Thursday, February 24, 2022

Beechcraft F90 King Air, N990F: Incident occurred February 22, 2022 at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (KSRQ), Florida

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Air Twerps Inc


Date: 22-FEB-22
Time: 18:25:00Z
Regis#: N990F
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: F90
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SARASOTA
State: FLORIDA

Sikorsky S-61N, N615CK: Fatal accident occurred February 22, 2022 near Pacific Missile Range Facility (PHBK), Kekaha, Kauai County, Hawaii

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; Honolulu, Hawaii
Croman Corporation
Sikorsky Aircraft
GE Engines

Location: Kekaha, Hawaii
Accident Number: ANC22FA018
Date and Time: February 22, 2022, 10:20 Local 
Registration: N615CK
Aircraft: Sikorsky S-61N
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft ext. load

On February 22, 2022, about 1020 Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter, N615CK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sands, Kekaha, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. The two pilots and two crewmembers were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 flight.

The accident helicopter, owned and operated by Croman Corporation, was under contract to the United States Navy, being used to retrieve inert training torpedoes from the Pacific Ocean as part of the Navy’s, ongoing, Pacific submarine training operations. According to the operator’s director of operations, the accident mission involved locating a training torpedo in the open waters, retrieving the torpedo using a recovery basket/cage system, then returning the torpedo to the PMRF by sling load.

The helicopter was equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS–B), which provides aircraft tracking to determine its position via satellite navigation or other sensors and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations as a replacement for secondary surveillance radar, as no interrogation signal is needed from the ground.

According to archived Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ADS-B data, after the helicopter departed Barking Sands PMRF, it proceeded north-northwest to an area about 44 miles away. After maneuvering in the area, the helicopter then proceeded south-southeast towards the Barking Sands PMRF. As the helicopter approached the Barking Sands PMRF, it crossed the shoreline, then it began a shallow left turn as it maneuvered to the north, and into the prevailing wind. As the helicopter neared the predetermined drop-off site, known as the ordnance recovery cage area (ORCA), the left turn stopped, and the helicopter proceeded in a northeasterly direction. The archived ADS–B data stopped recording just before impact. 

Multiple witnesses located near the accident site consistently reported that as the helicopter continued the left turn towards the ORCA, the turn unexpectantly stopped, and it began to travel in a northeast direction. The witnesses noted that as the helicopter flew in a north easterly direction, about 200 feet above the ground, it gradually pitched nose down and impacted nose first, in a near vertical attitude. 

A postcrash fire ensued, which incinerated much of the helicopter’s structure.

Two investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Alaska Regional Office, along with a helicopter aerospace engineer from Washington D.C., responded to the accident site and examined the helicopter wreckage on February 23-28. During the detailed on-scene examination, the investigative team retained various components for additional examination and testing, and results are pending. 






Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Sikorsky 
Registration: N615CK
Model/Series: S-61N 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft external load (133)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PHBK, 12 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Kekaha, HI
Destination: Kekaha, HI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 4 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 22.040149,-159.78055 

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

The four, who worked for the Croman Corporation, were identified as:

Daniel Maurice, 64, the chief pilot and FAA-designated pilot examiner
Patrick Rader, 55, command pilot
Erika Teves-Valdez, 42, mechanic and aircrew
Matthew Haider, 44, mechanic and aircrew

Mathew Haider


A civilian contractor working for the U.S. Navy has released the names of four employees killed when their helicopter crashed on the Hawaii island of Kauai. Oregon-based Croman Corp. says 64-year-old Daniel Maurice of Lyle, Washington, was the chief pilot. Also onboard were three Kauai residents: Command Pilot Patrick Rader and two mechanics, Ericka Tevez-Valdez and Mathew Haider. Croman says the crew was conducting routine training operations at the Pacific Missile Range Facility under contract with the Navy when their Sikorsky S-61N helicopter crashed Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Learjet 75, N75LY: Incident occurred February 22, 2022 in Joliet, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greater Chicago

Aircraft experienced turbulence damaging radar system and items in the cabin.  

Lear Yankee Partners LLC


Date: 22-FEB-22
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N75LY
Aircraft Make: LEARJET
Aircraft Model: 45
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Aircraft Operator: SPIRITJETS
Flight Number: SJJ75
City: JOLIET
State: ILLINOIS

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9997V: Accident occurred February 23, 2022 at Odell Williamson Municipal Airport (60J), Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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

Aircraft struck a deer on takeoff.  


Date: 23-FEB-22
Time: 00:50:00Z
Regis#: N9997V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: OCEAN ISLE BEACH
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N3952W: Fatal accident occurred February 22, 2022 in Fostoria, Seneca County, Ohio

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; Cleveland, Ohio 
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania


Location: Fostoria, Ohio
Accident Number: CEN22FA131
Date and Time: February 22, 2022, 22:41 Local
Registration: N3952W
Aircraft: Piper PA-32-260 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 22, 2022, about 2241 eastern standard time, a Piper PA32 airplane, N3952W, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Fostoria, Ohio. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The flight was conducted as an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Effingham County Memorial Airport (1H2), Effingham, Illinois, to Findlay Airport (FDY), Findlay, Ohio. The filed IFR flight plan stipulated a cruise altitude of 9,000 ft mean sea level (MSL), an estimated time enroute of 1 hour and 28 minutes, and 4 hours of fuel on board.

A review of archived Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane departed 1H2 about 1956 central standard time, climbed to about 7,000 ft MSL, and proceeded on a relatively direct track toward DOYET, the initial approach fix for the RNAV/GPS runway 25 instrument approach, as shown in Figure 1. 

After passing DOYET, the airplane turned left about 45°, consistent with a teardrop entry into the procedure turn, before it turned back right, and paralleled the inbound course of the procedure turn. About 4 nautical miles (nm) from DOYET, the airplane turned right, as if to intercept the inbound course, but descended rapidly in a spiral and impacted terrain on a 340° heading (see Figure 2).

A review of commercially available communications data revealed that the last confirmed communication between the accident airplane and air traffic control (ATC) took place when ATC instructed the pilot to cross DOYET at or above 3,000 ft and cleared them for the RNAV runway 25 approach, to which the pilot read back the clearance and altitude restriction. Shortly thereafter, ATC attempted to contact the pilot and subsequently issued a low altitude alert, but no reply or acknowledgement was received.

A witness inside their residence described hearing an airplane low near their house. They described the noise as a loud engine or high RPM engine followed by silence. Another nearby witness saw the lights of the airplane but did not hear anything because they were in a car with the radio on. They said that at first sight, the airplane was estimated between 300 and 500 ft above ground level (AGL). When they lost sight of the airplane as it descended behind houses, they estimated the altitude as between 150 and 250 ft AGL.

The airplane first impacted a field in a relatively flat attitude and continued the 340° track into the trees where it collided with multiple trees and became highly fragmented. Flight control continuity could not be established due to the highly fragmented nature of the wreckage, but all lengths of control cables were accounted for at the accident location. All major pieces of the airplane were observed at the accident location.

A detailed examination is pending.




Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N3952W
Model/Series: PA-32-260
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: IMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFDY,812 ft msl
Observation Time: 03:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Effingham, IL (1H2)
Destination: Findlay, OH (FDY)

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: 41.14139,-83.377247

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. 

Major Michael David Wright 
January 26, 1971 ~ February 22, 2022 (age 51)
~


Major Michael David Wright, age 51, of Casey, IL received his eternal wings at 10:47 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, in Loudon Twp., Seneca County, OH, the result of an airplane crash. He was born January 26, 1971, in Wichita Falls, TX, the son of Lt. Col. Larry Othello “Casey” Wright and Sandra Kae Scott Wright. On September 5, 1998, he married the love of his life Laura Dawn French in Casey, IL.

Survivors include his wife of twenty-three years, Laura Wright of Casey, IL; children, Britney Wright and Brian Wright of Casey, IL; mother, Sandra Faust (Jon) of Peru, IN; brother, Charles L. Wright (Dawn) of Mishawaka, IN; sister, Deborah Wright of Mishawaka, IN; stepbrothers, Melvin Gray (Amy) of Hazel Dell, IL; Stephen Gray (Stephanie) of Casey, IL; Jon W. Faust of Indianapolis, IN; Robert Faust of Mobile, AL; stepsister, Jodi Faust of Peru, IN; father-in-law, Steven French (Sandy) of Newton, IL; mother-in-law, Becky Groves of Dieterich, IL; brothers-in-law, Michael French (Sarah) of Dieterich, IL; Shawn Klier (Tracy) of Chandler, AZ; Shannon Klier (April) of Midland, TX; and Shane Klier (Rhiannon) of Edmund, OK; sister-in-law, Pamela Hartke (Caleb) of Dieterich, IL; Big Brother, John Mongosa (Lois) of Peru, IN; uncle, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, his military and church families and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Larry and Karen Wright, and his grandparents.

Michael was a 1989 graduate of Casey-Westfield High School and a 2003 graduate of Indiana State University. He proudly served his country for 31 years in both the Army and Air Force. While in the service, Michael had duties as an F-16 jet engine mechanic, Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and Communications Officer. Most of his years of service were spent with the 181st Communication Flight, 181st Intelligence Wing at Hulman Field Air National Guard Base in Terre Haute, IN. He was currently a member of the USAF Reserve 375th Communication Squadron stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. 

Michael loved spending time with his family, watching his kids play sports, traveling, and inventing. As an entrepreneur, Michael created several companies. High Flight, a corporate flying service, was the focal point of his career for the past 17 years. Michael had a love for flying and teaching. He was always thrilled to take people to the skies for the first time and to share his love of aviation with others; because it was never a “job” for him - it was his passion.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Casey United Methodist Church, 703 N. Central Ave., Casey, IL 62420.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Casey United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Joe Richard officiating. Burial will follow at the Casey Cumberland Cemetery, Casey, IL, with graveside military honors by Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard, Terre Haute Air National Guard, Casey VFW, and Martinsville American Legion.

Memorial donations may be made to a college fund for his children to Laura Wright, c/o Markwell Funeral Home, PO Box 175, Casey, IL 62420.

To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle, or post photos, visit www.markwellfuneralhome.com. Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, IL is in charge of the arrangements.




Seneca County Sheriff's Office -

Norwalk – The Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal plane crash that occurred on February 22, 2022 at 10:47 PM. The crash occurred approximately 2 miles east of the City of Fostoria near Crestview Drive in Loudon Township, Seneca County. 

Deputies from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Fostoria Police Department responded to a report of a possible plane crash near Crestview Drive in Loudon Township.  Deputies searched and located the crashed plane in a wooded area north of Crestview Drive.  Two deceased victims were located on scene.

The pilot was identified as Shane Alan Halbrook, age 59, of Avon Indiana. The co-pilot was identified as Michael D. Wright, age 51, of Casey Illinois.  The plane was identified as a Piper Saratoga single engine plane.  The tail number on the plane was N3952W.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Assisting on scene were Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Fostoria Police, Bascom Fire, Seneca County EMS, and the Seneca County Coroner’s Office.

*****

I want to thank all of the agencies who helped with the crash site last night. It was not an easy scene to get to nor was it an easy scene to deal with once found. 

I want to thank the Ohio State Patrol for taking the investigation and securing the scene overnight as we only had two deputies working the county and had deputies overshift to help search. 

Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of the two victims.

-Sheriff Stevens

Cessna 210M Centurion, N732YA: Incident occurred February 22, 2022 near Washington Dulles International Airport (KIAD)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, D.C.

Aircraft experienced engine issues, declared an emergency and landed in a field. 

GTA Air Inc


Date: 22-FEB-22
Time: 21:47:00Z
Regis#: N732YA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Aircraft Operator: G T A AIR
Flight Number: GTX502
City: CHANTILLY
State: VIRGINIA

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F, N62670: Incident occurred February 20, 2022 near Treasure Cay Airport, Abaco, Bahamas

Federal Aviation Administration / International Field Office; Miami

Aircraft lost engine power on takeoff and crashed into trees. 


Date: 20-FEB-22
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N62670
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: TREASURE CAY
State: ABACO
Country: BAHAMAS

de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter, N413JP: Accident occurred February 21, 2022 in Umiat, Alaska




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; Fairbanks, Alaska

Bald Mountain Air Service Inc


Location: Umiat, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA019
Date and Time: February 21, 2022, 08:20 Local 
Registration: N413JP
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND DHC-3 Injuries: 9 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi and commuter - Non-scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND 
Registration: N413JP
Model/Series: DHC-3 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PASC, 61 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 90 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -29°C /-33°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 10000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Deadhorse, AK
Destination: Umiat, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 8 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 9 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 69.371113,-152.13498

Pacemaker, N160PM: Incident occurred February 22, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska

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

Aircraft on landing ground looped, veered off the runway and nosed over. 


Date: 20-FEB-22
Time: 01:00:00Z
Regis#: N160PM
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: PACEMAKER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Van's RV-7A, N787NV: Fatal accident occurred February 19, 2022 near Triangle Airpark (AZ50), White Hills, Mohave County, Arizona

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; Las Vegas, Nevada 
Lycoming Engines; Phoenix, Arizona 
Van's Aircraft; Aurora, Oregon


Location: White Hills, Arizona 
Accident Number: WPR22FA100
Date and Time: February 19, 2022, 13:28 Local
Registration: N787NV
Aircraft: MOYNIHAN RICHARD D VANS RV7A
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 19, 2022, about 1328 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-7A airplane, was destroyed following an inflight-break up near Triangle Airpark, (AZ50), White Hills, Arizona. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Recorded Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) showed that the airplane departed Boulder City Municipal Airport (BVU), Boulder City, Nevada, about 1315 and ascended to about 5,500 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane traveled east south-east over mountainous terrain for about 28 miles and made several wide 90-degree turns. The radar data showed that airplane began a rapid descending turn near Triangle Airpark, in the area where the main wreckage was located.

Security video captured the airplane in a steep nose down spiral before it impacted terrain. Several pieces of aircraft structure were seen falling from the airplane as it descended to the ground.

The airplane was relocated to a secure facility for further examination.



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MOYNIHAN RICHARD D
Registration: N787NV
Model/Series: VANS RV-7A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBVU,2202 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C /-9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Boulder City, NV (BVU)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.715546,-114.482

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.

RICHARD D. MOYNIHAN
July 3, 1949 February 19, 2022
~


Richard D. Moynihan was born in California July 3, 1949. He was the third-born of six children and grew up in Pomona, CA where his father practiced dentistry. He attended Pomona Catholic High School. Rich then graduated on to San Jose State University and married his high school sweetheart Marie in 1971. He joined the Navy and entered pilot training. During this time, he and Marie moved around the country, living in Pensacola, Corpus Christi and Alameda making friends and connections every place they went. Once he completed his service in the Navy, he was hired by Hughes Air West and Rich, Marie and their new baby boy Brian settled in Boulder City. A couple years later, they added a baby girl Melissa to the family and they were complete.

Rich and Marie loved living in Boulder City and developed a community of lifelong friendships. Eventually Hughes Air West merged with Republic, then Northwest Airlines and finally Delta. Sadly, Rich lost Marie in 2004, but was lucky to find a second love through the crafty matchmaking skills of some lovely Boulder City friends and married Evelyn in 2009. 

Rich retired from Delta in 2010 and has been living it up ever since. He finally finished his RV-7 and flying it became his passion and favorite hobby. He was never as happy as he was flying his zippy little plane. He loved going to his hangar, working on his plane, rebuilding his Porsche 356 as well as a VW Thing. 

Rich could fix anything! The breadth of his skills and knowledge were unmatched. He also loved the community of pilots and staff at the airport and enjoyed serving on Boards at the BC airport. 

Rich also relished his retirement by traveling to many places around the world with Evelyn, cruising with his Porsche club, spending summers in Tahoe and visiting often with his three grandsons, Owen, Brady and Rory. Rich loved teasing people, the more he teased you, the more he loved you. 

Rich loved life and led a very happy and full one. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Dodd; son, Brian Moynihan; daughter, Melissa McCool (Moynihan); son-in-law, Sorren McCool; grandsons, Owen McCool, Brady Moynihan and Rory Moynihan; stepdaughters, Dena (Tito) Jimenez, Devon Dodd, Zoe Dodd and Tracy Brewer; stepgrandsons, Max, Sebastian and Zach; brothers, Bob, Jeff and David; and sisters, Libby and Theresa. Mass will be at 10 a.m., Fri., March 4, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 1399 San Felipe Dr, Boulder City, NV 89005. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choosing in Richie's name, spend time with your families, find a passion and enjoy your life to the fullest.


Mohave County Sheriff's Office - 

AIRCRAFT CRASH - WHITE HILLS

On Saturday (2/19) at 1:30 PM, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received multiple calls of a plane crash at the Triangle Airpark in White Hills. Deputies responded to the location and observed the single engine Cessna and debris scattered at the airpark close to Highway 93.

The pilot and sole occupant of the plane was deceased on scene and has been identified as Richard Dennis Moynihan, 73 of Boulder City, NV.

The scene was secured and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified and will be conducting the investigation. This investigation is ongoing.

KINGMAN, Arizona - A Nevada pilot was killed in a plane crash at the Triangle Airpark in White Hills, Arizona on Saturday, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the crash happened at 1:30 p.m. on February 19. When authorities arrived to investigate, they found the remnants of a experimental amateur-built Vans RV-7A airplane and debris scattered around the airpark.

The pilot, identified as 73-year-old Richard Dennis Moynihan, died at the scene. He was a resident of Boulder City, Nevada and was the only one in the plane.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

Triangle Airpark is about 45 miles northwest of Kingman.

Kitfox S7 Super Sport, N1248: Accident occurred February 19, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona


Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22LA108
Date and Time: February 19, 2022, 17:20 Local 
Registration: N1248
Aircraft: Kitfox S7 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kitfox
Registration: N1248
Model/Series: S7
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDVT, 1455 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /-8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Buckeye , AZ (BXK)
Destination: Phoenix, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.688306,-112.08255 (est)

Europa XS, N523WS: Accident occurred February 19, 2022 in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona


Location: Tucson, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22LA106
Date and Time: February 19, 2022, 15:30 Local 
Registration: N523WS
Aircraft: MCKENZIE JOHN P EUROPA XS 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MCKENZIE JOHN P
Registration: N523WS
Model/Series: EUROPA XS 
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: KRYN,2418 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:45 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /-15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Tucson, AZ 
Destination: Tucson, AZ

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: 32.142105,-111.17205 

Socata TBM-900, N902TM: Incident occurred February 19, 2022 at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (KIFP), Mohave County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas

Aircraft landed and incurred a propeller strike. 

Ladera Aircraft LLC


Date: 19-FEB-22
Time: 19:51:00Z
Regis#: N902TM
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TBM700
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BULLHEAD CITY
State: ARIZONA

Cessna U206C Super Skywagon, N29018: Incident occurred February 20, 2022 in St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field and hit a ditch.  

Pacific Rim Energy Inc


Date: 20-FEB-22
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N29018
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: U206
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ST JOHNS
State: ARIZONA

MD Helicopters 500N (MD520N), N521HB: Fatal accident occurred February 19, 2022 in Newport Beach, Orange 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; Long Beach, California

Huntington Beach Police Department


Location: Newport Beach, California 
Accident Number: WPR22FA101
Date and Time: February 19, 2022, 18:34 Local
Registration: N521HB
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas 500N 
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Public aircraft

On February 19, 2022, about 1834 Pacific standard time, a McDonnell Douglas 500N, N521HB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Newport Beach, California. The pilot sustained minor injuries, and the tactical flight officer (TFO) was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a public aircraft flight by the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The helicopter was owned by the City of Huntington Beach and was providing law enforcement air support under a contract service agreement for the City of Newport Beach. 

The helicopter departed its home base, Huntington Beach Police Department Heliport (CL65), at 1800, and for the next 30 minutes flew a routine patrol along the coast of Huntington Beach, inland to Costa Mesa, and then south to Newport Beach.

The pilot reported that as they were about to depart the Newport Beach area, they received a transmission over the primary police radio channel that there was a fight taking place just south of their location. The pilot stated that he redirected the helicopter toward the area and began a right-hand orbit while the TFO (who was seated in the right seat) turned on the infrared camera and began searching the ground. The TFO spotted a group fighting, and the pilot began to maneuver the helicopter in a tighter right orbit while the TFO relayed his observations over the police radio channel.

Ground patrol officers arrived on the scene, and the pilot continued the orbits about 500 ft above ground level, while simultaneously viewing the activity through his monitor, and maneuvering the helicopter so the TFO could continue to observe the altercation. The pilot stated that he watched as ground patrol officers got out of their car and approached the group, who by this time had mostly dispersed. He was concerned that one of the group was about to start fighting with an officer, and he slowed the helicopter to keep the camera aimed at the scene longer, so that they would not lose sight of it behind a building.

Suddenly the helicopter yawed aggressively to the right, and he immediately applied full left foot pedal and forward cyclic to try and arrest the rotation, but there was no response. He continued to apply corrective control inputs, but the helicopter did not respond, and began to progress into a spinning descent. The TFO transmitted over the police radio channel, “We’re having some mechanical issues right now”, followed by, “we’re going down, we’re going down”.

The pilot stated the rotation became more aggressive as the helicopter began to descend. He continued with corrective control inputs, which appeared to be partially effective but did not stop the rotation. He stated that the engine was operating throughout, and his goal was to continue to fly the helicopter with the engine still running, rather than reducing power and performing an autorotation to a populated area. Because it was dark, he had no horizon or accurate external reference, but he could see the lights of houses approaching, and sensed impact was imminent, so he pulled the collective control in an effort to bleed off airspeed.

They then hit the water hard in a downward right rotation, on TFO’s side. The pilot recalled a sudden smash and saw water and glass coming toward him as the canopy shattered. He felt the rotor blades hitting the water, everything then stopped, and within a few seconds he was submerged. The pilot stated that he continued to hold on to the collective as a reference point, then cleared the mouthpiece from his rescue air bottle, and began to use it to breath. Continuing to hold the collective with one hand he reached down and released his seat harness and egressed by pushing himself away with the collective and through the door opening. He exited the helicopter and ascended to the surface, and a short time later, onlookers began to arrive, and pulled him away and toward a boat.



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: McDonnell Douglas 
Registration: N521HB
Model/Series: 500N 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSNA,54 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 23000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Huntington Beach, CA (CL65)
Destination: Newport Beach, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.610368,-117.92438

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. 

Officer Nicholas Vella
~

Huntington Beach PD - 

It is with tremendous sorrow that we announce the passing of Officer Nicholas Vella, a 14-year veteran of HBPD. Officer Vella died this evening after our police helicopter, HB-1, crashed into the waters off Newport while responding to a call for service.

A second officer was injured and is in stable condition. Officer Vella leaves behind a wife and daughter. He served the community of Huntington Beach with honor and dignity.  Please join us in extending prayers to Officer Vella's family.

We want to thank the community and our law enforcement partners for your support during this difficult time.

American Legend AL11C-100, N800SW: Accident occurred February 18, 2022 at Placerville Airport (KPVF), El Dorado 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; Sacramento, California


Location: Placerville, California
Accident Number: WPR22LA110
Date and Time: February 18, 2022, 17:00 Local
Registration: N800SW
Aircraft: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO AL11C-100 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO
Registration: N800SW
Model/Series: AL11C-100 
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:
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: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.724227,-120.7533 (est)

Cessna 172H, N1402F: Incident occurred February 22, 2022 at Brackett Field Airport (KPOC), La Verne, Los Angeles County, California

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

Aircraft landed and veered off the runway into the grass.


Date: 22-FEB-22
Time: 00:45:00Z
Regis#: N1402F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LA VERNE
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N3318M: Incident occurred February 21, 2022 at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda County, California

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

Aircraft landed and veered off the runway into the grass and struck a runway light. 

MH Aviation LLC


Date: 21-FEB-22
Time: 20:17:00Z
Regis#: N3318M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LIVERMORE
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172: Incident occurred February 21, 2022 in Edwards, Kern County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft declared an emergency after takeoff and landed on a lake bed. 

Date: 21-FEB-22
Time: 18:10:00Z
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: EDWARDS
State: CALIFORNIA