October 2015 Issue

NTSB Reports: October 2015

August 1, 2015, Watertown, Wis.

Cessna Model 182 Skylane

At about 1745 Central time, the airplane lost engine power shortly after takeoff. The airplane impacted trees and was substantially damaged. The solo private pilot was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

The FAA reported the pilot was doing touch-and-goes. The engine lost power and the airplane impacted trees and terrain about a mile southeast of the airport. The airplane’s empennage separated from the fuselage, and there was “heavy” damage to the right wing and fuselage.

August 1, 2015, Georgetown, Ky.

Beechcraft Model C90B King Air

The airplane experienced a loss of engine power during cruise flight and subsequently impacted terrain at about 2100 Eastern time. The commercial pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The two other passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. Visual conditions prevailed; an IFR flight plan was filed.

The pilot subsequently recalled a fuel crossfeed light illuminated, the pilot reset the indication, and the right engine immediately lost power while in cruise flight. The autofeather system feathered the right engine propeller. The pilot could not recall feathering the left engine. The left propeller was in the feathered position. All four propeller blades exhibited S-bending and chordwise scratching. The right propeller was in flat pitch; however, only one propeller blade was bent aft—no other damage was observed.

Preliminary information indicated the flight originated at Red Lake Airport (CYRL) in Ontario, Canada. The airplane then flew to the Duluth (Minn.) International Airport (KDLH), where it was fueled with 140 gallons of Jet A. It later landed at the James M. Cox Dayton (Ohio) International Airport (KDAY). It was not refueled prior to departing KDAY.

August 1, 2015, Reading, Penn.

Commander Aircraft 114B

At about 1319 Eastern time, the airplane was force-landed following a reported loss of engine power during cruise flight. The private pilot and airline transport pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. Visual conditions prevailed.

While at 3000 feet msl, the passenger stated they had “...lost an engine.” The passenger, who was also a flight instructor, took control of the airplane while the pilot referenced the engine failure checklist. An attempt to restart the engine was made without success. The passenger maintained control and maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing in a nearby field. During the forced landing, the right wing struck a tree. The fuselage, empennage and left wing exhibited structural damage; the right wing was sheared off at the root. Both wing tanks contained fuel, and there was evidence of fuel leakage at the accident site.

August 1, 2015, Santa Paula, Calif.

Cessna Model P337G Super Skymaster

The airplane impacted mountainous terrain at about 0905 Pacific time. The solo commercial pilot was fatally injured; the airplane was substantially damaged. Instrument conditions prevailed.

A witness reported seeing the airplane take off at 0902. The airplane disappeared into a 300-foot overcast then reemerged—after turning 180 degrees—on a close downwind to the runway. It then departed downwind to the east. Subsequently, the airplane’s wreckage was located at about 1400. At 0855, the nearest weather observing facility, located about 10 miles southwest of the accident site, recorded calm wind, visibility five statute miles in haze and a 700-foot overcast. Weather data included cloud tops at around 2000 feet agl.

August 2, 2015, American Falls, Idaho

Piper PA-28-181 Archer

At about 1835 Mountain time, the airplane executed an off-airport landing following a loss of engine power. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing during the accident sequence. Visual conditions prevailed.

Prior to departure, the pilot detected a rough-running engine. Maintenance cleaned fouled spark plugs and the pilot departed. At 1830, the Pocatello (Idaho) Regional Airport ATC tower contacted the Salt Lake ARTCC (ZLC), notifying them the pilot reported a fuel emergency. The ZLC controller attempted to direct the pilot to an airport but the engine subsequently lost power. There was insufficient altitude to glide to the airport and the pilot landed the airplane in uneven terrain.

August 6, 2015, Hollister, Calif.

Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR

The airplane was substantially damaged at about 1030 Pacific time when it collided with a lawn mower while landing. The private pilot sustained minor injuries; the pilot-rated passenger sustained serious injuries. The pilot-rated lawn mower operator sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

The pilot subsequently reported initially transmitting his intention to land while about eight miles from the airport. The pilot entered the airport traffic pattern on a right downwind for Runway 23, and continued to announce his position on downwind, base and final for the runway. The pilot stated he landed slightly longer than normal and during the landing roll the airplane struck the lawn mower. The airplane’s fuselage was damaged.

August 6, 2015, Chugiak, Alaska

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub

At about 2350 Alaska time, the wheel-equipped airplane sustained substantial damage during impact with the ocean. The private pilot and one passenger are presumed to have received fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

At 2109, the pilot reported taxiing for departure from the McGrath Airport. At 2111, he reporting taking off. No further radio communications were received from the airplane. At 2354, a 911 call was received from the pilot, stating he had just crashed and was standing on top of the airplane. He requested rescue, stating he was too far from shore to swim. Search and rescue assets were on-scene and searching at 0016. The airplane was located the next day at about 0610, inverted and mostly submerged. The occupants were not located with the airplane. The two occupants are still missing and presumed deceased.

August 6, 2015, Montecito, Calif.

Cessna Model 182F Skylane

The airplane impacted mountainous terrain at about 2210 Pacific time. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Night visual conditions prevailed.

Earlier, the pilot radioed a mayday call to ATC, indicating there was oil on his windscreen and smoke in the cockpit. Subsequently radio and radar contact was lost. The crash site was located the following morning at 0430. Oil was observed from the nose of the airplane to the tail cone.

August 7, 2015, Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian

At about 1750 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed when it collided with terrain shortly after takeoff. The private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed; an IFR flight plan had been filed.

There were no eyewitnesses to the accident. The airplane came to rest upright; wreckage was consistent with a left-wing-low, nose-down impact. The flap actuator indicated a flaps-retracted setting; the landing gear actuator corresponded to a landing gear-retracted position. The elevator jackscrew corresponded to an approximate 13.5 degree tab up (50 percent nose down) setting. Propeller blades exhibited s-bending, chordwise scratching and leading edge nicks. At 1751, observed weather included wind from 360 degrees at six knots, a broken ceiling at 6000 feet and visibility 10 miles.