Accidents & Incidents, [2013Q3]

The following table presents a chronology for the third 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. Click on the blue dates to see additional info. 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

2013Q4 Fatals … link to the next quarter

9-29-13

Santa Monica, CA

4

(~6:20PM) A Citation C525 jet flies from Hailey, ID to Santa Monica, CA. While landing Runway 21, it veers off the runway, crashes into a hangar, and erupts in flames that engulf three hangars. The hangar roof collapsed and two or three people are feared dead. UPDATE: The Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed four deaths, two men and two women. The men were identified as a father and son who owned a family business, Morley Builders.

9-29-13

Wellsville, PA

1

(~4:55PM) A pilot crashes his ultralight on a turf runway, and is injured. He is taken to a hospital, where he dies.

9-29-13

Great Sacandaga Lake, NY

1

(~3:55PM) Shortly after takeoff, a kitbuilt Pitts Special crashes into a wooded area on the northern side of Great Sacandaga Lake, killing the 55-yr-old pilot. He was a senior investigator and had worked for the State Police for thirty years.

9-28-13

Bloomsburg, PA

1

(evening) A 69-yr-old helicopter pilot is struck by an Enstrom F28 helicopter rotor during a refueling/pilot change stop. The fatal accident occurred at the end of the 8-day Bloomsburg Fair, a fall festival held since 1855. The flights by Heritage Helicopters have been offered since 1993, giving fair customers quick rides. One news report says the fair organizers are donating profits earned from the helicopter rides to the widow.

9-28-13

Pahokee, FL

1

(~8:00AM) Police respond to a caller who had reported a possible boating accident. They find a middle-aged man and a crashed aircraft described as an ‘amateur, experimental plane’, roughly 200 yards from the Pahokee Marina in Lake Okeechobee. The aircraft is later defined as a Spencer Air Car.

9-25-13

Bolingbrook, IL

2

A Cirrus SR-20 was seen flying low near buildings, then reportedly turned nearly vertical before crashing into a tree and pole next to a bank parking lot. A large fire erupted, igniting nearby cars. The 63-yr-old pilot stumbled out and bystanders assisted him, as he asked them to get his wife out of the wreckage. She died in the plane, and he succumbed later, at the hospital.

9-23-13

west of Williams, CA

1

(~7:00PM) A kit-built Vans RV-6 crashes in the hills between Williams and Clear Lake, CA. The only reported details are that a fire followed and the pilot died.

9-21-13

Cordes Junction, AZ

2

(~11:50AM) A Bell UH-1 helicopter crashes for unknown reasons, leaving a large debris field and a fire. Witnesses on I-17 and in the Prescott National Forest reported seeing the helicopter go down in smoke and flames near the freeway at about 11:50 a.m. “It fell fast and hit hard and just an immediate explosion,” camper Stan Oliver said. The 51-yr-old male pilot was known as an avid pilot and car racer, with numerous aircraft at Deer Valley Airport; his female passenger was 25. Some news articles suggest the 1974 model helicopter was a recent purchase by the pilot.

9-20-13

Hamilton Township, NJ

1

(~4:51PM) A home-built Vans RV-7 breaks apart in flight, then falls into forest and catches fire, a few miles northwest of the Atlantic City airport. FAA’s definition of “amateur built aircraft” means that “the major portion of (the aircraft) has been fabricated and assembled by person(s) who undertook the construction project solely for their own education or recreation.”

9-16-13

Idanha, OR

1

(~3:40PM) A UH1-B helicopter registered to Umatilla Lift Services is being used to transport logs from a cutting area near the Detroit Reservoir to a logdeck in Idanha, OR. The pilot was airborne after taking a 45-minute break when witnesses heard a loud snapping sound, then logs tumbling to the ground. Witnesses then saw a rotor blade separate, and the helicopter then inverted and crashed to the ground. The 54-yr-old male pilot was killed. During an earlier job he had appeared on ‘Ax Men’, a History Channel series about logging. [link]

9-12-13

Sequoia National Forest, CA

1

(~10:10AM) A helicopter flown by the California National Guard 129th Air Rescue Wing is carrying personnel, including volunteers, working with a state Department of Fish & Wildlife program to clean up pot-grows in the forest. A 57-yr-old male volunteer falls to his death while being lowered from 50-feet. aiR-Post

9-11-13

Jackson Hole, WY

2

(~12:05PM) An experimental kitbuilt RV-7 is on approach to the airport when it suddenly banks then nose-dives into the ground. The 67-yr-old owner/builder/pilot and his 65-yr-old wife are both killed. [article]

9-9-13

Big Lake, AK

1

(~1:00PM) An experimental, homebuilt Zenith CH-701 takes off then crashes. The 66-yr-old pilot was killed, while his 37-yr-old male passenger was seriously injured.

9-8-13

Prineville, OR

1

(~11:30AM) A Quad City Challenger II crashes northeast of the airport in Prineville, killing the 47-yr-old pilot. He is identified as a resident of Crooked River Ranch, in nearby Terrebonne. One witness reported the tail was spinning, then seeing the kit-built experimental nose-dive to the ground.

9-6-13

Spanish Fork, UT

1

(~8:08AM) A Spacek SD-1 Minisport is test-flown by an off-duty Sheriff’s sergeant when it crashes, in a near vertical ground-impact. According to Paul Glavin, spokesman for SkyCraft Airplanes in Orem, UT the pilot had volunteered to test the kit-built aircraft for an unidentified, private Utah owner. He had turned one barrel roll and was starting a second when control was lost. A ballistic parachute system failed to properly deploy. The aircraft is a Czech design being marketed by SkyCraft. Recent web content shows the design was originally intended to be a kit-built aircraft, but evolved to be manufactured in Orem and test-flown in Spanish Fork. The design is a 1-seat aircraft, not intended for aerobatic flight.

9-5-13

Eureka, AK

1

(~7:54PM) A Cessna C170 crashes in hazy conditions near the village of Eureka, and the 41-yr-old male pilot died. One report suggests the pilot was part of a hunting party and had gone up in the Cessna to help locate a lost moose that the party had shot. The hunting party reportedly saw the plane go down, then called in the emergency. An air ambulance was unable to retrieve the body due to poor conditions.

9-2-13

Factoryville, PA

2

(unknown) A Cessna T50 (vintage WWII twin prop) departs Sandjusky, OH but never arrives at Wilkes Barre, PA. The wreckage is found in a cornfield, in Susquehanna County, five days later. Both occupants were killed in the crash.

8-31-13

Scappoose, OR

1

(~2:00PM) A Sport Copter Vortex is practicing touch-and-go’s when it crashes in a field. According to a news report, the pilot was a 59-yr-old electrician from Kalama, and had long dreamed of flying. He left a wife and eight kids.

8-31-13

Truth or Consequences, NM

3

(~afternoon) A helicopter crashes, under unknown circumstances. Three men die: a 34-yr-old pilot, and passengers age 61 and 78.

8-30-13

Tatitna, AK

1

(~8:55PM) A Piper PA18 Super Cub takes off from a 1,200′ gravel strip then impacts trees and bursts into flames. The 30-yr-old passenger escapes with injuries, but the 58-yr-old male pilot is killed.

8-30-13

Limington, ME

1

(~1:40PM) A Cessna C172 Skyhawk takes off and begins to climb, then the engine sputters. The 58-yr-old male pilot is killed when the flight crashes next to the runway.

8-29-13

Danville, VA

1

(~7:45PM) A Piper PA28 Warrior reportedly makes a sharp left turn while on final approach to land, then impacts a short tower. The aircraft breaks apart and a fire erupts. News reports indicate the deceased pilot was a cardio surgeon at the Danville Heart and Vascular Center. The antenna was apparently the localizer antenna for the Runway 02 ILS, and situated roughly 1,100′ past the departure end of the runway. The northern 3,474′ of the runway was NOTAM’d closed for major construction projects. [KDAN]
UPDATE, 9/27/13: NTSB’s Preliminary Report, released on 9/5/13, provided additional details from the flight instructor, who was observing the supervised solo flights from the ground. The point of impact was defined, too, as the glideslope antenna. See the ‘further info’ page for a clip of the airport layout plan, showing the location of the antenna. PRELIMINARY

8-29-13

Sutton, AK

2

(~6:45PM) An Aeronca 7ECA Citabria crashes in mountainous and the male pilot and passenger, ages 30 and 31, are reported overdue. The crash site is located at 3:52, by military crews homing in on the ELT. Rescuers retrieved the bodies the next day. They were believed to be scouting Moose. [link]

8-27-13

Paris, IL

1

(~1:30PM) A Cessna C421 Golden Eagle (twin prop) crashes for unknown reasons, a mile east of the Edgar County Airport, killing the pilot. There were no passengers.

8-26-13

Desert Center, CA

2

(~1:25PM) A Grumman American AA-1 Yankee is flying near the eastern edge of the Joshua Tree National Park, reportedly doing aerial assessment of possible damages from a large storm the day before. A witness sees the plane lose control, then crash. The pilot and passenger, males ages 35 and 41, worked for First Solar, constructing a large photovoltaic facility.

8-25-13

Taunton, MA

2

(~6:35AM) An Aeronca Champ takes off in the early morning, makes a slight right turn, then crashes and catches fire. The pilot and passenger, both males, ages 69 and 61, are killed.

8-24-13

Anchorage, AK

2

(~3:25PM) A Cessna C150 sets up to land on Runway 25 at Merrill Field, but the air traffic controller issues a go-around, allegedly due to traffic on the runway ahead. The pilot applies power and begins a slight left turn, but crashes near the departure end of the runway. The 31-yr-old pilot and his 27-yr-old girlfriend are both killed in the crash.

8-18-13

Cataldo, ID

1

(~7:45PM) A pilot known to frequently take evening recreational flights from his base airport crashes near a home in a rural-residential part of Shoshone County. Residents observe his homebuilt Rand-Robinson KR-2 fly low then disappear, followed by smoke. A search lasted nearly three hours. The 67-yr-old male pilot was the sole occupant. [article]

8-18-13

Kansas City, MO

2

(~2:45PM) An aircraft (unknown type) takes off from Wheeler Airport and crashes between a levy and the river, about a quarter mile from the runway. A man and a woman are both killed. Articles note this airport [KMKC] is primarily used by recreational and corporate flyers.

8-16-13

Brooklyn, IA

1

(~5:24PM) An observer is riding as the lone passenger when a plane operated by Skydive Iowa takes off (i.e., no skydivers aboard during this takeoff). During takeoff, his parachute opens prematurely and he is dragged out of the aircraft to his death. The owner of the parachute operation describes it as a freak accident. [article]

8-16-13

Stagecoach, NV

2

(unknown) A motorist driving through the Misfits Flat area discovered a plane crash with two casualties. The plane, a Lambda XXL, is registered to Nevada Aerospace Education Company, LLC, a company in Incline City. The company was listed at AOPA as a ‘flying club’. The fatalities were identified as two males, ages 72 and 63. It is believed to have crashed late Thursday or early Friday.

8-14-13

Birmingham, AL

2

(~4:49AM) A UPS Airbus 300 clips trees next to a house, then clips a transmission line before crashing one mile north of the approach end of Runway 18. The 50-minute daily cargo haul from Louisville normally lands on the longer Runway 6/24. It is reported that, in the first NTSB briefing, NTSB member Sumwalt “…indicated that no distress call appears to have been made by the pilots, pending verification of that information….” At least one report claims fire was seen from the ground prior to the crash, but this is not consistent with NTSB’s ‘no distress calls’ report. Nothing has yet been reported about what ATC observed, or what communications are recorded on the ATC tapes.

8-13-13

Paradise, CA

2

(~11:35AM) A Champion 7GCAA crashes in Hamlin Canyon, five miles west of Paradise, sparking a range fire. An eyewitness saw the plane spiral around, and then come straight down. At least 10 acres of vegetation burned before the fire was contained. Reports are the flight was contracted by PG&E to do a natural gas pipeline inspection.

8-12-13

West Yellowstone, MT

1

(~11:30AM) One man was killed and another injured when their Beech Bonanza BE35 crashed on the north end of the runway. No further details at this time.

8-11-13

Ellis, TX

2

(~10:35AM) Witnesses report seeing a Beech Bonanza BE33 level off and begin a turn for an apparent emergency landing attempt, then stall. It impacted a tree, crashed onto a field, then caught fire. FAA later reported it was a flight from Greenville (northeast of Dallas) to Lakeway Airpark (northwest of Austin). [news article]

8-9-13

New Haven, CT

4

(~11:22AM) A Rockwell AC69 Turbo Commander (twin prop) executes an approach from the south, to circle and land on Runway 20. After circling in rain and under a low ceiling, control is lost and the aircraft inverts and crashes into two homes. The pilot and his son are both killed. Two children from one of the homes, ages 1 and 13, are missing; they are later confirmed dead. A news article reported a witness saying the flight was “eerily low over the neighborhood just north of the airport,” then “went dead quiet” before the crash.PRELIMINARY

8-5-13

Midland, TX

2

(~10:17AM) A Hughes H369 helicopter owned by Haverfield Aviation, is flying with two linemen suspended on cables to inspect lines. The cables snapped and/or the linemen were thrown off when a powerline was impacted. Officials say the linemen fell 200-feet to their death. [short article]

8-5-13

Bryan’s Corner, OK

1

(~10:12AM) The wing of an Air Tractor AT400 hits a weather tower while maneuvering. It enters a flat spin, crashes, and pins the pilot for more than two hours. The spray pilot dies at the crash location.

8-4-13

Alma, GA

2

(~11:55AM) A Beech A36 Bonanza is flying from Fernandina Beach, FL to the Atlanta area, but crashes into a forested area in southeast Georgia. The pilot is a 58-yr-old medical doctor, flying an IFR flight plan with fair weather conditions. Both he and his wife die in the crash. She was an Associate Professor at the U-Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, in Austin.

8-3-13

Conway, SC

3

(~1:20PM) A Beechcraft BE55 Baron light twin attempts to return to the airport shortly after takeoff. A witness driving down the street sees the plane descend, clip powerlines, then crash onto the street and burst into flames. Witnesses report the flames and smoke prevented others from helping to rescue the aircraft occupants. All three males on board are killed, including the 39-yr-old pilot and passengers ages 42 and 16.

8-3-13

Chesterfield, MO

2

(~4:50AM) A Cirrus SR22 departs Spirit of St. Louis Airport more than an hour before the control tower opens, and into foggy conditions. It crashes into a wooded conservation area, causing a large explosion and killing the 41-yr-old pilot and his 7-yr-old daughter. Reports indicate the Cirrus was based at the airport. [A local blog post]

7-29-13

Knox, IN

1

(~2:50PM) A homebuilt RV6-A departs Virginia enroute to the 2013 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The 68-yr-old male pilot plans a fuel stop in Starke, IN, but he is killed when he crashes in a cornfield, just south of the runway.

7-29-13

Georgetown, SC

1

(~1:15PM) A vintage Folland Gnat single jet built in 1963 is flown from Charleston, WV to the pilot’s second home in Georgetown, SC. The plane cruises for nearly a half hour at 23,000′, then descends to land, but crashes mysteriously in a wooded area, to the south of the airport. The 79-yr-old male pilot/owner was killed. According to one news article, the crash narrowly missed a home. “I was in the house and heard a whistling sound, like something moving real fast,” said Ray Moore, who lives at a home in the 5700 block of Fraiser Street. “I then heard an explosion and it must have been really close because everything in the house shook.”

7-29-13

Red Bluff, CA

1

(~9:51AM) An Airborne Windsports Edge XT-912 takes off and climbs to 50-75 feet, then crashes and erupts in flame. The pilot is killed in the crash. The aircraft is a weight-shift-controlled trike. One news report says the aircraft was recently purchased, and the purpose of the flight was to relocate it to a new hangar space at the Chico Airport.

7-28-13

Wilson Lake, KS

1

(~12:20PM) A kitbuilt Vans RV-8 crashes into a field, killing the 66-yr-old male pilot.

7-27-13

Noxen, PA

5

(~10:21PM) A Robinson R66 helicopter is enroute on an 80-mile flight, from Endicott, NY (KCZG) to Lehighton, PA (22N) when it disappears from ATC radar. A news article says the pilot had recently started a helicopter leasing/sightseeing business; also, the pilot requested routing assistance from ATC, and searchers found dense fog conditions. The debris and five casualties were found the next afternoon, in a heavily wooded area.PRELIMINARY

7-27-13

Cudahy, WI

2

(~2:28PM) A Piper PA28 Arrow departs Racine, WI and the pilot calls ATC for VFR flight following. The controller turns the flight and points out an MD-80 as traffic. The pilot reports the MD-80 in sight and ATC tells the Piper to pass behind and continue north, but makes no Wake Turbulence advisory. Radio communications are lost when the Piper breaks apart in air, passing roughly the same altitude and location at about forty seconds behind the MD-80. The 79-yr-old male pilot, who had logged nearly 34,000 hours flying, and the 31-yr-old pilot in the right seat were both killed.

7-27-13

Thompson Falls, MT

1

(~3:45PM) A Robinson R44 helicopter crashes under unknown circumstances, causing serious injuries to two and killing the 35-yr-old male pilot.

7-27-13

Cudahy, WI

2

(~3:00PM) A Piper PA28 Cherokee takes off from Racine to fly to the EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. Twenty minutes later, it crashes in Lake Michigan, east of Cudahy. Sixteen divers searched the lake for more than six hours. Two men killed in the crash was removed when they were found 45-feet below the lake surface.

7-25-13

Amarillo, TX

1

(~8:45AM) A resident of Tyler, TX uses his Piper PA30 Twin Comanche to help manage his business in Amarillo. Taking off from the Tradewinds Airport, he experiences engine problems, attempts a return, but stalls and crashes into a mobile home. A witness reported seeing the aircraft flying low, start to stall, then roll and crash. The 53-yr-old male pilot was killed.

7-22-13

Fredericksburg VA

1

(~6:30PM) A Cessna C172 Skyhawk is rented and flown erratically. Witnesses say the pilot then flew it to 2,000′ altitude and dove into the ground, creating “…a Hollywood explosion … a loud bang and a fireball.” Police later identify the pilot as a 22-yr-old male who allegedly had threatened suicide.

7-22-13

Lake Tahoe, CA

1

(~11:15AM) A Mooney M20 Ranger crashes into forest shortly after taking off from the airport at South Lake Tahoe. The 67-yr-old pilot is killed, and his wife is injured.

7-21-13

LaPorte County, IN

1

(~7:00AM) A Cessna and a Quad City Challenger ultralight depart together from Niles, MI to Plymouth, IN. A 9-1-1 call is made, with the caller believing they witnessed a crop-duster crash at 7:00AM. Authorities search, see that the local crop-duster is OK, and they end the search. The Cessna pilot was worried about the ultralight not showing up, so he backtracked the route. Then, at 11:55AM, the Cessna pilot locates the ultralight wreckage and calls it in. The 36-yr-old male pilot was killed in the ultralight crash.

7-18-13

Oak Ridge, LA

2

(~7:00AM) A Citabria used for training crop spray pilots crashes for unknown reasons. The 75-yr-old male instructor and a 28-yr-old male trainee are both killed.

7-17-13

Flushing, MI

2

(~7:30AM) A Taylorcraft registered to a local flight school takes off from the Dalton Airport. Family members become concerned after not hearing more from the pilot and passenger. The wreckage and two victims are located eight hours later, in woods roughly a mile from the airport.

7-16-13

Dove Creek, CO

1

(~10:00AM) A Bell UH-1 helicopter is doing seismographic survey work near the Colorado-Utah border. The helicopter, registered to Billings Flying Services, was reportedly being used to reposition seismic sensors for oil exploration. Witnesses reported a loud pop, then saw the helicopter plunge to the ground. The pilot is killed.

7-16-13

Pulaski, TN

1

(~8:00AM) A homebuilt, experimental Sonerai II crashes onto Highway 11 shortly after takeoff from Abernathy Field Airport (KGZS). A woman driving her car swerves to avoid being hit by the crashing plane. The plane then erupts in fire, killing the 24-yr-old male pilot.

7-10-13

Taos, NM

1

(~11:00AM) A Flight Design CTSW crashes just 200′ from the runway. Two experienced pilots are onboard conducting training exercises. One of the occupants is killed.

7-7-13

Walnut Creek, CA

1

(~6:00PM) The sail on a paraglider collapses partially, possibly due to a windshift near the Lime Ridge Open Space. The 53-yr-old male pilot is killed when the partial collapse causes a spin and a crash-landing. It is not yet reported whether the fatality was due to the crash or the rolling/dragging on the terrain.

7-7-13

Soldotna, AK

10

(~11:20AM) A De Haviland DHC-3 Otter takes off on a non-scheduled commercial flight, carrying nine family members from South Carolina on a vacation. The destination is a lodge 90-miles to the southwest, but the aircraft impacts the ground to the right of Runway 25 during the takeoff, and erupts in fire. There were no survivors.

7-7-13

Parker Dam, CA

1

(~9:38AM) A Northwing Sport X2 Apache kitbuilt trike LSA strikes a powerline, then crashes to terrain, killing the 59-yr-old male pilot. The flight was southbound over the Colorado River and crashed near Echo Lodge Resort.

7-6-13

Chesaning, MI

1

(~6:45PM) A homebuilt ultralight crashes into a middle school soccer field after entering a stall/spin. It becomes engulfed in fire killing the 57-yr-old male pilot. The aircraft is described as a JDT 1600 R Sport, from Mini-MAX, based in Indiana.

7-6-13

San Francisco, CA

3

(~11:28AM) A Boeing 777 flying as Asiana flight 214 crashes and is destroyed, while landing Runway 28L. NTSB evidence indicates the auto-throttle was deactivated and the speed decayed to produce a crash into the seawall at the approach end of the runway. The tail section and main gear separated during the impact. The open-ended fuselage then did a flat spin and came to rest in grass next to the runway. Flight attendants and passengers seated at the rear were ejected through the tail opening during the ground-spin. Two 16-yr-old Chinese students on a school trip to the U.S. were killed. A third student died in the hospital, days later.

2013Q2 Fatals … link to the previous quarter