Thursday, October 22, 2020

Piper PA-28-180, N7405W: Accident occurred October 21, 2020 in Show Low, Navajo County, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona 


Location: Show Low, AZ
Accident Number: WPR21LA020
Date & Time: October 21, 2020, 11:17 Local
Registration: N7405W
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 21, 2020, about 1117 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-180 airplane, N7405W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Show Low, Arizona. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he was in cruise flight about 8,000 ft above ground level, when there was a loud bang and severe engine vibration. The engine rpm dropped to about 1,700, after which he selected the mixture full rich, fuel pump on, and switched fuel tanks, however, the engine’s rpm maintained only about 1,600 to 1,700 rpm. He declared an emergency and informed Air Traffic Control that he was going make a forced landing on a highway. Subsequently, during the landing roll, the airplane’s right wing struck a barbwire fence.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N7405W
Model/Series: PA-28-180 
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSOW,6415 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /-10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 15 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 9 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Marana, AZ (KAVQ)
Destination: Show Low, AZ (KSOW)

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: 34.265472,-110.00566


SHOW LOW, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) -- A small plane made an emergency landing on a highway south of Show Low Wednesday morning. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation said the plane landed on eastbound U.S. 60 at milepost 310, which is near the Fort Apache Reservation. According to Ian Gregor with the FAA, the pilot of the single-engine Piper PA-28 made the emergency landing just before 11:30 a.m.

Gregor said the pilot was the only person on the plane and was not injured.

ADOT said U.S. 60 eastbound is closed in the area, but traffic is still able to get around the closure. 

Loss of Control on Ground: Cirrus SR22, N991WS; accident occurred December 01, 2019 at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport (KUCY), Union City, Obion County, Tennessee

 







Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee
Cirrus Aircraft; Duluth, Minnesota

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Union City, TN 
Accident Number: ERA20CA048
Date & Time: 12/01/2019, 0700 CST
Registration: N991WS
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries:2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, while landing, the airplane encountered a crosswind gust and drifted left. At touchdown, a second gust lifted the right wing, the airplane drifted off the runway centerline, and the left wing impacted grass. The pilot added power; however, the left wing continued to drag in the grass, the airplane exited the runway, and the landing gear collapsed. Both wings sustained substantial damage. 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 landing with a gusting crosswind, which resulted in a runway excursion and the left wing impacting grass.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Crosswind - Effect on operation (Cause)
Gusts - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Other weather encounter
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Dragged wing/rotor/float/other
Runway excursion
Landing gear collapse

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/23/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/05/2019
Flight Time:  1040 hours (Total, all aircraft), 165 hours (Total, this make and model), 935 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 46 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N991WS
Model/Series: SR22 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1188
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/20/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 135 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1607 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: IO 550N27
Registered Owner: Orthoair LLC
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: Orthoair LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: UCY, 345 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0715 CST
Direction from Accident Site: 30°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 20 knots / 28 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.64 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Dickson, TN (M02)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:None
Destination: Union City, TN (UCY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0635 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Everett-Stewart Rgnl (UCY)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 345 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6503 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.380000, -88.990000 (est)

Learjet 60, N1128M: Accident occurred October 21, 2020 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Wheeling, Cook County, Illinois

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; Greater Chicago, Illinois
Worldwide Jet
Bombardier

Super Star Jets LLC


Location: Wheeling, IL 
Accident Number: DCA21LA011
Date & Time: October 21, 2020, 22:55 Local 
Registration: N1128M
Aircraft: Learjet 60
Injuries: 8 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 21, 2020 about 2255 central daylight time, a Learjet 60, N11128M, operated by Worldwide Jet Charter Inc. was substantially damaged as a result of a runway excursion after landing at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) in Wheeling, Illinois. None of the 2 crewmembers or 6 passengers were injured. The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 as a non-scheduled passenger flight from Cuyahoga County Airport (KCGF), Cleveland, Ohio. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Learjet 
Registration: N1128M
Model/Series: 60 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPWK 
Observation Time: 10:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 16 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Cleveland, OH (KCGF) 
Destination: Wheeling, IL (KPWK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 6 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 8 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.1142,-87.9014




WHEELING, Illinois (WLS) -- A business jet slid off a runway and collided with a fence at Chicago Executive Airport in north suburban Wheeling late Wednesday night.

The small plane's wing went through a fence on the perimeter of the airport, just a few yards from the street, just before midnight.

It was raining at the time.

"When the plane went through the fence, the wing actually struck one of the poles, cracking it, and that's where the aviation fuel starting leaking out," said Scott Olsen with the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District.

Two pilots and seven passengers were reportedly onboard, but no one was hurt.

Thunderstorms overnight Wednesday into Thursday dumped rain across the Chicago area, causing flooding on some roadways.

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Cessna 402B, N98649; accident occurred April 13, 2020 at Kirksville Regional Airport (KIRK), Missouri

 





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


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kirksville, MO
Accident Number: CEN20LA149
Date & Time: 04/13/2020, 1955 CDT
Registration: N98649
Aircraft: Cessna 402
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On April 13, 2020, a Cessna 402B, N98649, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Kirksville Municipal Airport (IRK), Kirksville, Missouri. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand cargo flight.

The pilot reported that he was taking off and everything appeared normal until shortly after the airplane lifted off, and the pilot established a positive rate of climb and initiated the retraction of the landing gear. He said that as the landing gear retracted there was a substantial loss in engine power that resulted in an inability to maintain a positive rate of climb. He did not recall looking at the engine instruments and could not verify if there was a loss of power in a single engine or both engines. The pilot said he retarded the throttles and landed on the remaining runway without extending the landing gear, resulting in substantial damage to the rear spar caps. He said that he did not feather the propellers. He said he "shut down all systems and exited the plane" after it came to a stop.

The pilot stated that the airplane was refueled the day of the accident; he had sumped the fuel system during his preflight inspection and found no contaminants. The fuel capacity was 163 gallons without the locker fuel tanks refueled, which were not used according to the pilot. The operator and pilot both reported that there were 163 gallons of fuel onboard the airplane. The pilot took off with the main fuel tanks selected.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector conducted an examination of the airplane with the assistance of an aircraft mechanic. Both the left and right engine propellers were found in a partially feathered state as the airplane rested on the runway and both fuel selector valves were found in the off position. The fuel selectors had positive detents at each commanded tank position.

The right and left fuel selector sump bowls were removed and samples of liquid consistent with aviation fuel was recovered. The samples from both sump bowls contained a small amount of brownish liquid consistent with water. A small amount of liquid consistent with water was also found in a fuel sample from the left auxiliary fuel tank sump. No water was found in the remainder of the fuel system.

Compression and continuity of both engines was verified by removing a spark plug from each cylinder and rotating the propeller through the compression stroke while covering the spark plug holes. Each magneto was examined and verified to produce proper spark. Throttle, mixture, and propeller controls were verified to move freely and properly. The fuel line was removed from the fuel spider and the electric fuel pump operation was verified at both the Hi and Low positions for both engines, and the fuel line was reconnected.

Engine runs were subsequently completed on both the left and right engines under the supervision of an FAA inspector using a substitute propeller. Both engines were started and ran to full power utilizing the airplane's systems and fuel from the airplane's main fuel tanks, which was the same fuel onboard the airplane at the time of the accident. Both propellers cycled normally during the preflight routine and no anomalies were noted during either engine run.

The pilot's operating handbook states "To feather the propeller blades, the propeller control levers on the control pedestal must be placed in the feather position."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 25, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/25/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   1461 hours (Total, all aircraft), 266 hours (Total, this make and model), 1392 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 122 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 42 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N98649
Model/Series: 402 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 402B1052
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/11/2020, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6301 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 38 Hours
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12056 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520 SER
Registered Owner: Air Exec Inc
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Air Exec Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIRK
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1955 CDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 29.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Kirksville, MO (IRK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: St Louis, MO (STL)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 2007 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Kirksville Rgnl (IRK)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 966 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6005 ft / 100 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: 40.088056, -92.54444 (est)






















AIRCRAFT: 1977 Cessna 402B N98649, s/n: 402B1030, AFTT 12095.0
FAA AIRFRAME LOGS BEGIN ON APRIL 23, 2007.  

OLDER LOGS ARE AVAILABLE BUT THEY APPEAR TO BE IN FRENCH     

DATA TAG REMOVED & NOT INCLUDED WITH SALVAGE.

ENGINES:      
#1 Engine:  Continental TSIO-520-EB, s/n: 503320, TT 8,382 hours, SMOH 1,035 hours
#2 Engine Continental TSIO-520-EB, s/n: 145173-5-B, TT 11,340 hours. SMOH 1,158 hours

PROPELLERS:                                  

EQUIPMENT:   
Nav/Com  King KX 155
Nav/Com  King KX 155
Transponder-King KT 76A
ADF-King KR 87
Audio Panel King KMA 24 Bendix Radar

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On April 14, 2020, aircraft was on takeoff and pilot reported loss of power. The pilot then landed on the departure runway with the aircraft’s gear retracted resulting in a gear up landing.                                         

DAMAGE:  Damage includes but may not be limited to:  
The left and right McCauley three blade propellers sustained damage to all blades;
Due to the propellers striking the runway, the Continental TSIO-520 series engines would require tear down inspections;
The left and right inboard main gear doors were damaged and will require replacement;
There is sheet metal belly skin damage from aft of the nose gear well to aft of the rear wing station;
There appears to be three bulkheads that were damaged;
The main spar lower cap appears abraded;
The heater exhaust and several antennas mounted to the belly of the aircraft were damaged.    
                                                   
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT: Kirksville, MO (KIRK)

WARRANTY:  There is no warranty, express or implied for the information provided herein or the condition, usability, workability, operability or marketability of the aircraft salvage.  All times are approximate and the logbooks and aircraft should be inspected by each bidder BEFORE BIDDING.  Failure of the bidder to view the salvage or wreckage, or confirm any information provided is NOT grounds for a claim or withdrawal of bid after bid closing date.) 

HOURS estimated from logbooks or other information - not guaranteed or warranted. 
                              
REMARKS:  
DATA TAG REMOVED & NOT INCLUDED WITH SALVAGE.
FAA AIRFRAME LOGS BEGIN ON APRIL 23, 2007.  OLDER LOGS ARE AVAILABLE BUT THEY APPEAR TO BE IN FRENCH.
Insurer reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 
Salvage is as is/where is. 
The posting information is the best to our knowledge. 
An inspection of the salvage is highly recommended. 
LOGS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATE OR COMPLETE.

Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair III, N1YX: Accident occurred October 21, 2020 near Hayward Executive Airport (KHWD), Alameda County, California

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; Oakland, California 

Mac-V Aviation Inc

  
Location: Hayward, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA019
Date & Time: October 21, 2020, 11:48 Local 
Registration: N1YX
Aircraft: Glasair III
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 21, 2020, about 1148 Pacific daylight time, a Glasair III airplane, N1YX, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hayward, California. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he was going to return the airplane to Oregon. The airplane had been stored at Hayward Airport (HWD) for many months, but the pilot would occasionally start it and run it so that it didn’t sit for long periods of time. He taxied the airplane to runway 28L and conducted multiple run ups at varying RPM’s. He then taxied the airplane to a fuel island where he added 15 gallons of aviation gasoline to the main tank, bringing the total to 30 gallons in the main tank. He then taxied back to runway 28L, with a plan to fly “one big traffic pattern”. He reported a normal, smooth take off and observed a positive rate of climb, then felt the airplane not making power after reaching about 200 feet above ground level. He performed a forced landing to a golf course but struck two trees during the landing.

The airplane came to rest upright on a golf course, on a heading of about 255° magnetic. An area of flattened grass was observed extending back from the airplane about 100 ft on a bearing of 075°. Numerous components, consisting of the left wing and left main landing gear, the left horizontal stabilizer and left elevator, the right-wing tip, and windshield acrylic, were located within the debris field.

The pilot reported that the airplane had recently had a three-blade propeller installed, and this was the first flight with the new prop. The pilot reported there were no mechanical anomalies or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

Multiple witnesses reported hearing the airplane’s engine popping and sputtering during the runups. One witness reported that it sounded like a deep thumping that lasted for about 20 to 30 seconds. Another witness observed the take off and said the engine sounded normal and the airplane “lifted off fairly early”. He then heard 5 to 7 pops and observed black smoke trailing form the airplane. He observed the airplane’s angle of attack increase while it turned left and descend out of sight behind trees.

The airplane was relocated to a secure facility for future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Glasair 
Registration: N1YX
Model/Series: III
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: KHWD,43 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Hayward, CA (HWD) 
Destination: Hayward, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.660905,-122.13744 (est)

Beechcraft V35A Bonanza, N35DC: Fatal accident occurred October 21, 2020 near Slidell Municipal Airport (KASD), St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana


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 traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Location: Slidell, LA 
Accident Number: CEN21FA025
Date & Time: October 21, 2020, 14:31 Local
Registration: N35DC
Aircraft: Beech V35 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 21, 2020, at 1431 central daylight time, a Beech V35A airplane, N35DC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Slidell Airport (ASD), Slidell, Louisiana. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

In a statement provided by the pilot’s flight instructor, he reported that the pilot did not fly often but was interested in renewing his instrument currency. The pilot also told him that the airplane’s autopilot was recently repaired and he wanted to test its functionality. On the day of the accident, the pilot landed at ASD and the instructor boarded the airplane while the engine remained on. After departure from ASD, the pilot completed two RNAV GPS approaches at a nearby airport. The instructor reported that the engine was operating normally, but the autopilot “would not track the course in NAV mode.” The pilot returned to ASD, landed, and dropped off the instructor on the ramp, while the engine remained on. The instructor entered the airport terminal and did not see the airplane depart. He added that the pilot was relaxed
and under no apparent stress.

A review of the recorded automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane departed ASD at 1315 and proceeded north. The flight track showed that the airplane maneuvered north of ASD for about 1 hour, then appeared to land at ASD at 1421. The flight track continued again about 10 minutes later at 1431:32 as the airplane departed runway 36 to the north. After the airplane crossed the departure end of runway 36, it made a left turn. The final ADS-B point was recorded at 1431:47, about 200 ft above ground level. 

A pilot, who departed ASD about 1800, reported that he observed smoke and fire in the woods to the northwest of the airport. When the fire department arrived to extinguish the burning trees that surrounded the airplane, they reported that the airplane was no longer on fire and was cold to the touch. 

The airplane impacted the ground in a nose low attitude and came to rest upright. A postimpact fire consumed the engine compartment, cockpit, forward fuselage, and left wing. The rest of the airplane sustained thermal damage and distress. Figure 1 shows the accident airplane where it came to rest in the woods. The center and left side of the airplane are mostly consumed by fire. The right wing sustained thermal damage but remained mostly intact.

The wreckage has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N35DC
Model/Series: V35 A 
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KASD,27 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Slidell, LA 
Destination: New Orleans, LA (NEW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.355421,-89.823368 (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.  

S. Gene Fendler

The single-engine plane that crashed at Slidell Airport Wednesday has been identified by attorney Jim Blazek as the Bonanza V35A Bonanza that he has owned with a friend for about 20 years.

That friend is New Orleans attorney Gene Fendler, who Blazeck believes was flying the plane when it crashed.

“From what’s left, and it’s horribly wrecked and burned, it appears to be the plane that Gene and I co-owned,” Blazek said.

Blazek, a Lacombe resident, went to the crash site with FAA officials on Thursday morning to identify the plane. He was accompanied by Fendler's law partner, Don Abaunza.

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office has not identified the person who authorities say was killed in the crash. They have also not confirmed how many people are believed to have been in the plane.

Fendler, the former managing partner of the Liskow & Lewis law firm, was an experienced amateur pilot who flew to Slidell regularly, according to Blazek.

His car was found parked at Blazek's hangar at Lakefront Airport.

“As far as a pilot, he was an exceptional pilot, very safety oriented,” Blazek said.

Fendler, 73, was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2019 by the LSU Law Cnter. He graduated first in his law class at LSU in 1973 and was editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law review. He clerked for federal Judge Alvin B. Rubin and after spent his entire 45-year career with Liskow and Lewis, according to the firm's website.

The plane is believed to have crashed as early as 2 p.m. in a dark and heavily wooded area off the airport's runway due to the degree of fire damage, Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said Thursday morning. A pilot who was flying a plane for St. Tammany's mosquito abatement district took off at the municipal airport some time after 6 p.m., spotted smoke and some debris and called 911, Airport Manager Richard Artigue said. 

Artigue said that the plane's last document move was at about 2:30 p.m.

"He had flown with somebody else here a little while and dropped the other guy off and was leaving, I guess, to go back to New Orleans," Artigue said.

While the cause of the crash has not been determined, Artigue said it appears to have gone down moments after it took off and it looked like the pilot tried to turn it around.

"It appears to me — and I'm not an expert — but it appears to me that the engine was not turning when he crashed," Artigue said.

Slidell Police, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1 assisted at the scene, spending much of Wednesday night working to find the plane's tail number and other distinguishable features in what was described as a "large debris field" where the plane crashed.

Responders had to cut a hole in the fence to get to the wreckage, according to Artigue.

The Coroner's Office arrived to the scene Thursday morning, as did the FAA — which is now in charge of the crash investigation.