Monday, December 20, 2021

Beechcraft King Air B200, N541LM: Incident occurred December 19, 2021 at Bethel Airport (PABE), Airport

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

Aircraft was taxiing and veered off taxiway into a snow bank and incurred a propeller strike. 

Corsair Two LLC


Date: 19-DEC-21
Time: 03:30:00Z
Regis#: N541LM
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: B200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: AERO AIR
City: BETHEL
State: ALASKA

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N8987Y: Incident occurred September 01, 2021 and Accident occurred June 01, 2020

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

September 01, 2021:  Aircraft made a hard landing in high wind conditions in Eureka Roadhouse, Alaska.


Date: 01-SEP-21
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N8987Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EUREKA ROADHOUSE
State: ALASKA

June 01, 2020






Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 


Location: Nikiski, AK
Accident Number: ANC20CA056
Date & Time: 06/01/2020, 2020 AKD
Registration: N8987Y
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot was landing the tailwheel and tundra tire-equipped airplane on a remote unimproved airstrip. While on final approach and just before touchdown, a gust of wind pushed the airplane to the left. The left wing contacted alder brush and the airplane veered to the left and ground looped sustaining substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operations.

In the recommendation section of the NTSB Accident/Incident Reporting Form 6120.1, the pilot stated that the accident may have been prevented if he had waited for a day without gusting wind conditions.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in a ground loop.

Findings

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

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final Loss of control in flight (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s):None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/19/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/27/2020
Flight Time: 525.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 525.3 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8987Y
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1974 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-7409132
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/14/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2028.4 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:160 hp 
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAEN
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 0353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.54 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Soldotna, AK (PASX) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Nikiski, AK
Type of Clearance: None 
Departure Time: 1935 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 60.935276,-151.96665

Experimental Amateur Built LB-1, N555LB: Accident occurred December 15, 2021 in Haines, Alaska

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

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska 


Location: Haines, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA011
Date and Time: December 15, 2021, 09:20 Local
Registration: N555LB
Aircraft: Larry Bingham LB-1 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 15, 2021, about 0920 Alaska standard time, an experimental amateur built LB-1, N555LB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Haines, Alaska. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that, after preheating the airplane, performing a preflight, and doing a successful runup of the engine, he initiated a takeoff. After about a 300 ft. ground roll, the airplane became airborne. During the initial climb he “went to one notch of flaps and immediately the engine faltered.” He “pushed the nose over and re-set to two notches of flaps.” He confirmed the throttle was full, but the airplane was still descending.

The pilot made a precautionary landing in the snow between tree stump piles. During the landing, the airplane touched down, bounced, and on the second touchdown the tires sunk into the snow and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The pilot and passenger were able to egress without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-360 engine. The wreckage has been recovered and is pending an examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Larry Bingham
Registration: N555LB
Model/Series: LB-1
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: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Haines, AK 
Destination: Juneau, AK (PAJN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 59.403056,-136.01944 (est)

Mooney M20F, N9577M: Incident occurred December 19, 2021 at Tucson International Airport (KTUS), Pima County, Arizona

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 


Date: 19-DEC-21
Time: 19:40:00Z
Regis#: N9577M
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20F
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TUCSON
State: ARIZONA

Boeing 767-300, N316CM: Incident occurred December 19, 2021 near Sacramento International Airport (KSMF), California

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

Aircraft struck a bird damaging radome. 

Cargo Aircraft Management Inc

Amerijet International Airlines Inc


Date: 19-DEC-21
Time: 03:01:00Z
Regis#: N316CM
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 767
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Aircraft Operator: AMERIJET
City: SACRAMENTO
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-22, N3744P: Accident occurred December 16, 2021 in Ivanhoe, Tulare County, California








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; Fresno, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Ivanhoe, California
Accident Number: WPR22LA065
Date and Time: December 16, 2021, 15:30 Local 
Registration: N3744P
Aircraft: Piper PA-22 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N3744P
Model/Series: PA-22
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: KVIS,295 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:14 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1900 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.390745,-119.2283 (est)

Airbus A320-214, N224NV: Incident occurred December 17, 2021 at Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird on departure damaging #1 engine. 

Allegiant Air


Date: 17-DEC-21
Time: 22:43:00Z
Regis#: N224NV
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: ALLEGIANT
Flight Number: AAY427
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

American Aviation AA-1 Yankee Clipper, N623W: Incidents occurred April 07, 2022 and December 18, 2021

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

April 07, 2022:  Aircraft departed, experienced engine issues and landed on a highway near Cobb County International Airport (KRYY), Kennesaw, Georgia. 


Date: 07-APR-22
Time: 14:15:00Z
Regis#: N623W
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA-1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA






Kennesaw Police Department - 

Yesterday was a wild one, but we got through it!

THANK YOU to Cobb County Police Department, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services, Marietta Wrecker Service, Georgia Power, and Cobb County International Airport for their much needed assistance.

All involved agencies were quick in response, provided crucial help, displayed professionalism, and fantastic work ethic.

Many people have asked about the pilot. We spoke with him on the phone today and he is doing well!


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

December 18, 2021:   Aircraft during landing encountered ice and slid into the grass at St. Cloud Regional Airport (KSTC), Sherburne County, Minnesota.


Date: 18-DEC-21
Time: 03:21:00Z
Regis#: N623W
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA-1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST CLOUD
State: MINNESOTA

Beechcraft A23-24 Musketeer Super III, N7942L: Incident occurred December 19, 2021 in Whitney, Hill County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft made a forced landing in a field. 


Date: 19-DEC-21
Time: 21:10:00Z
Regis#: N7942L
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: WHITNEY
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N19VS: Accident occurred December 16, 2021 at Ellington Airport (KEFD), Houston, Harris 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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Texas Timebuilders LLC


Location: Houston, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA083
Date and Time: December 16, 2021, 17:30 Local
Registration: N19VS
Aircraft: Piper PA-30
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N19VS
Model/Series: PA-30
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: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.607333,-95.15875

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N97HA: Accident occurred August 16, 2021 in Fairbanks, Alaska

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

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

Wright Air Service Inc


Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC21LA073
Date and Time: August 16, 2021, 14:52 Local
Registration: N97HA
Aircraft: Cessna 208 
Injuries: 9 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi and commuter - Scheduled

On August 16, 2021, about 1452 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 208B, N97HA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an inflight upset near Fairbanks, Alaska. The pilot and eight passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated by Wright Air Service as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 scheduled commuter flight, as flight number 440.

According to the accident pilot, flight 440 departed about 1424 from the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI), destined for Huslia, Alaska (HLA), located about 220 miles east-northeast of FAI. After departure, she climbed the airplane to her assigned altitude of 10,000 ft mean sea level (MSL), where she encountered what she described as “light rime” icing conditions. In an effort to exit the icing conditions, she asked and was assigned a block altitude from 10,000 - 12,000 ft msl, and subsequently climbed the airplane to 10,500 ft msl. Unable to exit the icing conditions, she elected to begin a gradual descent back to 10,000 ft msl. She added that instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and that the autopilot was engaged. The pilot also noted that while enroute, the airplane’s deicing boots, and heated propeller were operating normally by removing ice accumulations.

She said that while in a gradual descent from 10,500 ft. msl to 10,000 ft. msl, the autopilot suddenly disengaged, without warning, and the airplane entered an abrupt uncommand right bank followed by a steep nose down, spiraling descent. The pilot said that it felt as if the aileron controls were jammed as she tried to regain control of the airplane. After regaining control of the airplane, she declared an inflight emergency and subsequently made an emergency landing at FAI.

A review of preliminary flight track data revealed that after departing FAI, the flight proceeded to the west, northwest for about 47 nm, cruising at about 10,000 ft msl. Prior to the upset, a climb was initiated and the flight reached an altitude of about 10,700 ft msl before descending to about 10,300 ft msl followed by abrupt changes to altitude and ground speed.

A postflight inspection of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the right aileron. Flight control continuity was established continuously from each control surface to the corresponding cockpit controls.

The airplane was equipped with a Garmin GFC 600 autopilot that recorded several parameters on nonvolatile memory. The memory was downloaded, and a detailed analysis is on-going.



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N97HA
Model/Series: 208
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter air carrier (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAFA, 432 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 800 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3800 ft AGL 
Visibility: 5 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Fairbanks, AK 
Destination: Huslia, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 8 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 9 None
Latitude, Longitude: 64.935913,-148.20412



Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N89ZW: Accident occurred August 20, 2021 at Wolf Lake Airport (4AK6), Wasilla, Alaska









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

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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


Location: Palmer, Alaska
Accident Number: WPR21LA328
Date and Time: August 19, 2021, 18:55 Local 
Registration: N89ZW
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-150 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N89ZW
Model/Series: PA-18-150 
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: 61.530315,-149.01763 (est)

Cessna 172, N6778A: Accident occurred August 03, 2021 at Ford Airport (IMT), Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Michigan

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; Grand Rapids, Michigan 


Location: Iron Mountain, Michigan
Accident Number: CEN21LA388
Date and Time: August 3, 2021, 11:20 Local
Registration: N6778A
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 3, 2021, about 1120 central daylight time, a Cessna 172, N6778A, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Ford Airport (IMT), Iron Mountain, Michigan. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that following a local flight, he taxied toward parking at IMT, an uncontrolled airport. As the Cessna 172 passed about 200 ft behind a parked Bombardier CRJ-200, mechanics aboard the CRJ-200 were not aware of the Cessna 172 and increased engine power during a maintenance test. The jet blast from the CRJ-200 lifted the Cessna 172 tail, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing and strut.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6778A
Model/Series: 172
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: KIMT,1122 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2100 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Iron Mountain, MI (IMT)
Destination: Iron Mountain, MI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.818361,-88.114556 (est)

Wrong Fuel: Aero Commander 500S Shrike, N909AK; accident occurred May 28, 2020 near Aniak Airport (PANI), Alaska














Aviation Accident Factual 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; Anchorage, Alaska 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

State of Alaska operated by Division of Forestry

Location: Aniak, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC20LA050
Date and Time: May 28, 2020, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N909AK
Aircraft: Rockwell 500 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wrong fuel
Injuries: 4 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Public aircraft

Factual Information

On May 28, 2020, about 1600 Alaska daylight time, an Aero Commander 500S airplane, N909AK sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Aniak, Alaska. The pilot and three passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 public aircraft flight.

The airplane was owned by the State of Alaska and operated by the Division of Forestry.

According to the pilot, after arriving in Aniak, he had the local fuel vendor's ground service personnel refuel the airplane. He then signed the fuel receipt, and he returned to the airplane's cockpit to complete some paperwork before departure. Once the paperwork was complete, he then loaded his passengers, started the airplane's engines, and taxied to Runway 29 for departure.

The pilot said that shortly after takeoff, and during initial climb, he initially noticed what he thought was mechanical turbulence followed by a reduction in climb performance, and the airplane's engines began to lose power. Unable to maintain altitude and while descending about 400 ft per minute, he selected an area of shallow water covered terrain as an off-airport landing site. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the landing.

The fueler reported that he was unfamiliar with the airplane, so he queried the pilot as to where he should attach the grounding strap and the location of the fuel filler port. Before starting to refuel the airplane, he asked the pilot "do you want Prist® with your Jet" to which the pilot responded that he did not. After completing the refueling process, he returned to his truck, wrote "Jet A" in the meter readings section of the prepared receipt, and presented it to the pilot for his signature. The pilot signed the receipt and was provided a copy. The fueler stated that he later added "no Prist®" to his copy of the receipt, and that he did not see a fuel placard near the fueling port.

A postaccident examination revealed that the reciprocating engine airplane had been inadvertently serviced with Jet A fuel. A slightly degraded placard near the fuel port on the top of the wing stated, in part: "FUEL 100/100LL MINIMUM GRADE AVIATION GASOLINE ONLY CAPACITY 159.6 US GALLONS." 


Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: September 5, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 4869 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model), 4003 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rockwell 
Registration: N909AK
Model/Series: 500S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 3232
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle 
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 5, 2020 Annual Certified 
Max Gross Wt.: 6748 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6966.4 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540 SER
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 325 Horsepower
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 23:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 12000 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Aniak, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Soldotna, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 61.581665,-159.54306(est)



Czech Sport Aircraft PiperSport, N643JK: Accident occurred August 12, 2021 at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO), California












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; Los Angeles, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Santa Monica Flyers Inc


Location: Santa Monica, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA317
Date & Time: August 12, 2021, 10:35 Local 
Registration: N643JK
Aircraft: CZECH SPORT AIRCRAFT AS PIPER SPORT
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CZECH SPORT AIRCRAFT AS
Registration: N643JK
Model/Series: PIPER SPORT
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: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.015822,-118.4513 (est)



Murphy Renegade II, N490DJ: Accident occurred September 05, 2021 in Sheridan, LaSalle County, Illinois



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; Des Plaines, Illinois


Location: Sheridan, Illinois
Accident Number: CEN21LA402
Date and Time: September 5, 2021, 13:23 Local 
Registration: N490DJ
Aircraft: Murphy Renegade II
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 5, 2021, about 1323 central daylight time, a Murphy Renegade II experimental airplane, N490DJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sheridan, Illinois. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The uncertificated pilot stated that he was conducting fast taxi operations and did not intend to fly the airplane; however, the airplane’s tail became airborne during the fast taxi, and he elected to continue the takeoff. The pilot stated that after liftoff, about 500 ft above the ground, he heard a “click” before there was a total loss of engine power. The pilot made a forced landing to a soybean field where the airplane nosed over shortly after touchdown.

An onsite examination of the biplane airplane revealed a fractured engine mount tube and the outboard 3 ft of the upper right wing’s leading edge was crushed aft. The left main landing gear wheel separated from the gear leg during the forced landing. The remaining fuselage, wings, and empennage were relatively undamaged. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit controls to each flight control surface.

The airplane was equipped with a 120 horsepower, two-stroke, two-cylinder, Rotax 670 engine. A partial teardown examination of the engine revealed that the magneto-side piston had seized in the cylinder. The piston and cylinder bore had scrape marks that were consistent with a piston seizure (Image 1). There was piston and ring material missing, with associated impact-related damage to the
cylinder head, piston dome, and sparkplug (Image 2). The power-takeoff piston and cylinder did not exhibit evidence of a piston seizure.

The pilot, who was the registered owner of the airplane, did not provide logbook documentation to confirm the maintenance history for the airplane and the engine.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Murphy
Registration: N490DJ
Model/Series: Renegade II
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: KC09,584 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / 14 knots, 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Newark, IL (0C8)
Destination: Sheridan, IL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.536622,-88.620558

Quad City Challenger II, N778H: Accident occurred September 11, 2021 at Presque Isle County Airport (KPZQ), Rogers City, Michigan


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; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Location: Rogers City, Michigan
Accident Number: CEN21LA420
Date and Time: September 11, 2021, 07:45 Local
Registration: N778H
Aircraft: Quad City Ultralight Challenger II
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 11, 2021, about 0745 eastern daylight time, a Quad City Ultralight Challenger II experimental airplane, N778H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rogers City, Michigan. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The uncertificated pilot reported that about 100 ft into the takeoff roll on runway 27 the airplane began to swerve right, but before he could abort the takeoff he heard a bang and the airplane pitched up and rolled.

A witness reported that the airplane abruptly pitched up, rolled right, and impacted the ground in a left wing down attitude. The witness stated that the airplane had completed about 270° of right roll when the left wing impacted the ground.

Examination of the airplane revealed that the right wing's forward lift strut had separated from the fuselage longeron (Image 1). The channel bracket remained attached to the lift strut, but the AN4-24A bolt had pulled out of the fuselage longeron (Image 2). The ¼” AN365-248 nyloc nut that normally secured the AN4-24A bolt was not located during the investigation.

The pilot did not maintain maintenance records for the airplane, nor had the airplane undergone a condition inspection since the experimental airworthiness certificate was approved in 2007.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Quad City Ultralight
Registration: N778H
Model/Series: Challenger II 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: KPZQ,670 ft msl 
Observation Time: 07:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 10000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Rogers City, MI 
Destination: Rogers City, MI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.407083,-83.812861 (est)