Saturday, October 15, 2022

Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat, N270L: Accident occurred October 15, 2022 at Prescott Regional Airport (KPRC), Yavapai County, Arizona

At approximately 9:05 on the morning of October 15, an aircraft accident occurred when a Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat attempted to land on runway 21R at the Prescott Regional Airport.

The Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat veered off of the runway, landing in an inverted position between the runway and taxiway.

Prescott Fire and Airport Operations personnel arrived on scene to find the single occupant unable to remove themself from the cockpit. The pilot was safely extricated and treated for minor injuries by PFD Paramedics and transported to YRMC by ambulance for further medical evaluation.

For clarification, there was no student training associated with this incident.

This information was provided by Craig Schmitt, Fire Engineer/Paramedic.


The Prescott Fire Department responded to Prescott Regional Airport after this Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat veered off the runway as the pilot was attempting to land October, 15, 2022 at about 9:05 a.m. The pilot suffered minor injuries and was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for medical evaluation.

Boeing N2S-5 Kaydet A75N1 (PT-17), N42PT: Accident occurred October 15, 2022 at Petaluma Municipal Airport (O69), Sonoma County, California


For Immediate Release                                                                                      Saturday, October 15, 2022
Issued By:
Sergeant Paul Gilman, Petaluma PD, 707.778.4372
Incident:  Non-Injury Plane Crash at Petaluma Airport
Report Number: 22-4456
Occurred Date:  October 15, 2022
Occurred Time: 2:39 p.m.
Location:  Petaluma Municipal Airport  
Incident Summary
On Saturday, October 15, 2022, at approximately 2:40PM, personnel from the Petaluma Police Department and Petaluma Fire Department were dispatched to the Petaluma Airport for a report of a plane crash. Officers and Fire personnel arrived on scene to find the pilot was out of the airplane and uninjured in the incident.
The pilot told officers that his plane was altered by a gust of wind just prior to landing. He made a correction before the plane bounced, turned off the runway, struck a concrete housing, and a tetrahedron housing the wind speed and direction indicator, or "wind sock" and flipping the 1942 Stearman biplane on to it’s top. The pilot was properly using his safety equipment and thankfully he was uninjured.
NTSB and the FAA worked in coordination with Petaluma PD, Fire, and Airport Employees to collect information and record the incident.  
Media inquiries maybe directed to Lieutenant Glaviano at or phone 707-778-4372. PPD Case 22-4456. 

A biplane pilot was uninjured Saturday afternoon after a wind gust caused the aircraft to flip as it taxied on a runway at Petaluma Municipal Airport.

Petaluma Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Weaver said the pilot had landed at about 2:30 p.m. The pilot was attempting to maneuver the plane when wind blew it off the runway and it flipped over.

The pilot, the only one in the aircraft, managed to get out of the plane. Petaluma Fire Department crews worked to stop gasoline that was leaking from the plane

The plane, with yellow wings and blue fuselage, was still sitting upside-down on the runway more than two hours later.

The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, Weaver said.

In a news release, he said removal of the aircraft is pending and will be completed as soon as possible. Estimated damages depend on completion of the investigation and removal of the plane, Weaver said.

Several agencies responded in addition to Petaluma Fire, including the Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District and the Petaluma Police Department.

Diamond DA62, N84LT: Incident occurred October 15, 2022 near Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD), Texas

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DALLAS, Texas - A plane landed on a Dallas roadway after experiencing engine problems Saturday afternoon.

Few details have been released at this time, but the aircraft landed on Kiest Boulevard, between Loop 12 and Spur 408 in Dallas.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, this happened at about 3 p.m., when a Diamond DA62 landed about two miles northwest of Dallas Executive Airport, which is where it was set to land. The plane left from Winston Field in Snyder, Texas.

Investigators said the pilot experienced engine problems, struck a power line and a speed limit sign, before landing on the roadway.

A Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesperson said there were two people on board, a husband and wife, and neither were injured.

No vehicles were damaged. Fire officials said there was no fire and the plane was not leaking fuel.

Dallas PD crews are blocking nearby traffic as crews continue their investigation and move the plane.

A small airplane made an emergency landing Saturday afternoon in the Mountain Creek area of southwestern Dallas, authorities say.

Just before 3 p.m., the plane’s pilot experienced engine problems, struck a power line and a road sign, then landed on the road, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. No vehicles were struck.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said a husband and wife were in the plane when it landed. Authorities did not identify them or say who was the pilot.

No injuries were reported, Evans said.

He said that despite reports of the plane being on fire, there was no fire when Dallas Fire-Rescue arrived and there was no fuel leaking from the aircraft.

The Diamond DA62 left Winston Field in Snyder — about 71 miles west of Abilene — and was headed to Dallas Executive Airport, but landed about two miles northwest of its destination, the FAA said.

Dallas police were helping block streets near the 5300 block of West Kiest Boulevard between Dan Morton Drive and Duncanville Road.

Ashland County, Wisconsin: Police, feds Investigate drone shooting

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A photo taken by the drone flown by Joe Bates before it was shot down.

The final image recorded by the drone after it was shot from the sky.

Ashland County and federal authorities are investigating both a local man accused of shooting down a drone near Odanah and the man who was flying the drone.

Bad River tribal member Joe Bates said he was piloting his drone and recording video and photos September 25 along the shore of Lake Superior. The photos and video revealed extensive work being done along the shore.

The property in question along Bayfront Road in Sanborn is owned by Scott Bretting, the local landowner who recently proposed building a multi-million-dollar housing development on city-owned land along Beaser Avenue.

Video taken by Bates and the drone show a long stretch of shoreline that has been cleared of all vegetation, with tons of rock rip-rap rock placed along the waterline.

Bates said his intent was to determine if a tribal stop-work order was being obeyed and, if not, to send the photos and video to tribal officials to allow them to take appropriate action.

“I had shot the video and I was basically returning back to where I had taken off from and all of a sudden a single shot rang out,” said Bates, who is a tribal member but does not work for the tribe. “The screen went blank, then you could hear the shot. Then there was a loud, obnoxious belly laugh. The last image that came through was from the drone, upside down on the beach, then it went dead for good.”

When contacted for comment by the Daily Press, Bretting told a reporter not to believe everything he read about the incident on social media, then said, “There’s no story here,” and declined to answer questions about the drone incident.

He later emailed documents saying he had appropriate permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the work, and that the project was intended to prevent erosion of the wooded shoreline near his home. The email said permit delays by the Bad River Tribe had allowed erosion to claim 15 feet of land and trees.

Both Bates and Bretting reported the incident to police; Bates first phoned 911 to report the drone shot down, and Bretting called about 50 minutes later, “stating he shot the drone out of the sky as it was invading his privacy,” according to dispatch records.

Ashland County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Brian Zupke said deputies took statements from everyone involved and the department is referring the matter to the district attorney’s office for possible charges against both Bretting and Bates. He said Bretting could be charged with criminal damage to property, and Bates with invasion of privacy — though he was unsure if privacy statutes apply.

Wisconsin privacy law says it is illegal to conduct surveillance of someone in a place in which they can reasonably expect not to be observed. Zupke said it will be up to the district attorney and ultimately perhaps a jury to determine if the area in which Bates was operating his drone — a shoreline — is private.

“Is it a house or was it just land? There can be less expectation of privacy because boats can come across and look at houses,” Zupke said.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Department also has called in the Federal Aviation Administration, and Bates has alerted the FBI, which has some jurisdiction on tribal lands.

Drones are governed by a web of federal and state regulations. Bates is considered a recreational pilot, which means he is required to operate under 400 feet of altitude and to stay away from restricted areas such as airports or military installations. The courts have ruled that “the air is a public highway,” and the FAA’s regulations do not restrict a drone pilot from operating over private property.

FAA Media Relations Officer Emma Duncan told the Daily Press that it’s illegal under federal law to shoot at an aircraft of any sort. Anyone who shoots at an airplane or drone poses a significant safety hazard, she said. An unmanned aircraft hit by gunfire could crash, causing damage to people or property on the ground, or it could collide with other objects in the air.

Anyone who shoots at a drone could face civil penalties from the FAA and criminal charges filed by federal, state or local officials, she said.

Bates said he wasn’t trying to invade anyone’s privacy and was simply checking to be sure tribal regulations were being followed.

“I was right on the edge of the property over the lakeshore,” he said. “Air space is air space. There’s no property lines up in the air. I wasn’t flying over someone’s home. It’s not like I’m looking in anyone’s windows or anything.”

Bates said he and his drone — which cost about $2,000 — are registered with the FAA, which considers him a recreational enthusiast who can fly but cannot be paid for his work.

In fact, he’s proud to be developing a reputation as a thorn in the side of anyone who doesn’t adhere to rules on tribal lands. Earlier in the summer, he flew over work sites of Enbridge Energy contractors where a leak was detected in Line 5.

“In six years of flying I’ve never had any trouble with landowners, until Enbridge didn’t like me watching them,” he said. “I’m one of those who want to protect our tribal homeland. We have what we have here on account of our ancestors who provided that we live here forever without forced removal or taxation. As a tribal member it’s my obligation to also look seven generations ahead, like they did. So I guess, yeah, you could say I’m pretty passionate about this.”

Bates said he hasn’t determined if he will take any legal action of his own.

“For now I’m going to see what happens with the DA,” he said.