Accidents & Incidents, [2015Q3]

The following table presents a chronology for the third quarter of 2015, showing all known ‘fatal’ U.S. civil aviation accidents, as well as a few selected non-fatal accidents and incidents. Data shows date (weekends are underlined), location, number of fatalities, and a brief synopsis. Click on the blue dates to see additional info; click on red dates to see an aiREFORM Post/Analysis about the incident. For all accidents, further records are quickly found by searching for the accident date within NTSB’s Monthly Aviation Accident Database. Those accidents within the most recent two weeks may not be listed yet at NTSB; they are listed from news reports and from the quickly updated databases at Aviation-Safety Network. The following color-codes are added to aid in tracking accident trends. Midair includes NMAC’s. EMS/Commercial/Ag includes flights in-service or related to that flight function. The last color-code includes non-fully-certified aircraft such as experimental, owner-built, ultralights, paragliders, etc.: MIDAIRATCEMSFATIGUECOMMERCIALAGWXkit-exp.-(etc.)

Fatal Accidents:
Fatalities:
Year:
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
2012
80
125
2013
52
63
62
50
97
98
106
90
2014
33
76
87
52
58
115
134
76
2015
44
54
..
..
65
92
..
..
totals updated 7/4/2015
Date
LOCATION
FATALS
Time, Details & Links

9/30/2015

Clearwater, FL

1

(~1145) A Piper PA30 (light twin) is flying touch-and-go practice patterns when the pilot loses control, reportedly while accelerating after touching down. The crash off the side of the runway at [KPIE] kills the 24-yr-old male pilot. Other details suggest he may have been attending a professional flight training program away from his home in Nampa, ID. [article]

9/29/2015

McAllen, TX

0

(~1146) A CRJ900 operated by Mesa Air as American Airlines flight #5786 rotated laterally and dragged the right wingtip while landing Runway 31 at [KMFE]. The image was recorded by Juan De La Garza, an aviation enthusiast trying out his new camera. The aircraft was able to complete an otherwise normal landing, taxied to the gate, but was taken out of service for inspection. METAR was showing good flight conditions (temp/dew 88/71, clear skies, visibility 10+, and winds variable). [article]

9/28/2015

Shattuck, OK

1

(~1930) A homebuilt Rans S-18 ultralight crashes onto a county road, killing the 37-yr-old male pilot. [article]

9/27/2015

Lexington, TX

1

(~1830) A Cessna Skylane operated by Texas Skydiving Center out of a private airport [TE75] near Lexington stalls while returning for a landing. The 32-yr-old pilot is killed in the crash onto private land near the airport. [article]

9/26/2015

St. Charles Parish, LA

1

(~??) Family reports that a pilot fails to return after departing in his Zenith Zodiac CH601 kitbuilt plane. A search locates wreckage the next day, near the Ama, LA airport [LS40]. [article]

9/25/2015

Wichita, KS

1

(~1537) A Cessna 310 (light twin) takes off from the [KICT] airport and the pilot attempts to return for a landing, but he instead crashes into a wooded area. [article]

9/25/2015

Pagosa Springs, CO

2

(~1125) Witnesses see a Beech BE35 trailing white smoke, then see it attempt a hard turn, just prior to crashing. Both occupants were killed. [article]

9/24/2015

Granbury, TX

2

(~1900) A homebuilt Mustang II crashes just after taking off from Runway 14 at the Granbury Municipal Airport [KGDJ]. The crash site is close to a high school football game in progress; coaches and spectators run to assist, but both men onboard die in the crash. [article]

9/24/2015

Woodville, TX

0

(~1040) A Bell 206 helicopter loses power just after starting an ag spray mission, and ends up on its side after a forced landing. The 48-yr-old male pilot reportedly suffers serious injuries. [article]

9/20/2015

Morrisville, NY

2

(~1254) Two freshman students at Colgate, a male and a female, are both killed when their Cessna 150 crashes into a wooded area. [article]
UPDATE, 9/23/2015:News reports indicate the pilot had a student pilot rating from October 2013, and was only legal to fly with an instructor, and not allowed to carry passengers. It is not clear if the aircraft owner rented out the Cessna to a 19-yr-old pilot without seeing proof that she was eligible to fly.

9/18/2015

Spring Hill, FL

1

(~0900) An amphibious Cessna C206 takes off from the Lake Keystone Seaplane Base [57FL], just north of Tampa. The flight goes north and the pilot is reportedly in contact with ATC with intentions to land at the Hernando County Airport [KBKV], when it suddenly crashes into a backyard, killing the pilot. [article]

9/18/2015

Forest Grove, OR

0

(~0800) A Schweizer 269C helicopter crashes while spraying a field, injuring the 52-yr-old female pilot. She uses her cellphone to contact family, who take her to the hospital with a head injury. [article]

9/16/2015

Alma, GA

5

(~0342) A plane crashes shortly after taking off from the Bacon County Airport [KAMG], then catches fire. There were no survivors. [article]
UPDATE, 9/24/2015: — Release of the NTSB preliminary report has yielded news reports that the 38-yr-old male pilot, a local blueberry farmer, had no pilot license, not even a history as a student pilot. NTSB also revealed that a witness and radar data indicate an apparent ‘joy-ride’ with rapid up and down maneuvers to nearly 3,000-feet just prior to the crash. The aircraft, a kit-built RV10, has four seats.

9/15/2015

Iliamna, AK

3

(~0624) A DHC-3T Turbo Otter takes off from a water runway at the Iliamna Airport [PAIL], for a fishing trip. It crashes into nearby trees, and three of the ten people on board are killed. [A-S.N]

9/14/2015

Manteo, NC

0

(~1630) A Bellanca Citabria is performing a banner pick-up for a banner-tow operation, but ends up crashing into the Croatan Sound, just off the runway end at Dare County Airport [KMQI]. The 30-yr-old female pilot suffered minor injuries. The aircraft is owned by OBX Airplanes, LLC, with a hangar at the airport. The TV news story notes two previous banner-tow accidents at this location in the past 15-years, and one of those was fatal. [article]

9/13/2015

Los Angeles, CA

0

(~1945) An Alaska Airlines B737 is pushing back from the gate when it’s left winglet clips the right stabilizer of a United Airlines B757. The United flight had just arrived from Newark. [article]

9/12/2015

Oneida, TN

1

(~1630) An L-39 Albatros from the Louisville, KY area performs at an ‘air show’ associated with the Big South Fork Airpark, a residential development adjacent to the Scott Municipal Airport [KSCX]. Witnesses watch the 1950’s Eastern European jet dive, assuming it is a trick, but he then crashes. [A-S.N]

9/12/2015

Atco, NJ

1

(~1100) After taking off from the airport at Camden County Airport [19N], the 65-yr-old male pilot is killed when he crashes into a backyard. Residents in the area had reportedly made calls about a low-flying plane. [article]

9/11/2015

Riegelwood, NC

1

(~1919) A Cessna Skyhawk crashes into a forested area shortly after takeoff. The 76-yr-old male pilot had reportedly flown to the airport with another man, to pick up a second airplane. Both aircraft then took off and the crash happened. Rescue crews located the wreckage 6-hours later. [article]

9/11/2015

Stillwater, OK

0

(~0148) A severe weather event passes through in the early morning hours, and damages numerous Cessna’s used in the Oklahoma State University’s aviation program. A review of METAR weather observations shows winds gusting to 70 knots, heavy rain, a temperature drop from 74 to 64, and a sudden surge in barometric pressure. [A-S.N]

9/10/2015

7-miles SE of Atlantic City, NJ

1

(~1451) A Mooney Acclaim departs Gaylord, MI [KGLR] for Atlantic City, NJ [KACY], on an IFR flight plan. A steady climb is made to 25,000 and the route is a near-perfect straight-line, but the aircraft crashes into the Atlantic Ocean in a steep descent. The radar flight track suggests a possible hypoxia event, or other type of pilot impairment of the 69-yr-old oral surgeon, which then would have flown the trip via autopilot. [article]-[FlightAware]

9/9/2015

Jacobs Ladder, UT

0

(??) An AS350 helicopter operated by the Utah Highway Patrol attempts a skid landing during a ‘rescue’ of a 43-yr-old woman who fell and died during a hike. A rope (from ground rescue teams?) above the landing site impacts the helicopter and causes it to spin. The tail rotor nearly hits ground crews. The pilot is able to recover and takes the damaged helicopter to a forced landing. [article]

9/9/2015

Wolcott, CO

1

(~1800) A 39-yr-old man crashes his paraglider into the face of Red and White Mountain, southeast of the Eagle County landfill. [article]

9/8/2015

Somerville, NJ

1

(~2145) A Lake amphibious plane departs the Somerset County Airport [KSMQ] and the pilot is reported missing after two nights pass. A search locates the aircraft at 1PM on Thursday, 40-hours after the takeoff, crashed in forest near the end of the runway. The pilot was a business professor at The King’s College in New York City and an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, and also a church elder. [article]

9/7/2015

Kernersville, NC

3

(~1206) An attorney is flying a Beech A36 with his wife and stepfather, returning from a vacation home in Sarasota, FL back to their regular home in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania. An intermediate stop is planned at Greensboro, NC [KGSO]. The pilot apparently lost control, possibly due to disorientation in clouds, and the aircraft crashed from a spin. [article]-[FlightAware]

9/7/2015

Creswell, OR

2

(~1000) A Luscombe takes off from Hobby Field Airport near Creswell [77S], then crashes into a nearby field and bursts into flames. Both occupants are killed. The 35-yr-old pilot had reported engine troubles before attempting a return to the uncontrolled runway. The other fatality was his 83-yr-old grandfather. [article]

9/6/2015

Telluride, CO

5

(~1615) A Twin Cessna (C310) flying from Barstow, CA to Amarillo, TX ends up crashed on the side of Grizzly Peak, at 11,600′ altitude and in rugged terrain south of Telluride, CO. All on board were killed. Some reports suggest the flight took off from Flagstaff, AZ. [article]

9/5/2015

Laconia, NH

1

(~1550) A weight-shift-control ultralight trike crashes into a residential yard. The pilot is hospitalized but later dies. [article]

9/3/2015

Santee, CA

2

(~0915) A Piper Warrior operated by the Golden State Flying Club aviation school departs the San Diego Gillespie Field Airport [KSEE] and crashes between two homes, just a few blocks away. Neighbors quickly extinquish a fire. One occupant is dead on site, the other is extricated but dies at the hospital. [article]

9/2/2015

Bon Aqua, TN

1

(~1548) A kit-built RV-6 crashes in a heavily forested area of Hickman County, killing the sole occupant, a male retired firefighter from Shelby, AL. [article]

9/2/2015

Mocksville, NC

2

(~1430) An kit-built RV-8 takes off from the Twin Lakes Airport [8A7], circles the airport, then crashes near the runway end. A fire erupts and both occupants are killed. [article]

8/30/2015

Kewanee, IL

2

(~0920) A Cirrus SR22 crashes into a soybean field shortly after taking off, to the west of the Kewanee Municipal Airport [KEZI]. A 67-yr-old man and his 38-yr-old son, both visiting from the Houston area, are killed; a 40-yr-old woman was injured. [article]

8/28/2015

Newburgh, NY

1

(~1400) A pilot is flying an aerobatic practice session in his experimental Giles G-202, preparing for the New York Air Show at the Stewart International Airport [KSWF]. At the end of a dive he pulls up but the tail fails and pieces come off, and the aircraft soon crashes into terrain, killing the pilot. [article]

8/27/2015

Battle Creek, MI

1

(~2019) A pilot is flying closed-pattern touch-and-goes at the W K Kellogg Airport [KBTL], when a problem develops with his homebuilt aircraft. He fails two attempts to land, then crashes in a field near the airport, starting a fire. The 48-yr-old pilot is killed. [article]

8/27/2015

Alabaster, AL

1

(~1905) A Cirrus SR22 crashes in a field while on approach to Shelby County Airport [KEET]. A fire erupts and the pilot is killed. [article]

8/27/2015

Llano, CA

1

(~1212) A Piper Pawnee used as a towplane for gliders for the Southern California Soaring Academy crashes in the town of Llano, not far from the base at Crystal Airport [46CN]. News reports note that the soaring group does not operate on Thursdays, so the crash is believed unrelated to any tow operation. [article]

8/27/2015

Houlton, ME

1

(~0157) A Piper Seneca on a flight from Goose Bay, Labrador intends to land at the Houlton International Airport [KHUL] for a customs inspection. The aircraft ends up crashed in a small pond near a home. The aircraft reportedly being ferried to Merritt, FL. [article]

8/26/2015

Titusville, FL

1

(~1626) A Cessna 310 executes a missed approach while trying to land at the Space Coast Regional Airport [KTIX] during thunderstorms. The twin-engine plane begins maneuvering for a second attempt but disappears. Wreckage and the pilot’s body are retrieved from the Indian River the next day. [article]

8/26/2015

Hancock, WI

1

(~1315) A Weatherly 620 spraying a potato field crashes into wooded terrain, killing the pilot. Rescue crews are delayed by complications related to spillage of the hazardous spray chemicals. [article]

8/23/2015

El Dorado, AR

1

(~1205) A Beech Debonair is flown from Florence, SC [KFLO] to South Arkansas Regional Airport [KELD]. The flight is routed south of storms in western Georgia and also faces some weather near the destination. The 51-yr-old pilot, a doctor on a 2-week vacation, dies when he crashes into wooded terrain near the airport. Fuel exhaustion is suspected. [article]-[FlightAware]

8/23/2015

Dittingen, Switzerland (~1130) A midair collision happens during an airshow in Switzerland. The German ‘Grasshoppers’ aerobatic team flies a formation flight of three Ikarus C42s, but a collision causes two aircraft to crash to the ground. One pilot parachutes safely, and the other pilot is killed. [article]

8/22/2015

Kasilof, AK

2

(~2005) Two local men, ages 57 and 69, are killed when their Cessna 180 impacts wooded terrain near Kasilof, then erupts in fire. The Kasilof Airport [5KS] is on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, 62nm southwest of Anchorage. [article]

8/22/2015

Shoreham, UK (~1315) A Hawker Hunter performs a high-speed, low altitude loop at an airshow, but fails to level before completing the loop. The pilot reportedly survived after crashing into a road near the airport, hitting four cars and triggering a fireball. Seven people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured. [article]

8/22/2015

Martinsville, IL

1

(~morning) A male pilot goes missing after taking off in his airplane. Wreckage is found in a Clark County bean field. [article]

8/20/2015

Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia (~0923) Two Let L-410 airplanes collide midair while climbing with nearly 40 skydivers aboard. The flights were reportedly practicing for an airshow. Most of the skydivers successfully bailed out, but some failed to exit and seven are killed. Wreckage caused fires in the White Carpathians mountain range near the border with the Czech Republic. [article]

8/19/2015

Big Belt Mountain Range, MT

2

(~2230) A Cessna Skyhawk takes off from the Helena Airport [KHLN] on a trip home for two men, to White Sulphur Springs, 70-miles away. The aircraft never arrives and a call to officials is made at 11:46pm. A search commences at 6:15am, and the wreckage is located within two hours. The aircraft reportedly struck rocks and crashed, killing both men, ages 59 and 86. [article]

8/19/2015

Ronkonkoma, NY

0

(~1915) An R22 helicopter is hovering 1-2 feet over the ground, then crashes and rolls onto its side at the Long Island MacArthur Airport [KISP]. Both the flight instructor and student pilot were injured, and one was hospitalized with a possible head injury. [article]

8/18/2015

Wiville, AR

1

(~1110) An Ag Tractor is flying an insecticide spray mission on a field of beans when the aircraft ‘clips’ a telephone pole. The flight reportedly continued more than a mile before crashing in a forest and killing the 34-yr-old male pilot. [article]

8/17/2015

McAllen, TX

2

(~1852) An instructor and student pilot are flying the pattern when their kitbuilt Zenair CH 2000 crashes south of the McAllen Miller International Airport [KMFE]. A fire erupted and both occupants died. [article]

8/17/2015

Las Vegas, NV

0

(~1815) Allegiant Flight #436, an MD-83, aborts a takeoff at Las Vegas [KLAS] when the nose prematurely lifts due to a mechanical issue with the elevator. [article]

8/16/2015

San Diego, CA

5

(~1104) A Cessna Skyhawk and a Sabreliner jet collide over Otay Mesa, two-miles northeast of Runway 26R at Brown Field Municipal Airport [KSDM]. Both aircraft disintegrated and rained debris.The airport has a federal contract control tower. The jet was carrying four persons and was registered to military contractor BAE Systems. [article]
UPDATE: A-S.N has posted further incident information, including the METAR and possible aircraft registration, N442RM.
UPDATE: News reports are that both pilots were talking to ATC and the C172 was flying closed traffic (touch-and-goes).
UPDATE: Witnesses report seeing both aircraft ‘downwind’ and converging just prior to impact. The debris fields show the Cessna in a 055 heading and the Sabreliner in a 060 heading. A downwind leg would be roughly a 080 heading. NTSB link

8/16/2015

Hicksville, NY

1

(~0748) A Beech Bonanza departs Francis Gabreski Airport [KFOK] on a flight to New Jersey. The 1952 model is cruising along over Syosset at 6,500-ft and speeds from 160-190 knots, then suddenly loses speed. A left turn is made in an apparent attempt to make an emergency landing at Republic Airport [KFRG], but the flight instead crashes and erupts in flames where the Long Island Railroad is crossed by South Oyster Bay Road. One occupant is killed, the other is hospitalized. A video of the flight track showing a surprisingly rapid descent rate was posted on Twitter. [article]-[A-S.N]

8/15/2015

West Caldwell, NJ

1

(~1000) A Cessna Stationair takes off from Runway 22 at the Essex County Airport [KCDW], then crashes behind a child daycare facility. A fire erupts and the pilot, said to be in his fifties, is killed. [article]

8/14/2015

Las Cruces, NM

1

(~1050) A 1951 T28 trainer takes off from the airport in Las Cruces, NM [KLRU] heading for El Paso, but the pilot turns back within five minutes due to a problem. He is unable to return and makes a forced landing in rough terrain a half mile before the runway. Both pilot and passenger are injured, and the pilot later dies. [article]

8/13/2015

460-miles W of Point Reyes, CA

1

(~2239) A kitbuilt Lancair Evolution takes off on a flight from Phoenix Deer Valley [KDVT] to Hesperia, CA [L26]. The pilot is believed to have become incapacitated near Palmdale, and the flight continued westbound until fuel exhaustion caused it to crash into the Pacific Ocean, approx. 460-miles west of Point Reyes. [article]

8/13/2015

Oroville, WA

2

(~morning) A Cessna Skylane takes off on a flight to Spokane but crashes into wooded terrain, kicking off a series of wildfires in a very dry state. The fires spread to the border with Canada. Firefighters eventually find the airplane wreckage and two local residents aboard, both deceased. [article]

8/12/2015

Weirsdale, FL

2

(~0930) A Beech Bonanza crashes in a near vertical trajectory and burns in a wooded yard, just after departing from the Love Field residential airport [97FL]. [article]

8/10/2015

Marathon Key, FL

1

(~0010) A Piper PA28 Arrow crashes on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Marathon Key. The 53-yr-old male pilot was a retired fire chief. [article]

8/9/2015

Harbor Springs, MI

1

(~2300) A Piper PA32 Lance crashes on the grounds of the Emmet Brick and Block Company while approaching the Harbor Springs Airport [KMGN]. The 58-yr-old pilot, a former police officer now working in the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, was reportedly flying to attend a meeting. [article]

8/9/2015

Eddyville, IL

2

(~2100) A 4-seat airplane takes off from Marion, KY on a flight of 30-45 minutes to Marion, IL. At 8:55PM, the pilot sends his wife a text, reporting they are flying in rough weather and having trouble. The wreckage was found late the next day, crashed in rugged terrain in the Shawnee National Forest. [article]

8/9/2015

Dakota City, IA

1

(~1900) A kitbuilt gyrocopter crashes into the front yard of a home, killing the 58-yr-old male pilot. The 65-yr-old male passenger is hospitalized with serious injuries. Some news articles reported that the crash occured in the yard of the passenger’s wife. [article]

8/9/2015

Compton, CA

1

(~1230) An Aviat Husky pilot makes repeated low passes to hook a banner at the Compton/Woodley Airport [KCPM]. On his seventh pass he succeeds and hooks a ‘Bud Light’ banner, but then crashes near the airport, causing a fire. The pilot dies, and a witness suffers burns attempting a rescue. [article]

8/7/2015

Bridgewater Township, PA

1

(~1900) A homebuilt Kitfox crashes into a field next to Route 29 and erupts in flames, killing the 66-yr-old male pilot. [article]

8/7/2015

Saranac Lake, NY

4

(~1820) A Piper Malibu crashes shortly after taking off from the Adirondack Regional Airport [KSLK]. [article]

8/7/2015

Nashville, TN

0

(~0620) A CRJ operated as Skywest Flight#4811 for Delta Airlines has an APU fire on the right side while preparing for takeoff from Nashville [KBNA] to Cincinnati [KCVG]. The fire quickly ended after fuel flow was shut off. A picture is tweeted by an airport passenger. [article]

8/6/2015

Birchwood, AK

2

(~2345) A Piper Super Cub is found inverted in the mudflats of Cook Inlet, west of the Birchwood Airport. The two reported occupants have not yet been located. [article]-[article2](still missing as of 8/12/2015).
UPDATE: NTSB’s Preliminary Report offers details, including the presumption that both occupants died.

8/6/2015

Santa Barbara County, CA

2

(~2200) A Cessna Skylane takes off from Lompoc heading for the McClellan-Palomar Airport [KCRQ] in Carlsbad. When approximately 18-miles northeast of Santa Barbara, the pilot calls ATC with a mayday due to engine problems. The airplane crashes in rugged terrain near the Don Victor trailhead. Respondents report two deceased men were found, both appearing to be in their 50’s. [article]

8/6/2015

Frazier Lake, CA

1

(~1030) A Ryan ST3KR (a WWII trainer) flies from Reid-Hillview in San Jose and lands on the grass runway at the Frazier Lake Airpark [1C9], near Hollister, CA. Shortly after landing, the taildragger collides with a mower, killing the 75-yr-old mower operator, and injuring both the pilot and his passenger. [article]

8/5/2015

Atkinson, IL

0

(~1700) A Hughes 269 helicopter built in 1963 clips a powerline then crashes into a soybean field. The farmer is nearby and witnesses the crash, then quickly comes to the wreckage and helps pull the pilot free as a fire erupts. The pilot is hospitalized with critical injuries. The FAA ASIAS incident posting notes the flight was ‘enroute’, thus apparently not a spray mission. [article]

8/3/2015

St. Ignatius, MT

0

(~1000) A Cessna Turbo Stationair loses power and the pilot makes a forced landing to a road, hitting a cherry tree before coming to rest upright. News photos are not clear, but appear to show substantial damages, with floats splayed upward into the wings. The FAA ASIAS incident posting makes no mention of any failure or accident, but describes this incident only as “off airport landing on road.” [article]

8/1/2015

Santa Paula, CA

1

(~0900) A Cessna Skymaster takes off from the Santa Paula Airport [KSZP], after a senior pilot left his Ojai home to go flying at around 8:30AM. The aircraft wreckage is found around 3PM, in foothills roughly 4-miles from the airport. His wife reported that flying was his life-long passion and he had flown since age 16. [article]

8/1/2015

Ashley County, AR

1

(~0655) A 39-yr-old pilot is killed when his crop-duster crashes into a cornfield during an early morning spray mission. [article]

7/31/2015

Hampshire, England, UK (~1509) A Phenom 300 flown by a Jordanian pilot arrives from Milan, Italy carrying adult members of the bin Laden family of Saudi Arabia. The flight makes a left turn 360-degree loop, lines up to land on Runway 25 at Blackbushe Airport, then crashes onto a British Car Auctions lot used for selling used cars. All occupants die in the ensuing fire, which also destroys many parked vehicles. [article]-[A-S.N]

7/29/2015

Milwaukee, WI

2

(~1811) A 53-yr-old COO for a Boston growth equity firm flies his 18-yr-old daughter for a college visit at Marquette University. An attempted landing at Timmerman Airport [KMWC] leads to a go-around. The TBM700 crashes in a field and erupts in flames, killing both occupants. [article]

7/29/2015

Truth or Consequences, NM

2

(~1030) Officials conducting an aerial wildlife survey spot a crashed Piper PA28 near the Truth or Consequences Municipal Airport [KTCS]. The plane’s 48-yr-old owner from La Luz, NM, and a 37-yr-old from Layton, UT, are both killed. The actual date/time of the crash is unknown, and could have been as much as a week earlier. [article]

7/27/2015

Holland, MN

3

(~2013) A kitbuilt Wheeler Express impacts a cornfield, killing all three occupants. A witness on the ground reported sputtering sounds indicative of a power loss just prior to the crash. [article]

7/27/2015

Polk County, WI

4

(~1524) A Beech Bonanza crashes into a farm field and a post-crash fire ensues, killing all four aboard. [article]

7/26/2015

Riverside, CA

1

(~1700) The pilot of a 1955 Beech Bonanza advises ATC at the Riverside tower that he has lost power and likely will not make it to the nearest runway. He is killed when he crashes a half mile east of the runway, into a wall behind the residence of an elderly couple. [article]

7/26/2015

Colbert, OK

1

(~1500) Witnesses hear a loud bang suggesting an engine failure on an overflying 1979 Beech Bonanza flying from Springfield, MO to Fort Worth, TX. The aircraft makes a forced landing, killing the pilot and sending his 64-yr-old wife to the hospital. [article]

7/25/2015

Kenosha, WI

2

(~afternoon) A kitbuilt Zenith CH601XL is reported overdue at the EAA flyin-convention in Oshkosh [KOSH]. It is then found crashed in a field near Kenosha, 125-miles south of Oshkosh. The wreckage is soon found, with both male occupants dead. The aircraft reportedly was based in Kentucky or Indiana. [article]

7/25/2015

Albertson, NC

0

(~0830) A Cessna A188 AgTruck on a crop-dusting mission reportedly has insufficient power and crashes into a field while taking off from a private airstrip. The pilot was not injured. [article]

7/23/2015

Fargo, ND

0

(~1302) An MD80 flown by Allegiant executives as Allegiant Flight #426 takes off from Las Vegas [KLAS] 80-minutes late, and arrives at the scheduled destination, but the Fargo, ND [KFAR] airport was closed for a Blue Angels practice session. A discussion ensues with ATC and, despite the 45-minute fuel reserve requirement, the pilot says he is unable to divert to another airport 70-miles away. He soon declares a fuel emergency to get a landing clearance. [article]

7/22/2015

Lake Wales, FL

1

(~1040) A Cirrus SR20 registered with the Aerosim Flight Academy crashes in a marshy area near the Lake Wales Municipal Airport. The aircraft had departed the Sanford Airport near Orlando and was headed for Fort Myers, but the emergency recovery chute deployed for unknown reasons. A 32-yr-old male instructor is recovering in a hospital, but the 26-yr-old student, from China, died of his injuries. [article] ?NTSB?

7/21/2015

Auburn, WY

2

(~1848) Two men, ages 22 and 64, are killed when their Aeronca Champion crashes while reportedly doing a ‘candy drop’ over a local event. [article]

7/20/2015

Walla Walla, WA

0

(~??) A helicopter working a wildfire 9-miles east of Walla Walla suffered a mechanical failure and crashed. The pilot was able to walk away. [article]

7/19/2015

Trapper Creek, AK

1

(~1900) A 54-yr-old man flies low over the wedding reception for his daughter, and the landing gear of his Cessna 206 strikes a tree. He crashes and is killed. [article]

7/18/2015

W of Cody, WY

4

(~1220) A Cessna 310 takes off from Sheridan, WY bound for Billings, MT, but ATC reports the flight suddenly disappearing from radar eighty-minutes later. Wreckage and four fatalities (two male, two female) are quickly located in the Shoshone National Forest, north of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. [article]

7/17/2015

W of Juneau, AK

1

(~1320) A Cessna 207 operated as Wings of Alaska Flight 202 departs Juneau [PAJN] for a 40-mile hop to Hoonah [PAOH], but crashes midway, killing the 45-yr-old pilot. Two of the four passengers suffered serious or critical injuries. Weather at both Juneau and Hoonah included rain and reduced ceilings and visibilities, though METARs at both locations before and after the accident were at least low marginal VFR. However, the area of the accident had reportedly seen ceilings as low as 400-feet. [article]

7/17/2015

South Cayucos, CA

1

(~1305) A powered parachute crashes east of Highway One and just south of the Cal Fire station, killing the 55-yr-old male pilot. A witness reported an appearance that the pilot was having difficulties. [article] ?NTSB?

7/14/2015

Festus, MO

0

(~1515) A 1959 model Cessna 182 flown by Fly Free Skydiving climbs to altitude then drops four skydivers over the Festus Memorial Airport [KFES]. A malfunction during the aggressive descent back toward the airport causes the 19-yr-old pilot to bail out, and he safely lands in a bean field, using his parachute. The aircraft disintegrates when it impacts wooded terrain. The same operator had a similar failure and pilot bailout on 6/14/14, that time with a 21-yr-old pilot. [article]

7/14/2015

Cedar Lakes, TX

2

(~1215) A Piper PA32 crashes into brushland in the San Bernard Refuge area of Brazoria County. Two men, ages 63 and 57, are killed in the crash. The younger man was reportedly a retired state trooper, and at least one news article includes a reader comment that the passenger was a flight instructor. [article]

7/12/2015

Stafford Township, NJ

0

(~1000) A 1963 model Cessna 210 departs from the Eagles Nest Airport [31E], northeast of Atlantic City, carrying four skydivers. It loses power, then makes a forced-landing to a highway, in front of a Home Depot. A skydiving ‘instructor’ is the only one injured, with a reported minor cut on his arm. [article]

7/11/2015

North Cascades, WA

2

(~1630) A Beech BE35 departs around 4PM with three on board, from Kalispell, MT [KGPI] to Lynden, WA [38W], but never arrives. The 63-yr-old pilot and his 62-yr-old wife are carrying their 16-yr-old step-granddaughter back to her home near Bellingham. A cellphone signal is last received near Omak, at around 11:30PM. The 16-yr-old emerges from the rough terrain near Easy Pass Trailhead on the morning of the 13th. She hitches a ride eastbound on Highway 20 to the Mazama store, and is then connected to the search authorities. [article]-PRELIMINARY
UPDATE, 8/5/2015: — The NTSB Preliminary Report notes an interview with the survivor indicates the pilot was using a GPS to navigate, entered clouds, faced a mountain when coming out of the clouds, and was unable to turn away from impact.

7/11/2015

east of Acme, WA

2

(~0745) A Piper PA22 departs from International Falls, MN [KINL] bound for Orcas Island, WA, but crashes near Twin Sisters Mountain in Whatcom County, about 10 miles east of the small town of Acme near the Mount Baker Highway. The pilot was a retired fire official, became a licensed pilot in 2010, and was listed in social media as a self-employed aviation guide. [article1]-[article2]-PRELIMINARY
UPDATE, 8/5/2015: — The NTSB Preliminary Report contradicts published news stories, indicating the accident flight was early in the morning, departing the nearby airport in Stehekin. News articles suggested a flight from International Falls, with a crash around 1430 local time Saturday, but possibly the flight landed at Stehekin and then crashed after a 0700 takeoff Sunday morning.

7/7/2015

Lewisfield Plantation, SC

2

(~1102) An F-16 jet on a reported instrument training flight from Shaw AFB to Charleston AFB broadsides a Cessna 150 that had just taken off from a GA airport west of Moncks Corner. Later news interviews indicate the impact happened at roughly 2,500-3,000 feet altitude. The Cessna crashes into a lowlands near the plantation home, killing both the 30-yr-old pilot (a former baseball player who had been drafted by the Atlanta Braves) and his 68-yr-old father. [article]

7/4/2015

Carlsbad, CA

0

(~1500) A Piper PA18 loses power while towing a banner, releases the banner, then lands at surf-edge on a crowded beach, near the Encina power station. The plane flipped over and the 23-yr-old pilot was reportedly uninjured, but a 12-yr-old boy was taken to the hospital after possibly being clipped by the aircraft or debris. The aircraft is registered to Air Ads Inc., based out of Gillespie Field [KSEE] in El Cajon. Raw video footage is viewable at various online news sites. [article]

7/4/2015

Miami, FL

0

(~1445) A banner tow plane loses power. The pilot releases the banner and crashes into Biscayne Bay. [article]

7/4/2015

Portland, TX

2

(~1400) A young couple both die when their 1947 Aeronca Champ crashes near the North Shore Country Club. Neighbors reported seeing the aircraft barely miss hitting homes, just before the crash. [article]

7/4/2015

Salem, OR

1

(~0825) A Mooney MO20 on a reported missed approach (IFR practice?) impacts terrain on Salem Airport [KSLE] property, near the north end of the runways, starting a fire and killing the pilot. [article]

7/3/2015

Bartlett, IL

1

(~1545) A 61-yr-old student pilot flies a Cessna 172 operated by Fox Flying Club, Inc., out of DuPage, IL [KDPA]. He takes off from DuPage intending a short flight to an airport just 8-miles to the east. On his return flight, he reports to ATC that he is having problems with the rudder but will figure it out. The wreckage is later found in a forest preserve area. The impact was so severe that the coroner needed to use dental records to make the identification. [NTSB Preliminary]

7/3/2015

Frisco, CO

1

(~1415) An AS350 helicopter operated by Flight for Life Colorado takes off from the St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center in Frisco but falls from the sky after climbing to roughly 100-feet. It impacts parked vehicles and a large fire ensues, killing the 64-yr-old male veteran pilot, and injuring both medical crew members. [article]

7/2/2015

Carey, ID

1

(~1830) A 21-yr-old pilot based in McCall takes off from Moab, UT in the late afternoon, flying his Piper Tri-Pacer to Stanley, ID. His family reports his failure to arrive. The crashed aircraft is located the next morning near Craters of the Moon National Monument. [NTSB Preliminary]

7/1/2015

Chehalem, OR

2

(~2214) A Schweizer 269 crashes in a farm field, during night training a mile west of the rural airstrip where the helicopter was based, in an area of rolling hills and farms southwest of Portland, OR. A field fire was extinguished the next day. The instructor and student were both killed. The helicopter was owned by and the instructor was employed by Precision Aviation Training, based at Chehalem Airpark [17S]. A nearly full moon had risen at 8:34pm, and sunset was 9:03pm; at least one news report stated that low altitude flying had been witnessed. [article]-[OAW]

7/1/2015

Gettysburg, SD

0

(~2130) A Robinson R44 helicopter stricks a powerline then crashes into a ditch, while taking off from the helipad of a private resort, 16-miles west of Gettysburg. [article]

7/1/2015

Asotin, WA

2

(~midday) A Hughes 269 helicopter was reported overdue, then located in the Ayers Gulch area, 7-miles south of Asotin. Both occupants died in the crash. [article]

7/1/2015

Quinlan, TX

2

(~1300) A Piper Commanche crashes in a near-vertical attitude, shortly after taking off from a grass airstrip at the Rockin’ M Airport [T14]. A grass fire was started, and both occupants, males age 54 and 49, were killed. [article]

 

 

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