Friday, January 14, 2022

Airbus A320-232, N640JB: Incident occurred January 27, 2022 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL), Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Suffered bird strike during departure. A dent was found above the captains windscreen. 

JetBlue Airways Corporation 


Date: 27-JAN-22
Time: 17:08:00Z
Regis#: N640JB
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: JET BLUE
Flight Number: JBU1411
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA

Universal Stinson 108-2, N9433K: Accident occurred January 27, 2022 at Byron Airport (C83), Contra Costa 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; Oakland, California


Location: Byron, California
Accident Number: WPR22LA085
Date and Time: January 27, 2022, 15:00 Local
Registration: N9433K
Aircraft: UNIVERSAL STINSON 108-2 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: UNIVERSAL STINSON 
Registration: N9433K
Model/Series: 108-2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.5,121.3759 

Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, N145WT: Accident occurred January 14, 2022 and Incident occurred April 17, 2020

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 Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah 
Viking Aircraft Engines; Edgewater, Florida


Location: Spanish Fork, Utah
Accident Number: WPR22LA080
Date and Time: January 14, 2022, 12:48 Local
Registration: N145WT
Aircraft: WALTER TACHIKI TACHIKI 750 CRUZER
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 14, 2022, about 1248 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Zenith 750 airplane, N145WT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Spanish Fork, Utah. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that this was his first flight in the accident airplane since he was involved in a prior mishap that took place in the same airplane about 18 months earlier. A few days prior to the accident flight he fast taxied the airplane down the runway to check the operability of the flight control system and engine controls prior to the accident flight. He noticed that during these passes the airplane would become airborne quickly at full power, so he chose not to advance the throttle to this position for takeoff.

According to the pilot, he transitioned the airplane into a climb after an uneventful ground run, but shortly into the airplane’s climbout, he observed a slow decay in engine power and was suddenly unable to maintain altitude. The pilot immediately started a left turn to return to his departure runway and advanced the throttle to full power, but was unsuccessful in restoring power to the engine. According to a witness, the airplane entered a steep left turn at approximately 80 ft above ground level that quickly transitioned into a nose down dive before it disappeared from view behind obstacles. The pilot stated that the airplane slowed during the turn and impacted the roof of a building during the subsequent forced landing.

Photographs of the accident site taken by the airport manager showed substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WALTER TACHIKI 
Registration: N145WT
Model/Series: TACHIKI 750 CRUZER 
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: KPVU, 4497 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.45 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Spanish Fork, UT
Destination: Spanish Fork, UT

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: 40.130918,-111.65227 




Spanish Fork Public Safety

PRESS RELEASE: Small Airplane Crash

On January 14, 2022, at 12:47 PM Police, Fire, and EMS personnel were dispatched to Mountain Country Foods located at 185 East 1600 North in Spanish Fork on a report of a small airplane that had crashed into the roof of a warehouse building.

When Police, Fire, and EMS arrived Spanish Fork Fire used a ladder truck to access the roof of the building where they located a single-engine airplane.  The airplane had a single occupant who was a 77-year-old male.  The male was extricated from the plane and transported via Life Flight to a local hospital in critical condition but does not appear to have life-threatening injuries.  

The plane caused damage to the roof of the warehouse but the cost is unknown at this time.  

The cause of the crash is unknown and will be investigated by the FAA and NTSB. 

The Spanish Fork Airport is within a ¼ mile of where the crash occurred.  

Several employees were in the warehouse at the time of the accident but were uninjured.


    





SPANISH FORK, Utah — Police and first responders are at the scene of an airplane crash on the roof of a Spanish Fork building that sent a man to the hospital. 

An airplane crashed around 12:45 p.m. Friday afternoon near Mountain Country Foods, which is located near 185 East and 1600 North in Spanish Fork, according to a statement from the Spanish Fork Police Department.

Police, fire crews and paramedics were sent to the scene, where they used a ladder truck to get on top of the building's roof. There, they found a single-engine airplane with a 77-year-old man inside, police said.

The man was taken out of the airplane and flown via helicopter to a local hospital. He was in critical condition, though police said they don't believe his injuries were considered to be life-threatening. Several employees were working in the building at the time of the crash, though no other injuries were reported.

Police say the crash caused damage to the roof of the building, though an estimated cost of the damage was unknown. A view from KSL-TV's Chopper 5 shows a plane broken into several pieces on the roof.

The cause of the crash was not known as of Friday, and the crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Spanish Fork Municipal Airport is located just northwest of the crash site.


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

April 17, 2020:  Aircraft landed and veered off runway resulting with a propeller strike at Spanish Fork Airport (KSPK), Utah County, Utah.

Date: 17-APR-20
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N145WT
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: 750 CRUZER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SPANISH FORK
State: UTAH

Bell 407, N167RL: Fatal accident occurred January 14, 2022 in Houma, Louisiana

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; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bell; Fort Worth, Texas
Rolls Royce; Indianapolis, Indiana
Rotorcraft Leasing Company LLC; Broussard, Louisiana 

Rotorcraft Leasing Company LLC


Location: Houma, Louisiana 
Accident Number: CEN22FA100
Date and Time: January 14, 2022, 10:01 Local
Registration: N167RL
Aircraft: Bell 407 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi and commuter - Non-scheduled

On January 14, 2022, about 1001 central standard time, a Bell 407, N167RL, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Houma, Louisiana. The commercial pilot and a passenger sustained fatal injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand flight.

ADS-B data showed that the accident flight was at an altitude of about 1,200 ft. mean sea level prior to descending.

A witness near the accident site stated that he saw the helicopter descend into terrain in a nose-down attitude and did not see any parts separate from the helicopter while airborne.

The main rotor blades, main rotor drive system/transmission, engine, and tail boom with attached vertical and horizontal stabilizers, tail rotor gear box and tail rotor blades were located at the accident site.

The main rotor mast and transmission were able to be rotated though by hand without binding or noise. The tail rotor blades were rotated through by hand and the attached tail rotor drive shaft rotated without binding or noise. Chip detectors associated with the transmission, tail rotor, and engine did not exhibit ferrous debris.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N167RL
Model/Series: 407
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: YTRA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HUM,9 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:47 Local
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Venice, LA (VEN)
Destination: Patterson, LA (PTN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 29.491308,-90.42939 (est)

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. 
 

Dana Burt
July 13, 1970 - January 14, 2022
~

Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM on Monday, January 24, 2022 at Vincent Funeral Home - Kaplan honoring the life of Dana Burt, 51, who died Friday, January 14, 2022, with Reverend Thurman Floyd officiating the services. 

He is survived by his fiancѐe, Shelli Koch of Kaplan; his son, Lucas Burt of Kaplan; his daughter, MacKenzie Thomas of Kaplan; and his two brothers, Scotty Hyatt of Abbeville and Troy Burt of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Suire; and his sister, Brenda Jones.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Vincent Funeral Home - Kaplan, 300 N. Eleazar Ave., on Monday, January 24, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the time of the services at 5:00 PM.


 Dylan Horn
~

 Dylan Horn and Dana Burt
~


The two people killed in a helicopter crash in Lafourche Parish have now been identified.

According to the Lafourche Parish coroner's office, the two men who died in that crash on the morning of January 14, have been identified as 30-year-old Dylan Horn of Panama City, Florida, and 51-year-old Dana Burt of Kaplan, Louisiana.

The crash happened in the marsh near Galliano in southeast Louisiana.

Rotorcraft Leasing Co personnel reportedly notified the USCG that their records confirmed an overdue aircraft matching the description with two people on board.

According to the Lafourche Parish Officials, there were no survivors.

Parish President Archie Chiasson said Friday that it appeared that the helicopter nose-dived during the crash and sunk into the mud after impact.

"There is very little of the rotorcraft above the waterline," he said. "You can tell where some of the floats on the side of the helicopter as well as the tail rudder is sticking out of the mud. Other than that, everything else is non-visible."

Parts of the fuselage as well possible rotor were part of the debris field which Chiasson said was located about 150 yards from crash site.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation into how the rotorcraft crashed.





Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Cessna 172Q Cutlass, N96145; accident occurred January 16, 2020 at Big Timber Airport (6S0), Sweet Grass County, Montana




















Aviation Accident Factual 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; Helena, Montana
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Doing Business As  Aviation Adventures 

https://registry.faa.gov/N96145

Location: Big Timber, Montana
Accident Number: WPR20LA068
Date and Time: January 16, 2020, 20:00 Local 
Registration: N96145
Aircraft: Cessna 172Q
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial) 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Factual Information

On January 16, 2020, about 2000 mountain standard time, a Cessna 172Q airplane, N96145, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Big Timber, Montana. The instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. 

According to the flight instructor, after an uneventful flight, the student pilot configured the airplane to land on runway 24 at Big Timber Airport (6S0), Big Timber, Montana. While on approach, the student pilot wanted to perform a go around because the airplane was too high for a normal approach to landing, but the instructor had the student perform an approach over the runway instead. The instructor noted that his student’s initial climb actions were consistent with the airplane checklist. The student pilot added that the attempted climbout was in dark night conditions. They leveled the airplane off at 200 ft agl and flew the full length of the runway before continuing the climb at the departure end of the runway at an airspeed of 80 knots (kts).

As the airplane passed about 250 ft agl in a climb to their desired altitude of about 500 ft agl, the airplane lost power, made a vibration-induced sound, and experienced a slow drop in airspeed from the initial climb speed of 80 kts. In a subsequent statement, the instructor reported that the engine lost all power after the airplane established a climb; the student pilot could not recall if the engine lost all power. As the airplane slowed to 70 kts, the instructor took the controls from the student and began a left turn towards the airport. According to the student pilot, the engine began to make a sound that resembled an engine knock after the instructor started the left turn, but he did not observe any vibrations or engine roughness. The instructor verified the throttle control was at full power and noted that the noise was continuous.

According to the instructor, the tachometer indicated 2,100 rpm when the airplane reached 65 kts, which was 200 rpm less than what the instructor expected during climbout. According to the student pilot, the instructor appeared to have difficulty capturing and maintaining the selected airspeed of 65 kts. The instructor pitched the airplane for an airspeed of 50 kts and made a right turn moments before the airplane impacted the ground.

According to a diagram furnished by the instructor, the airplane impacted the ground about 425 yards northwest of runway 24 and slid about 125 yards before it came to rest. The instructor located an approximate 1-ft-long section of blade in the debris path. The propeller blade tip was not recovered. The airplane flipped over inverted the following day due to weather.

Photographs of the accident site revealed substantial damage to the airplane’s fuselage. 

Airframe and Engine Exam

Postaccident examination of the fuel system components, which included the fuel filter, gascolator, fuel lines, and fuel selector valve, revealed that they were free of obstructions, corrosion, or visible leaks. Examination of the carburetor did not reveal any anomalies. Continuity of the throttle, mixture, and carburetor heat cables were verified from the cockpit to the engine, and flight control authority was continuous from the cockpit to each flight control surface.

Rotational continuity of the crankshaft and valvetrain were observed as the propeller was rotated by hand. All rocker arms and push rods actuated in equal ranges of operation while the propeller was rotated. The magnetos functioned normally when actuated by hand and the ignition harness each produced spark as the magnetos were rotated; however, the no. 1 top and bottom leads did not display sparks that were consistent with the magneto click. The spark plugs each displayed varying amounts of wear and were placed in a spark plug tester for an impulse test. During the impulse test, the cylinder no.1 bottom spark plug failed to display spark despite having been cleaned prior to testing; the other spark plugs produced sparks. A borescope inspection of the no. 1 cylinder revealed trace amounts of a liquid that resembled water; the other cylinders did not reveal any signs of catastrophic internal failure, heat damage, or scoring. The air induction system could not be properly evaluated because the heat box and air filter were not recovered after the accident.

The propeller impacted frozen ground during the accident and one of the two propeller blades separated in two pieces, but only one of the pieces was recovered. Together, the separated blade and recovered piece exhibited bending and tip curling.

Materials Laboratory Examination

Examination of the fractured blade and its recovered fragment by the National Transportation Safety Board Materials Laboratory revealed signatures consistent with overstress. Small cracks were observed at each bolt hole on the forward spinner bulkhead, and the cracks displayed fretting consistent with contact under vibration loads between the forward spinner face and the washers under the bolt heads. Additionally, the fracture surface of each crack exhibited ratchet marks, which were consistent with fatigue. The spinner itself was intact and did not exhibit any indication of distortion due to fatigue cracking. The Materials Laboratory’s examination of the other propeller blade revealed that it was intact and remained attached to the hub but was bent aft about midspan and displayed evidence of tip curling, chordwise scoring, and leading-edge gouges.

Student pilot Information

Certificate: Student 
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None 
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 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 13, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 50 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Flight instructor Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor 
Age: 59,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 9, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 12, 2019
Flight Time: 4736 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3788 hours (Total, this make and model), 4667 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 150 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N96145
Model/Series: 172Q P 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1983 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17276029
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: October 25, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 38 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12313 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4N
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 180 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Aviation Adventures 
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 6S0,4493 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 19:55 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.71 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -7°C / -12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Billings, MT (BIL) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Big Timber, MT (6S0)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 19:10 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Big Timber 6S0 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4494 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Snow
Runway Used: 24 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5285 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go around; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.810001,-109.980003 (est)

Landing Area Undershoot: Beech P35 Bonanza, N436T; accident occurred January 12, 2021 at Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Boone County, Illinois







Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Poplar Grove, Illinois
Accident Number: CEN21LA189
Date and Time: January 12, 2021, 15:00 Local 
Registration: N436T
Aircraft: Beech P35
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that during the approach, he landed short of the runway and impacted a snowbank. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. The pilot reported there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot reported that during the approach, an airplane that had landed in front of him appeared to stop on the runway to turn back for the midfield taxiway. The pilot reported he was “focused on the airplane in front of him, instead of flying his airplane.”

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's distraction and his failure to maintain a proper glidepath on the approach, which resulted in him landing short of the runway and impacting a snowbank.

Findings

Personnel issues Monitoring other aircraft - Pilot
Aircraft Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Snowy/icy terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Landing area undershoot (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private 
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 30, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 6196 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1107 hours (Total, this make and model), 4.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N436T
Model/Series: P35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility 
Serial Number: D-7240
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: IO470
Registered Owner:
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRFD
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 15:54 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 240°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 190° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rockford, IL (RFD) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Poplar Grove, IL (C77)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 15:20 Local
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Poplar Grove C77 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 800 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3773 ft / 50 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.321487,-88.837441(est)

Dynamic Rollover: Hiller UH-12C, N552DR; accident occurred January 12, 2021 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana







Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Lafayette, Indiana
Accident Number: CEN21LA124
Date and Time: January 12, 2021, 16:15 Local
Registration: N552DR
Aircraft: Hiller UH12C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Dynamic rollover
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot stated that shortly after liftoff, the helicopter drifted left, and the left landing skid contacted the ground, which caused a dynamic rollover onto the helicopter’s left side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system, transmission structural support, and the tail rotor drive shaft. The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation. Additionally, the pilot stated that he had not flown the helicopter during the previous 2 months, and that the accident might have been prevented had he flown the helicopter more frequently.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the helicopter shortly after liftoff into a hover, which resulted in a dynamic rollover when the left landing skid contacted the ground.

Findings

Aircraft Lateral/bank control - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Pitch control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-hover Dynamic rollover (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 23, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 22, 2019
Flight Time: 727 hours (Total, all aircraft), 109 hours (Total, this make and model), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hiller 
Registration: N552DR
Model/Series: UH12C NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 562261
Landing Gear Type: None; High skid 
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 20, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3865.6 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Franklin
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series: 6V-335-B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 215 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLAF, 606 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 15:54 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 329°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots / 16 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 240° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lafayette, IN 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lafayette, IN 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Private PVT 
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 710 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.318149,-86.861809 (est)

Turbulence Encounter: Beechcraft B300 King Air 350, N862UP; accident occurred January 13, 2021 in Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina







Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Wheels Up


Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Accident Number: ERA21LA115
Date and Time: January 13, 2021, 21:00 Local
Registration: N862UP
Aircraft: Beech 300
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: Turbulence encounter 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled

Analysis

According to the operator, the airplane was cruising at flight level 250, about 1 hour and 40 minutes into the flight, when it encountered 30 to 45 seconds of severe turbulence. One of the three passengers was not seated and sustained serious injuries. The injured passenger reported that she struck her head on the overhead ceiling compartment, then fell onto the armrest. Another passenger assisted her to her seat, but the injured passenger had difficulty fastening her seatbelt. According to the operator, the crew reported the turbulence to air traffic control, advised the controller of the injury, and continued to the destination airport at the request of the passengers. At the destination airport, the passenger was met by emergency medical services personnel and declined additional medical treatment. The passenger reported that she sought medical treatment the following week and had a fractured rib. The pilot recorded the passenger’s seatbelt in the aircraft maintenance logbook. Mechanics performed a functional check of the seatbelt and found it to be operational, and the airplane was returned to service.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
An encounter with severe turbulence, which resulted in serious injury to an unseated passenger.

Findings

Environmental issues Clear air turbulence - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute-cruise Turbulence encounter (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport 
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: August 23, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: February 24, 2020
Flight Time: 4685 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1650 hours (Total, this make and model), 3250 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Co-pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport 
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Airplane Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 1, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: September 9, 2020
Flight Time: 7809 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model), 4046 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 45 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Passenger Information

Certificate: 
Age: Male
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Passenger Information

Certificate: 
Age: Female
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification:
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Passenger Information

Certificate: 
Age: Female
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N862UP
Model/Series: 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Commuter 
Serial Number: FL-1061
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 11
Date/Type of Last Inspection: December 18, 2020 Continuous airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 15100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 87 Hrs
Engines: 2 Turbo prop
Airframe Total Time: 3155 Hrs as of last inspection Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney Canada
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-60A
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 1050 Horsepower
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Wheel Up
Operator Designator Code: 02GA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: SUT, 25 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 21:15 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 190°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  / Clear air
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  / Severe
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Naples, FL (APF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Norfolk, VA (OPF)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 19:22 Local
Type of Airspace: Class A

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.0104,-78.0584 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N5930R; accident occurred January 14, 2021 at Southwest Washington Regional Airport (KKLS), Kelso, Washington






Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board
  
The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Downwind Corp


Location: Kelso, Washington
Accident Number: WPR21LA100
Date and Time: January 14, 2021, 13:00 Local
Registration: N5930R
Aircraft: Cessna 172G 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that, during landing, he had a smooth touchdown about 200-300 ft down the runway. However, shortly thereafter, he could not maintain directional control of the airplane on the landing roll and the airplane drifted towards the right and then departed the runway surface. The airplane subsequently nosed over and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and subsequent nose over.

Findings

Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 42, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 2, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 71 hours (Total, all aircraft), 54 hours (Total, this make and model), 46 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5930R
Model/Series: 172G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 17253599
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: October 24, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 20150.1 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 0-300 D
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 145 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLS, 20 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 12:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 330°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 160° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Scappoose, OR (SPB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kelso, WA (KLS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 12:20 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON RGNL KLS
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 20 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12/30 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4391 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None Aircraft 
Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.12,-122.9(est)