NTSB Preliminary Reports

Selected recent general aviation and air carrier accidents


July 1, 2006, Ringgold, Ga.
Cessna 172H

At 1131 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged after a total loss of engine power on initial takeoff climb. Visual conditions prevailed; the Commercial pilot reported serious injuries. The accident flight was the first after completing an annual inspection.When they arrived at the airport, the two co-owners noticed the left wing was lower than the right wing and fuel was draining out of the fuel vent. The fuel selector valve then was turned to the right main fuel tank position. The left main fuel tank was full; an estimated six gallons was present in the right tank. After takeoff, the pilot initiated a right crosswind turn. The engine quit and the pilot attempted to move the fuel selector valve to the left main fuel tank position. The shoulder harness was locked and he could not reach the fuel selector valve. The pilot made a forced landing straight ahead into trees.

July 1, 2006, Somis, Calif.
Raytheon (Beech) A36 Bonanza

The aircraft impacted level terrain at about 1140 Pacific, following the pilots declaration of an emergency. The Private pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries; two other passengers sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was destroyed. Visual conditions prevailed.Although the airplanes destination was Prescott, Ariz., shortly after departing Santa Barbara, Calif., the pilot told ATC he wanted to divert to Oxnard, Calif., to check a few things out. After declining to declare an emergency, the pilot then told ATC he wanted to divert to Camarillo, Calif. When the pilot checked in with the CMA controller, he was unable to provide his current location. After using his transponders ident feature, ATC located the flight three miles north of the airport at 1000 feet, and the controller cleared the pilot for landing. The pilots last transmission was that he was not going to make the airport, and declared an unspecified emergency. The last radar return was within mile of an airport at Santa Paula, Calif. No obvious mechanical problems were discovered in the airplanes wreckage.

July 2, 2006, Owasso, Okla.
Cessna 180K

At about 0925 Central time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a takeoff from a residential street. The Private pilot sustained fatal injuries and the passenger was seriously injured. Visual conditions prevailed.A witness observed the accident airplane descend out of view behind a house and garage located several doors from where he was standing. The witness heard a bang and went to investigate. As he approached an intersection, he observed the airplane on the ground, taxiing north, before it turned 180 degrees back towards the south.Once the airplane completed its 180-degree turn, it started a southbound takeoff roll. Approximately 380 feet along its takeoff roll, the airplanes left wing impacted a street sign for the second time. As the airplane lifted off and climbed, its left wing came up under, and slid along, the lower transmission line before the airplane rolled across the wires and impacted the ground in a near vertical descent.

July 3, 2006, Dorris, Calif.
Piper PA28-181

The airplane collided with terrain during an attempted go-around at about 1140 Pacific time. The renting Private pilot and three passengers were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual conditions prevailed.During a landing attempt, the airplane crossed the approach end of the runway at 50 feet agl. The airplane rolled suddenly to the left and the stall warning horn briefly sounded. The pilot initiated a go-around by applying full power, retracted the flaps to 25 degrees and attempting to correct the airplanes left turning tendency with right rudder input. The airplane continued to descend and touched down on its main landing gear in a field about 100 yards west of the runway. The left wing dug into the ground and the airplane spun 90 degrees to the left before coming to a stop. The calculated density altitude at the time of the accident was 6313 feet.

July 5, 2006, Block Island, R.I.
Piper PA-28R-200

At about 1210 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted trees during initial climb. The Private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. Instrument conditions prevailed and IFR flight plan was filed. A witness near the accident site stated he heard the sound of an airplane engine followed by a ripping sound, and then quiet. He further stated that it was raining hard, with thunder and lightning in the area.The airplane was located about 1505 by local police. It struck trees on a hill and came to rest about mile from the airport, on a bearing of 265 degrees from the departure end of Runway 28. All major portions of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. No obvious mechanical problems were discovered in the airplanes wreckage. Weather observed at the departure airport, at 1215, included winds from 310 degrees at seven knots; visibility statute miles; ceiling 100 feet broken, 1000 feet overcast.

July 10, 2006, Easton, Wash.
Piper PA-31-350

The airplane impacted a tree at approximately 1735 Pacific time. The Commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, received fatal injuries, and the aircraft, which was being operated by AirPac Airlines, was destroyed by the impact and the post-crash fire. The Part 135 air cargo flight was being operated in visual conditions on an IFR flight plan.According to the Seattle ARTCC, the pilot was in cruise flight at 8000 feet msl when he reported that he did not have enough power to maintain altitude. The aircraft began to descend and the pilot told ATC he was diverting to Easton. About five minutes after the pilot advised ATC of the problem, the aircraft was seen turning final for Runway 27 at Easton. About one-half mile from the end of the runway, it impacted a conifer tree about 20 feet from its top, and descended into the terrain. After impacting the terrain, the wreckage erupted into intense flames.

July 11, 2006, Edgewater, Md.
Cirrus Design Corp. SR-22

At 0943 Eastern time, the airplane was destroyed on impact with a tree and terrain during a go-around after an attempted landing. The solo Private pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual conditions prevailed. A witness observed the airplane over the approach end of the runway at an altitude of 150 – 175 feet agl. He reported that the airplane was diving for the runway. About halfway down the runway, the airplane leveled out at an altitude of about 75 feet agl. The witness heard the engine noise increase, but not to full power, and observed the airplane bank hard to the left. He lost sight of the airplane behind trees, then heard two thuds.

July 16, 2006, Hillsboro, Ore.
Hawker Siddeley Hunter MK 58A

The Experimental/exhibition category aircraft was destroyed at 1628 Pacific time after colliding with terrain while maneuvering at an air show. The Commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The airplane had taken off at about 1627.Witnesses reported the airplane entering a right downwind for Runway 30. Shortly after entering the downwind, at approximately midfield, the airplane began to lose altitude, eventually descending below a tree line east of the airport. The witnesses reported observing heavy black smoke in the area shortly after the airplane descended below the tree line.

July 18, 2006, Jeanerette, La.
Beech BE58P

At approximately 1624 Central time the airplane was destroyed following a loss of control during an aborted landing. The Commercial pilot and his passenger were fatally injured. A resident in a mobile home impacted by the airplane also received fatal injuries. Instrument conditions prevailed.Witnesses observed the airplane touch down at midfield, then heard engine noises consistent with an aborted landing. The airplane was observed airborne prior to the end of the runway but its main landing gear collided with the perimeter fence. The airplane subsequently collided with a concrete block building, a utility pole, several trees, the roof of a house, several strands of power lines and the mobile home.


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