Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Aero Commander 100 Darter Commander, N631PF: Fatal accident occurred October 14, 2020 in Citra, Marion County, Florida

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

Location: Citra, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA020
Date & Time: October 13, 2020, 20:15 Local 
Registration: N631PF
Aircraft: Aero Commander 100 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 13, 2020, about 2015 eastern daylight time, an Aero Commander 100, N631PF, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Citra, Florida. The student pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The sister of the pilot who resided at the private airport property where the airplane departed reported that the pilot was in Ocala, Florida all day on personal business and after he had driven back, the pilot informed her that he was going to take a “quick flight.” The airplane departed about 1930, and about 15 minutes later, the pilot called on the phone to ask her to take her car to the runway and light it up with the headlights. The pilot informed her that he had lost sight of the runway and the airplane was low on fuel. She further stated that the pilot sounded like he was in a “panic.” Additional neighbors arrived and attempted to light up the runway with their vehicle’s headlights, but the airplane appeared to fly towards the east, away from the runway. She lost contact with the pilot about 2014 and attempted to call him several times, but was unable to reach him.

The airplane was subsequently located about 2 miles southeast of the airport. It impacted a swampy area in 5 ft deep water with dense brush. It was inverted in a nose down attitude and partially submerged. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office documented the accident site with photographs and drone footage which revealed significant compression damage and buckling of the airplane’s fuselage aft of the cockpit. The empennage remained relatively intact and all control surfaces remained attached to their respective locations. The cockpit and engine compartment were submerged.

As of the date of this report, the wreckage had not been recovered.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aero Commander 
Registration: N631PF
Model/Series: 100 Aircraft 
Category: Airplane
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOCF,87 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Citra, FL 
Destination: Citra, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.473624,-81.992119 (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.

CITRA, Florida – A pilot was killed early Wednesday when a single-engine plane crashed in a remote part of Marion County near the Ocala National Forest, officials said.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said its aviation unit located the downed plane near Orange Springs.

investigators were able to reach the private plane and discovered the pilot, the sole occupant, dead, sheriff’s officials said.

The pilot was identified as John Toole Jr., 65.

Investigators believe that Toole may have been trying to land at a nearby private airstrip when the crash occurred.

Federal investigators are investigating the cause of the crash.


A plane that was reported missing on Wednesday after taking off in Citra has been found in the northeast corner of Marion County along with the body of the pilot from Davie, Florida.

Marion County Sheriff's Office officials said the Federal Aviation Administration told them they lost contact with a singe-engine aircraft early Wednesday morning and needed help in finding it. 

With assistance from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and the Sheriff's Office helicopter unit, local law enforcement officials searched for the plane and found it in a remote area of Marion County shortly before noon on Wednesday. Officials described the territory as wooded and swampy, off County Road 315 in Orange Springs.

Authorities said they found the body of pilot John Toole, of Davie, Florida, inside the aircraft. There were no passengers.

Deputies said Toole took off from Citra, where he had property and kept the plane for recreational flying in the area. When he did not return as expected, authorities were called to investigate. Citra is about 13 miles from Orange Springs.

The aircraft was an Aero Commander 100, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. It is a single-engine, four-seat, high wing, light monoplane aircraft, according to Skytamer.com.

NTSB investigators will inspect and issue a preliminary report in about two weeks. A more detailed investigation won't be available for as long as two years, a NTSB official said.


Marion County Sheriff’s Office officials tell TV20 the plane went down on Wednesday night in the Ocala National Forest.

The pilot has yet to be identified.


NTSB investigators are not yet on the scene of the crash.


MARION COUNTY, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a plane crash in which one person was killed Wednesday afternoon.

The plane went down in an isolated area of the Ocala National Forest, according to the sheriff’s office.

No other information was released as the sheriff’s office investigation is ongoing.





John Toole, Whose Private Airfield Was Banned, Now Runs For Council Doug 

John “Bud” Toole didn’t like being stopped from using his 15-acres in Davie as a private airfield.

The prohibition may have jeopardized a sale of the land for $7 million to an investor who wanted to expand the landings and takeoffs, he said.

Toole didn’t just get mad. He is running for Davie Town Council.

Toole is challenging veteran Council member Marlon Luis, a contractor, for the western Davie District 4 seat in the March 15 election.

Who is John “Bud” Toole?

In many ways, the 61-year-old Toole is a throwback to Davie’s unstructured, cowboy past. He lives on 15 acres off Orange Drive east of Flamingo Road, which he also operates as a horse-training center. He also has a long history of run-ins with the law

Toole’s problems with authority stretch back more than 40 years.

As an 18-year-old in 1972, he was charged and convicted of petty larceny. He continued his quarrels with authority through last year.

By 2003, he was $13,000 behind in child support and facing a domestic violence protection order. A judge ordered Toole to pay over $13,000 restitution. The justice also stipulated that for future parental visitations, he pick up and return his child in the lobby of the Davie Police HQ.

In 2014, Toole was alleged to have housed a stolen horse from Michigan and refused to return it to the owner, despite a protective order from a Broward judge. The case was eventually settled.

But it is his plane that got Toole in real trouble among his neighbors. He repeatedly landed and took off his 1940 Piper J-5 last year on his Davie training center.

Neighbors feared that Toole might crash into their suburban homes and businesses. Other ranchers complained that the low flying plane was spooking their horses.

“I STRONGLY object to this use in this area and believe it is a safety hazard and significant departure from the quality of life we expect to enjoy,” e-mailed Shewen Zhou, who lived in Long Lake Ranches.

Leif Soreide wrote that the plane “…frighten(s) all the animals/horses here and devalue(s) all the surround property.”

Zhou and Soreide were joined by more than 75 of their neighbors who flooded Town Hall with complaints.

Town officials looked into Toole and discovered a problem: He had no permit from Department of Transportation or the town to use his property as an airfield.

The Town Council quickly banned any private airfields. Toole then decided to run for Council.

Toole is a candidate who appears to be running because he believes he was wronged.

Toole wasn’t wronged. His neighbors believe Toole was the one who was wrong to land and take off his plane in Davie.

“Nobody ever told me that I couldn’t do that,” Toole whined to the Sun-Sentinel about his airfield.

Wrong.

Your neighbors told you, John Toole, that they didn’t like you buzzing their rooftops.  They just may tell you again in the March 15 election.
 
10 Responses to “John Toole, Whose Private Airfield Was Banned, Now Runs For Council”

February 16th, 2016 at 11:43 am

Somehow, someway, Mr. Toole has found a number of town residents to put up his yard signs. I can only imagine it is from his long years of living in the area.

I, and many of my neighbors, were among those who emailed and called the Town Council members about Mr. Toole’s low level flights near our neighborhood. Thankfully the Town reacted quickly to pass legislation to eliminate any future such flights.

We have enough noise from commercial planes landing at FLL. No desire to add low flying recreational planes as well.

It will be interesting to see who is backing Mr. Toole as the incumbent’s only weak spot is that he proudly votes to limit development not consistent with the area and Marlon’s defeat could literally alter the landscape in West Davie.

Marlon has my vote and I believe a majority of our fellow neighbors in the Town’s District IV in which he is running for reelection.

Mr. Toole has every right to run for office regardless of his background which Buddy mentions in this article. Hopefully that past will not become a campaign issue and Marlon will win on his own merits.

February 16th, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Let’s not forget that the last time Toole landed, it was so hard that several people called 911 thinking it was a crash. AND when the police came (and he was out of his plane) they smelled alcohol on his breath.

Louis is also against development in the area, hopefully preserving some of what makes Davie DAVIE. There is no reason to elect Toole for the Town Council. LEt’s keep a good man in office.

February 16th, 2016 at 9:16 pm

Marlon Luis has been an outstanding commissioner. He listens to residents and brings their viewpoint to the dais. He is also a resident who cares about Davie and he deserves to be re-elected. Commissioner Luis helped to defeat Davie Commons Mall. Thank you, Marlon. You will always have my vote!

February 17th, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Long time Council Member Marlon Luis has been a great fit in working hard to stop over development in Davie. His diligence and leadership in working with the Mayor and Council has been effective in maintaining our rural lifestyle. He is a Council Member of action not words. The Arnold Family will be voting again for Council Member Marlon Luis.

February 18th, 2016 at 11:22 am

Marlon Luis is an effective councilman for the Town of Davie, who looks out for the residents, and supports preservation of the lifestyle for which Davie is famous. Buddy Toole is just about Buddy Toole. He got his hand slapped for his unregulated, unauthorized, and inappropriate use of his training track, located in a suburban residential neighborhood, as a landing strip for his personal 1940’s era plane. His neighbors did not buy their homes next to an airport – his property is NOT an airport! Mr. Toole values his independent attitude, but he is still supposed to play by the rules that were put in place for the protection of all Davie residents. He apparently doesn’t think so. HIs candidacy is just silly. Marlon Luis has done a very credible job of representing the residents of Davie. He should be reelected to continue his good work.

February 18th, 2016 at 11:16 pm

I fully support my councilmember, Marlon Luis, 100%! He is and has always been available to the people in his district and goes out of his way to assist in any way he can. He lives locally so he truly cares about Davie and its residents. I happen to be a neighbor of Toole and I, amongst all of the people in my neighborhood, were extremely worried and displeased, to say the least, with his attempt to build an airstrip to fly and land recreational planes in a residential area. A number of us either went to the town or wrote to our councilmember and to the appropriate town officials to voice our concerns. I believe that Toole’s attempt to get elected is merely a tactic to try to push his own personal agenda through and not to represent the betterment of the people in our district. The proven person to represent our district is Marlon Luis and I’m proud to say that my vote is going towards his re-election.

March 6th, 2016 at 2:42 pm

I just learned of the name John Toole and for sure I will never vote for someone like him who has no respect for others.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON, my peaceful day at the pool was ruined by a loud small trashy looking yellow airplane doing low circles above my house to promote John Toole…

Mr Toole, your freedom stops where mine starts so keep your airplane away from my house and everything will be good.

March 7th, 2016 at 10:46 am

Pro Toole/ Anti Marlon Luis….After reading several of the above comments all I can say is YOu have got to be kidding me. This is a one sided attack filled with hateful lies. Mr Toole as been apart of the Davie Landscape for years and is a native to Florida. He has been living here long before the transplants that have commented above. He has been watching over the town council meetings for a while now and sees just how the council are taxing and over growing the community to the point it is starting to take away the charm of living here. All of the statements said by Buddy are not the truth and until you also post some of Marlon’s record from him being 18, and marriages etc. This article is bias and everything that in it just trying to smear Mr Toole, He is a citizen for the Davie Community NOT ANOTHER CAREER POLITICIAN SPREADING LIES!!!!

March 7th, 2016 at 12:15 pm

I live in Davie and i wanted to get some information from you
i support recycling and harnessing natural sources of energy
1. what is the view of Marlon louis on developing composting in homes. Currently Davie does not encourage any methods of composting and recycling the waste in the house
2. Does he support solar energy? currently we have no support for installing and utilizing solar energy. My understanding is that FPL does not want us to have this facility.

March 11th, 2016 at 9:00 am 

Bud Toole represents the “Silent Majority”. Nobody wants massive construction overtaking their Beautiful Landscape especially where they live and sleep Except….CONTRACTORS!After the community is completely “Built Out”, they pack up and Move to another rural area in Florida and start their Scheme all over again.

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N447ER: Incident occurred October 14, 2020 in J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida 

Aircraft windshield covered by oil and made a forced landing on a road. 

Walter Reid Aviation LLC  


Date: 14-OCT-20
Time: 13:45:00Z
Regis#: N447ER
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: JW CORBETT WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
State: FLORIDA



LOXAHATCHEE, Florida — A small plane made a hard landing near a swampy area of Loxahatchee on Wednesday morning.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the aircraft went down around 10 a.m. in the area of 190th Street North and 94th Street North, which is in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, west of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road.

Officials with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said three people were onboard the plane, but none of them were hurt.

Exclusive video from WPTV Chopper 5 showed the Cessna 172S Skyhawk on a dirt road just feet from a swampy area and homes.

The initial investigation revealed the pilot was forced to make a hard landing when the aircraft started experiencing engine trouble.

Cessna 152, N46733: Incident occurred October 14, 2020 near Wayne County Airport (KBJJ), Wooster, Ohio

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field. 

Sky Park Inc 


Date: 14-OCT-20
Time: 16:14:00Z
Regis#: N46733
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: WOOSTER
State: OHIO





CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — No injuries were reported after a pilot made an emergency landing in a field along Friendsville Road on Wednesday.

According to the Canaan Township Fire Department, the pilot took off from Weltzien Skypark, a privately owned airport in Wadsworth, and made an emergency landing after experiencing mechanical issues.

The plane landed in a field on Friendsville Road just north of Steiner Road near Canaan Lutheran Church, said fire Chief Brandon Smith. Two people occupied the single-engine plane, a flight instructor and a student pilot, he said.

A plane made an emergency landing in a field off of Friendsville Road on Wednesday morning.

Information on who was piloting the plane was unavailable.

No injuries or property damage was reported.

“Thankfully that’s all it was,” Smith said. “It wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.”

The plane landed in a farm field off of Friendsville Road between Steiner Road and Easton Road (State Route 604).

The Ohio Highway Patrol handled the investigation, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the call just after 11:30 a.m. Responders were waiting for Federal Aviation Administration before clearing the scene.

Beechcraft 99A (F) Airliner Freighter, N499CZ: Accident occurred October 14, 2020 at Waterville-Robert LaFleur Airport (KWVL), Kennebec County, Maine

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; Portland, Maine

N499CZ LLC
Location: Waterville, ME
Accident Number: ERA21LA021
Date & Time: October 14, 2020, 08:20 Local 
Registration: N499CZ
Aircraft: Beech 99 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 14, 2020, about 0820 eastern daylight time, a Beechcraft 99, N499CZ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Waterville Robert LaFleur Airport (WVL), Waterville, Maine. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 cargo flight.

According to the pilot, the landing at WVL was not “firm or hard” and during the subsequent landing roll, he used reverse thrust and minimal braking to slow the airplane to a “standard taxi speed.” As he initiated a right turn to exit the runway onto the taxiway, the airplane’s right main landing gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing.

An examination of the airplane by the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the site revealed the drag leg of the right main landing gear was fractured.

The airplane was retained for further examination and the fractured portion of the landing gear was removed and sent to the NTSB Materials Laboratory for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N499CZ
Model/Series: 99 A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter air carrier (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KWVL,310 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Manchester, NH (MHT)
Destination: Waterville, ME

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: 44.531471,-69.676932 (est)





WATERVILLE, Maine — A pilot escaped injury Wednesday morning when the landing gear collapsed shortly after landing at Robert LaFleur Municipal Airport.

Following the landing, the small commercial plane was turning onto the taxiway around 8 a.m. when the right landing gear collapsed, damaging the plane and causing a leak of hydraulic fluid.

The Beechcraft 99A (F) Airliner Freighter, operated by Freight Runners Express, was carrying a load of United Parcel Services packages from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Waterville, according to airport Manager Randy Marshall.

The Waterville fire and police departments responded to the scene, where the blue and white plane was listing to the right on the taxiway.

“The incident plan we put together worked perfectly,” Marshall said just after 9 a.m., as the pilot walked around the plane, surveying the damage. “Luckily, it was a relatively minor incident, all things considered.”

Marshall said the runways were shut down after the incident and officials were awaiting Federal Aviation Administration permission to move the aircraft, which has moderate damage to the landing gear wing.

“I’ve been in touch with the regional operations center and the Portland field office and we’re coordinating,” Marshall said.

The plane landed on Runway 2-3, heading south, and was getting ready to turn right onto the taxiway when the landing gear collapsed, according to Marshall.

“As he negotiated the turn, the landing gear just let go,” he said.

He said Freight Runners has been operating at the city-owned airport only for the last couple of months. Wiggins Airways operated from the airport previously.

“Freight Runners has been phenomenal to work with,” he said. “Their aircraft always appears to be in great shape. This was just a freak thing.”

At the scene Wednesday morning, sawdust and absorbent pads covered the hydraulic fluid. Marshall said there had been no fuel leak.

“Everything went really well,” Marshall said. “I’m just glad nobody was hurt. We should have a maintenance crew on-site from Manchester, New Hampshire, around lunchtime, and we’ll coordinate with Central Maine crane out of Oakland. They’ll come and assist in getting the plane hoisted. We’ll look at what we need to do to get the aircraft off the field. We’ll come up with a game plan on having it safely removed. We’ll probably be open around three or four o’clock this afternoon.”

Freight Runners is a U.S. aircraft carrier based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The planes carry UPS packages to and from Manchester, New Hampshire, daily, according to Marshall.

Marshall responded to the incident Wednesday, though he is on vacation and slated to be married on Saturday.

Loss of Control on Ground: Titan Tornado II, N49PD; accident occurred October 18, 2019 at Marble Canyon Airport (L41), Coconino County, Arizona

 



Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

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

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

Location: Marble Canyon, AZ
Accident Number: GAA20CA036
Date & Time: 10/18/2019, 1400 MST
Registration: N49PD
Aircraft: Titan TITAN TORNADO II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll, a "gust came up," and the airplane exited the runway to the right onto sand hummocks, and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the horizontal stabilizer. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with sand hummocks.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation (Cause)
Sloped/uneven terrain - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:65, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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: 08/01/2011
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  10/09/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 694.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 480.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 598 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Titan
Registration: N49PD
Model/Series: TITAN TORNADO II Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: D98912SOHK0310
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/22/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:1 Reciprocating 
Airframe Total Time: 620 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:912UL 
Registered Owner:On file 
Rated Power:80 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: KPGA, 4310 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 54°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:   
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / -23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Marble Canyon, AZ (L41)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Page, AZ (PGA)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Marble Canyon (L41)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3603 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3715 ft / 35 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 36.810833, -111.644444 (est)

Hughes 369D, N58251: Accident occurred October 27, 2020 and Incident occurred October 13, 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 Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii
MD Helicopters; Mesa, Arizona 
Rolls-Royce Corporation; Indianapolis, Indiana 

Windward Aviation Inc
Location: Honolulu, HI 
Accident Number: ANC21LA003
Date & Time: October 27, 2020, 12:12 Local 
Registration: N58251
Aircraft: Hughes 369 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 27, 2020, about 1133 Hawaiian standard time, a Hughes 369D, helicopter, N58251, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Honolulu, Hawaii. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 external load flight.

The pilot reported that the helicopter was being used to support powerline maintenance operations, by transporting personnel and equipment to remote sites along the powerline route. He said that at the time of the accident he was transporting a large toolbox at the end of a 100-foot external load line that was attached to the helicopter’s belly-mounted cargo hook. He said that as he brought the helicopter to a stable hover over the pickup site and began to lift the external load, he heard the main rotor speed decrease, followed by the sound of the engine out horn, and the engine out light illuminated on the annunciator panel. The pilot said he jettisoned the load, lowered the collective, and tried to maneuver the helicopter downhill to regain main rotor RPM, but it continued to decay. During the descent, the main rotor blades struck several treetops, and the helicopter subsequently settled into the thick treetop canopy, nose down. The pilot said that after the impact, the engine was still operating, and he pulled the fuel shut-off and closed the throttle to shut down the engine.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor drive system, tail boom and fuselage.

The helicopter was equipped with a turbo-shaft Rolls-Royce M250-C20B engine. The helicopter has been recovered and a detailed examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hughes 
Registration: N58251
Model/Series: 369 D 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft external load (133), On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: PHNL,7 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 21.345308,-157.8066 (est)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A helicopter made a hard landing in Nuuanu on Tuesday, prompting an emergency response.

There were no reports of injuries.

The FAA said the pilot of the Hughes 369D (tail number N58251) reported engine failure while performing utility work in the area and made an emergency landing in mountainous terrain.

The incident happened about noon, and firefighters and paramedics responded.

The FAA said the pilot was the only person onboard the chopper.

Hawaiian Electric said the helicopter was transporting utility materials near the Nuuanu Reservoir off Pali Highway when it lost power and made the hard landing.

HECO employees in the area were at a safe distance when the chopper came down.

Shayne Enright, of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services, said the initial call for the incident was a downed aircraft. “Getting that call gets your heart racing,” she said.

“Everyone was getting to the scene, fire, EMS, police. Fortunately, we got news pretty quickly that there was only one person on board ― the pilot ― and that the pilot was in good shape.”

She said the chopper had earlier had workers in the area on board.

“Thankfully, none of those workers were onboard at the time” of the hard landing, she said.


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Rotorcraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field - Kahului, Hawaii. 

Date: 13-OCT-20
Time: 23:50:00Z
Regis#: N58251
Aircraft Make: HUGHES
Aircraft Model: 369
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Aircraft Operator: WINDWARD AVIATION
City: KAHULUI
State: HAWAII

Skystar Kitfox Classic 4, N47KC: Accident occurred October 13, 2020 at Andy Barnhart Memorial Airport (3OH0), New Carlisle, Clark County, Ohio

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; Cincinnati, Ohio


Location: New Carlisle, OH 
Accident Number: CEN21LA016
Date & Time: October 13, 2020, 13:40 Local 
Registration: N47KC
Aircraft: Kitfox Classic 4 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kitfox 
Registration: N47KC
Model/Series: Classic 4 NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
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Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:
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Departure Point: New Carlisle, OH 
Destination: New Carlisle, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.930892,-84.013546 
 

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a plane crashed at the Andy Barnhart Memorial Airport in New Carlisle.

Lt. Brian Aller of the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash was reported just before 2 p.m. Tuesday at the airport located in the 10000 block of Milton Carlisle Road.

The plane, Aller said, was a Skystar Kitfox Classic 4, was attempting to land on a grass runway when the tail struck the ground, causing the plane to flip over onto its top. The plane caught fire after the crash.

Joe Cornor, a witness to the crash, told 2 NEWS that there was a bystander in a car nearby who was able to get to plane within 30 seconds. He was barely able to pull out the 70-year-old pilot and his wife before the plane went up in flames.

Cornor captured footage of the plane after the couple was taken out but before the fire was extinguished.

Bethel Township Fire said that the couple was taken to SION Medical Center with minor injuries and the fire was extinguished.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and is sending investigators to Clark County.

Cirrus SR22T, N626BG: Accident occurred October 13, 2020 near Sutter County Airport (O52), Yuba City, California



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aircraft ran out of fuel and deployed the parachute. 

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Date: 14-OCT-20
Time: 00:10:00Z
Regis#: N626BG
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: YUBA CITY
State: CALIFORNIA


SUTTER COUNTY (CBS13) — A small plane carrying three people had to deploy its parachute and make an emergency landing in rural Sutter County, authorities say.

The plane landed in a rice field near the 3900 block of Schlag Road, about 10 miles southwest of Yuba City, just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the FAA, a Cirrus SR22 pilot reported that he had run out of fuel while flying to Colusa County Airport from Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The pilot then deployed the plane’s parachute and the craft came to a rest in a field about eight miles southwest of Sutter County Airport.

From pictures taken after the plane touched down, it appears the aircraft landed upside-down.

All three people on board were not hurt in the emergency landing, the FAA says. 

Mike Shannon says he’s never seen a plane with a parachute attached. “This is a first for us,” he said.

He’s certainly never had one land in his rice field in Sutter County.

“It almost hit the wires, got past the wires and all I know it was sitting in the rice field when we found it,” he said.

Shannon rushed over to help the three people onboard Tuesday night.

“They just said we had a fuel leak and ran out of fuel, and didn’t make it to the airstrip,” Shannon said.

Winds were strong enough to move the plane again on Wednesday.

While the plane was moved from its original landing spot by Wednesday morning, winds in the area were strong enough to move the plane to another part of the field later in the day.

The FAA will be investigating the incident.

An FAA investigator who spoke with CBS13 on the scene says it was the parachute that likely saved their lives.

Gerry Sevenau works on the property and saw the landing happen.

“I thought at first they clipped the wires there, but when I looked at the plane this morning, it was on its belly. So I believe the parachute saved them,” he said.

The parachute is attached to the airframe in the center of the plane. The pilot has access to a lever or a cord that can deploy the parachute in case of an emergency.

In this case, the plane, a Cirrus SR22T, was one of the first models to use this life-saving technique. One that aviation experts say you’ll now see more often.

Augustine Joseph, CEO of JetExe Aviation said, “A lot of the newer airplanes are coming out with parachutes.”

“I didn’t know they made airplanes with parachutes, Thank God, they did,” Shannon said.

The FAA said they will need to use a crane to remove the plane from the property.

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Weatherly 620B, N9033T; accident occurred October 17, 2019 in Fabens, El Paso County, Texas




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

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/N9033T

Location: Fabens, TX
Accident Number: GAA20CA033
Date & Time: 10/17/2019, 1330 MDT
Registration: N9033T
Aircraft: Weatherly 620
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Analysis

The pilot reported that, during an agricultural application flight, he made six passes underneath power wires to complete the applications. On the seventh pass underneath the power wires, the wire deflector cable and the vertical stabilizer struck the wires. The pilot asserted that the vertical stabilizer jammed the rudder to the left, and the airplane entered a skidding left turn and then impacted terrain. The airplane was consumed by fire.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from power wires while maneuvering at a low altitude.

Findings

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)
Loss of control in flight

Post-impact
Fire/smoke (post-impact) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/29/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/13/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 25000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model), 24000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 250 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 100 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Weatherly
Registration: N9033T
Model/Series: 620 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1996
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 1643
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:R985 
Registered Owner: Roger J. Zeledon Dba
Rated Power: 450 hp
Operator: Roger J. Zeledon Dba
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KELP, 3918 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2025 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 338°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fabens, TX (E35)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fabens, TX (E35)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1310 CDT
Type of Airspace:Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  31.654722, -106.303333 (est)