Thursday, December 30, 2021

Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee, N8591W: Accident occurred December 30, 2021 near Presidio Lely International Airport (KPRS), Presidio County, Texas

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: CEN22LA091

https://registry.faa.gov/N8591W





Tobias Penner Peters




PRESIDIO, Texas –– The Presidio County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help to locate a dangerous fugitive.

According to authorities, Tobias Penner Peters is wanted for his involvement in a human trafficking attempt on December 30, 2021.

Peters attempted to smuggle five undocumented immigrants into the U.S. using a small plane.

According to the Presidio County Sheriff's Office, Peters lost control of the plane and crashed just north of the Presidio airport. Images released by authorities show significant damage to the aircraft and blood on the seats.

After the crash Peters fled the scene, leaving five illegal aliens with severe bodily injuries behind.

Law enforcement believes Peters sustained severe head trauma and may have possibly lost an eye in the crash.

Peters is described as being 6' 2" and 185 lbs. He has blue eyes and red hair.

The  Presidio County Sheriff's Office has obtained multiple warrants for Peter –– including felony human smuggling, evading arrest, and deadly conduct.

Peters's last known address is in Seminole, Texas, but he is known to frequent Ojinaja, Mexico.

Anyone with information regarding Peters's whereabouts is asked to contact the Presidio County Sheriff's Office at 432-729-4848 or 432-729-4911.




Presidio County Sheriff's Office -  

PRESIDIO, Texas - Smuggling Attempt 

Presidio County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an airplane crash North of the Presidio International Airport at approximately 3:51 p.m.. Deputies arrived on scene and assisted the injured passengers where they discovered that the crash was a smuggling attempt gone wrong. The pilot attempted to smuggle several undocumented individuals from Presidio by air. Investigators believe the excess weight of the passengers (6 passengers in a 4 seat aircraft) and low fuel contributed to the cause of the accident. 

Presidio Police Officers, U.S. Border patrol, Presidio EMS, TXDOT and Presidio Fire Department arrived on scene to assist the search and rescue efforts. Some of the undocumented individuals were transported to hospitals in El Paso and others were detained by U.S. Border Patrol. The pilot absconded and is wanted for questioning. The Presidio County Sheriff's Office will continue investigating and filing smuggling charges on the person or persons involved.

If you have any information on this or other illegal activities please contact the Presidio County Sheriff's Office 432-729-4848. 



EL PASO, Texas – An alleged smuggling attempt ended in a plane crash North of the Presidio International Airport on Thursday.

Deputies with the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office found and assisted individuals injured during the crash. An investigation by authorities found the pilot of the Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee was allegedly smuggling undocumented migrants out of Presidio, Texas by air.

“Investigators believe the excess weight of the passengers (6 passengers in a 4 seat aircraft) and low fuel contributed to the cause of the accident,” a statement from the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office read.

An unspecified number of migrants were airlifted to the hospitals in El Paso, according to the statement. The pilot fled the scene and is wanted for questioning by investigators.

“The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office will continue investigating and filing smuggling charges on the person or persons involved,” the statement said.


PRESIDIO COUNTY, Texas -- Several people were injured when a small plane being used to smuggle migrants crashed north of the Presidio International Airport on Thursday afternoon, Presidio County Sheriff's deputies said.

That crash happened just before 4 p.m.

Investigators said the excess weight of the smuggled passengers - a half-dozen people in a four-seat aircraft - was a likely cause of the crash. In addition, deputies said the plane was low on fuel at the time it went down.

Officials said some of the injured migrants were transported to hospitals in El Paso for treatment, while the pilot fled the crash site and was being sought by authorities.

Deputies asked that anyone with information about this smuggling operation to contact the Presidio County Sheriff's Office at 432-729-4848.

Loss of Control on Ground: Cirrus SR22 GTS G6 Carbon, N729SA; accident occurred June 18, 2021 at Sawyer County Airport (KHYR), Hayward, Wisconsin










Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cirrus Aircraft; Duluth, Minnesota 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Sierra Alpha Leasing LLC


Location: Hayward, Wisconsin 
Accident Number: CEN21LA280
Date and Time: June 18, 2021, 12:20 Local 
Registration: N729SA
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot completed a short cross-country flight and checked the wind conditions at the destination airport. He reported the automated weather station was out of service but received weather and runway information from an air traffic controller and airport personnel. The on-board weather information reported the wind was 10 to 12 kts at a 60°crosswind angle, so he set up for a normal landing. The pilot added that when he was about 30 to 50 ft agl, the airplane was hit with a gust of wind. He pulled back on the controls and stalled the airplane. The airplane bounced onto the runway, so the pilot elected to do a go-around. He applied throttle; however, the airplane veered left and impacted a drainage ditch. During the accident, the nose landing gear collapsed, and the right wing sustained substantial damage. About the time of the accident, the automated weather reporting station located 23 miles northwest of the accident site reported, wind from 290° at 10 kts gusting to 21 kts.

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 with gusting wind.

Findings

Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Gusts - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Other weather encounter
Landing Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-aborted after touchdown Attempted remediation/recovery
Landing-aborted after touchdown Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 63,
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 7, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 25, 2020
Flight Time: 418 hours (Total, all aircraft), 210 hours (Total, this make and model), 265 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP 
Registration: N729SA
Model/Series: SR22 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2020
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4890
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 17, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 183 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-550
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 315
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: KOLG 
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 330°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 21 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 290° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Little Falls, MN (LXL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Hayward, WI
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 11:00 Local
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Sawyer County HYR
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1216 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5002 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

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: 46.028601,-91.445696 (est)















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DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On 06/18/21, there was a loss of control on landing which resulted in the aircraft departing the runway.

DAMAGE:  Damage includes but may not be limited to:  The aircraft sustained damage to propeller, engine propeller strike, all three landing gear, wing spar broken/cut, right flap, aileron and wing tip, engine cowling, fuselage at wing attachment area.

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Flight Control System Malfunction / Failure: Piper PA-25-235, N6917Z; accident occurred June 20, 2021 at Twisp Municipal Airport (2S0), Okanogan County, 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

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

Evergreen Soaring Inc 


Location: Twisp, Washington
Accident Number: WPR21LA238
Date and Time: June 20, 2021, 12:10 Local 
Registration: N6917Z
Aircraft: Piper PA-25-235 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Flight control sys malf/fail 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Glider tow

Analysis

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the sixth flight of a glider tow operation, the control stick felt as though it had “some play” with regard to the ailerons. The control stick moved about four inches laterally before a corresponding movement of the ailerons could be observed. He landed the airplane, performed a flight control check and noticed a “little slack” between the control stick inputs and subsequent aileron movement. He determined that the control stick felt secure and took off on his seventh tow flight.

During the climb out, the response to his control stick inputs diminished. The airplane encountered turbulence and the control stick separated from the torque tube assembly. He maintained control of the airplane by using trim, rudder control and throttle variations. The airplane subsequently landed on the grass surface to the right of the runway. During a firm landing, the airplane veered right, and the right wing collided with a berm. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the leading-edge of the right wing.

A subsequent examination of the airplane’s flight controls, revealed that the bolt which secured the control stick to the torque tube assembly had backed out. The castellated nut and cotter pin which secured the bolt were not located.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
An in-flight separation of the control stick from the torque tube assembly, which resulted in a loss of directional control during the landing roll and subsequent on-ground collision.

Findings

Aircraft Control column section - Malfunction
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Fasteners - Not specified

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Flight control sys malf/fail (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport 
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 24, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 19, 2021
Flight Time: (Estimated) 15077 hours (Total, all aircraft), 516.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 34.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 27 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N6917Z
Model/Series: PA-25-235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 25-2660
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 11, 2021 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7278.8 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-540-B2C5
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 235 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: KOMK,1300 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 11:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 73°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 20°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Twisp, WA
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Twisp, WA 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: TWISP MUNI 2S0 
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1602 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 10/28 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2701 ft / 60 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced landing

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: 48.350585,-120.09395 (est)

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N79523; accident occurred June 20, 2021 at Moose Creek USFS Airport (1U1) Moose Creek Ranger Station, Idaho 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; Salt Lake City

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Moose Creek Ranger Station, Idaho
Accident Number: WPR21LA241
Date and Time: June 20, 2021, 12:30 Local
Registration: N79523
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that, while in the pattern for landing, he turned a short base leg, followed by a short final approach leg. A “rapid roundout” was initiated at touchdown which resulted in the airplane bouncing. During the last bounce, the nose gear sheared off and the airplane subsequently nosed over coming to rest inverted. The right wing and wing lift strut were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 improper landing flare which resulted in a bounced hard landing and subsequent nose over.

Findings

Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Abnormal runway contact (Defining event)
Landing-flare/touchdown Hard landing
Landing-flare/touchdown Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
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: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 18, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 20, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 370 hours (Total, all aircraft), 213.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 370 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N79523
Model/Series: 172 K 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility 
Serial Number: 17258148
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 1, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 16 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2740 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A1F6D
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 180 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: KP69, 1480 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:52 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 273°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pullman, WA (KPUW) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Moose Creek Ranger Station, ID
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: MOOSE CREEK /USFS/ 1U1 
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 2454 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04/22 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2300 ft / 200 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

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: 46.120751,-114.92733

Collision with Terrain (non-CFIT): Air Tractor AT-502B, N8523Z; accident occurred June 20, 2021 in Edwardsburg, Cass County, Michigan







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; Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Lutes Flying Service Inc 


Location: Edwardsburg, Michigan 
Accident Number: CEN21LA283
Date and Time: June 20, 2021, 13:37 Local 
Registration: N8523Z
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-502B 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Analysis

The pilot reported that while conducting an aerial application pass over a field, the airplane stuck trees and subsequently impacted the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and empennage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operations. The pilot reported that the field had rising terrain toward its southern edge and as the airplane approached the southern edge, the airplane was unable to climb above the rising terrain. It is likely the pilot failed to identify the rising terrain in time to clear the trees.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to identify rising terrain and to maintain terrain clearance from trees during an aerial application pass that resulted in an in-flight collision with trees and terrain.

Findings

Personnel issues Identification/recognition - Pilot
Aircraft Altitude - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Sloped/uneven terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) (Defining event)
Uncontrolled descent Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight engineer
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 19, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: March 19, 2021
Flight Time: 27100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 950 hours (Total, this make and model), 18400 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR INC 
Registration: N8523Z
Model/Series: AT-502B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted (Special) 
Serial Number: 502B-2577
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 3, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 5774 Hrs
Engines: 1 Turbo prop
Airframe Total Time: as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-34AG
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 750
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: EKM 
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 13:52 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 326°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Elkhart, IN (EKM) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Elkhart, IN (EKM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 13:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 41.7956,86.0808(est)

Loss of Lift: Glasflugel 304 CZ-17, N974CQ; accident occurred June 20, 2021 in Winthrop, Okanogan County, 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
Location: Winthrop, Washington
Accident Number: WPR21LA235
Date and Time: June 20, 2021, 15:16 Local 
Registration: N974CQ
Aircraft: HPH LTD GLASFLUGEL 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of lift 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The glider pilot reported that after an uneventful tow to 4,000 ft msl (about 2,300 ft agl), he proceeded to fly north with the intention of reaching a mountain peak about 40 miles away. Soaring conditions were good, and the glider had climbed to about 10,500 ft msl by the time he reached a peak at the halfway point. On the second leg, the glider started to encounter sink, and the pilot continued to fly along mountain ridges to regain altitude. The pilot managed to climb the glider back to 8,000 ft, but again began to encounter sink and decided to work along mountain ridges back to the south with the intention of landing at an intermediary airport. He was not able to maintain altitude, and ultimately decided to perform an off-airport landing into a valley clearing. During the landing roll the right wing was substantially damaged when it struck a tree. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the glider 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 glider’s encounter with atmospheric conditions where the lift was not sufficient to maintain flight. 

Findings

Environmental issues Thermal lifting - Effect on operation
Aircraft Altitude - Attain/maintain not possible

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute Loss of lift (Defining event)
Landing Off-field or emergency landing
Landing Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor 
Age: 47, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 28, 2020
Flight Time: 1606.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 148.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 1595.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HPH LTD 
Registration: N974CQ
Model/Series: GLASFLUGEL 304CZ-17 
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Other
Serial Number: 43-17
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - ; Other launch/recovery system
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 1, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 992 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 20 Hrs Engines: 0
Airframe Total Time: at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner:
Rated Power:
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: KOMK, 1300 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 111°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 200° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.65 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 44°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Twisp, WA (2S0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Military VFR
Destination: Winthrop, WA 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 12:49 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

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: 48.625833,-120.1545 (est)

Collision During Takeoff: Mooney M-20J, N5765N; accident occurred June 20, 2021at Ryan Field Airport (2MT1), West Glacier, Flathead County, Montana








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; Helena, Montana

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: West Glacier, Montana
Accident Number: WPR21LA239
Date and Time: June 20, 2021, 15:00 Local
Registration: N5765N
Aircraft: Mooney M20J 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that, he was departing to the south on a 2,500 ft long grass runway at a mountain airport with an estimated 5,000 ft mean sea level density altitude. The pilot calculated the airplane’s performance using the pilot’s operating handbook, which revealed a takeoff distance of 1,800 ft on grass. According to the pilot, during the takeoff run, the airplane lifted off the ground after traveling between 1,250 ft and 1,870 ft down the runway as the airplane reached 60 mph. However, the airplane touched back down to the runway surface near the end of the runway and impacted fallen timber before it came to rest. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder and right wing. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot stated that, before his takeoff run, he observed the windsock, which indicated winds from the east at 9 kts. However, wind data retrieved from a nearby station and sounding information indicated that winds may have been from the north at 5 kt, which would have resulted in a tailwind.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s inadequate performance planning and decision to continue the takeoff which, resulted in a runway overrun and collision with terrain.

Findings

Personnel issues Performance calculations - Pilot
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues Tailwind - Effect on operation
Environmental issues High density altitude - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 23, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: January 9, 2020
Flight Time: 805 hours (Total, all aircraft), 409 hours (Total, this make and model), 716 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney 
Registration: N5765N
Model/Series: M20J 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1984 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 24-1482
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 19, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2740 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 42 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1306.7 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A3B6D
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 200 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: KGPI, 2973 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 229°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7500 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 350° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: West Glacier, MT 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kalispell, MT (S27)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: RYAN FLD 2MT1 
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 3660 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15/33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2500 ft / 65 ft 
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: 48.48,-113.96

Loss of Visual Reference: Schweizer SGS 1-35, N2851H; accident occurred June 20, 2021 in Wellington, Larimer County, Colorado







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; Denver, Colorado

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Wellington, Colorado
Accident Number: CEN21LA281
Date and Time: June 20, 2021, 16:30 Local 
Registration: N2851H
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS 1-35 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of visual reference 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The glider pilot reported that during base leg to final approach for landing, he lost sight of the runway, forcing him having to maneuver to avoid a house and to perform an off-field landing on rough sloping terrain. The glider impacted the ground hard, ground-looped, and came to rest in a large ditch. The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, vertical stabilizer, rudder, and left wing. The pilot reported there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the glider that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot also reported that this was his first landing at this airport and that he should have flown an orientation flight with another pilot familiar with the airport.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The glider pilot’s loss of visual references during the landing approach resulting in an off-airport landing on rough sloping terrain.

Findings

Personnel issues Situational awareness - Pilot
Environmental issues Sloped/uneven terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final Loss of visual reference (Defining event)
Landing Off-field or emergency landing
Landing Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None, None 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: November 10, 2019
Flight Time: 253 hours (Total, all aircraft), 208 hours (Total, this make and model), 253 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schweizer
Registration: N2851H
Model/Series: SGS 1-35 
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 51
Landing Gear Type: None; Skid 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: October 17, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 685 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 0
Airframe Total Time: 1993 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFNL,5015 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 16:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 181°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 60° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wellington, CO
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wellington, CO 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class E

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: 40.7039,-105.0086 (est)

Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III, N8AU: Fatal accident occurred December 30, 2021 near Livingston Municipal Airport (00R), Polk 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 traveled to the scene of this accident.

206B LLC


Location: Livingston, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22FA086
Date and Time: December 30, 2021, 11:41 Local 
Registration: N8AU
Aircraft: Bell 206B 
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 30, 2021, about 1141 central standard time, a Bell 206B, N8AU, was substantially damaged during an accident near Livingston, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured, one passenger was fatally injured, and two passengers received minor injuries. The flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

Preliminary track data for the flight showed that the helicopter departed the Livingston Municipal Airport (00R) and headed east-northeast for about 25 nm before reversing course to a west-southwest direction. The helicopter then turned further south before the end of the data at 1138. The final recorded location was 1.8 nm northeast of the accident site.

According to the surviving passengers, the flight was a sightseeing flight that the deceased front seat passenger had won at a local charity auction. On the day of the accident, the passengers met the pilot at 00R, and the helicopter departed about 1107. The original intent was to fly over the deceased passenger’s childhood home near Woodville, Texas. While on-course toward Woodville, it became evident that the flight could not be continued due to low clouds and the helicopter was then maneuvered to the passenger’s current residence near Livingston. The rear seat passengers stated that the helicopter flew down the road where the residence was located and then around the house making a level right turn at low speed. The helicopter then flew over a pond on the property and then toward the house. As the helicopter approached the house it was facing a south direction and came to a hover above the trees where the accident occurred. The passengers stated that the helicopter was either motionless in the hover or slightly drifting.

Once in the hover, the helicopter began to rotate to the right, which one passenger initially thought was the pilot intentionally maneuvering the helicopter. The helicopter continued to rotate, and the passenger realized the rotation was not intentional. The helicopter rotated about 2 full revolutions before striking a tree with the rotor blades and falling to the ground. It came to rest on its left side on top of a wood pile that had been created due to land clearing. One passenger noted that after attending to the pilot and front seat passenger that the helicopter’s engine was still running. He started moving any switch he could find to the “off”
position until the helicopter’s engine stopped.

Due to the positioning of the helicopter at the accident site a comprehensive examination was not possible. A subsequent post-recovery examination is planned.



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N8AU
Model/Series: 206B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
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: KCXO, 245 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 31 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Livingston, TX (00R)
Destination: Livingston, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 30.648176,-94.91511 

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.

POLK COUNTY — We're learning new details tonight about a fatal helicopter crash in Polk County, including the tragic circumstances that a father died and his sons were on board and injured, along with the pilot, according to PolkCountyToday.com

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the crash at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday on Galloway Lane, a few miles south of Livingston off TX 146.

PolkCountyToday.com is reporting that investigators believe the Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III may have had a mechanical failure, causing it to crash. The chopper struck a tree as it was coming down.

George Daniel King, 54, of Livingston, died at the scene. His two sons, Braydon, 26, and Brockton, 23, were taken to a hospital. Their injuries aren't life threatening. The pilot, John Randolph Martin, 73, of Montgomery County, was critically injured and flown from a nearby landing zone to a Houston hospital.

PolkCountyToday.com says King and his sons were reportedly looking at some property when the helicopter crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct the investigation.



POLK COUNTY, Texas – One person is dead after authorities with Texas Department of Public Safety said a helicopter crashed at a field in Polk County.

The crash involving a Bell 206 helicopter occurred deep in the woods at Galloway Lane and Highway 146, southeast of Livingston at around 11:45 a.m. Thursday morning.

One of the three passengers onboard, 54-year-old Daniel King of Livingston, died at the scene of the crash, Texas DPS troopers said.

Two other passengers, 26-year-old Braydon King and 23-year-old Brocton King, also from Livingston, were transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Livingston.

The pilot, identified as 73-year-old John Martin of Montgomery, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center area, according to Texas DPS.

DPS troopers are investigating the scene.

The FAA has been notified of the crash, according to Texas DPS.


LIVINGSTON, Texas  – One person is dead and three more are injured after a helicopter crashed northwest of Houston on Thursday, Dec. 30 according to state and federal authorities.

A Bell 206B helicopter with four people on board crashed in a field in Livingston, Texas, about 70 miles northwest of Houston, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

It’s unclear what led to the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation and provide updates, according to the FAA statement.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the crash happened about 11:45 a.m.

Daniel King, 54, of Livingston, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to DPS.

Braydon King, 26, and Brocton King, 23, both of Livingston, were both taken to a Houston hospital, DPS said.

The pilot John Martin, 73, of Montgomery, also was taken to a Houston hospital, DPS said.  Their conditions were not immediately available.