Sunday, May 30, 2021

Cessna TR182 Turbo Skylane RG, N155CT: Accident occurred May 27, 2021 at Prescott Regional Airport (KPRC), Yavapai County, Arizona

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

OutsideLoop LLC


Location: Prescott, AZ
Accident Number: WPR21LA209
Date & Time: May 27, 2021, 11:50 Local 
Registration: N155CT
Aircraft: Cessna TR182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N155CT
Model/Series: TR182
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: KPRC,5052 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /-7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.654833,-112.41922 (est)

Air Tractor AT-602, N602NY: Accidents occurred May 27, 2021 and July 03, 2020

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Freppon Farm Equipment LLC


Location: Trumann, AR
Accident Number: CEN21LA240
Date & Time: May 27, 2021, 18:06 Local
Registration: N602NY
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT602 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N602NY
Model/Series: AT602 NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code: PMZG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.60145,-90.59085

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; Little Rock, Arkansas

Location: Weldon, AR
Accident Number: CEN20LA269
Date & Time: 07/03/2020, 1700 CDT
Registration: N602NY
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT 602
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 3, 2020, about 1700 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-602 airplane, N602NY, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Weldon, Arkansas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137 agricultural flight.

The pilot stated that he departed a private airstrip near Weldon, Arkansas, about 1650 with about 75 gallons of Jet-A fuel and a load of dry granular fertilizer. The pilot reported that the aerial-application portion of the flight was uneventful; however, as he was returning to base the airplane had a total loss of engine power about 3 miles from the airstrip. The pilot stated that the airplane was established in cruise flight about 400 ft above ground level when the engine "spooled down." The pilot stated that he was unable to restore engine power by advancing the power and propeller levers to full forward and activating the fuel boost pump and ignitors. The pilot did not recall looking at the cockpit engine gauges after the loss of engine power. The pilot stated that he lost directional control of the airplane after he made a firm landing in an open field. The pilot estimated that the flight was about 10 minutes in duration. The aft fuselage sustained substantial damage when the tailwheel separated during the ground loop after landing.

On July 6, 2020, before he notified the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the accident, the pilot had his aviation mechanic examine the airplane at the accident site to begin a repair estimate. The mechanic stated that there was ample fuel in the fuel tanks and that he was able to start up and run the engine at the accident site. The mechanic noted that the engine responded to his power lever inputs, his movement of the propeller lever cycled the propeller without any anomalies, and that the engine could generate 1,500 propeller rpm. The mechanic stated that all observed engine parameters were nominal during the engine test run at the accident site.

The airplane was partially disassembled and recovered from the field to a repair station for repairs and examinations. The recovery crew reported that about 56 gallons of fuel was drained from the wing tanks, and that the recovered fuel was evenly distributed between the wing fuel tanks. A FAA inspector reported that the fuel lines, fuel tank inlet screens, and fuel filters were free of any blockage, water, or significant particles. The airplane's digital fuel management system indicated that 50.3 gallons of fuel was remaining after the postaccident engine test run at the accident site.

The entire airplane was retained for additional examination and testing after multiple airframe repairs have been completed. The engine, a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65AG, serial number PCE-PN0209, had accumulated 1,521.6 hours since new. The engine had accumulated 141 hours since it was last inspected on May 1, 2020. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N602NY
Model/Series: AT 602 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: PMZ Flying Service
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: M19, 239 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Weldon, AR (PVT)
Destination: Weldon, AR (PVT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.462778, -91.176944 (est)

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N4994K: Incident occurred May 27, 2021 at Charles M Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (KSTS), Santa Rosa, California

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

Aircraft left the taxiway and struck taxiway lights. 


Date: 27-MAY-21
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N4994K
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: SANTA ROSA
State: CALIFORNIA

Gulfstream IV, N888LD: Incident occurred May 27, 2021 at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK), Atlanta, Georgia

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

Aircraft blew two tires on landing damaging No. 1 engine and left wing flaps.

JLSSAA LLC


Date: 27-MAY-21
Time: 22:50:00Z
Regis#: N888LD
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: G-IV
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: SUPERIOR TRANSPORTATION ASSOC
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

Pipistrel LSA SRL Sinus, N51PU: Incident occurred May 27, 2021 in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and made a forced landing in a field. 

Purdue University


Date: 27-MAY-21
Time: 13:07:00Z
Regis#: N51PU
Aircraft Make: PIPISTREL
Aircraft Model: SINUS
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CRAWFORDSVILLE
State: INDIANA

Early Bird Jenny, N831HC: Fatal accident occurred May 27, 2021 near Rockingham County NC Shiloh Airport (KSIF), Reidsville, North Carolina

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Location: Stoneville, NC 
Accident Number: WPR21FA210
Date & Time: May 27, 2021, 18:35 Local
Registration: N831HC
Aircraft: MARK COBY EARLY BIRD JENNY
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 27, 2021, about 1835 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Early Bird Jenny, N831HC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Stoneville, North Carolina. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The co-owner/builder of the airplane stated that he flew the airplane the morning of the accident, returning to the airport after about 30 minutes due to rain. He and the accident pilot, who was the other owner/builder of the airplane, moved the airplane into the hangar, where they waited for the rain to move through the area. The co-owner reported that his flight was uneventful and that the airplane
performed well and handled as expected, though the takeoff profile was “flatter than usual” due to the warmer temperature that day. Later that afternoon, the accident pilot departed on his flight.

The co-owner reported that the pilot’s taxi to runway 31 was normal, and that the engine was producing power, but that the takeoff did not “look right.” Both he and another witness to the accident reported that the airplane was climbing in a nose-high attitude and appeared slow before the wings began to rock back and forth. About 150 ft above the ground, the right wing dropped, the airplane impacted terrain next to the runway, and a post-impact fire ensued.

The accident site was located about 175 ft north of the runway 31/13 centerline and about 2,500 ft from the runway 31 threshold. The airplane came to rest on a southerly heading and was destroyed by the post-impact fire. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the site, and flight control continuity was established from the flight control surfaces to the cockpit area. The wooden propeller was highly fragmented and separated from the engine. The engine displayed extensive thermal damage. The crankshaft could not be rotated by hand, but valve train continuity was displayed upon rotation of the camshaft. The throttle control cable was continuous from the carburetor to the cockpit area.

Reported weather conditions at the airport around the time of the accident included calm wind, temperature 27°C, dew point 18°C, and an altimeter setting of 29.97 inHg. Calculated density altitude was about 2,446 ft. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MARK COBY
Registration: N831HC
Model/Series: EARLY BIRD JENNY 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
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: KSIF,693 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 9500 ft AGL
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Stoneville, NC
Destination: Stoneville, NC

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 36.437468,-79.850441 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.
 
 


ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, North Carolina — A pilot has died in a small plane crash at Shiloh Airport in Rockingham County.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said the plane crashed Thursday evening just before 7 p.m. at Shiloh Airport on Settles Bridge Road in Stoneville. 

Investigators said the plane caught on fire in the crash.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said they will not be releasing the name of the pilot at this time.

"We're sorry for their loss and it certainly is tragic for the individual and families involved. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family," Rodney Cates said with Rockingham County Emergency Services. 

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and began its investigation Friday morning. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into what caused the crash.

"We spoke with one witness earlier this afternoon who said he saw the airplane taking off. It reached an altitude of about 100 feet or so and then entered a turn and then impacted terrain," said Allison Diaz of the NTSB.

Investigators have not released the identity of the pilot. However, they identified the plane as an Early Bird Jenny, which is an amateur-built replica of a World War 1 plane.

Airport staff said the pilot who co-owned the plane was a regular at the airport and a plane enthusiast. They said he had just finished building the plane there 3 months ago and was flying locally to get the required flight hours for the certification process. No information was readily available about how many flight hours the plane had accumulated before the crash.

"Will be looking at the engine, looking for maintenance records on the airplane as well as delving into the pilot's experience and qualifications," Diaz said.

Investigators said they'll also look to see if the weather conditions at the time of the crash played any role.

The NTSB said a preliminary report on the crash would be available in two weeks while the full investigative report could take 12 to 18 months.

Grumman-Schweizer G-164B, N8376K: Accident May 27, 2021 near Lakefield Airport (KCQA), Celina, Mercer County, Ohio

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Gaerte Ag Service LLC


Location: Celina, OH
Accident Number: CEN21LA237
Date & Time: May 27, 2021, 07:50 Local 
Registration: N8376K
Aircraft: Grumman G164 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On May 27, 2021, about 0750 central daylight time, a Grumman G-164B airplane, N8376K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Celina, Ohio. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerialapplication flight.

The pilot stated that he departed on the local flight with about 80 gallons of Jet-A aviation fuel and a 240-gallon mixture of fungicide and insecticide. The winds were light out of the east with a few clouds 3,000-4,000 ft above ground level. The pilot stated that shortly after takeoff from runway 8 he felt the engine lose thrust, but the engine speed remained at 100% according to the airplane’s cockpit indicator. The pilot established best glide speed and began a slight right turn to avoid trees. He then jettisoned the chemical load in attempt to maintain altitude, but the airplane descended into a waterway about 200 yards south of the departure end of runway 8.

An examination of the propeller revealed it remained attached to the engine propeller shaft flange, and all three blades remained attached to the propeller assembly. All three blades exhibited leading edge gouging, chordwise/rotational scoring on both camber and face sides, bending aft and twisting towards low pitch (Figure 1). All three blades had 3-5 inches of the tip fractured/separated. All observed damage was consistent with impact while the propeller was rotating under power and with high impact forces.



An examination of the engine revealed the control linkage to the propeller pitch control (PPC) was not connected. The associated bracket was not attached to the splined shaft of the PPC, the retaining bolt was loose, and the bolt was not secured by safety wire (Figure 2). The engine was retained for additional examination at the manufacturer.



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman 
Registration: N8376K
Model/Series: G164 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KAXV,913 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11.9 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / 15 knots, 70°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Celina, OH
Destination: Celina, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.481742,-84.548806 (est)

Van's RV-8, N274CV: Accident occurred May 27, 2021 near San Angelo Regional Airport (KSJT), Tom Green County, 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; Lubbock, Texas Location: San Angelo, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA243
Date & Time: May 27, 2021, 18:25 Local
Registration: N274CV
Aircraft: PHILLIPS RALPH W VANS RV8 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 27, 2021, about 1825 central daylight time, a Vans RV-8 airplane, N274CV, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near San Angelo, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The initial report indicates the pilot reported, “engine failure”, shortly after departure from runway 18. The airplane impacted terrain about 300 yards off the end of the runway. The airplane came to rest upright, with substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. During recovery of the airplane, a fuel smell and evidence of a fuel spill on the ground was noted.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PHILLIPS RALPH W 
Registration: N274CV
Model/Series: VANS RV8
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
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: KSJT,1918 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:43 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: San Angelo, TX 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.358029,-100.50069

Pitts S-1C Special, N49MB: Accident occurred May 27, 2021 at Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU), Williamson County, Texas

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

Aircraft incurred a propeller strike when left main gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 27-MAY-21
Time: 21:58:00Z
Regis#: N49MB
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: PITTS SPECIAL
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GEORGETOWN
State: TEXAS

American Aviation AA-1A Trainer, N9416L: Incident occurred May 28, 2021 at Ellington Airport (KEFD), Houston, Harris County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aircraft bounced on landing and veered off runway damaging nose gear. 
   

Date: 28-MAY-21
Time: 00:50:00Z
Regis#: N9416L
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA-1A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-28-140, N9988W: Incidents occurred May 27, 2021 and April 19, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

May 27, 2021:  Aircraft nosed into pavement on landing damaging propeller and nose gear at Gregory M. Simmons Memorial Airport (KGZN), Cisco, Eastland County, Texas.


Date: 27-MAY-21
Time: 17:50:00Z
Regis#: N9988W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CISCO
State: TEXAS

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

April 19, 2018: Aircraft veered off the runway into the grass at Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Taylor County, Texas.

Date: 19-APR-18
Time: 13:45:00Z
Regis#: N9988W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 140
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ABILENE
State: TEXAS

Bellanca 7GCBC, N659HC: Accident occurred May 26, 2021 in Birchwood, 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; Anchorage, Alaska

Location: Birchwood, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA042
Date & Time: May 26, 2021, 17:30 Local 
Registration: N659HC
Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bellanca
Registration: N659HC
Model/Series: 7GCBC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
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: PABV,96 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Anchorage , AK (MRI) 
Destination: Birchwood, 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: 61.341339,-148.9988

Boeing A75N1(PT17), N75016: Accident occurred May 26, 2021 near Frazier Lake Airpark (1C9), Hollister, San Benito County, California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California Location: Hollister, CA
Accident Number: WPR21LA208
Date & Time: May 26, 2021, 14:30 Local
Registration: N75016
Aircraft: Boeing A75N1(PT17) 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 26, 2021, about 1430 pacific daylight time, a Boeing A75N1, N75016, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Frazier Lake Airpark (1C9), Hollister, California. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that, after he purchased the accident airplane, he sent the airplane to a local maintenance shop for an annual inspection. A couple of days later, the airplane was returned to service and the pilot received about a three-hour walkaround and preflight covering the details of the airplane.

On the day of the accident, the pilot and a pilot-rated passenger completed a preflight inspection and engine run up with no anomalies noted. They performed 10 full stop takeoff and landings, then flew to Hollister, California to refuel the airplane. The pilot performed another takeoff and landing when they returned to 1C9. During the initial climb out, the airplane stopped gaining altitude. The passenger reported that he noticed that the airplane was not gaining nor losing altitude, so he verified that the propeller lever, the throttle lever, the mixture control lever, and the fuel selector lever, were all in their correct positions. The pilot added that although the “RPMs were just dropping,” the airplane never lost all power. Shortly after, the pilot initiated a right turn to maneuver away from telephone lines and completed a forced landing in a soft dirt field, where airplane came to rest upright.

The airplane and the engine were recovered and will be examined. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing 
Registration: N75016
Model/Series: A75N1(PT17)
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: KCVH,237 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 19 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.952833,-121.46263 (est)

Beech S35 Bonanza, N5831K: Incident occurred May 26, 2021 at Mefford Field Airport (KTLR), Tulare County, California

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

Aircraft right gear collapsed on takeoff. 


Date: 26-MAY-21
Time: 18:40:00Z
Regis#: N5831K
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: S35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: TULARE
State: CALIFORNIA

Boeing 737-800, N8569Z: Incident occurred May 27, 2021 at Denver International Airport (KDEN), Colorado

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

Aircraft on departure struck birds, one ingested in the engine and another damaging landing light. 

Southwest Airlines Co


Date: 27-MAY-21
Time: 04:09:00Z
Regis#: N8569Z
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SWA4390
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Cessna 177RG Cardinal RG, N177H: Incident occurred May 26, 2021 at Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC), Sarasota County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed and the gear collapsed. 

Haman Aviation Services LLC


Date: 26-MAY-21
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N177H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: VENICE
State: FLORIDA

Meyers 200A, N489C: Accident occurred May 26, 2021 at The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (KMTH), Marathon, 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; Tampa, Florida


Location: Marathon, FL
Accident Number: ERA21LA235
Date & Time: May 26, 2021, 16:09 Local
Registration: N489C
Aircraft: MEYERS INDUSTRIES INC 200A 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MEYERS INDUSTRIES INC 
Registration: N489C
Model/Series: 200A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
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:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination: Marathon, FL

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: 24.726194,-81.051361 (est)

Cessna 172M, N5312H: Incident occurred May 26, 2021 at Pensacola International Airport (KPNS), Escambia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft landed hard and blew a tire. 

Skywarrior Flight Training Inc


Date: 26-MAY-21
Time: 13:47:00Z
Regis#: N5312H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PENSACOLA
State: FLORIDA

Airbus A320-200, N601NK: Incident occurred May 25, 2021 near Orlando International Airport (KMCO), Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird damaging fuselage.

Spirit Airlines Inc


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 03:05:00Z
Regis#: N601NK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SPIRIT AIRLINES
Flight Number: NKS1156
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N518SP: Incident occurred May 25, 2021 at Bishop International Airport (KFNT), Flint, Genesee County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Aircraft landed and struck a runway light. 

Greater Flint Pilots Associations Inc


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 17:19:00Z
Regis#: N518SP
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: FLINT
State: MICHIGAN

Cessna 150L, N10951: Incident occurred May 26, 2021 at Portland-Troutdale Airport (KTTD), Multnomah County, Oregon

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass and a small dent was discovered on left landing gear strut. 

Hobbs Up LLC


Date: 26-MAY-21
Time: 20:28:00Z
Regis#: N10951
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PORTLAND
State: OREGON

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Taylorcraft BC12-65, N95846: Incident occurred May 25, 2021 in Anchorage, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aircraft ground looped on landing.  


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 01:45:00Z
Regis#: N95846
Aircraft Make: TAYLORCRAFT
Aircraft Model: BC12-65
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Beech S35 Bonanza, N335N: Incident occurred May 25, 2021 at Camarillo Airport (KCMA), Ventura County, California

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

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 20:43:00Z
Regis#: N335N
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95-C55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CAMARILLO
State: CALIFORNIA

Sonex, N706SX: Incident occurred May 25, 2021 in Weirsdale, Marion County, Florida

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

Aircraft experienced a flat tire and veered off runway damaging nose gear. 


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 12:30:00Z
Regis#: N706SX
Aircraft Make: SONEX
Aircraft Model: SONEX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WEIRSDALE
State: FLORIDA

Sikorsky UH-60A Blackhawk, N9FH: Fatal accident occurred May 25, 2021 near Leesburg International Airport (KLEE), Lake County, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Sikorsky; Jupiter, Florida

Brainerd Helicopters Inc


Location: Leesburg, FL
Accident Number: ERA21FA233
Date & Time: May 25, 2021, 17:47 Local 
Registration: N9FH
Aircraft: BHI H60 HELICOPTERS LLC UH-60A
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Flight test
  
On May 25, 2021, about 1747 eastern daylight time, a BHI H60 Helicopters LLC, UH-60A, N9FH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Leesburg International Airport (LEE), Leesburg, Florida. The pilot, copilot, and two crew members were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 post-maintenance test flight.
  
  According to the operator, a new water tank and snorkel were installed on the helicopter to facilitate firefighting operations in accordance with supplemental type certificate (STC) #SR00933DE on May 17, 2021. Several days of ground testing and calibration were performed before the accident flight, which was the first flight after the STC was installed.
  
Witnesses reported that the helicopter made six uneventful passes in front of the operator’s hangar at LEE and dropped water that was picked up from a lake adjacent to the airport. On the seventh pass, an employee of the operator noticed the snorkel swinging. He called the LEE air traffic control tower on the phone and told the controller to ask the pilot of the helicopter to slow down and land immediately. Before the controller could contact the pilot, the helicopter transitioned to forward flight, gaining altitude and airspeed. The employee noticed the snorkel “violently” swinging and he then heard a loud bang, which he believed was the result of the snorkel contacting the main rotor blades or tailboom. He then saw pieces, and then the tail section separating from the helicopter. The helicopter started to spin and fell below the tree line. He heard a loud explosion and saw smoke rise above the tree line.
  
According to another witness who worked for the operator, she missed the helicopter’s first pass but watched the remaining six passes. She noted that the water being dropped from the tank was “very dirty.” On the helicopter’s last pass, while it was coming in and slowing down, she noticed the snorkel swing in a large circle and at one point, the snorkel end came very close to the main rotor blades. She immediately started waving her arms at the pilot to try and get his attention, but he did not see her. As the pilot transitioned to forward flight, she ran beside the helicopter and continued to wave her arms. Shortly after the helicopter climbed and gained airspeed, she heard a loud bang and saw multiple main rotor blades separate and hit the tail section. She then saw the tail section fall to the ground and the helicopter enter a flat spin. 

The helicopter was located in heavily wooded, swampy terrain about 1322 ft east of runway 3. The helicopter came to rest slightly inverted on its left side on a heading of 040° magnetic. The tail rotor section was found about 78 ft north of the main wreckage. One half of a rotor blade was found about 600 ft south of the main wreckage and one half of another rotor blade was found about 200 ft west of runway 3. Parts of the newly installed water tank and snorkel assembly were found on the west side edge of runway 3. The water pump housing, which was installed near the snorkel inlet was heavily fragmented. The stainless-steel snorkel suction cage was located about 50 ft west of runway 3 and collocated with a section of main rotor blade. There were several pieces of fairings and lightweight
material lodged in the top of trees along the flight path from the edge of the tree line to the main wreckage.
  
The landing gear, main rotor system, main rotor drive system, engine, hydraulic system, and the forward portion of the tail rotor drive system were thermally damaged by the postcrash fire. The majority of the cockpit, cabin, and flight controls were consumed by the postcrash fire.
  
The wreckage was recovered and retained for further examination.
  
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
  
Aircraft Make: BHI H60 HELICOPTERS LLC 
Registration: N9FH
Model/Series: UH-60A
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft external load (133), On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:
  
Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
  
Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LEE,75 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Leesburg, FL
Destination: Leesburg, FL 

Wreckage and Impact Information
  
Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-ground
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 28.817965,-81.80863 (est)
    
Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Mitsubishi MU-2B-25, N99SR: Accident occurred May 25, 2021 at Augusta Regional Airport (KAGS), Richmond County, Georgia

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

Aircraft nose gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 15:46:00Z
Regis#: N99SR
Aircraft Make: MITSUBISHI
Aircraft Model: MU-2B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: AUGUSTA
State: GEORGIA

Cessna 162 Skycatcher, N162TW: Accident occurred May 25, 2021 at Indianapolis Metro Airport (KUMP), Fishers, Hamilton County, Indiana

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana 
 
Tom Wood Aviation Inc


Location: Indianapolis, IN
Accident Number: CEN21LA246
Date & Time: May 25, 2021, 18:50 Local
Registration: N162TW
Aircraft: CESSNA AIRCRAFT CO 162 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA AIRCRAFT CO 
Registration: N162TW
Model/Series: 162 
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: KTYQ,922 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Indianapolis, IN
Destination: Indianapolis, IN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.935823,-86.045447

Piper PA-28-161, N289MK: Incident occurred May 25, 2021 at Joe Foss Field Airport (KFSD), Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aircraft veered off runway into the grass during departure. 

North Star Aviation Inc


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 18:01:00Z
Regis#: N289MK
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SIOUX FALLS
State: SOUTH DAKOTA

Friday, May 28, 2021

Piper PA-18, N105JC: Incident occurred May 25, 2021 in Veblen, Marshall County, South Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aircraft conducting power line patrol, ground looped during takeoff from a field. 

East River Electric Power Cooperative Inc


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 14:45:00Z
Regis#: N105JC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: VEBLEN
State: SOUTH DAKOTA

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Grumman American AA-5A, N26889: Fatal accident occurred May 25, 2021 near Rockwood Municipal Airport (KRKW), Cumberland County, Tennessee

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 


Location: Crossville, TN
Accident Number: ERA21FA232
Date & Time: May 25, 2021, 07:30 Local 
Registration: N26889
Aircraft: GULFSTREAM AMERICAN CORP AA5A
Injuries: 1 Fatal Flight Conducted
Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On May 25, 2021, about 0730 central daylight time, a Gulfstream American AA-5A, N26889, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Crossville, Tennessee. The student pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

Preliminary radar data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an interview with the student pilot’s flight instructor, and telephone records revealed that the airplane departed Crossville Memorial Airport (CSV), Crossville, Tennessee on the second leg of its flight about 0715. The airplane’s next planned stop was Cleveland Regional Jetport (RZR), Cleveland, Tennessee, about 50 miles to the south of CSV. The airplane climbed on a southerly track to 3,700 ft msl before beginning a gradual descent about 0718. The airplane continued its descent on its southerly track until about 0723 and 3,000 ft msl, when the airplane entered a 450° descending right turn.

At 0726, about 2,300 ft msl, the student pilot placed a telephone call to his flight instructor’s cellular telephone. According to his instructor:

“He called me from the air. He said the airplane’s engine was not making full power; making 75 knots at 1,700rpm. Normal cruise was around 2,400rpm about 95 knots airspeed.

Initially, his demeanor was quite calm, and remained calm while he was talking to me.

I helped him with troubleshooting, I asked about fuel state, magnetos on, carb heat position, and the instruments were all in the green, but the engine was not making full power, and the airplane could not climb. From there, I asked where he was, what is your closest airport, and he thought he was 40 to 50 miles from Crossville and didn’t think he could make it back. I remember telling him to land at the nearest airport and I would pick him up, but he said he had slowed to 70 knots. I told him to make an emergency landing in a field, and he said there were trees and mountains and I asked if he was talking to ATC, and he said he was not. Soon after, I heard the sound of trees and impact and the connection went dead.”

The airplane completed its course reversal about 8 miles south of CSV, and traversed a large, open, cultivated field before impacting rising terrain on a heavily wooded ridgeline.

The student pilot had begun flight lessons about 1 month prior to the accident. According to his instructor, the student had accrued 44 hours of flight experience, all of which was in the accident airplane. The student pilot was a conscientious student who flew an average of 3 times per week. The instructor stated that the student was enrolled in an online ground school, and that they would discuss the lessons before each flight. The accident flight was the student’s first cross-country solo flight.

The airplane’s most recent annual inspection was completed December 11, 2020 at 5,221.84 total aircraft hours.

Examination of the airplane at the accident site revealed the wreckage path was about 1,800 ft elevation, oriented about 030° magnetic and was about 75 ft. long. The initial impact point was in a tree about 50 ft tall, and pieces of angularly cut wood were found along the wreckage path.

The airplane was consumed by postcrash fire. Remnants of each wing and the main wing spars were found adjacent to main fuselage area. The tail section was impact damage but remained largely intact.

Control cable continuity was established from the control column and rudder pedals to the rudder and elevators. Continuity was established from the control column through breaks at each wing root, out to the ailerons. The cable breaks displayed features consistent with overload failure. The instrument panel and its contents were consumed by fire. The engine displayed significant fire damage, and the accessories along with their associated wires, hoses, and fittings, were consumed by fire.

One propeller blade displayed aft bending and the other appeared intact and undamaged by fire. The engine was rotated by hand at the propeller. It was subsequently recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM AMERICAN CORP
Registration: N26889
Model/Series: AA-5A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
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: KCSV,1870 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 9 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Crossville, TN (CSV)
Destination: Cleveland, TN (RZR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.8455,-84.97611 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Vasile Ghelan


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) - Friends of Vasile Ghelan gathered in a Rocky Hill field to honor the life of their dear friend.

Ghelan died Tuesday in a crash near the Rockwood Municipal Airport.

”His absence will be felt just as much as his presence always was,” said friend Ahleasha McNeal.

A part of a volleyball group, Ghelan was a light and friend for all.

”The phrase full of life is what you’ll hear over and over he was always going from one adventure to the next, whether he was going down to the beach or to Colorado snowboarding, or going camping with his family, or coming here and playing volleyball... he was always doing something,” said McNeal.

The sheriff's office released the tail number of the single-engine plane and said it was used by a flight school based out of Knoxville Downtown Island Home Airport. FAA records show Ghelan was certified as a student pilot not allowed to carry passengers, and that the airplane was registered to another man.

The Grumman American AA-5A took off from Knoxville Downtown Island Home Airport at 7:39 a.m. ET, according to FlightAware, an aircraft tracking website.

Ghelan was a friend to all and an avid adventurer.

His friends who knew him best say he will be missed more than they can express.

”Everything he’s done has left such a lasting impression on me and we’re all just taking it, pretty hard,” said David Middlebrooks. ”It’s going to be hard coming tomorrow to Thursday league and him not being there.”

First responders initially reported a possible plane crash Tuesday morning around 8:55 a.m. Officials moved the search to Cumberland County Tuesday afternoon.

Throughout the morning crews searched the area North of the Rockwood Municipal Airport near Camp Austin. Authorities also searched the Clarkrange area in Cumberland County.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has sent a helicopter to assist with the search. Multiple agencies joined the search efforts to locate the crashed plane.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Coot-A, N771JL: May 25, 2021, April 27, 2021 and April 07, 2021 at Morristown Municipal Airport (KMMU), New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

May 25, 2021:  Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 


Date: 25-MAY-21
Time: 13:00:00Z
Regis#: N771JL
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: COOT-A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MORRISTOWN
State: NEW JERSEY

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey 

April 27, 2021:  Aircraft declared an emergency due to right door falling off. 

Date: 27-APR-21
Time: 12:47:00Z
Regis#: N771JL
Aircraft Make: COOT
Aircraft Model: TAYLOR COOT A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MORRISTOWN
State: NEW JERSEY

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

April 07, 2021:  Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 07-APR-21
Time: 12:15:00Z
Regis#: N771JL
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: COOT-A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MORRISTOWN
State: NEW JERSEY