Thursday, September 30, 2021

Airbus A319-132, N4888U: Incident occurred September 29, 2021 at LaGuardia Airport (KLGA), New York, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York, New York

Aircraft struck several birds on landing and post flight inspection revealed damage to the nose cone. 


Date: 29-SEP-21
Time: 20:17:00Z
Regis#: N4888U
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight Number: UAL743
City: NEW YORK
State: NEW YORK

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N4973F: Incident occurred September 25, 2021 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Cook County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass.  

Boraam Aviation Inc


Date: 25-SEP-21
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N4973F
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: PROSPECT HEIGHTS
State: ILLINOIS

Beech S35 Bonanza, N8678Q: Incident occurred September 24, 2021 at Alfred Schroeder Field Airport (M66), Hillsboro, Kansas

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

Aircraft landed gear up.  


Date: 24-SEP-21
Time: 16:50:00Z
Regis#: N8678Q
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HILLSBORO
State: KANSAS

Quad City Challenger II N1948: Incident occurred September 25, 2021 in Clinton, Prince George's County, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Aircraft made an emergency landing in a field. 


Date: 25-SEP-21
Time: 19:33:00Z
Regis#: N1948
Aircraft Make: QUAD CITY
Aircraft Model: CHALLENGER II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CLINTON
State: MARYLAND

Piper PA-32-260, N33568: Accident occurred September 24, 2021 at Martin State Airport (KMTN), Middle River, Baltimore County, Maryland

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

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing.  


Date: 24-SEP-21
Time: 20:39:00Z
Regis#: N33568
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BALTIMORE
State: MARYLAND

Cessna 172N, N1461E: Incident occurred September 26, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field.  

Oracle Aviation LLC


Date: 26-SEP-21
Time: 23:49:00Z
Regis#: N1461E
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: OMAHA
State: NEBRASKA

Piper PA-28-140, N8866Y: Incident occurred September 25, 2021 at Sandia Airpark Estates East Airport (1N1), Edgewood, New Mexico

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

Aircraft landed, bounced and veered off runway.  


Date: 25-SEP-21
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N8866Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EDGEWOOD
State: NEW MEXICO

Cessna 175A Skylark, N101MB: Incident occurred September 26, 2021 in Salem, Oregon

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

Aircraft crashed during intentional landing in a field, crossed the road and went into a ditch. 


Date:  26-SEP-21
Time:  20:00:00Z
Regis#: N101MB
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 175
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SALEM
State: OREGON

Robinson R44 Raven II, N212HT: Incident occurred September 28, 2021 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Rotorcraft landed and struck a fence with the rotor. 

Airman Helicopter Inc


Date: 28-SEP-21
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N212HT
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 150M, N4100V: Accident occurred September 28, 2021 in Stuart, Martin County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft crashed in a field under unknown circumstances. 


Date: 28-SEP-21
Time: 18:53:00Z
Regis#: N4100V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: STUART
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 414A Chancellor, N2616N: Incident occurred September 28, 2021 at Paoli Municipal Airport (I42), Orange County, Indiana

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

Aircraft struck a deer on landing.  

Land of Indiana Inc


Date: 29-SEP-21
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N2616N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 414
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PAOLI
State: INDIANA

Cessna 320 Skyknight, N4181T: Incident occurred September 28, 2021 at Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR), Washington County, Maryland

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

Aircraft veered off taxiway striking a taxiway light and came to rest on an embankment.  

Keystone Aerial Surveys Inc


Date: 28-SEP-21
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N4181T
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: HAGERSTOWN
State: MARYLAND

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N733HH: Incident occurred September 08, 2021 at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (KEWN), New Bern, North Carolina

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway striking a taxiway light. 

Tradewind Aviation Aircraft Inc


Date: 28-SEP-21
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N733HH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEW BERN
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N4614K: Accident occurred September 28, 2021 at El Paso International Airport (KELP), 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; Albuquerque, New Mexico
Location: El Paso, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA460
Date & Time: September 28, 2021, 15:02 Local 
Registration: N4614K
Aircraft: Cessna P210N 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Ferry

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4614K
Model/Series: P210N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KELP,3916 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:59 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 23 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 18000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Santa Teresa, NM (DNA)
Destination: El Paso, TX (ELP)

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: 31.802057,-106.37895 (est)

Rockwell 690B Turbo Commander, N690LS: Fatal accident occurred September 28, 2021 in Eagle River, Wisconsin

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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Surdex Corporation; Chesterfield, Missouri 
Twin Commander Aircraft LLC
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona 

Location: Hiles, WI 
Accident Number: CEN21FA459
Date & Time: September 28, 2021, 09:00 Local 
Registration: N690LS
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL 690B 
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

On September 28, 2021, about 0900 central daylight time, a Rockwell International 690B airplane, N690LS, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Hiles, Wisconsin. The pilot and two passengers sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial imagery survey flight.

According to the operator, the flight mission was to obtain aerial imagery of the forest vegetation for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Preliminary automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast information (ADS-B) revealed the airplane departed the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, about 0850. About 0858, the airplane began to level off about 15,600 ft with a maximum groundspeed of 209 knots (kts). Between 0858 and 0900, the airplane continued level flight; however, the groundspeed decreased to about 93 kts. The ADS-B data ended at 0900:56 (see Figure 1.). According to air traffic control, a “mayday, mayday, mayday … we’re in a spin” transmission was broadcast. The airplane was not under air traffic control during the flight or at the time of the accident.



A witness, located about one mile from the accident site, reported he heard a “loud, strange sounding airplane.” He looked up and noticed an airplane “nose down at high rate of speed spinning about its longitudinal axis at about 30 to 60 rpm.” The witness lost sight of the airplane behind some trees and then heard an impact.

The airplane wreckage was located during an aerial and ground search in wetlands and wooded terrain about 10 miles east of Eagle River, Wisconsin, and 1 mile west of Butternut Lake, in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The wreckage was distributed in a diameter of about 50 yards. A majority of the main wreckage was found beneath the water surface with some debris located in the trees. The airplane wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL
Registration: N690LS
Model/Series: 690B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KEGV,1642 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Rhinelander, WI (RHI)
Destination: Hiles, WI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 45.910776,-89.018627 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

WMOK was sad to learn early Sunday that The American Ice Cream family is mourning the sudden death of our friend and former colleague Dominik “Dom” Faciano, who died Tuesday September 28, 2021 in a plane crash near Eagle River in northern Wisconsin.

Dominik was from Elk Grove Village in the Chicagoland area. He obtained his pilot’s license and graduated in May from SIU’s School of Aviation program. He had accepted a job with Surdex Corporation, an aerial digital mapping company in Chesterfield, Missouri. He was one of two passengers in one of their planes that crashed on Tuesday, along with the pilot. There were no survivors.

We would ask everyone to keep Dom’s family, and the other two individuals’ families, in your thoughts and prayers, as they deal with the sudden loss of their loved ones.  Dom was 22.

Dominik Faciano, a May graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s aviation program, was among three killed in an airplane crash Wednesday, Sept. 29, near Eagle River in Forest County, Wisconsin.

Family members informed SIU aviation faculty of Faciano’s death, Mike Burgener, interim director of SIU’s School of Aviation, confirmed to The Southern Thursday.

Burgener said Faciano remained a friend of many current SIU aviation students as well as flight instructors.

“He was a recent graduate and had gone off to continue his career in flight,” Burgener said.

Faciano’s personal Facebook page lists him as a survey pilot/operator for Surdex Corporation and indicated he lived in St. Louis.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration online accident report, a Rockwell 690B Turbo Command crashed about 12 miles east of the Eagle River Union Airport Wednesday morning. The FAA’s registry indicates the twin-engine plane was registered to Surdex Corporation of Chesterfield, Missouri.

Surdex is a mapping and data services provider. The company did not return a call to the Associated Press seeking more information.

The pilot and two passengers were killed in the accident, according to the FAA report.

Burgener said he was told Faciano was one of the passengers. The report said the aircraft crashed “under unknown circumstances in a swamp” about 9 a.m.

Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport Director Matthew Leitner said Wednesday the plane departed about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Leitner said he received a communication from air traffic control in Minneapolis, which oversees airplane traffic in northern Wisconsin, about 9:30 a.m. that a plane was missing.

After an intensive search, the wreckage was found about 11 a.m. within near the Franklin Lake Campground in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The forest is located in northern Wisconsin.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

Burgener said counselors will be made available Monday for SIU aviation faculty and students.

“It’s a terrible loss to us,” he said. “He was a very well-liked member of our family,” he said.

Hawker 400XP, N100FN: Accident occurred September 14, 2021 at Charleston Executive Airport (KJZI), South 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.

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Meander Air II LLC


Location: Charleston, SC
Accident Number: ERA21LA379
Date & Time: September 14, 2021, 12:30 Local
Registration: N100FN
Aircraft: HAWKER BEECHCRAFT CORP 400A 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On September 14, 2021, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Hawker Beechcraft Corp 400A, N100FN, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident en route to the Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), Charleston, South Carolina. The two pilots were not injured. The airplane was operated by Aircraft Management Group as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

The flight crew reported that they performed a standard preflight of the airplane as it had just been released from scheduled maintenance performed at a Part 145 repair station at Youngstown Regional Airport (YNG), Youngstown, Ohio. The only discrepancy noted during the preflight inspection was a loose bolt on the nose cone, which was tightened by a mechanic prior to departure.

The flight subsequently departed and was uneventful, until the airplane was about 15 minutes from JZI. The flight crew reported that while descending through about 21,000 ft, they heard and felt a loud bang, shudder, and yaw. The autopilot was disconnected, and a noticeable yaw was felt; however, there were no anomalies noted on any flight or engine instruments. The flight crew continued and landed without further incident. During the post-flight inspection, it was discovered that the left engine cowling had entirely separated.

Photographs provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the fuselage and horizontal stabilator sustained substantial damage. Figure 1 provides an overview of the left engine and empennage.

According to a representative of the repair station and work orders, on September 13, 2021, the airplane had been signed off for an A and B inspection, which required the removal and reinstallation of the engine cowlings.

As of this writing the separated cowling has not been located. The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HAWKER BEECHCRAFT CORP
Registration: N100FN
Model/Series: 400A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: 3CMA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: JZI,17 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2700 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Youngstown, OH (YNG)
Destination: Charleston, SC (JZI)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.701028,-80.00325 (est)

Cessna 560 Citation V, N45RC: Incident occurred September 24, 2021 in Dallas, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft diverted due to engine fire and landed safely.

Southwest Aviation LLC


Date: 24-SEP-21
Time: 23:10:00Z
Regis#: N45RC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: DALLAS
State: TEXAS

Beech 95-B55 (T42A) Baron, N85RR: Accident occurred September 24, 2021 in Lancaster, Fairfield 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


Location: Lancaster, OH
Accident Number: CEN21LA457
Date & Time: September 24, 2021, 13:07 Local
Registration: N85RR
Aircraft: Beech 95-B55 (T42A) 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N85RR
Model/Series: 95-B55 (T42A)
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLHQ,869 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.751822,-82.654257 (est)

Kitfox IV, N161JB: Accident occurred September 24, 2021 at Ozark-Franklin County Airport (7M5), Arkansas

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: Ozark, AR
Accident Number: CEN21LA454
Date & Time: September 24, 2021, 14:03 Local 
Registration: N161JB
Aircraft: BACH JOSEPH E KITFOX IV 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BACH JOSEPH E
Registration: N161JB
Model/Series: KITFOX IV 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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:
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: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.487,93.8277 

Bell 407, N662RL: Accident occurred September 25, 2021 at Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport (KPTN), Patterson, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

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

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

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

Rotorcraft Leasing Company LLC


Location: Patterson, LA 
Accident Number: CEN21LA456
Date & Time: September 25, 2021, 07:00 Local
Registration: N662RL
Aircraft: Bell 407 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell 
Registration: N662RL
Model/Series: 407 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter air carrier (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTN,9 ft msl 
Observation Time: 07:01 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 200 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 1.25 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Patterson, LA 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.709043,-91.335891 (est)

N662RL was lifting off for departure and drifted backwards into N668RL.

Date: 25-SEP-21
Time: 12:00:00Z
Regis#: N662RL
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 407
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: ROTORCRAFT LEASING
City: PATTERSON
State: LOUISIANA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

N668RL was struck by N662RL.

GM Leasing Company LLC


Date: 25-SEP-21
Time: 12:00:00Z
Regis#: N668RL
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 407
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator:
City: PATTERSON
State: LOUISIANA

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Cessna 560 Citation XLS+, N560AR: Fatal accident occurred September 02, 2021 near Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut

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

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.
 
Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Brook Haven Properties LLC


Location: Farmington, CT 
Accident Number: ERA21FA346
Date & Time: September 2, 2021, 09:51 Local
Registration: N560AR
Aircraft: Cessna 560
Injuries: 4 Fatal, 1 Serious, 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 2, 2021, at 0951 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 560XL airplane, N560AR, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Farmington, Connecticut. The two pilots and two passengers were fatally injured. One person on the ground sustained serious injuries and three people sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The flight crew had filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan from Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut to Dare County Regional Airport (MQI), Manteo, North Carolina. After obtaining their IFR clearance from air traffic control, the flight crew taxied the airplane onto runway 2 for departure.

Two witnesses observed the takeoff roll with one reporting the airplane was “going slower” than they had seen during previous takeoffs. When the airplane was about 2/3 down the runway, one witness noted a puff of blue colored smoke from the back side of the airplane. The other witness stated that the nose landing gear was still on the ground as the airplane passed a taxiway intersection near the mid-point of the runway and he said to a friend with him that something was wrong.

A third witness, who was beyond the departure end of the runway, noted the airplane departed the runway in a level attitude. After clearing the runway, the airplane’s nose pitched up, but the airplane was not climbing. The airplane then impacted a powerline pole, which caused a small explosion near the right engine followed by a shower of softball-size sparks. After hitting the pole, the noise of the engine went from normal sounding to a much more grinding, metallic sound. The airplane then began to oscillate about its pitch and roll axis before the witness lost sight of it behind trees.

Postaccident examination of the 3,665-ft-long runway revealed tire skid marks from the right main landing gear tire that were right of the runway centerline beginning about 2,360 ft from the approach end of the runway. The mark from the right tire continued, while a mark from the left main landing gear tire was noted left of runway centerline beginning about 2,480 ft from the approach end of the runway. The marks from both main landing gear tires continued and veered slightly to the right but were continuous from where first observed to the end of the runway and onto a short width of grass immediately adjacent to the departure end of the runway. The grassy terrain beyond the departure end of the runway then sloped steeply downward toward a road, and the elevation change between the runway area and the road was about 20 ft.

An approximate 3-ft-long section of airplane’s right inboard flap was found near the damaged power pole, which was located about 361 ft beyond the departure end of the runway. A ground scar was located in a grassy area adjacent to a building, about 850 ft north of the damaged power pole. The airplane subsequently impacted the building, and the cockpit, cabin, and wings were nearly consumed by the postimpact fire; the aft empennage, which remained outside the building, was relatively intact. Examination of the airframe revealed no evidence of any anomalies with any of the airplane’s primary or secondary flight control surfaces. Additionally, the parking brake handle in the cockpit, and the respective valve that it controlled, were both found in the brake set position.

According to preliminary data recovered from the airplane’s flight data recorder (FDR), both thrust levers were set at 66°, and both engines remained at 91% N1 throughout the takeoff roll. While at an airspeed of about 100 knots, the elevator control surface position increased to a positive value, reaching about 16°. At this time the pitch of the airplane minimally changed to about +1°. The weight-on-wheels (WOW) indication remained in an on-ground state until beyond the departure end of the runway where the terrain began sloping downward. After departing the runway at an indicated airspeed of about 120 knots, the elevator position increased to a maximum recorded value of about 17° deflection, the airplane’s pitch rapidly increased to about +22°. Immediately thereafter the elevator position rapidly decreased to about -1.0° and the stick shaker (aerodynamic stall warning) activated.

The FDR data further indicated that at about the time the WOW indication transitioned from on-ground to an in-air state, the airspeed accelerated from about 120 knots to a maximum airspeed of 123.75 knots. Additionally, the right engine fuel flow, N1, and N2 decreased with corresponding ITT increase about 1.8 seconds after the WOW transition. Given the airplane’s velocity between these two times, the deceleration of the right engine occurred when it was in close proximity to the power pole.

Parking brake valve position and normal brake application were not recorded by the FDR, and the airplane’s takeoff configuration warning system did not incorporate parking brake valve position as part of its activation logic.

Further review of the FDR data revealed that the longitudinal acceleration values recorded during the takeoff roll of the accident flight (0.245g) were less than the recorded values for the airplane’s two previous takeoffs (0.365g and 0.35g). Additionally, the time the airplane took to accelerate from 20 to 100 kts during the accident flight and the previous two takeoffs were 17 seconds, 11.5 seconds, and 12 seconds, respectively. Additionally, the elevator position and pitch attitude of the airplane at rotation during its previous takeoff were about 13°, and +1.6°, respectively. The pitch attitude then continued to increase to +10° and remained at that value as the airspeed increased and the elevator position decreased.

The airplane’s cockpit voice recorder was retained for read-out and transcription.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N560AR
Model/Series: 560 XL 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KBDL,175 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2700 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Farmington, CT
Destination: Manteo, NC (MQI)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: Both in-flight and on-ground
Ground Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 Minor 
Aircraft Explosion: On-ground
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal, 1 Serious, 3 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.69761,-72.86326 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.


Cessna 180E, N716: Accident occurred September 26, 2021 in Kotzebue, 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; Fairbanks, Alaska


Location: Kotzebue, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA097
Date & Time: September 25, 2021, 16:30 Local
Registration: N716
Aircraft: Cessna 180E 
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N716
Model/Series: 180E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: PAWN,88 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:28 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1200 ft AGL
Visibility: 1.25 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:
Kotzebue, AK Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 67.489064,-162.17135 (est)

Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200, N223JS: Incident occurred September 27, 2021 at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (KFAT), California

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

Aircraft while boarding a tool box fell out of cargo bay and struck engine nacelle.  

SkyWest Airlines Inc


Date: 27-SEP-21
Time: 21:25:00Z
Regis#: N223JS
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL-600-2B19
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SKYWEST
Flight Number: SKW5974
City: FRESNO
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N4118L: Accident occurred September 27, 2021 in Miramar, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft attempted to make emergency landing on Miramar Parkway and struck a telephone pole.  

Jacobs Flight Services LLC

UAN Venture Partners LLC


Date: 27-SEP-21
Time: 23:41:00Z
Regis#: N4118L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MIRAMAR
State: FLORIDA







Two women who were onboard a small plane when it crashed Monday night in Miramar have been hospitalized, officials said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the Cessna 172G Skyhawk made an emergency landing on Miramar Parkway near Palm Avenue and Miramar Boulevard around 10:40 p.m.

According to a registry from the FAA, the Cessna was registered out of Odessa - located just north of Tampa - and had made several flights between North Perry Airport in Hollywood and the southwest Florida cities of Immokalee and Naples.

The women inside the plane survived and were taken to the hospital, Miramar Police officials said. They were in serious condition Tuesday morning, officials said.

Officials later identified the two women on the plane as Gopika Sreekumar, 23, and Ravi Urmila, 36.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating. 









MIRAMAR, Florida – Two women survived after their plane crashed in Miramar late Monday night, authorities confirmed.

According to Miramar police, the plane came down on Palm Avenue, just north of Miramar Parkway.

Witnesses called 911 to report that the plane hit a pole and trees on its way down.

Officers closed down Palm Avenue at Miramar Boulevard and Miramar Parkway.

The wings of the Cessna 172G Skyhawk were intact after the crash, but the propeller snapped off and the tail nearly broke off, as well.

According to flightaware.com, the plane took off from a Naples airport around 9:30 p.m. and was supposed to arrive at an airport in the Hollywood area around 10:30 p.m., but never made it to its destination.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the plane made an emergency landing at 10:40 p.m.

There were signs at the scene the next morning that paramedics had frantically worked to save the victims’ lives. On the ground, you could see that there was a used syringe, as well as a bloody bandage and a broken headset.

Two ambulances were spotted leaving the scene. Authorities later confirmed that two people were on board the plane and that they were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood in serious condition.

Sergio Mora lives nearby and told Local 10 News that police blocked off access to his neighborhood in the wake of the crash.

“We tried to get into our house, but we couldn’t, so my wife and my kids, they just dropped down the vehicle and went walking to the house and I stayed there until 2:30, maybe until 3 in the morning, waiting for them to open,” he said.

The women on board the plane were later identified as Gopika Sreekumar and Ravi Urmila. A Miramar police report stated that it was unclear which woman was flying the plane.

Officials worked throughout the day Tuesday to remove the aircraft from the crash scene. It was taken away late Tuesday afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate the incident, with the NTSB taking the lead in the investigation.

Records show the plane is registered to UAN Venture Partners in Pasco County.

Cessna 182E Skylane, N3121Y: Accident occurred September 27, 2021 at Warren USFS Airport (3U1), Idaho County, Idaho

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: WPR21LA360 

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances and caught fire.  

Antique Aircraft and Automobile LLC


Date: 27-SEP-21
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N3121Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: WARREN
State: IDAHO

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N1401U: Incident occurred September 27, 2021 at Goose Creek Airport (28A), Indian Trail, Union County, North Carolina

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

Aircraft lost control on departure and crashed into a tree. 

Loco Panther Aviation LLC


Date: 27-SEP-21
Time: 14:13:00Z
Regis#: N1401U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: INDIAN TRAIL
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Piper PA-44-180, N449PA: Incident occurred September 27, 2021 at Perry Municipal Airport (F22), Noble County, Oklahoma

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

Aircraft left main strut broke on departure. 

Christiansen Aviation Inc


Date: 27-SEP-21
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N449PA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: PERRY
State: OKLAHOMA

Cessna 182E Skylane, N3293Y: Accident occurred September 26, 2021 at Harrison Farm Airport (TE91), Troup, Cherokee 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; North Texas

Location: Troup, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA458
Date & Time: September 26, 2021, 14:30 Local 
Registration: N3293Y
Aircraft: Cessna 182E 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3293Y
Model/Series: 182E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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:
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: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.1446,95.1205 (est)

Cirrus SR22, N216FC: Accident occurred September 25, 2021 at Tucumcari Municipal Airport (KTCC), New Mexico

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; Albuquerque, New Mexico

F C Air LLC


Location: Tucumcari, NM
Accident Number: WPR21LA355
Date & Time: September 25, 2021, 13:50 Local
Registration: N216FC
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP
Registration: N216FC
Model/Series: SR22
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTCC,4039 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / 16 knots, 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.182778,-103.60319 (est)

Monday, September 27, 2021

Beechcraft C23 Sundowner, N3342L: Fatal accident occurred September 26, 2021 near River Gorge Airport (WV32), Lansing, Fayette County, West Virginia

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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Parade of Properties LLC


Location: Lansing, WV 
Accident Number: ERA21FA377
Date & Time: September 26, 2021, 10:09 Local 
Registration: N3342L
Aircraft: Beech C23
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 26, 2021, at 1009 eastern daylight time, a Beech C-23, N3342L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Lansing, West Virginia. The private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane departed New River Gorge Airport (WV32). The airport owner, his brother, and a neighbor witnessed the accident. They each provided statements and their versions of events were consistent throughout. The airplane had been parked at the airport in front of the owner’s hangar all weekend. One the day of the accident (Sunday), the pilot and two passengers arrived, loaded their luggage and camping gear, and the airplane started and taxied from its mid-field parking spot to the approach end of runway 22, which was 2,950 ft long at a 1,720 ft elevation.

According to the witnesses, the airplane “powered up” and accelerated. When the airplane reached the point where “airplanes usually lift off,” it continued accelerating down runway 22. The takeoff was aborted, the airplane continued to the runway end, and subsequently departed from runway 04.

One witness said, “I thought he would take off this time.” Instead, the airplane continued to accelerate until engine power was reduced, and the takeoff was aborted. The airplane continued to the departure end of runway 04, turned around, and began to takeoff from runway 22. One witness stated that as the airplane approached the departure end, “…he was going too fast to stop at the end of the runway but not fast enough to take off.”

According to the airport owner, the airplane lifted off “maybe” 800 ft before the departure end of the runway, cleared the trees at the departure end, and flew over Mill Creek which ran below and perpendicular to the runway. The terrain on the opposite bank was higher than the runway and included mature trees. The owner said, “I thought he might make it…” over the trees, but instead the airplane banked steeply left, and disappeared below the trees. He estimated the bank angle was 45° and said that the engine sound was smooth and continuous from engine start until the sound of impact.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land and instrument airplane. Examination of his logbook revealed 395.7 total hours of flight experience logged, with an estimated 312 hours of experience in the accident airplane make and model.

The reported weather conditions at an airport located about 18 miles south of the accident site resulted in an estimated density altitude at WV32 of 1,845 ft.

The airplane came to rest on the opposite side of Mill Creek about 880 ft south of the departure end of runway 22. The initial tree strike was in a treetop about 60 ft above the ground and uphill from where the airplane came to rest. The wreckage path was about 75 ft long and oriented 090°. Several pieces of angularly cut wood were found along the wreckage path. The main wreckage came to rest upright and faced about 090°, and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The engine was dislodged from its mounts, rested inverted, and the propeller spinner displayed tortional twisting. The two propeller blades showed similar spanwise bending and leading-edge gouging. The firewall, instrument panel, windshield posts, and cockpit floor were destroyed by impact. The windscreen was separated.

The leading edges of both wings were crushed aft in compression, and the skin of the right wing outboard of the right main landing gear was separated and found uphill from the main wreckage. The right aileron remained attached to the separated section. The cockpit and cabin area roof and floor areas were deformed by impact. Flight control cable continuity was established for all flight controls.
The engine crankshaft was rotated through the vacuum pump drive. Engine continuity was established through the accessory section to the powertrain and valvetrain. Compression was confirmed using the thumb method. The magnetos each produced spark at all leads. The spark plugs displayed minimal normal wear signatures. Fuel was observed at the fuel pump and the carburetor. The carburetor fuel inlet screen was clean and absent of debris.

The maximum allowable gross weight of the airplane was 2,450 lbs. and the calculated useful load of the accident airplane was 862.4 lbs.

The luggage and camping gear onboard the airplane was weighed with a bathroom scale and the total cargo weight was 253 lbs. The estimated occupant weight combined with the cargo weight was an estimated 813 lbs. Total fuel weight was estimated at either 193 lbs (32 gallons) or 83 lbs (14 gallons) based on full tanks (60 gallons) or 2/3 tanks (40 gallons) at departure from the airplane’s home base. No fuel was added at WV32.

Based on the C23 Pilot’s Operating Handbook, Take-Off Distance – Hard Surface performance chart, and the following conditions: max gross weight of 2,450 lbs., density altitude of 1,845 ft, headwind of 4 knots, and a temperature 15°C, the interpolated ground roll was 1,280’ and the distance to clear a 50 ft obstacle was 2,239 feet. The liftoff speed was 65 knots and 74 knots at 50 ft. Stall speed with flaps UP and 45° bank was 74 knots.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N3342L
Model/Series: C23
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KBKW,2514 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lansing, WV 
Destination: Chesapeake, VA (CPK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.08354,-81.06757 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

 Nicholas Fletcher, 38

Michael Taphouse, 36

Wesley Farley, 39