Friday, July 29, 2022

Sonex, N1557S: Accident occurred July 29, 2022 in River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Report Number: CEN22LA353 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Aircraft experienced engine issues, crashed near a highway and ended up in a ditch.


Date: 29-JUL-22
Time: 11:52:00Z
Regis#: N1557S
Aircraft Make: SONEX
Aircraft Model: SONEX
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: PRESCOTT
State: WISCONSIN

    


TOWN OF OAK GROVE (Pierce County), Wisconsin (WEAU) - One person is hurt after an aircraft crash in Pierce County near Prescott Friday.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said a 69-year-old man from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. was piloting a Sonex experimental aircraft when it lost power and crashed at 6:52 a.m. Friday on Highway 35 near County Highway E, or roughly halfway between Prescott and Ellsworth.

The Sheriff’s Office said the man attempted to make an emergency landing on Highway 35, but his aircraft struck multiple road signs. The aircraft skidded across the highway and stopped in the west ditch. The pilot was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Prescott Fire Department, Allina Medical Services and the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA is investigating the crash.

Experimental aircraft are licensed by the FAA and certificates are granted in particular to aircraft that are built without the supervision and quality control of the producer of the aircraft, according to the FAA.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said Highway 35 was closed for about four hours due to the crash.


At about 6:52 a.m. on Friday, July 29, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a plane crash on State Highway 35 and County Road E in Pierce County.

It was determined that Steven Hulse, 69 from Inver Grove Heights, was operating a Sonex experimental aircraft when he lost engine power. Hulse attempted to make an emergency landing on State Highway 35 and County Road E when his airplane struck multiple road signs.

The aircraft skidded across Highway 35 and came to rest in the west ditch.

Hulse was transported from the scene by Allina Medical Service to Regions hospital in Saint Paul with undetermined injuries.

Assisting the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office on scene was the Prescott Fire Department, Allina Medical Services and the Federal Aviation Administration.

This accident is still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Mooney M-20C, N21007: Incident occurred July 27, 2022 at Farmington Regional Airport (KFAM), St. Francois County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing.  

Johnson Technical Consulting Inc


Date: 27-JUL-22
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N21007
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FARMINGTON
State: MISSOURI

CASA C-212-200 Aviocar, N497CA: Fatal accident occurred July 29, 2022 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (KRDU), Morrisville, Wake County, North Carolina

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. 

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Spencer, Lynn

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Spore Ltd LLC


Location: Raeford, North Carolina 
Accident Number: ERA22LA348
Date and Time: July 29, 2022, 14:04 Local 
Registration: N497CA
Aircraft: C A S A 212 
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Skydiving

On July 29, 2022, about 1404 eastern daylight time, a Casa 212-200, N497CA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Raeford, North Carolina. The pilot-in-command was not injured, and the second-in-command sustained fatal injuries during the subsequent diversion to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Durham, North Carolina. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 skydiving flight.

The pilot-in-command (PIC) reported that they flew two skydiving runs then descended to the Raeford West Airport (NR20), Raeford, North Carolina, to pick up a third group of skydivers. The second-in-command (SIC) was flying the approach to NR20 and was “on heading, altitude and airspeed” until the airplane descended below the tree line and “dropped.” Both pilots called for a go-around maneuver, which the SIC initiated; however, before the SIC could arrest the airplane’s sink rate and initiate a climb, the right main landing gear (RMLG) impacted the runway surface. The PIC assumed the flight controls upon the airplane reaching 400 ft agl, then flew a low approach over NR20 to have airfield personnel verify damage. The personnel subsequently called the PIC to let him know that they recovered the fractured RMLG on the runway. The PIC directed the SIC to declare an emergency and request a diversion to RDU for landing.

While enroute to RDU, the crew coordinated with air traffic control, operations, and their customer, and planned their approach and landing at RDU, with the SIC responsible for communicating with air traffic control while the PIC flew the airplane. The PIC reported that there was moderate turbulence during the flight, and that about 20 minutes into the diversion to RDU, after conducting approach and emergency briefings, the SIC became visibly upset about the hard landing. Review of preliminary air traffic control radio communication information from the Federal Aviation Administration indicated that the SIC had been communicating with air traffic control up to that point in the flight. In his final transmission, the SIC acknowledged a course heading from air traffic control. The PIC described that about this time the SIC opened his side cockpit window, and “may have gotten sick.” The PIC took over radio communications, and the SIC lowered the ramp in the back of the airplane, indicating that felt like he was going to be sick and needed air. The PIC stated that the SIC then got up from his seat, removed his headset, apologized, and departed the airplane via the aft ramp door. The PIC stated that there was a bar one could grab about 6 ft above the ramp; however, he did not witness the SIC grab the bar before exiting the airplane. The PIC then turned the airplane to the right to search for the SIC. In a radio transmission to air traffic control about 1 ½ minutes after the SIC’s radio acknowledgement of the course heading, the PIC notified air traffic control that his copilot had departed the airplane without a parachute. The PIC proceeded on course to RDU, where he performed a low-approach and then emergency landing. Upon landing, the airplane departed the right side of the runway and came to rest upright in the grass.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the RMLG, landing gear fittings, and the airframe structure where the fittings attach.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: C A S A 
Registration: N497CA
Model/Series: 212 200 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: 3RAA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HFF,376 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C /25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4200 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Raeford, NC 
Destination: Raeford, NC

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.030556,-79.236667 (est)

Aircraft landed hard and lost tire, Fuquay-Varina, Wake County, North Carolina.

Date: 29-JUL-22
Time: 20:29:00Z
Regis#: N497CA
Aircraft Make: C A S A
Aircraft Model: CN 212-200
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FUQUAY-VARINA
State: NORTH CAROLINA

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. 


CHARLES HEW DALRYMPLE CROOKS
August 15, 1998 - July 29, 2022
~


Born in Lima, Peru on August 15, 1998. Died in a flying accident on July 29, 2022, in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, Charlie attended Osborn Hill Elementary School and Roger Ludlowe Middle School. After completing his freshman year at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, he made the brave journey across the continent to Mill Bay, British Columbia to complete his high school education at Brentwood College School, his father's alma mater. He was admitted to Bucknell University, graduating in May 2020 with a BA in Political Science.

Charlie had numerous interests and talents. Several weeks each summer were spent at his grandparents' cottage on Gloucester Pool, where he honed his unique swimming style of bobbing with chin partially submerged. While he loved the water, Charlie lacked the necessary buoyancy to pursue swimming as a sport. Instead, he had the great fortune to meet Master KJ Ha of World Champion Tae Kwan Do in Fairfield. Through many years of dedication on the part of both master and student, Charlie was proud to achieve his second-degree black belt.

Leaving home for boarding school required a leap of faith, but Brentwood provided the environment in which Charlie truly began to excel academically, physically, artistically, and socially. He joined the cross country running club and was proud after much dedication to move "from the shame of being stuck in the slow group to feeling confident as a solid member of the medium-slow group." He tried his hand at rowing, competed on the debate team, and perhaps most importantly learned from his band of brothers in Rogers House to give and receive true friendship and to have confidence in his unique gifts. His time at Brentwood culminated in the ultimate honor of being elected by his classmates to give the valedictorian speech for the class of 2016. Delivered with his trademark combination of self-deprecation and sly wit, his final moments at Brentwood were spent walking from the stage wearing a giant smile, to an explosion of cheers and a standing ovation. At Bucknell, Charlie joined the Bison Battalion, Bucknell's chapter of ROTC, completed Basic Camp at Fort Knox, founded the Bucknell chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, competed on the ski team, and discovered a gift for art and sculpture.

Aviation was Charlie's overriding passion practically from birth. He read every flight book he could get his hands on and was known occasionally to wear one on his head for transcranial absorption of knowledge. As a young teenager, he built an actual flight simulator and developed a love for flying remote control planes, but the real fun began when he took his first flying lessons at Three Wing Aviation in Stratford, CT. He continued his training throughout college in Williamsport, PA, soloing in August of 2017. Facing a complete lack of demand for pilots during the early phase of the pandemic, Charlie doggedly, yet cheerfully, pursued his dream of becoming a professional pilot, earning various advanced ratings and qualifying as a Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor before landing a job in May 2021 as a flight instructor at Flightgest Academy at the Raleigh-Durham Airport. He was greatly admired by his students and colleagues for his teaching style. His celebrated whiteboard drawings made even the most complex concepts both humorous and easy to understand; many have been photographed and preserved by his fellow instructors. In April 2022, Charlie accepted his dream job as a First Officer with Rampart Aviation, a specialist contractor primarily conducting support operations for the Department of Defense. He was very proud of the company and pleased to announce to his family that he had earned the nickname "Tuna," signaling his full acceptance as part of the Rampart team. When not on the job, Charlie fused his love for art, technology, and aviation, producing custom designed, 3-D printed components that he shipped to other flight simulator enthusiasts around the world.

The resume of Charlie's life could never fully describe the legacy he leaves. He was guided always by a strong moral compass; a fierce love for and loyalty to his family and friends; and a heart that was open and forgiving. He gave everyone a chance. His sense of humor was legendary – the far side of The Far Side. As a boy, he insisted on being the Batmobile in proud and practical support of his younger brother's and sister's Batman and Robin for Halloween. Charlie reveled in the eclectic, with a taste in music that ranged from bossa nova to King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard. Without guile or affectation, he nonetheless enjoyed putting on a suit for wine night with friends, sometimes with trademark aviator glasses and empty pipe, an inside joke. This spring he used his new regular paycheck to purchase a reliably unreliable 1978 Fiat convertible. He spent many hours and more than a few dollars trying to keep the car roadworthy while avoiding tetanus.

There was so much joy. Earlier this year he posted an update to friends on Instagram that began "Long time, no life updates so here's the recap," and ended with "This has been a very eventful year, and while there have been challenges, I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life and I wouldn't trade places with anyone in the world." Charlie's wonderful friends in Chapel Hill, aka The Terrace Club, were central to his sense of fulfillment and belonging. Only days before his death, Charlie shared with his parents that he was exactly where he wanted to be doing exactly what he wanted to do. Not many get the chance to live that way.

Charlie is survived by his parents Hew and Kate, brother Crawford (22), his sister Mary (20) of Fairfield, CT, his maternal grandmother Mary Zipser of Savannah, GA and his paternal grandparents Art and Mary Jane Crooks of Lethbridge, Alberta, his aunts Melissa Zipser Murray, Claire Crooks Goodall (George), and uncle Morgan Crooks (Aimee), first cousins Katherine and Elizabeth Murray, Finn, Sydney, Grady, and Tilly Goodall, Riley and Andrew Crooks.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 13th at 11 am at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport, CT. A reception will be held in Branson Hall in the church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the charity Above the Clouds (abovethecloudskids.org).





Charles Hew Crooks
~

July 4th, 2022:  Charles Crooks (second from right)
~  



RALEIGH, North Carolina (WNCN) — CBS 17 is learning more about the events surrounding a death linked to an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Friday afternoon.

Officials said before the plane landed a man jumped or fell out of a plane without a parachute and died.

That man was identified as 23-year-old Charles Crooks. CBS 17 contacted his father, who shared photos of Crooks.

One included a photo of Crooks flying the exact same model of plane involved in the incident Friday at RDU.

The father told CBS 17 that his son was “very serious” and an experienced, professional commercial pilot.

First responders found Crooks’ body in the Sonoma Springs neighborhood in Fuquay-Varina.

Crooks or the pilot told air traffic control they lost the right wheel of the aircraft as they tried to make their first landing attempt at an airport near Raeford.

They then decided to try to land at RDU.

Hew Crooks, Charles Crooks’ father, said the last time the family visited with his son was when he came up to the family home in Fairfield, Connecticut for the July Fourth holiday weekend.

In addition to currently working as a pilot for Rampart Aviation, Crooks was a flight instructor for a company based at RDU for a year.

Crooks also had an FAA rating to fly the CASA C-212 Aviocar, which was the cargo plane involved in the incident.

Hew Crooks shared of photo of his son flying a CASA C-212 Aviocar, which he said was among a fleet of such aircraft operated by the company Rampart Aviation.

The investigation has shocked and impacted the Fuquay-Varina neighborhood.

“I think that it’s a little traumatic and they were just surprised that it happened so close to home. To my understanding the man was found deep in some foliage in the backyard so the police had to go in deep to find him,” said Barbara Krolak, who lives in the Sonoma Springs neighborhood.

With part of the landing gear missing, the plane skidded off an RDU runway during landing and ended up in grass nearby.

The plane initially had two people on board — Crooks, and the pilot who was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The FAA and the NTSB are working together and are currently assessing damage on the plane and investigating the case.


Charles Hew Crooks

Charles Hew Crooks
Pilot, Second in Command
Rampart Aviation LLC
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
~
"I'm a proud alumnus of Bucknell University, Class of 2020, with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. I hold a commercial pilot's license with single and multi-engine ratings along with tailwheel and high-performance endorsements. I'm a certified flight instructor and currently work as a pilot for Rampart Aviation, a defense contractor airlift operation."




FUQUAY-VARINA, North Carolina — Charles Hew Crooks had been working for years toward the moment he could become a professional pilot in Raleigh. It was a feat, according to his father, Hew Crooks, who spoke with WRAL News on Saturday morning.

"He pursued his private pilot license while he was in college. I think he got that when he was a sophomore," his father Hew Crooks said. "And then after he graduated during the pandemic, he took advantage at that time even though pilots were all furloughed and things, and he got his instrument rating, his multi-engine rating, his night rating, his commercial rating, high-performance rating, like everything you possibly could have."

His father Hew Crooks said flying was a dream his firstborn son had his entire life, and he was proud that his son had made it a reality.

"He said a couple weeks ago, he wouldn't trade places with anybody in the world. He loved where he was," Hew Crooks said.

On Friday afternoon, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport received a report that a plane made an emergency landing on their runway. The plane was a small 10-person plane. Charles Hew Crooks, the co-pilot, was on the plane when it took off but not when it landed.

"I can't imagine what happened," his father said. "We’ll figure it out, I suppose."

Charles Hew Crooks' body was found in the backyard of a Fuquay-Varina resident. He did not survive the fall from the plane.

The other pilot of the plane safely was able to land the plane and only suffered from minor injuries. Officials said he was released from a local hospital on Friday evening.

"We’re a strong family and we’re a very loving family. But this, it leaves a hole," his father said. "I don't know. We can't process it right now."





The body of a 27-year-old man has been recovered in Wake County, North Carolina. This individual matches the description of someone who appears to either have fallen or jumped from a CASA C-212-200 Aviocar aircraft before it made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The CASA C-212, which carries the civil registration number N497CA, attempted to land on Raleigh-Durham's Runway 5R-23L at approximately 2:40 PM local time, according to WTVD-TV, a local ABC television affiliate. Publicly available recordings of exchanges with air traffic controllers in the area, which you can listen to here, confirm that two individuals were initially on board. The crew can be heard explaining that the plane, which was using the callsign Shady 02 at the time, lost its right main landing gear wheel after what they described as a "hard landing" at Raeford West Airport outside of the city of Raeford to the southwest. They had managed to get airborne again afterward.

After the subsequent emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham, N497CA's pilot was transported to Duke Hospital with minor injuries. The accident is now under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Local media reports say that one of the crewmen, who was not wearing a parachute, was at least initially believed to have exited the aircraft as the plane flew over a body of water near the West Lake Middle School in nearby Apex, North Carolina. Darshan Patel, Operations Manager for Wake County's Emergency Management division, said at a press conference this evening that a resident in the area had flagged down authorities who were taking part in the search efforts to let them know they had heard something fall in their backyard. Sadly, the body was subsequently located and recovered, marking a tragic end to this bizarre incident.

Exactly what the CASA C-212 was doing at the time of the hard landing is unclear. Online flight tracking software shows that it had also made multiple flights today from Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport in neighboring Nash County, North Carolina, and flew various patterns to the southwest of Fayetteville, including near the PK Airpark's West Drop Zone, before the accident.

Technically, the N497CA is registered to a company called Spore LTD LLC, according to the FAA's online database. The company has no real online presence. It is worth noting that its Colorado Springs, Colorado address that is on file with the FAA is the same as another firm called Rampart Aviation. CASA 212 aircraft are part of Rampart's fleet and relatively recent pictures of this particular plane online show it with a Rampart company logo clearly visible on the tail. It is not uncommon for aviation contractors to register their individual aircraft to multiple subsidiaries for various reasons.

In addition, Rampart is known to do contracted work for the U.S. military, including supporting parachute training and test and evaluation activities for U.S. Army airborne units and U.S. special operations forces. The Pentagon announced just in April that U.S. Special Operations Command had awarded new contracts to Rampart and a number of other companies for "military freefall and static line support in various locations across the continental U.S." Fayetteville is home to the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg, the service's main airborne and special operations hub, and PK Airpark and its associated drop zones are routinely used by American troops. This does not mean conclusively that this aircraft belonged to a subsidiary of that firm, but it is certainly noteworthy at this time.

We have reached out to Rampart Aviation for comment. We will update this story as more information becomes available.




Fuquay-Varina Police Department - 

A few moments ago, news media outlets present at the Sonoma Springs Subdivision were provided an update as to the incident we have been investigating for several hours.

Earlier today, surrounding law enforcement and fire service agencies responded to the Sonoma Springs Subdivision with the objective of locating the co-pilot that had exited a plane while in mid-flight.

During the canvass, a resident on Copain Cove approached an officer with the Fuquay-Varina Police Department and provided information regarding the possible whereabouts of the co-pilot.

After further investigation, we were able to positively identify the co-pilot. With the assistance of City-County Bureau of Identification, we were able to identify the co-pilot’s next of kin. The father of the co-pilot located in Fairfield, Connecticut, was notified of the incident.

The co-pilot was identified as 23-year-old Charles Hew Crooks of Raleigh, North Carolina.

NTSB and FAA will be the lead investigative agency and the Fuquay-Varina Police Department will provide support as needed.

At this time there is no further information to provide.




MORRISVILLE, North Carolina - A cargo plane made an emergency landing Friday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after reporting an issue with the fixed right-hand landing gear, and a search for a person who jumped from it before the landing ended with the recovery of a body, Wake County officials said.

Darshan Patel, the Operations Manager for Wake County Emergency Management Wake EMS said in a 7:15 p.m. briefing that a body matching the description of the missing plane passenger was recovered.

The man identified as Charles Hew Crooks, 23, was found near Sunset Lake Road and Hilltop Needmore Road in Fuquay-Varina.

According to Patel, "There was no indication" that Crooks had a parachute.

"We had officers that were responding in the area for the search and were flagged down by a resident. They had heard something in their backyard which led to us finding this individual," Patel said.

The CASA C-212 Aviocar, made in Spain in 1983 landed on Runway 5R-23L about 2:40 p.m. and veered into the grass.

RDU first responders said that the pilot on board was taken to Duke Hospital with minor injuries.

The pilot told authorities that a passenger aboard jumped out before the landing attempt. The jumper was initially thought to have exited the plane toward a body of water near West Lake Middle School in Apex. Authorities were actively searching that area but later expanded the search to the 3200 block of James Slaughter Road in Fuquay-Varina.

"We have a very large search area," Patel said at a media briefing Friday afternoon.

"At this time, what we know is that the passenger was wearing tan pants and a logo-branded shirt," Patel said. "We don't have the color, but that's all the description we have at this time. We are working with RDU and the FAA and the pilot

Authorities searched from Apex to the Harnett County line and were working to narrow the search field.

Crews launched a drone to help in the search. Cary was one of several jurisdictions involved in the search. Fire, police and EMS personnel also assisted.

Back at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the airfield was temporarily closed until the scene was secured, RDU officials said.

Runway 5L-23R has reopened while runway 5R-23L will remain closed until further notice.

At least one American Airlines flight (Flight 2693) from Dallas was diverted. Others had delayed landings as a result of the incident.

The plane is owned by Spore LTD LLC in Colorado Springs and took off from Raeford. Efforts to reach Spore LTD and Hoke County aviation officials were unsuccessful.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

Bell OH-58A Kiowa, N132HD: Accident occurred July 27, 2022 in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Rotorcraft tail boom struck powerlines, crashed and flipped over.

Triple F Flying Inc


Date: 27-JUL-22
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N132HD
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: OH-58A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 137
City: BLOOMSBURG
State: PENNSYLVANIA





COLUMBIA COUNTY, Pennsylvania — A few dozen people are without power after a helicopter came crashing down in Columbia County.

It happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near Bloomsburg.

The police chief on the scene tells us the helicopter was spraying crops.

It went down after the tail got caught in some power lines.

The pilot was assessed but refused medical treatment.

No injuries were reported after the helicopter crash in Columbia County.



Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil, N124LN: Accident occurred July 29, 2022 in Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida 

Rotorcraft attempting to land, struck a powerline and crashed to the ground. 

Air Methods Corporation

LifeNet


Date: 29-JUL-22
Time: 20:10:00Z
Regis#: N124LN
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: AS 350
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: AIR METHODS
City: ANDALUSIA
State: ALABAMA

 


ANDALUSIA, Alabama - First responders are on the scene of a medical helicopter crash in the south Alabama city of Andalusia.

Details are limited, but the rotorcraft crashed across from Dean’s Cake House on Snowden Drive, according to Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman.

Turman said the helicopter was enroute to a hospital. The aircraft had some difficulties and crashed.

A pilot and two medics were inside the helicopter at the time, Turman said. The pilot was seriously injured, and the medics were injured.

City officials are asking the public to avoid the area as a number of power lines are down.

City and Covington County EMA personnel are on the scene and an investigation is underway.







City of Andalusia Utilities crews are beginning to restore the five power lines that were broken when a medical helicopter crashed earlier today in the edge of Packer Field, at about the corner of Packer and Robinson. 

The downed helicopter was an emergency craft and not the Friends of Army Aviation Huey that has been giving rides in the field today.

Two victims were transported by ambulance to Andalusia Health. A third was airlifted from the scene.

We appreciate the support of Covington Electric, who is sending a crew to assist us in restoring power.

Mooney M20K 201, N9384R: Incident occurred July 27, 2022 in Pecos, Reeves County, Texas

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

Aircraft made an emergency landing on an interstate due to an engine fire.  


Date: 27-JUL-22
Time: 05:36:00Z
Regis#: N9384R
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: PECOS
State: TEXAS




PECOS, Texas (KOSA) - Reeves County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of plane landing on Interstate 20 just East of Pecos.

Pilot Adam Streeter, age 52, was traveling from Austin, Texas to El Paso, Texas for a business meeting when he began experiencing catastrophic engine failure at about 10,000 feet.

He was advised by traffic control that PECOS airport was closest to him.

Due to the engine billowing smoke and oil all over the windshield, he was not able to see so he declared an emergency landing and advised traffic control he would be landing the single engine private plane on Interstate 20 between a truck tractor semi and a dually pickup who were traveling west bound around mile marker 42.

Rough landing was made, but the pilot did a great job in preventing further incident or injury to anyone else around.

No injuries to pilot or damage to any other vehicles.

FAA will follow up with investigation.

Incident occurred July 29, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas

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

Rotorcraft made a precautionary landing in a field. 

Date: 29-JUL-22
Time: 14:05:00Z
Regis#: ARCARE1
Aircraft Make: HELICOPTER
Aircraft Model: HELICOPTER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Flight Number: ARCARE1
City: SAN ANTONIO
State: TEXAS

Cessna 150L, N6797G: Incident occurred August 04, 2022 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Houston, Texas

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

Aircraft taxiing and wing tip struck the mirror of a parked fuel truck.  


Date: 04-AUG-22
Time: 17:20:00Z
Regis#: N6797G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter, N320KT: Incident occurred July 28, 2022 at Talkeetna Airport (PATK), Alaska

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

During landing, aircraft veered through infield and taxiway coming to a stop in the ramp area. 

Rustair Inc

K2 Aviation


Date: 28-JUL-22
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N320KT
Aircraft Make: DE HAVILLAND
Aircraft Model: DHC3
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
City: TALKEETNA
State: ALASKA

Cessna 170B, N4493B: Accident occurred July 28, 2022 in Fairbanks, Alaska

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Report Number: WPR22LA289

Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900, N170PQ: Incident occurred July 25, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia

National Transportation Safety Board - Incident Report Number: DCA22LA161

Bombardier Challenger 300, N557XJ: Accident occurred July 27, 2022 at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO), California

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

Flight crew reported an issue with the autopilot causing a flight attendant to fall and sustain a broken ankle requiring surgery.  


Date: 27-JUL-22
Time: 19:52:00Z
Regis#: N557XJ
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: BD100 1A10
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: XOJET
Flight Number: XOJ557
City: SAN FRANCISCO
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28-181, N41757: Incident occurred July 28, 2022 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Left wing and propeller struck ground during landing. 

Coast Flight Training and Management Inc


Date: 28-JUL-22
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N41757
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-32R-301T, N84331: Incident occurred July 28, 2022 at Council Bluffs Municipal Airport (KCBF), Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Nose landing gear collapsed during landing rollout.  

A D and S Inc


Date: 28-JUL-22
Time: 23:36:00Z
Regis#: N84331
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COUNCIL BLUFFS
State: IOWA

American Legend AL3C-100, N3737G: Incident occurred July 28, 2022 at Jack Barstow Airport (KIKW), Midland, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Gust of wind caused aircraft to nose over during landing rollout resulting in a propeller strike. 


Date: 28-JUL-22
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N3737G
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: AL3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIDLAND
State: MICHIGAN

Piper PA-28-181, N8367T: Accident occurred July 28, 2022 at Neosho Hugh Robinson Airport (KEOS), Newton 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Majors Flying Club


Location: Neosho, Missouri
Accident Number: CEN22LA360
Date and Time: July 28, 2022, 13:30 Local 
Registration: N8367T
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-181
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N8367T
Model/Series: PA-28-181
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: KHFJ,1316 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 12000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Neosho, MO 
Destination: Neosho, MO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 36.807193,-94.392214 

Aircraft struck trees during taxi.

Date: 28-JUL-22
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N8367T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: NEOSHO
State: MISSOURI

Robinson R44 II, N719TF: Accidents occurred July 28, 2022 and August 04, 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 did not traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Blue Stem Leasing LLC


Location: Ithaca, Nebraska
Accident Number: CEN22LA345
Date and Time: July 28, 2022, 12:15 Local
Registration: N719TF
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N719TF
Model/Series: R44 II 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
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: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.1628,-96.5397 (est)

July 28, 2022:  Crop duster autorotated after striking a wire. Fire department extinguished grass fire causing by the crash.

Date: 28-JUL-22
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N719TF
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 137
City: ITHACA
State: NEBRASKA

 


Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Ace Flyers Inc

Alaska Ultimate Safaris 


Location: Homer, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC16CA051
Date and Time: August 4, 2016, 11:30 Local 
Registration: N719TF
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted
Under: Part 91: General aviation

Analysis

The pilot stated that while en route, about 1,000 feet above ground level (agl), a loud sound was heard in conjunction with feeling a "bump." At this point, a vibration was felt in the control pedals and a precautionary landing was executed. Upon inspection, an estimated 3-inch area of the tail rotor blade exhibited signs consistent with buckling.

Witnesses on the ground reported seeing an object consistent with a bird fall from the sky after contact with the helicopter. No panels or other equipment was missing from the helicopter during an inspection following the landing. The pilot reported no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
An in-flight collision with a bird resulting in damage to a tail rotor blade, which required replacement.

Findings

Aircraft (general) - Damaged/degraded
Environmental issues Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute-cruise Birdstrike (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport
Age: 39,Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: November 2, 2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 21, 2015
Flight Time: 9600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 85 hours (Total, this make and model), 8130 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 125 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N719TF
Model/Series: R44 II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 10990
Landing Gear Type: N/A; Skid
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: July 1, 2016 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 23 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1003 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-AE1A5
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 245 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAHO,73 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 22:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 305°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility 6 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4700 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  / None
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - None - Mist
Departure Point: HOMER, AK (HOM) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: HOMER, AK (HOM)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: HOMER HOM 
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 84 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 59.585277,-151.329437 (est)

Van's RV-8, N694V: Accident occurred July 28, 2022 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

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; Milwaukee, Wisconsin



Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Accident Number: CEN22LA346
Date and Time: July 28, 2022, 09:20 Local 
Registration: N79KM (A1); N694V (A2)
Aircraft: MESCHLER GARY R RV-4 (A1); HOLLIER B C VANS RV-8 (A2)
Injuries: 1 None (A1); 1 None (A2)
Flight Conducted Under:
Part 91: General aviation - Personal (A1); Part 91: General aviation - Personal (A2)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information (A1)

Aircraft Make: MESCHLER GARY R 
Registration: N79KM
Model/Series: RV-4 Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: N/A

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information (A2)

Aircraft Make: HOLLIER B C
Registration: N694V
Model/Series: VANS RV-8
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file Operating 
Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: N/A

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 (A1)

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: 43.984371,-88.557043 (est)

Wreckage and Impact Information (A2)

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.984371,-88.557043 (est)


During taxi to runway N694V ran into the back of N79KM.  

Date: 28-JUL-22
Time: 14:20:00Z
Regis#: N694V
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV8
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: OSHKOSH
State: WISCONSIN