Monday, September 20, 2021

Boeing PT-13B Stearman Kaydet A75, N19BB: Fatal accident occurred September 17, 2021 in Delta, 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 traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah


Location: Delta, CO 
Accident Number: CEN21FA424
Date & Time: September 17, 2021, 08:00 Local
Registration: N19BB
Aircraft: Boeing A75 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 17, 2021, about 0800 central daylight time (CDT), a Boeing A75 airplane, N19BB, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Delta, Colorado. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries. The personal local flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Federal Code of Regulations Part 91.

The airplane took off from runway 3 at Blake Field Airport (AJZ), Delta, Colorado. Two witnesses observed the airplane climb out and begin aerobatic maneuvers about 5 miles to the northeast of AJZ. Both witnesses stated that the airplane began a loop maneuver, and at the top of the loop while inverted, the airplane entered a flat spin. They observed the airplane recover from that spin. The airplane then gained altitude and they observed the airplane begin another loop maneuver. At the top of the loop, while inverted, the airplane entered another flat spin and did not recover. The airplane impacted rugged sloped terrain about 5 miles to the northeast of AJZ. First responders located the airplane wreckage and notified authorities. There were no radio or distress calls heard from the pilot.

The wreckage was found resting inverted on a 45-degree slope. The fuselage was oriented downslope and crushed from impact forces. The engine was partially separated from its fuselage mounts. The empennage section was bent rearward, the upper wings were bent upward, and lower wings were separated from their respective mounting braces, consistent with a flat impact. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to all flight control surfaces. The engine throttle control was found in the idle position. Engine rotation continuity (compression resistance) was confirmed. The smell of fuel was present. The airplane was not equipped with inverted fuel or oil supply systems.

According to an acquaintance of the pilot, he and the pilot flew the airplane to AJZ a few days prior to the accident flight. The acquaintance stated that the airplane operated normally.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing 
Registration: N19BB
Model/Series: A75 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: KAJZ,5194 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Delta, CO 
Destination: Delta, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.83478,-108.02654 

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.

Rans S-20 Raven, N6915G: Fatal accident occurred September 18, 2021 at Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3), Ohio

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; Cleveland, Ohio


Location: Wadsworth, OH
Accident Number: CEN21FA426
Date & Time: September 18, 2021, 18:45 Local
Registration: N6915G
Aircraft: RANS S20
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Flight test

On September 18, 2021, about 1845 eastern daylight time, a Rans S-20 airplane, N6915G, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Wadsworth, Ohio. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The Wadsworth Municipal (3G3) airport surveillance camera captured the accident sequence on video. A preliminary review of the video revealed a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter and the accident airplane both utilizing runway 2. The helicopter was on the approach to runway 2, while the accident airplane had taxied to the end of the runway. Shortly after the helicopter passed the airplane, the airplane taxied onto the runway and started its takeoff roll. Moments later, just after the airplane became airborne, the airplane rolled inverted and impacted the runway. The airplane did not appear to contact the helicopter. A post-crash fire engulfed the airplane.

According to the helicopter pilot, and while the helicopter was on the approach to the runway, the airplane pilot contacted him via the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) and requested that the helicopter side-step to the taxiway so that the airplane could depart.

A postaccident examination revealed that the airplane came to rest inverted on the runway and was mostly consumed by the fire. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RANS
Registration: N6915G
Model/Series: S20
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: KBJJ,1137 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wadsworth, OH 
Destination: Wadsworth, OH

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: 41.004559,-81.755136 (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.

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N4421M: Incident occurred September 19, 2021 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aircraft made an emergency landing on the beach.

Barnstormers Aerial Advertising LLC


Date: 19-SEP-21
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N4421M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: BANNER TOW
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MYRTLE BEACH
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Boeing 717-200, N946AT: Incident occurred September 17, 2021at McGhee Tyson Airport (KTYS), Knoxville, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aircraft nose gear failing to extend and manually lowered which caused the main landing gear doors to remain down and debris from the main gear doors was found on the runway. 

Delta Air Lines Inc


Date: 17-SEP-21
Time: 18:42:00Z
Regis#: N946AT
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 717
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: DAL2548
City: KNOXVILLE
State: TENNESSEE

Bell 407, N512MT: Incident occurred September 18, 2021 near Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO), Montgomery County, Texas

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

Rotorcraft departed and struck a bird damaging vertical stabilizer. 

Air Evac EMS Inc


Date: 18-SEP-21
Time: 23:21:00Z
Regis#: N512MT
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 407
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Aircraft Operator: AIR EVAC EMS
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

Sport Copter Vortex, N924WG: Accident occurred September 19, 2021 in Kingsland, Llano County, Texas

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: CEN21LA447 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Rotorcraft lost control and went down into the water and sunk.  


Date: 19-SEP-21
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N924WG
Aircraft Make: SPORT COPTER
Aircraft Model: VORTEX
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 91
City: KINGSLAND
State: TEXAS

American Champion 8KCAB, N2468W: Accident occurred September 17, 2021 at Beaumont Municipal Airport (KBMT), Jefferson County, Texas

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

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

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


Location: Beaumont, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA468
Date & Time: September 17, 2021, 19:10 Local 
Registration: N2468W
Aircraft: AMERICAN CHAMPION AIRCRAFT 8KCAB 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AMERICAN CHAMPION AIRCRAFT
Registration: N2468W
Model/Series: 8KCAB 
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: KBMT,33 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3700 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Beaumont, TX (BMT)
Destination: Beaumont, TX (BMT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.07394,-94.220834 (est)