Saturday, May 30, 2020

Pilatus PC-12/47, N721KP: Incident occurred May 28, 2020 at Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (PASI), Alaska

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

Aircraft while boarding, tail stand lost contact with the ground resulting in a tailstrike.

Kalinin Partners LLC d/b/a Alaska Seaplanes

Date: 28-MAY-20
Time: 03:20:00Z
Regis#: N721KP
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 135

Wrong Fuel: Aero Commander 500S Shrike, N909AK; accident occurred May 28, 2020 near Aniak Airport (PANI), Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual 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; Anchorage, Alaska 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

State of Alaska operated by Division of Forestry

Location: Aniak, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC20LA050
Date and Time: May 28, 2020, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N909AK
Aircraft: Rockwell 500 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wrong fuel
Injuries: 4 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Public aircraft

Factual Information

On May 28, 2020, about 1600 Alaska daylight time, an Aero Commander 500S airplane, N909AK sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Aniak, Alaska. The pilot and three passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 public aircraft flight.

The airplane was owned by the State of Alaska and operated by the Division of Forestry.

According to the pilot, after arriving in Aniak, he had the local fuel vendor's ground service personnel refuel the airplane. He then signed the fuel receipt, and he returned to the airplane's cockpit to complete some paperwork before departure. Once the paperwork was complete, he then loaded his passengers, started the airplane's engines, and taxied to Runway 29 for departure.

The pilot said that shortly after takeoff, and during initial climb, he initially noticed what he thought was mechanical turbulence followed by a reduction in climb performance, and the airplane's engines began to lose power. Unable to maintain altitude and while descending about 400 ft per minute, he selected an area of shallow water covered terrain as an off-airport landing site. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the landing.

The fueler reported that he was unfamiliar with the airplane, so he queried the pilot as to where he should attach the grounding strap and the location of the fuel filler port. Before starting to refuel the airplane, he asked the pilot "do you want Prist with your Jet" to which the pilot responded that he did not. After completing the refueling process, he returned to his truck, wrote "Jet A" in the meter readings section of the prepared receipt, and presented it to the pilot for his signature. The pilot signed the receipt and was provided a copy. The fueler stated that he later added "no Prist" to his copy of the receipt, and that he did not see a fuel placard near the fueling port.

A postaccident examination revealed that the reciprocating engine airplane had been inadvertently serviced with Jet A fuel. A slightly degraded placard near the fuel port on the top of the wing stated, in part: "FUEL 100/100LL MINIMUM GRADE AVIATION GASOLINE ONLY CAPACITY 159.6 US GALLONS." 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: September 5, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 4869 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model), 4003 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rockwell 
Registration: N909AK
Model/Series: 500S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 3232
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle 
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 5, 2020 Annual Certified 
Max Gross Wt.: 6748 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6966.4 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540 SER
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 325 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 23:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 12000 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Aniak, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Soldotna, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 61.581665,-159.54306(est)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Division of Forestry plane with four people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff in the Western Alaska community of Aniak Thursday, a Forestry spokesperson said.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy made the first public announcement of the incident shortly after 5 p.m. during his third online Town Hall meeting.

"The report that we have is all survived, (with) bumps and bruises," Dunleavy said.

Tim Mowry, with the Alaska Division of Forestry, said he had just learned of the incident when reached minutes later. Mowry said the pilot and three forestry staff on board did not suffer life-threatening injuries, but he did not know to what extent they were injured.

According to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, the plane was a state-owned Aero Commander 500S Shrike. The pilot, Mark Jordan and three other passengers were all Medevaced to Anchorage with non-life threatening injuries.

NTSB Region Chief Clint Johnson says the crash happened at about 3:43 p.m. The plane came to rest in a body of water. The Aniak airport's runway sits nestled between slight bends in the Kuskokwim River and a slough of the Aniak River. Other small bodies of water are located near Aniak's airport as well.

Photos from Aniak resident Dave Mattson show the yellow State of Alaska plane resting in what appears to be a shallow body of water. Mattson, who owns an automotive store near the airport, was at the community's barge landing when he heard the crash from half a mile away.

"It's a miracle," Mattson said. "I don't see how anyone [survived this]."

By the time he had gotten to the site of the accident, troopers had responded and the passengers were already receiving care.

There is not a staffed fire in the region, Mowry said. He was still gathering more information about the flight and the incident.

Cessna 182T Skylane, N316JH: Incident occurred May 28, 2020 at Prescott Regional Airport (KPRC), Yavapai County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft made a hard landing.

North-Aire Aviation LLC

Date: 28-MAY-20
Time: 23:35:00Z
Regis#: N316JH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Champion 7ECA Citabria, N9557S: Accident occurred May 28, 2020 near Vine Grove Airport (70KY), Hardin County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA160
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Vine Grove, KY
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N9557S

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 departed and struck power lines and crashed in a field.

Date: 28-MAY-20
Time: 18:43:00Z
Regis#: N9557S
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

One person was injured when a small private plane clipped a power line as it descended Thursday afternoon near North Middle School and landed upright beside a tree line in a cornfield.

Officials at the scene said two people were in the plane less than a mile from the Vine Grove airport with the owner/pilot suffering minor injuries. Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly said the crash occurred at 2:39 p.m.

“The plane was taking off going north to south toward Rogersville Road when for unknown reasons the plane began to descend and hit a transmission line,” Mattingly said.

Although the plane landed near Joe Prather Highway, the trees concealed the scene from passing motorists. Police and other emergency vehicles drove 200 yards across a farm field to find the crash site. Vine Grove police blocked access from the highway after Federal Aviation Administration officials arrived.

Chester Dennis was mowing along the right of way adjacent to his family’s property nearby when the crash occurred. He didn’t see the wreck but noticed the traffic signal was out at Prather and Rogersville Road just before he saw two fire trucks pull off the road and disappear into an adjacent field.

The power outage initially impacted nearly 30,000 customers in parts of Vine Grove, Radcliff and Elizabethtown, according to a Nolin RECC outage report.

Mattingly said the pilot suffered cuts and bruises. His name was not released. A passenger was uninjured.

The Federal Aviation Administration quickly was on the crash scene and is handling the investigation. In addition to the VGPD, the Vine Grove Fire Department, Hardin County Emer­gency Management, Hardin County EMS and Kentucky State Police also responded.

Thursday’s incident is the second plane crash in less than a year involving an aircraft in Vine Grove.

On June 23, a two-­seater plane crashed as it attempted to land at the Vine Grove airport.

Josef Schroeder of Radcliff and Daniel Brooks of Rineyville suffered multiple fractures in the crash.

Vine Grove Fire Chief Steve New said the plane clipped trees by the landing area as it descended.