Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Beechcraft A23 Musketeer, N8783M: Accident occurred October 03, 2020 at Avery County/Morrison Field (7A8), Spruce Pine, North Carolina

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 Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina 


Location: Spruce Pines, NC 
Accident Number: ERA21LA012
Date & Time: October 3, 2020, 13:50 Local 
Registration: N8783M
Aircraft: Beech 23 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N8783M
Model/Series: 23 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.950234,-81.998167 (est)

Velocity Elite RG, N78BM: Accident occurred October 06, 2020 and Incident occurred January 14, 2020

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

Barraza Marin & Associates LLC doing business as Barraza-Marin Group

https://registry.faa.gov/B78BM

Location: Lady Lake, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA009
Date & Time: October 6, 2020, 15:30 Local
Registration: N78BM
Aircraft: Velocity Elite 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 6, 2020, about 1530 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Velocity Elite RG, N78BM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lady Lake, Florida. The airline transport pilot incurred minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he purchased fuel and departed with 31 gallons on an instrument flight rules flight from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida to Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, Florida. About 20 minutes into the flight, the pilot descended the airplane from 7,000 ft mean sea level (msl) to 3,000 ft msl, to fly below some convective cloud buildup. About 1 to 2 minutes after leveling the airplane at 3,000 ft msl, the engine lost all power without any unusual sounds. The pilot verified adequate fuel and that the mixture and throttle were in the correct positions; however, he was unable to restart the engine. With the assistance of air traffic control, the pilot attempted to glide the airplane to Leesburg International Airport (LEE), Leesburg, Florida, but soon realized that the airplane would not glide the full distance to the airport. The pilot subsequently landed in a field and the airplane struck a fence before coming to rest upright, resulting in damage to the wings and fuselage.

The airplane was assembled in 1997 and equipped with a Franklin engine manufactured that same year. At the time of the accident, the airframe and engine had accumulated about 467 hours since new. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Velocity
Registration: N78BM
Model/Series: Elite RG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LEE,76 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4300 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Gainesville, FL (GNV)
Destination: Orlando, FL (ORL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 28.929167,81.930833 (est)

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

January 14, 2020:  Aircraft aborted takeoff and went off end of runway with nose in the water - Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida.

Date: 14-JAN-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N78BM
Aircraft Make: VELOCITY
Aircraft Model: ELITE
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: ST PETERSBURG
State: FLORIDA





Rans S-7 Courier, N55893: Fatal accident occurred October 06, 2020 and Incident occurred July 07, 2020




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 Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington


Location: Spirit Lake, ID 
Accident Number: WPR21LA011
Date & Time: October 6, 2020, 15:33 Local 
Registration: N55893
Aircraft: RANS S-7 
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 06, 2020 at 1533 Pacific daylight time, a Rans S-7 Courier amphibian airplane, N55893, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Spirit Lake, Idaho. The pilot sustained fatal injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot and pilot-rated passenger had flown from Ponderay Lake earlier in the day and landed at Treeport Airport to see an acquaintance. The passenger stated that they intended to fly to Timber Basin Airpark, Sagle, Idaho where the pilot was based. The pilot elected to depart runway 07 and during the initial takeoff the airplane stayed in ground-effect. The passenger thought the pilot was going to land and taxi back, but then the pilot pulled aft on the control stick. The airplane climbed above the trees at the end of the runway (about 40 ft tall) and at about 50 ft above ground level (agl), the airplane’s left wing stalled. The airplane impacted the ground nearly inverted.

The acquaintance’s son captured a video of the takeoff on his cell phone and witnessed the accident. A review of the video revealed that as the airplane departed runway 07 it became airborne about 1,100 ft down the grass runway (see Figure 1). As the departure continued, the wings rocked as it slowly ascended and then it temporarily climbed above the tree line (see Figure 2). The airplane turned left (to the north) and then descended below the tree line. The airplane came to rest about 900 ft north of the runway centerline (see Figure 3). 



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RANS 
Registration: N55893
Model/Series: S-7 NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Unknown
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCOE 
Observation Time: 16:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: -1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Spirit Lake, ID (ID22)
Destination: Sagle, ID (ID24)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 47.980217,-116.78632

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.   

Michael Dennis Mills
March 11, 1950 - October 09, 2020

Michael Dennis Mills left us on Friday, October 9th after a tragic airplane accident in Spirit Lake, Idaho. He was doing what he loved best in his newest float plane. 

A happy and passionate soul who lived life full and fast. Mike had a way of packing many things into any one day and therefore into a lifetime most could only imagine. An experience-oriented guy who took many people on adventures of their lifetime. It could have been a group of friends on a ski trip in British Columbia, a salmon and halibut fishing expedition for charter clients in southeast Alaska, or sharing funny stories with his family and grandchildren on a beach in Hawaii or around a campfire after a day of activities. Mike always found time to share his passion for life with anyone able to keep up. 

Mike gained credibility with people in his presence by sharing his knowledge, showing them how to do things or get places, helping them achieve a goal, and giving assistance when he found room to offer a helping hand, all this while sharing a humorous story or two along the way.

He was born in Denver, Colorado to his late parents Bob and Irene Mills. Early adult life in mountain towns of Idaho Springs, Georgetown, and Silver Plume Colorado is where he found a passion for fishing, hunting, skiing and where he also developed his love of the outdoors.  After high school Mike went to Orange Coast College in Newport Beach, California in 1970-71 where he participated on the Crew Team and made more lifelong friends. He also made his first of what would become many expeditions to the islands of Hawaii. 

From California, Mike developed a yearning to get to southeast Alaska where he wanted to fish for salmon.  Out of necessity, Alaska is where Mike honed many of his outdoor skills including piloting his airplanes, commercial fishing, and running boat charters for guests. It is also where he sharpened his aptitude of garnering many lifelong friends which included fellow fishermen, pilots, locals, and his fishing guests.  Gustavus is where he met and is survived by his former wife Connie and their daughter Kelly Mills who now resides in southern California with her children Cannon & Andreas Altamirano and Bristol Williams.  

Mike and his wife Caroline made the north shore of Kauai their seasonal home in the off season from the Alaska summers. They loved long walks on the beach, snorkeling, and spending time with family, especially his stepchildren-Shandy & Keaton Mitchell along with their kids Mackenzie & Wyatt Mitchell. Caroline’s son and Mike’s stepson Jody Simpson and his wife Kristen Foster live in Kauai with their children Kohana & Kaikou Simpson. 

In addition to his wife Caroline, Mike leaves brothers Bob Mills from Niantic, Connecticut, Dan Mills & his wife Gail from Sagle, Idaho. 

The family will be arranging a celebration of Mike’s life in the spring or summer of 2021.Stay tuned for more information.  In order help to make their memories known to Caroline and others, friends will be asked to do so on Boombox.com. Invitations will be going out to those for whom we have contact information, but all will be welcome.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago, Illinois

July 07, 2020:  Aircraft experienced hydraulic problem and diverted to Ogle County Airport (C55) and landed with gear partially retracted.

Date: 07-JUL-20
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N55893
Aircraft Make: RANS
Aircraft Model: S7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MOUNT MORRIS
State: ILLINOIS

Piper PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III, N541PU: Incident occurred October 06, 2020 at Crawfordsville Regional Airport (KCFJ), Montgomery County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Purdue University Trustees


Date: 06-OCT-20
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N541PU
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
City: CRAWFORDSVILLE
State: INDIANA

Quicksilver Sport, N2942A: Fatal accident occurred October 06, 2020 near Posey Patch Ultralight Flightpark (59II), Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana

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


Location: Mount Vernon, IN
Accident Number: CEN21LA008
Date & Time: October 6, 2020, 08:20 Local 
Registration: N2942A
Aircraft: STEPHENS WILLIAM E Quicksilver
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 6, 2020, about 0820 central daylight time, an experimental light sport Quicksilver airplane, expired registration N2942A, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Mount Vernon, Indiana. The student pilot and private pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal
flight.

A witness stated that she observed the accident airplane flying around in the area. She observed the airplane come out of a loop then spiraled toward the ground. She did not see the airplane impact the ground, but she heard a sound similar to the impact. She observed the airplane from her residence which was 0.33 nautical miles (nm) east of the accident site and about 1 nm northeast east of the airport.

The airplane impacted a harvested crop field on a heading of southwest and came to rest on its right side. The airplane was about 100 ft from the initial ground impact marks and airplane debris was scattered in between. The engine remained attached to its mount and one propeller blade had separated from the propeller hub.

The wreckage has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: STEPHENS WILLIAM E 
Registration: N2942A
Model/Series: Quicksilver 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KEHR,387 ft msl
Observation Time: 08:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, 
Direction: 5 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Mount Vernon, IN 
Destination: Mount Vernon, IN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 37.920396,-87.7663 (est)

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.


POSEY COUNTY, Indiana (WFIE) - Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham says they are investigating a double fatality ultralight crash.

It happened Tuesday morning in an area near Meinschein Road and Davis Road.

The Sheriff says two men were killed in the crash. The Posey County Coroner identifies the victims as 75-year-old William Rohland, of Garden Grove, California, and 57-year-old Michael Schlichtman, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The coroner says an autopsy will be done Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office is working with the FAA and NTSB in this investigation.

“And we’re going to have to rely upon those services from the FAA and the NTSB in efforts of determining that," said Sheriff Latham. "With their investigation, they’ll hopefully be able to a cause of what the purpose of the crash was.”

The Sheriff says so far, all they know is the men flew from an airfield south of where the crash happened. Deputies say both men were still belted in their seats.

Sheriff Latham says sheriff deputies will be out securing the scene until the investigation is complete.



William “Bill” Edward Rohland
October 11, 1944 - October 6, 2020

William “Bill” Edward Rohland, 75, died Tuesday morning, October 6, 2020, in a plane crash near Evansville, Indiana. The last several years Bill had been living and working in retirement at Posey Patch airfield near Mount Vernon, Indiana during the summer months and residing with his wife and son at their home in Garden Grove, California through the winter.

Bill was born October 11, 1944, in Withee, Wisconsin, to Julius and Gertrude Rohland. He attended Owen-Withee schools and graduated in 1956. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and continued serving in the Air National Guard after his retirement from the Air Force and maintained many close friendships from his military service days.  He lived in St. Louis, Missouri and Collinsville, Illinois before moving to California.

Bill was devoted to flying. In retirement he learned to fly ultralight planes and made life-long friends in that world. He worked closely with Tri State Kites at the Posey Patch airfield in Mount Vernon, Indiana and at Sullivan Airfield near St. Louis, Missouri, promoting flying, participating in flying clubs and instructing student pilots. He made committed friendships there and wherever he spent time.

He is survived by his wife, Ngoc Vu Rohland and son, Julian; his brother, Curtis Rohland (LaMae), Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; sister Deborah Gengenbach, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; brothers-in-law Hung  Vu (Phuong Vo), St. Louis, Missouri; Ta’n Vu (Trang Nguyen), Atlanta, Georgia; Tan Vu (Thuc Le) Smithfield, Rhode Island; nephews John Rohland (Lan), Eau Claire, and Albert Rohland, La Crosse, Wisconsin; niece Larissa (Florian) Skwierczynski, Lake Hallie, Wisconsin; nephew Gus Gengenbach (Cassidy) Bremerton, Washington;  niece Julia, Madison, Wisconsin; niece Beth (Charles Hinkle) Leasburg, North Carolina; niece Amy (Neil) Hodorovsky, Eau Claire, Wisconsin;  six grand nieces, two great grand nieces, four great grand nephews; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Caroline Rohland, Edward and Amelia Petke, parents Julius and Gertrude Rohland, his older sister, Nancy (Bill) Schley, and numerous aunts and uncles and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24 at Riverside Cemetery. The cemetery is one mile west of Withee, Wisconsin on state highway 29.

The family regrets that a meal together cannot be enjoyed at this time due to the restrictions imposed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A nonprofit organization has not yet been chosen as recipient for any gifts of money given in Bill’s honor.

Mike Schlichtman

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs man was among two killed in an aircraft crash Tuesday morning in southwest Indiana, according to authorities.

The Posey County, Indiana coroner’s office identified Mike Schlichtman, 57, of Steamboat as one of the two men who died when their ultralight aircraft crashed southwest of Evansville, Indiana, near the Kentucky and Illinois borders. The aircraft’s other occupant was identified as William Rohland, 75, of Garden Grove, California.

It was reported that the aircraft crashed around 8:23 a.m. CST, south of the airfield from where it took off.

Schlichtman had traveled to Indiana to look at and test out small planes for a possible purchase, according to his family.

Schlichtman was a licensed pilot and an avid cyclist. He was active in the community and fully engaged in his passion for the outdoors. He was a ski instructor at Steamboat Resort, served as a Rotarian with Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and was a volunteer member of Routt County Search and Rescue. 

“He was just a tremendous guy. He was a great friend and a great team member,” said Jay Bowman, president of Search and Rescue. “He was someone who we will all dearly miss.”

Schlichtman went out with the team on its most recent rescue mission Oct. 1. They tended to an injured bicyclist along the Flash of Gold trail on Buffalo Pass.

The rescued man sent Bowman an email on Tuesday expressing his gratitude.

“That person has reached out to the team and said, ‘What a tremendous and awesome group of people who dropped everything to help him,’” Bowman said. “And Mike was one of those people.”

Bowman described Schlichtman as somebody who the team was looking forward to having around for a long time. Schlichtman, who had been a team member for several years, was seen as somebody who would have risen up the ranks.

“His enthusiasm, his knowledge and calm approach to everything will certainly be missed,” Bowman said.

Schlichtman’s wife of 35 years, Lisa Schlichtman, is editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Together they have two adult sons, Ryan and Nick. He is originally from Cassville, Missouri, where he owned and continued to operate several car washes after moving to Steamboat with his family in 2013.

“He would bring light to every situation,” said Gillian Morris, president of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs. “He was so interesting; always doing fun stuff.”

An exact cause of death has yet to be determined, according to authorities. The two men were still inside the aircraft when first responders arrived to the scene.

Investigators with the Posey County Sheriff’s Office said they have been working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to establish the cause of the crash.

Beech F33A Bonanza, N7235H: Incident occurred October 05, 2020 at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (KPSM), Rockingham County, New Hampshire

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aircraft taxiing for departure struck an edge light. 

Clover Crest II Inc


Date: 05-OCT-20
Time: 22:40:00Z
Regis#: N7235H
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 33
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: PORTSMOUTH
State: NEW HAMPSHIRE

Cessna 172RG Cutlass RG, N948SM: Incident occurred October 06, 2020 at Akron-Canton Regional Airport (KCAK), Summit County, Ohio

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Scenic Concepts LLC


Date: 06-OCT-20
Time: 20:22:00Z
Regis#: N948SM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: AKRON
State: OHIO