Sunday, January 09, 2022

Airbus A320: Incident occurred January 08, 2022 at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (KBUF), New York

CHEEKTOWAGA, New York — United Airlines Flight 1400 experienced some landing issues before it touched down safely on Saturday night, according to an NFTA spokesperson.

The flight from Chicago spent some extra time in the air, circling around Buffalo Niagara International Airport before landing. Emergency crews were called to the airport around 9 p.m. to assist but were not needed.

A spokesperson for United Airlines said the pilot reported some sort of landing issue while the plane was in the air and requested an emergency response as a precaution.

The plane landed, was taxied to the gate, then left without any further issues, according to the spokesperson. 

Cessna 172H, N8056L: Accident occurred January 09, 2022 near Whiteman Airport (KWHP), Pacoima, Los Angeles County , California

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

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Location: Los Angeles, California 
Accident Number: WPR22LA076
Date and Time: January 9, 2022, 14:00 Local
Registration: N8056L
Aircraft: Cessna 172H
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 09, 2022, about 1400 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172H, N8056L, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Los Angeles, California. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot departed runway 12 at Whiteman Airport on a visual flight rules local flight. Shortly after takeoff, during the initial climb, the pilot initiated an emergency landing and touched down on an asphalt surface highway about 265 feet west of the runway centerline, and about 50 feet beyond the airport’s southernmost perimeter. During the accident sequence, the airplane collided with a railroad crossing arm, and subsequently came to rest on an active northbound/southbound railroad track.

The airplane came to rest with its nose oriented generally to the east. The airplane sustained damage to the forward left fuselage, the left wing and the left wing lift strut. Additionally, the left main landing gear and the nose landing gear had separated from the airplane. Bystanders and law enforcement officers extricated the pilot from airplane. Seconds later, the airplane was struck by a passenger train that was traveling southbound. The train’s engine struck the airplane’s left wing and aft fuselage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N8056L
Model/Series: 172H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KVNY, 770 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Los Angeles, CA 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 34.254307,-118.40925 (est)

The man who survived after his plane crash-landed onto railroad tracks in Pacoima earlier this year, had an emotional reunion over the weekend with the quick-acting police officers that saved his life.

Police body cameras show the moments when officers pulled pilot Mark Jenkins out of his downed plane right before it was hit by a Metrolink train, saving his life back in January 2022.

On Saturday, four Los Angeles Police Department officers from the Foothill Division were honored for that life-saving rescue. Jenkins shared his appreciation for the officers who saved him.

"I told them I loved them and thank you for saving my life, and a bunch of great, crazy guys," Jenkins said. "They did their duty and I thank them for that very much."

An appreciation event was held at the Condor Squadron. The officers also got to fly with the Squadron.

The officers reflected back to those moments in January when they jumped into action.

"Just thinking back on that moment just hearing the train and feeling the vibrations through the floor, and just hearing crumpling metal, and I was just like 'wow, that was close, that was really close'" said LAPD officer Christopher Aboyte.

"Being in the moment, it was just, we needed to take action," added LAPD officer Joseph Cavestany. "It was just kind of second nature."

Jenkins' plane had engine failure and crashed onto Metrolink tracks near Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, less than a mile from the LAPD Foothill Division office.

"The timing I think was just impeccable. And, you know, they say everything happens for a reason. You know, I was down in that area, I don't patrol nearby there that day, but I had some other business that put me there, and I think, just God was on everyone's side that day," said LAPD officer Robert Sherock. "I'm just glad everything worked out.

Jenkins says he doesn't remember much about the plane crash but he does remember when his engine failed he had one goal in mind.

"I had seconds to make a decision on what to do," Jenkins said. "I had always known that if I had an engine failure and I wasn't any higher than the tower, I knew that I had to take evasive action and land somewhere that didn't kill people. My goal was to land where I didn't kill anybody. I take that risk, they don't. And I didn't have anybody in my way except for the railroad track."

The officers' quick action saved Jenkins. The group was thankful to get together.

"God put us in the place to be at the right time, and we were able to do our job," said LAPD officer Damien Castro. "And fortunately everyone made it out OK, so, just doing our job."

Following that plane crash, Congressman Tony Cárdenas tweeted that he was calling on the FAA and the NTSB to create a report examining the safety concerns of Whiteman Airport.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl has joined lawmakers raising concern over the role of Pacoima’s Whiteman Airport, in response to recent nearby accidents, including a Jan. 9 crash that resulted in a  Metrolink train colliding with a small plane that touched down on rail tracks not far from the airport.

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Kuehl is expected to submit a motion calling for the Department of Public Works to begin identifying what data and documents would be required to begin the process of requesting that the Federal Aviation Administration close the airport.

The county has not yet decided whether to initiate such a request, but Kuehl’s motion would lay the groundwork for such an action should such a recommendation move forward.

The board meeting is Tuesday at 9 a.m. The agenda and how to view the meeting are here.

The action comes in response to multiple plane crashes, including one earlier this month, in which a Cessna 172 made an emergency landing onto a row of nearby tracks. Police managed to rescue the pilot and sole occupant of the wrecked aircraft moments before a Metrolink train slammed into it at full speed. That crash is under investigation by local and federal authorities.

In 2020, in response to earlier such crashes and other concerns raised by neighbors, the board passed a Kuehl-sponsored motion to create a Community Advisory Committee that has since spent several months assessing concerns raised by the airport’s continued operation.

Kuehl said the panel is charged with developing a “sustained management plan,” which will include assessments of noise pollution, exhaust, air quality and health risks.

The plan is also expected to plot out “how existing facilities could be used differently, such as a potential role in disaster operations, community emergency notification systems, creation of recreational amenities, landscape improvements, additional community benefits and Whiteman’s economic impact on the community,” according to Kuehl’s motion.

Such a plan could lead to the county considering launching the complex process of asking the the FAA to close the airport.

Kuehl’s asking the board to direct county Director of Public Works Mark Pestrella to report back in 60 days with the information needed to launch a closure effort, which would include:

The history of the airport, including how the land was acquired and any previous federal grants or other government obligations;

An assessment of Whiteman’s role in the community;

A look at how the site fits into the network of other Southern California airports;

An appraisal of the value of the facility and the land it sits on;

Suggested next steps in the process.

Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas sent a letter to the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board  requesting a comprehensive safety review of the airport.

“The regularity of these incidents raises serious concerns for the safety of the communities and families surrounding Whiteman Airport, as well as the pilots, personnel and staff that have access to or are located at the airport,” wrote Cardenas, a Democrat whose 29th District includes Pacoima.

“Tragically, this latest incident reflects yet another example of the public safety threat Whiteman Airport continues to pose to my constituents, and why I’ve been a consistent voice for its closure,” Monica Rodriguez, Los Angeles City Councilwoman for the 7th District, said in a statement responding to the Jan. 9 crash.

Lawmakers and neighbors have also raised concern over other crashes:

In 2020, a single-engine Cessna 182 approaching Whiteman knocked over power lines before falling onto parked cars on a residential street. That pilot, who died in the crash, was alone in the aircraft and a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
In 2018, a 12-year-old was among two killed when a Cessna 150L that had taken off from Whiteman crashed into a building. The pilot, who also died, was a 60-year-old flight instructor, according to media reports.

Cardenas said the NTSB’s database shows that 16 aviation accidents related to Whiteman Airport have taken place since 2009.

“All airports have a responsibility to meet necessary airport safety and operation standards in order to fulfill required certification and ensure that all safety practices are met to the full extent as required by the Federal Aviation Administration and relevant state and local agencies,” Cardenas said.

“Fair and transparent investigations like these keep communities safe, result in safer skies, prevent loss of life and ensure airports meet the necessary safety standards.”

Incident occurred January 09, 2022 at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (KGRR), Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — A small private airplane made an emergency landing Sunday morning at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

According to airport communications, the plane took off from the airport on Grand Rapids' southeast side bound for Florida early Sunday. The pilot then discovered there were problems with the landing gear, turned around and headed back to the airport.

An emergency warning was declared before "the aircraft landed without incident" around 10 a.m. Sunday, according to airport security.

"He was able to land fine," airport communications told FOX 17.

The emergency warning then was canceled.

Cessna 650 Citation VII, N682RS: Incident occurred January 07, 2022 at Destin Executive Airport (KDTS), Okaloosa County, Florida


Aircraft Resource Center Inc 

Titan Development and Investments of Florida LLC

Destin Fire Rescue -

Ladder 9 with an unusual call for assistance. 

A private plane at Destin Jet was unable to take off due to bird wire that was wrapped around the tail causing interference with flight. 

Ladder 9’s crew was able to successfully remove the wire allowing for a safe take off.

Great job and outside thinking by the crew!

Loss of Control in Flight: Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking, N8849V; fatal accident occurred January 07, 2019 in Soddy-Daisy, Hamilton County, Tennessee

Frank William Davey
Lynda Marie Vartan Marinello

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee 
Accident Number: ERA19LA080
Date and Time: January 7, 2019, 13:34 Local
Registration: N8849V
Aircraft: Bellanca 1730
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


A witness saw the airplane fly over a lake and noted that the airplane made "a tight U-turn" at a low altitude, which he thought might have been an aerobatic maneuver. The airplane then spiraled straight down counterclockwise and impacted the lake. Video from a camera mounted to the airplane's right horizontal stabilizer confirmed that the airplane flew very low over water. Subsequent video showed that the airplane pitched up, rolled to the left, and entered a left spin before descending and impacting the lake. It is likely that the pilot had attempted a left wingover maneuver (in which the airplane makes a steep climb followed by a vertical turn and subsequent descent), but the airplane experienced an aerodynamic stall that led to the left spin near the top of the maneuver. The video revealed no evidence of a preimpact structural failure, flight control malfunction, or loss of propeller rpm. Additionally, postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no preimpact mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot's toxicology results indicated that he had previously taken some cough and cold medications, including some that were potentially sedating. However, these medications were out of his system, as shown by the absence or low levels of these medications in the pilot's blood. Thus, the pilot's use of these medications was not likely a factor in this accident.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper decision to attempt an aerobatic maneuver at low altitude, which led to an aerodynamic stall and spin from which the pilot could not recover.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Aircraft Angle of attack - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-aerobatics Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Maneuvering-aerobatics Aerodynamic stall/spin
Uncontrolled descent Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

On January 7, 2019, about 1334 eastern standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N8849V, was substantially damaged when it impacted Lake Chickamauga, while maneuvering near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. The commercial pilot and the passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was owned by the pilot who was operating it as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from Dallas Bay Sky Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee, about 1328.

A witness stated that he was at his residence watching the accident airplane fly over the lake. He noted that the airplane appeared to make "a tight U-turn" at a low altitude, about two or three treetop lengths above the water, which he thought might have been an aerobatic maneuver. The airplane then spiraled straight down counterclockwise and impacted the lake. The witness contacted emergency services and assisted local responders in finding the wreckage.

A GoPro camera was mounted on both the left and right horizontal stabilizers. The cameras were forwarded to the National Transportation Safety Board's Vehicle Recorders Division, Washington, DC, for examination.

Review of the video files revealed that only the camera mounted on the right horizontal stabilizer captured the accident sequence. The video files from that camera revealed that the airplane took off about 13 minutes after the recording began. About 5 minutes later, the airplane flew over a body of water and descended closer to the water for about 1 minute and then remained level for 22 seconds. The airplane subsequently pitched up more than 30° above the horizon and began rolling to the left. The airplane continued to roll to the left and entered a left spin. During the spin, the right aileron and the flaps were in an up position. The airplane then departed controlled flight and impacted the water.

Review of the video showed no in-flight structural failure or loss of propeller rpm.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 1, 2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 9, 2018
Flight Time: 3800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 357 hours (Total, this make and model)

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multiengine land, helicopter, instrument airplane, and instrument helicopter. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second-class medical certificate was issued on February 1, 2018. At that time, the pilot reported a total flight experience of 3,800 hours.

According to an FAA inspector, the pilot's hard-copy logbook ended in 1985, and an electronic log for the airplane began in 2013. Information about the pilot's flight time between those dates was not available. According to the electronic log, the pilot had accumulated 357 hours of flight experience in the accident airplane make and model, of which 17 hours were flown during the 90 days preceding the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bellanca 
Registration: N8849V
Model/Series: 1730 A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 30376
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 1, 2018 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3325 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 34 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2156 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-K
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

The four-seat, low-wing, fixed-tricycle landing gear airplane was manufactured in 1971. It was powered by a 300-horsepower Continental IO-520 engine equipped with a constant-speed propeller. Review of the maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on June 1, 2018. At that time, the airframe and engine had accrued 2,156 total hours since new.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CHA, 682 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 13:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 200°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 15000 ft AGL
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 30000 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 21 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 170° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chattanooga, TN (1A0) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chattanooga, TN (1A0) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 13:28 Local
Type of Airspace:

The recorded weather at 1353 at Lovell Field (CHA), Chattanooga, Tennessee, which was located about 19 miles southwest of the accident site, was wind from 170° at 12 knots gusting to 21 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 15,000 ft, few clouds at 20,000 ft, broken ceiling at 30,000 ft, temperature 19°C, dew point 4°C, and altimeter setting 30.12 inches of mercury.

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries:
1 Fatal Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.328609,-85.055557

The airframe was recovered from the lake; the empennage had been cut by recovery personnel for transport. An FAA inspector examined the airframe and noted that the cockpit and cabin area were crushed and that both wings were highly fragmented. The inspector confirmed control continuity from the elevator and rudder to the cockpit area. He also noted aileron cables extending from the cockpit area to their respective wing. The front seat four-point harnesses remained intact.

The engine was recovered about 5 months after the airframe. The crankshaft fracture surfaces exhibited jagged shear lips, and the exposed steel was covered with rust. The engine was examined by the engine manufacturer under the supervision of an FAA inspector. The engine's crankshaft was manually rotated via an accessory drive gear, and all six cylinders produced thumb compression. Corrosion was present on cylinder cooling fins and fuel system components. The rocker cover on cylinder No. 6 was broken and partially separated, exposing the exhaust valve stem and valve spring assembly. The rocker arm for the cylinder No. 6 exhaust valve had separated. All other rocker covers remained intact. An electronic borescope inspection was performed; all intake and exhaust valves were intact, and the valve faces exhibited normal combustion deposits. The propeller was not recovered.

Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no preimpact mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

Medical and Pathological Information

The Hamilton County, Tennessee, Medical Examiner performed an autopsy of the pilot. The autopsy results found that the pilot's cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.

Toxicology testing was performed at the FAA Forensic Sciences Laboratory and detected dextromethorphan, a nonsedating cough suppressant, and its metabolite dextrorphan in the pilot's urine specimens but not in his cavity blood. Both chlorpheniramine and doxylamine, sedating antihistamines used for treating cold or hay fever symptoms, were also detected in the pilot's urine specimens; there were inconclusive detection results for these medications in the pilot's cavity blood. In addition, ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication, was detected in the pilot's urine specimens.

Beechcraft 58 Baron, N585CK: Fatal accident occurred January 08, 2022 in Defiance, St. Charles County, Missouri

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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Airnet II; Columbus, Ohio

Kalitta Charters LLC
AirNet II 

Location: Defiance, Missouri
Accident Number: CEN22FA096
Date and Time: January 8, 2022, 19:19 Local
Registration: N585CK
Aircraft: Beech 58
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On January 8, 2022, about 1919 central standard time, a Beech B58, N585CK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Defiance, Missouri. The two commercial pilots sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

At 1910, the airplane departed Spirit of St. Louis (SUS), St Louis, Missouri, on an instrument flight plan to Centennial Airport (APA), Denver, Colorado. After climbing to 8,000 ft mean sea level (msl) on a west heading, the airplane made a gradual left turn toward a southeast heading and subsequently descended. 

The controller queried about the airplane’s incorrect altitude and direction of flight. A jumbled radio transmission was made by a pilot and no distress call was received. The final 10 seconds of captured Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated the airplane descended from 7,500 to 4,700 ft msl.

The airplane subsequently impacted forested terrain on a west heading at a high airspeed.

Broken tree limbs indicated the airplane was in a steep descent at impact and the debris path was about 320 yards long. The airplane was retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N585CK
Model/Series: 58
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter air carrier (135)
Operator Designator Code: 2NEA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSUS, 462 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:07 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 2 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: St Louis, MO (SUS)
Destination: Denver, CO (APA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.679489,-90.882436 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Amanda Youngblood

Dayton Aviation Services -

There are no words to describe this loss.

For anyone unaware, Amanda Youngblood was in an airplane crash Saturday evening. She was an FO on a commercial flight in a twin Baron out of the St. Louis airport KSUS when the aircraft began a sharp descent around 7:30 CDT.

Amanda was an amazing person who loved all of her family and friends deeply. She was a beloved fight instructor here and will be incredibly missed. Amanda was a wonderful mom, friend, and pilot who always knew how to light up a room with her adventurous spirit.

Our thoughts are with all of her family and friends as we all mourn the loss of this amazing woman.
 Mike Folkerts, National Transportation Safety Board air safety investigator, left, and Kurt Frisz, St. Charles County Police Chief.

MIAMI VALLEY — Two pilots from Ohio — including one from the Miami Valley — died during a plane crash in St. Charles County, Missouri.

Amanda Youngblood from Huber Heights and George King of Westerville died Saturday, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB said the two were flying to Denver to pick up cargo when the plane crashed about nine minutes after taking off.

Investigators are working to find out what caused the plane to go down after it reached 8,000 feet.

The pilots did not make a distress call before the crash, according to investigators, but they are looking into communications that may have indicated a problem with the flight.

Youngblood was a flight instructor at Dayton Aviation Services, based at the Moraine Airpark.

One of Youngblood’s friends told News Center 7 about the kind of pilot and person she will remember.

Sophia Lucas had been friends with Youngblood for a few years.

“It’s a huge loss for everyone that knew her, she was just an amazing person that cared so deeply,” Lucas said.

The two worked together when Youngblood was a flight instructor at Dayton Aviation Services.

“She was one of our best flight instructors, a huge, important part of the team,” Lucas said.

Lucas said Youngblood brought so much enthusiasm to everything she did, including being a mom to her three boys.

“I know she’s very proud of them, and she just wanted to be the best she could for them,” Lucas said.

There’s a saying in the aviation community. “They’ve flown west and we’ll see them again someday.”

“It’s something that we just all kind of gather around, they’ve flown west, they’ve gone out of our reach, but they’re still flying wherever they may be,” Lucas said.

As Youngblood’s family and friends mourn her loss, the NTSB is still working on its investigation into the crash to try and figure out how it happened.

May 31, 2019 
Ohio State Highway Patrol 
Please help us congratulate Sergeant George F. King, Aviation Unit, on his retirement from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Major Joshua M. Swindell and Staff Lieutenant Justin W. Cromer presented him with his credentials.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Missouri — Federal investigators say two pilots from Ohio were killed in a deadly plane crash Saturday night in St. Charles County.

During a Tuesday morning briefing, National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was operated by AirnetII, LLC out of Ohio and was on its way to pick up cargo in Denver. 

The pilots killed in the crash are identified as George F. King, 55, of Westerville, Ohio and Amanda D. Youngblood, 35, of Huber Heights, Ohio.

The Beechcraft 58 Baron was leaving the Spirit of Saint Louis Airport headed to Centennial Airport just outside of Denver, Colorado.  

The small plane crashed in a wooded area near Highway F in the New Melle area around 7 p.m. Saturday.

The airplane had climbed to about 8,000 feet on an instrument flight plan and then began a rapid descent that continued all the way to the crash site.

There was no communication from the flight crew after the descent began.

The NTSB says it appears the aircraft made a high-speed impact with the ground but there was no fire at the time of the crash.

The investigators also said there was no damage to structures on the ground.

Investigators will determine if the weather was a factor in the crash. They will also look into the operational background on the pilots, their flight training, as well as an autopsy and toxicology. 

The investigators will also look at the aircraft’s maintenance records as well as what was happening with the environment the air traffic controllers were working in at the time of the crash.

The NTSB says there was no flight recorded on the aircraft. recorded measurement was at 4,700 feet.

Investigators also said the plane’s previous flight was from Denver to St. Louis the Sunday before the crash. They also said Kennedy had more than 6,000 hours of flying time and Youngblood had 1,000 hours.

The NTSB said there is doorbell video of the accident site. They will be doing a sound spectrum analysis of the video.

Investigators are also asking anyone with information of evidence to contact them.