Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Sonex, N586RK: Incident occurred March 30, 2021 at Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ), Pima County, Arizona

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

Aircraft landed, veered off the runway and gear collapsed. 


Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 18:10:00Z
Regis#: N586RK
Aircraft Make: SONEX
Aircraft Model: SONEX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MARANA
State: ARIZONA

Jabiru J250-SP, N236X: Accident occurred March 30, 2021 near Treasure Coast International Airport (KFPR), Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a canal.  


Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 15:05:00Z
Regis#: N236X
Aircraft Make: JABIRU
Aircraft Model: J250
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: FORT PIERCE
State: FLORIDA

Embraer EMB-550, N56CH: Incident occurred March 30, 2021 in Boise, Ada County, Idaho

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

Aircraft cockpit window fell out. 

CMH Homes Inc


Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 19:20:00Z
Regis#: N56CH
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: EMB550
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BOISE
State: IDAHO

Bell OH-58C Kiowa, N513PD: Incident occurred March 28, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Rotorcraft during lift-off, the tail rotor struck the main rotor of another helicopter, N312ST. 

City of Detroit 


Date: 28-MAR-21
Time: 01:20:00Z
Regis#: N513PD
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: OH58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: DETROIT
State: MICHIGAN

Cessna 150L, N6544G: Incident occurred March 30, 2021 in Blairstown, Warren County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown

Aircraft made a forced landing in a field. 


Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 18:32:00Z
Regis#: N6544G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BLAIRSTOWN
State: NEW JERSEY

Airbus A320-200, N644NK: Incident occurred March 30, 2021 at Atlantic City International Airport (KACY), New Jersey

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

Aircraft struck a bird on takeoff damaging the right wing. 

Spirit Airlines Inc


Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 18:35:00Z
Regis#: N644NK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SPIRIT AIRLINES
Flight Number: NKS303
City: ATLANTIC CITY
State: NEW JERSEY

Cessna 337A, N211EW: Accident occurred March 30, 2021 in Byars, McClain County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aircraft lost engine power and crashed in a pasture. 


Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N211EW
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 337
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BYARS
State: OKLAHOMA

Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, N2155A: Incident occurred March 30, 2021 at Grand Strand Airport (KCRE), North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aircraft veered off runway during takeoff and departed from the grass.


Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N2155A
Aircraft Make: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE
Aircraft Model: SEAREY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Beech C24R Sierra, N24LC: Incident occurred March 30, 2021 at Farmville Regional Airport (KFVX), Cumberland County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aircraft landed and nose gear came off the aircraft.

First Eclipse Limited


Date: 30-MAR-21
Time: 18:46:00Z
Regis#: N24LC
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FARMVILLE
State: VIRGINIA

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9313H: Incident occurred March 27, 2021 at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (KGYR), Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Aircraft struck a bird leaving a dent on leading edge of wing. 

Flying Ten Flying Club


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 17:17:00Z
Regis#: N9313H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: GOODYEAR
State: ARIZONA

Mooney M20J, N9146Q: Accident occurred March 27, 2021 at Alturas Municipal Airport (KAAT), Modoc County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno

Aircraft lost control on landing and incurred propeller strike. 

Emery J Chang MD LLC


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N9146Q
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ALTURAS
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N79087: Incident occurred March 26, 2021 at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft veered off runway into the grass, across taxiway into the grass and then back onto taxiway. 

Air Discovery LA LLC


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 19:21:00Z
Regis#: N79087
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: VAN NUYS
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28RT-201T Arrow IV, N2205H: Incident occurred March 26, 2021 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Denver, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing.

Tango Alpha IV LLC


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 21:03:00Z
Regis#: N2205H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Diamond DA-20C-1 Eclipse, N392DC: Incident occurred March 26, 2021 at Tampa Executive Airport (KVDF), Hillsborough County, Florida

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

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing.  

Fly Dynasty Corporation 


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 20:05:00Z
Regis#: N392DC
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TAMPA
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28-161, N602FT: Incident occurred March 27, 2021 at Melbourne International Airport (KMLB), Brevard County, Florida

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

Aircraft veered off taxiway into the grass.

FIT Aviation LLC


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 16:38:00Z
Regis#: N602FT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: FAR 141 PILOT SCHOOL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
City: MELBOURNE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N734ZG: Incident occurred March 27, 2021 in St. Augustine, Florida

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

Aircraft made a force landing in a field. 


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 20:07:00Z
Regis#: N734ZG
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ST AUGUSTINE
State: FLORIDA

Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, N851SR: Incident occurred March 27, 2021 at Leesburg International Airport (KLEE), Lake County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

Progressive Aerodyne Inc


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 20:18:00Z
Regis#: N851SR
Aircraft Make: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE
Aircraft Model: SEAREY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LEESBURG
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-18A 150 Super Cub, N6971D: Incidents occurred March 27, 2021 and September 10, 2016

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

March 27, 2021:  Aircraft suffered a propeller strike during runup.  North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood,  Broward County, Florida.

Van Wagner Aerial Media LLC


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 15:50:00Z
Regis#: N6971D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: HOLLYWOOD
State: FLORIDA

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

September 10, 2016: Aircraft while in non-movement area with engine running and no person onboard, rolled into parked aircraft. Woodbine Municipal Airport (KOBI), Cape May County, New Jersey.

Van Wagner Aerial Media LLC

Date: 10-SEP-16
Time: 13:30:00Z
Regis#: N6971D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: Incident
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
City: WOODBINE
State: New Jersey

Beechcraft King Air 200, N43TA: Incident occurred March 26, 2021 - Valdosta Regional Airport (KVLD), Lowndes County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aircraft encountered severe turbulence resulting injury to a passenger.

Kentucky King Air LLC


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 15:07:00Z
Regis#: N43TA
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: TRITON AIRWAYS
City: VALDOSTA
State: GEORGIA

Cessna 172N, N5266D: Incident occurred March 27, 2021 at Schaumburg Regional Airport (06C), Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft on landing veered off runway into the grass.  

Three B's Aero Inc


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N5266D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SCHAUMBURG
State: ILLINOIS

Cessna R182RG Skylane, N9076C: Incident occurred March 26, 2021 at Evansville Regional Airport (KEVV), Vanderburgh County, Indiana

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

Aircraft veered off runway into the grass.  

EVV Pilots Club Inc


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 21:21:00Z
Regis#: N9076C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EVANSVILLE
State: INDIANA

Boeing 747-446, N464MC: Incident occurred March 26, 2021 at Topeka Regional Airport (KFOE), Shawnee County, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aircraft taxiing for departure and front nose wheel became stuck in the mud.  

Atlas Air Inc


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 07:42:00Z
Regis#: N464MC
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 747
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: ATLAS
Flight Number: ATLAS8598
City: TOPEKA
State: KANSAS



TOPEKA, Kansas (KSNT) – A large passenger plane is grounded after slipping off a runway while preparing for departure at Topeka Regional Airport, also known as Forbes Field.

“The nose gear of an Atlas Air passenger 747-400 aircraft left the paved surface of (the) taxiway as it was making a 180-turn to position for departure at Topeka Regional Airport early this morning,” an Atlas Air representative told KSNT News. “The passengers and crewmembers who were on board have deplaned safely with no injuries. The aircraft will be returned to a maintenance facility at the airport where it will undergo a full evaluation before being returned to service.”

Atlas Air is used for charter, commercial and military transport.

Airbus A321-231, N982VJ: Incident occurred March 28, 2021 near Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT), North Carolina

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

Aircraft struck a bird on final. 

American Airlines Inc


Date: 28-MAR-21
Time: 01:42:00Z
Regis#: N982VJ
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A321
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL1483
City: CHARLOTTE
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Embraer ERJ-145, N650AE: Incident occurred March 28, 2021 - Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT), North Carolina

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

Aircraft encountered severe turbulence injuring a passenger.

Piedmont Airlines

American Airlines Inc


Date: 28-MAR-21
Time: 21:52:00Z
Regis#: N650AE
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: E145
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: PDT6142
City: CHARLOTTE
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Robinson R44 II, N178DF: Accident occurred March 26, 2021 in Henryetta, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Rotorcraft crashed into field after losing power, hit a tree trunk and rolled over.

Brush Popper Aviation LLC


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N178DF
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: HENRYETTA
State: KLAHOMA

Quicksilver Sport 2S N412DS: Accident occurred March 26, 2021 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aircraft made a forced landing in the bay for unknown reasons. 


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 11:00:00Z
Regis#: N412DS
Aircraft Make: QUICKSILVER
Aircraft Model: SPORT S2
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SAN JUAN
State: PUERTO RICO

Bell OH-58A Kiowa, N1045C: Accident occurred March 27, 2021 in Pottsboro, Grayson County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Rotorcraft landing in a pasture, lost situational awareness, struck two (2) fence posts and flipped over impacting the ground. 


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 22:25:00Z
Regis#: N1045C
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: OH-58
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: POTTSBORO
State: TEXAS

Piper J3C-65, N42769: Incident occurred March 27, 2021 in Ponder, Denton County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft lost power and crashed into a tree in residential area. 


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 21:10:00Z
Regis#: N42769
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: PONDER
State: TEXAS

Aviat A-1 Husky, N29HU: Accident occurred March 26, 2021 at Ogden-Hinckley Airport (KOGD), Weber County, Utah

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; Salt Lake City, Utah

International Aircraft Sales LLC


Location: Ogden, UT
Accident Number: WPR21LA147
Date & Time: March 26, 2021, 17:45 Local 
Registration: N29HU
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC
Registration: N29HU
Model/Series: A-1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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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Type of Flight Plan Filed:
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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: 41.19507,-112.01219 

Cessna 150L, N1390Q: Accident occurred March 26, 2021 at Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ), Pima County, Arizona

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

Aircraft landed hard. 


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N1390Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MARANA
State: ARIZONA

Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey LSA, N847SR: Incident occurred March 29, 2021 at Flagler Executive Airport (KFIN), Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass, became airborne again, returned to land and veered off the runway into the grass. 

Progressive Aerodyne Inc


Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 16:03:00Z
Regis#: N847SR
Aircraft Make: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE
Aircraft Model: SEAREY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PALM COAST
State: FLORIDA

Hughes 369D, N506CW: Accident occurred March 26, 2021 in Marshall Islands

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York International Field Office

Rotorcraft was ditched into the ocean during squall. 

Vertol Systems Company Inc


Date: 26-MAR-21
Time: 22:51:00Z
Regis#: N506CW
Aircraft Make: HUGHES
Aircraft Model: 369D
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
MARSHALL ISLANDS

Piper PA-32: Incident occurred March 29, 2021 at Harford County Airport (0W3), Churchville, Maryland

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 18:45:00Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CHURCHVILLE
State: MARYLAND

Navion G Rangemaster, N2474T: Incident occurred March 29, 2021 at Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR), Washington County, Maryland

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

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 


Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N2474T
Aircraft Make: NAVION
Aircraft Model: NAVION G
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HAGERSTOWN
State: MARYLAND

TL-Ultralight Stream, N37ST: Incident occurred March 29, 2021 in Aiken, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field. 

Zephair Aviation LLC


Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 21:35:00Z
Regis#: N37ST
Aircraft Make: TL ULTRALIGHT
Aircraft Model: STREAM
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: AIKEN
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N665FL: Accident occurred March 29, 2021 in Yacolt, Clark County, Washington

Craig Beles and Truman O’Brien, at Voice of Vashon just days after their plane went down deep inside the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington. 

 Craig Beles’ and Truman O’Brien’s Piper PA28-140, was recovered on Monday —crumpled yet also still remarkably intact, thanks to O’Brien’s derring-do and skill in the cockpit.


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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Treetop Flyers LLC


Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 23:47:00Z
Regis#: N665FL
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: YACOLT
State: WASHINGTON

In the past week, no news has been as celebrated on Vashon as the fact that Craig Beles and Truman O’Brien are still alive.

Their survival after the crash of their small plane has been the talk of the town, with an outpouring of relief and amazement expressed by islanders on social media and in person, as both men have been spotted working volunteer shifts for VashonBePrepared at the island’s vaccination site.

The duo has also been pursued by a pack of reporters from Seattle and regional media outlets, resulting in news accounts detailing how great piloting, good luck and a swift response by rescue teams all made it possible for the men to walk away from the twisted wreckage of their plane.

As for Beles and O’Brien, both now say how grateful they are for all the love expressed by their friends and families, as well as the heroics of their rescuers.

On Thursday, April 1, the amiable pair of friends — who are well known and beloved on Vashon for their civic engagement and volunteer work — showed up at the Voice of Vashon radio station to tell the story of how their plane had gone down deep inside the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington.

As they sat behind VoV’s console, the only signs of the ordeal on their smiling faces were a small scratch on Beles’ forehead, and deep purple shiners rimming both of O’Brien’s eyes.

Here is the tale they lived to tell.

The morning of Monday, March 29, Beles, age 71, and O’Brien, age 75, took off from Vashon Airport for a quick trip to Bend, Oregon and back.

The pair flew separately, each piloting a different plane — one to be left behind in Bend for a paint job. In a quick turnaround, O’Brien piloted the plane they flew back — a Piper PA28-140, with a 180 horsepower engine, weighing about 2100 pounds fully fueled and loaded.

Their trip back to Vashon proved how aptly Beles and O’Brien had named the company they formed as co-owners of the two planes — Treetop Flyers LLC, chosen originally in a nod to the towering trees that surround Vashon’s tiny airport, and the way pilots have to practically put their wheels on those treetops as they take off.

The name has a whole new meaning now.

On the flight home, at around 3:30 p.m., the engine of their plane began to sputter 8,000 feet above the ground in southwest Washington.

What happened next happened fast. First, O’Brien and Beles went through a checklist of possible actions to right what was wrong with the engine, but nothing worked. It kept cutting out.

O’Brien piloted the plane as it descended through thick clouds. Then, Beles and O’Brien saw the canopy of treetops of the forest on the south side of Mount St. Helens, just below them.

For O’Brien — a certified flight instructor and retired commercial airline pilot for Alaska Airlines — a lifetime of preparedness and experience had prepared him for his next maneuver.

As he looked at the forested terrain beneath him and realized the plane wouldn’t make it to the nearest airport, he decided to do some treetop flying.

Beles described O’Brien’s piloting as masterful, comparing him to the famed pilot “Sully” Sullenberger, who in 2009 sat his United Airlines jetliner down atop the freezing Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers and crew.

“You’ve heard of “Miracle on the Hudson,’” Beles said. “This was the miracle on the side of Mt. St. Helens.”

Putting the plane into a glide, O’Brien steered it away from a clearing that he knew would be full of dangerously tall tree stumps, and toward an adjacent forested area.

Beles described the feeling of being in the shaking plane as it descended at 80 miles per hour, with a “Hazard Terrain” warning flashing on the instrument panel, and an air traffic controller’s voice on the radio telling the pair they couldn’t go any lower.

“The trees start coming up below you, and you’re kind of thinking, well, this could be it — the odds are not in our favor,” he said.

And then, against all those odds, O’Brien somehow entered and then glided down through the treetops, slowing the plane enough so that it finally impacted upside down at the bottom of a stand of trees just adjacent to the stump-filled clearing. The clearing, he had decided, would be a fatal place to land, but a great spot to be rescued from.

For O’Brien, slowing the plane as it came to the ground was the goal.

“I’ve had mountain flying training years ago and I’ve flown in the mountains a lot in little airplanes, and you always think about what are you going to do and how are you going to do it, and all of that just came together,” he said. “But even if you did everything perfectly, which we pretty much did, the outcome is still absolutely not guaranteed.”

Beles described the wild ride through the trees.

“It was like you were in a blender, and you’re wondering, when is that tree limb going to come through the windshield, when is the cockpit going to get crushed, what’s going to happen when we finally get off the tops of the trees and drop down to the ground,” Beles said. “For various reasons, it couldn’t have [turned out] any better.”

Beles’ and O’Brien’s first task, after realizing they were both still alive, was to get out of the plane — which wasn’t easy, given that they were hanging upside down. But after falling face first in the mud as he scrambled free of his seat belt, O’Brien then looked up to see Beles and noticed that not a single hair on his friend’s head was out of place.

“I said, ‘Why does your hair look so good?’” O’Brien said with a laugh.

Other moments of levity came in the aftermath of the crash, they said, as they realized they were deep in the wilderness with no cellphone reception and a hand-held radio that didn’t work either, because of a malfunction with its charger.

The pair joked about how it would be just their luck to survive a plane crash, only to be eaten by bears or blown up in another eruption of Mt. Saint Helens.

But also, as they surveyed the scene, came the immediate and heavy realization that their wives had expected them to be home between 4 and 4:30 p.m. that day.

“The most difficult thing to handle was thinking ‘oh my God, our wives, what is going through their heads?’” said Beles. “We knew they were going to get a phone call and be told that their husbands’ plane went down.”

The pair prepared to hunker down for the night by ripping the airplane seats out of the plane and tearing off their sheepskin covers to use as blankets. Then came another challenge — building a fire without matches or a lighter.

“There was fuel still dripping out of the wing, so I thought, how do you start a fire? O’Brien said.

What Beles and O’Brien did was wrestle the heavy battery out of their upside-down plane, and then rip some wire out from under the instrument panel. After stripping down the wires with O’Brien’s Swiss Army Knife, they sparked a flame and lit their fuel-soaked flight charts on fire atop a pile of brush.

In another “MacGyver” move, Beles and O’Brien took the plane’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT) out of the plane and turned it on — it hadn’t gone off in the crash, perhaps because O’Brien’s crash landing had been so slow and smooth, they said. They attached a portable antenna to the device and stuck it inside Beles’ coat to keep it warm as it did its work — alerting a small army of first responders and rescue teams to their location.

That coat — a last-minute wardrobe choice made by Beles as he left his house on Monday morning — turned out to be a factor in their rescue as well.

Beles — who is known for his sartorial elegance at dress-up occasions on Vashon — had chosen the bright yellow jacket, with fluorescent hazard stripe across it, that he wears when volunteering at Vashon’s vaccination site.

The pair was rescued, well after dark, by a US Navy helicopter that had joined the rescue mission from the Whidbey Island Naval Base. As Beles and O’Brien heard the chopper overhead, O’Brien shined his flashlight on Beles’ coat, sending a beam of light up to the sky like a beacon.

In all, 10 agencies took place in the rescue, Beles and O’Brien said, expressing deep gratitude to all of them. These included the US Navy, The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Civilian Search and Rescue Team, Mount St. Helens Volcano Rescue Team, Washington State Emergency Operations Center, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, Department of Emergency Management, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, US Forest Service – LE Division and North Country EMS.

After being checked out at a small hospital, the pair spent the night in the Scappoose, Oregon home of Lauren Gundlach —who is the daughter of Vashonite Penni Symonds. There, they were welcomed by Lauren, her husband Andrew, and the couple’s four-month-old baby, Shiloh.

“Lauren is a nurse and sensed that I was still somewhat rattled from our experience, so she handed me her four-month-old beautiful baby, knowing her happy, smiling child would gently bring me back to earth,” Beles said.

The next morning, O’Brien and Beles were picked up by their wives, Mary O’Brien and Lynette Beles, and O’Brien’s daughter Molly O’Brien, who drove them back home to Vashon.

The next day, Beles was back at his volunteer station at the vaccination site, wearing his bright yellow jacket, directing traffic to the spot where other islander’s lives were being saved.







YACOLT, Washington — A pilot and passenger aboard a single-engine plane that crashed in rural Southwest Washington Monday afternoon were rescued hours later at night. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said the two people, whose identities were not released, were able to walk to a rescue helicopter. They only had minor injuries.

The two were spotted around 9:30 p.m. near Jack Mountain, a peak east of Yacolt, Washington, by a Navy search crew in a helicopter out of the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, WSDOT said. The Navy crew was able to load the pilot and passenger into the helicopter and fly them to the Yacolt Primary School parking lot for medical examination.

The pilot and passenger were taken to the North County EMS station in Yacolt and treated for minor injuries. They were then taken by Clark County deputies to the West Precinct Office where they were picked up by family.

A search began after the pilot Monday afternoon reported the plane engine was running rough and descending through clouds, unable to maintain altitude, according to WSDOT. The pilot was last heard from at 3:47 p.m. The plane's radar was last picked up in forest land near Yacolt, a small town northeast of Vancouver and south of Mount St. Helens.

There was no emergency beacon being picked up, WSDOT said, but the last known radar point is where crews began the search. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the search on the ground, while the Navy crew surveyed the area from above.

The plane, which is registered out of Vashon Island, was heading from Bend, Oregon, to the Tacoma Narrows Airport near Gig Harbor, Washington. No other details about the crash have been released.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

Luscombe 8, N28461: Accident occurred March 29, 2021 at Jefferson County International Airport (0S9), Port Townsend, Washington

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

Aircraft was being hand-propped, began moving and struck the fuel station. 


Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N28461
Aircraft Make: LUSCOMBE
Aircraft Model: 8A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: PORT TOWNSEND
State: WASHINGTON

Beech E90 King Air, N521LB: Incident occurred March 29, 2021 at Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport (KRKS), Rock Springs, Wyoming

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 

Poky Feeders Inc


Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N521LB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 90
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROCK SPRINGS
State: WYOMING

Cirrus SR20 G3, N689PG: Accident occurred March 27, 2021 at Boerne Stage Field Airport (5C1), San Antonio, Kendall County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aircraft wing struck ground on landing due to a gust of wind.  

Sky Flea Aero LLC


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N689PG
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN ANTONIO
State: TEXAS

Cirrus SF-50 Vision, N16VJ: Incident occurred March 28, 2021 at Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aircraft aborted takeoff and veered off runway. 

FSB Vision Leasing 232 LLC


Date: 28-MAR-21
Time: 19:42:00Z
Regis#: N16VJ
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SF50
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LEXINGTON
State: KENTUCKY

Cirrus SR20, N191JG: Incident occurred March 29, 2021 at Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field (KBTL), Calhoun County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aircraft attempted landing and bounced, elected to go around, and then landed. Damage was discovered during post flight inspection. 

Western Michigan University Board of Trustees


Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 15:20:00Z
Regis#: N191JG
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BATTLE CREEK
State: MICHIGAN

Monday, March 29, 2021

Aviat A-1 Husky, N800MH: Fatal accident occurred March 29, 2021 in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia 

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field.


Date: 29-MAR-21
Time: 21:53:00Z
Regis#: N800MH
Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Aircraft Model: A1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
City: ROME
State: GEORGIA

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.

Mr. Bobby Allred







A single-engine plane crashed in a cleared ravine near Cave Spring Monday evening, killing the pilot and knocking out power in the city.

Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor identified the pilot as 79-year-old Bobby Allred of Centre, Alabama.

Floyd County police set up a perimeter around the site to await the arrival of an investigator from the Federal Aviation Administration, expected around 11 p.m.

According to a release from FCPD Sgt. Chris Fincher:

Rescuers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Davis Road around 5:45 p.m. on Monday. A witness observed the plane and reported the crash. The area is less than a mile outside of the Cave Spring city limits.

Residents who live in the area of Cave Spring have reported seeing the plane over the weekend and also earlier on Monday. Witnesses who saw the plane before the crash reported no obvious difficulty.

Davis Road will be closed in the area until the investigation is complete.

Downed power lines sparked a fire about 100 yards from the plane. Tim Herrington, director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, said it appears the plane clipped a main feed line.

Georgia Power crews were on the scene before 8 p.m. The utility's outage map indicated 1,748 customers were affected and they expected power to be restored to most of them by 1 a.m.

Meanwhile, police said all utility lines in the area should be considered to be live and should be avoided.

Fincher said Allred was alone in the plane and no one on the ground was injured in the crash. A medic sustained an injury in the ravine, but details were unavailable Monday night.


Mr. Bobby Allred


September 25, 2001 

CENTRE, Alabama — A field of white cotton yielded to a strong north wind Tuesday as Bobby Allred checked the flaps and gauges of his Cessna AG Truck crop-duster.

After taking off from a grassy half-mile runway in his backyard, Allred was in the air and swooping down into the knee-high crop of cotton — pulling back in time to climb the steep wall of a barn at the end of the farm.

Allred, whose daredevil flying is routine in the dusting profession, has been spraying crops in Floyd County and Alabama for 33 years. For the first time in that career the federal government recently grounded his two planes in light of potential terrorist threats.

Following the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all commercial, private and agricultural flights. That ban was lifted three days later but another was put in place for crop-dusters after evidence surfaced that potential terrorists had been asking about the capabilities of duster planes.

The restriction was lifted shortly after midnight Tuesday, just in time for Allred’s spraying season to begin in a few days.

Allred, who also operates a wholesale soap and pressure-washing distribution service from his home, said the recent bans on flying have had more negative impact on his joy flying than his billfold.

Crop-dusters have already seen their business dwindle because of encroaching land developers and hybrid crops, but the terrorist-related bans cut even further into their business.

Allred said crop-dusters in the Tennessee and Huntsville Valleys probably were worst affected by the bans since their dusting season is in mid-swing. The growing season here is a little later, he said, so he won’t begin spraying defoliant, a chemical used to mature crops, for another week.

Many like Allred said they understood the government’s restrictions, but he said the bans probably were excessive.

“I don’t really see much of a threat,” he said of crop-duster planes being stolen or hijacked to drop chemicals on metropolitan areas.

Dusters are still banned in metro areas, “but those are places we never fly anyway,” Allred said. “If anyone saw us there anyway it would raise suspicion.”

Many Americans have to endure a hectic commute to work through traffic, but Allred has only to walk about 50 yards from his house to his plane, tied down outside his work shed.

Some of his fellow pilots have started taking extra security precautions like wrapping cable locks around their propellers and adding security systems to their hangars. Allred said he is satisfied with a shotgun he keeps handy.

Allred said the future of his profession is still uncertain, but he anticipates the government requiring a flight plan or briefing before each day of work — which normally begins around 8 a.m. and lasts until dusk.

America’s air space has for a long time been practically free of regulation, but that may end soon, he said. That restriction could put a crimp on Allred’s leisure flights.

“Most folks get in their cars after work and take a drive through the country,” he said. “But I’d rather get in my plane and take off around the lake over there.”

The aerial application of chemicals dates to 1921, when lead arsenate dust was spread over catalpa trees to kill moth larvae in Ohio. A year later, biplanes in the South killed boll weevils in cotton fields.

In those days, the planes were known as crop-dusters because they sprayed dry chemicals. Today dusters are spraying few pesticides but more fertilizers and growth regulators.

Some planes have complicated computer systems that monitor guidance and chemical applications. A pilot must receive extensive training and typically works for several years on a ground crew before being able to fly one of the aircraft.

Allred’s operation is all manual but he said the chances of someone hijacking a crop-duster are remote because the planes are extremely difficult to fly.

Because the middle wheel of the planes is on the rear instead of the front, as is the case with most modern aircraft, the planes have a tendency to fishtail on takeoff.

Not only does he have to worry about releasing the proper amount of chemical on an area, Allred said, he also has to be aware of other minor concerns — like dodging buildings and power lines.

His one-seater plane carries 280 gallons of chemicals and a few gallons less fuel.

“Flying has to be second nature,” Allred said. “I’ve got too many other things to watch than to worry about flight decisions.”

According to the National Agricultural Aviation Association, the average agricultural pilot protects between $12 million and $15 million in farm products each year.

With him, Allred said, it’s less about money than the joy of flying.


Mr. Bobby Allred

December 29, 2003

In just a few short years, Centre, along with Cherokee County and Piedmont will be in the airport business big time. And local pilots couldn’t be happier!

Local pilots laud the new facility on the heels of recent groundbreaking ceremonies for the Centre-Cherokee County-Piedmont Regional Airport on Highway 9 in Centre.

Bobby Allred of Centre, who owns two crop dusting planes, has his own runway.

“I think the airport is going to be good for the area,” said Allred. “I’m glad to see it after we have been working toward it for so many years.”

Allred has been flying for almost 40 years.

“I may not use it, but it is great for this area to finally get a modern airport,” said Allred.

Local pilot and Airport Authority Member Harley McGatha is also excited about the news.

“Oh yes, absolutely,” said Harley McGatha. “I have to travel in my business to even get out and talk to folks about jobs. A lot of people told me they didn’t think I would be in favor of it since I have a hangar at the Centre Airport. But I’m excited about it.”

McGatha earned his pilots license in 1987. Currently he owns three planes, including a Piper Colt, a Champion 7HC which seats three passengers and a Comanche which seats six passengers.

“I had a knee injury and was on crutches,” said McGatha. “I noticed a plane for sale, bought it and started taking lessons.”

And, in many cases, it is the only way to travel, McGatha said.

“Flying is eight to 10 times safer than driving a car,” said McGatha. “If I need to go to Tallahassee, for example, I can get there in an hour and a half. The other day we had to travel to Clay County, Ala. It usually takes us about 30 minutes to get there and we made it in 16 minutes.”

It would be nice for local pilots to be able to refuel locally, McGatha said. Currently, he often has to make stops at LaGrange, Ga. and other locations for this purpose.

The Airport Authority purchased more than 300 acres from Ellis Properties for the new airport. McGatha commended Ellis Properties for working with them on this project. Otherwise, they may have had to deal with multiple landowners about purchasing property for the new facility.

The airport, McGatha noted, will help land more industry for the area.

“It will encourage people to come and visit our city,” said McGatha. “It will also help other areas, like Jacksonville, Ala. I see us getting more manufacturing jobs and probably four to five service jobs for every manufacturing jobs. I think it will help the economy of our county.”

“I think it will probably be a great thing,” said Grant Ratliff, another local pilot. “An airport, if operated in the right way, can be a money-making thing. It’s a strategic location. We’ve needed to be in the airport business for the past 30 years. We need to offer services, fuel and also an FBO (fixed based operator).”

Local airport personnel, Ratliff suggested, could explore the possibilities of renting hangar space to other airports and also local pilots. Currently, many local pilots house their planes on their private property rather than housing them at the airport.

Ratliff earned his pilot license in 1979. Al Branum was his flight instructor.

“We have probably lost a lot of industry because we didn’t have the airport facility we needed here,” said Ratliff. “I think this new airport will definitely be a positive thing.”

Charles Laney of Centre has been flying since 1968.

“I actually starting taking lessons when I was a kid,” said Laney. “I would take a few lessons, then I would run out of money. I had to wait until I was older to actually do something with what I learned.”

As a 30-year user of the Centre Airport, he is proud to see the upgrade.

“I think it will probably be good for private planes as well as for corporate planes for local businesses and future businesses,” said Laney.

The current runway surface, Laney said, isn’t adequate for the larger planes.

“Many of the larger, heavier planes could land, but they wouldn’t be able to take off,” said Laney.

Laney said he doesn’t fly as much as he used to. He spends most of his time these days restoring and sometimes replacing wrecked planes and selling them. Currently he owns two four-seater Cessnas.

He looks forward to trying out the new 5,500-foot runway to be offered by the new regional airport.

“I think it will be a valuable asset to the county and also a valuable asset to industry that wishes to locate here,” said Laney.

Dr. Brian Perry, local physician and member of the Airport Authority, is also a licensed pilot. He currently owns a Piper Lance, six-seater, single-engine plane with retractable gear, which he flies locally and occasionally uses for a holiday trip to the beach with his family. He houses the plane at the current Centre Airport facility.

“I certainly think this airport will be a good thing for the area,” said Dr. Perry. “The airport we have now is now adequate. At the current location, there is no way to expand. The larger runway (with the new regional airport) will allow us to handle larger aircraft and get better service for our area. Maybe we could hire a fixed based operator, some crews to service the airplanes, in addition to recruiting industry for this area.”

Currently, local pilots are forced to get fuel and maintenance work done elsewhere since these services are not available at the Centre Airport at this time, Dr. Perry said.

Dr. Perry actually started flying while he was a senior in high school, earned his pilot’s licenses and started flying more regularly in the early 1990s.

Boeing-Stearman Model 75 N59281: Incident occurred March 27, 2021 at Tri-Cities Airport (KPSC), Pasco, Franklin County, Washington

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

Aircraft struck a runway sign.

Pacific Northwest Aviation Museum


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 20:54:00Z
Regis#: N59281
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: A75N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: PASCO
State: WASHINGTON

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Ground Collision: Cessna 150, N5614E and Cessna 525C Citation CJ4, N511AC; fatal accident occurred April 02, 2018 at Marion Municipal Airport (KMZZ), Grant County, Indiana

Kyle M. Hibst 
1986 - 2018

David K. Wittkamper
1986 - 2018
















Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.


Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana
Cessna; Wichita, Kansas 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Marion, Indiana
Accident Number: CEN18FA132
Date & Time: April 2, 2018, 15:09 Local
Registration: N5614E
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

A single-engine airplane was taking off from runway 15 about the same time that a multi-engine business jet landed on a nearly perpendicular runway (runway 22). The single-engine airplane, piloted by a private pilot, was departing on a local flight. The jet, piloted by an airline transport pilot, was rolling down the runway following a straight-in visual approach and landing. The single-engine airplane collided with the empennage of the jet at the intersection of the two runways. Witnesses in the airport lounge area heard the pilot of the single-engine airplane announce on the airport's universal communications (UNICOM) traffic advisory frequency a few minutes before the accident that the airplane was back-taxiing on the runway. The pilot of the jet did not recall making any radio transmissions on the UNICOM frequency and review of the jet's cockpit voice recorder did not reveal any incoming or outgoing calls on the frequency. The pilots of both airplanes were familiar with the airport, and the airport was not tower controlled.

The airport had signage posted on all runways indicating that traffic using the nearly perpendicular runway could not be seen and instructed pilots to monitor the UNICOM. A visibility assessment confirmed reduced visibility of traffic operating from the nearly perpendicular runways. The reported weather conditions about the time of the accident included clear skies with 4 miles visibility due to haze. Both airplanes were painted white.

It is likely that the pilot of the jet would have been aware of the departing traffic if he was monitoring the UNICOM frequency. Although the jet was equipped with a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS), he reported that the system did not depict any conflicting traffic during the approach to the airport. Although the visibility assessment showed reduced visibility from the departing and arrival runways, it could not be determined if or at what point during their respective landing and takeoff the pilot of each airplane may have been able to see the other airplane. In addition to the known reduced visibility of the intersecting runways, both airplanes were painted white and there was reported haze in the area, which could have affected the pilots' ability to see each other. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The failure of both pilots to see and avoid the other airplane as they converged on intersecting runways. Contributing to the accident was the jet pilot's not monitoring the airport's traffic advisory frequency, known reduced visibility of the intersecting runways, and hazy weather condition.

Findings

Personnel issues Lack of action - Pilot
Personnel issues Lack of action - Pilot of other aircraft
Environmental issues (general) - Contributed to outcome
Environmental issues (general) - Contributed to outcome
Personnel issues Lack of communication - Pilot of other aircraft

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Ground collision (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 3, 2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 18, 2017
Flight Time: 71.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10.6 hours (Total, this make and model), 23.7 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N5614E
Model/Series: 150 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17114
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: January 1, 2018 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1499 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4035 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-200 SERIES
Registered Owner: Rated Power: 100 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MZZ,858 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 16:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 4 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 140° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Marion, IN (MZZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Marion, IN (MZZ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 15:08 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Marion Municipal Airport MZZ
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 858 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3456 ft / 100 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.490833,-85.679725

Location: Marion, Indiana
Accident Number: CEN18FA132
Date & Time: April 2, 2018, 15:09 Local 
Registration: N511AC
Aircraft: Cessna 525C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation

Analysis

A single-engine airplane was taking off from runway 15 about the same time that a multi-engine business jet landed on a nearly perpendicular runway (runway 22). The single-engine airplane, piloted by a private pilot, was departing on a local flight. The jet, piloted by an airline transport pilot, was rolling down the runway following a straight-in visual approach and landing. The single-engine airplane collided with the empennage of the jet at the intersection of the two runways. Witnesses in the airport lounge area heard the pilot of the single-engine airplane announce on the airport's universal communications (UNICOM) traffic advisory frequency a few minutes before the accident that the airplane was back-taxiing on the runway. The pilot of the jet did not recall making any radio transmissions on the UNICOM frequency and review of the jet's cockpit voice recorder did not reveal any incoming or outgoing calls on the frequency. The pilots of both airplanes were familiar with the airport, and the airport was not tower controlled.

The airport had signage posted on all runways indicating that traffic using the nearly perpendicular runway could not be seen and instructed pilots to monitor the UNICOM. A visibility assessment confirmed reduced visibility of traffic operating from the nearly perpendicular runways. The reported weather conditions about the time of the accident included clear skies with 4 miles visibility due to haze. Both airplanes were painted white.

It is likely that the pilot of the jet would have been aware of the departing traffic if he was monitoring the UNICOM frequency. Although the jet was equipped with a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS), he reported that the system did not depict any conflicting traffic during the approach to the airport. Although the visibility assessment showed reduced visibility from the departing and arrival runways, it could not be determined if or at what point during their respective landing and takeoff the pilot of each airplane may have been able to see the other airplane. In addition to the known reduced visibility of the intersecting runways, both airplanes were painted white and there was reported haze in the area, which could have affected the pilots' ability to see each other. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The failure of both pilots to see and avoid the other airplane as they converged on intersecting runways. Contributing to the accident was the jet pilot's not monitoring the airport's traffic advisory frequency, known reduced visibility of the intersecting runways, and hazy weather condition.

Findings

Personnel issues Lack of action - Pilot
Personnel issues Lack of action - Pilot of other aircraft
Environmental issues (general) - Contributed to outcome
Environmental issues (general) - Contributed to outcome
Personnel issues Lack of communication - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Collision during takeoff/land

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport Age: 70,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-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): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 1, 2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 24, 2017
Flight Time: 35437 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2537 hours (Total, this make and model), 35237 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 67 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N511AC
Model/Series: 525C C 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2012 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 525C0081
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 9, 2018 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 17100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 13 Hrs
Engines: Turbo jet
Airframe Total Time: 2537 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Williams
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: FJ44-4A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 3621 Lbs thrust
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MZZ,858 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 16:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear Visibility 4 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 140°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Jackson, MI (JXN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Marion, IN (MZZ)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 16:30 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Marion Municipal Airport MZZ 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 858 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3456 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.490833,-85.679725