Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Desiree Horton: Citing Sex Discrimination, First Female Orange County Fire Authority Pilot Sues to Get Job Back

Desiree Horton was the first full-time female helicopter pilot in the history of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), an agency with only around 2% women firefighters. She was hired in 2019, and fired in 2020.


Helicopter pilot Desiree Horton.


In June of this year, she filed a lawsuit against OCFA seeking her job back, and stating that her termination was sex discrimination. The lawsuit is ongoing.

Horton has over 30 years of experience as a pilot, having worked as an aerial reporter for various Southern California news stations, and for over 15 years as an aerial firefighter. In 2019, she joined the OCFA, working out of Station 41 at the Fullerton Airport. She thought it would be her dream job.

According to the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, during Horton’s time at the OCFA, she was held to unfair and higher standards than her male counterparts, deprived of training opportunities offered to the male fire pilots, unfairly evaluated without proper training and often with little or no advance notice, lied to about the conditions of her passing probation, and forced to work in a hostile environment in which she was ignored, undermined, disrespected, disparaged, and made to feel as though she was incompetent.

The lawsuit states, “the OCFA failed Ms. Horton after her one-year probationary period and without the required one-year evaluation flight, wrongfully claiming her performance was ‘sub standard’ and that she was essentially untrainable.”

The Observer reached out to OCFA for their side of the story, but a spokesperson said they were unable to comment on ongoing litigation.

Horton, her lawyers, and other advocates held a virtual press conference back in June, in which they explained the case.

“It was such an honor and a privilege to serve Orange County as a first responder, but OCFA didn’t see it that way,” Horton said. “I was set up to fail and I was never given the opportunity to succeed. It was clear to me that women weren’t wanted at OCFA.”

Lauren Andrade, a fire captain at OCFA, supports Horton in her fight to get her job back and to challenge the culture of the organization.

“I wish I could sit here today and say this is the first I’d heard of a probationary employee being discriminated against for their sex or race, but unfortunately that’s far from the truth,” Andrade said at the press conference. “OCFA has a pattern of discrimination against underrepresented groups. Either they’re weeded out in the hiring process, or they’re fired during their probationary year.”

“17 of our 77 fire stations currently don’t have women’s restrooms or shower facilities to accommodate a dual gender workforce,” Andrade said. “We have no women chief officers, and up until Desiree we had no women assigned full time to our Air Operations division.”

Jenna Rangel, an attorney representing Horton, said that although Horton had more experience than her male colleagues, “because there was no objective metrics that could be applied equally to all fire pilots, the OCFA was able to hold Desiree to higher standards than the men, and to terminate her by wrongfully claiming her performance was sub-standard.”

“People have asked me why I’m doing this. The answer is simple—I want my job back. Let me fly,” Horton said. “And I want the OCFA to be a changed department, one in which women and underrepresented groups are given the fair shake we deserve.”

Fire pilots like Desiree are tasked with transporting firefighters to the front lines, aerial firefighting with precise water drops while hovering at low levels above the blaze, and engaging in search and rescue missions.

Friends and supporters of Horton gathered outside the Orange County Fire Authority Station 41 at the Fullerton Airport on August 28 to protest her firing by OCFA. Another protest is planned for the September 23 OCFA Board of Trustees meeting at 6pm at the Regional Fire Operations and Training Center Board Room 1 Fire Authority Road in Irvine.

A petition on Change.org has been created on Desiree’s behalf and there has been an outpouring of support on social media.

The Orange County Fire Authority provides fire protection and emergency medical services for unincorporated areas of Orange County as well as 25 cities within the county that contract OCFA’s services. Fullerton has its own municipal fire department, but OCFA maintains an air operations station at the Fullerton Airport.

Cessna 180, C-FMFT: Accident occurred September 01, 2021 in Dunseith, Rolette County, North Dakota

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; Fargo, North Dakota 

Location: Dunseith, ND 
Accident Number: CEN21LA394
Date & Time: September 1, 2021, 14:26 Local
Registration: C-FMFT
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: C-FMFT
Model/Series: 180
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: K06D,1821 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 24 knots / 38 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

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: 48.997306,-100.04369 (est)

ROLETTE COUNTY, North Dakota – A plane crashed in northern Rolette County around 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, according to the Rolette County Sheriff’s Office.

The department posted on its Facebook page that the male pilot was not hurt in the crash.

Other departments that responded include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Customs and Border Patrol, Dunseith Police and Fire, and Rolla Ambulance.

The crash remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7780P: Incident occurred September 03, 2021 at Foley Municipal Airport (5R4), Baldwin County, Alabama

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

Aircraft gear collapsed after landing. 


Date: 03-SEP-21
Time: 16:25:00Z
Regis#: N7780P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FOLEY
State: ALABAMA

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N149AK: Accident occurred September 06, 2021 in Tyonek, 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: Tyonek, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA085
Date & Time: September 6, 2021, Local
Registration: N149AK
Aircraft: Piper PA-12 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N149AK
Model/Series: PA-12
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: 
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: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 61.27284,-152.06472 (est)

McDonnell Douglas 369E, N125KW: Accident occurred September 06, 2021 in Delta Junction, 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; Fairbanks, Alaska

Aurora Aviation Services Inc


Location: Delta Junction, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA083
Date & Time: September 6, 2021, 17:42 Local 
Registration: N125KW
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELICOPTER 369E
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELICOPTER
Registration: N125KW
Model/Series: 369E
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PABI,1277 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2200 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Delta Junction, AK
Destination: Delta Junction, AK

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: 63.999752,-144.73459 (est)

Cessna 182P Skylane, N21132 and Cessna A185F Skywagon, N737DM: Incident occurred September 04, 2021 in Anchorage, Alaska

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

Aircraft in-flight damaged wing tip and left tire marks on Cessna A185F Skywagon (N737DM).


Date: 04-SEP-21
Time: 03:15:00Z
Regis#: N21132
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Aircraft Operator: MAGNUSON AIRWAYS
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

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

Aircraft dove to avoid another aircraft, Cessna 182P Skylane (N21132), landed and post flight inspection revealed wing tip damage with tire marks. 

Above & Beyond Aviation Inc 


Date: 04-SEP-21
Time: 03:15:00Z
Regis#: N737DM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: A185
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza, N17561: Incident occurred September 04, 2021 at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 


Date: 04-SEP-21
Time: 18:11:00Z
Regis#: N17561
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: V35B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PHOENIX
State: ARIZONA

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion, N2656S: Incident occurred September 03, 2021 at Chico Municipal Airport (KCIC), Butte County, California

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

Aircraft landed gear up.  


Date: 03-SEP-21
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N2656S
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: CHICO
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-34-200 Seneca, N4567T: Incident occurred September 06, 2021 and Accident occurred April 10, 2018

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

September 06, 2021:  Aircraft landed and gear collapsed at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport  (KMYF), San Diego, California 


Date: 06-SEP-21
Time: 21:10:00Z
Regis#: N4567T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA34
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Landing Gear Not Configured: Piper PA-34-200 Seneca, N4567T; accident occurred April 10, 2018 at Brown Field Municipal Airport (KSDM), San Diego, California
 



Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

https://registry.faa.gov/N4567T

Location: San Diego, California
Accident Number: GAA18CA207
Date & Time: April 10, 2018, 14:00 Local
Registration: N4567T
Aircraft: Piper PA34 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Analysis

The flight instructor reported that the pilot receiving instruction performed a simulated single-engine approach. He wanted to be able to communicate more easily with the pilot, so he set the simulated failed engine to 15 inches of mercury manifold pressure since the landing gear warning horn will sound if the manifold pressure is set below 14 inches of mercury. He added that he did not verify the gear was down and locked with the three green extended lights illuminated. He reported that, just before landing, he heard the landing gear warning horn but attributed it to the stall warning horn. The pilot receiving instruction reported that he did not recall hearing any audible alarm. The airplane landed with the gear retracted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both the wings.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot receiving instruction and flight instructor's failure to properly configure the landing gear before landing, which resulted in landing with the landing gear retracted. 

Findings

Aircraft (general) - Not used/operated
Personnel issues Forgotten action/omission - Instructor/check pilot
Personnel issues Forgotten action/omission - Student/instructed pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Landing gear not configured (Defining event)

Flight instructor Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 18, 2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: April 11, 2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 5239 hours (Total, all aircraft), 833 hours (Total, this make and model), 5065 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 34 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor 
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 20, 2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: April 15, 2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 409 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4567T
Model/Series: PA34 200 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 34-7250136
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 20, 2018 100 hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7151 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-C1E6
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 200 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSDM,525 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 20:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 116°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  / None
Wind Direction: 300° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SAN DIEGO, CA (MYF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: San Diego, CA (SDM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 13:30 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: BROWN FIELD MUNI SDM 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 526 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7972 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.572498,-116.980552(est)

Aeronca 7BCM, N83627: Incident occurred September 04, 2021 at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda County, California

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass. 


Date: 04-SEP-21
Time: 15:55:00Z
Regis#: N83627
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 7BCM
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LIVERMORE
State: CALIFORNIA

Loss of Control on Ground: Aviat A-1 Husky, N6XC; accident occurred September 06, 2021 at Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (KGUC), Gunnison County, Colorado









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; Denver, Colorado

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket

Crooked Creek Cralers LLC


Location: Gunnison, Colorado
Accident Number: CEN21LA403
Date and Time: September 6, 2021, 14:00 Local
Registration: N6XC
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that he landed with a quartering tailwind. When the tailwheel touched down, the wind pushed the tail to the right and the airplane ground looped. The airplane came to rest upright off the left side of the runway and sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control of the airplane after landing with a quartering tailwind.

Findings

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

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private  
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 17, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 9, 2021
Flight Time: 318.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 21.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 318.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 55.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 42 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC 
Registration: N6XC
Model/Series: A-1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1997 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 1383
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 15, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1257.4 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A1P
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 180 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGUC,7666 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 13:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 79°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.35 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rustler Canyon, UT
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Gunnison, CO 
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 12:15 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE RGNL GUC
Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 7679 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17/35
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2981 ft / 150 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.528213,-106.93972 (est)

Cessna 182D Skylane, N9114W: Accident occurred September 03, 2021 near Blake Field Airport (KAJZ), Delta 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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Paper Plane LLC


Location: Delta, CO
Accident Number: CEN21LA404
Date & Time: September 3, 2021, 12:00 Local
Registration: N9114W
Aircraft: Cessna 182D 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Skydiving

On September 3, 2021, about 1200 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182D airplane, N9114W, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Delta, Colorado. The pilot sustained no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 skydiving flight.

The airplane was operating as part of a commercial skydiving operation, Ultimate Skydiving Adventures, LLC, based at the Blake Field Airport (AJZ), Delta, Colorado. The pilot had just completed the 8th skydiving flight of the day, the skydivers onboard had already egressed from the airplane, and the pilot was returning to land at AJZ. About 8,000 ft msl, the engine stopped producing power. The pilot attempted to troubleshoot the total loss of engine power with no change. The pilot decided she would be unable to make it back to AJZ due to the loss of engine power. She located a flat, open hay field, and performed a forced landing. During the landing roll on the soft, wet mud, the airplane nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The pilot was able to egress from the airplane without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The wreckage is pending recovery for a future examination of the airframe and engine.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9114W
Model/Series: 182D
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: KAJZ,5194 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Delta, CO (AJZ)
Destination: Delta, CO

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: 38.774961,-108.08222 (est)

Raytheon 390 Premier I, N351CW: Accident occurred September 03, 2021 at Naples Municipal Airport (KAPF), Collier 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; South Florida Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

PB Air LLC


Location: Naples, FL
Accident Number: ERA21LA350
Date & Time: September 3, 2021, 12:44 Local
Registration: N351CW
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY 390 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

On September 3, 2021, about 1244 eastern daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company 390, N351CW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Naples, Florida. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand flight.

According to the pilot, the flight from Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Indianapolis, Indiana to Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Naples, Florida was uneventful. During landing, he applied normal braking and the airplane started to slow down. Suddenly the brakes “faded away,” and he was unable to stop the airplane. He further described that he applied full braking pressure and the pedals were operating as they should, but the airplane was not stopping. He further stated that every few feet the brakes would grab, lock-up for a few feet, and then release. The brakes grabbed several times during the landing roll but were not slowing the airplane down. The airplane overran the end of the runway, and the pilot steered the airplane into the grass and away from a jet blast fence.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the airplane after the accident observed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings during the runway excursion.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY
Registration: N351CW
Model/Series: 390
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: APF,9 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 10000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Indianapolis, IN (IND)
Destination: Naples, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.150871,-81.77764 (est)

Van's RV-8, N388RV: Incident occurred September 03, 2021 in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft made an emergency landing at the Palm Beach Downs.


Date: 03-SEP-21
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N388RV
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV8
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: DELRAY BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 310Q, N911SQ: Incident occurred September 03, 2021 at Pompano Beach Airpark (KPMP), Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 03-SEP-21
Time: 16:18:00Z
Regis#: N911SQ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: POMPANO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Murphy Renegade II, N490DJ: Accident occurred September 05, 2021 in Millington, Illinois

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: CEN21LA402 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft departed, lost engine power, made a forced landing in a field and flipped over. 


Date: 05-SEP-21
Time: 18:38:00Z
Regis#: N490DJ
Aircraft Make: MURPHY
Aircraft Model: RENEGADE 11
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: MILLINGTON
State: ILLINOIS

Luscombe 8A, N2071K: Accident occurred September 04, 2021 at Smith Field Airport (KSMD), Fort Wayne, Indiana

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; Indianapolis, Indiana


Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Accident Number: CEN21LA400
Date & Time: September 4, 2021, 14:30 Local 
Registration: N2071K
Aircraft: Luscombe 8A
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 4, 2021, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Luscombe 8A airplane, N2071K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fort Wayne, Indiana. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he and 3 other airplanes were conducting a cross-country return flight to Pennsylvania. After refueling, the airplanes taxied to runway 23, and the pilot completed his preflight checklist. Shortly after takeoff, about 200 to 300 ft above ground level, the engine began operating rough, which included some surging, and then it lost power. The pilot attempted to land on runway 5, which resulted in a landing with a 9 to 12 knot tail wind. Due to the tailwind, the airplane touched down near the end of runway 5. Realizing the airplane would not stop before the end of the runway, the pilot turned the airplane to the right and exited the runway surface. The airplane entered a soybean field and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and vertical stabilizer.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe 
Registration: N2071K
Model/Series: 8A 
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: KFWA,828 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / 25 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Wayne, IN 
Destination:

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: 40.980917,-85.187897 (est)

SlipStream Genesis, N105BJ: Accident occurred September 06, 2021 near Fairmont Municipal Airport (KFRM), Martin 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota


Location: Fairmont, MN
Accident Number: CEN21LA401
Date & Time: September 6, 2021, 11:00 Local
Registration: N105BJ
Aircraft: BULFER JAMES G GENESIS
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 6, 2021, about 1100 central daylight time, a SlipStream Genesis light sport airplane, N105BJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fairmont, Minnesota. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he originally built this airplane and has been the only owner. On the accident flight, the airplane was on the base leg of the traffic pattern when the engine lost power. He was unable to maintain altitude and descended into trees. The airplane came to rest in the trees about 30 ft high. The pilot later stated that he believes the drive belt broke, which was the reason for the loss of power.

The airplane remained in the trees and will be recovered after the adjacent corn field is harvested. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and empennage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BULFER JAMES G 
Registration: N105BJ
Model/Series: GENESIS 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFRM,1161 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fairmont, MN
Destination: Fairmont, MN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 43.667208,-94.420205 (est)

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N289JS: Incident occurred September 05, 2021 at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (KEWN), New Bern, North Carolina

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

Aircraft on landing slid off the runway. 

FBO Properties LLC


Date: 05-SEP-21
Time: 17:39:00Z
Regis#: N289JS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEW BERN
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Piper PA-28-180, N5166S: Accident occurred September 06, 2021 in Philadelphia, 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Accident Number: ERA21LA351
Date & Time: September 6, 2021, 15:05 Local
Registration: N5166S
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N5166S
Model/Series: PA-28-180
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: KLOM,301 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:05 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6500 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / 16 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Philadelphia, PA 
Destination: Philadelphia, PA

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: 40.137556,-75.265139 (est)

Cessna 210L Centurion, N2290S: Incident occurred September 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas

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

Aircraft struck a bird cracking the windshield. 

Elco Avion LLC


Date: 05-SEP-21
Time: 16:41:00Z
Regis#: N2290S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

Birdstrike: Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, N827JS; accident occurred September 03, 2021 near Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC), Utah





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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket

FE 5116 LLC
Executive Jets LLC doing business as Fly Exclusive 


Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Accident Number: WPR21LA335
Date and Time: September 3, 2021, 14:37 Local
Registration: N827JS
Aircraft: Cessna 560XL 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike 
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi and commuter - Non-scheduled

Analysis

The captain and co-pilot reported that, about 1 nm from the final approach fix and about 4,000 ft above the ground, the airplane shuddered. During this time the co-pilot heard multiple loud thuds and realized they had collided with a flock of birds. The flight crew did not detect any unusual flight characteristics for the remainder of the flight and landed without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the inboard leading edge of the left wing. The flight crew reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The airplane’s impact with birds during approach.

Findings

Environmental issues Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-IFR final approach Birdstrike (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport 
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Airplane Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: August 31, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 6, 2021
Flight Time: 4076 hours (Total, all aircraft), 528 hours (Total, this make and model), 2798 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 140 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 33 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)
  
Co-pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport 
Age: 34, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Balloon
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 1, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 24, 2021
Flight Time: 2896 hours (Total, all aircraft), 241 hours (Total, this make and model), 1702 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 139 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 42 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N827JS
Model/Series: 560XL 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport 
Serial Number: 560-5116
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 9
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 23, 2021 AAIP 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 20400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 248 Hrs
Engines: 2 Turbo fan
Airframe Total Time: 10659.4 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: PW545A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 4100 Lbs thrust
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Fly Exclusive 
Operator Designator Code: 3EJA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSLC,4225 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:54 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 147°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8500 ft AGL
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 350° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Salt Lake City, UT 
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Airport: Salt Lake City International Airport SLC
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4227 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35
IFR Approach: RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 9596 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.788393,-111.97777 (est)

RagWing S1, N423JB: Accident occurred September 04, 2021 at Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO), Snohomish County, Washington

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

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington Location: Arlington, WA
Accident Number: WPR21LA336
Date & Time: September 4, 2021, 09:10 Local 
Registration: N423JB
Aircraft: JOEL A BOWKER RAGWING S1 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: JOEL A BOWKER
Registration: N423JB
Model/Series: RAGWING S1 
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: AWO,142 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Arlington, WA (AWO) 
Destination: Arlington, WA

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: 48.16119,-122.15798

Lockheed 12A Electra Junior, N25628: Incident occurred September 05, 2021 at Moses Lake Municipal Airport (W20), Washington

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

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 

International Air Services Inc trustee


Date: 05-SEP-21
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N25628
Aircraft Make: LOCKHEED
Aircraft Model: 12A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MOSES LAKE
State: WASHINGTON

MOSES LAKE — A pilot and one passenger were able to walk after a very rough landing at the Moses Lake Municipal Airport on Sunday.

John O'Keefe, a dentist from Winthrop, was flying in from Spokane at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday in a Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior when the right landing gear collapsed in what is called a "hard landing."

The collapse of the right landing gear sent the aircraft across the runway and into the dirt, according to Darrin Jackson, the owner of Jackson Flight Center.

"The landing gear came down, but one gear collapsed, the right gear," Jackson said. "And that pulled it horribly to the right, with the propeller striking the runway."

Jackson said he called 911 "immediately, before the aircraft even stopped."

Jackson said the incident forced the closure of the municipal airport to all air traffic for around five hours during a very busy Labor Day weekend, as the FAA investigated and cleared ground crews to move the plane.

"There are nice little divots all over the runway, like the state put in rumble strips," Jackson said. "They aren't very deep, and it's not that big a deal."

Jackson said the Electra Junior, of which roughly 130 were built in the late 1930s and early 1940s, is "known for its landing gear failures."

"We all make not-so-good landings, but usually the gear doesn't collapse," Jackson said.

Moses Lake Police Department Capt. Dave Sands said neither pilot nor passenger received "significant" injuries in the incident, and the passenger "was gone when the police arrived."

O'Keefe could not be reached for comment.

FAA Spokesman Ian Gregor confirmed the details of the incident, but said in an email Monday to the Columbia Basin Herald the agency "does not identify people involved in aircraft accidents or incidents."

According to FAA records, the aircraft is registered to Carson City, Nevada-based International Air Services, which "specializes in providing individual trust agreements to non-U.S.A. citizens to enable them to legally register their aircraft on the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 'N' register."

O'Keefe owned the aircraft, built in 1940, until March 2021, when he sold it to an "anonymous UK pilot," according to a report published at the Key.Aero website.

The "anonymous UK pilot" was coming to Moses Lake for a final FAA flight check on the aircraft, Jackson said.

O'Keefe was one of seven Electra Junior owners featured in a January 2017 issue of Air & Space/Smithsonian highlighting the few surviving flying Electra Junior aircraft.

Jackson estimated the damage — bent propellers, crumpled engine cowlings, a bent nose and two broken landing gear assemblies — at around $200,000. He also said it will likely take several months to rebuild.

"Anything is rebuildable," he said.

Beechcraft C24R Sierra, N118GB: Incident occurred September 04, 2021 at Evanston-Uinta County Airport (KEVW), Wyoming

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 04-SEP-21
Time: 20:26:00Z
Regis#: N118GB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: C24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EVANSTON
State: WYOMING

Monnett Moni, N983JV: Fatal accident occurred September 06, 2021 near Harvey Young Airport (1H6), Tulsa, Oklahoma

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; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Location: Tulsa, OK 
Accident Number: CEN21LA396
Date & Time: September 6, 2021, 10:25 Local
Registration: N983JV
Aircraft: Monnett Moni
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 6, 2021, about 1025 central daylight time, an amateur built Monnett Moni glider, N983JV, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The pilot was fatally injured. The flight operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Preliminary information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspectors indicated that the glider entered a stall/spin and impacted terrain under unknown circumstances.

The glider was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Monnett
Registration: N983JV
Model/Series: Moni NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTUL,650 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
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: 36.132952,-95.825555 (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.




UPDATE: The Tulsa Police Department has reveled that the pilot is out of surgery and in serious condition. 

TPD also said that the plane was a Monnett Moni.

No one else was injured and nothing else was damaged other than the plane in the crash.

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TULSA, Oklahoma  (KTUL) -- A pilot was taken to the hospital Monday after crashing shortly after takeoff from Harvey Young Airport in Tulsa.

Tulsa police say an experimental aircraft crashed near East 21st Street and South 129th East Avenue around 10:30 a.m.

Another pilot at the airport and people driving nearby saw the plane crash and called 911.

The pilot was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.