Accidents & Incidents, [2013Q2]

The following table presents a chronology for the second 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. Further info is viewable by clicking on the blue dates for specified accidents. 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: MIDAIRATCEMSFATIGUECOMMERCIALAGWX


2013Q3 Fatals … link to the next quarter

6-30-13

Ocean City, MD

2

(~4:00PM) A 43-yr-old police officer owns a Nanchang CJ-6A and enjoys taking his fellow police officers on recreational flights. On a Sunday afternoon, he goes flying with a 27-yr-old officer. The aircraft is seen doing what appears to be an aerial stunt, but ends up crash-landing onto water, 500-yards from the beach. The aircraft quickly sinks and both bodies are recovered and identified the next day.

6-29-13

Jacumba, CA

2

(~12:30PM) An Allstar PZL 2-seat glider crashes, 75-miles from San Diego. The glider is reported to be a relatively new model, registered to the Associated Glider Clubs of Southern California (AGCSC).

6-29-13

Oxnard, CA

2

(~12:10PM) A homebuilt Less Drag Special crashes into agricultural fields a mile and a half from the Oxnard Airport. Witnesses report apparent engine trouble, and then an explosion shortly after the crash. Both the pilot and a passenger are killed.

6-28-13

Cantwell, AK

3

(~11:45AM) A Beech BE55 Baron is flying from Fairbanks to Homer when it crashes in the Alaska Range, killing three.

6-28-13

Yellow Pine, ID

1

(~9:50AM) Pilots are arriving at a Fly-In sponsored by BackcountryPilot.org, near Yellow Pine, in rugged central Idaho. One report says the grass airstrip had seventy aircraft parked beside it. A Beech Baron collides in mid-air with a Piper PA22 Tri-Pacer; three are injured, and a 2-yr-old boy is killed. PRELIMINARY

6-27-13

Marion, TX

1

(~9:00PM) An RV-7 kitbuilt plane crashes while attempting to land at a private airport (Zuehl Airport), just after dark. The pilot is killed.

6-27-13

Birdseye, UT

1

(~10;25AM) A Cessna C172 Skyhawk is flying south of Provo and reports an in-flight cabin fire. The pilot attempts to land on a highway and clips a powerline, then crashes adjacent to the highway. The pilot is injured and his 50-yr-old male passenger is killed.

6-25-13

Great Bend, KS

1

(~1:15PM) An Air Bike ultralight stalls and spins to a crash near the airport. The pilot, a 26-yr-old male flight instructor, is killed. Winds were reported in excess of 20-kts with gusts to 37-kts.

6-24-13

San Luis Obispo, CA

1

(~1:00PM) A twin-engine Cessna C337 Skymaster takes off from the airport. The pilot calls a mayday and quickly crashes into a parked (and unoccupied) FedEx truck, and damaging a bio sciences building reported to be a chemical warehouse.

6-24-13

Helena, MT

1

(~12:12PM) A Beech BE35 Bonanza impacts terrain in a near-vertical spiral descent, killing the 51-yr-old male pilot. The area was noted to be commonly used for flying practice. The weather was calm and clear.

6-23-13

Boulder City, NV

2

(~2:45PM) A Beech A45 Mentor departs Boulder City, then crashes roughly 4-miles west of the field. Gusting winds were reported. More significant (perhaps) is that responders arriving on the scene found two victims and an airplane body, but the nose section of the aircraft was reportedly missing.

6-23-13

Ellington, CT

1

(~10:00AM) An ultralight crashes under unknown circumstances, killing the pilot.

6-23-13

Adrian, OR

1

(morning) A 52-yr-old male pilot recreating in the canyons along the Oregon-Idaho border takes his Extra EA300 for a flight, off of Ontario Airport. He strikes powerlines near a reservoir and is killed in the crash.

6-23-13

Wolcott, CO

2

(~8:11AM) A Chinese Yak based in Eagle is found crashed in a field. Two male victims are the 70-yr-old pilot/owner and a 69-yr-old passenger.PRELIMINARY

6-22-13

Idaho Falls, ID

2

(~1:30PM) A Piper PA30 Twin Comanche takes off and quickly tries to circle back but crashes just south of the airport. Two men, ages 64 and 43, are killed; a 13-yr-old boy is in serious condition.

6-22-13

Dayton, OH

2

(~12:46PM) A tragic airshow accident in Dayton kills wing-walker Jane Wicker and the pilot of her Boeing Stearman, Charlie Schwenker. Reports indicate she was doing a suspension routine while the Stearman was in a long and low inverted pass. The Stearman then nosed into the ground creating a huge fireball, in what was the third act of the day. The Airshow was then suspended for the rest of the day (Saturday), but still planned to fly on Sunday.

6-21-13

Pontiac, MI

4

(~1:40PM) A 19-yr-old with a new pilot license takes his 53-yr-old mother, 58-yr-old step-dad, and 34-yr-old step-brother on a scenic flight in a Cessna C172. Shortly after takeoff, he calls the tower and says, “we’re a little overweight … we’re going to have to come back and land”. The Cessna impacts on the airport surface, the wings break downward, a fire erupts, and all four are killed.PRELIMINARY

6-20-13

McClellansville, SC

2

(~5:00PM) A Rockwell AC69 Turbo Commander plummets to the ground in a spin, killing two onboard. Reports are it was a routine training flight.PRELIMINARY

6-19-13

Maplewood, MN

1

(8:13AM) A Bell 47 helicopter contracted to do mosquito control spray applications crashes into a garage and catches fire. A 44-yr-old male pilot was killed. News reports indicate the helicopter had just reloaded with spray and took off, when witnesses heard unusual noises and saw it drop from a low altitude. A police report states it was in a ‘spiral’.

6-17-13

McIntyre, PA

1

(~8:40PM) A 64-yr-old male is flying touch-and-go’s with an ultralight. He impacts tall tree tops, then nose-dives into a tree nursery, killing the pilot.

6-15-13

Madeline Island, WI

2

(~6:30PM) A Piper PA24 Comanche attempting to land crashes into trees 200-yds from the runway, killing both on board. The airport is located on a Lake Superior island.

6-12-13

Newton, MS

1

(~9:30AM) A Cessna C172 Skyhawk is on approach during flight instruction, when it impacts a powerline. The 57-yr-old male student pilot dies, and the male flight instructor is airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

6-12-13

Montague, CA

2

(~7:00AM) A kitbuilt Glasair crashes under unknown circumstances, killing both men aboard, ages 55 and 77. The crash location is described as near Harry Cash Rd., and near Hart Road. That would be at least five miles from the home airport for the airplane. One news article says a witness observed it making unusual maneuvers.

6-11-13

Talihina, OK

1

(~6:40PM) An EMS helicopter operated by EagleMed departs a hospital heliport with a patient, then crashes and catches fire. The 49-yr-old male patient dies, and all three crew members are injured.

6-11-13

Pampa, TX

1

(~2:00AM) A Pipestrel Alpha Trainer is flown from Indiana to Texas, intending to land at Borger (KBGD). It runs out of fuel. The ballistic recovery parachute system is deployed, and the flight comes rest in the dark of night, on a large ranch owned by T. Boone Pickens. A cellphone is used to call for emergency responders. The 64-yr-old male pilot dies, and his 22-yr-old male passenger is hospitalized with back injuries.

6-8-13

Westcliffe, CO

1

(~10:06AM) A Piper PA28 crashes at 9,000′ elevation at Medano Pass, near the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, killing the pilot and injuring two others. The flight was out of the Phoenix area, intending to land at Pueblo. One article references ATC losing communications with the flight.

6-8-13

Florida Everglades

1

(~10:00AM) A twin Cessna C340 departs Fort Lauderdale (FXE), headed for Leesburg in central Florida, then mysteriously crashes into swamps at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The 75-yr-old male pilot is killed.

6-7-13

Baker, LA

1

(~1:00PM) A Beechcraft BE20 Kingair crashes into a suburban residential area, just north of Baton Rouge, shortly after takeoff. Multiple houses catch fire. The 71-yr-old male pilot is killed.

6-6-13

Manchester, KY

3

(11:16PM) A Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter operated by Air Evac Lifeteam crashes 800-feet from its landing site, killing the crew of three. They had just completed a patient delivery/transfer to a hospital in London, KY. One news article mentions possible dense fog, though not confirmed. Another news article says it was seen on fire and spinning in the air. The fatalities include a 61-yr-old pilot and two other males, age 40 and 28. PRELIMINARY

6-6-13

Ludlow, SD

1

(~7:00PM) A Weatherly 620B crashes while on an ag spray mission, killing the pilot.

6-5-13

Cuttyhunk Island, MA

1

(~10:15AM) A Maule M4 Rocket takes off from a small dirt strip on this island west of Martha’s Vineyard, and crashes into trees. The 70-yr-old male pilot is killed.

6-4-13

Le Conte Bay, AK

1

(~5:40PM) A DeHavilland DHC-2 operated by Pacific Wings crashes while conducting air tours of glaciers, north of Petersburg, in southeast Alaska. An Alert Notice is issued the next day. One of six tourists from a cruise ship dies; the pilot and five other tourists suffer injuries. A news article states the pilot had reported fog and rain; the crash was on steep terrain at approx. 1,000′ elevation.

6-1-13

Doylestown, PA

1

(~11:45AM) A homebuilt Cri-Cri (twin engine, very small experimental) takes off, then impacts powerlines and catches fire. The pilot is badly burned and dies the next day.

5-31-13

Linden, NJ

1

(~1:00PM) A Diamond Eclipse DA20 takes off but lacks power to climb. An emergency is transmitted on radio and the aircraft then stalls and crashes nose-down. The 58-yr-old male instructor dies, while the 19-yr-old student pilot is seriously injured.

5-31-13

Phoenix, AZ

4

(~10:00AM) A Piper Cherokee PA28 and a Cessna (type unknown) collide midair while in a practice area, roughly 15-miles northwest of their training base at Deer Valley airport. Two students and two instructors are reported killed.

5-28-13

Mountainaire, AZ

2

(~11:43AM) A Beech Bonanza BE36 departs the airport south of Flagstaff, and the pilot reports to the contract tower that they are having trouble gaining altitude. The plane crashes near a home, about three miles to the south of the airport, and erupts in fire. Both the 59-yr-old pilot and his 54-yr-old wife were killed. He was a doctor and they were on a vacation.

5-27-13

Warner Robins, GA

2

(~6:05PM) A Piper Lance PA32 is flying from Apalachicola, FL to Greenville, SC when it radios an in-flight emergency. It then crashes into swampy forest, and catches fire, killing the two male South Carolina residents, ages 58 and 71.

5/24/13

Cross Timbers, MO

2

(~5:45PM) A Robinson R44 helicopter crashes while conducting a local flight, killing the 32-yr-old male pilot and his 21-yr-old female passenger. [article] The helicopter is registered to Lucas Oil Speedway, a regional facility with a dirt track and weekly races. The speedway was in the middle of a multi-day event, with gates open at 5PM for a set of evening races. The purpose of the flight has not yet been declared.
UPDATE, 12/24/13: NTSB’s investigation concluded that the helicopter struck a powerline, causing the crash. FAA and Lucas Oil’s ‘helicopter landing zone marshal’ explained the flight was to provide an aerial tour for the passenger. The landing zone marshal also stated the pilot’s habit was “…to be at least 500 feet above any clouds and no lower than 300 feet above ground level when the clouds were not a factor…” NTSB reported weather was not a factor: clear skies, good visibility, very light winds, with temps in the low seventies. NTSB measured the impacted powerline as roughly 65-feet above the ground surface. The impact location was seven miles northeast of the speedway. Full Narrative

5/24/13

Ephratah, NY

3

(~5:00PM) A Piper PA34 Seneca departs Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA on an Angel Flight mission to Rome, NY. An hour later, cruising at 8,000′ and approx. 60-miles east of Rome, the twin-engine plane breaks up in flight while passing through a line of weather buildups. Debris is reported scattered over a square mile; the primary debris ends up in a pond, with the pilot and two passengers dead. [flightaware: NGF743]

5/18/13

Auburn, CA

2

(~9:30PM) A Cessna C170 crashes into wooded terrain, a half-mile east of the airport. The couple flying had departed around 9PM from Crazy Creek Gliderport, at Middletown, CA.

5/18/13

Aztec, NM

1

(~10:45AM) The manager of the local airport goes flying on Saturday morning, and starts a takeoff roll with a crosswind. The wingtip apparently struck the ground, and the aircraft came to rest 100-150′ from the runway edge. Fuel ignited and the pilot was killed. The pilot had twice been mayor of the small town.

5/16/13

Truckee, CA

1

(~1:30PM) A Cessna C421 Golden Eagle departs San Jose (KRHV) for Reno, and is cruising at 17,000′ altitude, north of Lake Tahoe. The pilot becomes non-responsive to ATC and spins to a crash. [flightaware: N421W]

5/9/13

Biggs, CA

1

(~4:30PM) A Schweizer G164 cropduster lands at a private strip where the aerial spray/seeding operation is based, then strikes and kills a 66-yr-old male while taxiing. The man had been hired by a contractor, as part of a crew doing runway repair.

5/9/13

Fredericksburg, TX

2

(~1:15PM) A Cessna C182T Skylane crashes and catches fire while on approach, killing a couple in their early forties. The flight had come from Fort Worth Spinks (KFWS). Weather was an issue earlier in the flight, but it is not yet clear if that contributed to this crash. [flightaware: N6197H]

5/5/13

Easton, MN

1

(~7:30PM) A Steen Skybolt aerobatic plane crashes, killing the 44-yr-old male pilot. The FAA registry shows the aircraft was owned by Construction Engineering Services LLC, of Mankato.

5/5/13

Lamar, MO

1

(~9:00AM) A Piper Pawnee crashes into a field while maneuvering for a spray application. Witnesses claimed the 41-yr-old pilot from Ft. Scott, Kansas was practicing and showed no problems while flying; he had made some touch-and-goes at the ariprot, then a practice spray pass, and crashed while turning back toward the airport. All claimed no spray was on board at the time of the crash.

5/4/13

Suffolk, VA

2

(~1:00PM) A kitbuilt Rans S6S makes multiple approaches then crashes, killing the 73-yr-old pilot/builder and his 51-yr-old son. The two were part of a group of four small aircraft flying from eastern Maryland to a small aviation festival in Virginia.

5/2/13

Germantown, NY

1

(~4:30PM) A Grumman G44 Widgeon amphib crashes into the Hudson River, killing the 72-yr-old male pilot. Witnesses report the aircraft appeared to disintegrate and explode upon impact with the water. Divers retrieved the body a full day later, in 20-feet of murky water.

4/29/13

Calabasas, CA

2

(~2:00PM) A Cessna 172 Skyhawk departs Santa Monica Airport to test an engine. It collides with another Cessna 172 at 3,500′ altitude. The Cessna crashes into the mountains below, killing the pilot and starting a fire. A second body is located the next morning. The other Cessna crash-lands onto a nearby golf course, with three aboard incurring minor injuries.

4/29/13

Malabar, FL

1

(~7:45AM) A 58-yr-old man is an experienced paraglider pilot, and is also the paraglider instructor for the Palm Bay Police Department. He buys a gyrocopter in Florida. On his first flight, he is killed when he crashes from an altitude of 100′, colliding with a parked airplane.

4/27/13

Norfolk, NE

2

(~8:00PM) A Piper PA28 Arrow strikes a powerline shortly after takeoff, and crashes about 2-miles from the airport. Both the 26-yr-old pilot and his 24-yr-old female passenger were killed. One pilot witness reported: “It was erratic, like coming low over the hangars and wobbling almost in a stall position, and we were afraid he would crash into the hangars here.”

4/27/13

Mastic, NY

1

(~11:00AM) A Schweizer glider crashes off airport, approx. 11-minutes after being towed aloft, and while returning to the Brookhaven airport. The male pilot was killed.

4/27/13

Bryan, OH

1

(~8:30AM) A kit-built Highlander aborts a landing due to traffic, then loses power, stalls, and crashes. The 62-yr-old male pilot and passenger are injured, and taken to the hospital, where the pilot dies hours later.

4/27/13

Shepherd, MT

1

(~8:20AM) A ranch hand observes a Bell 206 helicopter maneuvering at 100-200′ altitude and flying in the direction of powerlines. He then hears a whooshing sound and an explosion, and sees black smoke from the crash. The pilot was on a personal flight in a helicopter registered to Tongue Canyon Aviation LLC.

4/22/13

Greenbrier, AR

1

(~11:15AM) An Ercoupe crashes after the 82-yr-old pilot aborts his touch-and-go practice landing. The aircraft clipped trees, crashed, and caught fire, killing the pilot.

4/20/13

Laughlin, AZ

1

(before 7:20AM): A Van’s RV-4 kitbuilt was found crashed near the runway. The male pilot was killed.

4/19/13

Williamsburg, VA

2

(~4:50PM): A Cessna 210 Centurion crashed into trees near a retirement home, and both the 54-yr-old male pilot and a female passenger died. A pizza delivery person reported: “I was on my way back from a delivery and saw the plane low overhead. … It looked like it was having trouble, flying on its side. I could see the top of it. Then it turned upside down, and nose-dived straight down.”

4/14/13

Minden, NV

2

(~8:00PM): A Cessna 182 Skylane flying from North Las Vegas Airport to Minden crashes into Bald Mountain. Wreckage is found days later, including the bodies of the 30-yr-old pilot and his 21-yr-old girlfriend. Minden had another fatal night-time Cessna crash on 2/13/13. The new moon had occurred just four days earlier.

4/14/13

Port St. Lucie, FL

1

(~9:00AM): A homebuilt Kitfox crashes near an airpark, in gusting wind conditions. The crash was near vertical to the ground..

4/7/13

Collinsville, OK

2

(~5:52PM): A Mooney MO20 departs the main airport, on the north side of Tulsa, bound for Manhattan, KS. Radar tracks show it climbed to 4,000′ and was on course, then suddenly turned eastbound and crashed into a vacant house in Collinsville, roughly 12 miles NE of the departure point. Witnesses reported seeing parts separate in-flight; NTSB reported a high-speed impact and crater, and finding a part a mile from the primary crash scene. The pilot was a 71-yr-old male retired doctor.

4/6/13

McCone County, MT

1

(~11:10AM): A Cessna C182 departs from a rural strip near Wolf Point, MT, intending to fly to Acton, MT, three hours to the southwest. The pilot reportedly made a cellphone call to his wife between 10:45 and 11:00. The aircraft crashed minutes later, killing the 38-yr-old male. Wreckage was located later that night.

4/3/13

Miami, FL

2

(~4:00PM): A Robinson R44 helicopter takes off from Kendall-Tamiami Airport, then crashes in a nearby parking lot. The helicopter was registered to Bravo Helicopters, which offers flight instruction, air tours, and other helo services at the airport. The pilot was the owner of Bravo Helicopters. Both pilot and passenger were killed.

4/1/13

Guymon, OK

2

(~5:00PM): A Mooney M20 enroute from El Reno, OK to Colorado Springs was in communications with ATC, then disappeared. Burned wreckage was later spotted by another pilot. Fatalities included the 68-yr-old pilot and his wife.

2013Q1 Fatals … link to previous quarter