Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Hernando County Civil Air Patrol at risk to lose hangar, planes




BROOKSVILLE, Florida — For nearly 50 years, the Hernando Civil Air Patrol has been providing valuable services to the community from search-and-rescue to building the leaders of tomorrow through its cadet program. Today, it is in trouble.

For the past few decades, the squadron has been using a hangar out of the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport for free, but now the county is asking for the hangar back so that it may start collecting rent from other tenants. The Hernando Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol (FL-301) has three months to come up with $3,400 rent for the year, or just under $300 per month, if it wishes to retain the hangar for its Maule tow plane.

“We fully support Civil Air Patrol. They’ve been at two other airports we’ve been involved with,” Airport Operations Manager Kevin Daugherty said at the Feb. 9 Board of County Commissions meeting. “Everything about them is awesome. We are recommending that we keep the below-market ground lease agreement for their building but release the dome hangar back to us so we can get it back on the rent roll.”

According to Lt. Col. Marlene Welch, squadron commander for the Hernando Civil Air Patrol, the monthly rent would drain the nonprofit’s account. The chapter operates out of a building nearby the hangar and currently pays a below-market ground lease to the airport. When Welch took command in December 2019, she discovered the first year of the 10-year lease had been paid but not the other nine. The squadron paid out the lease but it drained what funds they had.

The nonprofit has relied heavily on donations for performing services at the annual Swamp Fest, in addition to a small sum from its Wreaths Across America fundraiser. Swamp Fest 2021 has been canceled, however, and despite being a member of the Air Force, the Civil Air Patrol does not receive any funding from the military outside of performing Air Force missions.

“For us to keep our aircraft, the (Air Force) is like, OK, Florida Wing, you’re allocated so many aircraft, that’s your problem to figure out how to house them,” Welch said. “Because the aircraft that we use for towing right now has a cloth skin, it can’t really sit in the sun, the sun is brutal down here. It will destroy the skin of it.”

If the squadron is unable to pay rent and loses control of the hangar, it will not be able to keep the tow plane, Welch said. If the squadron can’t keep the tow plane, it will also lose the glider.

“Another plane being stationed down here is up to the Florida Wing Commander, and the officer in charge of all the aircrafts for Florida,” Welch said.

She hopes the squadron can get a Cessna 182, which would be fine to tie down, but without any planes available, cadets will have to drive down to the Tampa Executive Airport to bring a plane up to Brooksville for training.

County Commissioner Steve Champion suggested the squadron fundraise to cover the cost of renting the hangar, but Welch blames the amount of paperwork as one of the reasons it can’t.

“The hoops you have to jump through to do fundraising is ridiculous,” she said. “The Operational Risk Management we have to fill out, and now because of COVID, we have to fill out even more for that. We don’t have fundraisers. If we lost the squadron here, it would be very detrimental because not only do we offer emergency services they could use us for, like if we a natural disaster, we would be losing a youth program for the kids.”

The Hernando Composite Squadron performs three missions: aerospace education, emergency services, and cadet programs. Cadets can join as young as 12 years old and those who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic). Cadets get to participate in five orientation flights and five glider flights. The squadron’s Cadet Commander recently earned a flight scholarship for this summer for two months and is going for her pilot’s license.

A lot of the JROTC cadets in Hernando high schools also participate in the local Civil Air Patrol. Those schools, including the Air Force ROTC in the colleges, don’t have the means to fly their cadets, which is why it’s so important for them to get the experience through the Civil Air Patrol. A number of cadets will end up attending the Coast Guard Academy, West Point, Naval Academy or Air Force Academy.

The Hernando Composite Squadron also performs other duties, such as when if flew security at the Super Bowl LV in Tampa, and flying COVID-19 vaccines to different locations.

To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol, search for Hernando County Composite Squadron on Facebook. Those who want to donate, can mail a money order or check to Hernando County Composite Squadron, 3151 Air Commerce Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34604.

If wildfire ignites, plane with high-tech will hit Southern California’s skies

Erik Rodriguez operates specialized cameras on board a King Air 200 aircraft based at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos on January 15, 2021.

 


Is there a fire? How big? Where is it going?

When it comes to fighting fast-moving wildfires, information is key, and until recently data from the sky had to wait.

In the past, an air crew was dispatched to fly over the blaze, capture images and report back – soaking up crucial time as firefighters on the ground had to battle for a while without the vital data.

But now a small plane equipped with a state-of-the-art camera and a satellite sits at the ready at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, poised to deliver real-time infrared video and photos to decision-makers on the ground – in seconds.

Right to firefighters’ cell phones.

The Beechcraft King Air 200 is staffed around the clock. An identical plane sits in Sacramento, though it is primed to go up only 12 hours a day.

Between them, they can cover the entire state, each capable of hustling to a fire at 260-miles per hour, meaning the trip takes 45 minutes tops.

Joel Lane is no stranger to how things used to be.

With more than 40 years in the U.S. Forest Service, he has spent half of that on the ground with hotshot crews. The other half has been tied to the air, now as an air-attack-group supervisor with the Orange County Fire Authority.

Lane is an air traffic controller of sorts: He helps orchestrate attacks on fires.

“Up until just recently, (air crews) had to land, find a computer, find internet, put in a thumb drive, make their maps and send them to a computer,” Lane said. “But to us, 30 minutes or one hour is like reading yesterday’s newspapers.

“With this,” he said, “we’re able to have them (the images) within seconds.”

From October until mid-April, the state is paying about $7.2 million to have the planes in California firefighters’ arsenal. The state could extend that, or take a break from the planes.

When the wind-driven Bond fire hit Silverado Canyon in early December, the new technology was put to use.

Once airborne, the flight crew, typically three strong, used the infrared- and sensory-camera systems to create fire-perimeter and behavior maps among other visuals, and sent them with the onboard satellite system.

Data can be livestreamed, too.

The special camera created images of the Bond burning in one spot, but also projected, with different colors, the expected spread and size with forecasted times. Using infrared, the crew can map the perimeter of the fire and detect hotspots.

Software considers such factors as terrain, weather, wind, brush, trees, burn scars, structures and estimated pockets of people.

The photos show the areas around the epicenter, how many acres the fire could consume and how many homes it could hurt. With that insight, firefighters can better tell which homes must be evacuated.

“This really helps figure out where to get people out and where to take them to,” Lane said. “It was highly accurate.”

As many as 25,000 residents were told to flee their homes.

On some fires, the crew takes to the air multiple times.

Forecasting where a blaze can go is crucial and some expert firefighters do it manually, said Carlos Calvillo, assistant chief at the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“A (fire-behavior analyst) would manually use information, like weather, topography, the last time the area burned … and come up with calculations,” Calvillo said. “Now, you have a computer that does that in minutes.”

Calvillo, a 33-year veteran at the LAFD, has been involved with implementing the program with the planes and satellites.

The software helps firefighters make solid predictions.

“The model paints a very clear picture of the threats of the incident,” he said. “And that becomes a very powerful tool.”

As the fire changes, so do the models and projections, he said, allowing firefighters to alter their plans in tune with the blaze.

“For the incident commander on the ground … they’re just looking up at a big ball of fire burning up the hill,” Lane said.

Oftentimes when fatalities and accidents occur during fires, Lane said, it’s during chaotic periods when no one knows exactly where the fire is going. He hopes these cameras and technology become the norm and help avoid that.

“I think this has the capability of actually saving lives, not only on the firefighter side but on the civilian side,” he said.

Read more here:  https://www.ocregister.com

Van's RV-6, N642LT: Accident occurred February 24, 2021 at Hampton Airfield (7B3), Rockingham County, New Hampshire

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; Portland, Maine 


Location: North Hampton, NH 
Accident Number: ERA21LA136
Date & Time: February 24, 2021, 09:46 Local
Registration: N642LT
Aircraft: TURCOTTE JR ROBERT L RV6
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: TURCOTTE JR ROBERT L 
Registration: N642LT
Model/Series: RV6 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PSM, 100 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Warehouse Point, CT (7B6)
Destination: North Hampton, NH

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: 42.961567,-70.830254 (est)




HAMPTON, New Hampshire (WHDH) - Two people were injured after a small plane veered off a runway and overturned in New Hampshire on Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews responding to a report of a plane crash at the Hampton Airfield on Lafayette Road in North Hampton around 9:30 a.m. found a Van's RV-6 resting upside down in the snow-covered median between the taxiway and runway, according to police.

The pilot, 70-year-old Robert Turcotte, of Broad Brook, Connecticut, and his passenger, 68-year-old William Kulle, of Springfield, Massachusetts, suffered minor injuries and were evaluated at the scene.

Police say the plane had departed Skylark Airport in East Windsor, Connecticut, around 8:30 a.m. before crashing at Hampton Airfield.

The National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation are investigating the cause of the crash.

Piper PA-28R-201, N108ER: Last flew on October 19, 2018 and has not been touched since that time

















WARRANTY:
There is no warranty, express or implied for the information provided herein or the condition, useability, workability, operability or marketability of the aircraft salvage. All times are approximate and the logbooks and aircraft should be inspected by each bidder BEFORE BIDDING. Failure of the bidder to view the aircraft, salvage, or wreckage, or confirm any information provided is NOT grounds for a claim or withdrawal of bid after bid closing date.)

SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR N108ER:   PLACING A BID FOR N108ER INDICATES YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE BUYER WILL HAVE TO REMOVE ALL ERAU (Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University) MARKINGS AND CHANGE THE TAIL NUMBER.                                                    

AIRCRAFT:   2014 PIPER PA-28R-201 N108ER, s/n:  2844147

Current Total Time 2833.2, Tach 1525.8, Hobbs 3493.9

Last Annual Inspection 04/04/18 at 2829.3 TTAF

ENGINE: Lycoming, IO-360-C1C6, s/n: L-32081-51E

Current Total Time 2623.7, TSMOH: 641.4 & by Lycoming 5/2017

Last Annual inspection 04/04/18 at 2829.3 TTAF

Engine has not been run since 10/19/18

PROPELLER:   McCauley B2D34C213, s/n: 111125

Current Total Time 2260, TSMOH: 290.8 in 09/2017

Last Annual inspection 04/04/18 at 2829.3 TTAF

EQUIPMENT:   See Equipment List & Condition Report

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  N108ER last flew on October 19, 2018 and has not been touched since that time. 

Minor scratches and spots of corrosion.  See Condition Report  &  Photos

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Decatur County Airport, KBGE, Bainbridge, Georgia

REMARKS:  
Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 
Sale is as is/where is. 
The posting information is the best to our knowledge. 
An inspection of the aircraft is highly recommended. 
Hours estimated from logbooks or other information - not guaranteed or warranted.

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Skystar Kitfox Mk 5 N36KJ: Incident occurred February 21, 2021 at Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU), Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Aircraft incurred a propeller strike on landing. 


Date: 21-FEB-21
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N36KJ
Aircraft Make: SKYSTAR
Aircraft Model: KITFOX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GLENDALE
State: ARIZONA

Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk, N553BS: Incident occurred February 20, 2021 in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, California

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

Rotorcraft conducting motion picture activities and the actor was being hoisted up, rope broke and fell fifteen (15) feet.

BHH Leasing #4 LLC


Date: 21-FEB-21
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N553BS
Aircraft Make: SIKORSKY
Aircraft Model: UH60
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SANTA CLARITA
State: CALIFORNIA

Beechcraft S35 Bonanza, N8929M: Incident occurred February 21, 2021 at Santa Monica Airport (KSMO), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Aircraft landed gear up.


Date: 21-FEB-21
Time: 23:29:00Z
Regis#: N8929M
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: SANTA MONICA
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 525B, N175RD: Incident occurred February 20, 2021 in Denver, Colorado

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

Aircraft encountered severe turbulence resulting in broken seats. 

Galtstream LLC


Date: 20-FEB-21
Time: 23:35:00Z
Regis#: N175RD
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 525
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N210GE: Accident occurred February 20, 2021 at Bartow Executive Airport (KBOW), Polk County, Florida

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

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida


Location: Bartow, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA146
Date & Time: February 20, 2021, 17:00 Local 
Registration: N210GE
Aircraft: Cessna P210
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 20, 2021, about 1700 eastern standard time, a Cessna P210N, N210GE, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Bartow Executive Airport (BOW), Bartow Florida. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, earlier on the day of the accident, he flew from Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), Grenville, South Carolina to BOW to attend a memorial service. While he attended the memorial service, a fixed-base-operator at BOW performed an oil change on the airplane. The pilot subsequently departed BOW for the return flight to GMU. As the airplane climbed through 5,000 ft mean sea level (msl), he heard a “clicking” sound every 1 minute and noted that the sound occurred simultaneously with a “pegging” of the analog oil temperature and oil pressure gauges to the right, and the amp meter to the left (full discharge). He checked the circuit breakers and fuses but did not observe any anomalies.

The airplane was at 14,000 ft msl over Gainesville, Florida when the pilot decided to return to BOW instead of continuing the flight over mountains at night with a possible electrical problem. During the return to BOW the “clicking” sound subsided. The pilot subsequently extended the landing gear, flaps and speed brakes. On short final approach and over the runway numbers, everything was normal. The wind was a crosswind from the left. As the pilot flared, he kept the airplane’s left wing low and touched down on the left main landing gear and then the nose gear, at which time the tail seemed to “fall out” from under him. The airplane leaned to the left and continued in a straight path to a stop. He pulled the mixture control, shut off the master switch and magnetos and egressed. The pilot then walked around the airplane and observed that the nose landing gear was properly extended; however, the two main landing gear had collapsed resulting in damage to the horizontal stabilizer, left wing and fuselage.

The wreckage was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N210GE
Model/Series: P210 N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBOW,125 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Bartow, FL 
Destination: Greenville, SC (GMU)

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: 27.944813,-81.786297

Beechcraft 76 Duchess, N444FE: Incident occurred February 21, 2021 at Immokalee Regional Airport (KIMM), Collier County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft landed gear up.

N444FE LLC


Date: 21-FEB-21
Time: 14:45:00Z
Regis#: N444FE
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 76
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: IMMOKALEE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 150G, N3674J: Incident occurred February 20, 2021 at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM), Orlando, Osceola County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass. 

Aviation Trust Company LLC Trustee 


Date: 20-FEB-21
Time: 13:55:00Z
Regis#: N3674J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172D Skyhawk, N2479Y: Incident occurred February 20, 2021 at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (KSAV), Chatham County, Georgia

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

Aircraft departed and experienced engine issues and landed on the terminal ramp. 

Aero Davis LLC


Date: 20-FEB-21
Time: 15:40:00Z
Regis#: N2479Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SAVANNAH
State: GEORGIA

Airbus A320-232, N729JB: Incident occurred February 20, 2021 at Boston Logan International Airport (KBOS), Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aircraft during pushback was struck by a deicing truck. 

JetBlue Airways Corporation 


Date: 20-FEB-21
Time: 12:07:00Z
Regis#: N729JB
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: JET BLUE
Flight Number: JBU1353
City: BOSTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Airbus A321-231, N967JT: Incident occurred February 20, 2021 at Boston Logan International Airport (KBOS), Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aircraft at the deicing pad and was struck by a deicing truck.

JetBlue Airways Corporation 


Date: 20-FEB-21
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N967JT
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A321
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: JET BLUE
Flight Number: JBU897
City: BOSTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N7164Y: Incident occurred February 20, 2021 at Mason Jewett Field Airport (KTEW), Ingham County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Great Lakes Air Ventures LLC


Date: 20-FEB-21
Time: 17:26:00Z
Regis#: N7164Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA30
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MASON
State: MICHIGAN


Ingham County Sheriff's Office

Today at 12:25pm Ingham County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Jewett Airport in Mason after the report of an airplane that landed without the landing gear deployed.

The Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche landed safely on its belly. The pilot, a 60-year old man from Lansing, was the only occupant and said the landing gear failed to deploy.

The pilot was not injured, but the plane suffered damage to its underside and both props. Airport Police from Lansing responded and the FAA was notified.

Beech B200 Super King Air, N205EJ: Incident occurred February 21, 2021 in Billings, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aircraft encountered turbulence. 

Lynch Flying Service Inc doing business as Edwards Jet Center


Date: 22-FEB-21
Time: 01:35:00Z
Regis#: N205EJ
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
City: BILLINGS
State: MONTANA

Remos GX, N84GX: Incident occurred February 19, 2021 at Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Clark County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aircraft right wingtip hit pavement on takeoff. 


Date: 19-FEB-21
Time: 17:44:00Z
Regis#: N84GX
Aircraft Make: REMOS
Aircraft Model: GX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LAS VEGAS
State: NEVADA

Airbus A320-232, N641NK: Incident occurred February 20, 2021

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

Aircraft had a flight attendant receive a head injury from a falling suitcase. 

Spirit Airlines Inc 


Date: 20-FEB-21
Time: 02:06:00Z
Regis#: N641NK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SPIRIT AIRLINES
Flight Number: NKS1097
City: NEWARK
State: NEW JERSEY

Incident occurred February 19, 2021 in Johnstown, Fulton County, New York

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

Rotorcraft declared an emergency and landed in a parking lot. 

Date: 19-FEB-21
Time: 23:55:00Z
Regis#:
Aircraft Make: HELO
Aircraft Model: HELO
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Flight Number: LFNT72
City: JOHNSTOWN
State: NEW YORK

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N95207: Fatal accident occurred February 20, 2021 in Ilopango, El Salvador

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dallas International Flight Standards

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in wooded area. 


Date: 20-FEB-21
Time: 12:00:00Z
Regis#: N95207
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 3
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
City: HOPANGO
State: SAN SALVADOR
Country: EL SALVADOR

La aeronave accidentada esta mañana en la que murieron tres personas y una logró sobrevivir, tiene matrícula norteamericana y no estaba autorizada para realizar vuelos comerciales, reveló a HPD Noticias una fuente cercana a las investigaciones que pidió el anonimato.

Según un experto en temas aeronáuticos qué habló con uno de nuestros reporteros, la avioneta no había sido chequeada previamente por lo que se desconoce su condición de mantenimiento.

Nuestra fuente reveló que la avioneta iba completamente cargada y abastecida en un 100% de combustible y que había despegado de la pista 33 del Aeropuerto Internacional de Ilopango, con dirección norte ignorándose el destino.

De acuerdo a los detalles, el piloto fue identificado como Ivan Rodríguez de 27 años , quien murio en el momento.

Se supo que el responsable legal de la aeronave es José Miguel Osorio, quien no viajaba en el vuelo.

Se conoció que el hermano del piloto fallecido, identificado como José Carlos Rodríguez, trabajó hace algún tiempo en la autoridad de aviación civil de El Salvador, pero que no los acompañaba en el viaje.

Entre los fallecidos esta una jovencita de 15 años de edad, identificada sólo como Valeria Henríquez; también murieron , Mario Francisco Henríquez Nuñez de 28 años y Juan Antonio Rodríguez de 29.

“El único sobreviviente es Wilber Alberto Rivas de 23 años, quien fue rescatado e inmovilizado y posteriormente se evacuó en un helicóptero de la Fuerza Aérea Salvadoreña hacia un centro médico”, reportaron los bomberos.

El punto donde se accidentó la avioneta en el cantón Changallo de Ilopango, es un espacio abierto con abundante vegetación.

Maule M-5-235C Lunar Rocket, N6170M: Accident occurred February 22, 2021 at Riverside Municipal Airport (KRAL), California

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

Aircraft on taxi experienced a wind gust lifting the tail causing the nose and left wingtip to hit the ground. 


Date: 22-FEB-21
Time: 22:25:00Z
Regis#: N6170M
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: M5
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: RIVERSIDE
State: CALIFORNIA

Lockwood AirCam, N520RT: Incident occurred February 23, 2021 in Equality, Coosa County, Alabama

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

Aircraft landed on Lake Martin and struck a log causing the right pontoon to fail.

Altadena LLC


Date: 23-FEB-21
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N520RT
Aircraft Make: LOCKWOOD AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: AIRCAM
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EQUALITY
State: ALABAMA





EQUALITY, Alabama  —  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says a small plane crashed on Lake Martin near Equality this afternoon. Watch video of the accident above.

"At approximately 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, Troopers within ALEA'S Marine Patrol Division were notified of a small plane crash on Lake Martin, near Equality, in Coosa County," ALEA said just before 5 p.m. "Troopers are currently on the way to the scene to provide assistance."

There are no reports of injuries at this time.



Cessna 180, N43SL: Incident occurred February 14, 2021 in Seward, Alaska

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

Aircraft landed on the beach and incurred a propeller strike while taxiing. 


Date: 14-FEB-21
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N43SL
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: SEWARD
State: ALASKA

Mooney M20E Super 21, N3254F: Accident occurred February 23, 2021 near Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda 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; Alameda, California


Location: Livermore, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA119
Date & Time: February 23, 2021, 17:00 Local
Registration: N3254F
Aircraft: Mooney M20E
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 23, 2021 at 1700 Pacific standard time, a Mooney M20E, N3254F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK), Livermore, California. The pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the takeoff from runway 7 was normal; about 200 ft above ground level (agl), the engine lost total power. The pilot attempted to make an off airport landing about 1 mile northeast of the airport on the Interstate 580 overpass. During the landing rollout, the propeller struck the trunk of a car and pivoted around and impacted the left side of the car before coming to a stop near the side of the road.

The driver of the car, the sole occupant, was not injured.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N3254F
Model/Series: M20E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.699086,-121.81075 (est)



LIVERMORE, California — A small plane with engine failure landed and struck a car on a road near the Livermore Municipal Airport on Tuesday shortly after takeoff, but no one was injured, police said.

The pilot of the single-engine Mooney M20 reported a loss of engine power about 5 p.m. and made the emergency landing on the Isabel Avenue overpass above the 580 freeway, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor reported.

The aircraft, carrying the pilot and a passenger, struck a vehicle.

“The airplane lost power, and we landed on the road,” said a Napa man who identified himself as a passenger in the plane. “We contacted a car and got spun by the car as the car came to a stop.”

He declined to give his name.

Livermore police reported that no one was injured in the car. No other vehicles struck the plane. The roadway was closed for an investigation. Gregor said the FAA and NTSB will conduct the probe.

Public records showed the fixed-wing single engine airplane was built in 1967 and is registered to a San Francisco resident.

Piper PA-28-161, N542MA: Incident occurred February 23, 2021 near Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig (KCRG), Duval County, Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird leaving a dent in the right wing. 

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Date: 23-FEB-21
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N542MA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: JACKSONVILLE
State: FLORIDA

Navion Navion G Rangemaster, N2426T: Incident occurred February 22, 2021 at Fallbrook Community Airpark (L18), San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 22-FEB-21
Time: 12:10:00Z
Regis#: N2426T
Aircraft Make: NAVION
Aircraft Model: NAVION G
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FALLBROOK
State: CALIFORNIA