Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair, N123JB: Fatal accident occurred May 27, 2020 and incident occurred February 03, 2020

Paul Emaus

Paul M. Emaus, age 54, passed away doing what he loved; flying his plane. Paul was critically injured in an aviation accident on May 27th in Ohio and passed away May 31, 2020. He was born December 8th, 1965, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Anne; his daughters, Miranda and Kalina; two dogs, Miles and Rudy; his siblings, Ron, David, Joe, Bruce, Ruth Beranek, Mike, Lisa Peterson; his mother, Pat Emaus; many extended family members; and his aviation and swim friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Emaus; and two dogs Chester and Otis. Paul strove to build a better life for others by centering his time on working hard, being filled with passion for his hobbies and his daughters and wife, and helping others. He earned his Eagle Scout in 1983. Paul graduated from Michigan Tech University in 1990, majoring in mechanical engineering. He earned his master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 1998. He was the Director of Engineering at Butterball Farms for 17 years and developed policies that increased positive customer service. He will be remembered as a mentor and friend. His adventurous spirit led him to many great experiences in his 54 years, but his best adventure was flying. He spent countless hours earning his pilot's license, and flew for many years, visiting his two daughters and taking Anne to beautiful places. He was a volunteer pilot for rescue dogs and loved educating youth on the gift of flying. Because Paul's final act was to give the gift of life through organ donation, he will continue to live on in those he touched on earth. Fly high, Paul! We love you! Memorial contributions may be made to Pilot Paws. A celebration of Paul's life will be held on Friday, June 12, at 11:00 A.M. at the Ottawa Executive Airport, 5923 Byron Rd. Zeeland, MI 49464.



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed in a field. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N123JB

Date: 27-MAY-20
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N123JB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: COLUMBUS
State: OHIO



A Michigan man seriously injured when the airplane he was piloting crashed in a Guernsey County field Wednesday afternoon remained in critical condition at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

A supervisor at the Columbus hospital said Paul Emaus, 54, of Hudsonville, remained hospitalized in the intensive care unit as of Thursday morning.

Emaus was extricated from the heavily-damaged airplane by Cambridge firefighters and United Ambulance crews before being taken by ambulance to Southeastern Med. Once at the Cambridge hospital, he was loaded onto a waiting medical helicopter and flown to Wexner Medical Center.

The State Highway Patrol reported Emaus had departed Columbus in a Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair prior to the crash.

Witnesses in the area of the crash near the intersection of Losego and October roads adjacent to U.S. 40 east of Cambridge reported the airplane was flying low and appeared to be experiencing engine trouble just minutes before the crash. Witnesses said the engine was “sputtering” and they believed Emaus was trying to land in a field near the crash site when the plane went down.

Emaus’ destination remained under investigation, according to a press release from the patrol’s Cambridge post. Unconfirmed accounts said he was believed to be en route to Maryland.

Emaus was the lone occupant of the Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene behind Southeastern Equipment on U.S. 40 (East Pike Road) just after 3 p.m. Wednesday when witnesses reported the crash.

Cambridge firefighters used mechanical means to cut away portions of the airplane to extricate Emaus after the Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair crashed into a row of trees at the edge of a field.

Guernsey County Sheriff Jeff Paden and numerous deputies assisted at the scene along with State Highway Patrol troopers investigating the crash.

A tree crew working in the area were the first individuals to reach the crash scene. They along with employees from nearby businesses assisted with removing Emaus from the airplane once he was freed by firefighters and United Ambulance personnel.

Guernsey County sheriff’s deputies assisted with traffic control on U.S. 40 and in the city while Emaus was rushed to Southeastern Med.

Emaus reportedly circled twice, according to witnesses, over the fields near where he crashed just before the airplane went down. The plane landed on its wheels and then crashed into a large row of trees at the southern edge of the field.

The front of the airplane and cockpit sustained extensive damage on impact.

Authorities reported contact with the airplane was lost near the I-70/77 interchange. A dispatch log at the sheriff’s office indicated the pilot had reported a mechanical issue with the Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating Wednesday’s crash along with highway patrol investigators.

The patrol reported neither drugs nor alcohol appear to a factor in the crash.

https://www.freep.com






CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — A small plane has crashed in Guernsey County.

According to reports from Guernsey County Sheriff Jeff Paden, -who was at the scene – the plane went down just off U.S. 40 near Losego Road, behind Southeastern Equipment around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The pilot was reportedly flying from western Michigan to Maryland in a Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair, when he experienced engine trouble.  The Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the plane near the I-70/I-77 interchange.

Unconfirmed reports say witnesses saw the plane going down, with its engine failing, and the pilot trying to land in a small field. He hit an embankment and some trees during the course of the accident.  The pilot was extricated from the plane by first responders. The victim suffered serious injuries as a result on the crash. He was transported to Southeastern Med and was then Life-Flighted to Grant Hospital in Columbus.

The Cambridge Fire Department, Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Patrol and United Ambulance all responded to the scene.

https://yourradioplace.com


February 03, 2020


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

February 03, 2020:  Aircraft landed gear up.


Date: 03-FEB-20
Time: 18:56:00Z
Regis#: N123JB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COLUMBUS
State: OHIO 


February 03, 2020

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– A small plane’s landing gear malfunctioned, causing the plane to skid to a halt at Ohio State University’s Don Scott Field in northwest Columbus on February 3rd, 2020.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the plane’s pilot, Paul M. Emaus, 54, of Hudsonville, Michigan, was attempting to land his Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair aircraft, February 3rd at approximately 2 p.m.

The landing gear on the plane failed to activate, causing the underside of the aircraft to skid along the runway until it came to a stop.

Emaus was the only person onboard the plane. He was not injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.nbc4i.com





COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a small plane crash at the Ohio State University Don Scott Airport February 3rd, 2020.

Troopers say Paul M. Emaus, 54, of Hudsonville, Michigan, was attempting to land his Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair aircraft around 2 p.m. when his landing did not activate.

Emaus skidded his airplane across the runway until it came to a stop.

Emaus was not injured. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

The airport was closed for about 15 minutes as crews responded.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://abc6onyourside.com

Turbulence Encounter: Cessna 182B Skylane, N2571G; accident occurred September 27, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska







Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N2571G


Location: Anchorage, AK

Accident Number: ANC18LA072
Date & Time: 09/26/2018, 1907 AKD
Registration: N2571G
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Turbulence encounter
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 26, 2018, at 1907 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 182 airplane, N2571G, sustained substantial damage during a wake turbulence encounter, about 3.5 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, when the accident occurred. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot stated that while southbound, enroute to Lake Hood Airstrip (LHD), he received a traffic advisory and wake turbulence cautionary advisory from air traffic control (ATC) regarding a Boeing C-17 (TREK324) that was on approach for runway 6 at Elmendorf Air Force Base (EDF). In an effort to avoid wake turbulence, the pilot executed a left 360° turn. Upon completion of the turn, he passed behind the C-17, and encountered "severe turbulence" which he described as "one violent instantaneous motion." After the event, the airplane continued for landing at LHD. During a postflight inspection of the airplane, he found both wings and the horizontal stabilizer exhibiting signs of buckling. Furthermore, it appeared the left wing had shifted aft, reducing the gap between the trailing edge of the flap and the fuselage by 3/8 of an inch. After removing an inspection panel and using a borescope to examine the left-wing spar, a crack was discovered.

A review of archived Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) radar and voice data revealed that the Cessna was VFR from Point MacKensie, inbound to LHD when issued a traffic and wake turbulence advisory. The Cessna pilot informed ATC that he had the C-17 in sight and executed a left 360° turn. Following the turn, the Cessna passed 3.66 miles behind, and 500 ft below, the C-17. On the inbound leg of the turn, the pilot descended from 900 ft GPS altitude to about 600 ft GPS altitude and which was below the altitude of the C-17, which was about 1,200ft GPS altitude.

Section 7 of FAA Advisory Circular AC90-23G, dated February 10, 2014 states in part: "Flight tests have shown that at higher altitude the vortices from large aircraft sink at a rate of several hundred feet per minute (fpm), slowing their descent and diminishing in strength with time and distance behind the wake-generating aircraft (see Figure 5, Descent of Vortices from Large Aircraft). Atmospheric turbulence hastens decay. Pilots should fly at or above the preceding aircraft's flightpath, altering course as necessary, to avoid the area behind and below the generating aircraft…The worst case atmospheric conditions are light winds, low atmospheric turbulence, and low stratification (stable atmosphere). In these atmospheric conditions, primarily in en route operations, vortices from Heavy and especially Super aircraft can descend more than 1,000 feet."

Section 8 of the above mentioned AC90-23G states in part: "Air traffic controllers apply procedures for separating instrument flight rules (IFR) aircraft that include required wake turbulence separations. However, if a pilot accepts a clearance to visually follow a preceding aircraft, the pilot accepts responsibility for both separation and wake turbulence avoidance. The controllers will also provide a Wake Turbulence Cautionary Advisory to pilots of visual flight rules (VFR) aircraft, with whom they are in communication and on whom, in the controller's opinion, wake turbulence may have an adverse effect. This advisory includes the position, altitude and direction of flight of larger aircraft followed by the phrase "CAUTION–WAKE TURBULENCE." After issuing the caution for wake turbulence, the air traffic controllers generally do not provide additional information to the following aircraft." Also listed are two notes, one of which that states "Whether or not a warning or information has been given, the pilot is expected to adjust aircraft operations and flightpath as necessary to preclude wake encounters." The second note states "When any doubt exists about maintaining safe separation distances between aircraft to avoid wake turbulence, pilots should ask ATC for updates on separation distances and groundspeed." No such queries were made by the Cessna pilot. Furthermore, 8e. states that pilots should avoid flight below and behind a larger aircraft's flightpath and if a larger aircraft is observed above on the same track, airplane position should be adjusted, preferable upwind. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/23/2018
Flight Time:  2028.6 hours (Total, all aircraft), 280.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 2028.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2571G
Model/Series: 182
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 51871
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/06/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2348 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5324 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 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: PANC, 120 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 AKD
Direction from Accident Site: 212°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Big Lake, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Anchorage, AK (LHD)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1845 AKD
Type of Airspace: FAR 93

Airport Information

Airport: LAKE HOOD (LHD)
Runway Surface Type:Dirt 
Airport Elevation:79 ft 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2200 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 61.235278, -149.943056 (est)

Part(s) Separation From Aircraft: Cessna U206F, N441GR; accident occurred August 18, 2018 in Pedro Bay, Alaska






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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N441GR


Location: Pedro Bay, AK
Accident Number:ANC18LA067 
Date & Time: 08/18/2018, 1000 AKD
Registration:N441GR 
Aircraft: Cessna U206
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Part(s) separation from AC
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On August 18, 2018, about 1000 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna U206F airplane, N441GR, sustained substantial damage while landing at a remote unimproved tidal beach about 36 miles east of Pedro Bay, Alaska. The airplane was registered to AK Air Leasing, LLC and operated by K Bay Air, LLC as a visual flight rules (VFR) on-demand commercial flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 when the accident occurred. The commercial pilot and five passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed Homer, Alaska, about 0900.

According to the pilot, before landing on the tidal beach, he conducted two passes over the landing area to check for debris and determine wind direction. After a stable approach, the left main and uphill tire touched down first followed by the right main tire. The pilot stated that after touchdown, it "felt like" the airplane had a flat tire and it subsequently veered to the right and came to rest in a left wing low attitude on a tidal mudflat. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, left horizontal stabilizer and left elevator.

An initial examination of the airplane, by the pilot, revealed that both main landing gear legs separated just above the main axle attach point.

An examination by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Materials Laboratory revealed that both main landing gear legs exhibited chevron marks leading to a thumbnail region consistent with fatigue cracking.

The NTSB Materials Laboratory examination report is in the public docket for this accident.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/03/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/29/2018
Flight Time:  4400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1660 hours (Total, this make and model), 4300 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 204 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N441GR
Model/Series:U206 F 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: U20601801
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/10/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4480 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-F
Registered Owner: AK Air Leasing LLC
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: K Bay Air LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: K99C

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:Day 
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAHO
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Homer, AK (PAHO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Pedro Bay, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 5 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None
Latitude, Longitude: 59.796944, -154.129722 (est)

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N5185R: Accident occurred February 17, 2020 at Grays Creek Airport (2GC), Fayetteville, North Carolina


Cumberland County could be facing two lawsuits, one from the mother of a plane crash victim and the other suit from a whistleblower. 

Dominique Northcutt remains in a coma more than three months after a plane crash at Gray’s Creek Airport in Cumberland County. She suffered a severe brain injury in that crash. 

“It’s literally killing me on the inside, slowly but surely,” Jerolyn Northcutt, Dominique’s mother said. “She’s just a bubbly, outgoing person.”

Dominique Northcutt went to an aviation career day sponsored by Cumberland County Workforce Development at Gray’s Creek Airport.

Part of that event allowed students to go up in a plane. Northcutt, 25, was one of four people onboard when it crashed. 

“Had the county listened, this young lady would not be experiencing, what she’s experiencing. Nor the other victims,” said Kimberly Cribb, a former Cumberland County Workforce Development employee. 

Cribb said she reached out to Northcutt’s attorney, Allen Rogers, hoping to share her experiences.

After more than 23 years with the county, Cribb was fired.

The notice of dismissal shows Cribb went to the Board of Commissioners and County Management, making multiple allegations about Workforce Development Department Head, Nedra Rodriguez. 

The county investigated and determined the claims “were unfounded and made for the sole purpose of discrediting Rodriguez.” Cribb was fired back in June 2018. 

“Somebody else needed to know that things could have been different,” Cribb said.

“Why wouldn’t you listen to someone?” Jerolyn Northcutt asked.

Under state law, whistleblowers are not protected at the county level.

Still, Cribb said she intends to file a lawsuit.

Northcutt said her daughter doesn’t have health insurance. She, too, plans to sue the county. 

https://www.cbs17.com


Jake Parsons, 19
Flight instructor and commercial pilot 
October 24, 2019: "I began flight instructing at Cape Fear Aviation"


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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N5185R

Location: Hope Mills, NC
Accident Number: ERA20LA105
Date & Time: 02/17/2020, 1350 EST
Registration: N5185R
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 4 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On February 17, 2020, about 1350 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172M, N5185R, was substantially damaged during takeoff in Hope Mills, North Carolina. The commercial pilot and three passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to information provided by the operator, the purpose of the flight was to orient local youth with general aviation. The commercial pilot, who was also a flight instructor, was seated in the right cockpit seat. The passengers occupied the other three seats. During the takeoff, the passenger in the left seat reached for the control yoke and pulled back on the controls. The flight instructor called out for him to let go; however, the passenger did not relinquish the controls. The airplane pitched up to a near vertical position, stalled, then collided with terrain adjacent to the runway. Witnesses watching the takeoff reported that the engine continued to run normally during the accident sequence.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The fuselage and both wings were structurally damaged. The propeller separated from the engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5185R
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:No 
Operator: Cape Fear Aviation Maintenance Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFAY, 186 ft msl
Observation Time: 1421 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hope Mills, NC (2GC)
Destination: Hope Mills, NC (2GC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 34.893611, -78.843611 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N64003; accident occurred May 23, 2019 at Stafford Regional Airport (KRMN), Fredericksburg, Virginia




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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N64003

Location: Stafford, VA
Accident Number: ERA19TA192
Date & Time: 05/23/2019, 1410 EDT
Registration: N64003
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 23, 2019, about 1410 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172M, N64003, was substantially damaged while landing at Stafford Regional Airport (RMN), Stafford, Virginia. The private pilot was no injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Shannon Airport (EZF), Fredericksburg, Virginia, about 1315.

The pilot stated that during approach to runway 15, the automated weather observation system (AWOS) reported the wind from 220° (varying between 150° and 240°) at 9 knots, gusting to 14 knots. The pilot further stated that there was some crosswind, but it only required a minor crab during final approach. Shortly after touchdown, the airplane veered right, traveled off the right side of the runway and the nosegear struck a concrete slab. The airplane travelled another 10 feet before the nosegear collapsed and the airplane came to rest upright.

A witness stated that he departed RMN in his airplane about 3 to 5 minutes prior to the accident. At that time, the AWOS indicated a crosswind of less than 10 knots, slightly favoring runway 15. The witness further stated that during initial climb, between 50 and 150 feet above ground level, the airplane encountered a severe increase in crosswind that required large counter control input. The airplane also encountered strong downdrafts until climbing to a higher altitude.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the firewall, engine mount, and left wing. The inspector was able to confirm control continuity from the rudder to the rudder pedals. He did not observe any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilot report any.

The recorded wind at RMN, at 1415, was from 230° at 8 knots, gusting to 16 knots.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/09/2018
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  
Flight Time: 251 hours (Total, all aircraft), 60 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N64003
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17264951
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: Shannon School Of Aeronautics Llc
Rated Power:
Operator: Shannon School Of Aeronautics Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RMN, 211 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1415 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 16 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fredericksburg, VA (EZF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Stafford, VA (RMN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Stafford Regional Airport (RMN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 211 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.398056, -77.455556 (est)

Lancair 360, N432WH: Incident occurred May 26, 2020 at Merritt Island Airport (KCOI), Brevard County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed, gear collapsed and skidded off runway into the grass.

https://registry.faa.gov/N432WH

Date: 26-MAY-20
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N432WH
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: 360
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MERRITT ISLAND
State: FLORIDA

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper J3C-65 Cub, N30683, accident occurred May 22, 2019 at Louisa County Airport (KLKU), Virginia




Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
https://registry.faa.gov/N30683


Location: Louisa, VA
Accident Number: GAA19CA276
Date & Time: 05/22/2019, 1700 EDT
Registration: N30683
Aircraft: Piper J3C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during landing, while decelerating, the airplane veered left. He applied full right rudder, but there was "little to no change in the yaw" with the control stick full aft. The tailwheel had "unlocked" when it contacted the runway since the airplane was yawed to the left. He added engine power to increase airflow for better rudder effectiveness and the airplane began to straighten out, but the airplane exited the runway to the left and the right main landing gear collapsed.

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.

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about 5 minutes before the accident, the wind was calm. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 04.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/20/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/11/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 5770 hours (Total, all aircraft), 72 hours (Total, this make and model), 1908 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 128 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 47 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/11/2019
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N30683
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 5046
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2762 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: A-65-8
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: KLKU, 493 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2055 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Louisa, VA (LKU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Louisa, VA (LKU)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1600 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: LOUISA COUNTY/FREEMAN FIELD (LKU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 493 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4300 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.010000, -77.967222 (est)