Monday, December 27, 2021

GippsAero GA8 Airvan, N472CP: Incident occurred December 02, 2021 in Anchorage, Alaska

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

Aircraft experienced full right rudder while in flight. Post flight inspection revealed trim tab was significantly bent.  

Civil Air Patrol


Date: 02-DEC-21
Time: 03:50:00Z
Regis#: N472CP
Aircraft Make: GIPPSAERO
Aircraft Model: GA8 AIRVAN
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Cessna 560 Citation Encore, N511TH: Incident occurred December 26, 2021 at Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River County, Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird upon departure from Runway 30R causing damage to the horizontal stabilizer.  

L J Associates Inc


Date: 26-DEC-21
Time: 18:32:00Z
Regis#: N511TH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C560
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 135
Flight Number: LJY511
City: VERO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Rockwell Commander 112, N4945W: Incident occurred December 24, 2021 near Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM), Osceola County, Florida

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

Aircraft declared an emergency due to fuel problem and landed in a field 12 miles southeast of the airport. 


Date: 24-DEC-21
Time: 19:38:00Z
Regis#: N4945W
Aircraft Make: ROCKWELL
Aircraft Model: 114
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: KISSIMMEE
State: FLORIDA

Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, N982SR: Incident occurred December 25, 2021 in Destin, Okaloosa County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

While on rollout, the left tire locked up and aircraft veered into the grass.  

Coastal Investments LLC


Date: 25-DEC-21
Time: 22:34:00Z
Regis#: N982SR
Aircraft Make: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE
Aircraft Model: SEARAY
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DESTIN
State: FLORIDA

Lancair IV-P, N994PT: Accident occurred December 25, 2021 at Ford Airport (KIMT), Iron Mountain, 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; Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Top Gun Aviation Inc 


Location: Iron Mountain, Michigan
Accident Number: CEN22LA089
Date and Time: December 25, 2021, 08:25 Local
Registration: N994PT
Aircraft: Lancair IV
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 25, 2021, about 0825 central standard time, a Lancair IV PT airplane, N994PT, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Iron Mountain, Michigan. The pilot 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 after a normal preflight, the airplane took off at reduced winter takeoff power. During the initial climb the pilot raised the landing gear; he then added climb power in increments while also reducing the airplane’s rate of climb. About the time he would active the autopilot, an annunciator light indicated a starter generator failure. He also noted that the engine sounded quieter, and airspeed was decreasing. He increased the throttle, confirmed the number one fuel pump was on, and ensured the left fuel tank was selected. By this time, the engine lost complete power. Since the airplane was only about 450 ft above the ground, he established best glide speed and found a clearing in the trees. During the descent the airplane impacted several trees, touched down on rough terrain, and came to rest on its belly. The aft fuselage, right wing, and engine were fracture separated from the airframe.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lancair 
Registration: N994PT
Model/Series: IV PT
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: KIMT,1122 ft msl 
Observation Time: 07:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -4°C /-10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 21 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.62 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Iron Mountain, MI
Destination: Daytona Beach, FL (7FL6)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 45.845545,-88.113173

Piper PA-32R-301T, N8158B: Incident occurred December 23, 2021 at Granbury Regional Airport (KGDJ), Hood County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Pilot smelled smoke during landing. After landing engine caught fire and pilot extinguished with fire extinguisher.


Date: 23-DEC-21
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N8158B
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GRANBURY
State: TEXAS

Boeing A75N1 (PT17) Stearman, N64602: Accident occurred December 25, 2021 in Rainbow, Somervell 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; North Texas


Location: Rainbow, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA088
Date and Time: December 25, 2021, 16:30 Local 
Registration: N64602
Aircraft: Boeing A75N1(PT17)
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing 
Registration: N64602
Model/Series: A75N1(PT17) 
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: GDJ 
Observation Time: 16:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Granbury, TX (0TX0)
Destination: Rainbow, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 32.296997,-97.70887 (est)




A small aircraft based out of Nassau Bay Airport southeast of Granbury crashed on Christmas afternoon in the Brazos River in Somervell County, resulting in the pilot and a passenger being transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Ricky Hunter provided the Hood County News with information on Monday from the preliminary investigation:

The aircraft is described in Trooper Hunter’s report as a Boeing A75N1 (PT17) Stearman that was “flying low and struck a power line at approximately 4:30” Saturday afternoon before crashing into the river.

The new release also states, “The 60-year-old pilot, Michael Sager, and a 73-year-old passenger, Dorothy Sager, were flown by air ambulance to a Fort Worth area hospital with undisclosed injuries.”

Both Michael Sager and Dorothy Sager are Granbury-area residents, according to the report.

“The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting an investigation into the crash,” Hunter’s news release continues. “No additional information is available from DPS.”  

Mooney M20K, N231LG: Incidents December 24, 2021 and May 10, 2016

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

December 24, 2021:  Aircraft landed gear up at Winchester Regional Airport (KOKV), Frederick County, Virginia.


Date: 24-DEC-21
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N231LG
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20K
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WINCHESTER
State: Virginia 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

May 10, 2016:  Aircraft while on ramp, engine caught fire, extinguished, no injuries at John Wayne/Orange County Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, California.

W A B Enterprises Inc

Date:  10-MAY-16
Time:  18:20:00Z
Regis#:  N231LG
Aircraft Make:  MOONEY
Aircraft Model:  M20K
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Unknown
Flight Phase:  STANDING (STD)
City:  SANTA ANA
State:  California











AIRCRAFT: 1981 Mooney M20K, N231LG, S/N 25-0296

ENGINE(S) - M&M, S/N:  Continental TSIO-360-MB, S/N 1317174

PROPELLER(S) – M&M, S/N:  McCauley 2A34C221-B/90DHC-16E, S/N 902076

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):
     
ENGINE:   TT: 2,756 (estimated)  TSMO: 922 (estimated)

PROPELLER:   TT: 2,195 (estimated)  TSOH: 611 (estimated)           

AIRFRAME:    TT: 2,207 (estimated)             

OTHER EQUIPMENT:   Garmin GMA-340 Audio Panel, Garmin GNS 530, Garmin GNS 430, Garmin GTX 327 Transponder, Insight SF-2000 Strikefinder, Century 41 Autopilot, EDM 800 Engine Monitor, Hoskins FT 101 Fuel Flow Indicator.

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Exterior fire during attempted engine start; fire spread into right side of interior.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Moderate soot covering right side cowl & wing root; Fire damages to right front & rear seat & right side carpet; fire damage to right door inside trim; side windows broken out by fire department; headliner removed by fire personnel; baggage door skin cut by fire personnel; dry chemical fire extinguishing agent and foam sprayed into interior and instrument panel; instrument panel and avionics have streaks from foam & dry chemical running down panel face.      

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   John Wayne-Orange County Airport, Santa Ana, CA 

REMARKS: Aircraft is intact & tied-down on ramp   

Read more here:    http://www.avclaims.com/N231LG.htm 

Incident occurred December 27, 2021 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

Two Allegiant planes collided Monday morning, causing minor damage and canceling multiple flights.

Allegiant flight 1687 bound for Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, pushed back from the gate at Punta Gorda Airport, the plane’s wingtip struck the auxiliary power unit on the wing of an empty plane parked nearby.

The flight was supposed to leave at 6 a.m., but now it is canceled and passengers on board are stuck figuring out another way to get home.

A person on the plane said he felt a big thump, and then the pilot told them their wing had collided with another plane.

“There was a big bump. And I thought we were running over, you know, an uneven pavement on the runway, nothing major. And then the pilot came on and said that this is a once in a career experience. I need to let you know, we have collided with another plane,” said Scott Miller.

Miller came to Punta Gorda to visit his parents for the holidays. He was heading back to Springfield, Illinois when this happened.

“I was just so happy to be able to get on a flight to go home. There have been so many cancellations lately due to staffing shortages due to COVID and the lack of workforce that I was just happy to be on a plane to get home, and then two planes collide,” said Miller.

According to Allegiant, the wing clipped the auxiliary power unit of the second plane.

WINK News saw firefighters remove the wing tip from the plane on the scene.

Both flights have been grounded until further notice. Passengers on them had to rebook their flights.

Port Authority said a few cancellations to and from Niagara falls, Cleveland and Kansas City also happened as a result.

“The line was so long that I wasn’t even going to deal with it. Because I knew the longer you wait, the farther out you’re going to get booked. So I just purchased the one on my phone, and they ended up reimbursing me for today’s flight. Nobody was really upset, at least not verbally that I saw. We just knew this was 2021 in its finest.”

The FAA is now investigating the incident.

Passengers on Miller’s plane got a $150 credit for the flight and an additional $250 check for the inconvenience.

Miller said the most inconvenient part is that flights to Springfield only happen Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, so he is stuck here for another two days.

Cessna 172E Skyhawk, N5798T: Fatal accident occurred December 26, 2021 near Sharp County Regional Airport (KCVK), Arkansas

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

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas


Location: Hardy, Arkansas
Accident Number: CEN22FA082
Date and Time: December 26, 2021, 17:29 Local
Registration: N5798T
Aircraft: Cessna 172E
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 26, 2021, about 1729 central standard time, a Cessna 172E airplane, N5798T, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Hardy, Arkansas. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A preliminary review of track data indicated that the airplane had already been airborne before it was visible on radar. The airplane first appeared about 13 nm north of the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG), Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, at 1627, at an altitude of about 2,500 ft. The airplane flew generally south toward ARG until track data was lost at about 1643, 3.5 nm north of ARG.

At 1653, about 3 nm north of ARG, the airplane reappeared in track data, climbing out of about 2,800 ft. The airplane flew left and right several times in a back and forth “s-type" movement and then straightened out, flew west-north-west, and climbed to an altitude of about 4,500 ft, then descended lower in the latter part of the flight.

At 1722, the airplane crossed over the Sharp County Regional Airport (CVK), Ash Flat, Arkansas, from east to west at an altitude of about 4,000 ft. When the airplane was almost 2.5 nm west-north-west of CVK, the airplane turned right, descended slowly, and flew a track consistent with an attempt to make an approach to CVK, then the airplane entered a tight left turn and traveled to the north. During this time there were abrupt changes in ground speed, altitude, and the direction of flight. The airplane executed at least one sharp counterclockwise loop and flew generally north-north-east bound until track data was lost about 1728.

The Fulton County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Office was provided copies of text messages the pilot sent to a family member while in flight. One text message stated, “ran into weather can’t see anything” and another text message later stated, “out of gas in air.”

The wreckage, which was located on heavily wooded private property, was destroyed by the impact sequence. The accident site is in the Ozark Mountains. The wreckage was recovered from the accident site for a future examination. 

A witness, who lives about 1 mile north of the accident site, reported that he observed “heavy fog” in the area at the time and he estimated the visibility to be about 500 ft. Astronomical conditions indicated the accident occurred right after the conclusion of civil twilight, which occurred at 1726. Sunset occurred at 1657.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the pilot did not hold an instrument rating.


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N5798T
Model/Series: 172E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KARG,273 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft AGL 
Visibility: 0.5 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 36.346112,-91.542252

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.

Christine Price
1969 - 2021
~

WALNUT RIDGE - Christine Ann Bailey Price, 52, of Walnut Ridge passed from this life Sunday, December 26, 2021, along with her boyfriend, Brad Dunham, due to injuries sustained from an airplane accident.

She was born August 7, 1969, in Cahokia, Illinois, to Harold Lloyd and Mary Parsons Bailey.

Christine was a dedicated nurse, working in home health and for several doctors for over 20 years.

She was of the Christian belief.

Christine was preceded in death by her mom, Donna Bailey, her grandparents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her father, Harold Bailey of Hoxie; mother, Mary Taylor of Bradley; one son, Randall Parker of Hoxie; siblings, Sharon Beardsley (David) and James Bailey (Jennifer), both of Jonesboro, Rachael Jones (Terry) of Piggott, John Bailey (Tracy) and Latisha Bailey, both of Hoxie; and several special nieces and nephews.

A celebration memorial of Christine's life will be held from 3 until 5 p.m. today, December 30, in Cox Funeral Home Chapel at Walnut Ridge.



Spring River Chronicle

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene this morning of the single engine plane crash that occurred on December 26 near the Nine Mile Ridge Fire Department. 

The names of the couple who were killed in the crash were released earlier today. 57 year-old Bradley Dunham of Bono was the pilot and his girlfriend, Christine Ann Price, 52, of Walnut Ridge was the other victim of the crash. 

Fulton and Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, Sharp County Search and Rescue and numerous are residents began searching for what they believed to be a downed aircraft in the area of Fulton and Sharp County line near Nine Mile Ridge and Slick Rock Road around 6 p.m. December 26.  A heavy fog developed just before nightfall and the search was called off until morning. 

Hardy Mayor Ernie Rose located the plane’s remains near the Nine Mile Ridge Fire Department the next morning around 9 a.m. This news agency has a story of these events in tomorrow’s paper, as we went to press  around 11 a.m. on Monday before more details were revealed. 

Since, we have obtained flight information recordings and will follow up next week (January 4) with a second article about what we have learned about the flight path, issues and other things that happened just before the tragic flight went down. 

Prayers go out to the families of Price and Dunham.



FULTON COUNTY, Arkansas - The Fulton County Sheriff has identified two people killed in a plane crash Sunday night in Fulton County near the Sharp County line.

According to Sheriff Al Roork, Bradley Dunham, 57, from Bono was piloting the plane when it crashed. Dunham, and a passenger, Christine Ann Price, 52, of Walnut Ridge were both killed in the crash.

The wreckage was found Monday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were called in to investigate the crash. Officials are expected to arrive at the site on Tuesday.

Crews from Fulton and Sharp Counties were called in around 5:30 Sunday night after witnesses reported hearing and seeing a plane go down. Dense fog and nightfall made finding the plane difficult.

A cause of the crash is unknown, but Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said there was heavy fog throughout the area.




  

In the waning minutes of the flight of a doomed small plane over Fulton County last month, the pilot texted family members that he ran into weather and was unable to see and, finally before crashing, was "out of gas in air," according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Pilot Bradley Dunham of Bono and passenger Christine Price of Walnut Ridge, the only two occupants of the single-engine Cessna 172, died when the plane crashed Dec. 26 in a remote area of the county northwest of Hardy.

Dunham also was the owner of the aircraft, a Cessna 172E, manufactured in 1964, according to the Federal Aviation Administration online database of aircraft registrations.

The aircraft appeared to be trying to land at Sharp County Regional Airport in Cherokee Village, which straddles the border of Sharp and Fulton counties, but the weather wasn't cooperating, with a witness on the ground saying the area was covered in a heavy fog that limited visibility to an estimated 500 feet.

Dunham was only qualified, according to the FAA, to fly under visual flight rules in which the pilot can fly in good weather with good visibility, which appeared not to be the case on the afternoon of Dec. 26.

Additional training allows pilots to obtain an instrument rating, which allows them to fly using only their flight instruments and not rely on visual cues outside the cockpit.

The crash also occurred right after the "conclusion of civil twilight," or 30 minutes after sunset, which requires stricter limits under which pilots can fly under visual flight rules.

Preliminary review of radar tracking data found that the aircraft first showed up on radar shortly before 4:30 p.m. about 13 miles north of the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport at an altitude of 2,500 feet. The track showed that the aircraft generally flew south toward the airport but briefly disappeared from radar at 4:43 p.m. and 3.5 miles north of the Walnut Ridge airport.

Ten minutes later, the Cessna reappeared on the track data, which showed it climbing out of about 2,800 feet. "The airplane flew left and right several times in a back and forth 's-type' movement and then straightened out, flew west-north-west, and climbed to an altitude of about 4,500 ft, then descended lower in the latter part of the flight," according to the report.

At 5:22 p.m., the aircraft crossed over Sharp County Regional Airport, which is referred to by airport code as KCVK or CVK, from east to west at an altitude of 4,000 feet.

"When the airplane was almost 2.5 nm west-north-west of CVK, the airplane turned right, descended slowly, and flew a track consistent with an attempt to make an approach to CVK, then the airplane entered a tight left turn and traveled to the north," the report said. "The airplane executed at least one sharp counterclockwise loop and flew generally north-north-east bound until track data was lost about [5:28 p.m.]."

The Fulton County sheriff's office provided the National Transportation Safety Board with "copies of text messages the pilot sent to a family member while in flight," the report said. "One text message stated, "ran into weather can't see anything" and another text message later stated, "out of gas in air."

The crash site was 33 miles from the Sharp County airport, where a weather observation taken at shortly before 5 p.m. said the lowest ceiling was overcast and just 200 feet above ground, according to the report. Visibility was a half mile.

It will take up to a year before the NTSB releases a final report on the crash.