Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Van's RV-6A, N646RV: Fatal accident occurred September 16, 2022 in Aztec, Yuma County, Arizona

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: WPR22FA348

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances and caught on fire. 


Date: 16-SEP-22
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N646RV
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew: 1  Fatal
Pax: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: AZTEC
State: ARIZONA

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.


Marcela Orozco Barba and Ron Barba



DATELAND, Arizona — A pilot and a passenger are dead after a plane crashed Friday in southwestern Arizona.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office says just before 2 p.m. Friday, a DPS trooper saw a large plume of smoke while patrolling Spot Road and Interstate 8 near Dateland, Arizona.

The trooper arrived at the scene and found a small aircraft in the desert fully engulfed in flames.

Officials were called to the scene, where they located a pilot and passenger who were pronounced dead.

The aircraft has been identified as a Van's RV-6A.

The two victims have not yet been identified by authorities.

Family contacted ABC15, saying the two who died were Ron Barba and Marcela Orozco Barba.

“All the family is in shock,” said Marcela’s cousin, Angela Duran. “We are all in shock because I guess you never plan for an accident to happen.”

Duran said Sunday she was supposed to see her cousin Marcela, who’s originally from Nogales, and her husband Ron.

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“They were going to come down to Nogales on the private aircraft he had bought,” said Duran. “He had bought that one a few months ago they were super excited.”

Duran said the pair was the perfect couple.

Marcela didn’t have any kids, but Ron’s daughter told ABC15 he had four.

“Crazy, but perfect,” said Duran.

Over the phone, she told ABC15 that the couple had already flown the plane multiple times and Ron was an experienced pilot.

Angela said she found out Saturday, after getting a message from Ron’s daughter.

“As of now they don’t really know what happened or why the plane crashed,” said Duran.

Just 24 hours later, she said her family is in indescribable pain.

“She was my confidant even though she was far away we would talk over the phone,” said Duran. “We would worry about each other.”

As two families grieve, Duran said they realize each day isn’t promised.

“We fight over things that are not important not realizing if we are going to wake up tomorrow,” said Duran.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

The plane had departed from San Diego and was headed to Nogales, according to YCSO.

The FAA and NTSB have been contacted and are investigating the crash.

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N2117Y and Sonex Xenos, N255BF: Fatal accident occurred September 17, 2022 in Niwot, Boulder County, Colorado

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: CEN22FA424

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

Aircraft collided mid-air with N255BF.

Spartan Education LLC


Date: 17-SEP-22
Time: 14:50:00Z
Regis#: N2117Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: LONGMONT
State: COLORADO

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

Aircraft collided mid-air with N2117Y.


Date: 17-SEP-22
Time: 14:50:00Z
Regis#: N255BF
Aircraft Make: SONEX
Aircraft Model: XENOS
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal 
Pax: 0 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: LONGMONT
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.



Daniel Ray Wilmoth
December 27, 1999 ~ September 17, 2022 (age 22)



Daniel Ray Wilmoth passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022. Daniel was born in Denver, Colorado, and lived and loved life as a Colorado Native. He graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with his Bachelor of Science in Aviation and Aerospace Science in August 2022. Daniel was also an accomplished aviator, commercial pilot, and flight instructor and held numerous ratings.

Daniel joined the Colorado Air National Guard in 2020 and served his country as an Aircraft Armament Systems Technician with unbridled enthusiasm and joy. His guard members recall that Daniel always had a smile on his face and “ran” everywhere. Daniel served with the utmost pride and was working toward his goal of becoming an officer and flying the F-16 Viper with the 120th Fighter Squadron and continuing to serve the State of Colorado, the Air National Guard, and the USAF. His leadership described him as a “dedicated, hardworking individual and an exceptional leader in the 140th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron who continually exceeds the expectations of his superiors and his peers,” He was also described as “inspirational, determined, and professional at all times.” He was nominated for the Air Forces Northern Command, Junior Enlisted Airman of the Year Award by his leadership.

Daniel’s passions included flying, where he worked as a Certified Flight Instructor. As a Flight Instructor, he performed his job with a dedication to providing the best education possible to his students. He spent countless hours developing a teaching curriculum and honing his instructing skills. His flight examiner described Daniel as “holding the demeanor and competence of a pilot far his senior” and “inside the cockpit as being nothing shy of a superlative stick.” In addition, Daniel’s character was described as that of the highest moral caliber. He competed and won at a national level in aviation aerobatics with Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Daniel was a man of faith who loved the Lord. He enthusiastically served in many different capacities, including leading worship, running a soundboard, managing a bookstore, attending mission trips, outreaches, and Bible studies. Anyone who met Daniel could see the love of Jesus manifest in his life. He genuinely cared about people as individuals and was the tangible hands and feet of Jesus. Daniel’s name was chosen because it means “God is my judge” or can also be known as “God is my leader.” The verse Daniel left with us was Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord.”

Daniel loved all things technology, Marvel movies, dancing, and golf. He tackled life and embraced it at the same time.

He leaves behind his parents Darrel and Barbara Wilmoth; sisters Rebekah Wilmoth and Rachel Wilmoth; brother David Wilmoth; girlfriend; Darby Berringer, and numerous family members, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members, and friends who love him very much.



Daniel Ray Wilmoth



The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has identified the three people who died after two planes collided in mid-air over the weekend.

The three victims have been identified as Daniel Wilmoth, 22; Samuel Fisher, 23; and Henry A. Butler Jr., 69.

Mountain View Fire Rescue responded to reports of a plane crash about 9 a.m. Saturday in the area of North 95th Street and Niwot Road. Upon arriving, first responders found two crash sites.

The first aircraft, a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, was found on the south side of Niwot Road about a mile east of 95th Street. The two occupants, a flight instructor and a student pilot, were dead on arrival.

The second aircraft, a Sonex Xenos, was found on the north side of Niwot Road about a half-mile east of 95th Street. The plane held one occupant who was also found dead at the scene.

The coroner’s office did not specify which victims were in which planes.

According to flight tracking data, the Cessna 172 left Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield about 8:43 a.m. and flew north on a training flight. The Sonex Xenos left Platte Valley Airpark in Hudson about 8:38 a.m. and flew west, officials said.

Both aircraft were about 7,000 feet above sea level when the Cessna 172 made a right turn, and the flight paths of the two planes merged.

Neither aircraft was in contact with an air traffic control, and neither craft was equipped with a collision avoidance system






Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N7917G: Accident occurred September 16, 2022 in Ventura, California

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: WPR22LA351

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed on Ventura Beach.


Date: 16-SEP-22
Time: 23:41:00Z
Regis#: N7917G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax:  2 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: VENTURA
State: CALIFORNIA
 




Ventura Fire Department
Incident Number:   85104   
Information Contact:    Douglas Miser, Battalion Chief
Incident Type:    Plane Crash
Date/Time of Incident:   9/16/22 at 16:50
Incident Location:   Greenock Lane
Cause:    Unknown
Injuries: (general)    No Injuries
Number of Personnel:  16 Fire, Multiple Ventura Police, 1 Ambulance, 1 EMS Supervisor
Fire Equipment:  3 Medic Engines, 1 Truck Company, 3 Battalion Chiefs
Agencies Involved:  Ventura City Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura Police, Sheriff, Port District Harbor Patrol, American Medical Response, State Lifeguards, State Parks

Narrative:   A  Cessna 172L Skyhawk plane carrying three souls on board departed out of Santa Paula Airport on Friday afternoon on a recreational flight. The pilot toured Carpinteria and was heading to Ojai. Approximately over the 33 freeway and Stanley Avenue, the plane suffered engine problems. The pilot radioed local air traffic control and was instructed to attempt to land at Oxnard Airport. The pilot brought the plane towards the coastline and maintained a heading downcoast. The plane gradually lost altitude and it was inevitable the plane was going to have to make an emergency landing. The pilot guided the plane near the waterline and landed approximately 100 yards up-coast of Marina Park on Pierpont beach. The plane eventually came to rest on top of the Greenock Jetty. All three occupants safely exited the plane uninjured.

Ventura Police, Ventura Fire, and State Parks arrived on scene and evaluated potential hazards and confirmed no injuries. There was a small fuel leak that was quickly contained. Ventura Police remained on scene coordinating salvage efforts and crowd control with the FAA and NTSB following up for investigation.

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N2340S: Accident occurred September 16, 2022 in Susitna, Alaska

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: ANC22LA077

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

Aircraft on landing, braked hard and flipped over. 


Date: 16-SEP-22
Time: 20:40:00Z
Regis#: N2340S
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SUSITNA
State: ALASKA

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9049H: Accident occurred September 11, 2022 in Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: CEN22LA414

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Thunderbird Aviation LLC


Date: 12-SEP-22
Time: 01:00:00Z
Regis#: N9049H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries
Pax: 1 Minor Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: FORT COLLINS
State: COLORADO

Piper PA-18-105 Special, N303T: Accident occurred September 09, 2022 in Delta Junction, 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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Folkerts, Michael

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


Location: Delta Junction, Alaska
Accident Number: CEN22LA417
Date and Time: September 9, 2022, 18:30 Local
Registration: N303T
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-105
SPECIAL Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Public aircraft

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N303T
Model/Series: PA-18-105 SPECIAL
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: PABI, 1273 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.58 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

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: 63.425367,-145.74469 (est)

Cessna 180H, N91224: Accident occurred September 03, 2022 in McCarthy, 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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Ward, Mark

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

Tailwheel Transitions LLC


Location: McCarthy, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC22LA075
Date and Time: September 3, 2022, 20:00 Local
Registration: N91224
Aircraft: Cessna 180H 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N91224
Model/Series: 180H 
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: PAVD, 60 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 97 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 800 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4900 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: McCarthy, AK (PAMX) 
Destination: McCarty, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.218728,-142.89077