Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Cessna 150M Aerobat, N7333A: Accident occurred October 03, 2021 in Raleigh, North 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 Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Blue Angels Aviation LLC


Location: Raleigh, NC 
Accident Number: ERA22LA002
Date & Time: October 3, 2021, 12:45 Local 
Registration: N7333A
Aircraft: Cessna 150 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N7333A
Model/Series: 150M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.7796,78.6382 


Monocoupe 110 Special, N101H: Incident occurred October 02, 2021 at Minot International Airport (KMOT), Ward County, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft landed and the gear collapsed.  


Date: 02-OCT-21
Time: 23:40:00Z
Regis#: N101H
Aircraft Make: MONOCOUPE
Aircraft Model: 110
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MINOT
State: NORTH DAKOTA

Piper PA-28-181, N770ND: Incident occurred October 01, 2021 at Grand Forks International Airport (KGFK), North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft during landing incurred a tail strike. 

University of North Dakota 


Date: 01-OCT-21
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N770ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GRAND FORKS
State: NORTH DAKOTA

Sonerai II, N9115Y: Accident occurred October 03, 2021 at Minot International Airport (KMOT), Ward 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: Minot, North Dakota
Accident Number: CEN22LA007
Date and Time: October 3, 2021, 16:20 Local 
Registration: N9115Y
Aircraft: Soneral L2
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 3, 2021, about 1620 central daylight time, a Soneral L2 airplane, N9115Y, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Minot, North Dakota. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that he prepared for his first flight in the recently acquired airplane. He conducted a preflight, started the engine, and taxied to runway 31 for takeoff at Minot International Airport (MOT). As the airplane climbed into the traffic pattern, the pilot noticed that the engine temperature was high, just under redline. He reduced engine power and the temperature came back to normal. On the downwind, he leveled the airplane and prepared for a landing. On final approach, he decided that he was not as stable as he would have liked and decided to execute a go-around.

During the go-around, the engine did not seem to have to have much power, and the pilot saw what appeared to be engine oil on the windscreen which obscured his visibility. The pilot then saw the engine temperature gauge rise to over 500-degrees. Oil pressure was in the normal range. The pilot decided to land the airplane as soon as possible, executed an abbreviated approach, and lined up to land on runway 31. On final approach, a few feet from touchdown, the airplane stalled. The airplane dropped to the runway and bounced a few times. The pilot tried to recover by applying power, but the engine did not seem to have enough power. The airplane listed to the right and veered off the runway, resulting to structural damage to the forward part of the fuselage and empennage.

The airplane was examined at the accident site. The two blades of the wooden propeller were shattered, consistent with rotation/power at impact. The propeller was separated from crankshaft and the forward part of the crankshaft was fractured with torsion signatures. The Volkswagon, model 2175CC engine was rotated, and drive continuity was confirmed. Throttle cables were connected and had continuity from the cockpit to engine. Slight oil streaks were present on top of the engine cowl, but source of the oil leak could not be confirmed.

After the accident, the pilot stated that since it was his first flight in the airplane, he was not familiar with its characteristics and performance. Airplane logbooks provided by the pilot showed that the airplane’s last flight was conducted in January of 1995. Additional entries showed that the airplane was ground taxi-tested several times, but not flown. The most recent condition inspection was completed on September 1, 2021, during which, the airplane’s engine was operated for about three hours (ground run) with no anomalies.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Soneral 
Registration: N9115Y
Model/Series: L2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KMOT,1714 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:40 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Minot, ND
Destination: Minot, ND

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 48.257639,-101.27802 (est)

Christen Pitts S-2B Special, N287A: Incident occurred October 01, 2021 at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport (KMFD), Richland County, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aircraft during landing rollout experienced a tailwind, incurring damage to the right wingtip and wheel well.  

Clayton Aviation Inc


Date: 01-OCT-21
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N287A
Aircraft Make: CHRISTEN INDUSTRIES
Aircraft Model: PITTS
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MANSFIELD
State: OHIO

Zenith STOL CH 750, N99HX: Accident occurred October 02, 2021 in Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon

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; Portland, Oregon 

Imagine LLC


Location: Oregon City, Oregon
Accident Number: WPR22LA002
Date and Time: October 2, 2021, 16:46 Local
Registration: N99HX
Aircraft: Zenith CH750 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 2, 2021, about 1646 Pacific daylight time, a Zenith CH750 airplane, N99HX, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fairways Airport, Oregon City, Oregon. The pilot was not injured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that following an uneventful local flight, he entered a left downwind for runway 32. Shortly after the pilot turned onto final approach, the passenger stated she smelled something burning. The pilot stated that a few moments later, the sound of the engine changed for about 5 seconds, followed by a total loss of engine power. The pilot was unable to make the airport and initiated an off-airport landing between two tall trees. During the landing sequence, the airplane impacted trees and terrain before it nosed over and came to rest inverted.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that both wings were structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenith
Registration: N99HX
Model/Series: CH750
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: KUAO,196 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Oregon City, OR 
Destination: Oregon City, OR

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.311799,-122.55218 




Sopwith Special, N329CC: Accident occurred October 01, 2021 at Heritage Field Airport (KPTW), Pottstown, Montgomery County, 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; Allentown, Pennsylvania Location: POTTSTOWN, PA
Accident Number: ERA22LA003
Date & Time: October 1, 2021, 15:00 Local
Registration: N329CC
Aircraft: CULP JOHN S CULPS SPECL
SOPWITH Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CULP JOHN S 
Registration: N329CC
Model/Series: CULPS SPECL SOPWITH
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.239556,-75.556722 (est)

Airbus A321-231, N917UY: Incident occurred October 01, 2021 at Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL), Pennsylvania

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

Aircraft struck a bird damaging #1 engine. 

American Airlines Inc


Date: 01-OCT-21
Time: 20:05:00Z
Regis#: N917UY
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A321
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL2531
City: PHILADELPHIA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Boeing B75N1 N2S-3 Kaydet, N4106Y: Accident occurred October 02, 2021 in Winnie, Chambers 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: Winnie, TX
Accident Number: CEN22LA003
Date & Time: October 2, 2021, 10:30 Local
Registration: N4106Y
Aircraft: Boeing PT-17 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing
Registration: N4106Y
Model/Series: PT-17 
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: KBMT, 33 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
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Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.820221,-94.384078 (est)

Beechcraft 23 Musketeer, N6996Q: Accident occurred October 02, 2021 near Lamesa Municipal Airport (KLUV), Dawson 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; Lubbock, Texas


Location: Lamesa, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA002
Date and Time: October 2, 2021, 12:25 Local
Registration: N6996Q
Aircraft: Beech B23
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 2, 2021, about 1225 central daylight time, a BeechB23 airplane, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near the Lamesa Municipal Airport (LUV), Lamesa, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane was on the first flight after maintenance work had been performed. When the airplane was in the airport traffic pattern the pilot reported an engine failure and declared an emergency. A forced landing was made to a field just outside of the airport perimeter. The airplane sustained substantial damage to its right wing, and damage to the nose landing gear and propeller.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N6996Q
Model/Series: B23 
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: KSNK,2430 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 49 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lamesa, TX (LUV)
Destination: Lamesa, TX

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: 32.756306,-101.92022

Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N84068: Incident occurred September 19, 2021 at Auburn Municipal Airport (KAUN), California

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

Aircraft landed hard damaging propeller and fuselage. 

Citabria Inc


Date: 19-SEP-21
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N84068
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: AUBURN
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 195B, N3027B: Accident occurred October 04, 2021 at Colorado Air and Space Port Airport (KCFO), Adams County, Colorado

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

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado


Location: Watkins, CO
Accident Number: CEN22LA004
Date & Time: October 4, 2021, 16:08 Local
Registration: N3027B
Aircraft: Cessna 195
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3027B
Model/Series: 195 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.693097,-104.47579 (est)

Boeing 757-300, N56859: Incident occurred October 04, 2021 at Orlando International Airport (KMCO), Florida

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

Aircraft experienced a right landing gear tire fire while taxiing to the gate. 

United Airlines Inc


Date: 04-OCT-21
Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N56859
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 757
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight Number: UAL2098
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172H Skyhawk, N46940: Incident occurred October 01, 2021 in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aircraft struck a sand dune while landing on a river sandbar. 

Trinity Aviation LLC


Date: 01-OCT-21
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N46940
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: CLARKSDALE
State: MISSISSIPPI

Cameron Balloons V‑90, N623RK: Incident occurred October 03, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Balloon struck a residential powerline that was inactive due to another balloon's coming in contact prior, basket came to rest on residential property. 


Date: 03-OCT-21
Time: 15:17:00Z
Regis#: N623RK
Aircraft Make: CAMERON BALLOONS
Aircraft Model: V-90
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: AIR SHOW
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ALBUQUERQUE
State: NEW MEXICO

Aerostar RX-7, N6502K: Incident occurred October 04, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Balloon struck a powerline and envelope became draped over powerline and basket fell to a hard landing. 


Date: 04-OCT-21
Time: 14:45:00Z
Regis#: N6502K
Aircraft Make: AEROSTAR
Aircraft Model: RX-7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: AIR SHOW
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ALBUQUERQUE
State: NEW MEXICO

Pilatus PC-12/47, N868PE: Incident occurred October 04, 2021 at Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC), Utah

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

Aircraft was taxiing for takeoff and struck a cement guard light box and taxiway edge lights. 

Classic NA LLC


Date: 04-OCT-21
Time: 05:20:00Z
Regis#: N868PE
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SALT LAKE CITY
State: UTAH

Dassault Falcon 20E-5, N283SA: Fatal accident occurred October 05, 2021 near Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (KHQU), Georgia

Claude Duchesne

Raymond Henry Bachman
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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; Atlanta, Georgia
Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA); Paris, France
Dassault Aviation; Paris, France
GE Commercial Flight Safety; Cincinnati, Ohio
Sierra West Airlines; Oakdale, California 

Career Aviation Co

Location: Thomson, Georgia 
Accident Number: ERA22FA004
Date and Time: October 5, 2021, 05:44 Local
Registration: N283SA
Aircraft: Dassault Fanjet Falcon
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi and commuter - Non-scheduled

On October 5, 2021, at 0544 eastern daylight time, a Dassault Fanjet Falcon airplane, N283SA, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU), Thomson, Georgia. The captain and first officer were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as Pak West Airlines Flight 887 dba Sierra West Airlines, as an on-demand cargo flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

According to operator records, the flight crew initiated the first flight of the night at 2132 mountain daylight time from their home base of El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, Texas to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB), Lubbock, Texas. After about a 2 hour and 20-minute ground delay waiting for the freight, the accident flight was initiated from LBB to HQU.

Review of preliminary air traffic control communications provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the flight was in contact with the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center (ATL center) for about the final 40 minutes of the flight. At 0503 eastern daylight time, Pak West Flight 887 (PKW887) requested information about the Notices to Airman (NOTAMs) for the instrument landing system (ILS) localizer runway 10 instrument approach procedure at HQU. ATL Center informed the flight crew of two NOTAMs; the first pertained to the ILS runway 10 glidepath being unserviceable and the second applied to the localizer being unserviceable. The controller informed the flight crew that the localizer NOTAM was not in effect until later in the morning after their expected arrival, which was consistent with the published NOTAM.

About 0525, ATL center asked PKW887 which approach they would like, to which they responded with the “ILS runway one zero approach.” The controller responded, “roger, standby for that.” At 0526, ATL center cleared PKW887 to CEDAR intersection which was the initial approach fix for the ILS or localizer/non-directional beacon (NDB) runway 10 approach. 

About 0537, ATL center informed PKW887 that they were 15 miles southwest from CEDAR and “cross CEDAR at or above 3,000 cleared ILS localizer one zero into Thomson McDuffie.” PKW887 readback the clearance and the controller stated it was a “good readback”, however, the controller informed the flight crew that they were transmitting on the “guard” emergency frequency of 121.5, rather than the center frequency. About 1 minute later, the controller advised PKW887 of a telephone number to call to cancel their instrument flight rules (IFR) clearance once on the ground; however, about 0543, PKW887 had just crossed CEDAR and requested to cancel their IFR clearance. The controller advised PKW887 to “squawk vfr” and no further communications were received.

Surveillance video located at HQU showed that about 0539 the airport and runway lights were activated from off to on. About 0542 the airplane’s landing lights came into view in the pitchblack horizon and were subsequently visible for about 2 minutes. The video showed the airplane approaching runway 10 in a relatively constant descent and heading; however, about 25 seconds before the airplane’s landing lights disappeared, a momentary right turn, followed by a left turn and increased descent rate was observed. No explosion or glow of fire was observed when the landing lights disappeared about 0544.

Review of preliminary FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane crossed CEDAR intersection about 2,500 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane continued toward runway 10 in a descent; the final data recorded was at 0543:54 with the airplane at 800 ft msl and 1.36 nautical miles from the runway threshold. Figure 1 provides an overview of the ADS-B data from the approach and the location of the wreckage.


A search was initiated for the airplane based upon inquiries from the operator’s dispatch to the airport and an active emergency locator beacon near the runway. The airplane was located about .70 nautical mile from runway 10 about 0630.

According to FAA airman and operator records, the captain held an airline transport pilot certificate with a type rating in the accident airplane. He was issued a first-class medical certificate in January 2021. He had accumulated a total flight experience of about 12,000 hours, with 1,665 hours in the accident make and model airplane, of which 1,325 hours were logged as pilot-in-command.

The first officer held a second-in-command type rating in the accident airplane. He was issued a second-class medical certificate in March 2021. He had accumulated a total flight experience of about 11,000 hours, of which 1,250 hours were in the accident make and model airplane.

The initial impact point coincided with broken pine tree branches among a forest where the trees were about 150 ft tall. The debris path was oriented on a heading of about 100° and spanned about 880 ft from the initial impact to the main wreckage area.

The airplane was heavily fragmented, however, there was no evidence of fire. The largest fragments of wreckage were concentrated in three primary areas overviewed in Figure 2. The figure shows the initial impact point and a pop-out drone image that describes the three areas.


All major components of the airplane were located in the debris path. Flight control continuity could not be determined from the control surfaces to the cockpit due to the heavy fragmentation, however, within the fragmented flight control areas continuity was observed. The flaps were observed to be extended, and the right landing gear was observed to be down. The horizontal stabilizer and its jack screw were found to be within a normal envelope. 

Examination of the cockpit found the flap selector in the full flaps 40° position and the landing gear handle was selected down.

Both engines exhibited impact damage and varying degrees of foreign object debris ingestion that had the appearance of wood chips and green vegetation in the center core of the engine when viewed with a borescope. Several fan blades exhibited leading edge gouging, knicks, and torsional twisting.

The airplane was not required to be equipped with a cockpit voice recorder (CVR); however, a CVR was installed. It was located in the debris path near the empennage and was retained for read-out and transcription. The airplane was not equipped with a flight data recorder, nor was it required.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Dassault 
Registration: N283SA
Model/Series: Fanjet Falcon C 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: VPOA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: NightDark
Observation Facility, Elevation: HQU,500 ft msl
Observation Time: 05:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0.64 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1200 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 9000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Lubbock, TX (LBB)
Destination: Thomson, GA (HQU)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 33.530483,-82.539617 

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.

Claude Duchesne
1958 - 2021

À Thomson, Georgie, le 5 octobre 2021, à l’âge de 63 ans, est décédé accidentellement monsieur Claude Duchesne, fils de madame feu Rita Lavoie et de feu monsieur Rosaire Duchesne. Il était natif de Québec et demeurait depuis plusieurs années à El Paso, Texas.

Une cérémonie aura lieu en toute intimité.

Il laisse dans le deuil son frère et ses soeurs: Danielle (Lionel Leclerc), Johanne (René Laprise) et Michel ; son neveu et ses nièces : Luc Leclerc (Julie), Sophie Leclerc (Dominic) et Marie-Josée Laprise (Gabriel); ses petits-neveux et petites-nièces : Jolyane, Étienne, Justine, Ludovic et Lucas; ses oncles, tantes, cousins, cousines, ainsi que plusieurs ami(e)s, en particulier ceux du Texas : James, Marie-Laure, Gloria, Robert, Pierre, Peggy, le pasteur de la Life Church El Paso et plusieurs autres.

Claude est allé rejoindre sa mère et son père, ainsi que son grand ami de longue date Clément Carter.

Merci aux compagnies aériennes qui ont permis à Claude d’exercer sa grande passion du pilotage.

Vos témoignages de sympathie peuvent se traduire par un don à l’organisme de votre choix.

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Raymond Henry Bachman
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Raymond Henry Bachman was born on Feb. 10, 1948, in Buffalo, N. Y., to his parents George and Gladys Bachman. In 1967, Ray, as many knew him, met the love of his life, Elma Villegas, and they married on Sept. 9, 1967. After 17 wonderful years spent together in Illinois, Ray and Elma set their sights on the beautiful scenery of Arizona. They staked their claim in Fountain Hills in 1984, where Ray happily lived out the remainder of his life with his wife, daughter, Kristine Chandler, and son, Ryan Bachman.

Among his many inspiring qualities and attributes, Ray will forever be remembered as a kind, loving, humble and hard-working family man who craved life’s many adventures. Ray was first and foremost an accomplished professional and private pilot. He flew worldwide commercially and loved showcasing his jet aircraft in prestigious airshows.

He was a skilled homebuilder, establishing his unique and sought-after trademark from Illinois to Arizona through his creativity and patience for fine detail. He was also a world traveler who loved to experience other cultures firsthand and learn from history’s marvels. He was always striving to satisfy his thirst for knowledge and self-improvement; from avid mountain climbing, which bound him to the Nepalese Himalayas, to skydiving in sunny Arizona, surfing the west coast and Hawaii, snow skiing in numerous mountains, and scuba diving ancient shipwrecks. While Ray never shied away from adventure, his greatest pleasure was simply spending time with his beloved family. There is nothing that Ray would not do for his family and friends. He selflessly placed others’ needs before his own.

Ray passed away on Oct. 5, 2021, in Georgia at the age of 73. Raymond Bachman’s life was full of achievement and dedicated to hard work. He will forever be known as a man who loved the thrill of life’s adventures and explorations, a man who would stop at nothing to be there for others, who loved to laugh, make jokes, and bring happiness and smiles to those around him. Raymond will be remembered for his devotion to family and friends, both near and far.

Raymond is survived by his treasured wife, Elma Bachman; his two loving children and grandson, daughter, Kristine Chandler, her son, Brockton Chandler, son, Ryan Bachman and his wife, Ramona. Raymond is also survived by his dear mother, Gladys Tritle; sister, Patricia Ciccotelli and her husband, Tony; and preceded in death by his father, George, and brother, Donald. Raymond is ultimately survived by many more cherished relatives and loyal friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life gathering on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. (PST) at Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary, located at 12065 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268. Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. From 3 to 4 p.m. is designated as Celebration of Life for anyone who wishes to say some words about Raymond Bachman. Ray will be laid to rest during a private ceremony at Paradise Memorial Gardens, Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, followed by a virtual slide presentation and memorial service at 3 p.m. (PST), 5 p.m. (CST).


Two families are mourning. Pilots Claude Duschesne and Raymond Bachman were killed. Bachman’s relative, Rosanna Marlowe, tells NewsChannel 6 the pilots flew together often.  Marlowe says Bachman’s “passion for airplanes started when he was four-years-old.” He earned his pilot’s license when he was 16. Bachman leaves behind a wife of 54 years, two children and one grandson, who he enjoyed building and flying remote-controlled airplanes with. Marlowe says “he will be remembered as a hard-working, conscientious, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend.”


Beechcraft S35 Bonanza, N876T: Fatal accident occurred October 03, 2021 near Western Carolina Regional Airport (KRHP), Andrews, Cherokee County, North Carolina

Dwaine Leon Thompson and Bobbie Collins Thompson
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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; Charlotte, North Carolina Textron; Wichita, Kansas

Highrider LLC


Location: Andrews, North Carolina
Accident Number: ERA22FA001
Date and Time: October 3, 2021, 19:48 Local 
Registration: N876T
Aircraft: Beech S35 Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 3, 2021, about 1948 eastern daylight time, a Beech S35, N876T, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Andrews, North Carolina. The private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot, who purchased the airplane in June 2021, was performing a cross-country flight that originated at Liberty Municipal Airport (T78), Liberty, Texas, about 1234 with the intended destination of Macon County Airport (1A5), Franklin, North Carolina. Due to weather conditions, the pilot diverted to Western Carolina Regional Airport (RHP) in Andrews. A witness on the ramp, who was also a pilot, reported that the accident pilot entered the left downwind of the traffic pattern for runway 8 from the east and flew north of the runway; however, the published traffic pattern for runway 8 was right-hand traffic due to rising terrain north of the runway. The witness further reported that the pilot’s first approach was too fast, and he performed a go-around. The pilot continued to fly a left traffic pattern and landed on his second attempt.

While on the ground at RHP, the pilot purchased 60 gallons of 100 low lead aviation fuel, received a weather briefing through Leidos, and filed an instrument flight rules flight plan to Lancaster Airport (LNS), Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Takeoff minimums and obstacle departure procedures for RHP (an uncontrolled airport) required pilots to remain within 3 nautical miles of the airport while climbing in visual conditions to cross the airport westbound at or above 4,900 ft mean sea level (msl). Then climb to 7,000 ft on a heading of 251° to the Harris (HRS) VORTAC 356° radial to HRS before proceeding on course. The procedure is not authorized at night.

Review of preliminary FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the pilot departed runway 8 and made a slight left turn toward the northeast. The last recorded data point showed the airplane about 3,750 ft, in a 656 ft-per-minute climb at 98 knots, on a course of 042°. The last ADS-B data point was located about 500 ft laterally from the initial impact with pine trees at an approximate elevation of 3,950 ft.

The RHP weather at 1945 included scattered clouds at 1,400 ft, broken clouds at 3,200 ft, and 7 miles visibility in rain. Sunset at Andrews was about 1917 and the end of civil twilight was about 1941.

Initial examination of the accident site and wreckage revealed that all major structural components of the airplane were accounted for. The airplane collided with tall pine trees and continued another 600 ft before colliding with another tree. The wreckage impacted the terrain in a steep, nose low attitude and came to rest inverted. The wing flaps were found in the retracted positions; however, all three landing gear were extended.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings airplane single engine land and instrument airplane. According to a witness, he had recently transitioned from a Piper Warrior equipped with fixed landing gear.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N876T
Model/Series: S35
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: RHP,1699 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:45 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1400 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft AGL
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Andrews, NC (RHP)
Destination: Lancaster, PA (LNS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.248309,-83.787619 (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.

Dwaine Leon Thompson and Bobbie Collins Thompson
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Crews found the wreckage of a plane crash that killed two people in the North Carolina mountains after days of searching.

The Beechcraft S35 Bonanza took off from Western Carolina Regional Airport just before 8 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Minutes later, air control in Atlanta “received a signal from the aircraft emergency location transmitter.” 

The sheriff’s office said crews searched for the missing plane and the occupants throughout that night and into Monday afternoon — but didn’t find anything.

Crews then located the plane’s wreckage Tuesday and confirmed that both people onboard died when the plane crashed into a mountainside just north of Andrews, which is about 95 miles west of Asheville.

“The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office extends our prayers for the family and wishes to express our sincere gratitude to all those (who) were involved in bringing this to a conclusion,” the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were on the way to investigate the crash.