Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N70643: Fatal accident occurred August 23, 2021 in Adrian, Bates County, Missouri

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; Kansas City, Missouri

Flying S Ranch LLC


Location: Adrian, MO 
Accident Number: CEN21FA380
Date & Time: August 22, 2021, 13:00 Local
Registration: N70643
Aircraft: Piper J3C-65
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 22, 2021, about 1300 central daylight time, a Piper J3C-65, N70643, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Adrian, Missouri. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot’s wife reported that he took off from their private grass runway about 1300 for a leisure flight. She did not watch him takeoff; nor did she hear anything. She also did not know his destination or when to expect him back. Later that evening she attempted to reach him, but she did not become concerned until dark. She drove their property and the surrounding area but did not find him or the airplane. The next morning a friend went flying and found the airplane in the middle of a cornfield about 300 yards northwest of the private grass runway.

The airplane was mostly whole and was positioned along a heading of about 135°. The airplane came to rest nose down in the dirt with the aft fuselage and empennage extended up into the air. Both wings were bent down at the forward wing spar, and the aft wing attachment points were fracture separated. The wingtips exhibited aft crush damage and came to rest touching the dirt. The engine and firewall were pushed aft and up to the left. The left side of the engine was wedged between the wing spar and the leftwing leading edge. The propeller remained attached at the hub, and the crankshaft was bent just aft of the attachment flange. Both propeller blades were mostly straight.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N70643
Model/Series: J3C-65 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KLRY,915 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Adrian, MO 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.4343,-94.44294 

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.

Bates County Sheriff's Office -

On 8/23/2021 at approximately 11 am Dispatch was advised of a possible plane that had crashed northwest of Adrian. Deputies along with the Missouri Highway Patrol, Adrian Police, Adrian Fire, Butler Fire and the Bates County EMS arrived in the area. The exact location was unknown but it was believed to have been in the middle of a corn field. Another pilot had observed the plane in the field and landed to help direct emergency responders. A deputy on scene was equipped with a search and rescue drone and immediately deployed the drone to located the plane.  

The plane was located by the drone and the deputy was able to relay responding emergency personnel to the site through the corn.  Additional personnel arrived with UTVs and ATVs to help support the rescue effort. 

The plane had a single occupant who did not survive the crash. The name is currently being withheld until additional family has been notified.  The case is being investigated as a joint investigation with the MSHP, FAA, NTSB, Bates County Sheriff's Office and the Bates County Coroner's Office.  

Our prayers go out to family and friends of the pilot.  No further information will be released until the completion of the investigation.

CubCrafters CC11-100, N10BC: Incident occurred August 23, 2021 at Coeur d'Alene Airport (KCOE), Kootenai County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

Aircraft nosed over on landing.  


Date: 23-AUG-21
Time: 18:07:00Z
Regis#: N10BC
Aircraft Make: CUB CRAFTERS
Aircraft Model: CC11
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COEUR D'ALENE
State: IDAHO

Piper J3C-65, N1475N: Incident occurred August 23, 2021 at Lansing Municipal Airport (KIGQ), Cook County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft taxiing and struck a bollard in front of fuel pump with propeller. 


Date: 23-AUG-21
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N1475N
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: LANSING
State: ILLINOIS

Murphy Rebel, N309D: Incident occurred August 24, 2021 at Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS), Burlington, Washington

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

Aircraft incurred a propeller strike and nosed over while hand propping. 


Date: 24-AUG-21
Time: 00:40:00Z
Regis#: N309D
Aircraft Make: MURPHY AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: REBEL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: BURLINGTON
State: WASHINGTON

Boeing 737-932ER, N843DN: Incident occurred August 22, 2021 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC), Anchorage, Alaska

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

Aircraft on pushback from gate, wingtip clipped a piece off ground equipment.  


Date: 22-AUG-21
Time: 14:10:00Z
Regis#: N843DN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL1359
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Boeing 737-800, N954NN: Incident occurred August 20, 2021 at Bob Hope Airport (KBUR), Burbank, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft under tow clipped wingtips with Airbus A320-214, N837VA


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 15:40:00Z
Regis#: N954NN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
City: BURBANK
State: CALIFORNIA

Van's RV-6, N92VM: Incident occurred August 22, 2021 at Lake County Airport (KLXV), Leadville, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft encountered a crosswind and was blown off the runway. 


Date: 22-AUG-21
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N92VM
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LEADVILLE
State: COLORADO

Gulfstream G-IV, N277GM: Accident occurred August 21, 2021 at Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport (KFXE), Broward 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 Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation; Savanna, Georgia Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Accident Number: ERA21LA336
Date & Time: August 21, 2021, 13:40 Local 
Registration: N277GM
Aircraft: GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE G-IV
Injuries: 14 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 21, 2021, about 1340 eastern daylight time, a Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV airplane, N277GM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The four crew members and 10 passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot-in-command (PIC) reported that after a routine taxi to the runway he initiated the takeoff on runway 9. As the takeoff roll progressed, he recalled that the normal callouts were made, and nothing was abnormal until the airplane reached about 100 to 110 knots, at which point he felt a “terrible shimmy” that “progressively got worse and worse.” He initiated an immediate aborted takeoff with braking and thrust reversers and it seemed that the airplane was slowing; however, the airplane veered off the runway and the right main landing gear struck a concrete slab holding approach lighting equipment. The airplane came to a stop shortly after impacting the concrete slab.

The second-in-command pilot reported that the taxi and initial takeoff roll were normal. As the airplane passed through 80 knots, he recalled feeling a “slight shimmy” and “a little rattle” between the rudder pedals, which “intensified dramatically.” The PIC then aborted the takeoff by reducing the power to idle, applying thrust reversers, and applying brakes. During the abort procedure, the nose dropped, and it became apparent that “the nose gear collapsed.” The airplane continued to maintain the runway centerline for a short period of time but then veered to the right, off the runway and came to a stop. He then opened the main cabin door, and the passengers immediately exited.

A third non-type rated observer pilot seated in the jump-seat reported a similar account of the accident sequence.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector responded to the accident site the day of the accident. The airplane came to rest in a sandy grass area about 200 ft to the right of the runway 9 centerline. The left main landing gear did not collapse; however, the right main landing gear was displaced upward and punctured the inboard aft section of the right wing which resulted in substantial damage.

Examination of the runway and surrounding grass areas found several items of debris. Moving east in the direction of the takeoff roll, the first component located on the runway was the nose landing gear (NLG) pip pin that is normally seated in the NLG torque link. It was found about 2,215 ft from the main wreckage. Continuing down the runway, about 1,315 ft from the main wreckage, the bulk of the NLG shock strut assembly, trunnion and truss, both tires, and lower scissor link were located intact and impact damaged. The safety pin, that normally is installed through the NLG pip pin was found intact with the separated NLG still attached to its lanyard cord.

The NLG upper scissor link was located in the grass a few hundred feet from the runway centerline. Figure 1 shows a still image captured by the FXE Airport Authority drone shortly after the accident. Additional photographs have been added to the drone image to show the location of swivel tire marks and where components were located on the runway as noted with the red circles.


The airplane was equipped with a cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, which were removed and sent to the National Transportation Safety Board Vehicle Recorders Laboratory in Washington, District of Columbia, for download. The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE
Registration: N277GM
Model/Series: G-IV NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: FXE,14 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Destination: Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 4 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 10 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 14 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.198586,-80.165403 

Beech A36 Bonanza, N12FG: Incident occurred August 21, 2021 at Elbert County Airport (KEBA), Elberton, Georgia

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Echols Mill Aviation LLC


Date: 21-AUG-21
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N12FG
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ELBERTON
State: GEORGIA

Cessna 182B Skylane, N2299C: Incident occurred August 22, 2021 at Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field (KBOI), Ada County, Idaho

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

Aircraft landed and a gust of wind picked up the right wing and incurred a propeller strike. 


Date: 22-AUG-21
Time: 19:28:00Z
Regis#: N2299C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BOISE
State: IDAHO

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N542TH: Incident occurred August 22, 2021 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Cook County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft incurred a tail strike on landing. 

Papillon Air Inc


Date: 22-AUG-21
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N542TH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PROSPECT HEIGHTS
State: ILLINOIS

Blue Heron Marathon, N51708: Incident occurred August 20, 2021 in Peru, Miami County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Powered parachute experienced engine issues and made a forced landing in a field.  


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 13:30:00Z
Regis#: N51708
Aircraft Make: BLUE HERON
Aircraft Model: MARATHON
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: PERU
State: INDIANA

Robinson R44 Raven II, N222VB: Accident occurred August 20, 2021 in Gonzales, Ascension Parish, Louisiana

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; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 
Down River Aviation LLC


Location: Gonzales, LA
Accident Number: CEN21LA378
Date & Time: August 20, 2021, 23:30 Local 
Registration: N222VB
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N222VB
Model/Series: R44 II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.2461,-90.9219 (est)

Beech M35 Bonanza, N9596R: Incident occurred August 20, 2021 in Boyce, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field. 


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N9596R
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: M35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BOYCE
State: LOUISIANA

Bellanca 17-31ATC Super Viking, N39828: Incident occurred August 22, 2021 at Muskegon County Airport (KMKG), Michigan

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

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 22-AUG-21
Time: 14:40:00Z
Regis#: N39828
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 17
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MUSKEGON
State: MICHIGAN

Socata TB20 Trinidad, N711RP: Incidents occurred August 22, 2021 and April 17, 2020

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota 

August 22, 2021: Aircraft landed and gear collapsed at Rochester International Airport (KRST), Olmsted County, Minnesota.

JWP Flying Services LLC


Date: 22-AUG-21
Time: 17:54:00Z
Regis#: N7111RP
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TB-20 TRINIDAD
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROCHESTER
State: MINNESOTA

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


April 17, 2020:   Aircraft landed gear up at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida.

Arsala Inc

Date: 17-APR-20
Time: 18:40:00Z
Regis#: N711RP
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TM20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PUNTA GORDA
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28-160 Cherokee, N5600W: Incident occurred August 20, 2021 at Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Clark County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aircraft landed and incurred a propeller strike.  

GAW Management LLC


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 17:57:00Z
Regis#: N5600W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LAS VEGAS
State: NEVADA

Van's RV-7A, N838WT: Incident occurred August 21, 2021 at South Jersey Regional Airport (KVAY), Burlington County, New Jersey

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

Aircraft made a hard landing, lost control and flipped over. 


Date: 21-AUG-21
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N838WT
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MOUNT HOLLY
State: NEW JERSEY

Cessna T210K Turbo Centurion, N210AB: Incident occurred August 21, 2021 at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport (KGFL), Glens Falls, Warren County, New York

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 


Date: 21-AUG-21
Time: 22:38:00Z
Regis#: N210AB
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GLENS FALLS
State: NEW YORK

De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter, N560TR: Incident occurred August 21, 2021 in Bettles, Alaska

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

Aircraft propeller disconnected from the engine and landed on tundra. 

Jespersen Aircraft Services Inc


Date: 21-AUG-21
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N560TR
Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Aircraft Model: DHC3
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: SOURDOUGH AIR SERVICE
City: BETTLES
State: ALASKA

Aeronca 7AC Champion, N1472E: Fatal accident occurred August 21, 2021 near Flying Oaks Airport (2TE2), Azle, 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 traveled to the scene of this accident. 

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


Location: Fort Worth, TX
Accident Number: CEN21FA377
Date & Time: August 21, 2021, 08:53 Local
Registration: N1472E
Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 21, 2021, about 0853 central daylight time, an Aeronca 7AC airplane, N1472E, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Fort Worth, Texas. The airline transport pilot and the passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the manager of the Flying Oaks Airport (2TE2), Fort Worth, Texas, the pilot was going to conduct a local area flight with his son onboard. The pilot was seated in the rear seat and the passenger was seated in the front seat. The airplane, which had flight controls at both positions, but only flight instruments for the front seat, was based out of 2TE2.

Multiple witnesses observed the airplane takeoff from the grass runway 15, at 2TE2. One witness, a flight instructor, reported that during the climb out, the airplane appeared to get “slow.” He reported that the airplane started a “roll to the right,” the left wing “fell,” and the airplane “stalled, entering a spin.” The flight instructor reported this occurred about 100 ft above ground level (AGL). A second witness reported that near the end of the runway, about 100 ft AGL, he observed a “strong right yaw” with the airplane, followed by a gradual left turn. The pilot appeared to lower the nose, the airplane “rolled hard left,” and entered a spin. The witness did not recall hearing any abnormal noises originating from the engine.

The airplane came to rest about 1,100 ft southeast of the departure end of runway 15, on private property. The airplane came to rest on a concrete driveway, next to a metal horse pasture fence. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca 
Registration: N1472E
Model/Series: 7AC 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNFW,608 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 16000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Worth, TX (2TE2)
Destination: Fort Worth, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.824615,-97.530744 (est)

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.

 Jack Schwantz, 18

The Azle football community is in mourning following the death of senior Jack Schwantz, 18. Jack Schwantz, a lineman, and his father, Charles Schwantz, were killed in a single-engine plane crash near Azle, Texas.



AZLE, Texas – A high school student and his father were killed over the weekend when their small plane crashed in North Texas, officials said.

The Aeronca 7AC Champion crashed just before 9 a.m. Saturday northwest of Fort Worth near Azle, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Jack Schwantz, 18, and Charles Schwantz, 55, who was piloting the aircraft, were killed in the crash, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office said.

Jack Schwantz was an Azle High School senior, an Azle Independent School District spokeswoman said. In a letter to parents, school Principal Randy Cobb said crisis counselors would be at the school Monday and throughout the week as needed.

“Charles Schwantz was an accomplished commercial pilot, and Jack had a passion for flying as the two spent many Saturdays flying together,” Azle football coach Devon Dorris told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in a text.

Dorris tweeted that those who knew Jack Schwantz, a lineman on the varsity team, “knew he was one of the greatest humans to ever put on the Azle Hornet jersey. That’s not talk; that’s truth.”

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Taylorcraft BF, N26625: Incident occurred August 21, 2021 in Anderson, Grimes County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aircraft made a forced landing in a pasture. 

96000 Aircraft LLC


Date: 21-AUG-21
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N26625
Aircraft Make: TAYLORCRAFT
Aircraft Model: BF
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ANDERSON
State: TEXAS

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Robinson R44 Raven II, N744RB; accident occurred August 20, 2021 in New Roads, Louisiana






Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board
      
The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Bates Show Sales Staff Inc


Location: New Roads, Louisiana 
Accident Number: CEN21LA385
Date and Time: August 20, 2021, 03:40 Local 
Registration: N744RB
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total) 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot was conducting a night cross country flight in his single-engine helicopter to evaluate the progress of some construction projects. As he approached the landing area, he noticed some loose construction debris, so he flew past the site and turned around to approach from the opposite direction.

Shortly thereafter, the engine began losing power. Unable to maintain level flight he conducted an emergency landing to a river. By the time he was rescued, about 11 hours after the accident, the helicopter had sunk and was not located despite an extensive search by local law enforcement. Given that the wreckage was not recovered, an examination of the engine to determine a reason for the loss of
power could not be performed.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined due to a lack of available evidence.

Findings

Aircraft (general) - Unknown/Not determined

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying Loss of engine power (total) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N744RB
Model/Series: R44 II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 14390
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner:
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHZR, 40 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 04:15 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 266°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lafayette, LA (KLFT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 03:40 Local
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.72554,-91.353989(est)

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office - 

West Feliciana Sheriff’s Deputies responded late Friday to reports of a person floating in the Mississippi River near the mouth of Bayou Sara.  According to Sheriff Brian Spillman, when the responding deputies got to the scene, they saw a man clinging to a propane bottle approximately 50 feet off the bank.  Recognizing the man was in extreme distress, WFPSO Crisis Response Team members launched a rescue vessel and attempted to reach him, while other deputies waded out into the water.  

After bringing him to shore, the man told deputies he had left Lafayette in a Robinson R44 helicopter before 4:00am and went down in the river about 45 minutes later.  He was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital suffering from exposure and a possible diabetic condition.

“He is extremely lucky to have survived the crash, and that he went down in an area that is near a public access point to the river’” said Spillman.  “He was in the water over 12 hours.  I don’t think he could have lasted much longer.”  

The man told deputies he was alone in the rotorcraft.  His name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Yakovlev Yak-52, N666EN: Incidents occurred August 20, 2021, January 13, 2021 and March 18, 2019

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida 

August 20, 2021:  Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field. 

Ridgerunner 51 LLC


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N666EN
Aircraft Make: YAKOVLEV
Aircraft Model: YAK 52
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CRESTVIEW
State: FLORIDA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

January 13, 2021:  Aircraft veered off taxiway and struck a taxiway light at Bob Sikes Airport (KCEW), Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida.

Ridgerunner 51 LLC 


Date: 13-JAN-21
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N666EN
Aircraft Make: YAKOVLEV
Aircraft Model: YAK52
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: CRESTVIEW
State: FLORIDA

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

March 18, 2019:  Exited runway and gear collapsed at Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), Arkansas.

Date: 18-MAR-19
Time: 20:21:00Z
Regis#: N666EN
Aircraft Make: YAKOVLEV
Aircraft Model: YAK 52
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: SPRINGDALE
State: ARKANSAS

Beech A35 Bonanza: Incident occurred August 20, 2021 in Napa, California

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 21:25:00Z
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NAPA
State: CALIFORNIA

Shorts SD3-60 N4476F: Incident occurred August 20, 2021 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (PHNL), Honolulu, Hawaii

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Trans Executive Airlines of Hawaii Inc


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 14:12:00Z
Regis#: N4476F
Aircraft Make: SHORT BROS
Aircraft Model: SHORTS SD3-60
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: TRANS EXECUTIVE AIRLINES OF HAWAII
Flight Number: MUI
City: HONOLULU
State: HAWAII

Boeing 737-832, N3767: Incident occurred August 20, 2021 at Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC), Utah

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

Aircraft landed hard and a piece of window laminate was found missing. 

Delta Air Lines Inc


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 18:01:00Z
Regis#: N3767
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL750
City: SALT LAKE CITY
State: UTAH

Boeing 757-231, N727TW: Incident occurred August 20, 2021 at Boston Logan International Airport (KBOS), Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aircraft struck a bird on landing damaging cowling. 

Delta Air Lines Inc


Date: 20-AUG-21
Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N727TW
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 757
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL454
City: BOSTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS

North American SNJ-2 Texan, N52900: Fatal accident occurred August 20, 2021 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (KAVP), Pennsylvania

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; Allentown, Pennsylvania

GEICO Skytypers

SNJ-2 Corporation 


Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA 
Accident Number: ERA21FA334
Date & Time: August 20, 2021, 12:36 Local 
Registration: N52900
Aircraft: North American SNJ-2
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Air race/show

On August 20, 2021, about 1236 eastern standard time, a North American SNJ-2, N52900, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 air show flight.

The airplane was owned and operated by SNJ-2 Corporation as part of the Geico Sktypers Air Show Team, which typically flew six North American SNJ airplanes and would perform lowlevel, precision demonstrations. The accident occurred during initial climb after takeoff from Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport (AVP), Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, while the team was conducting a practice flight for the Great Pocono Raceway Airshow. The practice flight was initiated with a formation takeoff, which consisted of three, 2-airplane elements (sections) with each element taking off at 15 second intervals. The accident pilot was leading the 2nd element, which was the No.3 Airplane. According to the flight leader, after takeoff, they were about 100 feet above ground level, when the No. 3 airplane made a left turn, the nose went down, and the airplane departed controlled flight. The smoke system then turned on, and the airplane impacted the ground.

According to the pilot in the No.4 airplane, who was the accident pilot’s wingman in the 2nd echelon, they had just taken off and he was sliding into position on the right side of the No.3 airplane. Normally, the accident pilot would look at him at that point, to check that his landing gear was up. But in this case, he did not. The pilot in the No.4 airplane noted that the landing gear on the No. 3 airplane were retracting, and the airplane was starting to decelerate. He also heard over the air-to-air frequency that they used for communication between the airplanes, the accident pilot transmit, “Three’s got an emergency.” The No.3 airplane was now turning and rolling, and as it went through about 20° of bank, the airplane slowed more. The bank then continued to increase, as it was descending. The smoke system then came on, the airplane impacted the ground, and a post impact fire ensued.

Review of audio and video from the No.4 airplane, revealed that a drop in propeller rpm was visible before the airplane started to turn and descend. Audio and video provided by a witness who was just outside of the airport’s security fence, also revealed that when the No. 3 airplane flew by just prior to the accident, they heard popping noises similar to backfiring of an engine. No smoke was observed emanating from the airplane while this was occurring.

Examination of the accident site indicated that the airplane first made ground contact with its left wingtip, then the nose of the airplane, and then the right wing. The airplane came to rest on a 120° magnetic heading, just off the west side of taxiway bravo, about 185 feet south of intersection B5.

Examination of the airplane revealed that it had been severely fire damaged. During the impact sequence, the engine had separated from its mounting location, had been displaced to the right of the airplane’s centerline, and had come to rest against the inboard right wing leading edge. The empennage had separated from the aft fuselage, the left outer wing panel had separated from its mounting location (the wing center section), and both the left and right ailerons had been separated from their mounting locations. The landing gear and wing flaps were up, and the pitot tube was clear of obstruction.

Both fuel tanks had been breached, and the top of the smoke oil tank for the smoke system, was broken and melted away. The majority of the cockpit had been burned away. The hydraulic filter and hydraulic power control had separated from their mounting locations. The manifold pressure drain gauge was closed. The carburetor air temperature control was in the OFF position. The throttle, and mixture, controls were in the approximately mid-range position, and the propeller control was almost full forward. The engine control lock was burned away. The flight control lock was unlocked. The latching mechanism for the pilot’s 5-point harness was in the closed and latched position.

Examination of the 2-bladed propeller revealed that one blade was bent back about 10°, approximately 12 inches outboard of the blade root, with the rest of the propeller blade being almost completely straight. The other propeller blade was partially curled aft starting at a point about mid-span of the blade. Both blades displayed minimal leading-edge gouging and chordwise scratching. Examination of the engine and its supportive systems revealed that the starter motor had been separated from its mounting location. The engine oil tank was also separated from its mounting location and was breached during the impact sequence. Trace amounts of oil were still contained within the tank. The oil cooler though impact damaged appeared functional, and the oil “Y” drain valve was separated from its mounting location. The spin on oil filter was intact, contained engine oil, and did not contain any metallic debris in the pleats of the internal filter material. The hand fuel pump had also been separated from its mounting location. Internal examination revealed that its screen was clear of contaminants. The air chamber mixing gate was open.

Review of weight and balance information indicated that the airplane was within weight and balance limitations.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: North American 
Registration: N52900
Model/Series: SNJ-2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KAVP,962 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:44 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2300 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wilkes-Barre, PA 
Destination: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.343483,-75.721083 

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.

Andrew E. Travnicek
May 10, 1971 - August 20, 2021
~

Hampton - Andrew "Andy" Edward Travnicek, 50, of Hampton, passed away in an aircraft accident on Friday, August 20, 2021.

Please check back for Andy's complete obituary. 

Just Aircraft Highlander: N409JD: Incident occurred August 12, 2021 in Brasstown, Clay County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Aircraft left wheel fell off on landing.  


Date: 12-AUG-21
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N409JD
Aircraft Make: JUST AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: HIGHLANDER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BRASSTOWN
State: NORTH CAROLINA

LiteFlite Dragonfly, N799HG: Accident occurred July 31, 2021 at Randall Airport (06N), Middletown, Orange County, New York

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; Teterboro, New Jersey


Location: Middletown, NY
Accident Number: ERA21LA310
Date & Time: July 31, 2021, 09:53 Local
Registration: N799HG
Aircraft: LITEFLITE PTY LTD DRAGONFLY MODEL C 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Glider tow

On July 31, 2021, about 0953 eastern daylight time, a Liteflite Dragonfly Model C airplane, N799HG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Middletown, New York. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 glider tow flight.

According to the tow pilot, the first flight of the day to check for convective activity at Randall Airport (06N), Middletown, New York, was uneventful. He parked the airplane; a hang glider was hooked up and he performed a normal takeoff. He reported that the airplane’s engine lost total power about 50 ft above ground level. He immediately lowered the airplane’s nose; however, “there was too much drag from the tow line and the airplane stalled and pancaked to the ground,” at which time the engine restarted and caused the airplane to ground loop into a snowplow parked on the ramp.

A witness reported that during the climb out, the engine sputtered, the airplane "stalled" and full engine power was restored before the airplane struck the ground.

The pilot of the hang glider being towed stated that when it became apparent to him that the tow airplane was stalling, he disconnected the hang glider.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage boom tube sustained substantial damage.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: LITEFLITE PTY LTD 
Registration: N799HG
Model/Series: DRAGONFLY MODEL C
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: MGJ,365 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Middletown, NY
Destination: Middletown, NY

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.431912,-74.391561 (est)