Thursday, December 03, 2020

‘Drug kingpin’ Howard D. Farley Jr: Arrested while attempting to board his plane in the hangar at his home in Weirsdale, Marion County, Florida


https://www.justice.gov

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Howard D. Farley, Jr. (72, Weirsdale) with passport fraud. Farley was arrested on December 2, 2020. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to the complaint, in or around February 2020, Farley submitted a passport application using the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of an individual who had died as an infant in 1955. When applying for this passport, Farley failed to disclose his true identity.

In 1985, Farley, along with 73 others, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Nebraska and charged with a narcotics conspiracy. Farley was alleged to be the “drug kingpin” of the Southern Line, a railroad line that was used by the drug dealers to distribute narcotics throughout the United States. Records show that Farley was the only defendant not apprehended in the case, and that he instead assumed the identity of the deceased individual in 1985, and remained a fugitive for more than 35 years.

On December 2, 2020, Farley was arrested at his home on a federal warrant for this complaint under the name “John Doe.” A fingerprint comparison confirmed that he was Howard D. Farley, Jr., the same person wanted in Nebraska since 1985. At the time of his arrest, Farley was attempting to board his private aircraft in the hangar at his home, which he flew using a fraudulent pilot’s license in the name of deceased individual. During the execution of a search warrant, authorities recovered a firearm from inside Farley’s home. Farley was convicted in 1970 of burglary in Nebraska state court.

A criminal complaint is only an allegation and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the Department of Transportation - Office of Inspector General, the Social Security - Administration Office of the Inspector General, and with support from the Ocala Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Homeland Security, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Marion County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Felicetta.       


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General Atomics MQ-9, CBP233: Accident occurred November 13, 2020 in Sierra Vista, Cochise 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.

Location: Sierra Vista, AZ 
Accident Number: WPR21LA054
Date & Time: November 13, 2020, 12:15 Local
Registration: CBP233
Aircraft: General Atomics MQ-9
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Public aircraft

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: General Atomics
Registration: CBP233
Model/Series: MQ-9 
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: KFHU, 4698 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:58 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2200 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.588472,-110.34438 (est)

Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10), N778SK: Accident occurred November 13, 2020 in Phoenix, 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:
SkyWest Airlines Inc


Location: Phoenix, AZ
Accident Number: DCA21LA024
Date & Time: November 13, 2020, 17:50 Local
Registration: N778SK
Aircraft: Bombardier CL600 2C10
Injuries: 1 Serious, 60 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air carrier - Scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bombardier 
Registration: N778SK
Model/Series: CL600 2C10 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121), Supplemental
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPHX,1107 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Albuquerque, AZ (ABQ)
Destination: Phoenix, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None 
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 57 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 60 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.4373,-112.0078 

Southwest Outlines Plans for Potential Furloughs Next Year: Furloughs would be a first for Southwest as airlines continue to grapple with the pandemic


The Wall Street Journal
By Alison Sider
December 3, 2020 3:07 pm ET

Southwest Airlines Company on Thursday told more than 6,800 employees that their jobs are at risk without concessions from labor unions or more federal aid as the coronavirus pandemic continues to decimate demand for air travel.

The temporary layoffs, if the company goes through with them, would be a first for Southwest, which has never furloughed or laid off employees in its 53-year history. The airline had pledged to avoid those measures this year. But in October the company told unions that the company would need them to agree to the equivalent of a 10% pay reduction to offset overstaffing costs. Without that, the company said, job losses in 2021 would be inevitable.

Russell McCrady, Southwest’s vice president of labor relations, said the notices were necessary as negotiations with unions have stalled, but added that the company would be willing to pick talks up again. “Our absolute goal is to preserve every job at Southwest Airlines,” he said in a statement Thursday.

Leaders of unions that represent Southwest’s pilots and flight attendants said they believed the notices were meant to pressure employees. “We see it as a heartless and cutthroat negotiating tactic,” said Jon Weaks, president of the union that represents Southwest’s pilots.

Rival carriers have furloughed tens of thousands of workers as the industry continues to bleed cash and executives believe it will take years for travel demand to return to the same levels as before the pandemic.

Still, airlines have sought to avoid job cuts and several carriers have struck deals with pilots to prevent furloughs, hopes of being able to quickly ramp up without time consuming and costly retraining when demand returns. Southwest has planned an ambitious expansion strategy next year.

The final number of furloughs could end up being smaller than the 6,828 notices Southwest has issued. Some rival carriers sent similar notices, which are required under federal labor rules, to tens of thousands of workers and ended up furloughing smaller numbers of employees.

Southwest’s announcement could ramp up pressure on lawmakers, who have resumed negotiations over another stimulus package that could include more federal aid for airlines. A proposal under discussion would include $17 billion in funds for airlines to cover worker salaries through March. Southwest said in a statement that furloughs could be avoided if Congress enacts “satisfactory” extension of aid.

Airlines employed 29,000 fewer people in mid-October, when restrictions on job cuts that accompanied federal aid were lifted, than they did in mid-September, according to federal data. The industry employs 82,000 fewer people than it did in March, including thousands of early retirements and voluntary departures.

Southwest’s notices of potential furloughs include pilots, flight attendants and ramp workers, among others. The furloughs would go into effect March 15 or April 1, depending on the type of job. The airline had issued similar notices to other employees who could be furloughed beginning in January, including over 400 mechanics.

The airline’s unions have staunchly opposed the company’s cost-cutting proposals so far. Flight attendants and pilots have said the company hasn’t taken into account that their paychecks have already shrunk because there are fewer flights to go around, and have said the company should instead reopen offers for employees to take early retirement or unpaid leaves.

“We feel like it’s been a lot of ultimatums,” Lyn Montgomery, president of the union that represents Southwest’s flight attendants, said of the negotiations. Still, she said the union will continue to meet with the company. “There’s still time,” she said.

Piper PA-18-150 Replica Super Cub, N4900C: Accident occurred December 02, 2020 at Juneau International Airport (PAJN), Alaska

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; Juneau, Alaska  

Location: Juneau, AK 
Accident Number: ANC21LA008
Date & Time: December 2, 2020, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N4900C
Aircraft: Piper PA18 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N4900C
Model/Series: PA18 
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: PAJN,24 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 25 knots / 45 knots, 120°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.56 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Gustavus, AK (PAGS) 
Destination: Juneau, AK

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: 58.354712,-134.57847 



Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to an airplane crash at Juneau International Airport Wednesday afternoon after strong winds destroyed a personal aircraft.

“A personal aircraft — a Piper Super Cub — was on the taxiway,” said CCFR assistant fire chief Ed Quinto in a phone interview. “A strong gust of wind picked it up and put it down in the median.”

The aircraft’s wings, prop and undercarriage were destroyed in the crash, but the pilot was not injured, Quinto said.

“Fortunately, he was not injured,” Quinto said. “He walked out and was standing there when we arrived.”

Rapid response by the airport staff helped to clear the taxiway, Quinto said, although some flights were diverted or canceled as of Wednesday evening.

“They should be open right now,” Quinto said. “Airfield maintenance responded pretty quickly.”

The owner of the aircraft, who was not identified, had been relocating the aircraft on the field when the crash occurred.

Bombardier Challenger 605 (CL-600-2B16), M-ARKZ: Incident occurred December 02, 2020 at Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF), Washington, District of Columbia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, DC

Aircraft struck a bird on final leaving two (2) dents on the left side of the nose panel. 

Date: 02-DEC-20
Time: 23:27:00Z
Regis#: M-ARKZ
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CHALLENGER 600
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: WASHINGTON
State: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Grumman-Schweizer, N48594: Accident occurred December 01, 2020 in Elton, Jefferson Davis 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Location: Elton, LA
Accident Number: CEN21LA072
Date & Time: December 1, 2020, 14:30 Local
Registration: N48594
Aircraft: Grumman G164
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On December 1, 2020, about 1430 central standard time, a Grumman G164 airplane, N48594, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Elton, Louisiana. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal
Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

According to the pilot, the airplane contained a full load of fertilizer and departed from the local grass strip. Shortly after takeoff, the engine began operating “rough”, and the airplane was unable to maintain a positive rate of climb. The engine continued to not produce expected power, and the pilot needed to execute a forced landing. The airplane landed in a muddy field about ¼ mile from the grass strip, nosed over, and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman 
Registration: N48594
Model/Series: G164 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KACP,107 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /-5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Elton, LA
Destination: Elton, LA

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: 30.438259,-92.671434 (est)

ELTON, Louisiana  (KLFY) — A crop duster crashed near the town of Elton on Tuesday, though the pilot walked away from the crash uninjured, according to the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Chris Ivey said the pilot refused medical attention at the scene of the crash, which happened near the intersection of La. 26 and Dan Buller Rd in a rural area. The cause of the crash was not immediately made clear.

Bellanca 17-30A Viking, N28067: Accident occurred December 02, 2020 in Arden Hills, Ramsey County, Minnesota

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; Minneapolis, Minnesota


Location: Arden Hills, MN 
Accident Number: CEN21LA073
Date & Time: December 2, 2020, 21:15 Local 
Registration: N28067
Aircraft: Bellanca 17-30A 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 2, 2020, about 2115 central standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N28067, was substantially damage when it was involved in an accident near Arden Hills, Minnesota. The pilot and passenger and an occupant of the motor vehicle were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot said this was to be a night sightseeing flight around the city. About 10 minutes after takeoff, he heard a loud “bang” and the engine began to vibrate. Shortly thereafter, the engine lost power completely. The pilot made a gear-down forced landing on an Interstate highway. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a vehicle and highway divider. Post-accident examination revealed both wings were bent. A large hole was noted on the top of the engine crankcase, and the numbers 5 and 6 connecting rods were missing.

The wreckage was recovered, and the engine was examined. When the oil pan was removed, a large amount of metal debris was noted. The oil filter also contained metal chips and filings. These pieces will be retained for further examination and tests.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bellanca
Registration: N28067
Model/Series: 17-30A 
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:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: -1.1°C /-6.7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None / 2200 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Blaine, MN (KANE)
Destination: Arden Hills, MN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.048053,-93.187572 (est)





The Maple Grove woman whose SUV was hit by a plane that made an emergency landing on Interstate 35W on Wednesday is now thanking the pilot for his kindness in the moments that followed.

Brittany Yurik, a mother of two, said she was driving home from a late-shift job around 9:30 p.m. when the plane started to go down behind her.

Minnesota State Patrol said the unexpected landing happened on northbound I-35W near I-694 in Arden Hills. The suspected emergency landing was captured on Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic cameras.

"I only saw something for a split second before it hit me," Yurik said. "They hit the ground and then immediately hit me and we kind of slid together down the highway. And then it was just so incredibly loud, the crunching of metal. That's what keeps going through my head is the noise and just thinking, there is no way we could all be OK after that kind of an impact."

She said the next thing she remembers is looking outside at the plane.

"A man and a woman were in the plane and when I eventually looked up, they were hugging each other, obviously thankful they were able to land," Yurik said.

The State Patrol identified the pilot as 52-year-old Craig Gifford, of Minneapolis.

According to Gifford's personal website, he is an experienced aviator who has been a pilot for more than 30 years. The website states that he has also competed in the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships.

Yurik said the pilot told her he had a complete engine failure. She said he helped pull her to safety after they collided.

"Of course it was an absolute circus. They helped me get underneath the plane and get to safety because the plane was kind of smoking," Yurik recalled. "They were both beyond kind and so apologetic. He told me several times that he tried to avoid exactly what happened. He was doing an emergency landing and was trying to land in between vehicles and of course that didn't work out. He's just an amazing guy. Of all the people to have gotten hit by an airplane by, I'm glad it was him."

The State Patrol said no one was hurt in the incident. The SUV and plane both suffered damage.

Yurik said, in the moments following the impact, she was inspired by all the witnesses who stopped to help at the scene.

"Just all the people that were there, that were checking, it really makes you look around at your community and be like, wow, this is unbelievable that there are that many kind people in this world," Yurik said. "And I am just so unbelievably grateful that I got to come home to my family."

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.



MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — The pilot of a small plane that made an emergency landing on a Minnesota interstate Wednesday has been identified as an award-winning member of the U.S. aerobatics flying team.

The Bellanca 17-30A Viking landed and hit a vehicle, temporarily closing part of the highway Wednesday night in the St. Paul suburb of Arden Hills, officials said. Two people were on board, KMSP-TV reported, and authorities said no injuries were reported.

The pilot was identified as 52-year-old Craig Gifford, a Minneapolis resident and competitive aerobatic pilot, a sport that involves flying aircraft in a series of maneuvers. Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski said Gifford represented the United States in international competition in 2017 and 2019 on the Unlimited Aerobatic Team, which took home the bronze medal at the world championships in South Africa in 2017.

Knapinski said pilots take aerobatic training lessons to learn how to better maneuver aircraft in emergency situations, which he said explains how Gifford’s skills helped him pull off the “textbook emergency landing” on the interstate Wednesday night.

“Pilots are trained to deal with emergency engine problems and things like that if you have to make an emergency landing, and so the combination of that training and certainly (Gifford’s) aerobatic training really paid off in this situation,” he said.

Gifford declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation into the incident by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.











AgustaWestland AW119 MKII, N669SS: Incident occurred December 02, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rotorcraft landed on helo ramp and struck tail boom.

AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation


Date: 02-DEC-20
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N669SS
Aircraft Make: AGUSTAWESTLAND
Aircraft Model: AW119 MKII
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PHILADELPHIA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Cessna 551 Citation II, N48DK: Accident occurred December 02, 2020 at Lufkin Angelina County Airport (KLFK), Burke, Texas

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; Houston, Texas

Aviation Star S II LLC


Location: Lufkin, TX 
Accident Number: CEN21LA071
Date & Time: December 2, 2020, 08:43 Local
Registration: N48DK
Aircraft: Cessna 551
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business

On December 2, 2020, about 0843 central standard time, a Cessna 551, N48DK, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lufkin, Texas. The airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries and 2 passengers were not injured. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 corporate flight.

The pilot stated that after an uneventful Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight from Austin, Texas, he entered the RNAV 16 approach to runway 16 at the Angelina County Airport (LFK), Lufkin, Texas. His intention was a full stop landing. After breaking out of the clouds during the approach, he cancelled his flight plan and landed on runway 16 which was wet, and it was raining.

During the landing, the pilot cycled the anti-skid brake system about 2-3 times, and then the braking did not respond while the airplane slowed to about 20 knots. The pilot thought that the airplane’s anti-skid stopped working and the airplane may have hydroplaned. The airplane exited the runway onto wet grass, went through an airport perimeter fence, crossed a roadway, and came to rest in a cow pasture. The pilot and both passengers evacuated the airplane after coming to a stop.

On scene inspection of the airplane revealed that the nose and main landing gear collapsed after departing the runway, and both wings had structural damage to their respective spars.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N48DK
Model/Series: 551 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLFK,316 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 900 ft AGL 
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Austin, TX (AUS)
Destination: Lufkin, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.234028,-94.75 (est)

Video by Farr Electrical Services




A Cessna Citation 551 II crashed at the Angelina County Airport around 9 a.m. Wednesday while landing.

Airport manager Gary Letney said no major injuries occurred during the crash. 

The aircraft anti-lock braking system did not operate properly while landing and they were not able to slow down before they got to the end of the runway, according to assistant manager Claude Riddle.

"I've been here 32 years, so I've seen a few (crashes)," Riddle said. "They are very seldom, and so far everybody I've seen involved in one has survived without any major injuries."

The jet ran off the runway, and its wheels snapped off, the antenna was damaged and bottom was severely scratched, Riddle said. It is unclear if the jet is totaled at this time, but they can do some pretty miraculous things to fix aircraft these days, he said.

Electrical contractor Chris Farr was at the airport working on a project nearby when he decided to take a video of a jet landing in the rain.

"I saw the jet's landing lights, and I just thought it would make for a cool video watching it land during the rain," Farr said. "I started filming it, and when it got toward the end of the runway and it wasn't slowing down much, it all happened quick, and I couldn't believe what I was watching. It ran off the end of the runway there and crashed into the field. Thank God everybody was OK."

When he saw the jet leave the end of the runway, Farr said his heart sank. He managed to catch the crash on video as the jet went by just feet in front of his vehicle.

"It's not everyday you witness something like that or even hear about something like that and then to see it that close," he said.

"I just wanted to shoot a quick video, and it just so happened to be the right place, right time for it."

He said he has taken a few flying lessons at the airport, and he thinks the pilot handled the mechanical failure the best way possible.

"The pilot was pretty hard on himself," Farr said. "I told him this was the best outcome for a crash, for sure. His passengers walked away from it without a scratch, and he had very, very, very minor injuries, so it was a blessing."




ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Nobody was seriously injured in a plane crash involving the next speaker of the Texas House, Dade Phelan at the Angelina County Airport.

According to airport Manager Gary Letney, the plane was landing when the brakes went out. It then crashed at the end of the runway.

“In talking to the pilot, he said that when he landed the anti-lock brakes failed on the jet and so he cut them off and cut them back on, and when he did he had no brakes at all.”

The pilot suffered minor injuries, but was walking around the crash site this afternoon. Two other passengers were on the plane. The office of State Representative Trent Ashby confirmed that Representative Dade Phelan was on the plane, on the way to meet with Ashby.

“Several of the volunteer fire departments came out and went down there to the plane in case of a fire. Then DPS came, and we called the Houston center.”

The airport had a breakaway at the end of the runway which Letney says is designed to keep planes from flipping over if they do run off the runway.

“It breaks off pretty easy, which it did, it broke off. But then the neighbors on the other side of the fence, it was a hog wire fence, and it actually caught that plane, kind of in mid air, and kept it from really running a long way.”

The National Transportation Safety Board arrived this afternoon to begin the investigation. Letney guesses the plane is totaled.

“The wings weren’t in the right position, it broke off all the landing gears, there was some underneath stuff that it pulled off that’s down there. So it’s pretty big damage.”

The office of State Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) confirmed Phelan was on the plane on the way to meet with Ashby.

Ashby’s office released the following statement: “Everyone on the plane is safe and we’re grateful to that.”

The Cessna 551 Citation II is registered out of Baytown. According to FlightAware.com, the plane came from Austin and was scheduled to land in Lufkin at 8:42 a.m. It was then scheduled to leave Lufkin at 12:19 p.m. and land in Tyler at 12:38 p.m.

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, N2420F: Accident occurred December 02, 2020 at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, 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; South Florida 

Everglades Aviation Academy LLC


Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Accident Number: ERA21LA059
Date & Time: December 2, 2020, 07:51 Local
Registration: N2420F
Aircraft: Piper PA38
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional
  
On December 2, 2020, about 0751 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-38, N2420F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near North Perry Airport (HWO), Pembroke Pines, Florida. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.
  
According to the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to fly the traffic pattern with the student pilot. Prior to the flight, they performed a preflight inspection with no anomalies noted. After performing several takeoffs and landings in the traffic pattern, the flight instructor’s “fuel timer” went off on a downwind leg of the traffic pattern to switch tanks from the left tank to the right tank. They performed a go around procedure and on the upwind leg of the traffic pattern they noticed a strong smell of something “being burnt.” The flight instructor conducted a scan of the instruments, and noted the carbon monoxide detector was
black, which indicated high levels of carbon monoxide were present. At that point, they were 400 ft mean sea level, and the student pilot began to turn to the crosswind leg of the traffic pattern. During the turn, the flight instructor noticed a “lack of engine power.” He assumed control of the airplane from the student pilot and verified that the mixture was in the full rich position and moved the throttle levels with no response from the engine. He then declared an emergency, turned back toward the airport, and unsuccessfully attempted to restart the engine multiple times during the descent.
  
The airplane struck an airport perimeter fence, nosed over, and came to rest inverted resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. The flight instructor and student pilot egressed the airplane without injuries.
  
An examination of the engine by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that throttle and mixture control continuity was confirmed. The propeller could only be turned one-quarter of the way through by hand. In addition, there was no visible damage to
the exhaust system.
  
The airframe and engine were recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
  
Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2420F
Model/Series: PA38 112
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: HWO 
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Pembroke Pines, FL
Destination: Pembroke Pines, FL
  
Wreckage and Impact Information
  
Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.003635,-80.235112



PEMBROKE PINES, Florida (WSVN) - A small plane crashed at a Pembroke Pines airport.

The crash took place on the north side of North Perry Airport, located at 101 SW 77th Way, at around 7:50 a.m., Wednesday.

7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where firefighters could be seen spraying foam over the wreck.

The two occupants who were on board are said to be OK.

The crashed  Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk landed close to the scene of a fatal crash that happened on November 23rd.

The area is frequently used for flight training.

The plane reported engine problems to the tower shortly after takeoff, and the pilot tried to turn back when it crashed.

“I was sitting in my car, sitting right back here,” said witness Josiah Phillips. “All I see is a plane coming down. I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute, there’s no asphalt here for him to land on. I saw the plane hit, and it bounced off the ground, and it kept going past the building. That’s when I walked over, and I saw the plane turned over over here.”

They missed the runway and crashed through a fence before flipping over.

A man was seen gathering items from the upside-down plane and a few minutes later hugging a small child.

Witnesses were amazed to see the pilots climb out of the wreckage and walk away.

“You gotta believe. That’s the only way to explain it,” said a witness.

“And then we saw the people walking away from it. I was thinking it’s probably gonna explode, so I was like, ‘All right, let me back up a little bit.’ It’s scary, like, you don’t see– plane crashes aren’t normal. You don’t see that every day, so it was weird to see it, but thank God everyone’s OK. That’s all that really matters in the end,” Phillips said.

The plane, seemingly belonging to Everglades Aviation Academy, landed near a tank.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating whatever mechanical issues may have been involved in the plane crash.

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