Friday, June 10, 2022

Sawtooth Valley, Idaho: Ranch owner Michael Boren sues county commissioner, others in defamation lawsuit; suit asks for court ruling to quash “falsehoods” about airstrip




A year after Custer County officials approved a conditional-use permit application from Boise businessman Michael Boren—officially recognizing a portion of his Stanley-area ranch as a private airstrip—Boren has sued four individuals, including Blaine County Commissioner Dick Fosbury, for defamation.

Boren, 59—the cofounder of billion-dollar tech company Clearwater Analytics—filed the suit last month to correct several “falsehoods” that he says Fosbury and others spread to the media and general public about his landing strip on Hell Roaring Ranch, a 480-acre cattle ranch located within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

The ranch sits on a scenic easement on the west side of state Highway 75, about 15 miles south of Stanley. It includes a $1.1 million private aircraft hangar, according to a report from ICF Builder Magazine.

In his suit, Boren alleges that Fosbury led a "coordinated" smear campaign that spread misinformation to the media and public, threatening both Boren's reputation and property rights.

According to Boren's complaint and demand for jury trial—which he filed in 7th District Court on May 23 through his attorney, Thomas Banducci—Fosbury used his authority as a commissioner, "along with Blaine County resources,”  to hold "closed-door meetings" with U.S. Forest Service representatives with the end goal of thwarting the airstrip approval. The suit states that Fosbury also defamed Boren in an email dated May 1, 2021, in which Fosbury allegedly wrote to an Army Corps of Engineers representative that Boren “had lied" and misrepresented previous construction activity on his pasture as irrigation improvements, not airstrip construction.

Custer County resident Gary Gadwa and Ketchum resident Sarah Michael are also listed as defendants in Boren's suit because they actively participated in the "opposition campaign" led by Fosbury, the suit says. Jon Conti, a Boise filmmaker, is named as a fourth defendant for creating a since-deleted YouTube video earlier this year entitled “The Billionaire Building a Private Airport in the Sawtooths,” in which he allegedly referred to Boren as an ‘a--hole’ who "lies, because that’s who he is.”

Boren is also suing a group of 20 unnamed defendants listed as “[John or Jane] Does 1-20" for their role in participating in an opposition group called "Advocates for the Sawtooth NRA," which was led by Michael and supported by the Blaine County Commissioners, according to the lawsuit. The group claimed in a written appeal that Boren had violated FAA regulations, that his fuel storage tank violated the Clean Water Act, that he violated the Endangered Species Act, that he failed to obtain proper permitting for his septic system and that he had lied about airstrip construction, the suit states.

The appeal, filed in June of 2021, was overturned by the Custer County Commission last summer.

According to his 21-page complaint, Boren is seeking a declaratory judgment from Judge Stevan Thompson that statements made by the defendants are defamatory and therefore not protected by the First Amendment. Those statements include claims that Boren needed Custer County or Forest Service permission to land his aircraft; that he had been unlawfully landing his aircraft on his pasture for years and “lied” to authorities about the use; and that he intentionally misled government officials into believing that he was building an irrigation system on his pasture in order to keep his “airport” secret.

The latter accusation was essentially an "assertion that Boren had committed a federal felony—lying to a federal official—and a state misdemeanor,” Banducci wrote.

“Fosbury, Michael and the opposition group intentionally disseminated these defamatory statements concerning Boren knowing they would harm Boren’s reputation, subject him to ridicule and anger from the community and jeopardize Boren’s continued use of his pasture as a landing area for his aircraft,” the lawsuit states. “Fosbury, Michael and the opposition group made these defamatory statements so they could characterize Boren as a brazen violator of state and federal law and thereby motivate the U.S. Forest Service to take action against him.

"Defendants have ignored Boren’s overtures at resolving his differences with defendants and defendants continue to expand upon and spread these malicious falsehoods to anyone who will listen ... As a consequence, Boren and his family have received death threats and have become the subjects of ridicule within the community and state."

Boren has also requested a jury trial to recover damages “equal to the amounts” that he has expended in attempting to preserve his reputation, “as well as general damages in an amount to be proved at trial."

“Left with no options, Boren has resolved to repair his reputation in the courts," Banducci wrote.

Boren doubles down on previous claims

Since last spring, Boren has asserted that he has a right through Idaho’s Right to Farm Act to use his landing strip for agricultural purposes and that his opponents have no proof that his helicopter use was for other than agricultural purposes. He has also repeatedly stressed that the pasture on his property could be useful in emergency circumstances for ailing planes or air ambulance landings. 

Over a year ago—on May 6, 2021—the Custer County Planning and Zoning commissioners approved Boren’s permit for his private airstrip under the condition that it would be used for “limited” personal and emergency flights and would not expand in the future. The Custer County Commissioners later upheld that decision in a 3-0 vote in August.

At earlier P&Z meetings at the Challis Community Event Center and in written comments, airstrip critics, including the Blaine County commissioners, argued that planes flying in and out would disrupt the natural environment of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. At one such meeting in April 2021, Boren told commissioners and the crowd that his intent was simply to register his landing strip for non-public emergency use with the Federal Aviation Administration.

“It would be open to somebody who lost an engine or had a serious problem in the air [and] to emergency medical services,” he said at the time.

Boren also refuted claims made in letters to the commission that his pasture landing area was a built-out “airport” and said that he needed his aircraft—a Eurocopter AS350 “Squirrel” helicopter, according to its N-number—to oversee ranch operations.

“We didn’t build an airport. You’ve probably heard in a lot of letters that we built a big airport. We didn’t build an airport. We land in an irrigated pasture,” Boren said at the meeting, adding that he was “fully aware that people can have a ranch, and do a really good job with it, without having to use aircraft.

“But I’m not one of those people. The way I do [ranching], I need [the helicopter],” he said.

According to flight-tracking site FlightAware, the landing area on Boren's property—listed as “ID39” “Hell Roaring Ranch Airport”—was used for a round-trip between Hailey and Hell Roaring Ranch on June 2. 

Op-ed, livestream targeted in lawsuit

According to the lawsuit, Boren is also suing Gadwa, the commander of Sawtooth Search and Rescue and former president of the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical association, for his role in the opposition group. 

In August 2021, Gadwa wrote in an opinion piece published in the Idaho Falls Post Register that Boren had lied to regulators about fixing irrigation on his pasture “when it was obvious that he had graded an airstrip.”

The piece, “Speak Up to Save Sawtooths from Illegal Airport"—co-authored by Backwood Mountain Sports owner Andy Munter and Rocky Mountain Hardware owner Patsy Nickum—also claimed that the airstrip was illegal.

“Michael Boren, a multi-millionaire from Boise, is illegally operating an airport in the Sawtooth Valley without permits. Under Custer County Code, an airstrip is defined as an airport,” they wrote. "Not only is he out of compliance with his scenic easement, but he also neglected to register with the Federal Aviation Administration 90 days before beginning construction of a private airstrip. He failed to meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act for 2,000 gallons of fuel stored in proximity to the Salmon River, and never filed a notice of intent or underwent evaluation and proper mitigation necessary before bulldozing potential wetlands."

Gadwa also noted in the piece that public airports are located in Stanley to the north and Smiley Creek, within 15 miles of Boren’s property, and Boren's landing strip had little benefit to the public. 

“Air ambulance helicopters can land just about anywhere … arguments that [the airstrip] is needed for public safety are moot,” the piece stated.

Boren is partly suing Conti for defamation over comments made during a livestream of his YouTube video, according to the lawsuit.

“In advance of his presentation, Conti promised his viewers that their ‘blood [would] boil’ upon hearing what Conti had to say about the ‘billionaire a--hole’ who had ‘illegally’ constructed an airport on his ranch property. Conti also advertised the presentation with a picture of Boren with the word ‘hole’ in bold red letters and a bold red arrow pointing at Boren," Banducci stated. 

The suit further claims that Conti also falsely stated in his video that Boren had flown his helicopter "illegally" and "intimidated" construction workers who were building a public Forest Service trail.

(Boren made headlines in 2020 in an unrelated incident, when he allegedly hared crews building on his brother David Boren's property—the nearby Sawtooth Mountain Ranch—by hovering in his helicopter close to the ground. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Boren, but later withdrew that motion.)

Boren "graciously" invited Conti to his airstrip "to get the other side of the story," the lawsuit continues, but Conti refused "and threatened ... that if Boren did not pay him $100,000, Conti would continue to circulate the defamatory YouTube presentation."

“This, perhaps more than anything else, demonstrates Conti’s malice," Banducci stated. 



Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 3-200, N731E: Accident occurred June 07, 2022 at Chisana Airport (CZN), Alaska

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: ANC22LA042 

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

Aircraft on landing and nosewheel collapsed backward into the under body.  

Alaskan Air Charter LLC


Date: 08-JUN-22
Time: 07:00:00Z
Regis#: N731E
Aircraft Make: SHORT BROS
Aircraft Model: SC7 SERIES 3
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CHISANA
State: ALASKA

Cessna 182R Skylane, N9209H: Accident occurred June 08, 2022 at Elmendorf Air Force Base (PAED), Anchorage, 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

United States Air Force


Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA044
Date and Time: June 8, 2022, 21:35 Local
Registration: N9209H
Aircraft: Cessna 182R
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9209H
Model/Series: 182R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAED 
Observation Time: 21:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0.5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.62 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Talkeetna, AK (PATK) 
Destination: Anchorage, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 61.250719,-149.82003

Aircraft made a rough landing at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 05:30:00Z
Regis#: N9209H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

HpH Glasfl├╝gel 304MS Shark, N249SD: Fatal accident occurred June 09, 2022 near Rifle-Garfield County Airport (KRIL), Colorado

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


Location: Rifle, Colorado  Accident Number: CEN22FA240
Date and Time: June 9, 2022, 17:35 Local
Registration: N249SD
Aircraft: HPH SPOL SRO GLASFLUGEL 304 MS
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 9, 2022, at 1737 mountain daylight time, a HPH SPOL SRO Glasflugel 304MS powered glider, N249SD, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at the Rifle Garfield County Airport (RIL), Garfield, Coloroado. The pilot was fatally injured. The glider was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations(CFR)Part 91 personal flight.

According to ADS-B flight tracking the flight originated about 1200 mdt from RIL. The glider proceeded in a generally westward direction for about 160 miles before turning back eastward. At 1712, the glider was about 45 miles north of RIL at 14,300 ft msl, where it turned to the south toward RIL. At 1735, the glider was about 2 miles west of RIL 7,600 ft msl, and began a left turn onto a downwind traffic pattern leg for runway 26. The published field elevation for RIL was 5337 ft msl. When the glider was on the downwind leg, about abeam the midfield location, it began descending rapidly. The descent rate during the last 47 seconds of the flight was calculated to be in excess of 1,600 ft/min.

The RIL airport was an uncontrolled airport and communications were conducted on a common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). CTAF at RIL was recorded and copies of the communications were provided for the investigation. On the recording, the pilot of the accident glider reported “heavy sink going for left downwind two six”. There was no time index on the CTAF recording provided.

A video surveillance recording from RIL captured the accident. The camera was positioned about 1,000 ft east and 400 ft north of the runway 26 approach threshold. The camera was positioned to capture the approach end of runway 26 with the center of the view oriented about 150 degrees magnetic. In the video the glider can be seen descending in a left wing low attitude and striking the ground at time index 1737:49. During this portion of the flight, the glider appears to be travelling in a northeasterly direction consistent with the ADS-B track data. About the time the glider is descending, a dust cloud appears in the background travelling in the same direction as the glider, consistent with a strong tailwind. The surveillance video provided showed virga forming in the clouds above the airport about 12 minutes after the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HPH SPOL SRO 
Registration: N249SD
Model/Series: GLASFLUGEL 304 MS 
Aircraft Category: Glider
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: KRIL,5525 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / 16 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Rifle, CO 
Destination: Rifle, CO

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: 39.526607,-107.72798

Powered glider crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 23:35:00Z
Regis#: N249SD
Aircraft Make: HPH SPOL SRO
Aircraft Model: GLASFLUGEL 304 MS
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 fatal
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: RIFLE
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.





RIFLE, Colorado - On Thursday of last week, a powered glider aircraft crashed at the Rifle Garfield County Airport, killing its only occupant. The victim, a 73-year-old man named Shmuel Dimentstein, was pronounced dead shortly after. The crash was witnessed by another pilot nearby. The cause of death has been determined as blunt force injuries, and the manner of death is being investigated as an accident.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado  – On June 9, 2022 shortly after 5:00 PM the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash at the Rifle/Garfield County Airport. The crash involved a glider and resulted in the death of the male pilot.

Information on the pilot will be released by the Garfield County Coroner following his investigation and notification of next of kin.

Following standard procedure, the cause of the crash will be investigated by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). The scene was secured and all Sheriff Personnel cleared the area by 9:00 PM.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank CRFR (Colorado River Fire Rescue) for their prompt response as well as Administrative personnel from the Garfield County Airport who were at the scene following the incident.

No additional information will be released.

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N831KS: Accident occurred June 08, 2022 at Salina Regional Airport (KSLN), Saline County, Kansas

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; Wichita, Kansas

Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus


Location: Salina, Kansas
Accident Number: CEN22LA244
Date and Time: June 8, 2022, 21:42 Local 
Registration: N831KS
Aircraft: Cessna 172S 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N831KS
Model/Series: 172S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSLN,1263 ft msl 
Observation Time: 21:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Salina, KS (SLN) 
Destination: Salina, KS (SLN)

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: 38.790611,-97.652222 (est)

Aircraft landed hard resulting in a propeller strike. 

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 02:42:00Z
Regis#: N831KS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SALINA
State: KANSAS

Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga II HP, N416TS: Accident occurred June 09, 2022 in Olla, La Salle Parish, Louisiana

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

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Location: Olla, Louisiana
Accident Number: CEN22LA247
Date and Time: June 9, 2022, 16:05 Local 
Registration: N416TS
Aircraft: Piper PA-32R-301 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 9, 2022, about 1605 central standard time a Piper PA32R-301 airplane N416TS was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Olla, Louisiana. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot was flying visual flight rules (VFR) from Union Parish Airport (F87), Farmerville, Louisiana, to Houma, Louisiana. He was provided VFR flight following service from Air Traffic Control (ATC). He reported to ATC that he had a loss of engine oil pressure near Olla, Louisiana. While maneuvering toward Olla Municipal Airport (L47), he could not maintain altitude and elected to execute a forced
landing into a field, about 7.5 miles east of L47. Upon landing the airplane sustained damage to the right wing and forward section of the fuselage.

The airplane wreckage was transported to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N416TS
Model/Series: PA-32R-301 
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: KMLU, 73 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:32 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 67 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg 
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: 31.5336,-92.66 (est)

Aircraft crashed in a field. 

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 21:05:00Z
Regis#: N416TS
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: OLLA
State: LOUISIANA

Cessna 150J, N51337: Incident occurred June 09, 2022 at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (KBTR), East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aircraft landed and veered off runway. 


Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N51337
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BATON ROUGE
State: LOUISIANA

Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II, N837ND: Incident occurred June 10, 2022 at Crookston Municipal Airport (KCKN), Polk County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft aborted takeoff and veered off runway striking a runway light. 

UND Aerospace Foundation


Date: 10-JUN-22
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N837ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: FAR 141 PILOT SCHOOL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
City: CROOKSTON
State: MINNESOTA

Embraer ERJ-175LR, N80343: Incident occurred June 09, 2022 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT), North Carolina

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

Aircraft struck a bird and post flight inspection revealed damage to the nose cone. 

United Express

Mesa Airlines Inc


Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 22:25:00Z
Regis#: N80343
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ 170-200 LR
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: MESA AIRLINES
Flight Number: ASH6022
City: CHARLOTTE
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Stinson 108 Voyager, N8619K: Incident occurred June 09, 2022 at Bismarck Municipal Airport (KBIS), Burleigh County, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft landed and ground looped striking a taxiway light. 

VR Jet LLC


Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 20:50:00Z
Regis#: N8619K
Aircraft Make: STINSON
Aircraft Model: 108
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BISMARCK
State: NORTH DAKOTA

Cub Crafters CCX-2000, N920F: Incident occurred June 09, 2022 in Hermiston, Umatilla County, Oregon

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

Aircraft made an emergency landing. 

MTMC LLC


Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N920F
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: CUB
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: HERMISTON
State: OREGON

Piper PA-28-140, N3798K: Accident occurred June 09, 2022 at New Braunfels National Airport (KBAZ), Guadalupe 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA239
Date and Time: June 9, 2022, 13:06 Local
Registration: N3798K
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3798K
Model/Series: PA-28-140 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.345,-2.593333

Aircraft landed hard, went off the end of the runway and gear collapsed. 

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 18:06:00Z
Regis#: N3798K
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEW BRAUNFELS
State: TEXAS

Boeing 737-700, N429WN: Incident occurred June 09, 2022 at San Antonio International Airport (KSAT), Texas

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

Aircraft struck a bird on final damaging nose gear. 

Southwest Airlines Co


Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 22:47:00Z
Regis#: N429WN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUITHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SWA182
City: SAN ANTONIO
State: TEXAS

AMD CH 2000 Alarus, N364AM: Accident occurred June 09, 2022 at Gladewater Municipal Airport (07F), 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

Joint Flight LLC


Location: Gladewater, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA242
Date and Time: June 9, 2022, 13:50 Local
Registration: N364AM
Aircraft: AMD CH2000
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AMD
Registration: N364AM
Model/Series: CH2000
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: KJXI,415 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Gladewater, TX
Destination: Gladewater, TX

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: 32.528833,-94.97175 (est)

Aircraft porpoised on landing and crashed on the side of the runway. 

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 18:50:00Z
Regis#: N364AM
Aircraft Make: AIRCRAFT MFG & DEVELOPMENT
Aircraft Model: CH 2000
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GLADEWATER
State: TEXAS

Rans S-21 Outbound, N46JH: Accident occurred June 09, 2022 near West Desert Airpark (UT9), Fairfield, Utah County, Utah

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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah
Rotax-Rotech Flight Safety

Location: Fairfield, Utah
Accident Number: WPR22LA211
Date and Time: June 9, 2022, 10:45 Local
Registration: N46JH
Aircraft: RANS S21 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 9, 2022, about 1045 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Rans Designs S-21 airplane, N46JH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fairfield, Utah. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the accident flight was a test flight following recent maintenance. A turbocharger air duct elbow, new fuel pumps, and fuel filters were installed on the airplane. A ground run-up was conducted, and all systems including fuel pressure, were normal. During the takeoff, about 150 ft above ground level, the pilot experienced a decrease in power. He maneuvered the airplane and landed hard on airport property during the forced landing. The left landing gear strut collapsed, and the left elevator and forward fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The wreckage was relocated to a secured facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RANS
Registration: N46JH
Model/Series: S21
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: KPVU,4497 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 20000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fairfield, UT
Destination: Fairfield, UT

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: 40.244113,-112.08891 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed hard east of the runway.  

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N46JH
Aircraft Make: RANS
Aircraft Model: S-21
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: FAIRFIELD
State: UTAH

Socata MS Ralleye 235C, N40KH: Incident occurred June 09, 2022 at Yakima Air Terminal (KYKM), Yakima County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aircraft on landing and tipped on nose.  


Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 18:12:00Z
Regis#: N40KH
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: MS RALLYE 235C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: YAKIMA
State: WASHINGTON

Cessna 182E Skylane, N3237Y: Incident occurred June 09, 2022 at Stehekin State Airport (6S9), Chelan County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aircraft incurred a propeller strike. 

Copper Mountain Assets


Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 19:37:00Z
Regis#: N3237Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: STEHEKIN
State: WASHINGTON