Aeromedical/Aviation

Pilot rescued after plane crashes, lands on the top of a tree near McCall

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 34 min ago

By: KIVI Staff

MCCALL, Idaho — A 79-year-old pilot was rescued after crashing his plane on the top of a tree near McCall.

On April 22, 2019, around 9 PM, McCall Fire & EMS responded to a report of a plane crash in Poorman Creek, a few miles out of McCall up Boulder Lake Road. The pilot, a 79-year-old male, called 911 from a cell phone and reported that his plane crashed and that it was hung up in trees. The pilot identified himself as John Gregory, 79, from McCall, ID.

McCall Firefighters arrived and found a Piper Cub PA-18 aircraft approximately 60 feet up, sitting on top of a tree. They were able to communicate with the pilot during the rescue operation, said McCall Fire and EMS.

McCall firefighter, Randy Acker, who owns and operates a hazardous tree removal company in McCall, was comfortable attempting to climb the tree. He made his way to the top, limbing the tree as he went up. Once at the top, he secured the plane with webbing to the tree top and then contacted the pilot. Acker was able to get a safety harness on the pilot, and then the pilot was belayed down the tree to safety.

According to the press release, Acker estimated the plane to be 60’ in the air. He stated that the airplane felt remarkably stable in the tree and said that it felt like another day at work, climbing and limbing a tree.

https://www.kivitv.com/news/pilot-rescued-after-plane-crashes-lands-on-the-top-of-a-tree-near-mccall

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Small plane crashes near Morgan Co. Airport

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 36 min ago

MOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah — A small plane crashed near the Morgan County Airport Tuesday night.

The crash site is near the Morgan County Airport, at 5827 Willow Creek Rd.

Mountain Green Fire Chief Brian Brendel said the pilot, the sole occupant of the plane, was coming in for a landing when the plane veered to the left of the runway and went over a berm.

The pilot was able to disconnect the fuel lines in order to avoid causing a fire.

Brendel said the pilot was shaken, but did not suffer any injuries.

https://fox13now.com/2019/04/23/plane-down-near-huntsville/

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One fatality in Rowan County plane crash; flight originated in Statesville

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 38 min ago

From Staff Reports

A plane that left Statesville Regional Airport on Monday morning crashed in Rowan County, killing the lone person on board, officials confirmed.

Statesville Regional Airport Manager John Ferguson confirmed that the plane, which was based in Statesville, crashed off Cool Springs Road in Rowan County on Monday. Only one person was on the plane.

Earlier Monday, the Statesville Police Department had released a report concerning the missing plane. According to Statesville Police Chief David Addison, the police department received a report around 9 a.m. Monday that a plane left for Twin Lakes Airport in Davie County and did not arrive there as scheduled.

The owner of the plane authorized another person to fly the plane from the Statesville Regional Airport to Davie County, Addison said. The owner watched the plane take off and then drove to Davie County to pick up the pilot and bring him back to Statesville, Addison said.

When the owner arrived at Twin Lakes, the plane was not there. The flight should have taken about 15 minutes.

https://www.statesville.com/news/local/one-fatality-in-rowan-county-plane-crash-flight-originated-in/article_66566e8c-6561-11e9-8fe8-f321d77f9315.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - 5 hours 39 min ago

25 Years ago today: On 24 April 1994 Douglas DC-3 VH-EDC ditched into Botany Bay after takeoff from Sydney, Australia; all on board survived.

Date: Sunday 24 April 1994 Time: 09:10 Type: Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3) Operator: South Pacific Airmotive Registration: VH-EDC C/n / msn: 12874 First flight: 1944 Total airframe hrs: 40195 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21 Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 25 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 0,1 km (0.1 mls) S off Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD) (   Australia) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australia Destination airport: Lord Howe Island Airport, NSW (LDH/YLHI), Australia

Narrative:
The DC-3 aircraft VH-EDC had been chartered to convey college students and their band equipment from Sydney (SYD) to Norfolk Island Airport (NLK) to participate in Anzac Day celebrations on the island. The aircraft was to proceed from Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport to Norfolk Island, with an intermediate landing at Lord Howe Island Airport, NSW (LDH) to refuel. The flight was to be conducted in accordance with IFR procedures. The aircraft, which was carrying 21 passengers, was crewed by two pilots, a supernumerary pilot and a flight attendant. Preparations for departure were completed shortly before 09:00, and the aircraft was cleared to taxi for runway 16 via taxiway Bravo Three. The co-pilot was the handling pilot for the departure. The aircraft was cleared for takeoff at 09:07:53. All engine indications were normal during the takeoff roll and the aircraft was flown off the runway at 81 kts. During the initial climb, at approximately 200 ft, with flaps up and the landing gear retracting, the crew heard a series of popping sounds above the engine noise. Almost immediately, the aircraft began to yaw left and at 09:09:04 the pilot in command advised the Tower that the aircraft had a problem. The co-pilot determined that the left engine was malfunctioning. The aircraft speed at this time had increased to at least 100 kts. The pilot in command, having verified that the left engine was malfunctioning, closed the left throttle and initiated propeller feathering action. During this period, full power (48 inches Hg and 2,700 RPM) was maintained on the right engine. However, the airspeed began to decay. The co-pilot reported that he had attempted to maintain 81 KIAS but was unable to do so. The aircraft diverged to the left of the runway centreline. Almost full right aileron had been used to control the aircraft. The copilot reported that he had full right rudder or near full right rudder applied. When he first became aware of the engine malfunction, the pilot in command assessed that, although a landing back on the runway may have been possible, the aircraft was capable of climbing safely on one engine. However, when he determined that the aircraft was not climbing, and that the airspeed had reduced below 81 kts, the pilot in command took control, and at 09:09:38 advised the Tower that he was ditching the aircraft. He manoeuvred the aircraft as close as possible to the southern end of the partially constructed runway 16L. The aircraft was ditched approximately 46 seconds after the pilot in command first advised the Tower of the problem. The four crew and 21 passengers successfully evacuated the aircraft before it sank. They were taken on board pleasure craft and transferred to shore

Probable Cause:

The investigation found that the circumstances of the accident were consistent with the left engine having suffered a substantial power loss when an inlet valve stuck in the open position. The inability of the handling pilot (co-pilot) to obtain optimum asymmetric performance from the aircraft was the culminating factor in a combination of local and organisational factors that led to this accident. Contributing factors included the overweight condition of the aircraft, an engine overhaul or maintenance error, non-adherence to operating procedures and lack of skill of the handling pilot. Organisational factors relating to the company included: 1) inadequate communications between South Pacific Airmotive Pty Ltd who owned and operated the DC-3 and were based at Camden, NSW and the AOC holder, Groupair, who were based at Moorabbin, Vic.; 2) inadequate maintenance management; 3) poor operational procedures; and 4) inadequate training. Organisational factors relating to the regulator included: 1) inadequate communications between Civil Aviation Authority offices, and between the Civil Aviation Authority and Groupair/South Pacific Airmotive; 2) poor operational and airworthiness control procedures; 3) inadequate control and monitoring of South Pacific Airmotive; 4) inadequate regulation; and 5) poor training of staff.

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Today is Tuesday the 23rd of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:24

Here are your stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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6 dead in Kerrville plane crash, DPS confirms

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:22

By Fares Sabawi

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating after six people were killed in a fatal plane crash reported Monday morning near Kerrville, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the six victims as Pilot Jeffery Carl Weiss, 65, Stuart Roben Kensinger, 55, Angela Webb Kensinger, 54, Mark Damien Scioneaux, 58, Scott Reagan Miller, 55, and Marc Tellepsen, 45. They were all from Houston according to a message from Sgt. Orlando Moreno, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Their twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 crashed around 9 a.m. as it was preparing to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport, the FAA spokesperson said. The crash occurred roughly 6 miles northwest of the airport.

Aerial photos of the wreckage show the tail number of the doomed plane, N501CE, which took off from West Houston Airport around 7:30 a.m. Monday. It was scheduled to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport at 8:35 a.m. but never made it.

The aircraft is registered to Weiss, a Houston businessman and philanthropist.

Weiss was a senior vice president for investments at Raymond James and Associates in Houston, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Weiss loved to fly and he and the co-owner of the plane, Charles Morina of Dallas, volunteered their time transporting sick people from remote regions to Texas hospitals for Angel Flight, Morina told the Associated Press.

“We flew people from all over the country to Dallas and Houston” for medical treatment, he said.

Weiss was a philanthropist who not only flew the sick to hospitals but was active in charities supporting children with special needs or who suffered abuse, said friend Bob Fuller. He told KPRC-TV of Houston that Weiss helped him conduct his Keels and Wheels charity event in Seabrook each year to aid abused children, giving both his time and money.

“I loved the man, I’ll tell you that. He was generous to a fault. He wanted to support our charity any way he can and one of those was if I wanted to fly to Detroit to talk to General Motors, ‘Call me first,'” Fuller said.

The plane crashed in a rugged area that belonged to a private ranch, officials said. 

Robert Hurt, a former pilot who lives in the area, heard about the crash over the radio and went to the location to try and get information on what happened. He grew emotional as he spoke to reporters about the crash.

“It gets close,” he said. “They could be friends or relatives.”

It’s still unknown what caused the plane to crash. But if the pilot was going to land at the airport in Kerrville, Hurt said he didn’t understand why the twin-engine Beechcraft had strayed off the flight path, unless it was to look at property.

“I don’t know why they were this far west,” Hurt told reporters at a command post about 500 yards north of the crash site.

This is the second fatal small-plane crash in the past two days in the Texas Hill Country.

A crash Sunday afternoon near the air strip at the Shirley Williams Airport in Kingsland, about 50 miles northwest of Austin, killed two people.

https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/NTSB-investigating-fatal-plane-crash-in-Kerrville-13785576.php

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At Least 1 Killed After Plane Crashes Next to Prison Yard of Facility in Norco: FAA

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:20

BY CINDY VON QUEDNOW

A small plane crashed next to the prison yard of a facility in Riverside County Monday afternoon and at least one person was killed, officials said.

About 12:10 p.m., the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department received reports of an “air emergency” along the 1900 block of 4th Street in Norco.

Only the pilot was in the Northrop N9M when it crashed, the Federal Aviation Administration said in an email to KTLA, citing local authorities.

Later, sheriff’s officials tweeted that the crash was fatal, but it was unknown how many people were on the plane.

No inmates or prison staff were injured, but the aircraft “sustained substantial damage,” the FAA said.

One inmate did receive scratches during the incident, a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in an email.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed charred ground where the plane appears to have crashed. Remnants of a wheel could be seen.

No further details about the incident were released, but the Sheriff’s Department tweeted that the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

CalFire also responded to the plane crash.

https://ktla.com/2019/04/22/plane-crashes-in-prison-yard-of-facility-in-norco-faa/

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FAA investigating Onslow County plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:17

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) – Authorities responded to a plane crash in one Eastern Carolina county where one person was injured.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at the Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport around 3:00 p.m.

The nose of the single-engine plane struck the ground and the aircraft is still standing straight up.

Col. Chris Thomas says one person was injured.

The FAA says the pilot was the only person on board.

The Highway Patrol and the FAA are investigating the crash.

The plane is a self-built Bearhawk LSA built in 2012, according to FAA records. It is owned by a man from Fincastle, Virginia.

https://www.witn.com/content/news/Highway-Patrol-FAA-investigating-Onslow-County-plane-crash-508911621.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:15

40 Years ago today: On 23 April 1979 a SAETA Vickers Viscount went missing on a Quito-Cuenca flight; killing all 57 occupants.

Date: Monday 23 April 1979 Time: ca 07:45 Type: Vickers 785D Viscount Operator: SAETA Registration: HC-AVP C/n / msn: 329 First flight: 1957-06-23 (21 years 10 months) Engines:Rolls-Royce Dart 510 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52 Total: Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Pastaza Province (   Ecuador) Crash site elevation: 5500 m (18045 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador Destination airport: Cuenca Airport (CUE/SECU), Ecuador Flightnumber: 011

Narrative:
Went missing on a Quito-Cuenca flight and was found 5 years later on high ground, 25nm off track at an elevation of 18000 feet.
The aircraft departed Quito at 07:08 in the morning and was expected to land at Cuenca at 08:00.

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Today is Monday the 22nd of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:32

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Crash sends plane over runway at Nevada County Airport: Two occupants able to walk away

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:31

By Elias Funez

A plane with a faulty braking system sent an airplane and its two occupants over the end of the runway at the Nevada County Airport Friday afternoon. 

Both the pilot and the passenger were conscious and able to walk away from the wreckage with minor injuries and were taken by ambulance as a precaution.

Reports of a plane that had gone off of the end of the runway came in at 1:33 p.m., according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Sergeant Rusty Green.

The aircraft had taken off earlier in the day from the Nevada County Airport and was returning to the runway when the incident occurred.

The plane — a 1989 Nanchang CJ-6 — is a Chinese-built aircraft that was introduced in 1958 and was used primarily as a trainer.

Due to the plane’s relatively low price and sturdy construction it is a popular aircraft among hobbyists. The plane’s braking system is powered by pneumatics, which may have failed during Friday’s crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash and must first give its clearance before the wreckage can be extracted, potentially with the help of a crane.

https://www.theunion.com/news/crash-sends-plane-over-runway-at-nevada-county-airport-two-occupants-able-to-walk-away-video/

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Tara Air aircraft skids off runway in Ramechhap, all passengers safe

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:26

KATHMANDU, April 22: An aircraft of Tara Air skidded off the runway while trying to land in Ramechhap, on Monday morning.

The Ramechhap-bound Dornier aircraft of Tara Air from Kathmandu with call sign 9Mkk met with an accident in course of landing at Manthali Airport. It learnt that 14 passengers were in the aircraft. No casualties have been reported yet.

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/tara-air-aircraft-skids-off-runway-in-ramechhap-all-passengers-safe/

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Two dead in plane crash at Shirley Williams Airport in Kingsland

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:25

by: Chelsea Moreno

LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two people are dead in a Kingsland plane crash on Sunday afternoon, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

The Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department said it happened at Williams Lakeshore Airstrip at Shirley Williams Airport, which is just north of Legends Golf Course. DPS was notified at 2:43 p.m.

The Experimental Rans S-7 Courier caught fire upon crashing, but the cause of the crash is still unknown, according to The Federal Aviation Administration.

The NTSB likely have an investigator in the area either later on Sunday or on Monday.

We asked the FAA if there are any restrictions for flying a plane in windy conditions, they said it depends on the type of plane.

https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/two-dead-in-plane-crash-at-shirley-williams-airport-in-kingsland/1943348276

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American Airlines Flight Diverted To Seattle For Blown Tire

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:22

The flight was headed from Vancouver to Chicago but had to make a landing in Seattle.

By Feroze Dhanoa, Patch National Staff

SEATTLE, WA — An American Airlines flight was diverted to Seattle on Friday due to a mechanical issue, the airline said. 

In a statement, American Airlines said the flight was headed from Vancouver to Seattle.

An FAA spokesman confirmed that a tire on the plane blew out, causing the flight to declare an emergency.

The flight landed at Seattle just before 2 p.m. local time. An FAA spokesman said the flight landed safely and the runway will be closed for approximately 30 minutes.

The aircraft is currently being inspected at the gate. Approximately 157 passengers are on board.

American Airlines said the passengers would be moved to a different aircraft if necessary.

https://patch.com/washington/seattle/american-airlines-flight-diverted-seattle-mechanical-issue

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:20

45 Years ago today: On 22 April 1974 a Pan American Boeing 707 flew into a mountain while on approach to Denpasar; killing all 107 occupants.

Date: Monday 22 April 1974 Time: 22:26 Type: Boeing 707-321B Operator: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) Registration: N446PA C/n / msn: 19268/544 First flight: 1966 Total airframe hrs: 28000 Cycles: 9150 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B Crew: Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11 Passengers: Fatalities: 96 / Occupants: 96 Total: Fatalities: 107 / Occupants: 107 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 68 km (42.5 mls) NW of Denpasar (   Indonesia) Crash site elevation: 762 m (2500 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong Destination airport: Denpasar-Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport (DPS/WADD), Indonesia Flightnumber: PA812

Narrative:
A Boeing 707-321B passenger plane, N446PA, named “Clipper Climax”, was destroyed when it crashed into the side of a mountain near Denpasar, Indonesia.
Flight PA-812 was a scheduled international flight from Hong Kong (HKG) to Sydney (SYD), Australia with an intermediate stop at Denpasar (DPS), Bali.
The crew prepared for an approach to runway 09 at Denpasar. The airplane descended to an altitude of 2500 feet when it flew into the side of a mountain.
It appeared that the crew had initiated the let-down procedure after one of the ADF needles swung. The other needle remained steady, but the crew assumed that they were over the beacon when the aircraft was still about 30 NM North of the beacon

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The premature execution of a right-hand turn to join the 263 degrees outbound track which was based on the indication given by only one of the ADFs while the other one was still in steady condition”

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Today is Friday the 19th of April, 2019 – Good Friday

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:10

We close out the week with the following stories…

I wish you all a safe and blessed Easter weekend!

Tom

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Pilot killed in fiery plane crash at Fullerton airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:58

By Oscar Flores

FULLERTON, Calif. (FOX 11) – A pilot was killed in a fiery plane crash at the Fullerton Airport Thursday evening. 

A twin-engine Beechcraft Duke plane crashed while departing from Runway 24 at the Fullerton Municipal Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration Pacific Division.

Officials the aircraft rolled to the left and caught on fire killing the pilot on board. The plane was traveling at about 80 mph and was around 50 feet off the ground when the crash occurred, said the Fullerton Fire Department.

The crash was reported before 8 p.m. The pilot, someone in their 50s, was the only person on board, the FAA said. Their condition is unknown.

The fixed-winged aircraft, registered to KMA Technology Solutions LLC, appeared to be heading to Heber Valley, Utah when the incident occurred.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.

No further details were immediately known.

http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/plane-crash-reported-at-fullerton-airport

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TWO DEAD IN BROOKINGS PLANE CRASH

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:56

Curry County Sheriff’s Office confirms two people died in a plane crash near Brookings this afternoon. An investigation is still underway.

UPDATE: On Thursday April 18th, 2019 just after 4:00p.m., the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Brookings PD, reporting that they had got a couple calls about a possible airplane crash. Callers reported seeing a plane go down north of the Brookings airport near Henderson Road. Sheriff’s Deputies along with Search and Rescue, Brookings Fire, Cape Ferello Fire and Harbor Fire Departments responded to the general area. A call was made to Cal Ore Life Flight and they were able to get two helicopters up in the air to search the area.

Around 4:45p.m., the plane was found by the areal search team. Ground search crews responded and found two people in the plane, both from Del Norte County, California. Both people were dead when crews arrived.

The NTSB and FAA investigators were notified and are making arrangements to travel to the scene to complete the investigation. At this point, the names of the two subjects are being withheld until the investigation is complete by the NTSB and FAA.

Updated 04/18/19 at 10:39p.m.

UPDATE: Curry County Sheriff John Ward confirmed two people died in the plane in Brookings just after 4:00PM today. No one on the ground was hurt. The two victims were said to be the only people onboard. Federal investigators have been called in to find the cause of the crash.

Updated 04/18/19 at 10:00p.m.

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Emergency crews have responded to a reported plane crash in Brookings, though many details remain unknown at this time.

The crash site appeared to be located somewhere between the Brookings airport and Henderson Road, on a large expanse of private property.

A deputy posted at an access gate to the property did confirm to NewsWatch 12 that there had been a crash somewhere beyond that point, but could not give any more details pending further investigation.

https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Emergency-crews-respond-to-reported-plane-crash-in-Brookings-508782631.html

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Emergency landing at Butte’s Bert Mooney Airport; no injuries reported

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:54

By SUSAN DUNLAP and ANNIE PENTILLA

A single-engine plane with two men aboard made an emergency landing at Bert Mooney Airport just before 11 a.m. Thursday.

There were no injuries, said Jeff Miller, Butte-Silver Bow fire chief.

The plane was piloted by a Helena man, 71, and carried a passenger, 61, from Philipsburg. 

Miller said the airport received a distress signal just before the plane was supposed to land at 9:50 a.m. The pilot said the plane could not lock down its landing gear. The gear would extend but not lock.

The plane flew around the airport to burn off about 30 gallons of fuel and prepared for an emergency landing. The pilot was in direct contact with the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department as well as the plane’s manufacturer, Miller said.

Pam Chamberlin, Bert Mooney Airport director, said one wheel collapsed when the plane touched down but the other wheels remained operational.

She said the plane veered off the runway into a safety area.

Flying the plane was Larry Klaas, a retired real estate developer from Helena, accompanied by Mark Hudgens, a Philipsburg resident and the former manager of the town’s Riddick Field airport.

Klaas, who has 50 years of flight experience and formerly served as an airplane salesman in Seattle, said the plane is repairable, the wing having sustained minor damage.

He described the landing as mild, noting that the plane skidded at the end of its landing and turned about 180 degrees, hitting a runway light with its wing.

When Klaas took off in the plane, a Lancair IV-P, from the Bert Mooney Airport Thursday morning, he immediately noticed that the landing gear was not retracting properly.

According to Klaas, there was a problem with the hydraulic system that controls the gear, which only partially retracted the gear, leaving it in an unlocked position.

The two on the plane followed emergency protocol, checking to make sure there wasn’t an electrical malfunction and trying to control the gear manually. They maintained communications with emergency personnel on the ground while Hudgens phoned an advanced training pilot. They also performed flying maneuvers in an effort to restore the gears’ functionality.

“We did everything,” said Klaas, noting that their only choice was to land the plane with the malfunctioning landing gear.

Before touching down, Klaas and Hudgens turned the engine off, just in case things didn’t go well and the plane caught fire.

“I didn’t get too scared,” said Klaas, whose training kicked in. “You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do,” he said, adding that it’s better to stay calm rather than to panic and make a mistake.

Hudgens, who has been flying since he was 13 years old, described the Lancair IV-P as the “fastest single-engine piston airplane there is.” Klaas is the owner of the plane.

Hudgens was relieved when the plane landed — who wouldn’t be? he said. The two managed to stay cool enough to grab lunch after the incident.

“We kept our heads on straight, made a plan, and everything went well,” said Hudgens.

Firefighters and all emergency workers were at the site prepared to help once the plane landed, Miller said.

“All credit goes to the pilot. He did all he could to troubleshoot,” Miller said. “This was one of those cases where we have time, we had time to get as many resources there as possible.”

Chamberlain said the plane has been towed off the runway and all operations are back on at the airport.

There were no air service interruptions as a result of the emergency, she said.

https://mtstandard.com/news/local/plane-crash-lands-at-butte-s-bert-mooney-airport-no/article_29d9f6e3-306c-5598-b7ae-db30f36a9a64.html

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