Accidents & Incidents, [2013Q4]

The following table presents a chronology for the fourth 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: MIDAIRATCEMSFATIGUECOMMERCIALAGWXhomebuilt

2014Q1 Fatals … link to the next quarter

12-26-13

Fresno, CA

2

(~6:30PM) A man in his seventies takes a 9-yr-old relative on a short flight in a Cessna C172 Skyhawk. They fly toward Tehachapi, then return to land at Fresno Chandler Executive Airport, with no control tower. Weather is hazy with five-miles visibility. [KFAT 270253Z 00000KT 5SM HZ CLR 12/03 A3023] Two 180-degree turns are made before the pilot impacts a tree. The main wreckage erupted in flames and came to rest in the front yard of a home, roughly 800-feet west of the approach end of Runway 12. [article] A second large piece of the aircraft was reportedly located 1.4 miles away. [article]

12-26-13

Gettysburg, PA

2

(~5:30AM) A Piper PA30 Twin Comanche crashes into a cornfield a few miles north of Gettysburg, leaving a debris trail a quarter-mile long and killing at least two occupants. Sounds suggesting an engine problem were reported by a ground witness.

12-18-13

Charlottesville, VA

1

(~11:12AM) A Beech A36 Bonanza departs from Woodbine, NJ intending to land in Charlottesville, but crashes in the front yard of a home in northern Albemarle County. The deceased pilot is soon identified as a 52-yr-old male. [article]

12-18-13

Sandy Creek, FL

1

(~7:15AM) A Beech BE36 Bonanza flies from South Florida to Destin [KDTS] but experiences an engine failure. The 52-yr-old pilot attempts to divert to Sandy Creek Airpark, but crashes one mile east of the runway, in heavily forested terrain. The pilot was a retired USAF pilot with an aviation consulting business based in Destin.

12-17-13

Atlanta, GA

2

(~7:25PM) A Raytheon 390 Premier Jet departs the Fulton County Airport [KFTY] bound for New Orleans, and the crew quickly advises ATC they are turning back to land. The flight then crashes into a ravine and erupts in fire.

12-12-13

Grand Mesa, CO

3

(~1:00PM) A Piper PA24 Comanche with three on board departs Mesa Mack Airport to fly over Grand Mesa, looking for livestock. The pilot and passengers, ages 49, 47 and 47, are all killed when it crashes for unknown reasons. [article]

12-11-13

Molokai, HI

1

(~3:45PM) A Cessna C208 Caravan takes off from Kalaupapa Airport [PHLU] then quickly crashes into ocean waters. The pilot and seven passengers survive, but the State Health Director, Loretta Fuddy, was killed. The pilot later reported a ‘catastrophic engine failure’. The flight was operated by Makani Kai Air, established in 2009 by Schuman Aviation Company and offering five daily roundtrips to Honolulu in small planes. (see also C208 crash on 11/29/13 by another scheduled carrier, in Alaska) [article]

12-8-13

Jacksonville, FL

3

(~6:20PM) A Cessna 310 (twin prop) flown by a 60-yr-old dentist from the Fort Pierce area makes a quick roundtrip from Fort Pierce [KFPR] to Jacksonville [KCRG] on Friday morning. Then, on Sunday evening, he flies back to [KCRG]. A low ceiling of around 200-feet was reported. The pilot and his two daughters, ages 17 and 20, were killed during the approach. Both daughters were accomplished golfers; the older daughter was a member of the golf team at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville.

12-8-13

Los Alamos, NM

2

(~8:10AM) On Saturday, an Aviat Husky attempts to fly to Chandler, AZ but diverts to Los Alamos due to weather. Then on Sunday, just before 8AM, the 51-yr-old pilot texts his fiancee that he is about to takeoff. As originally planned, the flight was to carry the pilot, his fiancee, and his childhood friend. The fiancee changed her holiday plans at the last minute, deciding to stay home with her adult kids, and the trip became a ‘guy trip’. The flight crashes just after takeoff, a mile from the airport and within a Department of Energy restricted area. The airport [KLAM] is noted for treacherous flying conditions due to altitude and terrain, and many avoid it except in good weather conditions. [article]

12-6-13

Sebring, FL

1

(~4:30PM) A Bell 47 helicopter is used to apply insecticide onto 400-acres of sod farm. When done, the pilot makes a repositioning flight with the intention of landing at the airport in Sebring, FL, then washing the helicopter and changing the engine oil. The helicopter crashes 1.3 miles from the airport. An eyewitness on the ground reported seeing the helicopter flying at roughly 200-ft above the ground, and also reported the helicopter crashed after a constant descent rate.PRELIMINARY

12-2-13

Dawsonville, GA

1

(~7:20PM) A Piper Malibu PA46 departs Morristown, NJ [KMMU] headed for Atlanta [KPDK], but crashes just north of Atlanta. [article]

12-1-13

Yellow Pine, ID

5

(~12:03PM) A Beech Bonanza BE36 departs Baker City, OR with five on board, heading for Butte, MT., cruising at 13,000′. News articles indicate that the pilot reported engine problems and descended to 10,000′ just before disappearing from the ATC radar. The location was in central Idaho, with a series of mountains in the 9,000′ to 10,000′ range. Searches have been hampered by weather. [article]

11-30-13

Elkmont, AL

1

(~1:15PM) A Piper Cherokee PA28 buzzes low over homes then crashes a few miles from the pilot’s home. The pilot had gotten his license at age 16 and was to turn age 19 in January. He reportedly had accumulated hundreds of hours of flight time in the Cherokee and aspired to someday become a commercial pilot. [article]

11-29-13

St. Mary, AK

4

(~6:30PM) A Cessna 208 Caravan operated by Hageland Aviation (owned by Era Alaska) flies from Bethel to St. Marys as scheduled flight number 1453, with nine passengers on board. Conditions reportedly included freezing rain and low ceilings. Survivors report that it fell out of the sky. The 68-yr-old pilot, a retired couple, and a 5-month-old infant died. (see also C208 crash on 12/11/13 by another scheduled carrier, in Hawaii) PRELIMINARY[article]

11-29-13

Delta, CO

1

(~5:00PM) A Cessna C182 became overdue and the wreckage was located 2.5 miles northeast of Blake Airfield in Delta County.

11-27-13

Erie, CO

1

(~12:47PM) A large portion of the wing of a Smyth Sidewinder separates while flying in an aerobatic practice area, and the 66-yr-old male pilot is killed in the crash. Debris is widely scattered over Boulder Open Space lands. [article]

11-25-13

Graniteville, SC

1

(~6:04PM) A Piper PA23 Apache (twin-prop) crashed into forest near a residential airpark, also known as Twin Lakes Airport [S17]. Area weather was not likely a factor (10SM visibility and a 3,000′ ceiling). [article]

11-19-13

Cedaredge, CO

1

(~6:11PM) A Cessna Centurion C210 flies from California, headed for Aspen, CO, but crashes in Delta County. Emergency respondents received a radio call indicating a plane had crashed and become “…fully engulfed in flames.” [article]

11-19-13

Fort Lauderdale, FL

4

(~7:55PM) A Learjet LR35 operated by AirEvac International had flown a patient from Cozumel, Mexico and was later returning to Cozumel. Shortly after takeoff, a problem produced a request to return and land, followed by a ‘Mayday’ call. ATC offered different headings, apparently to help the pilot establish a visual contact with an airport runway, but the jet crashed into the Atlantic.

11-17-13

Spring, TX

2

(~7:00PM) A Cessna C152 crashes near the runway after reporting engine problems, while doing touch-and-go landings. It impacts a building and erupts into flames. One of the two occupants was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Weather was calm. The aircraft was a trainer used by United Flight Systems, a 24-yr-old flight school at KDWH.

11-17-13

Kenansville, NC

1

(~morning) A Focke-Wulf FWP-149D crashed into a heavily wooded area, and the wreckage and pilot were located late Monday night. The aircraft had departed Onslow County [KOAJ], near Camp LeJeune, intending to fly to Detroit, Michigan. The crash location was roughly 25-miles northwest, near the Kenansville Airport. KOAJ has no control tower, but does generate regular weather observations. The reported ceiling and visibility were extremely low until late morning, thus this is likely a weather-related accident. Here is the 9:35AM observation: KOAJ 171435Z AUTO 34005KT 1/2SM OVC002 14/13 A3020 AO1; and here is the 11:15AM observation, when the airport first went VFR: KOAJ 171615Z AUTO 06003KT 10SM FEW005 18/15 A3016 AO1. [article] UPDATE: the pilot is later identified as a 37-yr-old Marine Major, stationed at Camp Lejeune. There is confusion as to whether he departed in the morning or evening. [article] UPDATE: a subsequent article reinforces that it was an early morning departure into foggy conditions, and references an airport witness.

11-16-13

Anahuac, TX

1

(~7:50PM) An experimental Dragonfly gyrocopter crashed, killing the male pilot. A website, GyroAccidents, reports it was flying at roughly 200’ altitude when the rotor head separated. The craft fell into a harvested cornfield and caught fire.

11-14-13

Miami, FL

1

(~1:30PM) The pilot of a Piper Malibu PA46 calls ATC to report that a passenger had opened the door and fell out into the Atlantic, from 2,000’ altitude. News articles suggest this was a paid sightseeing tour (commercial flight) and the deceased 42-yr-old male passenger exited while in airspace not far from his home in Key Biscayne, FL. [article]

11-12-13

Junction, TX

2

(~9:50AM) Two brothers, ages 39 and 45, departed the Lee County Airport in a Cessna C310 light twin, to view property in south Texas. They crash in a field after experiencing mechanical problems. [article]

11-11-13

Amarillo, TX

3

(~12:58AM) A Beechcraft BE36 flies from Lubbock late at night, intending to land 100-miles north, at the Tradewind airport [KTDW] in Amarillo. The instrument approach is aborted in low visibility, and the pilot begins to relocate for a landing at the main airport in Amarillo, but crashes. [article] Weather sequences at KAMA:

KAMA 110705Z AUTO 17012KT 1/2SM R04/2800V3000FT FG VV002 09/08 A3023 AO2
KAMA 110658Z AUTO 17012KT 1/4SM R04/1800V3000FT FG VV002 09/08 A3023 AO2

11-10-13

Owasso, OK

1

(~3:45PM) A Mitsubishi MU25 is inbound from Salina, KS to Tulsa [KTUL] when the pilot declares an emergency after one engine quits. The pilot attempts to maneuver for a landing but crashes in a wooded area a few miles north of the airport. It was later reported that the pilot was orthopedic surgeon Perry Inhofe, age 52, and the son of Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe.

11-6-13

Donnelly, ID

3

(~10:00AM) A Cessna C206 registered to McCall Aviation Service departs the airport in McCall, to deliver two hunters to a location in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. It was one of three aircraft doing the 12-minute flight, though weather observations indicate the flight was in poor instrument conditions. Authorities were notified when it did not show up. The wreckage was located two days later, at 7,800′ elevation, in rugged terrain to the east of Donnelly. Here are the automated weather observations. When read from bottom to top, they show 7-miles visibility and unknown precipitation, degrading rapidly to light snow, mist, and a mile and a quarter visibility at 10:06AM. All with temperatures hovering around freezing. It appears the company chose to depart into very poor conditions, to deliver the hunters to their hunt locations. Online promos suggest the hunters paid roughly $500 each for the set of hunting trip charter flights. [article]

KMYL 061716Z AUTO 00000KT 3SM -SN BR OVC007 00/M02 A3031 AO2 UPE1655SNB1655 CIG 005V009 P0000 T00001017
KMYL 061706Z AUTO 00000KT 1 1/4SM -SN BR OVC008 M01/M02 A3031 AO2 UPE1655SNB1655 CIG 005V010 P0000 T10061017
KMYL 061659Z AUTO 00000KT 2 1/2SM -SN BR OVC008 M01/M02 A3030 AO2 UPE55SNB55 CIG 005V010 P0000 T10061017
KMYL 061651Z AUTO 00000KT 7SM UP OVC010 M01/M02 A3030 AO2 UPB49 CIG 008V013 SLP291 P0000 T10061017

11-5-13

Kirksville, MO

2

(~7:15PM) A Piper PA32 Saratoga on an instrument approach disappears from radar and radio. Reportedly on a business flight from Denver (KAPA), wreckage was found 3-miles southeast of the airport. Accident occurred at roughly 0020Z. Previous two weather sequences: KIRK 052355Z AUTO 17015KT 6SM BR OVC008 13/13 A2994 AO2 RAE25 CIG 006V011 and, KIRK 060055Z AUTO 17015G20KT 9SM OVC008 14/13 A2992. [article]

11-1-13

Springdale, AR

2

(~5:40PM) A Beechcraft C90 KingAir registered to J&G Aviation LLC in Camden, AR impacts fields east of the Springdale airport. It is not clear where the flight had departed, but one report indicates the pilot had said he was low on fuel. A local resident reported skid marks on the ground. Both occupants were killed in the crash. [article] UPDATE: The flight had departed Pine Bluff and the pilot requested a closer runway due to a fuel problem. PRELIMINARY

11-1-13

Caledonia, MN

3

(~2:10PM) A Piper PA23 flies three hours from Troy, MI, then crashes into a farm field one mile from the intended arrival airport in southeast Minnesota. The twin-prop was registered to Garlam Aviation Company in Troy. It flew a normal flight profile with level cruises at 10,000’ and 12,000’, then descended at normal descent rates to the uncontrolled Houston County Airport. Three were killed, and a fourth was life-flighted to a hospital. Weather at nearby airports indicated ceilings higher than 2,000’. Two weather observations included LaCrosse (KLSE 011923Z 29009KT 10SM OVC032 10/03 A2961 AO2) and Decorah (KDEH 011915Z AUTO 28007G16KT 230V330 10SM SCT029 SCT034 10/02 A2962 AO2). News photos show a near vertical nose-down impact, with a large transmission line in the background. [article]

10-29-13

Nashville, TN

1

(~3:15AM) At around 9AM in the morning, the burned out wreckage of a Cessna C172 Skyhawk is spotted by a pilot, while taxiing at the Nashville airport. At least one victim is found and initial reports indicate the crash happened in heavy fog, nearly six hours before the wreckage was discovered. The pilot was reportedly in his mid-forties. [article]

10-28-13

McMinnville, OR

1

(~1:25PM) A Lancair kit-built plane is seen in a steep dive when it crashes into a garage in a residential area, miles from the local airport. The pilot dies and a woman in the house escapes with no physical injuries. [article]

10-28-13

Princeton, MN

1

(~12:45PM) A Piper PA22 Tri-Pacer crashes into trees shortly after takeoff. The pilot was reportedly departing on a hunting trip to North Dakota. His dog was in a dog carrier and survived, but the 51-yr-old pilot was killed. [article]

10-27-13

Boerne, TX

1

(~6:10PM) A Bellanca Viking is being flown back to the San Antonio area, after the 47-yr-old pilot visits his son at Missouri State University. The plane impacts a series of trees and a telephone pole, then comes to rest near Highway 46, engulfed in flames. A cat in a cat carrier is rescued, but the pilot is killed. [article]

10-23-13

West Bay, TX

2

(~11:35AM) A P-51 Mustang based at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston crashes into Halls Lake, off of Chocolate Bay. The 51-yr-old pilot was carrying a 66-year-old tourist from Britain, who had paid nearly $2,000 for the flight experience. The passenger and his wife had traveled to Galveston as part of a celebration of their 41st wedding anniversary. The crash site was in shallow water, roughly 15-miles southwest of the Galveston Airport departure point. [article]

10-22-13

near Somerville, TN

3

(~6:05AM) A Eurocopter AS350 based at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis departs for Bolivar, 65-miles to the east, reportedly to pick up a child in renal failure and fly him back to Memphis. The helicopter crashes into wooded terrain, killing the pilot and both flight nurses. The helicopter was operated by Hospital Wing, which had another 3-fatal HEMS crash in March 2010. For this most recent accident, a non-helicopter transport would have been roughly 69-miles via U.S. Highway 64 and Interstate 40. [article] PRELIMINARY

10-21-13

Pettigrew, AR

2

(~2:14PM) A Piper PA32 Saratoga is flying from Sylacauga, AL to Claremore, OK. While passing through an area of weather in northwest Arkansas, the radar target is seen to descend rapidly as the aircraft disappears. A resident in the area reported a loud explosion. A search located the wreckage the next morning, and confirmed that a 63-yr-old business owner and his wife were both killed.

10-19-13

Tampa, FL

1

(~3:00PM) A weekend airshow at Topp of Tampa airport turns tragic when a 62-yr-old wingwalker falls from 1,000′ and his parachute fails to open.

10-18-13

Derby, KS

2

(~10:15AM) A Cessna C500 Citation jet departs Wichita to carry a traveling preacher to his next stop, in New Braunfels, TX. At 16,500’ altitude, the flight suddenly disappears from radar. The impact produces a debris field with no recognizable parts. One witness claimes seeing a wing separate prior to the crash. Pilots had been reporting icing in the area. At least one news article noted that this minister, from California, had logged more than eleven million air miles in his career. [article]

10-18-13

Chula, GA

1

(~10:00AM) A Piper PA28R Arrow is flying from Merritt Island, FL but crashes into a field, killing the pilot.

10-18-13

Sardis Lake, OK

1

(unknown) A Cessna departs Tahlequah, then crashes in Pushmataha County. The 54-yr-old male pilot dies.

10-17-13

Fairbanks, AK

1

(~5:30PM) A Cessna C172 takes off from the Fairbanks airport but impacts terrain. Two of three onboard survived with injuries, and oner person was killed.

10-10-13

Suffolk, VA

4

(~12:10PM) A Cessna C340 (twin prop) flies more than four hours from Ft. Lauderdale intending to land at Hampton Roads Executive Airport (KPVG). Weather is stormy with low ceilings at the arrival airport. The pilot (who was also commercially rated) descends to a 400-ft minimum, then executes a missed approach, turning right toward the southwest and climbing to 2,500′. As he is leveling out, the aircraft suddenly plunges and disappears from radar. Searchers locate the wreckage the next day, in the Great Dismal Swamp area. Two couples died; the 61-yr-old pilot and his 48-yr-old wife, plus another couple ages 64 and 58. News stories say they were flying to attend a wedding. [article]

10-9-13

Julian, CA

2

(~6:15PM) A Mooney MO20 departs Palm Springs to return home to the San Diego area. The flight disappears from radar. A search is initiated and the plane is located just after midnight, in the Volcan Mountains area. The plane was mostly intact, but both passengers died. High winds were reported during the search, suggesting this accident may have been caused by dangerous wind flows over mountainous terrain.

10-9-13

Gulf of Mexico

1

(~7:24AM) A Bell 407 helicopter operated by Panther Helicopters of Belle Chasse crashes into the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 30-miles northeast of Venice. One of the four rescued died. The same operator, one of the largest to shuttle workers to/from offshore oil platforms, had a similar though nonfatal crash in August.

10-8-13

Santa Fe, TX

1

(~10:30AM) An ultralight crashes next to a pond in Galveston County. The 67-yr-old male pilot is killed.

10-6-13

Paducah, TX

1

(~12:21PM) A McDonnell Douglas helicopter is being used to do work on a transmission line. While hovering at low altitude next to a stem pole, the tail rotor impacts a sheave and the 34-yr-old male pilot dies in the crash.

10-4-13

Paulden, AZ

4

(~12:40PM) Numerous flights were expected to Prescott, for an annual event called the Gunsite Alumni Shoot. A Cessna C340 light twin flew over from Bullhead City, near Las Vegas, and apparently was flown low over the Gunsite Ranch area, 25-miles north of the Prescott Airport. Witnesses say it struck a radio antenna on the ranch, then crashed. An explosion and fire ensued. All occupants perished. [article] NTSB reported later that a low pass had been made north-to-south, and the aircraft maneuvered for an east-to-west low pass. The top ten feet of a 90-foot antenna was clipped off during the second low pass.PRELIMINARY

10-3-13

Mineola, TX

1

(~8:30AM) A 49-yr-old pilot with years of experience loses control of his ultralight shortly after takeoff, and crashes into a tree. A witness rushes over to find him unconscious, not breathing, with his back and helmet on fire. [article]

10-1-13

Lone Jack, MO

1

(~late afternoon) A 56-yr-old man spends months building a Kolb Firestar kit ultralight, then dies on the first day flying. Witnesses say that he had been flying for five years, but mostly power parachutes; this was his first kit ultralight. The crash site was a field one quarter mile from the takeoff point. [article]

2013Q3 Fatals … link to the previous quarter