Saturday, May 21, 2022

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N2128E: Accident occurred May 19, 2022 at DeKalb County Airport (KGWB), Auburn, Indiana

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; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Blue Bird Rental LLC

Location: Auburn, Indiana
Accident Number: CEN22LA205
Date and Time: May 19, 2022, 13:41 Local
Registration: N2128E
Aircraft: Cessna 172N 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2128E
Model/Series: 172N 
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: KGWB,880 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.78 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Auburn, IN (KGWB) 
Destination: Auburn, IN (KGWB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.307618,-85.063952 (est)

Aircraft stalled on landing, rolled, and came to rest left of Runway 27.

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 17:41:00Z
Regis#: N2128E
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Stoddard Hamilton Glasair II , N182RP: Incident occurred May 19, 2022 at Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Clark County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aircraft was cleared for takeoff and was taxing onto Runway 17R when a wind gust lifted the tail, resulting in a propeller strike. 

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 22:34:00Z
Regis#: N182RP
Aircraft Model: GLASAIR II
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
State:  NEVADA

Extra EA-300S, N46EX: Incident occurred May 19, 2022 at Bend Municipal Airport (KBDN), Deschutes County, Oregon

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

Aircraft landed on Runway 34 and flipped on its side due to a wind gust. 

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N46EX
Aircraft Make: EXTRA
Aircraft Model: EA300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BEND

Rock Creek Home Owners Association secures a win in lawsuit against Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC)

Airport and home owners association are appealing judge's ruling

Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport could face lawsuits from homeowners after a judge ruled the airport violated avigation easements against Rock Creek Master HOA regarding noise, according to Boulder County Court documents. 

The home owners association, which is located in Boulder County northwest of the airport, has sued the airport and pointed to five easements it claimed the airport violated, but the court only ruled in favor of one.

“The Court finds that the contours of the 1988 Master Plan have been exceeded by the sustained operation of aircraft as shown by the Contours provided in the 2000 Master Plan,” Senior District Court Judge Stephen Enderlin Howard wrote in the bench trial order.

“Basically, the airport — the sound, the operations —  violated (the easement) per the 2000 master plan,” said Diane Marsella of Rock Creek HOA. “They basically said it was 10 times as noisy as what was promised.” 

Both parties filed appeals against the judge’s decision. 

The HOA wants the ruling to include more homes. Marsella said out of the 2,804 homes, about 1,400 to 1,500 do not have aviation easements. 

Whether households will sue, sue separately or sue as a class action lawsuit is unknown, Marsella said. 

Marsella said the court’s decision is based on a noise model from 1998 when flight operations were less than what they are today. A new master plan, which the airport has not undertaken since 2011, would look into the noise levels. 

Master plans are typically updated in 10-year cycles.  Brian Bishop, deputy airport director, said there are plan updates from 2011, 2000, 1988 and 1977.

Bishop said the lawsuit is based off the 1988 master plan because that is the plan the agreements reference. 

Charlene Willey of the Save Our Skies Alliance said the airport is putting off completing a master plan due to the lawsuit. She thinks airport officials want to avoid studying the noise so as not to be found liable. 

However, Bishop said the airport has tried to complete a master plan for the past three years but the Federal Aviation Administration refuses to fund the effort. 

“As soon as we get funding, we'll get a new master plan,” he said. 

Paul Anslow, director of the airport, said they are at the will of the FAA. 

Big changes 

A lot has changed at the airport and the surrounding communities since the last master plan was completed. 

Noise complaints have risen by almost 492% in the past 10 years. According to Anslow, there were 481 noise complaints lodged in 2011 compared to 2,845 in 2021. 

In 2011, the number of distinct households complaining was 84, making the average complaint per household 5.7. By 2021, the number of distinct households was 402, averaging 7.1 complaints per household.

Airport operations also have increased by almost 69%, from 119,353 in 2011 to 201,426 in 2021, according to Julie Story, a spokesperson for Jefferson County, under which the airport operates. That number includes aircraft taking off and landing.

At the same time, the surrounding communities — Arvada, Broomfield, Louisville, Superior and Westminster — have increased their populations by about 13%. The total number of residents of all communities increased from 299,295 in 2010 to 338,806 in 2019. From 1990 to 2019, there has been an overall 68% increase in population, according to Story.

Conflict of interest 

At a May 9 Community Noise Roundtable meeting, Anslow said two noise consultants identified to study the issue at the airport dropped out due to a conflict of interest.  

Westminster, Arvada, Boulder County, the city and county of Broomfield, Jefferson County, the city of Louisville, the Town of Superior and the city of Lafayette all voted to fund the consultants with $7,810 from each municipality. 

One consultant would facilitate meetings at the CNR meetings and the other would provide aviation consulting services. 

However, Bishop said the firm that was hired was supposed to give testimony for Jefferson County regarding noise for the Rock Creek lawsuit, though the testimony was not heard in trial. 

Bishop said the airport is looking to replace them and hire new consultants.

Beech 300 Super King Air 350, N283JD: Incident occurred May 19, 2022 at Mustang Beach Airport (KRAS), Port Aransas, Nueces County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aircraft left wing impacted two parked aircraft while maneuvering to park. 

Durham Aircraft LLC

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 20:05:00Z
Regis#: N283JD
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-28R-180, N7451J: Accident occurred May 19, 2022 at RWJ Airpark (54T), Beach City, Chambers County, Texas

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: CEN22LA206 

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

Aircraft veered off runway and crashed into trees on takeoff. 

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N7451J
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
State: TEXAS