Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Van's RV-8, N663BH: Incident occurred September 22, 2022 in Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aircraft landed long and incurred a propeller strike. 


Date: 22-SEP-22
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N663BH
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV8
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries 
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ELLISVILLE
State: MISSISSIPPI

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N8576Y: Incident occurred September 24, 2022 in Bozeman, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aircraft landed in a field. 

Ridgeline Aviation Inc


Date: 24-SEP-22
Time: 00:10:00Z
Regis#: N8576Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
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: BOZEMAN
State: MONTANA

Piper PA-18-150, N4144E: Accident occurred September 23, 2022 in Chignik Lake, Alaska

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

Aircraft taxiing and flipped over due to a wind gust. 

TradeWind LLC


Date: 23-SEP-22
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N4144E
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: CHIGNIK LAKE
State: ALASKA

Beech 35-C33A Debonair, N140NL: Incident occurred September 26, 2022 at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (KLIT), Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aircraft departed, struck a bird, returned to airport and post flight inspection revealed a large dent in the horizontal stabilizer leading edge. 

N140NL LLC


Date: 26-SEP-22
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N140NL
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  1 No Injuries 
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LITTLE ROCK
State: ARKANSAS

Piper PA-28R-200, N1434T: Incident occurred September 02, 2022 at Clearwater Air Park (KCLW), Pinellas County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed hard damaging landing gear. 


Date: 02-SEP-22
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N1434T
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: CLEARWATER
State: FLORIDA

Airbus A320-232, N615NK: Incident occurred September 25, 2022 at Tampa International Airport (KTPA), Hillsborough County, Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird and post flight inspection revealed a deep chip of paint several inches long on hull of aircraft.   

Spirit Airlines Inc


Date: 25-SEP-22
Time: 03:04:00Z
Regis#: N615NK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  2 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SPIRIT AIRLINES
Flight Number: NKS1555
City: TAMPA
State: FLORIDA

Embraer E175LR, N257NN: Incident occurred September 26, 2022 at Jacksonville International Airport (KJAX), Duval County, Florida

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

Aircraft struck a bird on arrival, post flight inspection revealed damage to left wing leading edge and left engine casing. 

Envoy Air

American Airlines Inc


Date: 26-SEP-22
Time: 19:35:00Z
Regis#: N257NN
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ 170-200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 2 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: ENVOY
Flight Number: ENY4223
City: JACKSONVILLE
State: FLORIDA

Eurocopter AS-350B-2 Ecureuil, N1231A: Incident occurred September 24, 2022 in Norwood, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Rotorcraft experienced engine issues and landed at a high school.  

Sky News

Tiny Bubbles Aviation Inc


Date: 24-SEP-22
Time: 01:11:00Z
Regis#: N1231A
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: AS350
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries 
Pax: 1 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Aircraft Operator: SKY NEWS
Flight Number: SN10
City: NORWOOD
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Airbus A319-114, N347NB: Incident occurred September 26, 2022 at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport (KMSP), Hennepin County, Minnesota

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

Aircraft struck birds on touchdown damaging pitot tube.  

Delta Air Lines Inc


Date: 26-SEP-22
Time: 16:56:00Z
Regis#: N347NB
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  2 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL2805
City: MINNEAPOLIS
State: MINNESOTA

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N12113: Incident occurred September 26, 2022 at Mineral County Airport (9S4), Superior, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aircraft during landing struck an airport fence. 


Date: 26-SEP-22
Time: 22:39:00Z
Regis#: N12113
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
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: SUPERIOR
State: MONTANA

Cessna 172R, N132VU: Incident occurred September 24, 2022 at Lincoln Airport (KLNK), Lancaster County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aircraft taxiing for departure and the wingtip struck the rudder of parked N370ES.

Performance Aircraft Sales Inc


Date: 24-SEP-22
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N132VU
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: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: LINCOLN
State: NEBRASKA

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N6586H: Incident occurred September 26, 2022 at Millard Airport (KMLE), Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aircraft during taxi, student was instructed to make a right turn and began turning left, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) attempted to correct and propeller struck taxiway light. 

Oracle Aviation LLC


Date: 26-SEP-22
Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N6586H
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: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: OMAHA
State: NEBRASKA

Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk, N960NW: Incident occurred September 27, 2022 in Portland, Oregon

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

Rotorcraft on taxi, had bucket in tow and bucket struck taxiway light. 

Northwest Helicopters LLC


Date: 27-SEP-22
Time: 02:10:00Z
Regis#: N960NW
Aircraft Make: SIKORSKY
Aircraft Model: UH-60A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: FIREFIGHTING
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: PORTLAND
State: OREGON

Piper PA-32R-301, N25WE: Incident occurred September 26, 2022 and Accident occurred May 14, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

September 26, 2022:  Aircraft landed and nose gear collapsed. 

K & R Aviation LLC


Date: 26-SEP-22
Time: 19:42:00Z
Regis#: N25WE
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 2 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ABILENE
State: TEXAS
 









Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Hicks, Michael

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Timothy Hahn; Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Axiom Capital


Location: Cape Carteret, North Carolina
Accident Number: GAA18CA281
Date and Time: 05/14/2018, 1230 EDT
Registration: N25WE
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

According to the pilot in the retractable-landing gear-equipped airplane, he set up for an extended final approach to the sandy turf runway. He waited until he cleared the trees and "then…dropped down to land." The main landing gear touched down first, followed by the nose landing gear. The main and nose landing gear collapsed upon contact with the runway. The pilot reported that the airplane slid about 300 ft before it came to a stop on the right side of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the lower fuselage.

The Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector who examined the airplane at the accident site reported that witnesses stated that the pilot landed the airplane hard on the sandy turf surface. However, the pilot stated that he did not. However, the pilot did state that he really had to bring the airplane in steep over the trees to get it on the runway.

Photographs provided by the operator showed vertical deformation of both wings at the main landing gear mount location.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's steep approach, which resulted in a hard landing and the collapse of the landing gear during touchdown.

Findings

Aircraft
Descent rate - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Main landing gear - Capability exceeded (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Landing gear collapse
Abnormal runway contact (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/02/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/13/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 250 hours (Total, this make and model), 425 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N25WE
Model/Series: PA 32R 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32R-8113039
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/15/2017, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6025 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-K1G5D
Registered Owner: AXIOM CAPITAL SOLUTIONS LLC
Rated Power: 300
Operator: AXIOM CAPITAL SOLUTIONS LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNJM, 22 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1657 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 146°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 13 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Burlington, NC (BUY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Cape Carteret, NC (60NC)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1115 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: STAR HILL GOLF CLUB (60NC)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 40 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2800 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.705278, -77.051111 (est)

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, N5544T: Incident occurred September 25, 2022 at Central Jersey Regional Airport (47N), Manville, Somerset County

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown

Aircraft landed gear up. 


Date: 25-SEP-22
Time: 13:45:00Z
Regis#: N5544T
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: R182
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: MANVILLE
State: NEW JERSEY

Monday, September 26, 2022

Cessna 750 Citation X, N901UP: Incident occurred September 25, 2022 at Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL), Cleveland, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aircraft struck a bird on landing damaging left wing leading edge slat. 

Wheels Up Partners LLC


Date: 25-SEP-22
Time: 21:45:00Z
Regis#: N901UP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 750
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: No Injuries 
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: GAMMA JET
Flight Number: GAJ901
City: CLEVELAND
State: OHIO

Mooney M20J 201, N2210W: Incident occurred September 23, 2022 at Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Taylor County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aircraft on landing and was observed with the gear up, instructed to go around, pilot touched the runway multiple times before departing, entered traffic pattern again with the gear extended and landed. 


Date: 23-SEP-22
Time: 17:13:00Z
Regis#: N2210W
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
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: ABILENE
State: TEXAS

Cessna 414, N745EP: Incident occurred September 26, 2022 at Augusta Regional Airport (KAGS), Richmond County, Georgia

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

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.  


Date: 26-SEP-22
Time: 13:21:00Z
Regis#: N745EP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 414
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 2 No Injuries
Pax:  0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Flight Number: AIRKNK
City: AUGUSTA
State: GEORGIA

AUGUSTA, Georgia (WJBF) — A aircraft with landing gear failure led to multiple flights delayed Monday morning at Augusta Regional Airport.

According to an airport spokesperson, the incident occurred around 9:15 a.m. and led to three commercial flights being delayed, but no flights were canceled.

“We were able to clear the aircraft safely to our ramp,” said the spokesperson, “There were no injuries with this incident.”

There was no damage to the runway.

Those flights affected were eventually able to land within an hour, and the airport is back on schedule with arrivals and departures.

Boeing 737-924, N32404: Incident occurred September 24, 2022 at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), Houston, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aircraft landed and post flight inspection revealed damage to right landing gear and flaps. 

United Airlines Inc


Date: 24-SEP-22
Time: 14:05:00Z
Regis#: N32404
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: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight Number: UAL1654
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-28RT-201, N2919U: Incident occurred September 23, 2022 near South Valley Regional Airport (U42), West Jordan, Utah

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

Aircraft struck a bird, shattered windshield injuring pilot.  


Date: 23-SEP-22
Time: 02:30:00Z
Regis#: N2919U
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28RT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: SALT LAKE CITY
State: UTAH

Biden’s watchdog in the skies can’t ground Air DeSantis

There’s probably little the Federal Aviation Administration can do to stop DeSantis from continuing the flights, people familiar with the agency’s legal authorities say.


The company that Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis used to send dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard operates charter flights under approvals granted by federal transportation regulators who have almost absolute power to regulate safety in the skies.

But there’s probably little the Federal Aviation Administration can do to stop DeSantis from continuing the flights, people familiar with the agency’s legal authorities say — even though President Joe Biden and other Democrats have condemned the flights as cruel publicity stunts.

The same laws that give the Federal Aviation Administration its vast sway over air safety also restrict its ability to intrude otherwise into the operations of charter companies. And the migrant flights probably don’t violate the FAA’s regulations, former agency officials say, despite accusations that DeSantis and his operatives violated the migrants’ civil rights.

The FAA itself has shown little eagerness to join the fray. When asked to discuss the bounds of the agency’s authority on DeSantis’ gambit, a spokesperson said only: “The FAA’s mission is safety.” The agency’s parent, the Department of Transportation, referred back to the FAA’s statement.

The predicament showcases some of the limits on Biden’s authority to counter the increasingly brash moves of Republican governors who are sending undocumented immigrants to heavily Democratic communities. Besides DeSantis, governors using the tactic include Greg Abbott of Texas, who has bused thousands of migrants to cities such as Washington, New York and Chicago in recent months, as well as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

The governors have said they’re calling attention to what they charge is the failure of Biden’s border policies.

A civil rights law firm filed a federal class-action suit against DeSantis on Tuesday over the two planeloads of migrants, mostly Venezuelans, who landed on Martha’s Vineyard on Sept. 14 after being transported from Texas. Multiple Democratic elected officials have urged the Justice Department to investigate the Florida governor’s actions, while Biden has accused Republicans of “playing politics with human beings, using them as props.”

But the FAA is not best equipped to lead that fight, people knowledgeable about the agency say.

“I don’t see FAA in this at all,” said one former agency official, who spoke on condition of anonymity so that he could speak freely about the agency’s business.

For a charter service to operate, the FAA has to deem its fleet airworthy and the company’s maintenance and operations practices adequately safe. Only then does the agency issue a certificate saying it can carry passengers for hire.

The DOT must separately issue a certificate saying the company has adequate financial backing to serve consumers.

If a charter company flies for hire without either of those approvals, the FAA considers it a “rogue operator” that it “works aggressively to identify and shut down,” according to the agency.

That doesn’t necessarily offer it much leverage over Ultimate JetCharters, the company that conducted the Martha’s Vineyard flights as a subcontractor for Vertol Systems Co. Ultimate JetCharters received federal approval to carry passengers for hire in 1984, according to the National Air Transportation Association, an industry trade group.

Vertol, an Oregon-based flight and maintenance training and aviation support services company, received $615,000 from the state of Florida to facilitate the flights. The funds were part of a $12 million budget allocation the Florida Republican-led Legislature approved to transport migrants.

The former FAA official said nothing that’s come to light about the migrant charters indicates that any problems arose related to the “safety of flight” — meaning the ability to ensure that passengers arrive at their destination without their plane crashing. The FAA has in the past suspended or revoked charter companies’ ability to operate for having inadequately licensed and trained pilots, using aircraft that the agency had not approved for use, ignoring rules limiting pilot flight hours and other violations.

The FAA has some authority to regulate what commercial airplanes carry, and to punish operators that don’t follow the rules. But those rules primarily involve cargo, particularly hazardous materials such as lithium batteries.

If a charter company breaks other laws in the course of transporting goods or people, that would likely fall to either DOJ or the Department of Homeland Security.

DOJ declined to comment on whether it was investigating or otherwise pursuing action related to the charter flights. A spokesperson for DHS did not respond to a request for comment.

Former FAA chief counsel Sandy Murdock said the agency would ground a charter company for issues unrelated to air safety only if another law enforcement body has gotten involved. For instance, if a person used a charter flight to smuggle drugs, the FAA would not be in a position to revoke the charter company’s operating certificate until the DOJ brought charges, he said.

In general, he said acting on issues not directly related to a plane’s safety to fly is a high bar for the agency to meet — and that’s why it doesn’t happen often.

“The agency has rarely used collateral statutes to ground or revoke or suspend the operator’s certificate,” said Murdock, now a legal adviser at JDA Aviation Technology Solutions. “The theory would be that the operator showed such a disregard for another law that it can be inferred that its disregard of that statute would likely extend to the aviation safety requirements.”

Murdock said that in such an instance, it would be “absolutely critical that the operator was aware of the charterer’s illegal intentions.”

Senate Homeland Security Chair Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who said he plans to speak with DHS about the migrant flight issue, acknowledged that the FAA’s power to intervene is limited. For example, he said, the agency would not have the authority on its own to ground a flight of migrants heading from one state to another.

When asked if any laws should change in light of the migrant flights, Peters responded: “I’d have to spend more time thinking about that.”

Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), who serves on the Commerce Committee that oversees the FAA, was likewise unsure whether Congress needs to change any laws in an attempt to curtail or prevent the situation.

“What Governor DeSantis is doing is disgusting. And he and other Republican governors are using political decisions to treat people like garbage,” Luján said. “And that’s what this is all about. So looking at specific rules or changes, I don’t know what’s going to change their behavior. That’s what needs to be evaluated.”

The first former FAA official observed that DOT does have a broad-based consumer protection authority that it can use to enforce rules and hand out penalties based on “unfair or deceptive practices,” but that it may not apply in this case.

The plaintiffs in this week’s civil rights suit allege that DeSantis and other Florida officials used “false promises and misrepresentations” to get the asylum-seekers onto the plane for Massachusetts, including by offering them $10 McDonalds gift cards and making “false promises and false representations” of employment, housing and educational opportunities.

Even so, “I don’t know if you could argue that this was treating consumers improperly [because] the statute says unfair [or] deceptive practices — ordinarily that’s like, you told me the ticket was going to be $200 and instead you charged me $220,” the former official said.

“That’s consumer protection, but this is not really what the controversy is about,” the ex-official said, adding that in this case the state of Florida, not the migrants themselves, paid for the flights.

Hy-Tek Hurricane, N9632N: Accident occurred September 24, 2022 at Sanderson Field Airport (KSHN), Shelton, Mason County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aircraft crashed south of runway for unknown reasons. 


Date: 24-SEP-22
Time: 17:16:00Z
Regis#: N9632N
Aircraft Make: HYTEK
Aircraft Model: HURRICANE
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries 
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SHELTON
State: WASHINGTON

Commissioners to submit comments to Federal Aviation Administration over ‘too tall’ wind tower




Carbon County, Wyoming  -  The Carbon County Commissioners will submit comments to the Federal Aviation Administration regarding a too tall wind tower east of Medicine Bow that is part of the Boswell Springs project.

Commissioner Sue Jones brought the matter up at the board’s meeting last week, saying that the FAA had reached out for comment over the tower.

The 170-turbine project is located on a roughly 21,600-acre parcel of land east of Medicine Bow and 10 miles north of Rock River, near the Wheatland Irrigation District. The installation is accessible via Fetterman Road.

Commissioner Jones said that the tower should be made to comply with FAA rules because of the small aircraft that use the airport at Medicine Bow or which are flying routes across southern Wyoming. Commission Chairman John Johnson agreed that small planes fly the area.

Commissioner John Espy also expressed concerns about the risk that Tower 52 poses to aircraft. Espy seconded a motion made by Jones to respond to the FAA request for comment.

The Boswell Springs Wind Energy project has a spotted history. First developed by a Boulder, Colorado, company, Canada-based Alterra Power Corporation bought the uncompleted installation in 2017 with a 20-year agreement to sell all the electrical output to Rocky Mountain Power.

Alterra developed the site through a shell company, Boswell Springs, LLC. In 2019, Rocky Mountain sued Boswell Springs in 2019 claiming it was stiffed out on a $19.2 million project fee. Details of the lawsuit have been closely guarded by the two companies, although legal proceedings delayed construction.

Carbon County Commissioners unanimously approved the motion to respond to the FAA with the comment that the “too tall tower” be made to comply with legal standards for height.

Piper PA-28RT-201, N81898: Incident occurred September 25, 2022 at Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport (KRKS), Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft landed gear up.  


Date: 25-SEP-22
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N81898
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28RT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROCK SPRINGS
State: WYOMING

Cessna 150L, N7471G: Accident occurred September 25, 2022 in Lyman, Skagit County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into trees on a mountain side.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7471G

Date: 25-SEP-22
Time: 13:23:00Z
Regis#: N7471G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: LYMAN
State: WASHINGTON





CONCRETE, Washington  — Two men who were aboard a plane that crashed near Lyman, Washington, were found unharmed, and the wreckage was located Monday morning.

The Cessna 172L airplane left Mears Field Airport in Concrete on Sunday at 2:12 p.m., according to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office learned at 7:50 p.m. that the airplane did not show up at Kyles Airport in Arlington as expected.

The plane was last seen by another pilot near Sedro-Woolley, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) aviation emergency services flew a Cessna over the area and tried to locate a signal from the plane on Sunday evening. WSDOT picked up a locator beam around midnight near Lake Cavanaugh.

Wildfire smoke prevented a low-level night search, and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office's search and rescue team asked for additional resources to help with the search during the day.

The sheriff's office's rescue helicopter flew towards Lake Cavanaugh on Monday at 7:30 a.m. to continue the search.

WSDOT found the helicopter wreckage shortly after, according to the sheriff's office.

The plane's two occupants, who were 78-year-old and 79-year-old brothers, heard the helicopter noise and called "mayday" on their handheld radio at about 8 a.m. 

The men had walked nearly a mile from the crash site along a creek bed to a clearing in the woods, the sheriff's office said. They saw the rescue helicopter overhead and directed it to their location using their radio. The pair blended into the foliage making them difficult to spot from the air, according to WSDOT.

The sheriff's office's rescue helicopter found the men and hoisted them to safety.

Both men were exhausted but didn't appear to have any serious injuries, the sheriff's office said. They were reunited with their families after being medically cleared.

An investigation into what caused the crash is underway. 

Robinson R22 Beta II, N252SC: Accident occurred September 26, 2022 near Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, Arizona

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

Rotorcraft crashed while performing auto rotations and there was a post crash fire. 

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Date: 26-SEP-22
Time: 15:10:00Z
Regis#: N252SC
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries 
Pax: 1 Minor Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: MESA
State: ARIZONA






SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, Arizona -- Two people walked away miraculously unharmed after an apparent helicopter crash landing in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in the East Valley early Monday morning.

The crash was first reported north of the Loop 202 Red Mountain freeway along Power Road in east Mesa, near the Granite Reef dam recreational area, around 8 a.m.

A short time later, Salt River Police and Fire crews located the crash site of a Robinson R22 Beta II helicopter along the Beeline Highway (SR-87) near the Arizona Canal. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash happened about 4.5 miles north of the Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.

Aerial video of the crash site shows a wrecked helicopter in a desert area with debris scattered around the crash site. 

Two people were on board.

Tribal police told the Associated Press that both the pilot and their passenger walked away without any injuries.

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N7063R: Fatal accident occurred September 22, 2022 in Sisters, Oregon

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.  


Date: 23-SEP-22
Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N7063R
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax:  0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SISTERS
State: OREGON

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.

MARION FORKS, Oregon (KTVZ) – The Linn County Sheriff's Office has released more details about the search for and discovery of a single-engine plane that crashed east of Marion Lake, between Mount Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack.

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reported late Friday that on Thursday at 4:14 p.m., Linn County dispatch received information an airplane went down in the area of Mount Jefferson. Hikers in the area reported hearing what sounded like an airplane engine followed by a loud crash.

Two hikers were on the Pacific Crest Trail when they heard the crash and said they could smell fuel but did not see an airplane. The report was followed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) contacting dispatch and saying they had an airplane radar that disappeared over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area.

Around 6:25 p.m. Thursday, the AFRCC called back and said they confirmed radar showed a small plane go down and provided a general area.

Linn County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, along with a Life Flight helicopter, were activated to search for the downed airplane. Life Flight flew the area but was not able to identify a crash site due to weather conditions. Additional air resources (the U.S. Coast Guard) also responded and were unable to locate a downed plane.

While crews were searching, the AFRCC advised they had received a report of a missing/overdue aircraft. The missing aircraft was a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee from Llano, California (a town in Los Angeles County).

On Friday at around 9 a.m., a Coast Guard helicopter flying search patterns during the daylight located the crash site east of Marion Lake between Mount Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack.

The sheriff said Linn County Search and Rescue teams hiked into the area and set up camp near the crash location. Rescuers confirmed the pilot was deceased, as the crash was not survivable. The identity of the pilot has not been released at this time.

The investigation is ongoing as the Linn County Sheriff’s Office coordinates with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Deschutes County Dispatch Center, Life Flight, the US Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and National Transportation Safety Board with this investigation.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of the individual during this difficult time," the Coast Guard said.

Cessna 180A Skywagon, N9728B: Fatal accident occurred September 25, 2022 in Skwentna, Alaska

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in Whiskey Lake, Alaska 


Date: 25-SEP-22
Time: 23:09:00Z
Regis#: N9728B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax:  0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SKWENTNA
State: ALASKA

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.

 Janell Rude



On September 25, 2022 at 3:51 pm, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified of a plane crash on Whiskey Lake near Skwentna. 

The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center dispatched an Air Force rescue team to the site. 

The rescue team located the plane with the sole occupant deceased.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers flew to the scene aboard DPS HELO 3 and located the Cessna 180A Skywagon fully submerged in the lake.

The deceased pilot, 67-year-old Anchorage resident Janell Rude was recovered by a joint effort involving both the Troopers and military rescue swimmers already on scene.

Next of kin has been notified, and the remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified.


Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, N129MM: Fatal accident occurred September 18, 2022 at Reno Stead Airport (KRTS), Washoe County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aircraft crashed during the Reno Air Races Jet Gold Class.  

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Date: 18-SEP-22
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N129MM
Aircraft Make: AEROVODOCHODY
Aircraft Model: L-29
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal 
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: AIR SHOW
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: RENO
State: NEVADA

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.



A pilot from Paso Robles died Sunday in a fiery plane crash during the Reno Air Racing Association’s Stihl National Championship Air Races. 

Aaron Hogue was a managing owner of the family business, Hogue Inc., which sells weapons accessories and knives. 

“We can confirm that during the jet gold race on the third lap there was a fatal incident at outer pylon 5 today. There will be an investigation conducted by NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration),” the Reno Air Racing Association wrote on Twitter.

A video of the jet gold race on YouTube shows Hogue and another pilot flying neck and neck, but during the third lap, something goes awry, Hogue’s plane pulls off the course and crashes into the ground.

Hogue was flying an L-29 Super Defin during the crash, according to Flying Magazine. He was named the Reno Air Races’ Rookie of the Year in 2021. 

“While we cannot change this tragedy, I would ask everybody to think, pray and honor Aaron for his passion for life and certainly his passion for air racing,” Fred Telling, CEO and chairman of the Reno Air Racing Association, said at a Monday news conference, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. 

Telling said Hogue’s family was at the race and witnessed the crash, according to the Gazette Journal.

Hogue has flown planes since he was 16 and received his introductory flight license in 1987, according to his bio in Racing Jets Inc. 

The jet that crashed was one of five that make up what Hogue’s company called the Hogue Air Force, according to its website.

“Hogue Air Force is a byproduct of the company’s decades of success, a team comprised of the four Hogue Inc. partners — Aaron Hogue, Patrick Hogue, Neil Hogue and Jim Bruhns,” the website says. “Each are private pilots and utilize the following range of aircraft for advertisement, management and travel.”

The converted Czechoslovakian-made aircraft, named Ballista, holds the record at the Reno Air Races for the fastest lap speed of over 540 mph, according to the Hogue Air Force site.

Hogue is the second San Luis Obispo County air racing pilot to die in a plane crash this month. Veteran pilot Sherman Smoot died after his air racing plane crashed in Kern County during a tuneup flight for this year’s Reno Air Races.

Titan Tornado II, N709RD: Fatal accident occurred September 17, 2022 near Patch O Blue Airport (FD02), Citra, Marion County, Florida

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a wooded area.  


Date: 17-SEP-22
Time: 22:51:00Z
Regis#: N709RD
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: TITAN II
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal 
Pax: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CITRA
State: FLORIDA

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.

Rolando Alberto Diaz
JANUARY 6, 1958 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2022



Rolando Alberto Diaz, 64, of Orlando, passed away on September 17, 2022.

He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on January 6, 1958, to Rolando Octavio Diaz and Felicita Vidal.

Rolando graduated from Dr. Santiago Veve Calzada High School in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, received a BA from Southern Illinois University, and an MBA from Colorado Technical University.

He married his college sweetheart, Wanda Socorro Recio, on March 30, 1979.

Rolando was a US Naval Aviator who proudly served for eighteen years. After retiring from the military, he began his career as a commercial airline pilot with American Eagle Airlines before transitioning to his position at Delta Air Lines, where he flew for twenty-three years.

He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Airline Pilots Association. Throughout his life, he enjoyed piloting light aircraft, cycling, windsurfing, hang gliding, candle making, photography, remote control airplanes, and Fortnite.

Rolando is survived by his wife Wanda; daughters Carmen Marilia and Sonia Marie; son Ruben Alberto; granddaughters Maribel Elise and Julia Marie; and sisters Evelyn Vianette and Amarylis Lidiana.

Service will be held at Family Funeral Care on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 3:00pm. Come dressed in business casual attire, preferably in black or navy blue. In lieu of flowers, please consider making charitable donations to the Gary Sinise Foundation in support of veterans and first responders. https://www.garysinisefoundation.org

A livestream of the prayer service can be viewed here:



Rolando Alberto Diaz






MARION COUNTY, Florida — Marion County Sheriff's Office and Marion County Fire Rescue worked through the night to locate a deadly plane crash in northeastern Marion County Saturday night.

According to MCSO, the private plane crashed in a heavily wooded area between Citra and Orange Springs Saturday evening. Both occupants of the plane died in the crash. MCSO are investigating and the FAA has been notified of the crash.

In a statement, the FAA said:

"A single-engine Titan II crashed in a wooded area near Highway 318 in Citra, Fla., shortly before 7:00 p.m. local time Saturday. Two people were on board," FAA said in a statement.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents."

As the investigation is still ongoing, the aircraft's registration number has not yet been released.

Due to the crash happening in a remote, forested location, responders were seen on ATV's and the Marion County Sheriff's Office helicopter was used in the search overnight. We saw deputies and fire rescue crews staging their search in the area of E Hwy 318 and NE 217th Street Road late Saturday night.

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N117EC: Incident occurred September 19, 2022 in Smiths Station, Lee County, Alabama

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

Aircraft declared an emergency and landed on a highway.  

Rambana & Ricci, P.L.L.C.


Date: 19-SEP-22
Time: 21:18:00Z
Regis#: N117EC
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SMITHS STATION
State: ALABAMA






LEE COUNTY, Alabama (WTVM) - An emergency plane landing on an Alabama highway is causing lane closures and slow traffic.

According to ALEA, the right westbound lane of US 280 near the 117-mile marker in Lee County is currently blocked.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says a single-engine aircraft experienced electrical problems causing the emergency landing.

There were no injuries in the incident and no damage to the aircraft.

ALEA Highway Patrol Division says the plane has been removed from the roadway. The highway is now back open.