NTSB Preliminary Reports

Selected recent general aviation and air carrier accidents


October 1, 2005, Greenwater, Wash.
Cessna 150D

The airplane was destroyed and its sole occupant, a non-Instrument-rated Private pilot, received minor injuries on impacting terrain at approximately 1900 Pacific time. Visual conditions prevailed; the flight was originating at the time of the accident. The pilot later said he inadvertently entered a fog bank shortly after takeoff and he attempted a climbing right turn to return to the clear air over the departure runway. He said that his airspeed dropped and the aircraft stalled, impacted trees and descended vertically to the mountain side. The airplane came to rest inverted.

October 1, 2005, Arlington, Wash.
Beech B-60 Duke

At 1230 Pacific time, the airplane sustained substantial damage following a landing gear collapse during the landing rollout. The Airline Transport pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight that originated at Bellingham, Wash. The pilot later reported lowering the landing gear before entering the traffic pattern. During the rollout, that the landing gear collapsed and the airplane slid to a stop.

October 4, 2005, Barnum, Wyo.
Beech V35B Bonanza

The airplane was destroyed and the pilot and passenger aboard it were fatally injured after impact with terrain at 1022 Mountain time. Instrument conditions prevailed. While en route, the pilot contacted the controller and asked about icing reports in the area. The pilot stated that he was having trouble holding altitude. Shortly thereafter, the pilot declared an emergency and radar and radio communications were lost.

October 6, 2005, Gulf of Mexico
Bell 206-L3

At approximately 1645 Central time, the helicopter disappeared under unknown circumstances. The status of the Commercial pilot and the two passengers aboard is unknown. Visual conditions prevailed for Part 135 on-demand air taxi flight. The helicopter was engaged in several flights between oil platforms in the Gulf. No distress calls were received by the operators dispatch or any aircraft flying in the area. When the helicopter failed to make its required position reports, a search was initiated. Search and rescue efforts were suspended on October 10, 2005.

October 8, 2005, Monterey, Tenn.
Grumman F6F

The warbird was substantially damaged and its Airline Transport-rated pilot fatally injured at 1633 Central time after colliding with power lines and crashing during cruise flight. Instrument conditions prevailed but no flight plan had been filed. Witnesses driving nearby stated the ceiling was low and the visibility poor when the airplane was observed. The airplane continued along an Interstate highway and struck a power line

October 12, 2005, Phoenix, Ariz.
Boeing 737/Boeing 737

At 2018 Mountain time, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 collided on the ground with a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Both airplanes were operating as scheduled domestic passenger flights under Part 121.The collision occurred following the landing of one 737 on Runway 26. The Boeing proceeded south on Taxiway R and was turning clockwise onto Taxiway D when its left winglet hit the other 737s right horizontal stabilizer. The arriving 737 sustained minor damage to its left winglet. The other 737, which was standing with its brakes set at intersection D13, sustained substantial damage to its right horizontal stabilizer. There were a total of 10 crewmembers and 127 passengers aboard both Boeings. None of the occupants were injured. Night visual conditions prevailed

October 14, 2005, Rootstown, Ohio
Lancair 235/Cessna 172L

The two aircraft collided in mid-air and were destroyed at 1405 Eastern time. Visual conditions prevailed; all four aboard both airplanes were fatally injured. The Lancair, with a pilot and pilot-rated passenger aboard had departed Carroll County–Tolson Airport (TSO), Carrollton, Ohio, with an intended destination of Portage County Airport (29G), Ravenna, Ohio. The Cessna, with a flight instructor and dual student aboard, was engaged in a dual instructional flight, having departed departed Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR).

October 14, 2005, Eagar, Ariz.
Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta

At about 1145 Pacific time, the helicopter impacted trees and mountainous terrain. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the two Private pilots aboard, a married couple, were fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed at the departure airport for the cross-country flight. Witnesses observed the helicopters takeoff, during which it wobbled from side to side and then settled to the ground with one of its landing skids making ground contact. The helicopter spun around 180 degrees and lifted back up into the air, its main main rotor blades narrowly missing the ground. It then settled back to the surface, the tail rotor narrowly missing the ground. After idling on the ground for a while, it lifted off again and departed toward the southwest. Witnesses believed the helicopter was not climbing well. Later, a fuel cap from one of the helicopters fuel tanks was found on the ramp from which it had departed. After the helicopter failed to arrive at its destination, the Civil Air Patrol and local law enforcement conducted a search. The wreckage was located in mountainous terrain at 8781 feet msl. The calculated density altitude at the accident site, around the time of the accident, was approximately 10,200 feet.

October 15, 2005, Mocksville, N.C.
North American AT-6D

The airplane was partially destroyed an the Airline Transport pilot fatally injured on colliding with trees and the ground while maneuvering at 1820 Eastern time. Visual conditions prevailed. One passenger received serious injuries. One witness observed the airplane take off and climb to about 500 feet. He then observed the airplane make a steep left 90-degree bank back towards the runway, in a slight nose-down attitude. The witness could not hear the engine. The witness stated the airplane appeared to be mushing/dropping down in a flat slight nose down attitude until it disappeared from view. Two other witnesses stated the engine sounded like it was shutting down and quit. They then heard a sound like the pilot was attempting to restart the engine.

October 15, 2005, Newberg, Ore.
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk

The aircraft was substantially damaged, and the flight instructor and Student pilot aboard seriously injured when it collided with terrain while maneuvering for landing at 1237 Pacific time. Visual conditions prevailed. Witnesses reported that the aircraft had been doing touch-and-go landings to Runway 17. The aircraft was observed to pass over a building near the runway, pitch up and appeared to make a hard banking turn to the left before stalling. The nearest weather observing facility reported wind from 150 degrees at 19 knots at the time of the accident.

October 16, 2005, La Belle, Fla.
Cessna 172P

At about 1325 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged and the Student pilot, its sole occupant, was fatally injured following an in-flight loss of control during initial climb. Visual conditions prevailed. While on the upwind pattern leg, at an estimated altitude of 150 feet, the airplane stalled, drifted to the left, and impacted the ground. Preliminary examination of the airplane revealed the flaps were found fully extended to the 30-degree position.

October 17, 2005, Warner Springs, Calif.
Lancair LC41-550FG

The airplane was destroyed and the two pilots (a Private pilot and an Airline Transport pilot) plus a passenger were fatally injured at 1032 Pacific time after colliding with mountainous terrain. Visual conditions reportedly prevailed for the cross-country flight. The initial radar data depicts a track that originated at Gillespie Field, traveled in a northeast direction, and ends at Combs Mountain, Calif.

October 19, 2005, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Cessna P337H

At about 1450 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed and the Private pilot was fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed. Witnesses saw the airplane emerge from the clouds at an altitude of about 300 feet, on its side, and descending. The airplane then appeared to roll inverted and again rolled onto its side. It became level as it climbed to an altitude of about 600 to 800 feet then descended again. It then turn east and was so low they clearly observed the pilot. The airplane then headed east, turned north, and descended below the tree line, striking a house. The engines sounded as if they were operating, and there were no noticeable problems with the airplane. A fire engulfed the house and the airplane.


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