Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+, N525EG: Fatal accident occurred November 30, 2018 in Memphis, Clark County, Indiana

Wayne Estopinal, Sandy Johnson and Andrew Davis

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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Williams International; Pontiac, Michigan

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Memphis, IN
Accident Number: CEN19FA036
Date & Time: 11/30/2018, 1028 EST
Registration: N525EG
Aircraft: Cessna 525
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On November 30, 2018, about 1028 eastern standard time, a Cessna 525A (Citation) airplane, N525EG, collided with trees and terrain near Memphis, Indiana. The airline transport certificated pilot and 2 passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned and operated by EstoAir LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The cross-country flight departed Clark Regional Airport (JVY), Jeffersonville, Indiana, about 1025, with Chicago Mid-way Airport (MDW), Chicago, Illinois, as the intended destination.

According to preliminary information from radar data and air traffic controllers, the airplane was climbing through 6,000 ft mean sea level when it began a left turn, descended, and disappeared from radar. The pilot had previously been given a frequency change, which was acknowledge, however the pilot never reported to the next controller and no distress message was heard on either frequency. An alert notice (ALNOT) was issued for the airplane.

According to local law enforcement, residents near the accident site heard an airplane flying low followed by a loud noise. The airplane wreckage was in slightly rugged, wooded area and the debris field was oriented on a heading of east. The first impact point was identified at the tops of several trees. A large divot was located beneath and to the east of the trees and then the airplane was found fragmented in numerous pieces. The right engine was measured almost 400 from the initial impact point. All major airplane components were accounted for at the accident site. There was evidence of a post-impact fire.

The wreckage was documented on-scene and recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N525EG
Model/Series: 525 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Estoair Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSDF, 488 ft msl
Observation Time: 1056 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  6 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 700 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Jeffersonville, IN (JVY)
Destination: Chicago, IL (MDW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.475278, -85.811111 (est)

Andrew Dale Davis 

Boeing 737-800: Incident occurred May 19, 2021 at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (KSRQ), Florida

SARASOTA, Florida (WWSB) - Fire crews are responding to Sarasota-Bradenton airport after what appears to be a United Airlines flight blew a tire on takeoff.

The initial 911 call reported that the tire burst landing. United 642, a 737, was heading to Newark. Fire engines arrived quickly on scene.

There are no reported injuries and the plane safely taxied to its gate where the passengers disembarked. The flight is now delayed until 4:45 p.m.

Viewer Steve King sent video of the aftermath.

United Airlines sent the following statement:

United flight 642 from Sarasota, Florida to Newark, New Jersey experienced a mechanical issue at low speed immediately prior to take-off. The aircraft safely returned to the gate and customers deplaned normally. We are making arrangements to get our customers to their final destination as soon as possible.

Carl Daugherty: Fatal accident occurred May 16, 2021 in DeLand, Volusia County, Florida

Skydive DeLand instructor Carl Daugherty died Sunday, May 16, following a skydiving accident in DeLand, Florida.

Beloved skydiving instructor Carl Daugherty was identified Tuesday as the man who died after a hard landing in DeLand Sunday morning.

Since his death, several dozen tributes to the 76-year-old, who worked as a safety and training advisor at Skydive DeLand, have poured in online from across the country and even outside the United States.

"Thanks for giving me all the knowledge to defend myself up there, you always will be the best skydiving instructor," wrote Francisco Vega, of Ecuador. "Blue skies Boss. RIP Genius."

Daugherty, a DeLand resident, and another skydiver collided mid-air Sunday morning at Skydive DeLand, according to the DeLand police report.

Both men had their parachutes open, but only David Henion was able to regain control of his parachute and land safely, a witness told police. Daugherty was unable to get his parachute reopened and landed in a parking lot off Flight Line Boulevard near the skydiving facility.

Witnesses rushed to Daugherty and tried to help him until emergency medical responders arrived, according to the report.

Orlando resident Henion told police he was coming in for a landing from the right while Daugherty was coming in from the left. The 56-year-old said he tried to steer away, but the men collided and their parachutes became tangled. Henion told police he didn't see Daugherty once they'd separated.

"We review everything as much as we possibly can, but this seems pretty straightforward," Bob Hallett, owner of Skydive DeLand, said regarding the incident. "We are a high-speed sport, and we are very well aware of the dangers, and we take every consideration to reduce those dangers, but occasionally, as big as the sky is up there, things happen."

Sunday's accident is the country's first fatality related to what's classified as a canopy collision since 2017, Ron Bell, the United States Parachute Association's director of safety and training, said.

"That's killed some of the best," Bob Lewis, a friend of Daugherty's and parachuting historian, said by phone Tuesday.

Lewis, who lives in Utah, met Daugherty at a freefall convention in Illinois, though he couldn't recall exactly when; it felt like they'd always been friends.

"He was as talented as they come," Lewis said. "It was easy to forget how good he was because he never showed off — he didn't have to."

Daugherty, who was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. as a child, made his first jump in 1971 out of a Cessna 182 at 2,000 feet.

Hallett said Daugherty, whom he described as "a total comedian," had just recently logged his 20,000th jump.

Just 3% of the United States Parachute Association's members have completed more than 10,000 jumps, according to the association's website.

While Sooji Oh, an employee at Skydive DeLand, had only known Daugherty for about a year, she said she enjoyed working with the longtime skydiver whom she described as sweet and funny.

"He could be grumpy at times, but in a really endearing way," Oh said Tuesday, the day before her 25th birthday, with a laugh. "He was a character for sure."

Before Daugherty, who had quite the head of hair, would go on jumps, Oh would braid his long, curly gray mane to help keep his hair out of his face.

Daugherty coached and participated on skydiving teams that have earned a dozen gold medals in the USPA Nationals, Hallett said.

The DeLand resident also holds eight large-formation skydiving world records and is one of six people who participated in all of the 100-way, 200-way, 300-way and 400-way teams.

As a longtime instructor, he also helped develop the accelerated freefall training method, which is where students jump from 13,500 feet with two certified instructors holding on to the student's harness.

In an interview with Brian Giboney for the October 2014 issue of Parachutist, the USPA magazine, Daugherty said his favorite thing was teaching accelerated freefall students.

"I teach theory of the ideal; I make them practice what is real and light the fire of desire, which is the exponential multiplier," Daugherty said.

Prior to Daugherty's death, the last skydiving-related death in DeLand occurred in 2017 when a man intentionally didn't deploy his parachute, according to News-Journal research.

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Van’s RV-6A, N596JB; fatal accident occurred May 18, 2019 in Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio

Glen Ray Galloway
September 7, 1928 - May 18, 2019 
Born in Huntington, West Virginia 
Resided in Waverly, Ohio

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; Cincinnati, Ohio
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 
Van's Aircraft; Aurora, Oregon 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chillicothe, Ohio
Accident Number: CEN19FA144
Date & Time: May 18, 2019, 12:45 Local
Registration: N596JB
Aircraft: Vans RV6 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot departed an experimental, amateur-built airplane on a cross-country flight in day visual meteorological conditions. A witness near the accident site said the airplane "engine slowed or stalled," then the engine "refired" and subsequently "stalled" Again. He then observed the airplane in a left bank turn and the engine sounded "wide open" until the airplane impacted trees and terrain.

Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any preimpact mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane's full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system components were operational.

Although toxicology testing detected ethanol, its presence could be attributed to postmortem production. During a flight review a few weeks before the accident, the pilot told a flight instructor that he previously had trouble with the airplane's ignition system. The flight instructor reported that there were no ignition issues during the flight review.

Based on the available information, it is likely that the airplane had intermittent engine issues, which could not be replicated during postaccident examination and testing. When the engine lost power, the pilot did not maintain airplane control and impacted trees and terrain.

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 control of the airplane following an intermittent loss of engine power during cruise flight that resulted in him impacting trees. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined based on the available information.


Aircraft (general) - Malfunction
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft (general) - Not attained/maintained
Not determined (general) - Unknown/Not determined
Environmental issues Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute Unknown or undetermined
Enroute Loss of engine power (partial) (Defining event)
Enroute Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

On May 18, 2019, about 1245 eastern daylight time, a Vans RV6A experimental, amateur-built airplane, N596JB, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Chillicothe, Ohio. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane departed Pickaway County Memorial Airport (CYO), Circleville, Ohio, about 1235 and was destined for Pike County Airport (EOP), Waverly, Ohio.

According to a witness near the accident site, the airplane "engine slowed or stalled," then the engine "refired" and subsequently "stalled" Again. He observed the airplane in a left bank turn and stated that the engine sounded "wide open" until the crash.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 90, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Sport pilot Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 6, 2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: April 24, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1967 hours (Total, all aircraft)

The pilot's last third-class FAA medical certificate was issued to him on February 6, 2017, with no limitations and expired on February 28, 2019. According to information from the FAA, the pilot completed the BasicMed comprehensive medical examination checklist on December 13, 2017, completed the BasicMed course on February 27, 2018, and satisfied the requirements for BasicMed.

A review of the pilot's logbook showed that he completed a flight review on April 24, 2019.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans 
Registration: N596JB
Model/Series: RV6 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 24723
Landing Gear Type:
Tricycle Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: September 4, 2018 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 830 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Mattituck
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: TMXOF-360
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 180 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

According to the flight instructor who conducted the pilot's flight review, the pilot indicated that he previously had trouble with the accident airplane's engine ignition system but that it was working properly at that time. The flight instructor did not notice any problems with the engine ignition during the flight review.

The airplane was equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system, which controlled the ignition spark and fuel mixture in the engine.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RZT,725 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 325°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4600 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 250° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Circleville, OH (CYO) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Waverly, OH (EOP) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 12:35 Local
Type of Airspace: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.284168,-82.874443

The airplane wreckage came to rest in a wooded area about 145° and 12 nautical miles from Ross County Airport (RZT).

During the on-scene investigation, investigators found fragments of the airplane in both a tree trunk that had been separated about 30 ft above ground level and in the branches of the upper portion of the separated tree. The rear section of the fuselage and empennage came to rest about 57 ft and 70° from the separated tree, and the engine came to rest about 33 ft and 70° from the separated tree. The engine cowling, canopy, wings, and forward portion of the fuselage were highly fragmented and found in the branches of trees and on the ground between the separated tree and the empennage. Tree leaves near the empennage exhibited an appearance consistent with blight.

The rudder cables were traced from the rudder to the rear section of the fuselage. Elevator flight control continuity was traced from its servo at the rear portion of the fuselage aft to its control surface. All separations in flight control tubing were consistent with overload.

The engine control cable was fragmented and was not able to be traced. The engine speed sensor also exhibited minor damage. The engine was disassembled and no preimpact anomalies were observed.

Medical and Pathological Information

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office, Dayton, Ohio, performed an autopsy on the pilot. The autopsy listed the pilot's cause of death as multiple trauma.

Toxicology testing performed at the FAA Forensic Sciences Laboratory indicated that the samples sustained putrefaction and ethanol was detected in muscle, liver, and lung tissue. No tested-for substances were detected in the liver.

Tests and Research

One accident FADEC master power control (MPC) was destroyed and one sustained minor damage; it and the speed sensor were shipped to the engine manufacturer, and found the MPC was operationally capable of producing spark at each spark plug tower. The manufacturer connected the speed sensor to a testing system and it operated correctly when a metal target was moved near its sensors.