Thursday, December 23, 2021

Loss of Control in Flight: Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, N315JT; accident occurred July 23, 2021 at Lake Chelan Airport (S10), Chelan, Washington

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; Spokane, Washington

British Automotive Ltd doing business as Crown Hill Auto Sales 


Location: Chelan, Washington 
Accident Number: WPR21LA296
Date and Time: July 21, 2021, 18:00 Local 
Registration: N315JT
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-200T 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot of the multiengine airplane reported that, while on final approach to land, the airplane encountered some turbulence and he landed hard short of the runway. The left main landing gear tire was blown when it contacted the runway asphalt. The airplane subsequently veered to the left and departed the left side of the runway onto the desert terrain. The landing gear collapsed, and the forward fuselage and windscreen center support structure were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s unstable approach to land in turbulent conditions, which resulted in a hard landing short of the runway and subsequent loss of directional control and collision with terrain. 

Findings

Aircraft Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues (general) - Effect on equipment
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
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)
Landing Hard landing
Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Unknown With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 14, 2021
Occupational Pilot: UNK 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 28, 2020
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N315JT
Model/Series: PA-34-200T 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: None
Serial Number: 34-7870045
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 4, 2021 
Annual Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4469 Hrs 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-360-EB
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 200 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: S10,1263 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 18:00 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 208°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility:
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: Unknown / Unknown
Wind Direction: 119° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: Unknown / Unknown
Altimeter Setting: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Everett, WA (PAE) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: Chelan, WA
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 17:00 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: RIVERVIEW AIRPARK 91WT 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1210 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18/36 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1889 ft / 40 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

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: 47.86696,-119.94148(est)

Airbus A321-211, N376DN: Accident occurred July 22, 2021 in Detroit, 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.

Delta Air Lines Inc


Location: Detroit, Michigan
Accident Number: DCA21LA184
Date and Time: July 22, 2021, 12:54 UTC 
Registration: N376DN
Aircraft: Airbus A321-211 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 193 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air carrier - Scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Airbus 
Registration: N376DN
Model/Series: A321-211 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)
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: Detroit, MI 
Destination: Denver, CO (DEN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 5 None 
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 188 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 193 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.212398,-83.353401 

Cessna 340, N419TT: Accident occurred July 24, 2021 in Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming

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.


Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
Accident Number: WPR21LA345
Date and Time: July 24, 2021, 13:00 Local 
Registration: N419TT
Aircraft: Cessna 340 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N419TT
Model/Series: 340 
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: Rock Springs, WY
Destination: Oshkosh, WI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: 3 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.594222,-109.06519

Loss of Control on Ground: Cub Crafters CCX-2000, N161BS; accident occurred July 27, 2021 at Roseburg Regional Airport (KRBG), Douglas County, Oregon

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; Portland, Oregon

N961BS LLC


Location: Roseburg, Oregon
Accident Number: WPR21LA314
Date and Time: July 27, 2021, 10:00 Local 
Registration: N161BS
Aircraft: Cubcrafters CCX-2000 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, after landing on the grass airstrip, during the landing roll at a slow speed, the airplane veered to the left and ran off the runway. The right-wing was substantially damaged when it collided with a tree. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll which, resulted in a runway excursion and collision with a tree.

Findings

Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Tree(s) - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 25, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 973 hours (Total, all aircraft), 27 hours (Total, this make and model), 875 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 65 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Passenger Information

Certificate: 
Age: Male
Airplane Rating(s):
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification:
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cubcrafters 
Registration: N161BS
Model/Series: CCX-2000
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 
2021 Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 00118
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 13, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 64.2 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed 
Engine Model/Series: CC3631
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 186
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KEUG, 374 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 10:00 Local 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 350° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cottage Grove, OR (61S)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Roseburg, OR 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 08:50 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: George Felt Airport 5S1
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 428 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 10/28 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2300 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

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: 43.214812,-123.40291

Lancair IV, N26PD: Accident occurred July 28, 2021 in Indian Springs, Clark County, Nevada



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; Las Vegas, Nevada

Plane Holding Co


Location: Indian Springs, Nevada
Accident Number: WPR21LA294
Date and Time: July 28, 2021, 09:00 Local
Registration: N26PD
Aircraft: KUYKENDALL CHARLES LANCAIR IV 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Ferry

On July 28, 2021, about 0900 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Kuykendall Lancair IV, N26PD, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Indian Springs, Nevada. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that, the intent of the flight was to reposition the airplane from North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Las Vegas, Nevada, to Roberts Field (RDM), Redmond, Oregon. While ascending through 10,000 ft mean sea level (msl), he turned on the fuel pump (as recommended by the Pilot Operating Handbook) and continued the climb. Shortly thereafter, smoke started to come out of the right side of the instrument panel. He conducted a visual scan of the instrument panel and did not see anything abnormal. He leveled the airplane and felt a deceleration, which he attributed to a loss of engine power. The instrument panel lost electrical power, and he initiated a descent to a highway for a forced landing. During the descent, the pilot turned off all electrical switches, except for the master switch. He then used the landing gear handle to lower the landing gear; he did not hear the landing gear motor nor feel it extend so he was not sure if the landing gear would be down during the forced landing. The pilot then turned the master switch off and maneuvered between cars to land on the highway. The airplane landed gear up and slid to a stop after it crossed the dirt center median. After the airplane came to a stop, he opened the canopy and observed fuel spilling from the left wing. He exited the airplane and a post-accident fire ensued.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: KUYKENDALL CHARLES
Registration: N26PD
Model/Series: LANCAIR IV 
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: KINS,3123 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:40 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: North Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Destination: Redmon, OR (RDV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 36.563494,-115.61577 (est)

Fuel Exhaustion: Enstrom F-28A, N46MU; accident occurred July 28, 2021 in Mountain Home, Elmore County, Idaho

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; Boise, Idaho


Location: Mountain Home, Idaho
Accident Number: WPR21LA293
Date and Time: July 28, 2021, 11:30 Local 
Registration: N46MU
Aircraft: Enstrom F-28A 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that, while the helicopter was in the hanger, he put 4 gallons of fuel into the left fuel tank. He then intended to hover taxi to the fuel island for fuel. He observed people and an aircraft near the fuel island, and he hover taxied to a dirt area. While about 12-15 ft above ground level, the engine had a complete loss of power. He further reported that he was too low to autorotate, landed hard on uneven terrain and collapsed the left skid. An inspection revealed that both fuel tanks were empty. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and main rotor blades. The pilot 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 improper fuel planning and improper in-flight decision-making, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion and a subsequent hard landing on uneven terrain. 

Findings

Aircraft Fuel - Fluid level
Personnel issues Fuel planning - Pilot
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues Sloped/uneven terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-hover Fuel exhaustion (Defining event)
Maneuvering-hover Loss of engine power (total)
Autorotation Hard landing

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 67,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Helicopter Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 11, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 25, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 2885 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Enstrom 
Registration: N46MU
Model/Series: F-28A 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1974 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 253
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 23, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 5 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3907 Hrs
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: HIO-360-C1A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 205
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMUO,2996 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 11:58 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 231°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 15000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 320° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mountain Home, ID (U76)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Mountain Home, ID 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:30 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Mountain Home Municipal Airport U76
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 3166 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Soft
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:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 43.131389,-115.7303

Cessna 182E Skylane, N3186Y: Accident occurred July 31, 2021 at Eugene Airport (KEUG), 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

Location: Eugene, Oregon
Accident Number: WPR21LA344
Date and Time: July 31, 2021, 10:07 Local 
Registration: N3186Y
Aircraft: Cessna 182E
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 31, 2021, about 1007, a Cessna 182E, N3186Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Eugene, Oregon. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he landed the airplane on the main landing gear, and then allowed the nose wheel to settle onto the runway. As soon as it did, the airplane veered to the right and then left. He applied corrective rudder control inputs, and the airplane then veered more violently to the left, until it was perpendicular to the runway centerline. The right wing then dropped, and the wingtip struck the ground as the airplane came to rest.

The pilot stated that the airplane swerved aggressively while he landed at another airport earlier in the day, however strong gusting winds were present at that time, and he assumed that was the reason for the diversion.

The airplane was equipped with a modified nosewheel assembly, installed in accordance with Airglas Inc. supplemental type certificate SA02069AK. The installation called for the replacement of the original nose gear fork assembly, with one designed for a Piper PA32, which allowed for a larger 8.50-6 tire. The STC resulted in a 4-inch increase in nose gear height.

The STC’s flight manual supplement stated the following regarding in-flight procedures:

“Landing: The Nose Fork and 8.50-6 tire increases the length of the nose gear by approximately 4". Pilots should ensure that all landings are accomplished in a nose high attitude similar to the soft field approach attitude.

CAUTION

During landing there is an increased possibility of wheelbarrowing or porpoising during landing. Pilots should ensure that all landings are accomplished in a nose high attitude similar to the soft field approach attitude.”

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3186Y
Model/Series: 182E
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: KEUG,353 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 14000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 18000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: The Dalles, OR (KDLS)
Destination: Eugene, OR

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: 44.124583,-123.21197 (est)

LET L-23 Super Blaník, N373BA: Accident occurred July 31, 2021 in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts

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.

Greater Boston Soaring Club


Location: Sterling, Massachusetts
Accident Number: ERA21LA327
Date and Time: July 31, 2021, 10:16 Local 
Registration: N373BA
Aircraft: LET L-23 SUPER BLANIK
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: LET
Registration: N373BA
Model/Series: L-23 SUPER BLANIK
Aircraft Category: Glider
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 Serious, 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.425917,-71.792861 (est)

Van's RV-6A, N6000Z: Fatal accident occurred December 22, 2021 near Show Low Regional Airport (KSOW), Navajo County, Arizona

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

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona


Location: Show Low, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22FA067
Date and Time: December 22, 2021, 16:39 Local 
Registration: N6000Z
Aircraft: Vans RV6
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 22, 2021, about 1639 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV6A airplane, N6000Z, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Show Low Regional Airport (SOW), Show Low, Arizona. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to an airport employee, he observed two airplanes near each other on final approach for runway 22. He immediately transmitted on Unicom frequency that there were two airplanes on final approach to runway 22. Additional witnesses observed a Cessna 182 airplane in front and slightly below an RV-6A (accident airplane) on final approach. The RV-6A was seen to be descending into the Cessna.
Subsequently, the Cessna aborted the approach and turned right towards the north. Shortly thereafter, the RV-6A aborted the approach and turned right towards the north as well. The accident pilot acknowledged on the Unicom frequency that he was on the wrong frequency and apologized. Shortly thereafter, witnesses located at the airport observed the RV-6A complete a right turn away from the runway and then observed its wing drop and stated that the airplane descended steeply towards the ground.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane struck terrain in a near vertical nose down angle. All major flight control surfaces necessary for flight were present at the accident site.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans 
Registration: N6000Z
Model/Series: RV6 
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: KSOW, 6411 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /-12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.272778,-109.99888 (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. 


Lorelai Olivia Johansen
November 26, 2010 - December 22, 2021


Lorelai Olivia Johansen was born November 26, 2010, the day after Thanksgiving, in Tucson, Arizona.  Lorelai died December 22, 2021, in Show Low, Arizona. Her loving parents are Arienne and Benjamin Gillette.

She is lovingly remembered by a multitude of beloved family members and friends. She enjoyed reading, creating, music in all its forms, and above all loved having a big family. 

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 3, 2022, at the Pioneer Park Chapel, 421 N. Main St., Snowflake, Arizona, with visitation one hour prior. A memorial will follow in Tucson, AZ, on January 9, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

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David Gillette
March 03, 1981 - December 22, 2021


David Gillette passed away unexpectedly, December 22, 2021. He was born in St George, Utah on March 3, 1981, to Benjamin Aaron Gillette and Erlene Suhr.

He was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He later moved to Utah to live and work with his dad, for a year, before leaving on his mission to the Ivory Coast, in Africa, for 2 years. When he returned from his mission, he lived in Tucson, Arizona, where he met the love of his life, Candace. On March 19, 2004, they were married. They lived in Tucson, Arizona, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Evanston, Wyoming, before settling in Monticello, Utah, with their 8 children. He enjoyed being a youth leader, hunting, camping, playing, and working outdoors with family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife, Candace and beautiful children, Hailey, David, Aaron, Kaitlynn, Mikaylah, Mckenzie, Tyler, and Jacob. 

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 3, 2022, at the Pioneer Park Chapel, 421 N. Main St., Snowflake, Arizona, with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be in the Monticello City Cemetery, 197 South Main St., in Monticello, Utah.

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Candace Hon Gillette -

"I just want to update everyone and tell the truth. There are lots of made up stories going around. The media, ambulance company, and people in general are making up their own stories and posting them. The pictures that have been posted are not his plane. I saw his plane today. From what airport staff said of his calls that they heard, and the position of the plane, I can tell you what I think happened. Wednesday December 22 around 4:30pm, David was flying family members and decided to go fuel up and then tie the plane down in Taylor for the evening. Taylor airport fuel was not working so he flew with our 11 yr old niece to Show Low to fuel up. He was not on the correct frequency to hear other pilots locations. He happened to be coming in at the same time as another plane but couldn't see it. Someone in the airport called the other plane and told him that David was there but on the wrong frequency. Then David realized it and switched over and apologized and told the other pilot that he would go around and let them land first. For some reason, that we don't know yet, his plane lost lift. It looks like he attempted to make it to the field close by but caught the left wing on a tree and went down. They both passed instantly on impact. They felt no pain. They are requiring autopsies for both of them because it is a plane crash. Because of the holidays, they are saying we might hear back sometime next week. At that time we will make arrangements for funerals. Thank you for all of the kind words, thoughts, prayers, and actions. We will need all the help we can get to get through this. David Gillette was my world, and that just fell apart. It still feels like a bad dream that won't go away. Please be patient with all of us as we try to get through this."

David  Gillette (right)


SHOW LOW, Arizona - A plane crash near Show Low in Navajo County killed two people Wednesday night, said the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District.

At around 4:40 p.m. on December 22, a single-engine plane crashed near the Show Low Regional Airport in a remote area near Long Lake.

"On scene crews found the plane heavily damaged and fire has been extinguished. Show Low Police has secured the scene," the fire district said.

Two people were found dead inside the plane. They were identified as the pilot, 40-year-old David A. Gillette of Utah, and his 11-year-old passenger, Lorelai Johansen of Tucson.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

Cirrus SR22 G2, N565CK: Fatal accident occurred December 21, 2021 near Aéroport Auxerre Branches, Charbuy, France

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: GAA22WA054

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; International Field Office, Los Angeles, California

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 


Date: 21-DEC-21
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N565CK
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew 1
Pax 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: LE COURLIS
State: CHARBUY
Country: FRANCE

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N6280F: Accident occurred December 22, 2021 near Auburn Municipal Airport (KAUN), Placer County, California

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: WPR22LA069 

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into a house.

Fox Two LLC


Date: 22-DEC-21
Time: 23:05:00Z
Regis#: N6280F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: AUBURN
State: CALIFORNIA




AUBURN, California  — A bizarre sight in a tight little neighborhood left neighbors stunned Wednesday afternoon in Auburn. A Cessna 172N Skyhawk crashed onto a home.

“We just lost power and then immediately, there was a large boom and [we] thought a transformer that blew up or somebody hit a pole. That’s kind of the common thing,” said Norm Tucker.

”It would freak me out. It would totally freak me out,” said Joni Heinrich.

Heinrich couldn’t believe what happened at the end of her street. The plane took out some power lines, crashed through a line of trees and then landed on top of her neighbor’s home.

“We are in the flight path, so my husband’s always had nightmares about it,” said Heinrich.

“There’s plenty of planes that come this way, back and forth all the time just because of the proximity of the airport,” said Tucker.

Dispatch audio shows the confusion and chaos when the homeowner called 9-1-1 after the plane crashed onto her roof.

Dispatcher: “Crying stating that someone is in her house, and that there’s a guy in the house that needs an ambulance.”

The pilot apparently landed in her home and started calling out for help, startling the homeowner who had no idea what just happened.

“They are so fortunate in this case that the plane did not crash through the home and injure them, yes. We’re saying they are very lucky,” said Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Angela Musallam.

For the nine homes on this small one lane road, Miracle Drive, the name says it all.

“Well I think it’s a miracle that nobody died. I hope that the pilot’s OK,” said Heinrich. “I’ve often said that it’s a miracle that I even live on Miracle Drive.”

The plane crashed near the Auburn Municipal Airport, but there’s no telling where the pilot was heading to or from or why the plane went down. The NTSB and FAA are both investigating.