Sunday, April 18, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Extra EA-300, N111XW; accident occurred April 12, 2020 at Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR), Concord, Contra Costa County, California










Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Concord, California 
Accident Number: WPR20CA174
Date & Time: April 12, 2020, 14:30 Local
Registration: N111XW
Aircraft: Extra EA 300
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, after touchdown he applied the brakes and the tail very abruptly "whipped around" 180°. The left main landing gear collapsed, and the left wing tip struck the runway surface, resulting in substantial damage to the wing spar. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operations.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's loss of directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a ground loop.

Findings

Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Landing gear collapse

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 10, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: March 28, 2019
Flight Time: 1145 hours (Total, all aircraft), 26 hours (Total, this make and model), 1017 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Extra
Registration: N111XW
Model/Series: EA 300 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1997
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal 
Serial Number: 064
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 6, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2095 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 16 Hrs
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1148 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: AEIO-540
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CCR,26 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:48 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 280° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Concord, CA (CCR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Concord, CA (CCR) Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 14:06 Local
Type of Airspace: Unknown

Airport Information

Airport: Buchanan Field Airport CCR
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 26 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 150 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.953609,-122.053886(est)

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Pitts S-2B, N487J; accident occurred April 10, 2020 near Flying Oaks Airport (2TE2), Azle, Texas





Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Accident Number: CEN20CA146
Date & Time: April 10, 2020, 17:44 Local 
Registration: N487J
Aircraft: Pitts S2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that, during his preflight inspection, he determined that the fuel tank was about 1/2 full (12 gallons). After the airplane departed the airport and reached about 1,300 ft above ground level, the engine lost all power. The pilot turned back to the airport and chose a field for a forced landing. The airplane landed hard, the landing gear collapsed, and the airplane then flipped over and came to rest upside down, which resulted in substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the fuel tank contained about 1 gallon of fuel. Following the accident, the pilot stated that he realized he had misread the fuel gauge and that there were only about 3 gallons of fuel onboard at takeoff. Based on this information, it is likely the loss of engine power was due to fuel exhaustion.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection of the fuel level, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. 

Findings

Personnel issues Fuel planning - Pilot
Aircraft Fuel - Inadequate inspection
Aircraft Fuel - Fluid level

Factual Information

History of Flight

Prior to flight Preflight or dispatch event
Enroute Fuel exhaustion
Enroute Loss of engine power (total) (Defining event)
Landing Off-field or emergency landing
Landing Hard landing
Landing Landing gear collapse
Landing Roll over

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Engineer; Military; Private
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:No 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/13/2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/06/2020
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 20000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 10000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 150 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pitts
Registration: N487J
Model/Series: S2 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1987
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 5127
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/02/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1700 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 1951 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: AEIO-540-D4A5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNFW, 608 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1752 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 131°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:160° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fort Worth, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cleburne, TX (CPT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1740 CDT
Type of Airspace: Unknown 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 32.815556, -97.543056

Zlin Savage Classic, N808JL: Incident occurred April 11, 2021 at Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR), Concord, Contra Costa County, California

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass. 


Date: 11-APR-21
Time: 22:15:00Z
Regis#: N808JL
Aircraft Make: ZLIN AVIATION
Aircraft Model: SAVAGE
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CONCORD
State: CALIFORNIA

Abnormal Runway Contact: Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer, N84PF; accident occurred April 04, 2020 in Hickory, North Carolina









Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

 
Location: Hickory, North Carolina 
Accident Number: ERA20CA144
Date & Time: April 4, 2020, 17:30 Local
Registration: N84PF
Aircraft: Lake LA4
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot of the amphibious airplane was conducting a takeoff from a lake when he rejected the takeoff because there were power lines and a bridge in the direction of takeoff and he was unsure whether the airplane would be able to clear them. During the rejected takeoff, he reduced engine power; however, the airplane became airborne. He initiated a slight right turn toward more open water. After touching down, the airplane "water looped." The aft portion of the fuselage was substantially damaged during the accident sequence. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate preflight planning and attempted takeoff with obstacles in the direction of departure, and his failure to maintain control of the airplane during the rejected takeoff.

Findings

Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues (general) - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff-rejected takeoff Abnormal runway contact (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 70,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 21, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 17, 2018
Flight Time: 3062 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1726 hours (Total, this make and model), 3062 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 28 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lake 
Registration: N84PF
Model/Series: LA4 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1984
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 1100
Landing Gear Type: Amphibian
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 11, 2019 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2690 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 17 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5975 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A1B6
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 200 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s)
Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHKY,1175 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 9000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 60° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hickory, NC 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hickory, NC
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 17:30 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.801109,-81.30278(est)

Cessna 172N, N172SX: Incidents occurred April 10, 2021 and March 02, 2021; Accident occurred November 20, 2017

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

April 10, 2021:  Aircraft hit an approach light while landing at McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ), Carlsbad, California.

Personal Aviation Inc


Date: 10-APR-21
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N172SX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CARLSBAD
State: CALIFORNIA

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

March 02, 2021: Aircraft veered off the runway and incurred a propeller strike at Montgomery Field Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California.

Personal Aviation Inc


Date: 02-MAR-21
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N172SX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA
 




Aviation Accident Final Report 
- National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: San Diego, California
Accident Number: GAA18CA063
Date & Time: November 20, 2017, 11:30 Local
Registration: N172SX
Aircraft: Cessna 172N 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal
  
Analysis
  
The pilot reported that, about 2 miles from his destination, he made a left turn to enter the downwind leg for landing when a bird came "out of the sun." The pilot made a hard right turn to avoid the bird and prevent it from coming through the windscreen. The bird subsequently collided with the leading edge of the left wing. The pilot continued to his intended destination without further incident.
  
Postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the left wing.
  
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
  
Probable Cause and Findings
  
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
An in-flight collision with a bird. 

Findings
  
Environmental issues Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on operation
Environmental issues Glare - Effect on personnel

Factual Information
  
History of Flight
  
Approach Birdstrike (Defining event)
  
Pilot Information
  
Certificate: Private 
Age: 21, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 13, 2015
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: November 17, 2016 Flight Time: (Estimated) 174.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 131.3
hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)
  
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
  
Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N172SX
Model/Series: 172N N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17273641
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: Engine
Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 160 Horsepower
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
  
Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYF, 417 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 19:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 114°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CORONA, CA (AJO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA (MYF) 
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 10:45 Local
Type of Airspace: Class C
  
Airport Information
  
Airport: MONTGOMERY-GIBBS EXECUTIVE  MYF
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 427 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28R IFR
Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4577 ft / 150 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern
  
Wreckage and Impact Information
  
Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.817222,-117.142219(est)

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Rans S-12 Airaile, Unregistered (previously N4114G); accident occurred April 05, 2020 in Hillrose, Morgan County, Colorado




Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hillrose, Colorado 
Accident Number: CEN20CA139
Date & Time: April 4, 2020, 10:44 Local 
Registration: UNREG
Aircraft: RANS S-12 Airaile 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The noncertificated pilot reported that, during a local flight, he noticed an area of smoke and fire near his property. The pilot descended the airplane to about 20 ft above ground level to see what was burning, which diverted his attention from flying. The pilot "immediately" pulled up to avoid power lines, but the airplane struck the lines. The airplane then impacted the ground and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and empennage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The noncertificated pilot's diverted attention while looking at a fire during low-altitude flying, which resulted in a collision with power lines.

Findings

Personnel issues Qualification/certification - Pilot
Personnel issues Attention - Pilot
Personnel issues Monitoring environment - Pilot
Environmental issues Wire - Effect on operation
Aircraft (general) - Not specified

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying Miscellaneous/other
Maneuvering-low-alt flying Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)
Maneuvering-low-alt flying Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Post-impact Roll over

Pilot Information

Certificate: None
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s):None
Seat Occupied:
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 680 hours (Total, all aircraft), 135 hours (Total, this make and model), 680 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RANS S-12
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: Airaile
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1290044
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats:2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 975 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 505.4 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 582
Registered Owner: Pilot
Rated Power:65 hp
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FMM, 4595 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 60 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1055 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 90°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hillrose, CO
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hillrose, CO
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 40.320556, -103.523889 (est)

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Robinson R22 BETA, N7007X; accident occurred April 06, 2020 in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas




Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Seymour, TX

Accident Number: CEN20CA144
Date & Time: 04/06/2020, 1200 CDT
Registration: N7007X
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Other Work Use

Analysis

The pilot reported that he was herding cattle when the helicopter's tail rotor struck a tree branch. The helicopter began to yaw right and fully rotated twice as the pilot maneuvered toward open terrain. The pilot lowered the collective and rolled the throttle off to arrest the rotation. The helicopter stopped rotating and then landed hard. The tail rotor and empennage sustained substantial damage. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the helicopter reported that he found no preimpact mechanical malfunctions.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from a tree while maneuvering at low altitude.

Findings

Personnel issues Monitoring environment - Pilot
Environmental issues Tree(s) - Effect on operation
Aircraft Altitude - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)
Maneuvering-low-alt flying Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Maneuvering-low-alt flying Loss of control in flight
Autorotation Off-field or emergency landing
Autorotation Hard landing

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 40, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/15/2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:Robinson 
Registration: N7007X
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2785
Landing Gear Type: Ski;
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1369 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O& VO-360 SER
Registered Owner: Hawker Se 258022 Llc
Rated Power:
Operator: Hawker Se 258022 Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KF05, 1265 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1355 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 358°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1400 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 15 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Seymour, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Seymour, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 33.646667, -99.259444 (est)

Canadair CRJ-200, N801AY: Incident occurred April 10, 2021 at Central Wisconsin Airport (KCWA) Marathon County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft aborted takeoff roll after striking a turkey damaging left wing. 

Endeavor Air 

Delta Air Lines 


Date: 10-APR-21
Time: 13:44:00Z
Regis#: N8969A
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL600 2B19
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: EDV5068
City: MOSINEE
State: WISCONSIN

Controlled Flight Into Terrain: Piper PA-18A Super Cub, N2791P; accident occurred April 07, 2020 in Chickaloon, Alaska

View of accident airplane. 




Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Chickaloon, AK
Accident Number: ANC20CA041
Date & Time: 04/07/2020, 1230 AKD
Registration: N2791P
Aircraft: Piper PA 18A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot reported that she was landing the airplane at a remote area of mountainous, snow-covered terrain and that she had selected an area that was slightly uphill for landing. She felt uncomfortable with the final stages of the approach, so she chose to go around. During the go-around, she added full power and started a left turn. The airplane subsequently impacted an area of rising, snow-covered terrain, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. The pilot added that she should have made another practice approach or two to verify the wind direction and local terrain conditions.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, which necessitated a go-around, and her subsequent failure to maintain clearance from rising mountainous terrain.

Findings

Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Aircraft Altitude - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Mountainous/hilly terrain - Effect on operation
Environmental issues Mountainous/hilly terrain - Decision related to condition

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR go-around Miscellaneous/other
Approach-VFR go-around Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 40, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/18/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/03/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 350 hours (Total, this make and model), 400 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2791P
Model/Series: PA 18A 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-4426
Landing Gear Type: Ski/wheel; Tailwheel
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3600 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:160 hp 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAAQ, 230 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 56 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 274°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Girdwood, AK (AQY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chickaloon, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1045 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.539722, -147.134444 (est)

Kolb Firestar II, N90KL: Fatal accident occurred April 06, 2020 near Daybreak Airport (WA46), Clark 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

      
Location: La Center, WA
Accident Number: WPR20LA118
Date & Time: April 6, 2020, 09:20 Local
Registration: N90KL
Aircraft: Kolb FIRESTAR 2
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 06, 2020, about 0920 Pacific daylight time, a Kolb Firestar 2, N90KL, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Daybreak Airport, La Center, Washington. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness that lived near the accident site stated that she routinely observed aircraft maneuver around Daybreak Airport. She recalled that on the day of the accident she was walking and observed an airplane pass over the top of her location at an estimated 200-300 feet above the floor of the valley. The airplane was headed northwest then turned south maneuvering above the tree line. The airplane made a sharp left turn and she lost sight of it as it descended below the tree line. She subsequently heard a loud boom and ran up the hill to call 911.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kolb 
Registration: N90KL
Model/Series: FIRESTAR 2
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: KPDX,107 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Camas, WA (1W1)
Destination: Camas, WA (1W1)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.828609,-122.633888 (est)




In Memoriam: Bernard P. "Sonny" Bower

Bernard P. "Sonny" Bower
March 7, 1930 - April 14, 2021


Sonny was the seventh born and last surviving of nine siblings, seven surviving until their later years.
 
He was born March 2, 1930 on the mountain in Bastress Township and attended Immaculate Conception Church and school. At a young age he developed a love of aviation and Bluegrass music. Teaching himself to play the five-string banjo, guitar, and mandolin as well as other instruments. The aviation had to be put off till a little later.
 
In the middle of raising his family he became a very good auto body repairman, and he performed bluegrass music with various local bands and stood in at times with national artists who were performing locally. Then in the late '50s he formed his own band known as Sonny Bower and the Pennsylvania Mountain Boys performing at many venues throughout this part of the state.
 
In 1959 along with brother, Carl, he opened in Newberry, Bower Brothers Body Shop which he operated until his retirement.
 
Throughout the '60s he satisfied his love of aviation through RC modeling, being known as an excellent model builder, especially scale models and as a pilot often being asked by others to fly their model's first flight. Then in the early '70s, he was finally able to get into "real" flying obtaining his general aviation license after the age of 40. He purchased his first plane, sold it and purchased his second which he had until he could no longer fly. He was well-known by the folks in Nippenose Valley where his plane was based, often performing aerobatics for them. One incident stands out among many and much to the consternation of one member of the Williamsport Bureau of Police, he landed his plane with skis on it on the river ice. That made its way into coverage in the Sun-Gazette. He also shared his love of flying with many young would-be pilots with the EAA's Young Eagle program giving over 100 youth their first experience in light aircraft flight. In the late '80s, using his auto body experience and mechanical abilities, he took on the task of the restoration of his plane, a late '40s vintage Piper PA 12 Super Cruiser, restoring it to better-than-new condition and winning several fit and finish awards at judged shows.
 
A highlight was while visiting his grandson in Switzerland getting to fly around the Matterhorn.
 
Also a talented woodworker, his small furniture and cabinetry pieces grace his and the homes of many family members and friends.

Surviving are his children, Bruce L., Mark S., Bernard P. "Buzz" Jr., Suzanne M. (Bower) Smith, and Edward G. II; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and his companion for 42 years, Margaret "Peg" Hinaman.
 
In addition to his parents, siblings, LaRue, Edward, Robert, Ramona, Carl and Jane all preceded him in death.

Our Dad always sought and loved the attention his many skills and talents brought him. He will be missed by many. We love you Dad!
 
The family will receive family and friends at Crouse Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Sunday, April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 5973 Jacks Hollow Road, in Bastress Township, with his pastor, Rev. Bert Kozen, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In keeping with PA Health Department regulations, a mask will be required.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Piper Aviation Museum, 1 Piper Way, Lock Haven, PA 17745, or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 5973 Jacks Hollow Road, Williamsport, PA 17702.

Aerodynamic Stall / Spin: Rans S-7 Courier, N25TX; fatal accident occurred April 21, 2019 at Shirley Williams Airport (44TE), Kingsland, Llano County, Texas

John Timothy Sharpe
January 9, 1953 - April 21, 2019
Austin and Kingsland, Texas
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Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Austrian Ministry for Transport 
Rotech Flight Safety

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 


Location: Kingsland, Texas
Accident Number: CEN19FA122
Date & Time: April 21, 2019, 14:43 Local
Registration: N25TX
Aircraft: Rans S7 Aircraft
Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 21, 2019, at 1443 central daylight time, a Rans S-7S airplane, N25TX, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Kingsland, Texas. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness reported that the pilot had just completed a few touch-and-go landings at Shirley Williams Airport before the passenger boarded the airplane. He saw the airplane taxi back to the runway, then heard it impact the ground shortly thereafter.

Another witness reported observing what he considered a "normal" takeoff, followed by a steep 15 to 20 second climb. At the top of the climb, the nose and left wing suddenly dropped, and the airplane entered a left-turning spiral, completing 3 to 4 slow rotations before impact with the ground. He stated that the engine sounded normal the whole time and he did not notice anything wrong.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Balloon 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 30, 2017
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 215 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Pilot-rated passenger Information

Certificate: Private Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: August 13, 2002
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 180 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rans 
Registration: N25TX
Model/Series: S7 S 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special); Experimental light sport (Special)
Serial Number: 0304369
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: November 8, 2018 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 28.9 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 188.6 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Engine Model/Series: 912S ULS
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 100 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

According to the second witness who observed the accident, in March 2019, the pilot and passenger (who was also a mechanic) had completed maintenance work on the carburetors and synchronized them so that the engine ran smooth. The week before the accident, the pilot and passenger had dinner with the witness and told him that they were troubleshooting an issue where the engine would sputter during steep climbs. They told the witness that they cleaned the gascolator, checked the fuel lines, and verified that the propeller was adjusted correctly. The witness stated that, 1 day before the accident, the pilot flew the airplane with another passenger, but they just flew to get lunch and did not attempt any steep climbs. The pilot reported to him that the engine operated with no issues. The witness further stated that, on the day of the accident, the pilot's plan was to perform steep climbs and try to figure out why the engine was sputtering. The witness did not know if the accident flight was the first troubleshooting flight.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDZB,1093 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site: 163°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 15 knots / 25 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 180° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Kingsland, TX (44TE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kingsland, TX (44TE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 14:42 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Shirley Williams 44TE
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 880 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2600 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-ground
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 30.678333,-98.417503

The airplane departed on runway 16 and impacted the ground near the south end of the runway, as seen in figure 1.

Figure 1 – Aerial image of the accident site


The accident site consisted of a small initial impact point in the ground about 20 ft south of the main wreckage. The impact point was defined by a divot in the ground which contained a broken red lens, the pitot tube, and a piece of left wing tip. Another impact area was about 6 ft south of the main wreckage, which was about 3 ft in diameter and about 4 inches deep. The small crater contained white paint chips, plexiglass, a propeller blade, and the engine oil filter. Another small divot was observed under the outboard leading edge of the right wing. The three impact areas were in a relatively straight line in a north-south orientation. The airplane came to rest upright facing southwest and was mostly consumed by postcrash fire. An examination of the airframe did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The engine remained attached to the engine mounts, which were broken from the airframe. The engine was mostly intact and severely damaged by fire. The propeller hub remained attached to the crankshaft and one blade remained attached to the hub. The second blade was broken from the hub at the blade root and was found next to the initial engine impact crater – it exhibited chordwise scratches on the face. The third blade was also broken from the hub at the blade root and was found about 20 ft west of the main wreckage – it exhibited chordwise scratches and the blade tip was separated. The engine was examined at a secure facility and exhibited significant thermal damage from the postimpact fire. The fuel pump was partially consumed by the fire and a full examination was not possible. 
According to the engine manufacturers guidance and the fuel pump serial number, the fuel pump had a five-year time limit and should have been replaced in 2010.

The engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have preclude normal operation; however, the examination was limited due to the thermal damage.

Medical and Pathological Information

An autopsy of the pilot was performed by Travis County Medical Examiner, Austin, Texas. The cause of death was blunt force injuries.

Toxicology testing of specimens from the pilot, performed by the FAA Forensic Sciences Laboratory, identified three previously reported medications: amlodipine, hydrochlorothiazide, and rosuvastatin.

Also present were two other medications: naproxen and salicylate. These medications would not have posed a hazard to the safety of flight.

An autopsy of the pilot-rated passenger was performed by Travis County Medical Examiner, Austin, Texas. The cause of death was blunt force injuries.

Toxicology testing of specimens from the pilot-rated-passenger did not identify any drugs or tested-for substances.