Sunday, October 31, 2021

Antonov An-2T, N857PF: Accident occurred October 14, 2021 near Alta Mesa Airpark (3CN7), Wilton, Sacramento 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; Fresno, California


Location: Wilton, California 
Accident Number: WPR22LA015
Date and Time: October 14, 2021, 16:00 Local
Registration: N857PF
Aircraft: WSK-MIELEC AN-2TD
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 14, 2021 at 1600 Pacific daylight time, a WSK Mielec AN-2TD, N857PF, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Wilton, California. The pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries and the other two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he configured the airplane for takeoff and had flaps down and the elevator trim was neutral. The departure started normally and after becoming airborne, the airplane controls were not responding to his inputs as expected. The airplane continued to pitch up in a nose-high attitude and he was unable to push the control yoke forward which he described as feeling like he was “stretching” cables with forward pressure. The pilot set the electric trim to full nose-down and it made no effect. With the airplane’s pitch uncontrollable, he saw an open area and elected to make a rapid maneuver toward the area. He added full left rudder and aileron and the airplane banked left. The airplane descended into trees and after coming to a stop, a fire erupted. The back door would not open due the deformation of the airframe and they broke a front window. The pilot and passengers all climbed out the window and the airplane continued to burn.

There were two witnesses located at the airport that took videos of the airplane departing. One video showed the airplane just prior to the takeoff roll. The tailwheel is positioned backward and as the airplane starts the roll, the tailwheel swivel and the airplane moves to the right of the runway.

The airplane then veered to the left of the runway and became airborne shortly thereafter. In the approximate 10 seconds that followed, the airplane pitched up at an increasingly higher and higher angle-of-attack. The airplane then made a sharp left turn and goes behind the tress as it descends.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WSK-MIELEC
Registration: N857PF
Model/Series: AN-2TD 
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: KSAC,25 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wilton, CA 
Destination: Reno, NV

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 38.38192,-121.22357




Four family members injured in a fiery plane crash in Wilton on Oct. 14 are expected to make a good recovery, according to reports from family members and friends. A dog didn’t survive.

The crash was reported at 4:18 p.m. near the corner of Alta Mesa and Blake roads. The plane took off from the Alta Mesa Airpark runway when it came down in the front yard of an Alta Mesa Road home and caught fire. The occupants who crawled out of the wreckage were helped by a passerby with a fire extinguisher. He and others tended to the injured until first responders arrived.

Wilton Fire District Chief Jeff Cookson said it was a miracle that anyone survived the crash.

“The pilot did a great job avoiding homes and power lines when he went down,” he said. “This could have been so much worse.”

A CBS 13 report identified the survivors as pilot Oren Breedlove, his pregnant wife, and two nephews, ages 13 and 17.

Breedlove was most seriously injured – he was crawling through flames when the first passerby, Steven Scharf, sprayed him with the fire extinguisher. The others also were burned.

One of Breedlove’s pilot friends contacted Scharf over Facebook the following day and reported everyone was going to survive and would be all right. Although the wife was four months pregnant, the baby will be okay. Surgery on Breedlove’s leg also had gone well, Scharf was told.

When the River Valley Times checked Breedlove’s condition at UC Davis on Oct. 17, a supervisor said he in fair condition.

Scharf was told Breedlove was very well-known in the aviation field. An online search showed that he is a managing partner in a Sacramento helicopter firm and conducts check point exams for students seeking pilot licenses. Scharf heard someone say that Breedlove probably trained the Reach air ambulance pilot who transported him to UC Davis.

Scharf, who works for Hedman Water Well Services, was driving on Alta Mesa Road on his way to a service call when he saw the airplane take off. But he realized it didn’t look right. Trees blocked his view as he slowed down. Then he “was literally side by side with plane” as it came through the pasture and crashed. He didn’t see anyone but he heard screaming.

After grabbing his fire extinguisher and running across the street, Scharf saw the teens getting out and the woman against the fence. He asked her how many, and she said four.

“They were looking at the plane and yelling for ‘Oren’”.

Then he saw Breedlove crawling through the flames with a broken leg. Scharf doused the flames with his extinguisher and directed him to roll down the hill to get as far away as possible. Massive flames engulfed the plane moments later.

Scharf focused on the pilot as he was in the worst condition. More people stopped to help. At one point, Scharf retrieved his ice chest from his truck and as he came back used his camera to video capture the burning plane. Scharf estimated that the first fire truck didn’t arrive for 10 to 15 minutes.

Scharf doesn’t remember what he was thinking after he jumped out of his truck except, “I was there to make sure nobody was dying.”

WFD Capt. Edward Dwyer was the incident commander. As he and Engine 81 were leaving the station for an aircraft down report, they could see a black plume of smoke and heard a second dispatch of a vegetation fire. Knowing WFD didn’t have enough foam to put out a commercial transport aircraft fire, he asked that five engines with foam capacity be dispatched and requested a red flag vegetation response.

Dwyer sized up the situation upon arrival. To the left were the injured patients, three along the road and the most seriously injured on the other side of the fence. In the center was the burning aircraft, and to the right was a small working grass fire. He directed two firefighters to initiate a fire attack, and the third to care for patients, who were already being helped by about 20 bystanders.

“To see citizens providing that kind of care - it is just an incredible sight,” Dwyer said. “And a much-appreciated sight.”

Despite the seeming chaos, it was a static incident.

“Although it wasn’t going to get worse, we needed a large volume of personnel to affect resolution of the incident,” he said.

That meant Dwyer was constantly on radio or meeting face-to-face to make assignments as a multitude of engines and command officers responded from the Herald, Cosumnes, and Sacramento Metropolitan fire agencies.

Dwyer canceled the red flag response, and Herald Fire Protection District quickly extinguished the vegetation fire. WFD water tender 84 arrived equipped with a new monitor that produces a large volume of foam and water. A Cosumnes fire engine also used foam to prevent any flare-up from the plane. Firefighters later built dykes to keep hazardous materials from reaching the road.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.




WILTON, California  — More details are coming in on what happened shortly after a plane crash-landed in Wilton.

Neighbors tell KCRA 3 the pilot and the pregnant woman on board are a family and local to the area. Two boys were also on the aircraft.

"This huge plume of smoke came up and I knew something horrible had happened," said 21-year-old Virginia Rose, who grew up in the area. "It was terrifying in the moment because seeing people fly out here my whole life, I’ve never had anything like this happen."

Rose immediately called 911 and stayed on scene to make sure the family got safely to the hospital.

"Two of them were still on fire when they came out of the aircraft," she said. "It's definitely an image that's going to stick with me for a while."

It turns out the airplane involved in the crash, an AN-2, is incredibly rare. The historic planes were built for hauling freight in the Soviet Union after World War 2.

"If you don't have the proper training and you just hop into something like this, you could get into trouble," said Alan Casner, owner of Ride in the Past, a vintage airplane repair shop.

The crashed plane was one of under a dozen registered AN-2s in the entire United States.

"It's a flying truck," Casner said. "They are very stout. The fact those people got out of the airplane, says a lot to the construction of the airplane."

Casner said the AN-2 is a sizable plane, with a 60-foot-wingspan, 1,000 horsepower and the ability to carry over 5,000 pounds.

"Hopefully the person flying it got the instructions necessary or the learning to fly the thing," Casner said.

Neighbors expressed well-wishes to the survivors of the violent crash. All of the victims are expected to survive.

"I hope you guys recover quickly," Rose said. "I'm sorry this had to happen to you guys. I'm so glad you're going to be OK."

KCRA 3 reached out to the FAA and the NTSB for more on what could have caused this crash. Representatives said they are still investigating.






WILTON, California – Four people have suffered major injuries after their plane crashed in the Sacramento County town of Wilton.

The incident happened in the area of Alta Mesa and Blake roads, east of Elk Grove. The plane was reportedly a small cargo plane. Four people—a man, a pregnant woman and two teens—were badly injured in the crash. They were initially said to be in critical condition but are all expected to recover, according to the Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

One of the first people to witness the crash stopped their truck, got out a fire extinguisher, and helped the passengers to safety.

Steve Scharf jumped into action with a fire extinguisher to find the four survivors badly burned.

Scharf says the two teenagers and a pregnant woman were already out of the plane. He saw the man trying to escape.

“And then the guy that was life-flighted. I saw him like army-crawling out of the flames because his leg was broken,” Scharf said. “So I stopped him and had him just roll away, and sprayed him with my fire extinguisher.”

Scharf added, “The only thing that was going through my head is I wanted these people to be safe, and I wanted them to be alive, and I couldn’t sleep tonight if I watched a man burn right in front of me.”

CBS13 obtained cell phone video showing the small plane take off from a Wilton airstrip then fall out of frame before crashing beyond a roofline. You can hear the plane hitting trees

An FAA spokesperson says they currently don’t know the make or model of the plane. The NTSB and FAA will be investigating what happened.

The Sacramento Metro Fire Department Captain Parker Wilbourn says one victim was life-flighted out of the crash scene.

Three others were taken by ground ambulance with minor to moderate injuries with burns on their hands and arms.

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N29615: Accident occurred October 30, 2021 near Parker County Airport (KWEA), Hudson Oaks, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas 

Aircraft experienced engine issues, struck a power line and crashed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N29615

Date: 30-OCT-21
Time: 00:10:00Z
Regis#: N29615
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew 1 minor injuries
Pax 4 minor injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: WEATHERFORD
State: TEXAS

Carroll William Joye: South Carolina pilot honored for 50 years of safe flying

Carroll William Joye, center, who received the Federal Aviation Administration's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 years of flying experience Tuesday, October 26, 2021, poses with family in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  From left, are Joye's son-in-law, Bruce Cramer; daughter Margie Joye Cramer; granddaughter Rachel Cramer; daughter Connie Joye; Carroll Joye; wife Beverly Joye; and son Randy Joye.



ORANGEBURG, South Carolina  — U.S. Air Force veteran Carroll William Joye of Orangeburg loves to fly.

“I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that I ever did, other than give my life to God,” the 82-year-old said.

Joye has been doing what he loves for a long time.

He celebrated his 50th anniversary of flying on July 18.

The feat was recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration on October 26.

The agency presented Joye with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The award is presented to those who have 50 years or more of practicing and promoting safe aircraft flight. Joye has about 30,000 hours of flight time.

“It means a whole lot to me,” Joye said of the honor. “It means I have gone 50 years and have not had a serious incident or accident. It is a big thing.”

FAA South Carolina Flight Standards District Office officials, including South Carolina FAA Safety Team Program Manager Lanny Cline, presented Joye with the award virtually through Zoom.

“Our heartfelt congratulations,” Cline said.

A letter was read from South Carolina FAA District Office Manager Randy DeBerry congratulating Joye for the award.

“Your professionalism as an airman has contributed to the safety of our national airspace system and has enabled safe air travel by many Americans for more than half a century,” DeBerry wrote. “Congratulations on a very successful aviation career.”

The letter came with a lapel pin, a certified FAA Blue Ribbon package with Joye’s airman records/achievements and an award certificate.

Joye’s recognition will be posted on the electronic roll of honor online at the FAA Safety website.

Joye viewed the award presentation at the Orangeburg Municipal Airport, where he was once manager. He was surrounded by his family during the presentation.

During the award presentation Joye recalled his first solo flight out of Madrid, Spain, now over 50 years ago.

“I could not get my right leg to stay on the rudder pedals because it was bouncing up and down the whole time,” Joye said. “I was just nervous until my instructor got back into the aircraft with me. Then it stopped. Everything was good.”

His instructor’s name was Barb Snowden, who was the manager of the Torrejon Air Base aeroclub.

“He took me on and taught me flying,” Joye said. “I will forever be grateful to him.”

Joye said he just loves the idea of being in the air.

“I have had a chance to fly pretty good-sized jet airplanes and the very smallest of airplanes,” he said.

Joye always enjoys the challenge of flight.

“You are responsible for getting people in the back from one place to another safely,” Joye said. And the weather can make flying tricky.

“It is good to be 40,000 and 50,000 feet up in the air,” Joye said. “I can’t really describe it.”

Throughout his flying career, Joye has enjoyed flying “small airplanes as much or almost as much as I do flying one of those big jets.”

When asked if he still flies, Joye said, “Oh yeah!”

“A friend of mine owns a twin engine airplane and I get a chance to fly with him sometimes,” he said. “I just fly and if I have to sit in right seat, I do. I just like to be there.”

“Mr. Aviation,” is how his wife Beverly describes him. “He would rather fly than eat when he is hungry. If you mention airplanes, he is all for it.”

She called the recognition “awesome.”

“A lot of pilots don’t reach 50 years and hang with it. He is still hanging in there. This is a major honor for him. This man loves to fly,” she said.

Joye is originally from Orangeburg but has lived throughout the area, including Branchville, Bamberg and Rowesville.

Joye’s love for flying started after he entered the United States Air Force in 1957.

While in the Air Force stationed over in Spain, he learned to fly and later became a flight instructor.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years.

During his stint, he worked as an aircraft mechanic during the Vietnam War. He went to Arizona after Vietnam, working on F-100s and F-104s.

From there, Joye went to Ohio and helped develop the C-119 and C-130 gunships.

After retiring from the Air Force as a senior master sergeant, he started teaching as an automotive mechanic instructor. He later worked as a corporate pilot and flight instructor, which he still does.

Joye decided to become a flight instructor so he could earn money while continuing to enjoy flying.

“I never had any desire to go to work for the airlines,” Joye said. “I still enjoy teaching.”

Joye also worked for Belk Hudson for a time, flying a Piper Navajo.

He recalled getting into the plane in Florida with Mr. Hudson and wondering about a certain switch on the plane’s panel.

“It did not seem to belong in the airplane,” Joye said. “We could not find it in the POH (pilot’s operating handbook). We were talking about that thing and Mr. Hudson’s mike was shorted out.”

“The controller down there was listening to everything we said,” Joye continued. “He broke in and said, ‘You guys ought to learn to fly that airplane and learn about all the equipment it has before you get up in there.’ That was comical.”

Joye has been recognized for his flying experience before.

In the fall of 1995, nominated by former student Raymond S. Graule, Joye was named “Certified Flight Instructor of the Year” by the FAA.

In 2003, Joye was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame by the South Carolina Aviation Association.

Joye has two daughters, two sons and two stepsons; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He attends Cope Baptist Church.

Cessna R172K Hawk XP, N1082V: Accident occurred October 31, 2021 in Rexburg, Madison County, Idaho

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: WPR22LA025

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City 

Aircraft experienced engine issues and made emergency landing on a road. 

Ravalli Aviation LLC 


Date: 31-OCT-21
Time: 16:50:00Z
Regis#: N1082V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: R172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: REXBURG
State: IDAHO






A single-engine airplane made an emergency landing in Rexburg around noon on Sunday after it experienced engine failure.

The engine failure caused the plane to land on Pioneer Road where a wing hit a light pole, said Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagen.

“(The plane) came to rest by the canal on Main Street. There were no injuries,” he said.

The police department hasn’t released the name of the pilot or where he was from. That information will be made available via the National Transportation Safety Board.

This is the second plane crash the Upper Valley has experienced in four days. On Wednesday a similar airplane crashed in Newdale. All the passengers in that crash survived and were taken to area hospitals.







REXBURG — A small plane made an emergency landing near the Rexburg Madison County Airport around noon Sunday.

The plane landed at the intersection of Pioneer Road and Lodgepole Street – less than a mile from the airport. Witnesses say the pilot of the single-engine aircraft appeared to be fine and was speaking with emergency responders.

“The pilot had engine failure and was trying to land on Pioneer Road,” Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagen tells EastIdahoNews.com. “He had oncoming traffic so banked it, hit a wing on one of the light poles and came to a stop before the canal on Main Street. The pilot is fine and nobody else was injured.”

Rexburg Police, Madison County Sheriff deputies and the Madison Fire Department responded to the scene. The plane was towed away from the area around 12:50 p.m.

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7796P: Incident occurred October 30, 2021 at Houston Executive Airport (KTME), Waller County, Texas

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

Aircraft landed gear up.


Date: 30-OCT-21
Time: 21:58:00Z
Regis#: N7796P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS




WALLER COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A small plane skidded onto an airport runway west of Houston Saturday, and the pilot was able to walk away, authorities said.

Emergency crews were dispatched to an initial report of the plane crashing around 5 p.m. at Houston Executive Airport near Brookshire.

The aircraft attempting a landing at the facility when the landing gear failed.

The pilot was the only person on board the four-seater aircraft and was not injured, according to Texas Dept. of Public Safety Sgt. Stephen Woodard.

The crash was the second aviation incident in the Houston area on Saturday, and the second incident to happen at the airport this month.

Earlier in the day near La Porte, a small single-engine airplane had to make an emergency landing after a mechanical failure.

The aircraft struck utility lines as it landed.

The FAA and Texas DPS were investigating, and the pilot involved was not hurt.

A plane with 21 people attempting takeoff on October 19 crashed just beyond the Houston Executive Airport's fence line.

All of the occupants were able to escape the aircraft. The plane was destroyed by fire after the crash. The NTSB continues to investigate the cause.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Learjet 60, N59: Incident occurred October 29, 2021 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), King County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration

   


KING COUNTY, Washington — A Learjet 60 made an emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday evening after pilots noted hydraulic problems shortly after takeoff.

The Learjet 60 was forced to turn around and landed safely after circling in the air for about two hours to burn fuel.

The Port of Seattle sent fire trucks to assess the situation.

Three were on board, and no one was hurt.

The plane was towed to the west side of the airport, where small aircraft are normally parked.

The issues initially reported have yet to be determined.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.




Beechcraft K35 Bonanza, N899RW: Incident occurred October 28, 2021 in Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and made an emergency landing in the median of Interstate 12. 


Date: 28-OCT-21
Time: 19:01:00Z
Regis#: N899RW
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: K35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: HAMMOND
State: LOUISIANA

Questair Venture, N281F: Accident occurred October 28, 2021 at Trenton Robbinsville Airport (N87), Mercer County, New Jersey

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; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Location: ROBBINSVILLE, New Jersey
Accident Number: ERA22LA040
Date and Time: October 28, 2021, 12:10 Local
Registration: N281F
Aircraft: JACK A FROHBIETER QUESTAIR VENTURE 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: JACK A FROHBIETER
Registration: N281F
Model/Series: QUESTAIR VENTURE NO SERIES
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: KTTN,190 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: ROBBINSVILLE, NJ
Destination: ROBBINSVILLE, NJ

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: 40.213944,-74.601778 (est)

Friday, October 29, 2021

Beechcraft 300 Super King Air, N141SM: Incident occurred October 28, 2021 in Victoria County, Texas

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

Aircraft declared an emergency due to engine issues and after landing it was discovered that the right cowling was missing.

Aero Pesca LLC


Date: 28-OCT-21
Time: 22:17:00Z
Regis#: N141SM
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
City: VICTORIA
State: TEXAS

Mooney M20K, N252L: Incident occurred October 28, 2021 near Shannon Airport (KEZF), Fredericksburg, Virginia

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

Aircraft departed and lost engine power, attempted to return and landed in a field. 


Date: 28-OCT-21
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N252L
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: FREDERICKSBURG
State: VIRGINIA

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N1870V: Fatal accident occurred October 28, 2021 at Ukiah Municipal Airport (KUKI), Mendocino County, California

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances adjacent to the runway.  

Mike Smith Aviation


Date: 28-OCT-21
Time: 20:10:00Z
Regis#: N1870V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew 1
Pax 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: UKIAH
State: CALIFORNIA

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. 

Mendocino County on Friday released the name of a man who died when a plane flight originating at Napa County Airport ended in a crash at Ukiah Municipal Airport.

The deceased pilot is Todd Michael Parsons, 43, of Redwood City according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Division. He was the only person onboard the  Cessna 172M Skyhawk.

The crash was reported at 1:14 p.m. Thursday. Eyewitnesses told MendoFever, a local news website, that a tire that was part of the landing gear broke off the plane, causing it to flip.

Data from the FlightAware tracking website indicates the plane departed Napa County Airport at 12:19 p.m. Thursday.






The City of Ukiah in a statement released this evening has confirmed that single-engine aircraft that crashed today at the Ukiah Municipal Airport resulted in the death of the pilot.

The Ukiah Police Department, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration are currently investigating the crash.

A Ukiah resident who lives near the Ukiah Municipal Airport told us around 1:00 p.m. the plane was taking off and was going nearly take-off speeds when the crash occurred.

The flight plan as documented by FlightRadar24.com shows that the plane was landing rather than taking off as the eyewitness believed.

The eyewitness went on to say that the plane was on the runway when some sort of malfunction took place. One of the tires associated with the landing gear reportedly broke off the aircraft which “caused the plane to flip,” the eyewitness said

It’s worth noting that the landing gear underneath the plane’s nose is visually damaged in photographs taken of the scene. Also, where there should be a tire, there is none.

The plane’s path deviated as a result of the malfunction and it veered off the runway and struck a patch of earth. The eyewitness described the plane flipping over when it struck dirt. Nearby residents climbed the airport’s perimeter fence in hopes of assisting the pilot but said the pilot appeared deceased by the time they got there.

The plane originated from Napa Valley, as per flight records documented by FlightRadar24.com, and its make and model is a Cessna 172 M Skyhawk.

The plane’s tail number N1870V is associated with a flight school in Napa County called Mike Smith Aviation. We spoke with Mike Smith himself who confirmed that one of his planes was the craft that crashed today. He said NTSB is actively investigating and could not comment further at this time.



Rockwell Commander 112TC, N4604W: Incident occurred October 27, 2021 at Springerville Municipal Airport (KJTC), Apache County, Arizona

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

Aircraft landed gear up.  


Date: 27-OCT-21
Time: 19:16:00Z
Regis#: N4604W
Aircraft Make: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL
Aircraft Model: 112TC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SPRINGERVILLE
State: ARIZONA

Europa Monowheel, N111EU: Incident occurred October 27, 2021 at Columbia Airport (O22), Tuolumne County, California

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

Aircraft veered off runway during landing damaging gear and wingtip struck the ground. 


Date: 27-OCT-21
Time: 19:20:00Z
Regis#: N111EU
Aircraft Make: EUROPA
Aircraft Model: MONO WHEEL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COLUMBIA
State: CALIFORNIA

Boeing 737-823, N826NN: Incident occurred October 27, 2021 near Orlando International Airport (KMCO), Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird and damaged right leading edge of the right engine. 

American Airlines Inc


Date: 27-OCT-21
Time: 17:36:00Z
Regis#: N826NN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL1649
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N77GS: Incident occurred October 27, 2021 at Barbour Island Airport (72GA), Shellman Bluff, Georgia

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

Aircraft crashed short of the runway and flipped over. 

South Carolina Flyers LLC


Date: 27-OCT-21
Time: 18:03:00Z
Regis#: N77GS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: P210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: SHELLMAN BLUFF
State: GEORGIA

Piper PA-28-140, N1671J: Incident occurred October 28, 2021 in Rexburg, Madison County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field. 


Date: 28-OCT-21
Time: 01:50:00Z
Regis#: N1671J
Aircraft Make: PIPPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: REXBURG
State: IDAHO

REXBURG — A small plane crashed in a field about 10 miles north of Rexburg Wednesday evening.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports the Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed in a field and left a pilot and passenger with minor injures.

Flight Aware flight tracking software shows the aircraft, registered in Utah, appeared on radar around Driggs at 6:35 p.m. The airplane then crashed in the field around 7:37 p.m., according to the website.

The FAA says the crash happened “under unknown circumstances.”

An FAA spokeswoman told EastIdahoNews.com the administration will investigate the crash.

The people in the crash have not been identified.

Mooney M20M / 257 TLS Bravo, N40KA: Fatal accident occurred October 28, 2021 in North Bend, King County, Washington

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; Seattle, Washington
Lycoming Engines; Colorado

Another Greaser LLC


Location: North Bend, Washington
Accident Number: WPR22FA023
Date and Time: October 28, 2021, 09:10 Local
Registration: N40KA
Aircraft: Mooney M20M
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 28, 2021, about 0911 Pacific daylight time, a Mooney M20M, N40KA, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near, North Bend, Washington. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan with a planned route from Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO), Arlington, Washington, to Magic Valley Regional Airport (TWC) Twin Falls, Idaho. A review of preliminary air traffic control (ATC) communications and radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the airplane departed AWO about 0842. The airplane subsequently climbed to 16,300 ft, then began a rapid descent to 11,300 ft with erratic turns. The airplane was over mountainous terrain approximately 47 miles southeast of the departure airport and descended through 5,400 ft when a simultaneous loss of radar and communication occurred, shortly after 0910. ATC services were provided by Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and Seattle Terminal Radar Airport Control (TRACON). This aircraft was the subject of an ALNOT.

The airplane wreckage was located in densely wooded mountainous terrain. The wreckage debris was about 21 ft in length and 15 ft wide. The northwest most point of the wreckage consisted of the engine, and propeller sections, which sustained impact and thermal damage. All three propeller blades were liberated from the hub and revealed signatures consistent with engine power during impact. The cabin and fuselage were consumed by post-impact fire. The vertical and horizontal stabilizer, rudder and elevator sections were present and formed the southwestern perimeter of the wreckage. The TKS system affixed to the leading edges of the vertical and horizontal stabilizer were present. 

A review of the meteorological conditions that existed the day of the accident revealed instrument meteorological conditions. AIRMET Z was active for light to moderate rime icing, and clear ice conditions. PIREPS confirmed the icing conditions and low-level turbulence in the vicinity of the accident site.

The supplement to the pilot’s operating handbook and FAA approved airplane flight manual contained a warning that stated, “INTENTIONAL FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ICING IS PROHIBITED.”



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N40KA
Model/Series: M20M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSEA,434 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:02 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1300 ft AGL
Visibility: 3 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Arlington, WA (AWO)
Destination: Twin Falls, ID (TWC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 47.5923,-121.633 

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. 

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N63366: Incident occurred October 27, 2021 at Purdue University Airport (KLAF), Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass damaging gear and airport light. 

Purdue Aviation LLC


Date: 27-OCT-21
Time: 17:32:00Z
Regis#: N63366
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: LAFAYETTE
State: INDIANA

Beechcraft 23 Musketeer, N2353Z: Accident occurred October 27, 2021 near Saratoga County Airport (5B2), New York

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; Albany, New York


Location: Ballston Spa, New York
Accident Number: ERA22LA033
Date and Time: October 27, 2021, 17:50 Local 
Registration: N2353Z
Aircraft: Beech 23 Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On October 27, 2021, at 1750 eastern daylight time, a Beech BE-23 airplane, N2353Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Ballston Spa, New York. Theflight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot reported that he checked the fuel level in the airplane’s right and left fuel tanks during his preflight inspection and determined that there was enough fuel for 5 hours of flight time. The student and flight instructor departed Saratoga County Airport (5B2), Saratoga Springs, Florida, about 1530. They flew in the practice area and then around a nearby lake before returning to 5B2 to practice touch-and-go landings. About 2 hours and 20 minutes into their flight, after they turned onto final approach on their ninth landing, the engine sputtered, and stopped producing power, while the propeller continued to windmill. The flight instructor assumed the controls, established the best glide airspeed, and performed a check of the mixture, carburetor heat, ignition, and master switch, but was unable to restore engine power. The flight instructor selected an area to perform a forced landing. As the airplane descended, he maneuvered to avoid power lines; however, the airplane landed hard, fractured the nose landing gear and nosed over.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright in a nose down attitude. The right wing was substantially damaged where the right main landing gear pushed up into the wing. There was no evidence of fuel in the left wing tank; however, the integrity of the fuel tank was not initially verified.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N2353Z
Model/Series: 23 
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: SCH,378 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Saratoga Springs, NY (5B2)
Destination: Ballston Spa, NY

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: 43.042727,-73.871594 (est)






MILTON - A small plane came crashing down in the middle of a Saratoga County field on Wednesday evening. Luckily, both people in the plane were able to walk away.

They are 30-year-old Justin Platt of Ballston and 35-year-old Jesse Richardson of Fultonville.

Police say Platt, who was a student pilot, and his flight instructor, Richardson, were coming in for a landing at the Saratoga County Airport, when the plane landed just south of the runway in a very heavily populated area.

The plane has damage to its landing gear, the right wing, and the propeller.
  
The FAA was investigating Wednesday evening. The NTSB was expected on Thursday.

Beech B36TC Bonanza, N75RM: Fatal accident occurred October 27, 2021 in Lena, Oconto County, Wisconsin

Rick Louis Mai
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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
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Arbuckle Aviation LLC


Location: Lena, Wisconsin
Accident Number: CEN22FA021
Date and Time: October 27, 2021, 18:17 Local 
Registration: N75RM
Aircraft: Beech B36TC
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 27, 2021, at 1817 central daylight time, a Beech B36TC airplane, N75RM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lena, Wisconsin. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Airplane position data indicated that the flight departed Fort Worth Meacham Airport (FTW), Fort Worth, Texas, at 1357 and proceeded on a northeasterly course. The airplane initially leveled about 15,500 ft mean sea level (msl). However, as the airplane approached a line of storms, the pilot began to deviate. Ultimately, the airplane leveled about 24,000 ft msl and returned to a northeasterly course.

Attempts by air traffic control to contact the pilot after the airplane climbed through 18,000 ft were not successful. About 1756, the airplane entered a descent from 24,000 ft msl. It was about 25 miles west of Green Bay, Wisconsin, at the time. About 2 minutes later, the airplane course became slightly erratic as the descent continued. At 1803, when the airplane altitude was about 16,100 ft msl, the course changed abruptly from northeasterly to westerly. The airplane immediately entered a right turn and returned to the northeasterly course. At that time, the airplane entered a steady descent of about 1,000 fpm, which continued until the data ended. The final data point was recorded at 1817:11. The accident site was about 540 ft northeast of the final data point and aligned with the flight path.

The airplane impacted a corn field and slid about 150 ft before coming to rest. The landing gear and wing flaps were retracted. The lower fuselage structure was damaged from the airplane nose to the midcabin area consistent with impact. Flight control continuity was confirmed from each control surface to the cockpit. An initial engine examination did not reveal any anomalies consistent with an inability to produce rated power. Both fuel tanks appeared to be intact. About 35 gallons of fuel remained in the left tank; no fuel remained in the right fuel tank. The cockpit fuel selector was set to the right tank at the time of the on-scene examination. Further examination of the onboard oxygen system is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N75RM
Model/Series: B36TC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOCQ,605 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Worth, TX (FTW)
Destination: Unknown

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 44.99211,-88.24405 

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. 
 




Rick Louis Mai, 67, of Sunrise Beach Missouri, passed away on October 27, 2021.

Rick was born in Tacoma Washington to Richard "Rich" and Ellen Mai on April 23, 1954. He married Jo Lene on August 28, 1982 in Dallas. He had a great passion for hunting, boating, flying and his construction equipment. He had a passion for "pushing dirt" as he would help make designs for houses and golf course. His greatest passion was for his family, he loved taking care of his mother and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was bigger than life and a rock to all that knew him. He will be remembered for his witty nicknames, his love for children and being a friend to all who knew him.

Rick is preceded in death by his Father Richard Mai; Brother Mark Mai; and Sister Lauri Mai Hoffman.

Rick is survived by his wife Jo Lene Mai; Daughters, Courtney Mai Smith with husband Nils Smith, Jamie Lynn Wolds with husband Ian Wolds; Son, Jacob Mai; Mother, Ellen Mai; Brother, Kurt Mai with wife Roblyn Mai; Grandchildren, Presley and Emmalyn Smith, Hannah and Carson Wolds. Rick is also survived by many friends.

A Celebration of life will be held November 19, 2021 at 10:30 am at Peace Lutheran Church. The celebration will continue at the Grand Oaks Golf Club at 12 pm located at 3502 Country Club Dr, Grand Prairie Tx 75052

In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude or Peace Lutheran Church in Hurst, Texas.

Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, N816ZH: Accident occurred October 26, 2021 at Benton Municipal Airport (H96), Franklin County, Illinois

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

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois


Location: Benton, IL
Accident Number: CEN22LA020
Date & Time: October 26, 2021, 13:30 Local
Registration: N816ZH
Aircraft: HALL TERRENCE / HALL CATHIE CRUZER CH-750 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Flight test

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HALL TERRENCE / HALL CATHIE
Registration: N816ZH
Model/Series: CRUZER CH-750
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: MWA,472 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:45 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Benton, IL (H96)
Destination: Benton, IL

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: 38.0085,-88.934444