Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Beechcraft C90A King Air, N333WW: Fatal accident occurred July 18, 2021 at Durango-Guadalupe Victoria Airport, Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dallas

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 


Date: 18-JUL-21
Time: 20:23:00Z
Regis#: N333WW
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: C90
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
City: DURANGO
State: DURANGO ESTADO
Country: MEXICO

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.










Cessna 650 Citation III, N644AT: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

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

Aircraft experienced a loss of hydraulic pressure and returned, overran runway on landing and went into the grass. 

Air Ambulance By Air Trek Inc


Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 13:15:00Z
Regis#: N644AT
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 650
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: AIR TREK
City: PUNTA GORDA
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-31-350, N4118B: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 

4118B Leasing LLC


Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 19:20:00Z
Regis#: N4118B
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: AZTEC AIRWAYS
Flight Number: AZY2022
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA

Robinson R44, N7194U: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 in St. Augustine, Florida

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

Rotorcraft made a precautionary landing on the beach.  

Old City Helicopter Sales LLC


Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 18:21:00Z
Regis#: N7194U
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: SIGHT SEEING
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: FIRST CITY HELICOPTER
City: ST AUGUSTINE
State: FLORIDA

Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200, N836AY: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 at Columbus Airport (KCSG), Muscogee County, Georgia

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

Aircraft damage to right wing was discovered on post flight inspection. 

Endeavor Air


Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N836AY
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL-600-2B19
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 121
Flight Number: EDV5055
City: COLUMBUS
State: GEORGIA

Piper PA-20, N2712A: Accident occurred July 18, 2021 at Cascade Airport (U70), Valley County, Idaho

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; Boise, Idaho


Location: Cascade, ID
Accident Number: WPR21LA281
Date & Time: July 18, 2021, 10:30 Local
Registration: N2712A
Aircraft: Piper PA-20 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2712A
Model/Series: PA-20 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: KMYL,5013 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: McCall, ID (MYL)
Destination: Cascade, ID

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.492333,-116.01477 (est)

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N636CM: Incident occurred July 18, 2021 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Wheeling, Cook County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass. 

Caelum et Terra LLC 
Series B


Date: 18-JUL-21
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N636CM
Aircraft Make: TEXTRON
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PROSPECT HEIGHTS
State: ILLINOIS

Dyke JD-2 Delta, N7DY: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (KSPI), Sangamon County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aircraft bounced on landing and veered off runway into the grass. 


Date: 20-JUL-21
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N7DY
Aircraft Make: IDLER
Aircraft Model: DYKE DELTA JD-2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SPRINGFIELD
State: ILLINOIS

Grumman-Schweizer G-164B Ag-Cat, N8422K: Accident occurred July 19, 2021 and Incident occurred March 12, 2016

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; Des Moines, Iowa

Thompson Aero Inc


Location: Amana, IA 
Accident Number: CEN21LA329
Date & Time: July 19, 2021, 14:10 Local
Registration: N8422K
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG CORSCHWEIZER G-164B 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On July 19, 2021, about 1410 central daylight time, a Grumman G-164B agricultural airplane, N8422K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Amana, Iowa. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The initial report indicated that the airplane’s engine lost power shortly after departure from runway 22. The airplane was loaded with 420 gallons of fungicide and climbed to about 30 ft above ground level before the engine lost power. The airplane settled back onto the runway before it departed off the end of the runway and into a cornfield. The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG CORSCHWEIZER
Registration: N8422K
Model/Series: G-164B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCID,868 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind
Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4100 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Amana, IA
Destination: Amana, IA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.794664,-91.865018 (est)



IOWA COUNTY, Iowa — A man piloting a crop duster survived a crash into a cornfield when the plane had trouble taking off Monday afternoon.

The Iowa County Sheriff's Office says Robert Garrett, 45, was able to walk away from the crash uninjured.

Garrett said the plane lost power as he was attempting to take off at the Amana Airport.

The plane crashed just west of the runway around 2:10 p.m.

The Grumman-Schweizer G-164B Ag-Cat was laying upside down in the cornfield. No one on the ground was hurt either.

The National Transportation Safety Board plans to investigate the crash this week.


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

March 12, 2016:  Aircraft force landed in a field and the gear collapsed - Bell City,  Calcasieu Parish,  Louisiana.

O'Briens Flying Service Inc 

Date:  12-MAR-16
Time:  17:00:00Z
Regis#:  N8422K
Aircraft Make:  GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model:  G164
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Minor
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
City:  BELL CITY
State:  Louisiana

Beech B300 Super King Air 350, N804UP: Incident occurred July 17, 2021 at Charlevoix Municipal Airport (KCVX), Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aircraft returned and landed after left engine cowling fell off into Lake Michigan.

Wheels Up Partners LLC


Date: 17-JUL-21
Time: 17:03:00Z
Regis#: N804UP
Aircraft Make: BEECHCRAFT
Aircraft Model: B300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Aircraft Operator: GAMA AVIATION
Flight Number: GAJ804
City: CHARLEVOIX
State: MICHIGAN

Robinson R44 Raven II, N44BJ: Fatal accident occurred July 19, 2021 in Elgin, Wabasha County, Minnesota

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; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lycoming Engines; Milliken, Colorado 

Location: Elgin, MN 
Accident Number: CEN21FA330
Date & Time: July 19, 2021, 15:30 Local 
Registration: N44BJ
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On July 19, 2021, about 1530 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N44BJ, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Elgin, Minnesota. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial-application flight.

A witness observed the helicopter flying east-and-west aerial-application passes over a corn field, with each additional pass progressing closer toward the north end of the field being sprayed. The witness observed the helicopter fly over the power lines that crossed the corn field during two consecutive passes, but on the third pass the helicopter flew under the power lines while heading westbound. The witness had entered a nearby pole barn when he heard a loud boom, and the pole barn shook momentarily. He then exited the pole barn and saw smoke rising from where the helicopter had crashed in the corn field. The witness and his father then responded to the accident site where they observed the helicopter engulfed in flames.

The initial impact was with a three-phase power transmission line. The western line remained intact, the center line exhibited fraying, and the eastern line was severed (Photo 1 and 2). The power lines consisted of three (477ACSR type) 24 aluminum conducting strands over 7 steel strands. The GPS altitude at the surface below the power lines was 1,080 ft. The frayed power line at the point of damage
was about 28 ft above the ground. The corn crop under the power lines was 8-10 ft tall. Portions of the swashplate yoke, a blade droop tusk, pilot’s headset, sunglasses and ballcap, and plexiglass fragments were located under and immediately east of the power lines.




The wreckage debris path measured 292 ft between the power lines and the main wreckage. The wreckage debris path through the corn crop was on a 90° heading. The helicopter impacted terrain in a 15° descent angle, as evidenced by the damaged corn crop. Fractured portions of the spray booms, cabin door, and plexiglass were scattered along the wreckage debris path.

The main wreckage included remnants of the cabin, landing skids, cockpit, engine, main rotor transmission, main rotor head, main rotor blades, aft fuselage, sheaves, tail rotor drive shaft, tail boom, tail rotor gear box, and tail rotor blades (Photo 3). The relatively intact product tank and its support frame was located about 15 ft north of the main wreckage. Most of the cabin and cockpit were destroyed by the postimpact fire. Flight control continuity could not be established due to extensive damage sustained during impact and postimpact fire. The postaccident examination did not reveal any evidence of a mechanical malfunction of the helicopter or its engine that would have precluded normal flight.



The outboard 3 ft of one main rotor blade was not located during the investigation. The blade fracture exhibited damage consistent with impact with a power line (Photo 4). The other main rotor blade remained intact but folded in half.



The height of the corn under the power lines measured 8-10 ft. The operator stated that the helicopter is typically flown 10 ft above the crop to ensure optimal spray disbursement. According to the Robinson R44 II Pilot Operating Handbook (POH), the helicopter was 10.75 ft tall. The frayed power line at the point of damage was about 28 ft above the ground.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson 
Registration: N44BJ
Model/Series: R44 II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RST,1304 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4800 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 280°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Elgin, MN 
Destination: Elgin, MN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 44.108056,-92.204167 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Corey James Adcock



VICTORIA — Corey James Adcock, 40, passed away July 19, 2021 in Minnesota. Corey was born April 29, 1981 in Victoria to Helen Rose Charbula and James Patrick Adcock.

Corey graduated from Stroman High School, Class of 1999. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from UHV in 2009, cum laude. Corey then received his rotary wing license followed by his fixed wing license in pursuit of his passion for flying. He was honored to be a life flight pilot.

Corey was a proud father and family man all around. He touched so many lives whether it be through kindness, laughter, or playful and often times entertaining antics. Believe you me, if you knew Corey you knew this was true. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Corey was a creative soul who could conquer anything he put his mind to. He had the biggest heart and a great love for popcorn, music, and flying.

Corey is survived by his parents, son, Caden James Adcock; daughter, Emry Reese Adcock; brother, Justin Adcock (fiance’, Alana Barfield) of Fannin; sister, Megan Groll (Matthew) of Victoria and the mother of his children, Jennifer Martinez Adcock of Victoria. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Winnie Charbula and Raymond Adcock and Georgia Adcock Daws.

Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 4-6 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel followed by a rosary to be recited at 6 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, July 26, 2021 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial to immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Michael Charbula, Nicky Calcote, Duane Pilat, Nolan Proff, John Morris, Matthew Bernhard, Phillip Bernhard, and Brian DeWees.

Honorary pallbearers are Anthony Arnold, Tres Van Dusen, Carlos Luna, Damian Fanelli, John Buzzell, Chris Tellez, Taylor Johnson, Robert Serrata, Jason Smith, Ricky Cruz, Casey Zamzow, Matt Groll, Michael Martinez, Ryan Ashcroft, Buddy Olsen and Austin Boscamp.

Memorial donations may be made to Dorothy O’Connor Pet Adoption Center.

We love you, Corey. Nothing but blue skies from here on out.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.




ELGIN, Minnesota (KTTC) -- 10:15 P.M. UPDATE: The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office has identified the deceased pilot in a crop-dusting helicopter crash near Elgin. Corey James Adcock, 40, from Victoria County Texas was flying the chopper. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Witnesses say the aircraft had been in the area most of the day, spraying crops, when the chopper blades got caught up in some power lines, causing the helicopter to crash and start on fire. According to Wabasha County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jim Warren it happened at 3:50 p.m.

According to Wabasha County authorities, accidents like this are incredibly rare.

"2nd one in 23 years, I'm just glad it hadn't happened more often," said Chief Deputy Jim Warren of Wabasha County.

Though his name has not yet been disclosed, police say the pilot is from Texas. Authorities are still investigating what caused the helicopter to crash.

The crash happened on 75th street, just south of Elgin.

"Some accidents you would think would happen more often because of the dangerousness of the job, but you know these pilots are very skilled, and these accidents are still gonna happen no matter how skilled of a pilot you're gonna be," said Warren.

In spite of the power lines being down, authorities say very few in the area lost power.

"We did some door checks, and they had power still, so that told us we still had two live lines on the ground. But we did get one report of an outage in Plainview and it was from an off-duty deputy," said Warren.

One farmer in the area claimed he did not see the crash happen, but he heard it. By the time he got to the scene, the helicopter was already engulfed in flames.

Multiple agencies are working to figure out the cause.

"The NTSB and the FAA, they're coming out," said Warren.

CubCrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS, N211BL: Incident occurred June 09, 2021 at Greensfield Airport (M71), Moscow Mills, Lincoln County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aircraft while taxiing applied brakes and nosed over. 

Red Cub Flying Club LLC


Date: 09-JUN-21
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N211BL
Aircraft Make: CUBCRAFTERS
Aircraft Model: CC11
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: MOSCOW MILLS
State: MISSOURI

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N88610: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 in Ocean City, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aircraft experienced engine failure and landed on the Route 52 Causeway (9th Street) bridge.

Paramount Air Service Inc


Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 16:37:00Z
Regis#: N88610
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: OCEAN CITY
State: NEW JERSEY

Landon Lucas, 18, demonstrates how the engine of a banner plane he was piloting July 19 suffered total engine loss, causing him to make an emergency landing on the Route 52 Causeway, near Ocean City. 


GREEN CREEK - Landon Lucas, an 18-year-old spending his first summer in New Jersey, is back flying the local skies after captivating the nation with an emergency landing near Ocean City.  

The teen, who's originally from Jackson, Wyoming, became noteworthy for landing a 1946 banner plane on the Route 52 Causeway in between traffic around 12:30 p.m. July 19, with bystanders capturing photos that flooded social media feeds. The landing was featured on CNN and ABC’s World News Tonight. 

He left the cramped single-man cockpit unharmed. A few motorists were the victims of a minor traffic accident while trying to take pictures of the once-in-a-lifetime scene, but others on the bridge were unscathed, as well. Since that afternoon, some have recognized his face and name, such as when he was visiting the Rio Grande Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union branch and the staff recognized him while checking his driver's license. Despite the notoriety, Lucas remains humble about his landing, enjoying every day of summer 2021 as a teenage banner plane pilot. 

Since the incident, he's returned to flying banner ads, wasting no time besides July 20 to recuperate.  

"I wanted to get back in sooner," said Lucas, who flies for Cape May Aerial Ads, which recently purchased Paramount Air Service, a banner ad company, started in 1945, that is "the nation’s oldest and largest aerial advertising firm," according to its website.  

"You see people have something like that happen and they just quit flying for a while, and they never get back into it," he continued.  

Lucas said July 19 started as a typical day, where he and his coworkers prepare the planes for their daily runs. He was flying near Steel Pier, in Atlantic City, when his aircraft began undergoing what he described as partial engine failure, shifting between gears and idle.  

Bader Field, which neighbors the former Atlantic City Surf stadium, was an option for an emergency landing, but Lucas said he felt the engine was stable and continued flying southward, where the flight turned grim near northern Ocean City. 

"I had total engine failure, so the propellor completely stopped," Lucas said. "It's basically just a heavy glider at that point."  

As he approached the Ocean City Municipal Airport, Lucas was faced with a choice - shoot for the airport or find an open spot on the Ninth Street Bridge.  

"I had enough experience in that airplane to look at the airport and say, 'There's not a chance in hell I'm making that airport,'" Lucas said, regarding his choice to land on the bridge.  

The banner plane made famous by social media feeds and news media was built in 1946, and has a small, single-man cockpit. 


Lucas said traffic near the bottom of the bridge leaving Ocean City provided enough time to land the plane safely on its westbound side to the captivation of onlookers. Emergency personnel arrived soon after, with Lucas out of the cockpit snapping several photos, one of which he sent to his mom. 

An investigation determined the carburetor heat box suffered a small tear, causing the piece to malfunction and leading to total engine loss. Lucas described the piece as something that allows the aircraft's pilot to regulate temperature to the carburetor in the event of ice buildup. The tear caused a chain reaction that led to the engine being starved of fuel. 

Landon Lucas holds the carburetor heat box, a piece that suffered a small tear and caused his banner plane to endure total engine failure July 19. 


The piece is still at the hangar, on a table outside. 

"It's something I've always thought of, but I guess I think about it more now that it actually happened," Lucas said. "I always thought, 'Engine failures are so rare, and they're so well maintained that nothing could ever happen.’" 

"It wasn't even a big part that broke," he added. "It was a tiny weld, something smaller than a penny." 

Those who see the carburetor heat box can notice the small tear on the piece. 


Lucas' journey as a pilot began when he was 14, when he was introduced to the profession through a discovery program while living in Wyoming. Sights outside his window as a commercial airline passenger generated his interest to pursue the program, where he was given one-on-one instruction and obtained live flying time. The discovery program inspired him to pursue a pilot's license and he’s been flying for nearly two and a half years.  

He credits John Koehler most for gaining his ability to safely land an aircraft. Koehler, who lives in Afton, Wyoming, teaches small-aircraft flight instruction, and Lucas was under his guidance over a year ago, where he practiced emergency landings. Koehler found out that his lessons were successful from another pilot who saw Lucas' landing on the news.  

"It's absolutely no surprise to me that he was able to work it out," Koehler said. "Landon was an excellent student."  

"It's to his credit," he added.  

In Wyoming, Lucas said he usually flies at higher altitudes in the mountains, but he's enjoying his time flying lower along the ocean and the friendships he's made.  

Landon Lucas, 18, demonstrates how the engine of a banner plane he was piloting July 19 suffered total engine loss, causing him to make an emergency landing on the Route 52 Causeway, near Ocean City. 


When he's not in the air, Lucas spends his mornings at the Paramount Airport, a private airport off Route 47, in Green Creek, where the five-pilot aerial ad crew lives. The airport is bordered by farmland and several lines of trees, and finding it may be hard if one is driving too fast.  

The team spends their morning using their manpower to move planes in and out of the hanger, preparing them for their day along the Jersey Shore. The planes then take off from a grassland runway bordering the Delaware Bay. 


The pilots also enjoy downtime at night or trips down Route 47 into the Wildwoods, like a small family trip. Lucas also enjoys rides on his red Honda motorcycle when he’s not in the air. 

Lucas plans to continue his tenure in piloting. He's earned an associate degree in aeronautics at 18, and would like to pilot planes for a private charter company. 

Despite being from a town Google says is over 2,000 miles away from Paramount Airport, Lucas said he loves the area and has enjoyed his first summer in New Jersey. He's likely going to return to the Equality State for winter, but he's open to returning to Cape May County and the job he's enjoyed. 

"Who could complain; you wake up every day and go fly a plane," he said. 







OCEAN CITY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- An investigation is underway after a banner plane made an emergency landing on a bridge in Ocean City, New Jersey Monday afternoon.

The incident was first reported at about 12:38 p.m. on the 9th Street Bridge, which connects Ocean City and Somers Point in Cape May County.

Landon Lucas, an 18-year-old flying for Paramount Air Service, reported that his plane began to experience engine trouble as he was flying near Steel Pier in Atlantic City, officials said. He released his banner into the ocean and was attempting to reach Ocean City Municipal Airport when he spotted a gap in traffic in the westbound lanes of the causeway.

Lucas landed the plane with no damage to the aircraft, and no injury to himself or any drivers, officials said.

Drivers and bystanders took pictures at the unusual sight.

"I was riding back to my house all of a sudden I see a plane going lower and lower and I could hear it," said witness Daniel Lepone. "I heard a loud boom and the propeller and it was really loud and I could see it just drift down slowly. It was pretty scary."

Investigators remained on the scene, and crews towed the plane away just after 4 p.m.

Both inbound lanes to Ocean City remained open to traffic, and a single outbound lane was open while authorities investigated the landing.

Eurocopter MBB-BK 117 C-2, N3PD: Incident occurred July 18, 2021 in Hampton Bays, Suffolk County, New York

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

Rotorcraft made a precautionary landing in a field. 

Suffolk County Police Department 


Date: 18-JUL-21
Time: 22:50:00Z
Regis#: N3PD
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: MBB-BK 117
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
City: HAMPTON BAYS
State: NEW YORK

Cessna P206C Super Skylane, N8703Z: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 - Lake of the Woods, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon 

Aircraft made a precautionary landing in a field. 


Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 19:03:00Z
Regis#: N8703Z
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: P206
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: LAKE OF THE WOODS
State: OREGON

Luscombe 8F, N2054B: Fatal accident occurred July 16, 2021 in Comstock, Val Verde County, Texas

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; San Antonio, Texas

Ryan N. Mudry


Location: Comstock, TX 
Accident Number: CEN21FA327
Date & Time: July 16, 2021, 00:00 Local 
Registration: N2054B
Aircraft: Luscombe 8F
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 16, 2021, at an unknown time, a Luscombe 8F, N2054B, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Comstock, Texas. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries. 

The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

The airplane departed from Del Rio International Airport (DRT), Del Rio, Texas. On July 18, 2021, a landowner found the airplane in a field, that was located about 20 miles north-northwest of DRT, while checking the field’s fence. There were no witnesses that reported seeing the accident.

The airplane was resting inverted and had an approximate tail-to-nose heading of 202°. The propeller, located several feet forward of the airplane nose, exhibited chordwise scratching consistent with rotation. The propeller to airframe heading was about 022°. Ground scarring was limited to the areas under the propeller and the airframe. There was no ground scarring across the field. The airplane had substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and empennage.

The airplane nose and both wings exhibited an approximate crush angle of 90°. The airplane wings, rudder, empennage, and all control surfaces were located with the fuselage at the accident site. Both wing flaps were retracted. The engine crankcase was broken open and several of the internal engine components were near the nose of the airplane. The tachometer indicator gauge needle was deformed along the tachometer face. The tachometer indicated about 2,600 rpm.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe
Registration: N2054B
Model/Series: 8F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: DRT,1002 ft msl 
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Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
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Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Del Rio, TX (DRT)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 29.640618,-101.06117

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Ryan Nicholas Mudry
February 20, 1987 - July 18, 2021
~

Ryan Nicholas Mudry, age 34, entered into rest on Sunday, July 18, 2021 in Del Rio, Texas. He was born on February 20, 1987.

Services are pending.


Cessna 180H, N9024M: Accident occurred July 19, 2021 in Brenham, Washington County, Texas

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; Houston, Texas


Location: Brenham, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA331
Date & Time: July 19, 2021, 18:30 Local 
Registration: N9024M
Aircraft: Cessna 180H 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N9024M
Model/Series: 180H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.09943,-96.35494 (est)

Aeronca 7AC, N3036E: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 at Springwood Airstrip Gliderport (08VA), Buchanan, Botetourt County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aircraft bounced on landing and crashed into trees.  


Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N3036E
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 7AC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BUCHANAN
State: VIRGINIA

Turbine Cubs of Wyoming LLC PA-18 Super Cub, N507TC: Accident occurred July 19, 2021 in DeWitt, Dinwiddie County, Virginia

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

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

BackCountry Aviation LLC


Location: Dewitt, VA
Accident Number: ERA21LA294
Date & Time: July 19, 2021, 21:06 Local 
Registration: N507TC
Aircraft: TURBINE CUBS OF WYOMING LLC PA-18 SUPER CUB 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: TURBINE CUBS OF WYOMING LLC
Registration: N507TC
Model/Series: PA-18 SUPER CUB 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
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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: 37.02,-77.59

Beech 77 Skipper, N3729B: Incident occurred July 19, 2021 at Yeager Airport (KCRW), Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston

Aircraft struck a metal railing during taxi.


Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N3729B
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 77
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: CHARLESTON
State: WEST VIRGINIA

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N7137T: Accident occurred July 16, 2021 in Skwentna, Alaska

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; Anchorage, Alaska

Location: Skwentna, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA061
Date & Time: July 16, 2021, 12:30 Local 
Registration: N7137T
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 16, 2021, about 1230 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 172, N7137T, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Skwentna, Alaska. The pilot was uninjured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that during takeoff from a remote gravel bar, the airplane experienced a partial loss of engine power. The airplane subsequently encountered a “bump”, the nose veered right, and then nosed down. The airplane impacted the ground with the nose and left wing before coming to rest upright. The pilot and passenger were able to egress from the airplane without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The airplane has been recovered and is pending a detailed examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N7137T
Model/Series: 172
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: PATK,356 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Skwentna, AK
Destination: Skwentna, AK (SKW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.918987,-150.99146 (est)

Gulfstream G550, N261PW: Incident occurred July 18, 2021 at Palm Springs International Airport (KPSP), Riverside County, California

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

Aircraft experienced fire in #1 engine and landed. 

PerryAir LLC


Date: 18-JUL-21
Time: 18:22:00Z
Regis#: N261PW
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: GV
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: EXECUTIVE FLITEWAYS
City: PALM SPRINGS
State: CALIFORNIA

Beechcarft 35-C33 Debonair, N18AR: Accident occurred July 18, 2021 near Vance Brand Airport (KLMO), Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado 


Location: Longmont, CO 
Accident Number: CEN21LA325
Date & Time: July 18, 2021, 08:55 Local
Registration: N18AR
Aircraft: Beech 35-C33 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 18, 2021, about 0855 mountain daylight time, a Beech 35-C33 airplane, N18AR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near the Vance Brand Airport (LMO), Longmont, Colorado. The pilot and passenger sustained serious and minor injuries, respectively. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the preflight inspection and run-up were normal. However, after takeoff from runway 29, the airplane climb performance was not as expected. He initiated a shallow right turn to avoid a house off the departure end of the runway, and the airplane unexpectedly entered an aerodynamic stall.

The airplane impacted a hay field and came to rest about 1/3-mile from the departure end of the runway.

It had sustained damage to the fuselage and engine mount. Postaccident airframe and engine examinations are planned.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N18AR
Model/Series: 35-C33
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: LMO,5055 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / 0 knots, 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Longmont, CO (LMO)
Destination: Red Oak, IA (RDK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.17058,-105.17705


A plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a field shortly after taking off from an airport in Longmont.

Boulder County Communications was notified of an aircraft crash just west of the runway at the Vance-Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont on Sunday morning (July 18) at approximately 8:40 a.m.

As per an official press release from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, the plane had just taken off from the airport and was occupied by two people - a 69-year-old male, who was piloting the aircraft, and a 62-year-old female passenger.

The pilot was reportedly able to make an emergency landing in a field just west of the runway at the Longmont airport.

Both occupants were fortunately able to exit the aircraft on their own and were transported to a local area hospital for evaluation with minor injuries.

Agencies including the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Longmont Police Department, Longmont Fire Department, Hygiene Fire Protection District and American Medical Response (AMR) all assisted during the Sunday morning incident.

The situation surrounding the emergency landing is not being considered suspicious at this time.

As per the press release, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be investigating the cause of the incident.

Commander 114B, N4LY: Incident occurred July 16, 2021 at Page Field Airport (KFMY), Fort Myers, Florida

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

Aircraft landed gear up.  

Scott D Bonk LLC


Date: 16-JUL-21
Time: 15:10:00Z
Regis#: N4LY
Aircraft Make: COMMANDER
Aircraft Model: 11
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT MYERS
State: FLORIDA

Beech S35 Bonanza, N961SF: Incident occurred July 17, 2021 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 

BDR Aviation LLC


Date: 17-JUL-21
Time: 14:25:00Z
Regis#: N961SF
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST AUGUSTINE
State: FLORIDA

Erco 415C Ercoupe, N3044H: Accident occurred July 18, 2021 at Lake Clinch Airpark (52FL), Frostproof, Polk County, Florida

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

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

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


Location: Frostproof, FL
Accident Number: ERA21LA293
Date & Time: July 18, 2021, 10:55 Local
Registration: N3044H
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415-C
Injuries: 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ercoupe
Registration: N3044H
Model/Series: 415-C 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBOW,125 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2500 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Frostproof, FL
Destination: Frostproof, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 27.750054,-81.559071 (est)

Beech 58 Baron, N40JB: Incident occurred July 18, 2021 at Middle Georgia Regional Airport (KMCN), Macon, Bibb County, Georgia

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

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 


Date: 18-JUL-21
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N40JB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MACON
State: GEORGIA



MACON, Georgia — A runway at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport was closed after a plane's gear collapsed on Sunday.

The plane was a general aviation aircraft, according Macon-Bibb County Spokesperson Chris Floore. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. 

The runway was reopened around 6:30 p.m..

The secondary runway at Middle Georgia Regional Airport was still open, so as to not impact the rest of the airport. 

No injuries were reported. 

Eiriavion Pik-20E, N90BM: Incident occurred July 17, 2021 in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

K & S Soaring LLC


Date: 17-JUL-21
Time: 00:44:00Z
Regis#: N90BM
Aircraft Make: EIRIAVION
Aircraft Model: PIK 20E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: IDAHO FALLS
State: IDAHO

Christen Eagle II, N31RR: Incident occurred July 17, 2021 at Des Moines International Airport (KDSM), Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aircraft blew a tire on landing and damaged a runway and a taxiway light. 


Date: 17-JUL-21
Time: 19:46:00Z
Regis#: N31RR
Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Aircraft Model: CHRISTEN EAGLE II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DES MOINES
State: IOWA

Robinson R44 Raven II, N512RT: Accident occurred July 16, 2021 in Lewisburg, Butler County, Kentucky

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; Louisville, Kentucky

TomKat Aviation LLC


Location: Lewisburg, KY
Accident Number: ERA21LA292
Date & Time: July 16, 2021, 12:20 Local
Registration: N512RT
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On July 16, 2021, about 1220 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 II, N512RT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lewisburg, Kentucky. The commercial pilot was seriously injured, and the pilot-rated passenger received minor injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

According to the pilot’s wife the purpose of the flight was to spray a nearby cornfield and the role of the passenger was to assist with the operation of the “Ag Nav mapping system.” Prior to takeoff, the helicopter was filled with “a little over 50 gallons” of spraying solution, which resulted in the helicopter being “barely overweight”, but she and pilot felt it would be “fine.” The pilot told her that when the helicopter took off it “just wouldn't fly” and the low rotor rpm light illuminated. As the pilot flared to land the helicopter landed hard in a level attitude, bounced, touched down again, and rolled on its left side.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the rotor system and fuselage. It was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N512RT
Model/Series: R44 II NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BWG 
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4300 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Russelville, KY (4M7)
Destination: Butler County Farmland, KY

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.071389,-87.759722 (est)