Friday, March 05, 2021

Cessna 150J, N60290: Accident occurred March 03, 2021 in Lodi, San Joaquin 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; Oakland, California
Accident Number: WPR21LA121
Date & Time: March 3, 2021, 12:20 Local 
Registration: N60290
Aircraft: Cessna 150J
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional
  
On March 3, 2021, about 1220 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 150 airplane, N60290, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lodi, California. The instructor and pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.
  
According to the pilot receiving instruction, he had recently purchased the accident airplane, and this was his first flight with a new instructor. They departed the airport uneventfully and climbed to their cruise altitude, 3,000 ft mean sea level. The pilot receiving instruction donned an instrument instruction tool at 200 ft above ground level. Once they reached cruise altitude, the pilot reduced power to 2,450 rpm, applied carburetor heat, and leaned the fuel/air mixture to achieve best rpm. He followed the airplane’s cruise checklist and scanned the engine instruments but did not observe any anomalies as each instrument was reporting normal operation. Approximately 5 minutes later he heard a sound that resembled a gun shot and immediately observed the propeller stop rotating. The instructor took control of the airplane and announced “my controls” while the pilot searched for a suitable place to land and made an attempt to restart the engine that was unsuccessful. Although they were surrounded by fields, their options for suitable landing sites were limited due to trees or other obstacles. They subsequently landed in a field and encountered rough and uneven terrain.
  
Photographs of the airplane taken by local law enforcement showed substantial damage to the wings and empennage.
  
The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
  
Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N60290
Model/Series: 150J 
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: KSCK,27 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lodi, CA (1O3)
Destination: Lodi, CA
  
Wreckage and Impact Information
  
Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.131706,-121.1703

Cirrus SR22, N8163V: Accident occurred March 03, 2021 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed and nose wheel collapsed. 


Date: 03-MAR-21
Time: 20:10:00Z
Regis#: N8163V
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PUNTA GORDA
State: FLORIDA


Cessna 182E Skylane, N2948Y: Incident occurred March 02, 2021 at Magic Valley Regional Airport (KTWF), Twin Falls County, Idaho

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

Aircraft taxiing and struck a sign. 


Date: 02-MAR-21
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N2948Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: TWIN FALLS
State: IDAHO

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N4456L: Accident occurred March 03, 2021 near Sisters Eagle Airport (6K5), Deschutes County, Oregon

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, Oregon

Outlaw Aviation LLC


Location: Sisters, OR 
Accident Number: WPR21LA122
Date & Time: March 3, 2021, 17:45 Local 
Registration: N4456L
Aircraft: Cessna 172G 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 3, 2021, about 1745 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172G, N4456L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sisters, Oregon. The pilot and passenger had minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, personal flight.

The pilot reported the first part of the flight was uneventful with multiple touch and go landings at nearby airports. Upon returning to the originating airport, the pilot demonstrated a forward slip at idle power, with no flaps during the approach. The approach was fast, and the airplane bounced on landing. The pilot initiated a go-around by applying full throttle and turning off carburetor heat. At about 150-200 ft above ground level the engine suddenly stopped. The pilot set mixture to full rich and attempted to restart the engine. She continued cranking the engine and simultaneously adjusting the carburetor heat and mixture. Despite her actions the engine did not restart. The airplane landed hard during the forced landing and came to rest in a nose down position.

Postaccident examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted uneven terrain. The empennage, both wings and the forward fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The airplane was relocated for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4456L
Model/Series: 172G 
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:
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 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.2984,-121.5445 



A small plane crashed while attempting to land at Sisters Eagle Airport on Wednesday evening.

Both occupants of the Cessna 172G Skyhawk survived with injuries, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

The plane is owned by Outlaw Aviation of Sisters.

The crash was reported to 911 at 5:43 p.m. Sheriff's deputies determined there were two occupants in the plane at the time of the crash. The pilot, Madison Stieber, 23, received injuries not considered life threatening and was taken by private vehicle to St. Charles Bend. The passenger, Connor Schaab, 24, received minor injuries and was evaluated by medics from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District at the scene.

Schaab was not taken to the hospital.

According to Sgt. Jayson Janes, spokesman for Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the initial investigation determined Stieber was attempting to land at the Sisters Eagle Airport, 15820 Barclay Drive, in Sisters when she made contact with the landing strip and then went airborne again. The plane then flew southwest, over Camp Polk Road and struck the top of a tree before hitting the ground and coming to rest in a dry pond on private property in the 69000 block of Camp Polk Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were contacted and will be conducting a follow-up investigation regarding the crash, Janes said in a statement.

Beech 23, N2374J: Accident occurred March 03, 2021 at Hawkins County Airport (KRVN), Rogersville, Tennessee

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

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee 


Location: Rogersville, TN
Accident Number: ERA21LA149
Date & Time: March 3, 2021, 15:15 Local 
Registration: N2374J
Aircraft: Beech 23
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N2374J
Model/Series: 23
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: TRI,1525 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /-7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Rogersville, TN
Destination: Rogersville, TN

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: 36.457583,-82.885028 (est)

Cessna 182F Skylane, N3574U: Incident occurred March 04, 2021 at Walla Walla Regional Airport (KALW), Washington

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

Aircraft veered off runway and left main wheel came off. 

N3574U LLC


Date: 04-MAR-21
Time: 01:21:00Z
Regis#: N3574U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WALLA WALLA
State: WASHINGTON

Mooney M20K, N231BL: Incident occurred March 04, 2021 in Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aircraft prior to lift, lost engine power and slid into the mud. 

Solethium LC


Date: 04-MAR-21
Time: 23:50:00Z
Regis#: N231BL
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: JONESBORO
State: ARKANSAS

Ranger R7, N150VR: Accident occurred March 04, 2021 at Atlanta Speedway Airport (KHMP), Hampton, Henry County, Georgia

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; Atlanta, Georgia  

Sky Bear Aviation LLC


Location: Hampton, GA
Accident Number: ERA21LA158
Date & Time: March 4, 2021, 16:10 UTC
Registration: N150VR
Aircraft: VASHON AIRCRAFT RANGER R7 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional
  
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
  
Aircraft Make: VASHON AIRCRAFT
Registration: N150VR
Model/Series: RANGER R7 
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: KHMP, 882 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / 14 knots, 340°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:
  
Wreckage and Impact Information
  
Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.3899,-84.331033

Beechcraft C23 Sundowner 180, N67013: Fatal accident occurred March 04, 2021 near Krens Farm Airport (14VA), Hillsboro, Loudoun County, 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.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Del Ag Aero LLC


Location: Purcellville, VA
Accident Number: ERA21FA148
Date & Time: March 4, 2021, 15:10 Local 
Registration: N67013
Aircraft: Beech C23 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 4, 2021, about 1510 eastern standard time, a Beech C-23, N67013, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Purcellville, Virginia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to a witness, she heard the airplane take off from runway 19 at Krens Farm Airport (14VA), Hillsboro, Virginia, and looked back to watch it depart. When she saw the airplane, it was “tilted to the left” as it descended into the trees. She heard the engine the entire time and stated that it made “traditional engine noises.” In addition, she noted that relative to the airplane’s takeoff direction, a tailwind prevailed at the time of the accident.

The airplane struck several trees and came to rest in a heavily wooded area about 600 ft from the departure end of runway 19 at an elevation of about 690 ft mean sea level. There was no post impact fire and an odor of 100LL aviation fuel was noted at the site. All major components of the airplane were located in the vicinity of the main wreckage.

The left wing was impact-separated at the wing root and located about 40 ft prior to the main wreckage. The outboard approximate 5 ft leading edge of the left wing was impact-damaged and crushed aft. The rudder was impact separated from the vertical stabilizer and the vertical stabilizer was impact-separated from the empennage and located about 20 ft prior to the main wreckage. The leading edge of the vertical stabilizer exhibited impact damage. The horizontal stabilator remained attached to the empennage. The right wing was impact-separated and remained attached to the fuselage through cables. Flight control continuity was established to all flight control surfaces from the flight controls in the cockpit.

The engine was removed from the airframe for further examination. Crankshaft and valvetrain continuity were confirmed by rotating the propeller hub by hand. Thumb compression and suction were observed on all cylinders. The spark plugs were removed and examined. The Nos. 2 and 4 spark plugs were oil soaked. All other spark plugs were light gray in color and in new condition. Spark was observed on all towers of the left and right magneto when the input shaft was rotated. There were no anomalies noted with the engine that would have precluded normal operation prior to the accident.

The fixed-pitch propeller remained attached to the engine. Both propeller blades remained attached to the propeller hub. One blade was bent aft about 45° and exhibited leading edge gouging and chordwise scratching. The other propeller blade was bent slightly aft and exhibited chordwise scratching, leading edge gouging, and tip tearing. 

The 1455 recorded weather observation at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), Leesburg, Virginia, located about 13 miles southeast of the accident location, included wind from 310° at 24 knots gusting to 29 knots.

14VA was located 2 miles northwest of Hillsboro, Virginia. It had one runway designated as 01/19, which was 1,900 ft-long by 50 ft-wide. The elevation at the approach end of runway 19 was 749 ft. The highest point on the runway was 756 ft, 400 ft from the runway threshold. The elevation at the departure end of runway 19 was 690 ft. The airport was equipped with two windsocks: one about 500 ft from the departure end of runway 19 and one past the departure end of runway 19.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N67013
Model/Series: C23 NO SERIES
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: JYO,389 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 24 knots / 29 knots, 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Purcellville, VA
Destination: Weyers Cave, VA (SHD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude:  39.23045,-77.74829 

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

William F. Krens
March 3, 1944 - March 4, 2021


William (Bill) F. Krens, 77, of Hillsboro, VA. passed away Thursday afternoon, March 4, 2021. He was the son of late Frank and Olive Krens of Summerhill, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Krens, and his sons Mike and Rick, their wives Liz and Brenda, and three grandchildren Alexandra, Griffin, and Morgan.

Bill grew up on a dairy farm and was one of nine children. His siblings include, Jean, Frank, Connie, Ron, Sally, Betty, Charlie and Dessa. Bill and Janet moved to Hillsboro, Virginia in 1971 to setup their own farm and raise their family. The farm primarily raised cattle and crops such as corn and hay. Also in 1970, he began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Air Traffic Controller at the Washington Center in Leesburg, VA. Retiring in January 2002 after 32 years of service, he continued as a trainer for a number of years and cherished the friendships he made during his long career.

Bill was a smart, resourceful, easygoing man, with a mostly pragmatic yet generous heart and a wry sense of humor. His interests included travel, classic aircraft, classic cars, old tractors as well as working with various machinery. His travels took him on 35 different cruises across the world. Bill was also active in the Hillsboro United Methodist Church, serving as a trustee for many years and volunteering with Mobile Hope. He was also active in a local car club Cam Jammers, a member of various aviation related groups and enjoyed restoring and showing classic 1950s cars.

Bill's love of airplanes began in childhood as his father Frank was also a private pilot and airplane enthusiast. In 1969 Bill, purchased his first plane and established the Krens Farm Airport, a grass strip on his farm in Hillsboro. Over 57 years as a pilot, he owned Piper Tri-Pacers, several Navions, a Cessna Cardinal, Beechcraft Sundowners, Beechcraft Musketeers and two Beechcraft Twin Bonanzas otherwise known as T-bones. Taking his planes on cross-country trips he flew to most of the United States with trips to California, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida, and Massachusetts.

A memorial service is in the planning stages for later in the year. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 37216 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, Virginia 20132.



A 77-year-old Hillsboro man was killed Thursday afternoon when his single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area of western Loudoun County, according to Virginia State Police.
 
Police were notified of the crash at 3:09 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. Officers responded to the 35000 block of Charlestowne Pike in the western Loudoun County community of Hillsboro, where they found the downed plane with a single occupant, according to Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.
 
The Beechcraft C23 Sundowner 180 aircraft had taken off just moments before from a nearby private airstrip, Geller said in a news release.
 
The pilot and only occupant of the aircraft, William Krens, 77, of Hillsboro, Virginia, died at the scene, Geller said.
 
Both the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Geller said.


The Virginia State Police have confirmed the identity of the pilot who died in a March 4 plane crash near Hillsboro.

William Krens, 77, was a veteran pilot and the owner/manager of the Krens Farm Airport, a private airstrip on the family’s property along Rt. 9 west of Hillsboro.

The crash happened just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

Virginia State Police and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and located the Beechcraft C23 Sundowner aircraft in a wooded area of a field. 

Krens was the only occupant of the plane and died at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.