Saturday, May 01, 2021

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N3929: Accident occurred May 01, 2021 at Lanai Airport (PHNY), Hawaii

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

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii 

Lani Lea Sky Tours LLC

Location: Lanai City, HI 
Accident Number: ANC21LA035
Date & Time: May 1, 2021, 11:20 Local
Registration: N3929
Aircraft: Cessna 172P 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3929
Model/Series: 172P 
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: PHNY,1300 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind 
Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Honolulu, HI (PHNL)
Destination: Lanai City, HI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 20.7906,-156.9499 

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A single-engine plane flipped over while landing at Lanai Airport on Saturday.

Hawaii Department of Transportation said a Cessna 172 flipped over halfway down the airport runway, rolling onto the grassy area nearby.

Officials said the female pilot onboard sustained no injuries. There were no other occupants on the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash happened just before 11:30 a.m.

The plane is registered to Lani Lea Sky Tours.

Flight operations were not impacted by the crash because the plane landed away from the runway.

National Transportation Safety Board inspected the runway and determined there was no damages.

Crews are working to remove the plane.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.

As air tickets to United States dry up, Indians eye charter flights

MUMBAI/DELHI: With the United States set to restrict from May 4 the entry of most non-Americans who are currently in India, one-way fares for flights bound for the western country from cities such as Mumbai and Delhi have shot up. Meanwhile, with restrictions on travel to London and Dubai and no seats left on non-stop flights between India and the United States, the scramble for charter flights has begun.

On Saturday afternoon, the cheapest fare available for travel from Delhi to New York on the same day began at Rs 7 lakh, for an Air India flight via Tokyo and onwards to Newark on United Airlines.

"The travel curbs imposed last week by the UK and the UAE have stifled Indian passport holders as they can’t board flights to the United States that transits via Dubai and London," said a travel industry insider. Neither can those with American passports fly on the May 2 flight as a negative PCR report is mandatory to fly into the United States and the likelihood of getting a test report in 24 hours is slim.

“Indians are now looking at charter flights. A travel company is apparently selling one-way tickets on direct flights from Mumbai to New York for Rs 1.5 lakh. They probably plan to charter an aircraft, but I don’t know whether the operator they have entrusted this job to has managed to procure the requisite permissions to operate the flight,” said a travel industry insider, requesting anonymity.

However, another industry insider said big demand for charters to reach the United States was yet to be seen. "Charter companies fly small/medium size airplanes and hardly any of them have permission to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. So, unlike places like Dubai, London and Maldives, the demand for United States is mostly restricted to commercial airlines, especially the one’s that go nonstop," said Rajan Mehra, CEO of Club One Air and former Indian head of Qatar Airways.

Cessna 180J, N31B: Accident occurred May 07, 2021 at Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO), Snohomish 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; Seattle, Washington

Location: Arlington, WA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA189
Date & Time: May 7, 2021, 16:05 Local
Registration: N31B
Aircraft: Cessna 180J
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N31B
Model/Series: 180J
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAWO,137 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / 15 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

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: 48.16075,-122.15902 (est)

ARLINGTON, Washington  — An investigation is underway after a single-engine Cessna 180J landed at the Arlington Municipal Airport and veered off the runway, tipping onto its nose.

The incident happened at around 4:05 p.m Friday. Only the pilot was aboard the plane.

City officials said the pilot suffered minor injuries and was treated by Airlift Northwest, which has an office at the airport.

It is not yet known what caused the rough landing.

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

Fire burns 40 acres near Atlantic City International Airport (KACY)

A fire sparked by an arcing wire burned 40 acres near Atlantic City International Airport on Saturday morning.

The fire burned about an hour and a half and was resolved in about four hours, officials said.

Firefighters from the 177th Fighter Wing, South Jersey Transportation Authority, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and Cardiff responded with mutual aid totaling 20 apparatus and about 40 to 50 firefighters.

Egg Harbor Township police and New Jersey State Police along with 177th security forces helped at the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Arizona Man Arrested and Charged for Sexual Abuse of a Minor During a Flight to Alaska

A 58-year-old Arizona man remained jailed in Anchorage on Friday after he was accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old female passenger next to him during a flight from Phoenix earlier this week.

Kepueli Talaiasi, 58, intentionally engaged in sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl who was seated next to him Monday evening during the flight, federal prosecutors say. An Anchorage grand jury indicted him Wednesday on a charge of abusive sexual conduct.

The girl, who did not know Talaiasi, was in the middle seat between him and his adult son, according to a memo filed in the case Thursday in Anchorage District Court. Talaiasi sat in the aisle seat. His son slept in the window seat.

Talaiasi touched the girl with his elbow and then his hand, according to the memo. She tried to move away but couldn’t in the confines of the seat. Prosecutors say she also tried to push his hand away.

“The victim used the Notes application on her phone to type a note that said, ‘Give my phone to my dad — ask dad if we can switch spots Cs the old man keep sexually touching me please,’” the memo states.

She passed her phone to a friend sitting in the row in front of her, according to the document. The friend passed the phone to the victim’s father, who immediately alerted the flight attendants. The flight crew separated the girl and Talaiasi.

Airport police met the flight when it arrived at the gate and detained Talaiasi, who was later arrested by the FBI, according to federal prosecutors.

Talaiasi “acknowledged having bad thoughts upon seeing the minor next to him, and described the devil tempting him,” states the memo, which argued the Arizona man should be jailed in Alaska rather than allowed to fly home for prosecution. “Talaiasi admitted that when he saw the victim crying, he started to feel guilty because he has an adult daughter of his own.”

Talaiasi was jailed at the Anchorage Correctional Complex as of Friday.

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska
Thursday, April 29, 2021

ANCHORAGE – A Mesa, Arizona, man was indicted in Alaska today for abusive sexual contact with a minor female passenger on a flight from Phoenix to Anchorage on April 26.

The indictment alleges that Kepueli Talaiasi, 58, intentionally engaged in sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl who was seated next to him during the evening flight. According to court documents, the girl pushed his hand away several times and tried to move away from him in her seat. The minor, who was travelling with her father, wrote a note to him on her phone about Talaiasi touching her. The father immediately called the flight attendants, who quickly intervened to separate Talaiasi from the girl. Alaska Airport Police met the flight upon arrival at the gate and detained Talaiasi, who was later arrested by the FBI.

If convicted, Talaiasi faces a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison, followed by five years to lifetime supervised release. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Anchorage Airport Police and Fire Department conducted the investigation leading to the charges and indictment.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Vandergaw and James Klugman are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Airport growth gives Mandan opportunity to rename facility in honor of late director

BISMARCK, North Dakota (KFYR) - When you travel you might have noticed the three-letter acronym that uniquely identifies your airport. For Mandan’s Municipal Airport, that identifier is changing.

Mandan’s Municipal Airport will now be called “Mandan Regional Airport - Lawler Field” and the identifier changed to “KJLL” in honor of Jim Lawler.

Jim started work at the Mandan Municipal Airport as a mechanic and grounds assistant. By 1988, he took over the airport as the general manager and held this position for nearly 40 years.

“He was a hard worker. He came from a family of hard workers and believed that you had to do hard work to get any place and I think he did,” said Jim’s wife Sharon Lawler.

Family and friends say Jim worked tirelessly to grow Mandan’s airport.

“He took it from just being a really small airport with some pretty rundown buildings and an asphalt strip to what it is now,” said current airport manager Lindsay Gerhardt.

The airport now has 14 private hangars and five Tee-hangars that are at capacity. The airport has grown into a regional facility that has an established instrument approach and weather station which allowed the Airport Authority, the FAA and the city of Mandan to approve the renaming.

“[Jim] wouldn’t have liked it, at all, but it is so well deserving,” Gerhardt added.

While the name-change process started last year, the change is welcome for those in Jim’s life.

“It’s special. You know, it’s - I don’t know what I can say, I don’t have the words for it because the people that were behind it were as amazing as Jim was,” Mrs. Lawler added.

Jim’s coworkers say they hope to continue to grow the airport in Jim’s honor. A wetland relocation project is in the works to allow the airport to expand.

Mrs. Lawler says she is looking forward to visiting the airport with her children when the sign is officially changed to “Mandan Regional Airport - Lawler Field” in June.

Beech 23, N2378Z: Accident occurred May 01, 2021 near Hutchinson Regional Airport (KHUT), Reno County, Kansas

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; Wichita, Kansas
Flying D Aviation of Kansas LLC

Location: Hutchinson, KS
Accident Number: CEN21LA208
Date & Time: May 1, 2021, 09:25 Local
Registration: N2378Z
Aircraft: Beech 23 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 1, 2021, at 0925 central daylight time, a Beech 23, N2378Z, was involved in an accident near Hutchinson, Kansas. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot received minor injuries and the three passengers were uninjured. The airplane was operated as
a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 Young Eagles flight.

During takeoff, the pilot reported that the airplane would not climb higher than tree top level.

The airplane settled and collided with terrain.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N2378Z
Model/Series: 23
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: HUT,1543 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0.5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hutchinson, KS
Destination: Hutchinson, KS

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.066155,-97.86049 (est)

HUTCHINSON, Kansas  —Three people had minor injures after an accident just before 9:30a.m. Saturday at the Prairie Skies Air Show in Hutchinson. 

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a Beech 23 piloted by Dallas Arthur Hewett, 63, Wichita, attempted to take off from Hutchinson Airport. 

The aircraft had a engine failure. The pilot attempted to land, made a hard landing in the wheat field just south of the airport.

The KHP reported Hewett and two passengers  Samantha Leonor Dagorret, 29, Wichita, and Maxton W. Susee, 9, Hutchison, had minor injuries.  The KHP did not report where they were treated. The accident remains under investigation.

Gulfstream V-581 N280PH, Flight GJE622: American detained after private jet lands in Sicily with weapons and drugs

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A US man has been detained after arriving in Sicily on a private jet from Florida in possession of weapons and drugs, Italian media report

Patrick Joseph Horan, 64, told police he was visiting relatives on the Italian island when he landed on Friday, according to news agency Ansa.

But a check carried out on the aircraft was said to have uncovered guns, bows and arrows and 1kg (35oz) of marijuana.

The items were reportedly seized and Mr. Horan was taken away for questioning.

The private jet was searched by police and customs officers shortly after arriving at Sicily's Trapani Birgi airport.

They said weapons - including two pistols, a rifle and ammunition - had been placed in boxes while the drugs were sealed in plastic bags and water bottles, Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported.

Mr. Horan, who is said to be a wealthy partner in an agriculture business near the island's western town of Santa Ninfa, told police he was due to undergo a medical procedure in the Sicilian capital Palermo.

The American citizen has been detained at the Pietro Cerulli prison in Trapani while police carry out an investigation.

A 64-year-old American citizen, found in possession of weapons and drugs, was stopped at Trapani Airport following checks carried out by officials of the Customs Agency, jointly with the Guardia di Finanza, Border Police and Team Agents. 

The man was identified as part of the customs checks carried out by the ADM officials of Trapani. The American citizen had recently landed at the Trapani airport aboard a private jet that took off from Venice, Florida.

During the search, carried out with scrupulous attention inside the aircraft on which he was traveling, the officials of the Customs Agency found weapons (two pistols, a rifle, bows and arrows) and drugs, hidden in vacuum bags inside of thermos in order to escape the control performed with canine units.

The man was detained on the orders of the Prosecutor of Trapani (deputy prosecutor Maurizio Agnello and deputy prosecutor Giulia Mucaria) and transferred to the Pietro Cerulli prison, pending validation of the restriction order.

Further investigations are still underway on the weapons seized, which will be subjected to a ballistic report and on any legal precedents accrued by man in the United States.

We are trying to shed light on man's relationships and connections and what could be, therefore, the subsequent movements he would have made after his landing in Sicily.

The drugs and other narcotics found were taken over by the Trapani Customs Agency to be analyzed in the Agency's chemical laboratories.

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N4868N: 'Reckless' Pilot Can't Fly For 90 Days; East Hampton Town Implements Two Measures To Ensure Airport Safety

159 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, New York 11937

April 30, 2021


The Town of East Hampton Implements Two Key Measures to Ensure Safe Operations at the East Hampton Airport (KHTO)

Aircraft Pilot Faces 90-Day Suspension from East Hampton Airport

Effective April 28, 2021, local pilot David Wisner, has been prohibited by Airport Manager Jim Brundige from operating any aircraft at East Hampton Airport for a period of 90 days. Mr. Wisner’s suspension resulted from the careless and reckless operation of his single-engine Cessna during an April 13 flight that alarmed the community. According to data from the East Hampton Airport’s flight tracking system, Mr. Wisner dangerously overflew populated areas at altitudes as low as 25 feet.

In addition to the 90-day suspension, Mr. Wisner recently turned himself in to Sag Harbor Village Police to face a criminal charge for reckless endangerment. The FAA is also investigating whether Mr. Wisner’s pilot’s license should be suspended or revoked. The Town of East Hampton is assisting Sag Harbor Village Police and the FAA with their investigations. 

Ban on “Special VFR” Practice

As the summer season approaches, the East Hampton Airport Air Traffic Control Tower will no longer allow helicopter and seaplane pilots to request special handling in marginal weather conditions with poor visibility. The practice, known as Special VFR, allows unqualified aircraft and pilots to fly in bad weather if a special permission is requested before arriving or departing the East Hampton Airport.

The East Hampton Town Board and the Airport Manager have been opposed to the practice as it increasingly became standard operating procedure when the weather is overcast on the East End, resulting in flights at very low altitudes. Mr. Brundige’s notice to the FAA of the Town’s Special VFR ban raised several safety concerns with the procedure and concluded “after careful consideration of these and other safety factors, our contract Air Traffic Control Tower has been advised to deny any requests for Special VFR clearances.”

According to East Hampton Town Councilman Jeff Bragman, the airport liaison, these recent actions “demonstrate the Town Board’s commitment to taking swift action against anyone who uses the East Hampton Airport in an unsafe manner.” “The safety of the residents of East Hampton Town and other communities under the flight paths cannot be compromised by East Hampton Airport users,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. “While the Town continues to seek ways to mitigate the airport’s noise impacts, within difficult Federal Aviation Administration constraints, there is no question that we must act decisively to address any and all aviation safety issues.”

David Wisner's April 13 flyby of Sag Harbor Village was promptly reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the village police chief, Austin J. McGuire. 

David Wisner, the 48-year-old Sag Harbor resident who flew his single-engine airplane in what local police have called "a dangerous and reckless manner over Sag Harbor Village," turned himself in to police there on Friday and was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Wisner has since been suspended for 90 days from using East Hampton Town Airport, Town Councilman Jeff Bragman said yesterday. Mr. Bragman is the board's liaison to the airport.

On April 13, people out and about and even indoors reported being frightened when Mr. Wisner, the owner of Springs Auto Collision on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton, buzzed over the village at altitudes as low as 50 feet above houses and businesses. He was to have been arraigned in Sag Harbor Justice Court on Friday following his booking at police headquarters, but the arraignment was postponed to May 7 because of a scheduling issue.

The April 13 flyby was promptly reported to the Federal Aviation Administration. Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Austin J. McGuire said Tuesday that he had no updates on the FAA proceedings. "I'm sure it moves a lot slower than we do. He probably has the rights to hearings," the chief said.

The charge of reckless endangerment in the second degree is levied when a person is alleged to have engaged in "conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person," which indeed was the worry of police and bystanders on April 13.

At the time, Chief McGuire, recalling that "9/11 was only 20 years ago," cited the "tremendous fallout" for "people who were really scared by this man." A bystander posted a video to Facebook of the plane swooping over the rooftops, which Mr. Bragman described as "startling" and "shocking."

It is unlikely Mr. Wisner will be able to fly during his 90-day airport suspension, because his plane, a single-engine Cessna 182, is parked at the airport.

Colin Asterita, his attorney, had no comment on the case this week. East Hampton Town Councilwoman Sylvia Overby said the board would likely discuss the incident further at its meeting on Tuesday.

Angered by dust cloud, soccer fans prevent helicopter ambulance from landing

Soccer fans in the municipality of Malinalco in the state of México prevented a medical helicopter from landing in a soccer field on Wednesday, delaying the transport of a newborn baby to hospital.

The helicopter, which had been sent to pick up a baby having trouble breathing, interrupted a soccer game as it sought to land in a field and kicked up a huge cloud of dust. Angry fans threw bottles, sticks and rocks at the Grupo Relámpago helicopter, forcing the pilot to leave.

As a result, the infant was not taken to the hospital until the next day, according to a social media announcement by Grupo Relámpago. The baby’s condition was not made public.

The state Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation.

Everett, Not Toledo, Is Top Candidate for Airport Expansion

A plane is seen at the South Lewis County Airport (KTDO), Toledo, Lewis County, Washington.

As Washington continues its work to mitigate increasing air traffic, Everett’s Paine Field airport has emerged as the top candidate for major expansion. The plan is to expand one or more existing airports to accommodate passenger and cargo aviation while also identifying a location for a new, Sea-Tac-sized airport.

The search proved to be a hot topic in Toledo after the town’s small airport was tapped as a candidate for expansion by the state’s Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission (CACC). At the behest of locals, county commissioners ultimately rescinded their support for major expansion, instead signaling that smaller improvements within the realm of general aviation would be welcome.

In a meeting Thursday, the CACC reported that Toledo’s airport scored the lowest in terms of travel time, making it an unrealistic option for industry partners. Also highlighted was the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s opposition to major expansion, as well as environmental concerns, such as how nearby wetlands would be impacted.

The CACC’s presentation also suggested that it was more than local opposition that kept Toledo from serious consideration. Expansion at the Olympia Regional Airport received similar opposition from the Port of Olympia, but CACC commissioner Larry Krauter, also the CEO of Spokane Airports, said the commission should take a second look, potentially overriding local concerns.

“The reality is that that’s a public-use airport. It has accepted federal funds and therefore cannot turn away anyone that would like to serve the airport as a public non-scheduled or scheduled passenger or air cargo service,” he said. “I understand that that may be a difficult conversation with the Port. But this is much bigger than just that.”

Paine Field, on the other hand, already accommodates passenger, cargo and general aviation, the CACC reported. And although the state noted sponsor support, expansion at the airport has previously sparked opposition from residents — much like Toledo — according to news reports.

CACC commissioner Spencer Hanson said, in his opinion, “absolutely Paine Field is the best near-term prospect.”

Bremerton National Airport was also identified as a promising candidate for expansion to support more air cargo demand.
While plans to expand existing airports in Washington begin to crystalize, the question of where a brand-new airport could be built is less clear.

In addition to identifying sites from its shortlist to expand, CACC is also looking for an undeveloped location — or greenfield — to start building a new, potentially Sea-Tac-sized airport.

During Thursday’s discussion, state lawmakers also serving as CACC members pointed to the need to focus efforts on a “greenfield site.”

“Obviously Paine Field is an intermediary facility that we could expand, perhaps partly. But long-term over the next 20, 30 years we need to … be seriously looking at a greenfield site to plan so that you don’t have the encroachment of population density and other facilities,” Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, said.

Rep. Tina Orwall, also a Des Moines Democrat, added that funneling increased air traffic to a greenfield site, away from densely populated areas, could soften public health impacts from things like air pollution. On the other hand, some commissioners highlighted CACC’s obligation to first utilize the state’s existing 134 facilities while others argued a new airport would need to be near a city.

And while Commissioner Bryce Yadon warned of major infrastructure costs likely to accrue from a new airport, Krauter argued that in the long-run, continuing to expand existing airports in higher-density areas has a larger social cost than preemptively building a new, full-sized facility.

“The longer that we wait to take a look at something … those sites fill up,” said Commissioner Tony Bean, director of the Pullman Moscow Regional Airport. “And then all of a sudden it’s restricted.”

Chandler, Arizona: Pilot on mission to make airport safer

Marvin Wessel keeps a detached airplane tail sitting on the asphalt outside his hangar in the Chandler Municipal Airport.

It’s the only piece of wreckage he was able to salvage from a fire that destroyed Wessel’s plane last May on the airport’s runway.

While Wessel was testing his plane, a brake fire broke out and the pilot quickly radioed for help. Firefighters were dispatched to the airport and struggled to swiftly gain entry to the flaming aircraft.

Wessel watched as firetrucks stood outside the airport’s gates, waiting for one of them to open. Sixteen minutes would pass before firefighters could start dosing water on his burning plane.

“It was very, very, frustrating to say the least,” Wessel recalled.

The incident almost didn’t come as a surprise: Wessel said he has been trying to raise the alarm about fire safety at the airport for years.

Wessel witnessed a fire at a hangar in 2017 and observed how firefighters seemed to not know how to navigate the airport’s layout.

According to data Wessel has collected, Chandler is one of the few top general aviation airports in the country that has no fire station located in less than one mile of its perimeter.

In early 2019, Wessel said he brought up his concern before the Chandler Airport Commission and was invited to meet with city officials over his worries. They assured him fire safety was under control at the airport.

One year later, Wessel’s plane was demolished in a fire.

Now, he is on a mission to get the city to respond to his concerns.

“These guys better wake up and smell the coffee,” Wessel said. “If people die because they can’t respond, no money can do anything to replace that.”

Wessel filed a lawsuit against the city in January for the damage done last year to his plane. The litigation isn’t so much about recouping damages, he said, as it is about sending a loud message to the city.

“I don’t care if I get a penny out of that,” Wessel remarked. “But they’re going to fix the safety issues they’ve got at that airport.”

Because the civil case is ongoing, representatives from the city declined to comment on Wessel’s allegations.

But the city has countersued Wessel for damage that was allegedly sustained during the 2020 fire.

The two parties currently appear to be in a standoff and Wessel has already begun seeking outside help by filing complaints with federal authorities against the city.

As a pilot who has housed planes at the Chandler airport for more than a decade, Wessel’s had several opportunities to observe and document how the city treats the many tenants who occupy the airport’s hangars.

In a letter written last year to various members of Congress, Wessel accused city employees of seizing and disabling airplanes housed at the airport by attaching a locking device to them.

An action like that could be considered a federal offense, Wessel noted, and should not be done without the proper authorization.

The city claims a rogue employee had been disabling aircraft owned by hangar tenants who were allegedly behind on their rent. The prop-locking reportedly stopped after the city was advised by law enforcement to discontinue the practice.    

“Airport employees have not prop-locked or otherwise disabled any private aircraft since at least February 2019,” city officials wrote in response to Wessel’s complaint, “and the sole employee responsible for that practice is no longer employed by the city.”

In its response, the city further rejected Wessel’s notion that the airport’s security gates were nonfunctional and barred firefighters from reaching his burning aircraft during last year’s fire.

“The Chandler Municipal Airport is well maintained and fully covered by a highly-rated emergency response and public safety system,” city officials wrote.

But Wessel does not appear to be the only person with concerns about safety issues at the airport.

During a public meeting last year with airport officials, one of the property’s other users expressed fears over a lack of fire coverage despite there being several fire stations located within a couple miles of the airport.

“These (fire stations) are not dedicated to the airport,” the attendee told officials during the meeting. “However, the airport is one of the biggest fire hazards in the city of Chandler and it’s not covered.”

A representative of the city was quick to dispute the attendee’s assessment.

“I think our Fire Department would disagree with that statement,” Chris Andres, an airport administrator, said during the meeting.   

For the last year, the city has been updating its airport masterplan and compiling a list of expensive capital improvements it hopes to implement in the near future.

The most recent draft of the masterplan recommends 53 projects valued at about $100 million –40 percent of which would be eligible for federal or state grants.

If the city chooses to ultimately approve the new masterplan, Wessel warned he intends to try to get the Federal Aviation Administration to negate it.

But it’s unclear how much grant funding will be available in the near future or what type of economic climate the aviation industry will be in due to the cataclysmic disruptions that have been caused by the pandemic.

“While general aviation and business aviation operations have been returning to pre COVID levels,” the city’s masterplan states, “there is still much uncertainty as to how this health crisis will affect airports in the coming months or the lasting impacts it may have on the industry as a whole.”

Some of the plan’s recommendations include rehabilitating runways, relocating the airport fuel tank, taxiway extensions and reconstructing the heliport area.

Wessel thinks the masterplan updates are “ridiculous” and could mostly end up being a waste of money.

He specifically objects to one of the plan’s most expensive projects: an $8-million reconstruction of the airport terminal building. 

That amount of money could be better spent on making the airport safer, Wessel noted, and preventing another fire incident.

“It’s just your typical bureaucracy at work,” he said, “screwing things up as much as possible.”

If the city chooses to ultimately approve the new masterplan, Wessel warned he intends to try to get the Federal Aviation Administration to negate it.

Perhaps the biggest grievance Wessel has with the city is an overall lack of communication. He feels the airport’s users are not properly consulted on important matters involving the airport and their advice is often ignored.

“I’m at my wits end with this stuff,” he said, “I can’t get anywhere with these guys.”

It’s important the airport remain a viable enterprise for the years to come, Wessel said, because the pilots have invested a lot of their time and money into that property and they don’t want to see it be wasted.

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Cessna 182P Skylane, N7302S; fatal accident occurred May 01, 2019 in Mill Creek, Tehama County, California

Dr. Lowell Glenn Daun
January 9, 1947 - May 1, 2019

Aviation Accident Final 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; Sacramento, California
Textron Aviation (Cessna); Wichita, Kansas
Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, Alabama

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mill Creek, California
Accident Number: WPR19FA126
Date & Time: May 1, 2019, 11:00 Local 
Registration: N7302S
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot and two passengers departed on a sightseeing flight over mountainous terrain. About 30 minutes into the flight, the engine lost partial power and smoke began to enter the cockpit. The pilot turned the airplane toward a grassy meadow for a forced landing. While approaching the field, the pilot suddenly saw power lines immediately ahead and attempted to maneuver the airplane below them. The airplane contacted the wires and came to rest inverted.

Postaccident examination revealed several holes in the engine crankcase. The oil filter adapter was found loose and the fiber gasket was protruding beyond the castings. Removal of the oil filter adapter revealed that the fiber gasket was split. The failure of the gasket allowed oil to exit the engine, resulting in oil starvation and the subsequent catastrophic failure.

During postaccident testing, the gasket failure seen in the accident adapter could not be replicated, and the reason for the failure could not be determined. The testing did reveal that the adapters were difficult to install properly, and on some occasions, when the proper torque was achieved, the adapter housing could still be rotated about the hub when hand pressure was applied. In response to the accident and testing, the supplemental type certificate (STC) holder issued a service bulletin (SB) that stated that the adapter should be inspected for oil leakage and gasket damage. The SB also provided detailed instructions to eliminate and identify rotation of the housing during and after installation.

The purpose of the oil filter adapter was to enable use of a conventional spin-on oil filter. The adapter was installed on the engine about 2 years before the accident; the engine had accrued about 340 hours since that time. There were no documents regarding the installation of the oil filter adapter, and it is unknown how it was installed or if new gaskets were used at the time of installation. Maintenance records indicated that the oil filter was changed 7 times between the engine installation and the accident. The last maintenance performed on the airplane was an annual inspection completed 5 days and about 9.4 flight hours before the accident. During this maintenance, the oil filter and the vacuum pump accessory driveshaft seal were replaced. It is possible that the vacuum pump seal was replaced because the mechanics thought it was leaking due to the presence of oil in the engine compartment. This may have been the first indication that the oil filter adapter was beginning to leak.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A total loss of engine power due to oil starvation as a result of the failure of a gasket on the oil filter adapter and the pilot’s inability to clear power lines during the emergency landing.


Aircraft Recip eng oil sys - Failure
Environmental issues Wire - Contributed to outcome
Personnel issues Monitoring environment - Pilot
Aircraft Oil - Incorrect service/maintenance

Factual Information

On May 01, 2019, about 1100 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T182P airplane, N7302S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Mill Creek, California. The pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries and one passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to fly around Mount Lassen, California. After takeoff, he climbed the airplane to between 11,000 and 11,500 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane approached the west side of the mountain and the pilot began a right turn with the intention of circling the mountain. As the airplane transitioned to the east side of Mount Lassen, he heard a muffled "boom" from the engine compartment, which was immediately followed by a visible puff of white vapor and a partial loss of engine power. Thereafter, black smoke, consistent with the smell of burnt oil, began to enter the cockpit. The pilot trimmed the airplane for its best glide airspeed and the airplane began to descend at an estimated 1,000 ft per minute. While looking for a suitable place to make an off-airport landing, the pilot briefly attempted to troubleshoot the engine problem and noted that when he retarded the throttle control, there was a slight reduction in power, which indicated to him that at least one piston continued to operate. He then advanced the throttle fully forward to arrest the descent as much as possible.

After rejecting his first selected field, the pilot turned the airplane toward a grassy meadow that was beyond trees. He planned to flare the airplane immediately after clearing the 4-ft fence that stretched northwest-southeast across the field. After the airplane passed over the treetops, he extended the flaps and continued toward the fence. The pilot suddenly saw powerlines immediately ahead and attempted to maneuver the airplane underneath them. The airplane contacted the wires and spun from the impact, coming to rest inverted (see Figure 1). 

Figure 1. Accident Site

The rear-seated passenger's cellphone contained photographs and a video of the flight. A 24-second video, beginning at 1032:43, captured part of the cockpit. Images revealed that the engine oil pressure gauge was indicating near 0 psi and the tachometer read 4,249.7 hours, which was 24 minutes before the accident.


The pilot also held a mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings.


The logbook entries and an interview with maintenance personnel revealed that, during the last maintenance, the airplane's owner changed the oil and another maintenance facility replaced the vacuum pump accessory driveshaft seal.

According to the engine manufacturer, the engine pumps about 16 quarts of oil per minute at the maximum oil pressure of 60 psi (the sump capacity is 12 quarts).

Oil Filter Adapter Design

The engine was equipped with an F&M Enterprises Inc engine oil filter adapter, model No. C6LC-S installed under FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) No. SE09356SC. According to the current STC holder, Stratus Tool Technologies (owned by Aero Accessories Inc.), Stratus purchased the STC from F&M Enterprises Inc about 5 years before the accident. 

The purpose of the adapter was to enable the engine to use a conventional, spin-on oil filter. As manufactured, the oil pump was equipped with a brass oil screen mounted to the casing; the filter adapter used the oil screen bore to attach to the engine. The adapter included a tee casting (housing) and a hub (shaft), which was threaded into the oil screen hole on the engine's oil pump casting. The tee casting had a sleeve with a through-bore and a mounting base that accepted a spin-on oil filter. When installed, the shaft was journaled into the bore of the sleeve and screwed into the oil screen hole, which had two oil passage openings. A crown (1-inch bolt head) at the outboard end of the shaft secured the tee casting against the oil pump casing; a gasket was placed between the crown and the outboard surface of the sleeve's bore. Another gasket was placed between the oil pump casting and the inboard surface of the sleeve's bore. Oil inlet and oil outlet passages are provided through the hub and the tee casting to circulate oil from the oil screen hole into the spin-on filter, and back into the oil screen hole from the spin-on filter (see Figure 2).

Figure 2. Accessory Gear Case Showing Location of Oil Filter Adapter

Oil Filter Adapter Gaskets

The adapter was originally designed to use two AN900-200 copper crush gaskets (one between the crown and the outboard surface of the sleeve’s bore and the other between the oil pump casting and the inboard surface of the sleeve’s bore). At an unknown time and for an unknown reason, F&M Enterprises changed the gasket on the inboard surface of the sleeve’s bore to a fiber gasket. The fiber gasket, part number FM07, was manufactured from 3750 Leak-Guard material produced by Garlock and originally
cut by GPI using an FAA-certified die (the last order placed by F&M Enterprises was in July 2013). Stratus Tool Technologies stated that, since they purchased the STC, they ordered the gaskets from Corley Gasket Company, which has not had any FAA oversight. 

Oil Filter Adapter on Accident Airplane

The airplane owner stated that he installed the oil filter adapter upon receipt of the engine in February 2017 after removing the adapter from the airplane's previous engine and installing it on the newly overhauled engine in the airplane. The owner stated that he could not recall the procedures that he used to install the adapter on the accident engine, but he thought he would have looked at the manufacturer's

The maintenance records indicated that after engine installation, the engine's oil filter was changed seven times, all of which were performed by the owner.

Oil Filter Adapter Examination

Following the accident, testing was performed to try to induce failure of an exemplar fiber gasket in a manner similar to the accident adapter. When the adapter hub was not torqued to the required 65 ft/lbs, the housing could be moved about the shaft with minimum force and oil was observed leaking from the area where the adapter housing meets the engine case while the engine was running.

During installation of the oil filter adapters, investigators had difficulty keeping the housing from rotating while torqueing the hub. On some of the installations, when the adapter was torqued to 65 ft/lbs, the housing could still be rotated about the hub when hand pressure was applied. When the adapter was properly torqued and the adapter housing was rotated by force, the rotation would result in a crescent impression in the gasket's outer material, similar to the accident gasket. Less force was required to leave the crescent impression if there was oil on the fiber gasket. However, despite creating various imperfections on both new and used gaskets and using a variety of installation methods and torque values, investigators were unable to duplicate the fiber gasket blowout that was seen in the accident oil filter adapter.

STC Holders' Installation Instructions

The complete certification package for the STC could not be found by the FAA Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) responsible for its oversight. According to records provided by Status Tool Technologies, at the time the accident engine was installed in February 2017, the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICAW) for the oil filter adapter assembly had last been published in October 2013. The ICAW stated, in part, "New gaskets are to be installed anytime the oil filter adapter assy is removed and re-installed," and to "Replace gaskets at 300 hours or 3 yrs whichever occurs first." It further stated to "Refer to F&M Installation Instructions for gasket P/Ns." At the time of the accident, the fiber gasket had accumulated 41.9 hours beyond the 300-hour replacement recommendation.

In April 2017, a revised oil filter adapter installation manual was released and contained a note stating, "The oil filter adapter transfer cylinder must be re-tightened to 65 foot pounds of torque between 8 and 12 hours of operation after installation or any time the adapter is removed and reinstalled." Another note stated that the mechanic must include the following statement in the Form 337 (in pertinent part): "If the oil filter adapter is loosened, or removed from the engine for any reason, it must be re-installed using new gaskets, tightened in accordance with these installation instructions and properly safety-wired."

Also in April 2017, Stratus Tool Technologies issued a ICAW which gave instructions that at each oil change and each 100-hour or annual inspection, the mechanic should "inspect the oil filter adapter for oil seepage," and "if oil seepage is detected, replace the fiber and copper gaskets on the transfer cylinder with new gaskets." It stated that the "use of a torque wrench is mandatory when installing or reinstalling the filter adapter," and to "safety-wire the transfer cylinder to an appropriate safety-wire location on the engine accessory case." Following that maintenance, the mechanic should "run the engine and check for oil leaks." An additional instruction stated that a mechanic should "Check and verify that the body does not move (rotate around the transfer cylinder) when 10 to 20 pounds of force is applied to the body in a manner that would tend to rotate it around the transfer cylinder," and "if the body rotates around the transfer cylinder, remove the safety-wire and tighten the adapter." The instructions further stated to "always install new fiber and copper (where used) gaskets each time the filter adapter is removed and reinstalled on the engine."


The accident site was located in a marshy field about 37.5 nautical miles from the departure airport. The wreckage was found distributed 565-ft distance along a magnetic bearing of about 230°. Power lines, which comprised two parallel wires about 20 ft tall, stretched across the field oriented east west.

The first identified pieces of debris were pieces of the fairing from the left-wing strut located about 40 and 70 ft from the power lines. The towers supporting the lines were about 375 ft apart (see Figure 3). The first identified points of ground contact were two nearly parallel indentations in the vegetation and dirt spaced about 6 ft apart on the far northeastern end of the debris field. There were deep craters after the indentations and disrupted grass that continued southwest toward the main wreckage. The craters corresponded in size and orientation to that of the vertical stabilizer and rudder, consistent with the airplane impacting terrain inverted.

Figure 3. Accident Location Showing Debris Field

The fuselage came to rest inverted. A 2.5-ft portion of the left-wing strut remained attached to the fuselage. The cabin doors had been removed by first responders. There was an oil sheen on the entire belly of the fuselage, the lower surface of the horizontal stabilizer, and the elevator control surfaces. The lower left cowling contained a rub mark consistent with contact with a wire.

The left-wing aileron and flap remained attached at their respective attachment points. The leading edge exhibited crush damage along its entire length, with the inboard section crushed significantly farther aft. The upper 5 ft of wing strut remained attached to the wing. The leading edge of the wing strut exhibited numerous rub marks and small holes consistent with electrical arcing. The area where the separation of the strut occurred contained a small metal wire in the fracture surface that was consistent with having been sliced. The crush damage to the inboard portion of the wing had damaged the bladder of the fuel tank. The right-wing flap remained attached at its hinges. The aileron had folded on itself and only remained attached to the inboard attach points. The right-wing bladder tank contained a liquid consistent in odor and appearance with 100 low-lead aviation fuel. A measurement of the flap actuator extension was consistent with the flaps extended about 20° at the time of impact.

An external visual examination of the engine revealed oil staining on the firewall. There was a hole in the bottom of the crankcase adjacent to the No. 3 cylinder, and the corresponding push rods were loose. There was also a hole in the upper crankcase near the No. 4 cylinder. The internal engine components were examined using a lighted borescope through the hole in the crankcase. The oil sump contained a small amount of visible oil and numerous pieces of metal debris, including pieces of pistons and connecting rods. 

The upper spark plugs were light gray in color, with the No. 3 plug face slightly darker gray.  According to the Champion Aviation Check-A-Plug AV-27 Chart, the observed spark plug features corresponded to normal engine operation. Borescope examination of the cylinders revealed no foreign object damage, no evidence of detonation, and no indication of excessive oil consumption. The No. 4 cylinder could not be internally examined due to the position of its piston. The carburetor was disassembled, revealing intact plastic floats and liquid resembling 100 low-lead aviation fuel in the bowl. The oil filter adapter was found loose at the accident site and the area adjacent to the filter's adapter was wet with oil.

Additional examination revealed that the oil filter adapter was loose, and the adapter housing could be rotated about the shaft (see Figure 4). The safety wire was removed and the breakaway torque of the adapter, which was required to be 65 foot-pounds (ft/lbs), was less than 20 ft/lbs and the housing could be rotated by hand with minimal effort. 

Figure 4. Oil Filter Housing Movement

The fiber gasket, located between the oil pump casting and the adapter housing, was protruding with the outside edge extending beyond the castings (see Figure 5). Additionally, a tear could be seen in the gasket where the adapter housing abutted the engine case. Removal of the adapter revealed that the fiber gasket was completely split. The copper crush gasket was intact.

Figure 5. Fiber Gasket


In response to this accident and related testing, Stratus Tool Technologies issued a Service Bulletin (SB), SB-001, dated October 25, 2019, that stated that the oil filter adapter should be inspected for oil leakage and gasket damage. If no discrepancies were found, the SB provided detailed instructions of how to install the adapter properly (eliminating rotation of the housing by use of a wood block) and how to mark the adapter to provide a visual indication of rotation after it is installed.

A review of the National Transportation Safety Board accident/incident database revealed at least six previous accidents involving an oil starvation event involving an F&M Enterprises Inc./Stratus Tool Technologies oil filter adapter due to either the failure of the gasket and/or having improper gaskets.

According to an Atlanta ACO representative, using the FAA's Monitor Safety/Analyze Data (MSAD) process, the ACO performed a risk assessment following the Small Airplane Risk Analysis (SARA) guidelines and found that the issue did not warrant mandatory regulatory action. The ACO did initiate an activity with the FAA FSDO to issue a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) to address the issue, advising operators and maintainers of the potential unsafe condition associated with the oil adapters. At the time of this report, the SAFO has not been published.

History of Flight

Enroute Loss of engine power (total) (Defining event)
Emergency descent Off-field or emergency landing

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor 
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 16, 2017
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 75 hours (Total, this make and model), 1850 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N7302S
Model/Series: 182 P 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18265095
Landing Gear Type: 
Tricycle Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 26, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2348 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 9 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4240.7 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-470-S (1)
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 230 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: KRDD,497 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 37 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 10:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 285°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.39 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chico, CA (CIC) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chico, CA (CIC) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 10:10 Local
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.36,-121.510559