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Castro Valley, CA
NW of Santa Monica, CA
Ocean Springs, MS
Buffalo Mountain, TN
Cedar City, UT
Spring Hill, FL
Forest Grove, OR
METAR observations show passage of a thunderstorm and a drop of temperature from 91 to 73, during the timeframe from 2:47pm to 4:50pm. Note also the gusting winds, low ceilings, low visibility, and rain. Communications with the flight were lost at 4:26pm.
|3:55 pm||84||75||NE||18G30||2||TS RA||BKN010||29.94|
|4:50 pm||73||72||ENE||12G25||3||TS RA||SCT016 BKN026 OVC035||29.94|
|5:47 pm||73||72||SSW||9||3||RA||SCT070 BKN120||29.97|
Las Vegas, NV
Excerpt on the aborted takeoff of Allegiant Flight #436: “…The jet began to lift off from the runway before it was moving fast enough for a normal takeoff, and the front of the plane stayed up even as a pilot adjusted the controls in a way that should have kept the nosewheel on the runway, according to an incident report filed by the airline to the FAA. The pilots then aborted the takeoff, according to the FAA. Allegiant said an inspection found that a device that moves one of the plane’s two elevators had become disconnected. The plane was repaired and put back into service….”
San Diego, CA
Frazier Lake, CA
Blackbushe Airport is located approximately 15-miles southwest of London. In the same pattern as most major U.S. airports, Blackbushe was created to serve the war effort in the early 1940’s, then became a civilian airport. The facility was privatized and today serves as a major port of entry for private and corporate jets flying to the London area. The Phenom jet is single-piloted (as opposed to the traditional crew of 2- or 3- pilots/engineers). FAA and other regulatory authorities have slowly authorized single-piloted jets, a concept that some feel is imposing excessive risk into aviation. A similar single-pilot Phenom crash on 12/8/2014 killed all 3 on board, as well as 3 family members in a home impacted during a landing approach at Gathersburg, MD.
25-miles W of Juneau, AK
Wings of Alaska is owned by SeaPort Airlines, based in Portland, OR and run by pilot Scott McKinney. SeaPort has federally-subsidized contracts flying EAS and other routes in states across the nation, including Alaska, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and California, according to LinkedIn information posted by McKinney.
Whatcom County, WA (near Acme)
San Francisco, CA
Cameron, MOTwo-minute video showing a regular performance with spins, loops and trailing smoke. The noise cuts noticeably and the aircraft begins to tumble, right at time 1:50.
The real ‘newsworthy’ part of this story is that this incident even made the news. Historically, flying while intoxicated is nearly impossible to charge, because FAA tends to sweep stories like this under the rug. Perhaps it happened this time because the incident involved a contract control tower?
Spring Branch, TX
Penn Yan, NY
La Quinta, CA
Petaluma, CAThis motorized aircraft is constructed with tubular metal and fabric wings. The design evolved out of hang gliders, in the 1970’s. METAR at 12:35 shows clear skies, 66 degrees, and wind NW at 5mph.
Ft. Pierce, FL
Pine River, MN
3/5/2015:Santa Monica, CA
An NBC News5 video offers further information.
The flight was apparently diverted to Eau Claire [KEAU] due to flight conditions. The weather at Mosinee [KCWA], near the point of the diversion, had the observations below. The accident happened at approximately 10:35AM, thus the weather was roughly ‘temp/dew 18/16, winds SE at 10KTS, visibility 4 light snow, clouds 1,100 scattered, 2,900 overcast, altimeter 29.78’.
|26 Jan 9:50 am CST||16||16||SSE||8||2.50||SN||SCT022 BKN031 OVC048||29.79|
|26 Jan 10:45 am CST||18||16||SE||10||4.00||-SN||SCT011 OVC029||29.78|
|26 Jan 11:45 am CST||18||18||SE||10||1.00||-SN||OVC011||29.78|
|26 Jan 12:05 pm CST||18||18||ESE||7||2.50||-SN||SCT009 OVC013||29.78|
Van Nuys, CA
As a side note, the FAA Registry for this particular tail number shows the same aircraft type, based in Scottsdale, AZ, but notes the registration status is ‘in question’.
News articles report the aircraft landed on FM 455 near Dyer Road, which is roughly 1.5 miles west of Bolivar. The photo shows the C152 after it had been pushed onto Dyer.
The aircraft impacted numerous trees during the crash, and was torn apart, but there was no fire. Official sunset had been at 4:40PM. The nearest weather at the time of the engine failure was at Murray Kyle Oakley Field [KCEY], approximately 20-miles to the west: 02 Jan 5:55 pm CST temp/dew 37/37 wind E 9 visibility 7.00 ceiling BKN006 BKN050 OVC100 altimeter 30.21. Thus, it was cold and dark at the time of the crash.
At the time of the crash weather sequence at destination [KMVN] was: 02 Jan 5:55 pm CST temp/dew 36/30 wind E 6 visibility 1.50 ceiling SCT010 BKN047 OVC065 altimeter 30.25