Accidents & Incidents, [2013Q1]

The following table presents a chronology for the first quarter of 2013, showing all U.S. aviation accidents listed as ‘Fatal’ within the NTSB Aviation Accident Database. Data shows date (weekends are underlined), location, number of fatalities, and a brief synopsis. For some accidents click on the blue date to open a separate webpage with further info/records/links.

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.

These color-codes are added to aid in tracking accident trends:

MIDAIR ATC EMS FATIGUE COMMERCIAL
AG WX

2013Q2 Fatals … link to the next quarter

3/31/13

Winston-Salem, NC

2

(~12:50PM): A Lancair LC42 crashes roughly twelve minutes after departure from Wilkes County Airport [KUKF], on a one hour eastbound flight. Records show the flight was cruising at 5,000′ VFR. Witnesses claim hearing no engine before the aircraft crashed into a stand of tall trees in a residential area.

3/30/13

Talkeetna, AK

3

(~11:20PM): A Eurocopter AS350 with two State Troopers and a rescued snowmobiler crashes, killing all three. Search was delayed due to poor weather. The deceased were all male, ages 55, 40 and 56. The snowmobile had been reported stranded at around 7:35PM.

3/30/13

Franktown, CO

1

(~8:40PM): A Piper PA28 flying from New Mexico to land at Centennial Airport [KAPA] near Denver crashes into a cow pasture, cause unknown.

3/30/13

Littlefield, TX

2

(evening): A Schleicher K7 glider loses a wing, then plummets to a crash at this airport [KLIU] near Lubbock. The very experienced 79-yr-old male pilot and a 13-yr-old male passenger were both killed. A similar incident caused fatalities in England in May 2004; that accident led to a grounding, then generated a regular inspection requirement for this glider model. FAA has NOT duplicated that requirement in the U.S.

3/30/13

Smoketown, PA

1

(~5:45PM): A homebuilt Kolb Firefly ultralight crashes after it stalls and spins, killing the builder/owner.

3/29/13

Collegedale, TN

1

(afternoon): A Zenair CH601 Zodiac with a new owner and a flight instructor is practicing aerobatics when control is lost, the canopy opens, and the new owner is ejected (news reports are neither passenger was wearing a seatbelt). The instructor regains control and lands. The ejected body is later found. One news story says the aircraft was built by a man who was killed last December in another plane crash (see 12/2/12). The high-performance Zodiac was recently purchased from the estate.

3/29/13

Hawley, MN

1

(~10:30AM): A Cessna C152 crashes into snowy terrain during fog conditions. The aircraft had been reported late/missing on a flight to Superior, WI, and an ALNOT was issued. Cause of crash unknown.

3/27/13

Wikieup, AZ

1

(~11:15AM): A Mooney MO20 loses power and makes a forced landing into an area of desert sagebrush, killing one passenger and injuring two others.

3/26/13

Breckenridge,TX

1

(~1:37PM): A Hughes OH6 helicopter crashes while doing work over a ranch stock tank. The pilot survives, but the 75-yr-old passenger (and owner of the ranch) is killed.

3/23/13

Zephyrhills, FL

2

(~10:30AM): A group of 22 skydivers jump together at a skydive operation in central Florida, but it was later realized that two had gone missing. A search is initiated, and the two bodies are located nine hours later, at 7:30PM, in the forest. Both fatalities were male tourists visiting from Iceland. One was age-41, the other was age-25. A local news article quotes a co-owner at the skydive operation: “Skydiving gets safer and safer every year,” Hayes said, “but it’s still an extreme sport.”

3/17/13

South Bend, IN

2

(~4:30PM): A Beechcraft Premierjet crashes into three homes while allegedly turning back toward the airport after a failed approach in clear and sunny weather. The jet had departed Tulsa, OK [KRVS]. Reports at this time are two dead, with rumors of a mechanical failure related to an abandoned approach. The aircraft is a 2009 model registered to DigiCuts, a Tulsa company specializing in window tint films.

3/15/13

Fort Lauderdale, FL

3

(~4:20PM): A Piper PA31 Navajo (twin engine) loses power immediately after takeoff. Witnesses report seeing it bank in an apparent attempt to return for an emergency landing. The aircraft crashes into an auto repossession parking lot, catches fire, and kills all three onboard. [KFLL]

3/15/13

Lake Charles, LA

3

(~11:45AM): A Sikorky S-76A helicopter crashes five miles from the airport departure point, killing the male pilot and two male mechanics, ages 69, 41, and 55 respectively. The helicopter was on a maintenance test flight with Era Helicopters LLC, a company that provides helicopter services to oil rigs in the Gulf.

3/9/13

Woodinville, WA

1

(~3:20PM): A Maule 5 Strata Rocket, operated by Uventures LLC, appears to lose power before crashing inverted into an occupied home. The 45-yr-old male pilot died; his passenger, a visiting nephew, is in the hospital with serious injuries. The Maule missed by ten feet crashing into a room occupied by two uninjured youth playing video games.

3/8/13

Dillingham, AK

2

(~8:14AM): Beech 1900 flying for ACE Air Cargo had departed Anchorage at 5:44AM, made a stop in King Salmon, and was headed for Dillingham. The Center controller sets the aircraft up for an RNAV GPS RY19 approach, with a clearance to the initial approach fix at or above 2,000′. As the flight approaches the initial approach fix, they request a hold to make a radio call to flight service at the airport. ATC approves, but does not adjust the altitude restriction to protect the holding pattern. The Beech 1900 impacts rising hilly terrain at an altitude of 2,000′, killing both pilots.

3/4/13

Terrell, TX

1

(~4:25PM): An experimental biplane crashes while possibly doing aerobatic maneuvers (according to witnesses), after departing the Mesquite, TX airport [KHQZ]. The owner/pilot, a 69-yr-old male, had purchased the aircraft one month earlier.

3/4/13

Rainy Pass, AK

3

(late morning): A Cessna 182 Skylane departed Anchorage, destination Takotna, and crashed near Rainy Pass. Three died, including a 59-yr-old male pilot, a 48-yr-old woman, and her 10-yr-old daughter.

3/3/13

Saratoga, WY

1

(afternoon): The wreckage of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and the deceased pilot were found on the side of a mountain in south central Wyoming, west of the intended destination of Laramie. The 63-yr-old male pilot owned an aviation company in Tehachapi, CA. He flew to Laramie on Sunday (3/3/13) and a search began after he failed to arrive. Evidence at the crash site indicates he survived the crash, then took shelter under the wing.

3/3/13

Angel Fire, NM

4

(~1:20PM): Two adults and two children died when their Mooney MO20 crashed during strong crosswind conditions. Angel Fire [KAXX] is 150 miles northeast of Albuquerque. The RY17 departure coincided with winds recorded at 250 degrees measuring 33kts with gusts to 47kts. Witnesses noted a strong ~40 degree crab angle and rocking wings as the pilot struggled to deal with the crosswind. The aircraft was registered to a Texas company, and it is feared the victims were a family from San Antonio.

2/27/13

Deming, NM

1

(afternoon): A Cessna C150 pilot calls FAA while inflight, saying he is losing his vision. Wreckage is later found strewn across a remote, small valley. The male pilot is killed.

2/24/13

Tampa, FL

1

(~8:30AM): A Piper PA28 Arrow departs from a small airpark north of Tampa, into low weather conditions, and crashes due to unknown reasons. The 59-year-old male retired doctor was flying home to east Tennessee, after a visit with his sister’s family.

2/22/13

Oklahoma City, OK

2

(~5:45AM): A Eurocopter AS350 crashes while taking off near a nursing home. Multiple news stories exist. One is that the helicopter had completed an EMS flight, and was taking off to return to its base. Another was that the helicopter was taking off to fly 70- (or 90-) miles, to pick up a patient transfer. The helicopter was registered with EagleMed LLC, a Kansas-based medical transport company.

2/20/13

Thomson, GA

5

(~8:06PM): A Raytheon 390 Corporate Jet clips a concrete power pole 59′ above ground level and roughly 1/4-mile past the end of the runway when the corporate pilot executes a go-around. Weather was not a factor; calm winds and clear skies. This flight was returning from a medical services trip in Nashville. The jet was flown on a regular schedule by a medical business, the Vein Guys, to provide services at numerous Southeast U.S. locations. The airport is 30-miles west of Augusta, with a 5200′ runway. [KHQU]

2/20/13

Parkers Prairie, MN

1

(~6:25PM): A Maule MXT-7 crashes for unknown reasons, killing the 41-year-old male pilot.

2/18/13

Ely, NV

1

(~3:00PM): A Bell 206B helicopter clips a powerline while doing aerial grass seeding, 50-miles west of Ely. The 74-year-old male pilot is killed. The helicopter was registered to El Aero Services of Elko. [KELY]

2/17/13

Poplarville, MS

1

(~3:30PM): An unregistered ultralight maneuvering at low altitude collides with trees and crashes, and the 50-year-old male pilot dies at the hospital. Witnesses claim that a gust of wind may have forced him into the tree. NTSB link

2/15/13

Jennings, LA

1

(~evening): A cropduster collides with a communications tower. The 52-year-old male pilot from Iowa is killed. Aircraft owner was Riceland Aviation Services, at Jennings Airport [3R7].

2/14/13

Vero Beach, FL

3

(~4:30PM): Air traffic control loses communications with a Cessna C310 (light twin) near Fort Pierce. The wreckage is found in a marsh area, 20 miles west of Vero Beach, cause of crash unknown. [KVRB]

2/13/13

Winters, CA

1

(~4:20PM): A Tipsy Nipper light aerobatic aircraft flying from Yolo County to Vacaville loses a wing and spirals to a fatal crash. One witness noted hearing an odd sounding engine, then seeing the wing fall off. Another witness commented about the frequent aerobatic activity in the area. The aircraft, developed in Belgium in the 1950’s, had a limited factory production followed by a history of kit construction.

2/13/13

New Smyrna Beach, FL

1

(~1:13PM): A Cessna 337 Skymaster impacts a tree shortly after takeoff. The aircraft disintegrates, killing the 56-year-old male pilot. The pilot was a patent attorney and president of the ‘Friends’ group at the airport. [KEVB]

2/10/13

Acton, CA

3

(~3:40AM): A Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter reportedly crashes while shooting a TV reality show, killing all three on board. News reports indicate it was a military-theme show, under production by Discovery Channel, using the aerial services of Crossbow Helicopters. The accident happened on the Polsa Rosa Ranch, a popular film-shoot location.

2/8/13

Tucson, AZ

1

(~10:00AM): A Cessna 152 impacts terrain near Ryan Field Airport [KRYN]. The aircraft inverts and the wreckage becomes quite twisted and mangled. The 75-yr-old male pilot, a lecturer at a local engineering college, is killed.

2/6/13

Casa Grande, AZ

2

(~11:35AM): A Beech E90 King Air doing a series of touch-and-go’s makes a hard bounce, then climbs to a stall and crashes. A 51-yr-old flight instructor and a 65-yr-old retired urologist, both male, are dead after impact and post-crash fire.

2/6/13

Minden, NV

1

(~5:30PM): A Cessna 172 takes off near sunset, with the intention of coming right back. The crashed aircraft and 46-yr-old male pilot’s body are located the next day.

2/2/13

Groveland, FL

1

(~3:20PM): A hang glider crashes under unknown circumstances. The 27-yr-old male pilot from Illinois has numerous hang gliding photos on his Facebook page and is a hang gliding flight instructor. The crash happened on the runway of an airfield operated by Quest Air Hang Gliding.

1/26/13

Niles, MI

1

(~4:40PM): An unregistered ultralight being flown by a 50-yr-old male crashes into dense forest 1.5 miles from his destination airport. He had been flying alongside a friend flying another ultralight.

1/24/13

Monroe, LA

4

(~1:49PM): Beech BE36 Bonanza company airplane flying mid-day from Beaumont TX, begins descent from a cruise at 7,000′. A few minutes later, witnesses hear a sputter, see smoke, and it crashes into a fireball, five miles from the destination.

1/19/13

Mangum, OK

3

(~5:30PM): Beech BE55 Baron crashes, with witnesses reporting an appearance of engine trouble.

1/19/13

Boulder, UT

2

(~3:30PM): Cessna C140 collides with transmission lines 8-miles south of airport. Preliminary info suggests the aircraft was de-registerred in September 2012.

1/16/13

Burlington, NC

1

(~6:00AM): Pilatus PC12 operated by Labcorp crashes minutes after takeoff.

1/15/13

Pellston, MI

1

(~8:42PM): Cessna C208 picks up fuel and freight, then crashes a mile from the airport, right after takeoff. Night VMC.

1/13/13

Dover, DE

1

(~7:10PM): Piper PA28 flies IFR from Georgia, intending to land at Salisbury, MD. Three-hours later, after extensive local maneuvering, pilot calls a ‘pan-pan-pan’ and crashes in reported heavy fog.

1/13/13

Maneo, NC

1

(~11:45AM): Piper PA34 Seneca crashes into Croatan Sound, a mile short of the runway, while on approach in fog and low deck conditions. Male pilot dies, female passenger is rescued from the water.

1/12/13

Sarasota, FL

2

(~3:30PM): Seawind 3000 kit seaplane crashes shortly after takeoff, and burns on a college campus. Pilot killed, and his passenger survives, in critical condition with severe burns, but dies later.

1/12/13

Glory, TX

3

(~9:00AM): Piper PA46 Malibu takes off, then crashes ten miles south of departure airport.

1/11/13

Maxwell, NE

4

(~3:53PM): Beech BE58 crashes ten minutes after takeoff. Company flight (concrete contractor).

1/6/13

Porterville, CA

2

(~4:00PM): Beech BE35 crashes while flying from San Diego to Fresno.

1/4/13

Palm Coast, FL

3

(~2:19PM): Beech BE35 overflight, pilot reports smoke in the cockpit and attempts an emergency landing at Palm Coast, FL. Crashes into a house, and bursts into flames, just east of the airport. The homeowner escaped.

1/2/13

Ventura, IA

3

(~9:00PM): Bell 407 helicopter on an EMS flight, enroute to a hospital for a patient transfer, crashes roughly 30-miles from the departure point.

1/2/13

Oceano, CA

1

(~4:00PM): Luscombe 8A crashed in sunny VMC under unknown circumstances on sand dunes in an off-road dunes recreational area.

1/2/13

Delano, CA

1

(~6:21AM): Bell 206 helicopter doing frost control over a citrus grove crashes. Fog was rolling in. The helicopter was hired to fly at 20- to 50-ft above the ground to mix in warmer air from above. Three helicopters had been working the area since 2AM.

1/1/13

Jasper, AL

3

(~10:40PM): Piper PA-30 twin crashes shortly after takeoff. Pilot was not yet licensed. He was 17-yrs-old and took two young friends on the illegal flight.

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