.faa.gov/N649RS

Date: 08-MAY-20
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N649RS
Aircraft Make: MURPHY
Aircraft Model: RENEGADE SPIRIT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: BROOKSVILLE
State: FLORIDA