Monday, November 07, 2022

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N84R: Fatal accident occurred November 03, 2022 near Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport (I35), Harlan County, Kentucky

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aircraft struck a cliff while attempting to land on runway. 


Date: 03-NOV-22
Time: 14:15:00Z
Regis#: N84R
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: HARLAN
State: KENTUCKY


Kentucky State Police secure the scene following the crash of a small airplane at Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport on Thursday, November 3, 2022.



Harlan County, Kentucky -  A single-engine airplane crashed on Thursday near Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport in Harlan, resulting in the death of one individual.

According to Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich, Dr. David Sanford, 55, died as a result of a plane crash near Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport in Harlan on Thursday.

According to Kentucky State Police Public Relations Officer Shane Jacobs, KSP Post 10, Harlan, was notified of the incident on Thursday morning.

“At approximately 10 a.m., Post 10, Harlan received multiple calls in reference to a loud noise,” Jacobs said. “A short time later, a small plane was discovered crashed just south of the airport.”

Jacobs confirmed there were no known survivors of the crash, with one fatality verified as of approximately 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

KSP Det. Andy Soltess is in charge of the death investigation. The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash

The Harlan County Rescue Squad, the Harlan City Fire Department, and Sunshine Fire Department responded to the scene.

Sunday, November 06, 2022

Federal Aviation Administration holds first workshop for West Virginia International Yeager Airport (KCRW) expansion

The Federal Aviation Administration held the first of two public scoping workshops Wednesday as it begins an Environmental Impact Study to expand the runway at Charleston’s International Yeager Airport.

The airport, owned by the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, wants to extend its main runway by 285 feet from its existing length of 6,715 feet to 7,000 feet and shift the parallel taxiway as it makes improvements to the runway safety area. The airport was 6,802 feet long before a reinforced slope failure.

The proposed project being studied would establish standard 1,000-foot-long by 500-foot-wide runway safety areas at both ends of Runway 5-23 and a runway extension to meet the takeoff runway length needs of the existing and forecast future aircraft fleet mix at the airport.

The expansion requires filling in a large valley, which would encroach on approximately 400 acres of Coonskin Park.

The FAA has to complete the Environmental Impact Study study to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. As part of the process, the FAA is inviting public feedback that will take an estimated two years to complete.

“At the start of the process, we take the airport’s proposal and we bring it to the public,” FAA Regional Environment Program Manager Andrew Brooks said. “Essentially what we’re saying is, our airport authority is proposing this in your community. This is your opportunity to provide some input into what is being considered through the environmental process that is to come.”

The FAA will complete what Brooks calls “alternative screenings” as it attempts to address the airport’s runway length without impacting Coonskin Park. After that, a series of informational meetings will be held to update the public on where the FAA stands in the process.

“Once the EIS, which is currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, we’ll come out and have the public meetings, potentially hearings, where the public will be able to see the full breadth of impact analysis, provide comment and testimony on the record at that point,” Brooks said.

The study involves multiple federal, state, as well as local agencies. They include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Development Office, and the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission.

With hundreds of acres of Charleston’s most prized park at stake there has been considerable public pushback to the project. The park’s Alice Knight Memorial Trail and Coonskin Grotto waterfall are listed on West Virginia Tourism’s website as state attractions.

Chad Cordell, a member of Kanawha Forest Coalition said the project does not make sense for Charleston.

“Coonskin Park is really special to a lot of people in the area. It’s been part of our families for generations and it’s a place that we don’t want to see destroyed,” Cordell said. “This proposal right now would take almost half of Coonskin Park, would bulldoze it and fill tens of millions of yards of fill of the Coonskin branch, you know 100s of feet deep. We’re talking about bulldozing and burying a large portion of this wonderful park that for a lot of people is one of the most accessible green spaces in the Charleston area.”

Brooks said as the FAA moves forward with the study they will be closely exploring the potential impacts on Coonskin Park and the surrounding environment.

“If we achieve those standards by using less grading or less size, then that acreage could potentially be reduced,” he said.

Dave McMahon questioned the need for more safety. “There are only 9 commercial flights today,” McMahon said. “I understand there are an average of 14 air national guard flights a day. Do you really need to have a separate taxiway? Leave the other planes at the gate until the other planes have taken off. I don’t see enough flight activity to justify moving the taxiway.”

Heather Sprouse, the Ohio River Coordinator for West Virginia Rivers Coalition was at last night’s meeting.

“We are pleased to hear that the FAA is carefully considering public comments. Now is the time to share ideas about what should be included in the Environmental Impact Study, including how important Coonskin is to the community of Charleston as our only urban forested green space.”

Yeager Airport Director Dominique Ranieri said the informal walk-through setting of the FAA scoping workshops gives the public a chance to talk one-on-one with FAA consultants.

The workshop highlights the EIS study in visual detail through informational boards that explain the project in various stages of development.

“It’s an opportunity to hear the information in a little bit more of a casual conversation setting,” Ranieri said. “All the consultants and members of the FAA team are here and they are available to get into the minutiae as are the people from the airport to talk about the proposed project.”

Ranieri said the thoughts of community members will be taken into account.

“After they see all of the different project boards throughout the room, that’s the end point: before you leave, please leave us your formal comments,” she said. “We will review every single one and take them into consideration as part of this long two year process.”

The FAA scoping study will continue through November 17. A second workshop was scheduled Thursday evening. A virtual workshop meeting will be held on Monday, November 7.

Surveillance plane helping take fentanyl pills off the streets faces extinction




GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who also serves as a pilot in the Air National Guard, is sounding the alarm about plans to cut funding for a little-known military surveillance aircraft that law enforcement officials tell CNN is an essential tool for dismantling drug trafficking organizations and has helped them take tens of thousands of illegal fentanyl pills off the streets last month alone.

Kinzinger is among a small group of Air National Guard pilots who operate the RC-26 aircraft and have helped law enforcement agencies target large shipments of fentanyl that are flowing into the US from across the border.

But despite being described as an essential asset for law enforcement officials on the ground as they carry out raids and serve search warrants, the aircraft currently finds itself on the chopping block as Air Force leaders are planning to scrap the program, he told CNN.

"Law enforcement lives have been saved by having this asset available," according to Kinzinger. "We can see anything weird that's going to happen," he said, adding that pilots can also follow suspects with their aerial camera without them knowing, allowing agents to maintain the element of surprise.

"We've been saving it every year piecemeal," he said. "The guard has made it very clear. It's gone in April."

No other options

Law enforcement officials from around the country and National Guard pilots who fly the RC-26 have appealed directly to Air Force leaders in Washington to keep the plane or provide a capable replacement, according to multiple sources familiar with those discussions.

But despite self-imposed limits to the types of operations that can be flown by RC-26 National Guard pilots, Air Force leaders have now decided they no longer want to fund piloted reconnaissance assets for border and counter-drug missions, claiming unmanned drones can be offered up to fill that need, Kinzinger said.

Supporters of the aircraft like Kinzinger say, in reality, the Air Force does not currently have a plan to replace the capabilities provided by the RC-26 if the program is shuttered.

The Air Force has determined that divestment of the RC-26 "leaves no capability gap" and the service possesses sufficient "Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance assets" to support the needs of law enforcement authorities, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek told CNN in response to questions about the future of the aircraft.

A law enforcement official who spoke to CNN under the condition of anonymity to speak frankly about his opposition to the Air Force's plans to get rid of the aircraft, said doing so would take away the biggest advantage officers have over drug trafficking organizations that are currently "flooding the market" with large quantities of fentanyl and killing swaths of Americans in the process.

"I know the Air Force is trying to say there are other options ... but they don't have the same capabilities," the law enforcement official, who has routinely requested assistance from Air National Guard pilots operating the RC-26, said.

"It would be a great loss for us in law enforcement," he added, noting it allows police departments to work more cases and spend less money on things like overtime for officers.

While the RC-26 is used for a variety of missions, it has proven to be very effective in helping law enforcement agencies not only seize large amounts of fentanyl but also arresting and building cases against violent drug traffickers bringing the deadly substance into the US.

Outfitted with a range of surveillance gear, including infrared imaging systems and secure radio communications, the Air Force's small fleet of RC-26 aircraft has played a prominent role in several recent operations targeting illicit shipments of fentanyl by serving as the preverbal eye-in-the sky for agents and officers on the ground, according to current and former officials.

An agent or police officer is often on-board the aircraft to direct the pilot where to go and, working in tandem, they are able to collect information to help inform the decision-making of law enforcement officials on the ground in real time as they execute search warrants and conduct raids.

Over the last two weeks in Arizona, the relatively obscure turboprop plane was involved in three separate fentanyl seizures of 22,500 pills each, according to law enforcement data obtained by CNN.

Each seizure prevented 10,000 potential deaths, according to a US official familiar with the operations, who noted that the DEA says four pills in 10 have a lethal amount of fentanyl in them.

But despite proving itself to be a valuable asset for drug interdiction, particularly at a time when the Biden administration is facing increasing pressure to stop the flow of fentanyl coming into the US from across the border, funding for the RC-26 aircraft is again on the chopping block.

Air Force officials believe that the relatively small amount of money used to keep the current fleet of 11 RC-26 planes in the air would be better spent elsewhere. If a House amendment to provide more funding for the aircraft fails to make it through conference and is not included in Congress' next defense spending bill, the plane will be "gone in April," according to Kinzinger.

'Less than a drop in the bucket'

The cost of maintaining all 11 RC-26s is between $25 and $31 million per year, according to a source familiar with the program, who note that is a "less than a drop in the bucket" considering the annual defense spending bill ranges in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Kinzinger has sent a letter to the Armed Services Committees requesting they keep the current language related to funding for the RC-26 in its next defense spending bill, which would keep the aircraft around for at least one more year and require an independent assessment of how the National Guard could replace it, with a cost analysis.

But even if that happens, the aircraft's long-term survival remains in question, as does the future success of the specialized missions it currently flies.

Kinzinger is not alone in his support of the RC-26. CNN spoke with current and former law enforcement officials working in what are known as High Intensity Trafficking Areas who were adamant that the plane is a critical tool for stopping the flow of illicit drugs into the US.

"I think of the RC-26 as my state bird," said Rand Allison, a recently retired narcotics officer who spent over a decade working with RC-26 pilots as part of federal task forces focused on intercepting shipments of illicit drugs.

Heightened public awareness about the dangers of fentanyl, bipartisan concerns and law enforcement statistics obtained by CNN also underscore how the RC-26 remains relevant despite claims by some air Force officials that it is too old.

For example, data provided to CNN by the Southern Nevada High Impact Narcotics Task Force shows law enforcement agencies have used the RC-26 to seize 134,009 fentanyl pills and 15.7 pounds of pure fentanyl powder this year alone -- a dramatic increase compared to the roughly 67,000 pills and 2.7 pounds of powder seized in 2021.

In 2020, the task force documented its first seizures of fentanyl pills and powder, underscoring how the dramatic rise in law enforcement operations focused on these trafficking operations in particular.

If the RC-26 program is ultimately scrapped, law enforcement officers would lose their best asset for dismantling trafficking operations bringing fentanyl into the US from across the border, Allison told CNN.

The RC-26 aircraft was also used in three separate drug busts over the last three weeks where law enforcement agencies seized more than 60,000 fentanyl pills in total, according to federal drug task force data obtained by CNN.

The first operation took place on October 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the DEA seized 21,500 fentanyl pills.

Exactly one week later, agents with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations division carried out the bust in Tucson that yielded more than 25,000 pills. The next day, a HIS team in Phoenix, Arizona seized an additional 5,000 pills and are building a much larger case, according to a law enforcement official familiar with operation.

Losing the war against fentanyl

Still, one law enforcement official who regularly works with Air National Guard pilots to conduct counter-drug operations acknowledged feeling like they are "winning many battles but losing the war when it comes to fentanyl," making the RC-26's survival even more imperative.

Over the last eight years, Kinzinger has been at the forefront of efforts to save his plane from extinction and preserve its ability to fly the type of missions that have endeared it to law enforcement officials across various agencies.

Now, the RC-26 is again at risk of being phased out due to the shifting priorities of Air Force leaders that do not include flying border or counter-drug missions, according to the Republican lawmaker, who opted not to run for re-election but is using the final months of his time in Congress, in part, to advocate for the aircraft's survival.

If that happens, the Air Force will also lose more than 60 Air National Guard pilots who are trained to fly the RC-26, Kinzinger added, noting the service is already suffering from a pilot shortage.

Mayors snubbed on aircraft committee: Teterboro Airport (KTEB), New Jersey

PASCACK VALLEY, New Jersey — Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo said that the Pascack Valley Mayors Association would devise a new plan at its November 9 meeting in its fight against noise pollution from private jets that overfly the Pascack Valley on their way into Teterboro Airport.

At the October 26 meeting of Teterboro Aircraft Noise Abatement Advisory Committee, or TANAAC, Rendo said he and other local mayors were told that they would not be allowed a seat on the TANAAC board to represent their towns over air traffic volume and noise concerns.

The mayors had been pressing for months to be included on the TANAAC board and hoped to be admitted so that their voices — and the complaints of tens of thousands of potentially affected residents — could be represented to the airport owners, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

TANAAC is an advisory committee open to local officials representing towns within approximately 5 miles of Teterboro Airport. It includes officials from Bogota, Carlstadt, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Maywood, Moonachie, Ridgefield Park, Rochelle Park, Rutherford, South Hackensack, Secaucus, Teaneck, Teterboro and Wood-Ridge.

“This issue is not going away for us. We have residents in town that are intent on donating money to retain an attorney to see what can be done,” said Rendo on October 31. “They [the Port Authority] have to be willing to come to some type of compromise. It’s not too much to want to enjoy your backyard on the weekends,” said the mayor, noting the constant drone of private jets likely lowers property values.

Rendo said that the mayors association will “look at what avenues we have for relief” such as possibly hiring an aviation expert to look at the airport’s landing flight patterns, hiring a lawyer to bring a court case, or holding a demonstration at a public venue or meeting to raise awareness.

“We’re at the mercy of the information they’re [TANAAC] giving us. And to not let us have a voice when our residents are complaining daily about the noise…this is a quality of life issue,” said Rendo. He said the mayors will consider next steps in their fight against private jet volume and noise when they meet Nov. 9. He said a letter to the airport demanding action on an alternate landing flight route was only one option open to the group.

Rendo said they were told that the TANAAC members opposed their membership because if they opened it up to one representative from their mayors’ association, that would set a precedent and they would then have to let in other towns/mayors who wanted to join.

Rendo said they only wanted to have one person on TANAAC to represent the Pascack Valley. “We’re getting the brunt of it, with the jets often 2,000 feet or lower over us.” He noted that a graphic shown by the committee showed a convergence of private jet traffic over Woodcliff Lake especially, as well as other towns.

He said though pilots were using a new landing pattern route over Route. 17, most pilots preferred the long-established landing route that traversed Emerson, Montvale, Park Ridge, Hillsdale, Washington Township, Westwood, and River Vale.

A chart presented at the July TANAAC meeting showed noise complaints lodged over a six-month period from January to June 2022 ranged from a high of 7,343 complaints from 40 complainants in the Township of Washington to a low of 33 complaints from 11 individuals in Montvale.

Hillsdale Mayor John Ruocco emailed residents advance notice of the TANAAC October meeting and an online log-in to attend. He questioned the committee’s decision to exclude a representative from the mayors’ association. The association includes all eight Pascack Valley towns, plus Old Tappan and Oradell.
“Their reasoning was that if they did it for us, they would have to do it for other mayors. I think that’s not a reasonable position, given that the skies above the towns in the Pascack Valley are where most of the routes converge during the approach to the airport, and on that basis alone a case can be made for allowing the PVMA a representative on the TANAAC,” Ruocco told Pascack Press.

Ruocco added, “The other development of note was that they put up a slide that showed greater use of the Alternate Route 17 approach. In the third quarter, it was used by 38% of the incoming night flights, which was considerably more than the previous quarter. Use of the Alt Route 17 approach during the day increased marginally, but is still only used by 4% of the incoming flights.”

The FAA established the alternate route in late 2020 in response to noise complaints from many communities, including Hackensack and Maywood, which lie closest to the airport’s landing field, Runway 19, that is used by most incoming private aircraft. Private jets flying over the Pascack Valley towns are generally heading for Runway 19.

At TANAAC’s July meeting, Rendo said that jet planes used his home as “ground zero” for turning over the reservoir and towards a Teterboro landing, according to the meeting minutes posted online. He questioned then why pilots were not using the Route 17 Alternate Approach landing route and asked for relief for residents on the weekends. He also asked for data on the number of flights on weekdays versus weekends heading into Teterboro Airport using Runway 19.

James Schultz, FAA manager for the New York district, explained that “traffic density on the weekends was still busy enough to prevent air traffic control from having the ability to do mixed approaches into Teterboro even on the weekends. They are looking at options,” according to the July minutes.

At the July meeting, a discussion ensued over a possible relocation of a portable noise monitor scheduled for Woodcliff Lake. Officials with TANAAC were leaning toward the Borough Hall while other local officials pushed for a site closer to the municipal pool, where more private jet traffic is sighted on a daily basis.

A location without ambient noise and a readily available power source was highly prized by TANAAC officials.

Each of the 15 communities on TANAAC is represented by the mayor or a duly appointed alternate.

In addition, the Bergen county executive and Board of Commissioners’ chairman, a member of Congress for the Ninth District, state assembly members and state senators of the 36th and 38th districts are represented by themselves or a duly appointed alternate.

According to its Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website, TANAAC was established on February 26, 1987.

“The main purpose of the committee was to establish a meaningful dialogue between the airport community and the residential communities. The primary goal of the committee is to work collaboratively with the airport management and Federal Aviation Administration in an effort to enhance the quality of life of the residents of local communities while ensuring the continued efficient operation of the airport,” the website states.

“TANAAC is comprised of the locally elected officials or their duly appointed alternates, and members of the aviation community,” it adds.

Cirrus SR20 G6, N700YZ: Fatal accident occurred November 05, 2022 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California

Exyion Aviation Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N700YZ 

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.

 


The pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed on takeoff at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport was pronounced dead, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday.

The crash was reported at 11:56 a.m. Saturday. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews arrived at 12:06 p.m. at 8634 Gibbs Drive, near the northeast end of the airport, said SDFRD Deputy Chief of Operations Dan Eddy.

The pilot, Andre Roosevelt Green, 46, was trapped in the plane’s wreckage and was extricated by fire crews. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. Saturday.

Green was the only person on board.

The runway was shut down and hazmat crews were called to the scene to clean up a fuel spill, Eddy said.

A total of 14 firefighting units were on the scene along with 41 firefighter personnel.



Ercoupe 415-C, N99726: Struck stool and construction scaffolding inside hangar

















WARRANTY:
There is no warranty, express or implied for the information provided herein or the condition, useability, workability, operability or marketability of the aircraft salvage. All times are approximate and the logbooks and aircraft should be inspected by each bidder BEFORE BIDDING. Failure of the bidder to view the salvage or wreckage, or confirm any information provided is NOT grounds for a claim or withdrawal of bid after bid closing date. All Sales Are FINAL.

HOURS estimated from logbooks or other information - not guaranteed or warranted

AIRCRAFT:  1946 Engineering and Research 415-C N99726, s/n: 2349, AFTT 2223.2, current Tach 1800.

The last annual inspection is dated 04/04/22 at 2219.7 AFTT, 1797.2 Tach. 

ENGINE:  Continental C-75/85-12, s/n: 2528-6-12. 

The last annual inspection is dated 04/04/22 at 1797.2 Tach, 982.4 SMOH. The current Tach Time is 1800.0                                                                                                                                                              
PROPELLER:   McCauley 1B90-CM7150, s/n: 34853. 

The last annual inspection is dated 04/04/22 at 1797.2 Tach, 922.2 SPOH.  The current Tach Time is 1800.0

EQUIPMENT:     XCOM 760 Radio

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On 07/04/22 while taxiing to park in a hangar, N99726 struck a stool and construction scaffolding inside the hangar.  A transition from grass to concrete near the hangar impeded the forward motion which was overcome by adding throttle.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   The damage includes but may not be limited to the following:
 
propeller struck a stool inside the hangar and is damaged. 

cowlings at the nose and right side are damaged.

right wing near the wingtip is damaged.

left wing is damaged outboard of midspan. 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Weirsdale, Florida                                               

REMARKS:    
Insurer reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 
Salvage is as is/where is. 
The posting information is the best to our knowledge. 
Logbooks may not be complete.

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Cessna T210M, N36X: Incident occurred October 28, 2022 at Spinks Airport (KFWS), Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed short of the runway, gear collapsed and skidded into a field. 

ArchAngel Aviation LLC


Date: 28-OCT-22
Time: 01:30:00Z
Regis#: N36X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: FORT WORTH
State: TEXAS

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N737HE: Incident occurred October 27, 2022 at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (KLBE), Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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

Aircraft struck a bird on approach leaving a dent on the left wing.  

Vee Neal Aviation Inc


Date: 27-OCT-22
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N737HE
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries 
Pax: 1 No Injuries  
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: LATROBE
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Airbus A320, N377NW: Incident occurred October 28, 2022 in New York, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York, New York

Aircraft struck a bird damaging radome. 

Delta Air Lines Inc


Date: 28-OCT-22
Time: 00:27:00Z
Regis#: N377NW
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  2 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL366
City: NEW YORK
State: NEW YORK

Eurocopter EC-135 P2+, N835DH: Incident occurred October 28, 2022 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Heliport (NH82), New Hampshire

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Rotorcraft struck a bird damaging lower chin bubble.  

Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital


Date: 28-OCT-22
Time: 02:13:00Z
Regis#: N835DH
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: EC135
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  1 No Injuries 
Pax: 3 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 135
City: MANCHESTER
State: NEW HAMPSHIRE

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N858AU: Incident occurred October 27, 2022 at Moton Field Municipal Airport (06A), Tuskegee, Alabama

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

Aircraft landed hard damaging left main gear strut, nose gear and propeller.

Auburn University


Date:  27-OCT-22
Time:  20:05:00Z
Regis#: N858AU
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing:  No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: FAR 141 PILOT SCHOOL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation:  91
Aircraft Operator:  AUBURN UNIVERSITY
City:  TUSKEGEE
State:  ALABAMA

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Stolp SA-300 Starduster Too, N160JR: Accident occurred October 23, 2022 in Lordstown, Trumbull County, Ohio



The investigation continues into Sunday afternoon’s plane crash that injured a father and son in Lordstown.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a Stolp SA-300 Starduster Too experimental aircraft experienced mechanical failure and crashed along Carson Salt Springs Road in Lordstown just after 2 p.m.

Both on-duty and off-duty Lordstown firefighters were joined by those from the Newton Falls Joint Fire Departments after flames engulfed the plane.

The pilot, 55-year-old Gerald Rhinehart Jr. of Lordstown, and his passenger, 26-year-old Benjamin Rhinehart were taken to Mercy Health in Youngstown for treatment of injuries.

Carson Salt Springs Road was closed during the investigation but has since re-opened.




LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers were on the scene of a plane crash around 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

It happened on the 400 block of Salt Springs Road in Lordstown.

911 Caller: “Our neighbor has a plane and he crashed it”

911 Dispatcher: “Has what?”

911 Caller: “Has a plane. Our neighbor has a plane and he crashed it”

According to OSHP Sgt. Erik Golias, both the people in the plane were taken to Saint Elizabeth Hospital.

The plane took off from the 500 block of Salt Springs Road when it experienced mechanical failure, hit the pasture, slid into the fence and caught fire.

According to the family of the pilot, the pilot, 55-year-old Gerald Rhinehart Jr., and his son, 26-year-old Benjamin Rhinehart, both jumped out of the plane.

The plane is a Stolp SA-300 Starduster Too experimental aircraft that seats two people.

It’s the third reported plane crash across the state this week.

Incident occurred October 23, 2022 in Spartanburg, South Carolina

SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (FOX Carolina) - Spartanburg Police said a small plane made an emergency landing on a road on Sunday evening that caused a few power outages.

Police said the landing happened near John B. White Boulevard, but no injuries were reported.

As of 6:13 p.m., all of the roads in the area are re-opened. 

According to Duke Energy, only 165 customers in the area are without power.

Police said traffic might be delayed near Kensington and John B. White Boulevard as well as Southport Road and John B. White Boulevard.

Incident occurred October 23, 2022 in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida





PALM BEACH COUNTY, Florida — The pilot of a small plane was taken to a hospital after making a hard landing Sunday afternoon in John Prince Park near Lake Worth Beach, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The aircraft went down near Tim Granowitz Pavilion just after 4 p.m.

It appeared that the plane knocked down some tree branches and part of a fence before finally skidding on a road.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, is expected to survive.

There are no reports that anyone on the ground was injured.

It's unclear what caused the plane to go down.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Beechcraft A24R Sierra 200, N8020R: Fatal accident occurred October 21, 2022 in Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire

Monadnock Aviation Inc


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The two men killed when the small plane they were in crashed into an apartment building in Keene on Friday were both pilot rated, an official with the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration had previously said a Beechcraft A24R Sierra 200 aircraft crashed into a building north of Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene just before 7 p.m. Friday. City officials said no one was injured in the building hit by the plane.

On Sunday, Tim Monville, a senior air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the aircraft took off from Runway 2, located roughly a half mile from the crash site, and communications indicate the pilot intended to remain in a traffic pattern, but did not specify his exact intentions.

“That was recorded audio. One of the occupants (of the plane) said that,” said Monville. “When I say around the pattern, you're basically flying a circuit around the runway, to either do an approach or do a landing. I don’t know what their intention was, so I can't expand upon that.”

There were no communications mentioning problems with the plane, Monville said.

Officials have not released the names of the victims to the public.

It is still not clear how or why the plane crashed.

Bystanders’ photos and videos posted online show a small apartment building engulfed in flames after the crash.

Monville said investigators have video from two different cameras in the area that captured the crash and the ensuing fireball.

People were home when the plane crashed into the building, Keene Fire Department Chief Donald Farquhar said, but no one in the building was hurt.

The fire spread quickly from the crash, and it took firefighters almost two hours to bring the fire under control.

Monville said the Keene fire department’s ladder truck was “instrumental” in helping to recover wreckage from the site.

“There was an extensive post-crash fire,” said Monville. “The cockpit and both wings were nearly consumed.”

It’s possible smaller pieces of wreckage may remain commingled in the debris. If so, they will be recovered during the demolition process, Monville said.

The wreckage will be secured at a nearby facility where investigators will attempt to reconstruct the airplane and look at the engine systems, Monville said.

Investigators also plan to look at the maintenance records of the airplane, and interviews are scheduled for Monday with maintenance personnel.

Investigators are also awaiting the autopsy and toxicology results on the victims, Monville said.

“We require autopsies and toxicology on both, and that’s routine in any accident,” said Monville. “It’s not that we suspect anything. We don’t, It’s just routine.”

The plane was owned by Monadnock Aviation, said Keene Mayor George Hansel.

Monadnock Aviation offers charter flights, and training for people who want to get recreational pilot’s licenses.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration expected the plane’s identification number would be made public Monday.

Incident occurred October 22, 2022 at Ellington Airport (7B9), Tolland County, Connecticut

ELLINGTON, Connecticut — A two-seat personal aircraft bound for Bradley International Airport was forced to land at Ellington Airport on Saturday because of an engine problem, the airport's owner said.

A Cessna 152 flying to Bradley made a "precautionary landing" at Ellington Airport around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Larry Durocher, one of the airport's owners. 

"They got down safe - no damage, no injuries," Durocher said, adding that he didn't know how many people were on board.

Durocher said he didn't know where the plane had originated.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Cessna 172S, N528ND: Incident occurred October 18, 2022 at Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Seminole County, Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird leaving a dent in the engine cowling.  

Aerosim Academy Inc


Date: 18-OCT-22
Time: 17:53:00Z
Regis#: N528ND
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: FAR 141 PILOT SCHOOL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: AEROSIM ACADEMY
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Hawker Beechcraft 1000, N770RG: Incident occurred October 16, 2022 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aircraft experienced a steering issue while taxiing, veered off taxiway and became stuck in the grass.  

Air McCormack LLC

Century Jets 


Date: 16-OCT-22
Time: 00:20:00Z
Regis#: N770RG
Aircraft Make: CORPORATE JETS LIMITED
Aircraft Model: BAE 125-1000A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 2 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: CENTURY JETS
City: SAN JUAN
State: PUERTO RICO

Cirrus SR22T, N85WC: Incident occurred October 18, 2022 at Rapid City Regional Airport (KRAP), Pennington County, South Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aircraft nose gear collapsed on landing.   

Jeffries Aviation, LLC 


Date: 18-OCT-22
Time: 15:56:00Z
Regis#: N85WC
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: RAPID CITY
State: SOUTH DAKOTA

Cessna 170B, N5793C: Incident occurred October 18, 2022 at Evanston-Uinta County Airport (KEVW), Uinta County, Wyoming

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver

Aircraft on takeoff, became airborne and settle back down on runway, veered off runway and gear collapsed and incurred a propeller strike.  

Date: 18-OCT-22
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N5793C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 170
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax:  0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: EVANSTON
State: WYOMING

Piper PA-28-180, N11NT: Incident occurred October 14, 2022 at Montgomery Regional Airport (KMGM), Alabama

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

Aircraft landed hard and incurred a propeller strike.  


Date: 14-OCT-22
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N11NT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MONTGOMERY
State: ALABAMA

Vulcanair V1.0, N120VA: Incident occurred October 19, 2022 in Immokalee, Collier County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft struck a bird.  

Ameravia Inc


Date: 19-OCT-22
Time: 19:40:00Z
Regis#: N120VA
Aircraft Make: VULCANAIR
Aircraft Model: V1.0
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: IMMOKALEE
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28-181, N349MK: Incident occurred October 19, 2022 at Mankato Regional Airport (KMKT), Blue Earth County, Minnesota

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

Aircraft experienced a runway excursion, incurred a propeller strike and gear collapsed. 

North Star Aviation


Date: 19-OCT-22
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N349MK
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: MANKATO
State: MINNESOTA

Airbus A321: Incident occurred October 19, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Aircraft encountered moderate turbulence injuring a flight attendant.  

Date: 19-OCT-22
Time: 19:41:00Z
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A321
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew: 2 No Injuries
Cabin Crew: 1 Minor Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL2544
City: CHARLOTTE
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Beech V35B Bonanza, N50JM: Accident occurred October 20, 2022 at Nogales International Airport (KOLS), Santa Cruz County, Arizona

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

Aircraft was on approach went around unable to gain altitude and crash landed. 


Date: 20-OCT-22
Time: 19:58:00Z
Regis#: N50JM
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries
Pax: 1 Minor Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NOGALES
State: ARIZONA

TUCSON, Arizona (KGUN) — A small plane crashed during landing and caught fire at the Nogales International Airport.

According to first responders, the pilot and passenger safely got out of the plane with no major injuries.

Rio Rico firefighters and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash a little after 1 p.m., where they say the aircraft became fully engulfed in flames.

Nogales International Airport is located along State Route 82.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Cessna 140, N55DC: Incident occurred October 20, 2022 at Georgetown Airport (E36), El Dorado County, California

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

Aircraft lost control during landing, ran off the runway, right landing gear separated from the aircraft.  


Date: 20-OCT-22
Time: 17:10:00Z
Regis#: N55DC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 140
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GEORGETOWN
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28-235, N8927W: Incident occurred October 20, 2022 at Grand Junction Regional Airport (KGJT), Mesa County, Colorado

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

Aircraft landed hard and the gear collapsed and had a propeller strike.  


Date: 20-OCT-22
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N8927W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GRAND JUNCTION
State: COLORADO

Airbus A320, N235NV: Incident occurred October 20, 2022 at Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Seminole County, Florida

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

Aircraft struck bird during departure.  

Allegiant Air


Date: 20-OCT-22
Time: 16:35:00Z
Regis#: N235NV
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 2 No Injuries
Cabin Crew:  4 No Injuries
Pax: 170 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: ALLEGIANT AIR LINES
Flight Number: AAY5312
City: SANFORD
State: FLORIDA

Boeing 737-700, N7817J: Incident occurred October 20, 2022 at General Mitchell International Airport (KMKE), Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft during taxi, ran over two taxiway lights. 

Southwest Airlines


Date: 20-OCT-22
Time: 00:40:00Z
Regis#: N7817J
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 2 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST
Flight Number: SWA765
City: MILWAUKEE
State: WISCONSIN

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Cirrus SR22 G5 Carbon, N701BT: Incident occurred October 16, 2022 at Boscobel Airport (KOVS), Grant County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft on landing experienced a gust wind and was pushed off the runway into the grass damaging landing gear. 

MJN Aviation LLC


Date: 16-OCT-22
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N701BT
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BOSCOBEL
State: WISCONSIN

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N2476Y: Fatal accident occurred October 16, 2022 at Statesboro–Bulloch County Airport (KTBR), Georgia

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

Aircraft landed, taxied to the ramp, pilot exited and was struck by the propeller. 

American Aviation Inc


Date: 17-OCT-22
Time: 00:19:00Z
Regis#: N2476Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: STATESBORO
State: GEORGIA

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. 

Arion Lightning LS-1, N326AL: Accident occurred July 10, 2022 at Indiana County Airport (KIDI), Pennsylvania

Pilot files suit after crash destroyed his plane and left him blind in one eye


PITTSBURGH – A severely injured pilot has launched litigation against a trio of entities he says are responsible for the crash and destruction of his airplane, along with the litany of injuries he suffered in the crash, including blindness in one eye.

Kevin Labuda of Irwin filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 14 versus West Penn Allegheny Foundation, LLC of Pittsburgh, Robert Ploskunak of New Kensington and Metro Aviation, Inc. of Shreveport, La.

“Plaintiff owns an Arion Lightning LS1 airplane, with Registration No. N326AL. At approximately 10:20 a.m. on the morning of July 10, 2022, plaintiff departed Rostraver Airport in Monongahela, Pennsylvania en route to Jimmy Stewart Airport in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to attend the Jimmy Stewart Airshow (JSA). Approximately 15 miles southwest of JSA, plaintiff first announced his intention to land on JSA Runway 11 on Frequency 122.8 Mhz Common Traffic Advisory Frequency,” the suit says.

“Plaintiff further announced his intention to land on JSA Runway 11 via CTAF at the following intervals: Approximately 10 miles southwest of JSA and approximately five miles southwest of JSA. Plaintiff again announced his intention to land on JSA Runway 11 at approximately two and a half miles southwest of JSA, stating he intended to cross midfield for the left downwind on JSA Runway 11. Around the same time, defendant Ploskunak, who was piloting the helicopter, announced his intention to land on JSA Runway 11 at approximately two and a half miles southwest of JSA.”

The suit adds the plaintiff continued his landing pattern and again announced his intention to cross midfield for the left downwind on JSA Runway 11 – and since the plaintiff could not see the helicopter as he approached Runway 11, the plaintiff called out for the helicopter’s location.

“Defendant Ploskunak responded by stating the helicopter was on the right base for Runway 1 and stated that the helicopter was No. 2 to land on Runway 11 behind plaintiff. Plaintiff then announced his turn to final for JSA Runway 11. As plaintiff descended toward Runway 11 at 50 knots, defendant Ploskunak negligently, carelessly and recklessly maneuvered the helicopter across plaintiff’s known landing pattern in such a way as to leave wake turbulence (a.k.a. “prop wash”), which caused plaintiff to lose control of the plane. Said prop wash caused plaintiff’s plane to invert and crash into the ground. During the crash, plaintiff’s head struck the canopy as his plane skidded to a stop off the runway, where emergency crew were needed to lift the plane in order for plaintiff to escape,” the suit states.

“Plaintiff sustained serious bodily injury from the crash and was transported to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Plaintiff’s plane was completely destroyed in the crash. As a direct and proximate result of the crash, plaintiff sustained the following painful and physical injuries: Head trauma, concussion, loss of vision in his left eye, intense headaches, cuts, scrapes, lacerations and bruises to arms and legs, chest contusions and chest pain, and injuries to the bones, muscles, tendons and soft tissues of his body.”

For counts of negligence, vicarious liability, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of compulsory arbitration, together with interest on all sums due, costs and such other relief this Court deems just and appropriate.

The plaintiff is represented by John J. Zagari, Michael J. Zagari and Allen P. Page IV of Zagari & Associates, in Pittsburgh.

The defendants have not yet obtained legal counsel.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-22-012849


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. 

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Gretz, Robert

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Daniel Welms;  Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Location: Indiana, Pennsylvania
Accident Number: ERA22LA304
Date and Time: July 10, 2022, 10:50 Local
Registration: N326AL
Aircraft: Arion Lightning 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Arion 
Registration: N326AL
Model/Series: Lightning LS1 
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: KIDI, 1419 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Rostraver, PA (FWQ)
Destination: Indiana, PA

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: 40.631061,-79.101526 (est)

Aircraft encountered rotorwash while landing, crashed and came to rest upside down. 

Date: 10-JUL-22
Time: 14:58:00Z
Regis#: N326AL
Aircraft Make: ARION AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: LIGHTNING LS-1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: INDIANA
State: PENNSYLVANIA