Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N4973F: Incident occurred September 25, 2021 at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Cook County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass.  

Boraam Aviation Inc


Date: 25-SEP-21
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N4973F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PROSPECT HEIGHTS
State: ILLINOIS

Beech S35 Bonanza, N8678Q: Incident occurred September 24, 2021 at Alfred Schroeder Field Airport (M66), Hillsboro, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aircraft landed gear up.  


Date: 24-SEP-21
Time: 16:50:00Z
Regis#: N8678Q
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HILLSBORO
State: KANSAS

Quad City Challenger II N1948: Incident occurred September 25, 2021 in Clinton, Prince George's County, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Aircraft made an emergency landing in a field. 


Date: 25-SEP-21
Time: 19:33:00Z
Regis#: N1948
Aircraft Make: QUAD CITY
Aircraft Model: CHALLENGER II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CLINTON
State: MARYLAND

Piper PA-32-260, N33568: Accident occurred September 24, 2021 at Martin State Airport (KMTN), Middle River, Baltimore County, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing.  


Date: 24-SEP-21
Time: 20:39:00Z
Regis#: N33568
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BALTIMORE
State: MARYLAND

Cessna 172N, N1461E: Incident occurred September 26, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field.  

Oracle Aviation LLC


Date: 26-SEP-21
Time: 23:49:00Z
Regis#: N1461E
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: OMAHA
State: NEBRASKA

Piper PA-28-140, N8866Y: Incident occurred September 25, 2021 at Sandia Airpark Estates East Airport (1N1), Edgewood, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aircraft landed, bounced and veered off runway.  


Date: 25-SEP-21
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N8866Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EDGEWOOD
State: NEW MEXICO

Cessna 175A Skylark, N101MB: Accident occurred September 26, 2021 in Salem, Oregon

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: WPR21LA365 

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

Aircraft crashed during intentional landing in a field, crossed the road and went into a ditch. 


Date:  26-SEP-21
Time:  20:00:00Z
Regis#: N101MB
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 175
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SALEM
State: OREGON

Robinson R44 Raven II, N212HT: Accident occurred September 28, 2021 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

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

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

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

Airman Helicopter Inc


Location: Miami, Florida
Accident Number: ERA21LA387
Date and Time: September 28, 2021, 19:00 Local
Registration: N212HT
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 28, 2021, at 1900 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N212HT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident after an uncontrolled takeoff from Miami Executive Airport (TMB) in Miami, Florida. The private pilot sustained minor injuries while his 3 passengers were not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot provided a detailed statement and was interviewed by telephone. He said a colleague wanted to take two of his friends for a helicopter ride and the pilot agreed. The pilot rented the helicopter from an individual at Palm Beach County Park Airport (LNA), flew to TMB, picked up the 3 passengers, flew around the Miami area, and returned to TMB where he landed the helicopter to deplane the passengers.

According to the pilot, he “brought the collective [control] down, everyone was cheering, and I began the shutoff procedure.” He said he first “travelled the throttle to idle and slide my hand to apply the [collective] friction.” The pilot said his recollection of events from this point were “blurry” as the helicopter began “spinning” and eventually “we hit the ground on the helicopter’s left side.”

In a written statement, the passenger stated that once on the ground the pilot “was reducing the engine and preparing for shutdown [when] suddenly we started spinning.” He said the pilot attempted to regain control but the “spinning was very powerful” before the helicopter “elevated a bit” and then crashed. He said the entire event lasted “a few seconds” and thought perhaps “some kind of mechanical issue was happening.”

A flight instructor and his student witnessed the event from the ground. The instructor said his student “suddenly became nervous” and at the same moment he heard “the helicopter increase the engine revolutions in an unusual way.” He said he ran outside in time to see the helicopter rotating around the mast “out of control” before it descended to ground contact. 

The student stated that he observed the passenger as he removed his shoulder harnesses and headset when the helicopter “made a strong turn to the left,” rotated “uncontrollably” around the main rotor mast, “took off without control” before “plummeting” to the ground.

Examination of surveillance video revealed the helicopter descended slowly to touchdown. The camera provided a front quartering view towards the pilot’s [right] side of the cockpit. The “coning” of the rotor system reduced to a flat rotor disc after touchdown, and the passenger in the helicopter’s left front seat was observed to remove his shoulder harnesses and his headset. The passenger moved the headset to his front when the helicopter began a rapid yaw to its left and rotated around the main rotor mast. After one full revolution, the helicopter lifted rapidly from the ground, and climbed immediately out of the camera’s view as it continued to rotate rapidly around the main rotor mast.

Seconds later, the helicopter descended back into view in an uncontrolled descent. The main rotor disc was observed severing the tailboom in two places ahead of the tail section, which included the tailrotor and tailrotor gearbox, prior to ground contact.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for rotorcraft helicopter, which was issued based on his pilot certificate issued by The State of Israel. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second class medical certificate was issued March 10, 2021. The pilot declared 220 total hours of flight experience on that date. Examination of his logbook by and FAA aviation safety inspector revealed an estimated 178 total hours of flight experience logged, with an estimated 77 total hours of experience in the accident helicopter make and model. Those hours were accrued over a 10-year span, with two flights logged in 2021. One flight was logged May 1, 2021, in a Robinson R44 helicopter, and the other was logged in Israel on July 3, 2021 in a Robinson R22 helicopter. The July flight was annotated as a “checkride.”

The examination revealed that the pilot had not obtained endorsements to act as pilot-in-command in either the Robinson R22 or the Robinson R44 helicopters as required by FAA Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 73 2 (B) 1 and (B)2, which was an annual requirement at his experience level.

The 1051 recorded weather observation at TMB included wind from 090° at 7 knots. The temperature was 26°C and the dewpoint was 19°C.

The helicopter was examined at the site by FAA aviation safety inspectors, and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The helicopter rested on its left side, with the cockpit and cabin area largely intact. The copilot’s windscreen was fractured and separated. Control continuity was confirmed from the flight controls to the main rotor head, and out to the tailrotor through the severed sections of the tailboom.

During the telephone interview, the pilot was reminded of what he wrote in his written statement, and he said he didn’t remember anything in addition to what he had written. He had no recollection of his front seat passenger removing his seatbelts or headset, and only remembered what he was told after the accident. The pilot was asked if his left hand was guarding the collective control, or if he was perhaps using his left hand to shut off radios or some other task, and he said he couldn’t remember where his left hand was placed when the helicopter started to rotate around the mast.

The pilot was asked if his watch or clothing could have interfered with the collective control, and he said no.

When asked about the performance and handling of the helicopter, the pilot said, “Everything went well. Just like the many other times that I’ve flown it.”

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N212HT
Model/Series: R44 II
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:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 25.647564,-80.433225 (est)




Miami (CBS Miami) – The FAA is investigating a helicopter crash at Miami Executive Airport in Southwest Miami-Dade.

According to the FAA, the Robinson R44 helicopter struck a fence with its rotor while landing shortly after 7pm on Tuesday night.

The helicopter then rolled onto its side. As a result, a couple of nearby vehicles were damaged.

Four people were aboard. Only one person sustained minor injuries.

Anthony Valle works at the hanger and had helped the pilot take off.

“Two of the passengers were tourists and had come to Miami and one of the friends said, ‘Oh let me show you around Miami in a helicopter,’” he explained.

Thirty minutes after takeoff, the chopper was back.

Valle took video of the scene minutes after the crash to document the experience which he said was like nothing he’s ever seen before.

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“To see them take off and land and I see them like that. That’s the next time I saw them, I’m freaked out.”

Valle said he spoke with pilot before he landed by phone. The pilot had never been to the terminal in the past and inquired where he should land to pick up his passengers. Valle told him spot 1 or spot 2.

He didn’t end up in either.

“Inches. It came inches from the fuel truck. Everyone, I mean everyone would have died,” said Valle. “I heard the pilot say as the helicopter landed someone shifted around or something like that then the helicopter starts spinning around and losing control and is now it’s there.”

The impact was so great, pieces of the chopper were tossed around like toys. One large chunk landed in a field about 30 yards away. A section of the tail, tail fin and rotor were also nearby.

The horrifying helicopter ride was summed up in a few words.

“Oh my God you have no idea. Incredibly, incredibly lucky,” said Valle.



MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida – No one was injured Tuesday night when a private training helicopter struck a fence near a parking lot at Miami Executive Airport, a spokesman from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department confirmed.

Communications Director Greg Chin said there was damage, however, to the helicopter and a few parked vehicles.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews and police responded to the scene at 12800 SW 145th Ave. after the incident.

According to a spokesman from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Robinson R44 helicopter’s rotor struck the fence while landing around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

He said four people were on board -- two men and two women.

Two of the people on board the helicopter were from out of town and had just taken a tour of Miami with their friend.

“It sounded like gunshots or someone’s engine ripping very loud,” said line technician Anthony Valle, who had sent the group off. “I freaked out because I was the one that saw them take off. I helped them with everything.”

Valle said the helicopter had already touched ground, and then something went wrong soon after.

He said the chopper lost control and smashed into the fence.

The incident happened just feet away from a fuel truck and another small plane.

“Inches -- it came inches from the fuel truck,” Valle said. “I mean, everyone would have died.”

It’s unclear what caused the pilot to strike the fence, but the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, with the NTSB taking the lead in the investigation.



Cessna 150M, N4100V: Accident occurred September 28, 2021 in Hobe Sound, Martin County, Florida

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

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

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

Location: Hobe Sound, Florida
Accident Number: ERA21LA384
Date and Time: September 28, 2021, 14:53 Local
Registration: N4100V
Aircraft: Cessna 150 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 28, 2021, at 1453 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150M, N4100V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Hobe Sound, Florida. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, after he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane with no anomalies noted, he flew from his home-base at Valkaria Airport (X59), Valkaria, Florida to Sebastian Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida for fuel. After topping-off the fuel tanks, he departed X26 for a flight to Witham Field Airport (SUA), Stuart, Florida. During the initial climb, he noticed that the “angle of attack of the aircraft was higher than usual, and the climb performance was less than expected.” The pilot surmised that the airplane’s performance was likely affected by the heat and full fuel load. The airplane’s performance continued to degrade such that it was unlikely to reach an airport, and the pilot elected to perform a forced landing in an open field. During the landing flare, the airplane stalled and impacted the ground.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage. The right wing was partially separated from the fuselage at its root, and was crushed and bent upward and aft, outboard of the wing strut. The aft fuselage was fractured and partially separated just aft of the rear window.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N4100V
Model/Series: 150M 
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: SUA,18 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:58 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Sebastian, FL (X26)
Destination: Stuart, FL (SUA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 27.062167,-80.123892 (est)

Cessna 414A Chancellor, N2616N: Incident occurred September 28, 2021 at Paoli Municipal Airport (I42), Orange County, Indiana

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

Aircraft struck a deer on landing.  

Land of Indiana Inc


Date: 29-SEP-21
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N2616N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 414
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PAOLI
State: INDIANA

Cessna 320 Skyknight, N4181T: Incident occurred September 28, 2021 at Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR), Washington County, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aircraft veered off taxiway striking a taxiway light and came to rest on an embankment.  

Keystone Aerial Surveys Inc


Date: 28-SEP-21
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N4181T
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: HAGERSTOWN
State: MARYLAND

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N733HH: Incident occurred September 08, 2021 at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (KEWN), New Bern, North Carolina

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway striking a taxiway light. 

Tradewind Aviation Aircraft Inc


Date: 28-SEP-21
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N733HH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEW BERN
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N4614K: Accident occurred September 28, 2021 at El Paso International Airport (KELP), 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; Albuquerque, New Mexico
Location: El Paso, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA460
Date & Time: September 28, 2021, 15:02 Local 
Registration: N4614K
Aircraft: Cessna P210N 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Ferry

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4614K
Model/Series: P210N 
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: KELP,3916 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:59 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 23 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 18000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Santa Teresa, NM (DNA)
Destination: El Paso, TX (ELP)

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: 31.802057,-106.37895 (est)

Rockwell 690B Turbo Commander, N690LS: Fatal accident occurred September 28, 2021 in Eagle River, Wisconsin

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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Surdex Corporation; Chesterfield, Missouri 
Twin Commander Aircraft LLC
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona 

Location: Hiles, WI 
Accident Number: CEN21FA459
Date & Time: September 28, 2021, 09:00 Local 
Registration: N690LS
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL 690B 
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

On September 28, 2021, about 0900 central daylight time, a Rockwell International 690B airplane, N690LS, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Hiles, Wisconsin. The pilot and two passengers sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial imagery survey flight.

According to the operator, the flight mission was to obtain aerial imagery of the forest vegetation for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Preliminary automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast information (ADS-B) revealed the airplane departed the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, about 0850. About 0858, the airplane began to level off about 15,600 ft with a maximum groundspeed of 209 knots (kts). Between 0858 and 0900, the airplane continued level flight; however, the groundspeed decreased to about 93 kts. The ADS-B data ended at 0900:56 (see Figure 1.). According to air traffic control, a “mayday, mayday, mayday … we’re in a spin” transmission was broadcast. The airplane was not under air traffic control during the flight or at the time of the accident.



A witness, located about one mile from the accident site, reported he heard a “loud, strange sounding airplane.” He looked up and noticed an airplane “nose down at high rate of speed spinning about its longitudinal axis at about 30 to 60 rpm.” The witness lost sight of the airplane behind some trees and then heard an impact.

The airplane wreckage was located during an aerial and ground search in wetlands and wooded terrain about 10 miles east of Eagle River, Wisconsin, and 1 mile west of Butternut Lake, in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The wreckage was distributed in a diameter of about 50 yards. A majority of the main wreckage was found beneath the water surface with some debris located in the trees. The airplane wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL
Registration: N690LS
Model/Series: 690B 
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: KEGV,1642 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /10°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: Company VFR
Departure Point: Rhinelander, WI (RHI)
Destination: Hiles, WI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 45.910776,-89.018627 (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.

WMOK was sad to learn early Sunday that The American Ice Cream family is mourning the sudden death of our friend and former colleague Dominik “Dom” Faciano, who died Tuesday September 28, 2021 in a plane crash near Eagle River in northern Wisconsin.

Dominik was from Elk Grove Village in the Chicagoland area. He obtained his pilot’s license and graduated in May from SIU’s School of Aviation program. He had accepted a job with Surdex Corporation, an aerial digital mapping company in Chesterfield, Missouri. He was one of two passengers in one of their planes that crashed on Tuesday, along with the pilot. There were no survivors.

We would ask everyone to keep Dom’s family, and the other two individuals’ families, in your thoughts and prayers, as they deal with the sudden loss of their loved ones.  Dom was 22.

Dominik Faciano, a May graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s aviation program, was among three killed in an airplane crash Wednesday, Sept. 29, near Eagle River in Forest County, Wisconsin.

Family members informed SIU aviation faculty of Faciano’s death, Mike Burgener, interim director of SIU’s School of Aviation, confirmed to The Southern Thursday.

Burgener said Faciano remained a friend of many current SIU aviation students as well as flight instructors.

“He was a recent graduate and had gone off to continue his career in flight,” Burgener said.

Faciano’s personal Facebook page lists him as a survey pilot/operator for Surdex Corporation and indicated he lived in St. Louis.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration online accident report, a Rockwell 690B Turbo Command crashed about 12 miles east of the Eagle River Union Airport Wednesday morning. The FAA’s registry indicates the twin-engine plane was registered to Surdex Corporation of Chesterfield, Missouri.

Surdex is a mapping and data services provider. The company did not return a call to the Associated Press seeking more information.

The pilot and two passengers were killed in the accident, according to the FAA report.

Burgener said he was told Faciano was one of the passengers. The report said the aircraft crashed “under unknown circumstances in a swamp” about 9 a.m.

Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport Director Matthew Leitner said Wednesday the plane departed about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Leitner said he received a communication from air traffic control in Minneapolis, which oversees airplane traffic in northern Wisconsin, about 9:30 a.m. that a plane was missing.

After an intensive search, the wreckage was found about 11 a.m. within near the Franklin Lake Campground in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The forest is located in northern Wisconsin.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

Burgener said counselors will be made available Monday for SIU aviation faculty and students.

“It’s a terrible loss to us,” he said. “He was a very well-liked member of our family,” he said.

Hawker 400XP, N100FN: Accident occurred September 14, 2021 at Charleston Executive Airport (KJZI), South Carolina

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; Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Meander Air II LLC


Location: Charleston, SC
Accident Number: ERA21LA379
Date & Time: September 14, 2021, 12:30 Local
Registration: N100FN
Aircraft: HAWKER BEECHCRAFT CORP 400A 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On September 14, 2021, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Hawker Beechcraft Corp 400A, N100FN, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident en route to the Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), Charleston, South Carolina. The two pilots were not injured. The airplane was operated by Aircraft Management Group as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

The flight crew reported that they performed a standard preflight of the airplane as it had just been released from scheduled maintenance performed at a Part 145 repair station at Youngstown Regional Airport (YNG), Youngstown, Ohio. The only discrepancy noted during the preflight inspection was a loose bolt on the nose cone, which was tightened by a mechanic prior to departure.

The flight subsequently departed and was uneventful, until the airplane was about 15 minutes from JZI. The flight crew reported that while descending through about 21,000 ft, they heard and felt a loud bang, shudder, and yaw. The autopilot was disconnected, and a noticeable yaw was felt; however, there were no anomalies noted on any flight or engine instruments. The flight crew continued and landed without further incident. During the post-flight inspection, it was discovered that the left engine cowling had entirely separated.

Photographs provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the fuselage and horizontal stabilator sustained substantial damage. Figure 1 provides an overview of the left engine and empennage.

According to a representative of the repair station and work orders, on September 13, 2021, the airplane had been signed off for an A and B inspection, which required the removal and reinstallation of the engine cowlings.

As of this writing the separated cowling has not been located. The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HAWKER BEECHCRAFT CORP
Registration: N100FN
Model/Series: 400A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: 3CMA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: JZI,17 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2700 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Youngstown, OH (YNG)
Destination: Charleston, SC (JZI)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.701028,-80.00325 (est)

Cessna 560 Citation V, N45RC: Incident occurred September 24, 2021 in Dallas, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft diverted due to engine fire and landed safely.

Southwest Aviation LLC


Date: 24-SEP-21
Time: 23:10:00Z
Regis#: N45RC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: DALLAS
State: TEXAS

Beech 95-B55 (T42A) Baron, N85RR: Accident occurred September 24, 2021 in Lancaster, Fairfield County, 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio


Location: Lancaster, OH
Accident Number: CEN21LA457
Date & Time: September 24, 2021, 13:07 Local
Registration: N85RR
Aircraft: Beech 95-B55 (T42A) 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N85RR
Model/Series: 95-B55 (T42A)
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLHQ,869 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.751822,-82.654257 (est)

Kitfox IV, N161JB: Accident occurred September 24, 2021 at Ozark-Franklin County Airport (7M5), Arkansas

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; Little Rock, Arkansas


Location: Ozark, AR
Accident Number: CEN21LA454
Date & Time: September 24, 2021, 14:03 Local 
Registration: N161JB
Aircraft: BACH JOSEPH E KITFOX IV 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BACH JOSEPH E
Registration: N161JB
Model/Series: KITFOX IV 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.487,93.8277 

Ground Collision: Bell 407, N662RL; accident occurred September 25, 2021 at Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport (KPTN), Patterson, St. Mary Parish, 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:

Rotorcraft Leasing Company LLC


Location: Patterson, Louisiana 
Accident Number: CEN21LA456
Date and Time: September 25, 2021, 06:55 Local 
Registration: N662RL
Aircraft: Bell 407
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

Analysis

While hovering from the helicopter pad to reposition for takeoff, the pilot backed up the helicopter. During a pedal turn, the tail rotor contacted another helicopter’s main rotor blades, which was parked and located behind on another pad. The pilot reported she felt a strong jolt to the left, and the helicopter began to spin. The pilot lowered the collective, reduced throttle, and the helicopter came to rest upright adjacent to the helicopter pad.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom. The operator reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter 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 adequate clearance from a parked helicopter while hovering to reposition for takeoff. 

Findings

Personnel issues Monitoring environment - Pilot
Environmental issues Aircraft - Awareness of condition

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi-into takeoff position Ground collision (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor 
Age: 25,Female
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 8, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 1, 2021
Flight Time: 1479 hours (Total, all aircraft), 255 hours (Total, this make and model), 1479 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 142 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 36 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N662RL
Model/Series: 407 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1997 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 53203
Landing Gear Type: None; Skid
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: September 24, 2021 AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Turbo shaft
Airframe Total Time: 25222 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rolls Royce
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 250-C30
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 650 Horsepower
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter air carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As: RLC, LLC
Operator Designator Code: YTRA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTN,9 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 07:01 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 18°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 200 ft AGL 
Visibility 0.25 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - None - Mist
Departure Point: Patterson, LA 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: 
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: HARRY P WILLIAMS MEML PTN
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 8 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.709043,-91.335891(est)