Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Stoddard-Hamilton GlaStar, N171JV: Accident occurred May 21, 2022 at Raleigh County Memorial Airport (KBKW), Beckley, West Virginia

National Transportation Safety Board accident report number: ERA22LA240 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston

Aircraft landed hard.  


Date:  21-MAY-22
Time: 14:40:00Z
Regis#: N171JV
Aircraft Make: GLASAIR
Aircraft Model: GLASTAR
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BECKLEY
State:  WEST VIRGINIA

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N3733M: Incident occurred May 22, 2022 in Bloomington, Grant County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft experienced engine issues and made a forced landing in a field. 


Date:  22-MAY-22
Time: 14:45:00Z
Regis#: N3733M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA12
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BLOOMINGTON
State:  WISCONSIN


GRANT COUNTY, Wisconsin (KWWL) – A pilot and passenger are uninjured after a small plane made an emergency landing in a Grant County hay field Sunday morning.

According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, it happened west of Bloomington. The pilot, Charles Diggins, 61, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, was able to land the single-engine plane without and damage after experiencing engine trouble.

Farmers were harvesting at the time and the pilot said the windrows helped guide him to the ground like a runway.

Diggins and his passenger, Warren Roberts, 72, of Makawao, Hawaii, were en route from Poplar Grove, Illinois to Livingston, Montana. The plane was loaded onto a truck and taken to the Prarie du Chien airport for inspection and repairs. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N78466: Fatal accident occurred May 24, 2022 in Seagraves, Gaines County, Texas

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: 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas


Location: Seagraves, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22FA211
Date and Time: May 24, 2022, 07:00 Local 
Registration: N78466
Aircraft: Piper PA-12 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 24, 2022, about 0700, a Piper PA-12 airplane, N78466 sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Seagraves, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to local authorities and family acquaintances, the pilot had been flying in the local area for several weeks with aspirations to become an agricultural pilot. During those weeks, the airplane had been observed by several local persons to be flying at low altitude and performing “ag-type maneuvers” over the fields. The airplane wreckage was located by a farmer about 1150, and there were no witnesses to the accident.

Postaccident examination of the accident site revealed the airplane impacted the terrain in a nose and right-wing low attitude. The initial ground scar was consistent with the propeller, engine, forward fuselage, left and right wings. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and empennage.

Examination of the airplane revealed flight control continuity was established from the cockpit to all flight control surfaces. The engine remained partially attached to the firewall and was unable to be manually rotated due to damage to the engine crankcase. The propeller blades displayed forward twisting deformation. The airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. 





Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N78466
Model/Series: PA-12
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: KGNC,3315 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2800 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.85 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Seagraves, TX (F97)
Destination: Seagraves, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.922179,-102.62558 (est)

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.  

Date: 24-MAY-22
Time: 16:50:00Z
Regis#: N78466
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 fatal
Pax: 0
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
City: SEMINOLE
State: TEXAS

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

    

A plane crashed in a field near Five Points Gin on Monday. It is believed a local farmer spotted the plane when he was checking water on Tuesday around noon.

Seagraves Volunteer Fire Department, Gaines County Sheriff's Office, Seminole EMS and DPS responded to the scene. This information has not yet been confirmed, the Seminole Sentinel is still awaiting an official response. 




SEAGRAVES, Texas (KCBD) - A 19-year-old from Loop, Texas, died after crashing a plane near Seagraves Tuesday morning.

The crash happened just before Noon, 3.5 miles southwest of Seagraves.

Department of Public Safety officials say Ronald Wiebe was the pilot.

A farmer found the crashed plane in his field between CR 226 and CR 103. The pilot was deceased.

The cause of the plane crash is not known.

The NTSB and FAA were notified and are investigating.


GAINES COUNTY, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – One person is dead after Texas DPS says that a single-engine plane crashed in a farmer’s field yesterday morning.

Officers reported that the pilot of the 1947 Piper PA-12 plane was 19-year-old, Ronald Wiebe of Loop, Texas. The Texas DPS report reveals that the crash happened around 11:51 am on Monday, May 24th, just 3 and a half miles Southwest of Seagraves, TX.

Texas DPS says that a farmer noticed that the plane had crashed in his field between County Road 226 and County Road 103.

According to the Texas DPS report, Wiebe was pronounced dead at the scene. The NTSB and FAA have been notified about the crash and are conducting an investigation.

Magni M24 Orion Plus, N590DM: Fatal accident occurred May 22, 2022 at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (KCGI), Scott County, Missouri

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

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri
Magni Gyro; St. Genevieve, Missouri


Location: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Accident Number: WPR22FA184
Date and Time: May 22, 2022, 08:03 Local 
Registration: N590DM
Aircraft: BRUCE R PROUSE M24 ORION PLUS
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 22, 2022, about 0803 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built M24 Orion Plus gyroplane, N590DM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The private pilot was fatally injured. The gyroplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness reported that the pilot was ferrying the gyroplane to his home in South Dakota on a cross-country flight and had planned a stopover at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (CGI). According to preliminary air traffic control (ATC) audio, the pilot informed the control tower of his intent to taxi to runway 02. After the controller issued taxi instructions, the pilot requested progressive assistance to the departure runway. The pilot subsequently departed runway 02 to the northwest. During the gyroplane’s climb-out, the pilot informed the controller that he wanted to return to the airport and the controller cleared him to land on runway 02. Witnesses stated that the gyroplane made a left turn towards the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 02. About this time a witness heard a “crack” coming from the direction of the gyroplane. The same witness immediately observed the gyroplane descend rapidly towards the ground. The controller reported that the gyroplane appeared to enter a spin during the descent. Witnesses estimated that the gyroplane was between 750 ft and 1,000 ft above ground level before it descended rapidly and impacted the ground.

The gyroplane impacted mud about 1,000 ft west of the departure end of runway 10 at a field elevation of about 330 ft mean sea level. All major structures were accounted for at the accident site. The main wreckage, comprised of the fuselage, rotor, engine, and empennage, was oriented on a northwest heading. A section of the right horizontal stabilizer had separated from the main wreckage and was located 171 ft south of the main wreckage. The engine was partially submerged in the mud along with two of the gyroplane’s four propeller blades. The other two propeller blades were visible above the surface, and both had separated about midspan. Both rotor blades were attached at the rotor hub and exhibited similar impact signatures about 3 ft from their outboard ends. They also displayed black transfer marks about 3 ft from the hub of each blade. One blade displayed blue transfer markings on the bottom of the blade about 3 ft from the outboard end, which corresponded to the paint color of the gyroplane, including the separated right horizontal stabilizer.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BRUCE R PROUSE
Registration: N590DM
Model/Series: M24 ORION PLUS 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCGI,352 ft msl
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1200 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / 16 knots, 350°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2900 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cape Girardeau, MO
Destination: SD

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 37.228004,-89.584832

Gyrocopter crashed under unknown circumstances 200 feet off runway. 

Date: 22-MAY-22
Time: 13:01:00Z
Regis#: N590DM
Aircraft Make: MAGNI GYRO
Aircraft Model: M24 ORION PLUS
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1 
Flight Crew: 1 fatal
Pax:  0
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
City: CAPE GIRARDEAU
State: MISSOURI

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.

Dr. Bruce Prouse
October 22, 1962 - May 22, 2022
~


Dr. Bruce R. Prouse, age 59 of Sioux Falls, SD passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Cape Girardeau, MO.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls.  Visitation will be on Monday, May 30, 2022 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls from 5:00-7:00 PM with a Liturgical Wake Service and Holy Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM. 

Bruce and his twin brother Bradley were born October 22, 1962, to James and Edna Prouse in Aberdeen, SD. Bruce and Brad completed the Prouse family of nine. The Prouse children were often described as “five kids and the twins.” He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. After graduating from Aberdeen Central High School, Bruce attended Augustana College where he earned a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics. Bruce next attended University of South Dakota School of Medicine, graduating as an MD in 1990. Bruce completed an Internal Medicine Internship at University of South Dakota Affiliated Hospital. He then went to University of Nebraska Medical Center to complete an Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. After practicing Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine for four years at Hannibal Clinic, Inc. in Hannibal, MO and University Physicians Clinic in Sioux Falls, SD, Bruce returned to training and completed a Pathology Residency at University of South Dakota School of Medicine followed by an Anatomical Pathology Fellowship at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. Since 2005, Dr. Prouse practiced as an AP/CP board certified pathologist with Physicians Laboratory and Avera McKennan Hospital. He was the Vice President and a partner of his pathology practice group, Physicians Laboratory. He was the Clinical Vice President of Avera Laboratory Service Line and served as a medical director to several laboratories including Avera Heart Hospital of SD, Avera Marshall Hospital, Avera Tyler Healthcare Center, Avera Granite Falls, and Avera Medical Group in Marshall.

Bruce married Diane Bottolfson on May 13, 1990, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, SD. Bruce joined the Catholic Church on Easter 1993 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Omaha, NE. Their daughters Mary and Anne were born in Omaha, NE, and Grace was born in Hannibal, MO. Since 1998, Bruce was an active member at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. 

Dr. Prouse had a love of learning, demonstrated by spending eleven years in residency and fellowship training. Bruce was a passionate lifelong learner, who continued studying medicine and exploring his many hobbies. In pursuit of his woodworking passion, Bruce designed and created one of his prized possessions, a handmade bent wood canoe. Bruce loved aviation and being a pilot. Listening to country music and attending concerts was also a favorite activity. Many memories were made traveling - the most memorable in May 2021, in Marco Island, FL. Surrounded by family and friends, Bruce proudly walked his eldest daughter down the aisle, gave a Father of the Bride speech, and enjoyed a father/daughter dance.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Dr. Diane Bottolfson of Sioux Falls, SD; their three daughters, Mary (Allen) Khayat of Arlington, VA, Anne Prouse and fiancĂ©, Nicolas Ageton of Sioux Falls, SD, and Grace Prouse of Dallas, TX; his mother, Edna Prouse of Aberdeen, SD; twin brother, Bradley Prouse of Hesperus, CO; brother, Dale (Nancy) Prouse of Morrison, CO; sisters, Diana Daly of Aberdeen, SD, Marcy (Stephen) Nordhus of Minnetonka, MN, and Nancy (Bernard) Hilla of Clearwater, MN; sister-in-law, Kathy Prouse of Aberdeen, SD; his mother-in-law, Mary Bottolfson of Vermillion, SD; sisters-in-law, Rhonda (Tom) Landy of Boynton Beach, FL and Julie (Cullen) Prasek of Watertown, SD; brother-in-law, Michael (Erica) Bottolfson of Vermillion, SD; along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives, colleagues, and many friends. 

Bruce was preceded in death by his father, James Prouse; brother, Ben Prouse; father-in-law, Leonard Bottolfson; and sister-in-law, Wendy Prouse.

Mooney M20M Bravo, N126SC: Incident occurred May 22, 2022 in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming

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

Aircraft landed gear up.  


Date:  22-MAY-22
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N126SC
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20M
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: THERMOPOLIS
State:  WYOMING

Cessna 140, N76075: Fatal accident occurred May 20, 2022 at Wayne Municipal Airport / Stan Morris Field (KLCG), Nebraska

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; Lincoln, Nebraska

Location: Wayne, Nebraska
Accident Number: ERA22FA233
Date and Time: May 20, 2022, 18:42 Local 
Registration: N76075
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Air race/show

On May 20, 2022, at 1842 central standard time, a Cessna 140 airplane, N76075, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near the Wayne Municipal Airport (LCG), Wayne, Nebraska. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to a representative with STOL Drag Events LLC., who was a participant organization in the 2022 Wayne County Mayday STOL Drag Races, the day before the accident the event began with short takeoff and landing drag racing (STOL Drag) training conducted on a course next to runway 5-23. The accident pilot had been signed off for competition at a prior STOL Drag event. On the day of the accident, additional STOL Drag training had been completed in the morning and qualifying STOL Drag races were planned for the afternoon. However, due to the northwest gusting winds, the qualifiers were postponed until the next day.

After the postponement decision was made, several of the competing pilots expressed a desire to perform traditional STOL (without any drag racing component) on the grass runway 31 given the favorable headwinds. A safety briefing was held with STOL Drag representatives, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, and pilots that planned to fly in the traditional STOL. A representative with STOL Drag informed the pilots that the flying was optional, and it was not a part of the formal competition. In order to limit pattern congestion, multiple groups of 5 airplanes were organized.

According to multiple witnesses and video/photographic evidence, the accident airplane was the last airplane within the group of 5 and two landings had been performed without incident. During the third approach with the accident airplane on final approach and following a Zenith STOL 701 also on final, the accident airplane descended and appeared to be lower than the airplane ahead. Subsequently, the pitch attitude increased, the airplane rolled to the right, and completed a 3/4 turn right spin and impacted terrain in a near vertical attitude, as shown in Figure 1 with the accident airplane circled in red.

The STOL Drag representative that coordinated the pattern operations over the radio reported that about 45 seconds prior to the accident, he stated over the radio to the accident pilot, “lower your nose you look slow.” About 15 seconds before the accident, he stated again to the accident pilot, “lower your nose.” There were no communications received from the accident pilot and none of the other pilots in the pattern were talking on the radio near the time of the accident.

The airplane came to rest about 1,600 ft from the runway 31 threshold and about 250 ft right of the extended centerline. The airplane’s primary surfaces remained intact, and the forward cowling and engine area was crushed aft into the cockpit. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit to all flight control surfaces. Fuel remained in both wings, there was no evidence of fire, and the fuel selector was found selected to the right tank. The throttle lever was found extended about 1 ¾ of an inch and had fractured. The carburetor heat lever was found OFF. The flap handle and latch sustained impact damage and could not be correlated to a specific flap setting. 

The airspeed indicator needle was found indicating about 57MPH and a rub mark at this speed was observed on the face of the instrument. The left seat lap belt was found belted. Shoulder harnesses were not installed.

The engine displayed varying degrees of impact damage and the propeller remained attached to its hub. When the propeller was rotated by hand, crankshaft and camshaft continuity, and thumb compression was confirmed. Both magnetos produced spark when rotated by an electric drill. The carburetor was found with fuel remaining in its bowl, which tested negative for water when water finding paste was applied. The mixture was safety wired to the full rich position. The carburetor heat baffle was found closed/ OFF.

About the time of the accident at the airport, an hourly observation reported that wind was from 290° at 15 knots, gusting to 21 knots, which was consistent with video that showed tall flags positioned at the runway threshold. The video showed that the gusting wind varied from about 290° to a direction nearly aligned with runway 31.

At the time of the accident, an airport and runway 31 closure Notice to Air Mission was in effect. An FAA Certificate of Waiver had been issued to STOL Drag Events LLC. from May 19-22 to conduct “Competition STOL Drag (Straight Line Air Race, (Non-Closed Course) at Wayne Municipal Airport, Wayne, NE. All racing will be below 100' AGL, within the defined limits of the course adjacent to Runway 05/23.”

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information 

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N76075
Model/Series: 140 
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: LCG,1424 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / 21 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.78 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wayne, NE
Destination: Wayne, NE

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 42.235994,-96.977827

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.

Cover The Funeral Cost For Thomas Dafoe


My name is Jake Ferreira.  I am the son in law of a former farmer, mechanic, pilot, father and forever husband. Tom died tragically Ding what he loved at the May Day STOL Aviation Drag races while performing a stall spin. Tom leaves behind a family of 5 sons 1 Daughter and a wife of 24 years. To me he was not only an amazing provider for his kin but an intelligent soul of all matters, the ask him anything and he has an answer type hard headed sure but smart and he loved me and his family with all of his being.
 
To help Toms wife and family cover the Cost of the funeral all donations will go towards giving Thomas a proper send off.
 
To keep the grieving process going smoothly we hope to be able to cover the cost of the funeral before June 5.
 
Thomas’ wife Rebecca Will be the one in charge of the final expenses and will be the one receiving any donations provided.
 
Anything anyone can help with is greatly appreciated.




Thomas Briden Dafoe
6/19/1977 - 5/20/2022



Thomas Briden Dafoe, 44, of Arbuckle, California, lost his life in a tragic accident during the MayDay STOL at Wayne Municipal-Stan Morris Field in Wayne, Nebraska, on Friday, May 20, 2022.

Tom was born to Irene (Hutton) Dafoe on June 19, 1977, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Tom is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and their five children: Mikaela (Jake) Ferreira, Zechariah, Briden, Caleb, and William. Other survivors are his mother, Irene; sister, Jaime (Greg) Bazar; brother, Richard; sister-in-law, Becky Dafoe; son-in-law, Jake Ferreira; granddaughter, Vivian Ferreira; and many loving uncles, aunts, and cousins. Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Dorothy Hutton and Thomas and Joyce Dafoe.

Tom is remembered as a God-fearing man, loving husband, father of five children, and passionate aviator who exuberated great enthusiasm for the general aviation community. As a sales director for jetAVIVA and a previous employee of Cessna Aircraft for 21 years, Tom had a successful career in general aviation and left his mark on the industry. His loss is felt across the industry and the general aviation community.

Tom was an adventurer. Raised as a farm boy in North Dakota, he had a deep connection with the soil and loved making things grow. Working the fields in the Red River Valley, watching hawks soar, and Grumman AgCat at work piqued his interest in aviation.

Although his collegiate studies began with classical piano performance studies, he redirected to aviation midway through his sophomore year. After learning to fly and earning his Airframe & Powerplant certificates, he went to work for Cessna Aircraft Co. where he spent 21 years at their Citation Service Centers, ultimately as General Manager of the Sacramento facility. Tom was best known for connecting with his customers, listening to their needs, and always seeking solutions that were in his clients' best interests.

Tom's first professional foray into sales was representing the Cessna brand of Utility Turboprops for Textron Aviation in Western North America. It took only one flight in the Grand Caravan EX to fall head over heels for this rugged plane.

Farming almonds with his wife in northern California kept Tom grounded. But when there was free time to be found, you could find Tom floatplane and tailwheel flying.

The memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 7th, at The Father’s House (church), 4800 Horse Creek Drive, Vacaville, CA 95688.

A gathering will be held following the memorial at Swabbie's on The River; 5871 Garden Highway, Sacramento, CA 95837.

In lieu of fresh flowers, you may donate a live rose plant to add to Tom’s rose gardens at Briden Wilson Farm
http://homegrownalmonds.com/donate) or to Mission Aviation Fellowship – designated in honor of Tom (https://give.maf.org/donate).







Aircraft crashed on landing during the MayDay STOL Drag aerial event under unknown circumstances. 

Date:  20-MAY-22
Time: 23:50:00Z
Regis#: N76075
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 140
Event Type:  ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 fatal
Pax: 0
Activity: AIR SHOW
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
City: WAYNE
State:  NEBRASKA

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N7348L: Incident occurred May 21, 2022 in Gakona, Alaska

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

Aircraft incurred a propeller strike on landing. 


Date:  21-MAY-22
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N7348L
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GAKONA
State:  ALASKA

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N37RF: Incident occurred May 23, 2022 at Durango-La Plata County Airport (KDRO), Colorado

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into safety area striking runway light. 


Date:  23-MAY-22
Time: 21:02:00Z
Regis#: N37RF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: A185
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DURANGO
State:  COLORADO

Piper PA-32-260, N85CT: Fatal accident occurred May 22, 2022 and Incident occurred April 16, 2016

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; Denver, Colorado
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 
Piper Aircraft;  Vero Beach, Florida 


Location: Broomfield, Colorado
Accident Number: CEN22FA208
Date and Time: May 22, 2022, 11:49 Local 
Registration: N85CT
Aircraft: Piper PA-32-260 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 22, 2022, about 1149 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-32-260, N85CT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Broomfield, Colorado. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) information obtained from a private source, the airplane departed Erie Municipal Airport (EIK) on Runway 15. About 3,000 ft from the departure end of the runway, the airplane made a left turn, descended, and impacted terrain.

Two experienced pilots that lived along the airplane’s flight path reported hearing abnormal engine noises. The first pilot, who was located about 800 ft before the departure end of Runway 15, observed the airplane fly past about 50 to 100 ft above ground level (agl). About 5 seconds later, he heard several popping noises.

The second pilot was located about 1,000 ft to the west of the accident site and reported hearing a “loud carburetor cough” followed a few seconds later by a “quieter carburetor cough”. Within 10 seconds, he heard the airplane impact the ground. A third witness located about 2,000 ft northeast of the accident site observed the airplane in a climb about 50 ft agl with a high nose attitude. The airplane subsequently turned left and descended. The witness did not observe the airplane impact the ground.

The airplane impacted a grassy area of a residential community. About 35 ft beyond the initial impact, six propeller strike marks spaced about 1 ft apart were located on a paved road. The airplane bounced and subsequently impacted a large tree about 100 ft from the propeller strike marks, which resulted in the engine/cockpit area separating from the remainder of the fuselage.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N85CT
Model/Series: PA-32-260 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KEIK,5132 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind 
Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4600 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Erie, CO (EIK)
Destination: Erie, CO (EIK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.996526,-105.04271

May 22, 2022:  Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances shortly after takeoff in a park. 

Date: 22-MAY-22
Time: 17:51:00Z
Regis#: N85CT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight: 1 fatal
Pax: 1 fatal 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: ERIE
State: COLORADO

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.

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

April 16, 2016:  Aircraft force landed on a dirt road. 

Monarch Sky LLC

Date:  16-APR-16
Time:  17:05:00Z
Regis#:  N85CT
Aircraft Make:  PIPER
Aircraft Model:  PA32
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  None
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
City:  HOLBROOK
State:  Arizona

Cessna 340, N47BP: Accident occurred May 23, 2022 at St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport (KPIE), Pinellas County, Florida

National Transportation Safety Board accident report number: ERA22LA250

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

Aircraft landed and went into the grass nose down at the end of the runway.  

Lakeside Aviation Inc


Date:  23-MAY-22
Time: 18:33:00Z
Regis#: N47BP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 340
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST PETERSBURG
State:  FLORIDA






ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — A twin-engine propeller plane ended up off the runway Monday afternoon at St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna was uninjured in the crash and walked away from the plane safely.

The crash happened around 2:45 p.m. when the plane's brakes failed upon landing. The plane then ran off the end of the runway and came to a stop on airport property by Stoneybrook Drive N, St. Pete-Clearwater officials said.

Russell Deberry was driving by when the plane came to a stop. He told ABC Action News that he ran to a nearby CVS to get a fire extinguisher because there was a fire underneath the plane. Deberry said he was worried the fire could get worse with the fuel spilled out.

"It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, Deberry said. "I had to make a decision if I was going to die...but I wasn’t going to watch the man burn alive."

Deberry said he and others helped the pilot out through the back of the plane. According to Deberry, the pilot was hugging and thanking those that came to help. Deberry said he was happy God put him at the scene to help the pilot.

The airfield was closed for a while but reopened to all traffic around 5:30 p.m.





CLEARWATER, Florida - Flights in and out of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport were at a standstill after a small plane crashed Monday afternoon, according to officials with the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was headed to KPIE to investigate the crash. 

Airport officials said the runway has reopened. Arriving flights were being diverted and departing flights that were on the taxiway were deplaned while airport officials worked on scene. 

Those flights were either delayed or being rescheduled.

The Cessna 340 that crashed was scheduled to land around 2:45 p.m. when its brakes failed.

Officials said the pilot, who was the only person onboard, veered left as the plane came down. Officials said the pilot was uninjured.

A fuel leak was reported after the plane crashed, the airport confirmed. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue said they responded to the plane crash and said there was no fire or hazardous debris in the area.  

Robinson R44 Raven II, N666U: Accident occurred May 23, 2022 at Boire Field Airport (KASH), Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

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; Portland, Maine

DM Aviation Services LLC


Location: Nashua, New Hampshire
Accident Number: ERA22LA236
Date and Time: May 23, 2022, 15:04 UTC
Registration: N666U
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N666U
Model/Series: R44 II 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
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: ASH,200 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Nashua, NH 
Destination: Nashua, NH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.782397,-71.520674 (est)

Rotorcraft was hovering on ramp and experienced a dynamic rollover. 

Date: 23-MAY-22
Time: 15:04:00Z
Regis#: N666U
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type:  ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: NASHUA
State: NEW HAMPSHIRE




NASHUA, New Hampshire —  A helicopter is bent and broken after crashing Monday morning at Nashua Airport in New Hampshire.

Minor injuries were reported in the crash, which involved a Robinson R44 Raven II at approximately 11 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash occurred during takeoff.

Two people were onboard at the time of the crash.

The helicopter came to rest on its side, with apparent damage to the fuselage and rotor.

In the FAA's database, the helicopter's registration number matches with Maine-based DM Aviation Services, LLC.

Bellanca 17-31A Super Viking, N14746: Incident occurred May 20, 2022 at Sulphur Municipal Airport (F30), Hopkins County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aircraft landed gear up.  


Date:  20-MAY-22
Time: 21:02:00Z
Regis#: N14746
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 17-31A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SULPHUR
State:  OKLAHOMA

Cessna 170B, N2692D: Accident occurred May 21, 2022 at Big Lake Airport (PAGQ), 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; Anchorage, Alaska


Location: Big Lake, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA034
Date and Time: May 20, 2022, 17:30 Local 
Registration: N2692D
Aircraft: Cessna 170B 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N2692D
Model/Series: 170B 
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: PAWS,354 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Big Lake, AK
Destination: Big Lake, AK (PAGQ)

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: 61.569515,-149.85473 

Aircraft exited runway and went into a swampy area. 

Date: 21-MAY-22
Time: 00:57:00Z
Regis#: N2692D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 170
Event Type:  ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BIG LAKE
State: ALASKA