Friday, September 18, 2020

Piper PA-28-180, N9467J: Incident occurred September 13, 2020 at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, Arizona

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway incurring a propeller strike. 

Red Rock Flying School LLC


Date: 13-SEP-20
Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N9467J
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MESA
State: ARIZONA

American Champion 8KCAB Decathlon, N81BH: Accident occurred September 11, 2020 in Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas


14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 2020 in Ozark, AR
Aircraft: Champion 8GCBC, registration: N81BH

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 under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 11-SEP-20
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N81BH
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 8GCBC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: OZARK
State: ARKANSAS

Van's RV-9A, N4889R: Fatal accident occurred September 13, 2020 off Taylor County coast, Florida

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.  


Date: 13-SEP-20
Time: 15:23:00Z
Regis#: N4889R
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV9
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal:  Two (2)
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CROSS CITY
State: FLORIDA

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.


Taylor County Sheriff's Office Inv. Bryan Hayden swims back to the boat with a piece of the Van's RV-9A he recovered diving in the murky and choppy Gulf waters this week. 

TCSO Sheriff Wayne Padgett looks on as Inv. Bryan Hayden (center) and volunteer Jody DeVane work to winch a section of landing gear from the Van's RV-9A that crashed off the Taylor County coast here Sunday aboard a boat borrowed from Benjye Tuten.


Two men remain missing after a single-engine plane crash on Sunday, despite a multi-agency search by local law enforcement officials and private volunteers who continue to battle blustering winds and storm-tossed waves.

While most of the amateur-built Van’s Aircraft RV-9 had been recovered as of press time on Thursday, the occupants — Haram Patrick Yu of Tampa and Roman Scarfo of Sarasota — have not yet been located.

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) began the search for Yu and Scarfo on Sunday, September 13th, after being contacted by the Federal Aviation Administration, who reported they lost radar contact with the plane.  

Federal Aviation Administration officials reported a Van's RV-9A experimental aircraft descended rapidly and disappeared from radar off Taylor County coast during a flight from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Ocala International Airport.

"We met a fisherman at Sea Hag and got his statement," TCSO Undersheriff Marty Tompkins said.  "He said he heard what sounded like an airboat or airplane engine falling out of the sky and saw something dropping in the water like a waterspout."

Tompkins said the charter captain took deputies back to the area he was fishing along with Sea Tow and other volunteers.

"That is where we located the landing gear sticking out of the water,"  Tompkins said.  "We have had divers in the water every day since.  Unfortunately, the weather has been horrible.  It is white-capping in the Steinhatchee River.  Divers have had zero visibility Wednesday and Thursday, and they are basically feeling along the bottom."

The search has proven difficult, as rain bands and wind gusts spinning off of Hurricane Sally battered local search teams, many of whom took to the tumultuous Gulf in small skiffs, airboats, and larger boats owned by volunteers.

"Deteriorating weather conditions have had a negative effect on the search," TCSI Capt Gina Deeson said.

The Federal Aviation Administration stated the National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation, however National Transportation Safety Board is not participating in the search efforts due to COVID-related travel restrictions, according to local authorities.

"We are collecting everything we can, from Global Positioning System coordinates to recovered pieces of the plane.  The data collected by TCSO and volunteer search teams will be sent to the National Transportation Safety Board, who will then conduct an investigation based on what we have collected," TCSO Capt. Gina Deeson said.

On Thursday, TCSO personnel were still leading a search in the murky and choppy waters just off the Dallus Creek. Volunteers and other agencies were providing aerial assistance. 

"TCSO appreciates the assistance provided by the Florida Forest Service, Dixie County Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Perry Police Department, Georgia - Florida Aviation Search Team and other private individuals, such as Mike Williams, Jody Devane, Benjye Tuten and Posada Aviation," Deeson said in a statement to Perry Newspapers.

After five (5) days without any sign of the missing pilot and co-pilot, the search efforts are at risk of being called off.  

"The Sheriff said unless we find something substantial between now and then, we will end our search at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday)," Tompkins added. 


Roman Scarfo

Haram Patrick Yu

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida (WFLA) – Yeni Montoya is doing her best to stay positive as crews 250 miles away from Sarasota search for her husband-to-be, Roman Scarfo.

The 42-year-old vanished after his Van's RV-9A experimental aircraft crashed off the coast of Florida Sunday morning. Montoya is seven months pregnant with their first child.

Scarfo and another man departed from Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores, Alabama just after nine a.m. on Sunday. They were scheduled to land in Ocala, but diverted to Cross City mid-flight.

“The weather was bad,” said Montoya.”They were flying back and once they got close to Cross City, Florida, they realized they needed to land and they contacted the Cross City airport tower, and the tower lost signal with them right as they were over the water on the Gulf of Mexico shore,” she continued.

Montoya tells 8 Your Side, Scarfo was wrapping up requirements for his pilot’s license, something he’s dreamed of his entire life.

“He always told me his passion was to be a pilot, to finish his pilot license and on his time off, just take me flying and just fly and just have fun like that. That was what made him happy,” said Montoya.

Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett tells 8 On Your Side crews with the sheriff’s office, the local fire department, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been searching around the clock for any signs of the two men on board the plane. The plane’s fuselage was pulled from the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple volunteers joined in on the search efforts including a pilot from Tampa. Nicolas Posada flew up Monday to help with the search efforts. He knows both victims.

“Family members want to know more than just there are pieces of aircraft in the water. To be able to achieve that, we need more help,” said Posada.

The local pilot says more air power would be helpful, especially helicopters. “All day Monday, there was nothing but volunteers in the afternoon after 11 a.m. Aircrafts will have to make circles, there is not a single helicopter that we have seen around here. It surprises me because we are supposed to see the Coast Guard, first responders, emergency responders out here instead of volunteers first and then officials showing up later two or three days later,” said the pilot.

8 On Your Side reached out to the FAA and NTSB regarding the crash. Officials with the NTSB said, ‘the NTSB is investigating this accident. Currently, the wreckage recovery is ongoing’.

The FAA sent 8 On Your Side this statement:

Local authorities notified the FAA yesterday that they discovered the wreckage of a Van’s RV-9 in the Tide Swamp Wildlife Management Area in Taylor County, Fla. Two people were aboard. The FAA issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT) on September 13 to public safety agencies, pilots and airports to alert them about the missing aircraft. The flight departed Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, Ala., and was headed to Ocala International Airport in Florida. The FAA and NTSB will investigate. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents. The FAA will release the aircraft tail number once investigators verify it at the scene. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and all updates.

Montoya admits communication has been limited since the crash happened Sunday morning. Most of the information she received early on was from volunteers.

“I am hoping at this point that they find them. Any news…” she said with tears in her eyes. “I keep hoping for the best. I understand that we could hear anything bad, but I am hoping that they could find him finally with the help and give me some news,” she continued.

Montoya says she wants information and closure. “The main concern with my family is my pregnancy because they are trying to keep me as healthy as possible and they know that all of this stress and the more it elongates, the more my health deteriorates,” said the expectant mother.

“I want to say thank you to the crew that is helping. It is hard because we are not there, but I want to say thank you. Please keep searching and if you need help, if you are lacking boats, if you are lacking more help from the air, please ask for it. If we can send more volunteers, more friends, and they need to allow it, please let them come and help so we can get some closure,” said Montoya.

Cub Crafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub, N682CC: Accident occurred September 11, 2020 at Big Creek Airport (U60),Valley County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho


14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 2020 in Big Creek, ID
Aircraft: Cub Crafters CC11-160, registration: N682CC

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 ground looped on landing and struck a tree and then another tree. 

Date: 11-SEP-20
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N682CC
Aircraft Make: CUBCRAFTERS
Aircraft Model: CC11
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BIG CREEK
State: IDAHO

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N52700: Incident occurred September 13, 2020 in Stanley, Custer County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aircraft crashed on a hillside. 


Date: 13-SEP-20
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N52700
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: STANLEY
State: IDAHO

Eurocopter EC120B , N453F: Incident occurred September 12, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Rotorcraft made a precautionary landing in Patterson Park due to altitude and radio issues.  

Baltimore City Aviation Unit 


Date: 12-SEP-20
Time: 21:50:00Z
Regis#: N453F
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: EC120
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
City: BALTIMORE
State: MARYLAND


BALTIMORE, Maryland (WJZ) — A Baltimore Police Department's “Foxtrot” made a precautionary emergency landing at Patterson Park on Saturday evening after a warning light came on, according to police.

Police said the rotorcraft landed safely in Patterson Park and there were no injures reported.

Mechanics were at the scene to assess the rotorcraft.

The Foxtrot and responding officers eventually left the scene safely.

Witnesses told WJZ Baltimore Police patrol vehicles drove into the park to set a perimeter for the Foxtrot to safely land.

“They indicated where the chopper was so nobody could go near there,” a witness told WJZ.

On August 11, another Baltimore Police Foxtrot was forced to make an emergency landing.

There is no word yet on what caused the warning light to come on.



A Baltimore Police helicopter made an emergency landing in Patterson Park shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday after the rotorcraft “indicator warning light” came on, a police spokesperson said.

There were no injuries on the scene, said police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge in an email. At the time, there was a pilot and two observers on board. The landing was made “out of an abundance of caution,” Eldridge wrote.

Mechanics were called to the scene to evaluate the engine and warning light, Eldridge said. “At no time” did the helicopter lose power during the flight or landing, Eldridge wrote, nor did the pilot lose control of the rotorcraft.

Piper PA-28-181 Archer III, N635KC: Incident occurred September 13, 2020 at Jefferson City Memorial Airport (KJEF), Callaway County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aircraft bounced on landing and the nose gear collapsed. 

MV Aviation LLC


Date: 13-SEP-20
Time: 18:45:00Z
Regis#: N635KC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: OZARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Flight Number: OZT635
City: JEFFERSON CITY
State: MISSOURI



JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A plane landed in Jefferson City Sunday afternoon after its nose gear collapsed.

One man was inside the aircraft, but he did not get hurt. The plane skidded to a stop on the runway at Jefferson City Memorial Airport, according to the airport's manager Eric Bowers. 

The Jefferson City Fire and Police Departments responded to the incident, alongside Cole County and Callaway County Emergency Medical Services. 

The Jefferson City Fire Department confirmed that there were no hazardous materials left behind on the runway or outside the aircraft.

Bowers said the next step is to remove the airplane from the runway and open the runway back up. Then, an investigation will happen into why the plane's landing gears failed. 

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N7602Y: Accident occurred September 12, 2020 near Billings Logan International Airport (KBIL), Yellowstone County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed short of the runway. 


Date: 12-SEP-20
Time: 17:43:00Z
Regis#: N7602Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA30
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: BILLINGS
State: MONTANA




A plane crashed at the base of the Rims near North Park late Saturday morning, putting its pilot in the hospital but causing no harm otherwise.

Billings Fire Department engines and American Medical Response arrived at the scene around 11:45 a.m. after witnesses saw the plane drop at the northern end of Vuecrest Drive, just yards away from the nearest house.

“So far, we have no details on what caused the crash,” said BFD Battalion Chief Ed Regele.

Regele said the pilot, who was the only person on board, was in communication with air traffic controllers at Billings Logan International Airport when the plane fell off the radar. The landing bent the wings and twisted the tail of the Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, but caused no fire.

The pilot has been taken to the hospital to be treated for lacerations and probable head trauma, according to Regele, but was conscious when emergency crews extracted him from the plane.

Ryan Mershon, who lives nearby, said he didn’t hear or see anything until fire engines drove onto Vuecrest Drive. He said a neighbor out walking his dog saw the plane fall before texting him.

“I just can’t believe nobody was killed,” he said.

Regele said the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified, but will not be investigating the crash. Billings Police officers will take photographs of the site crash, which will be sent to the U.S. Flight Standards District Office in Helena. Ultimately, it will be the Federal Aviation Administration that determines what caused the emergency landing.

Mooney M20A, N6053X: Incident occurred September 11, 2020 at Cavern City Air Terminal (KCNM), Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 11-SEP-20
Time: 01:02:00Z
Regis#: N6053X
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CARLSBAD
State: NEW MEXICO