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Today is Friday the 22nd of June, 2018

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:27

We close out this week with these stories…

Enjoy your weekend, and be safe out there!


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HAPPENING NOW: One man killed in small plane crash

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:53

By WLOX Staff


One man is dead after a small plane crashed in Diamondhead Friday morning.

Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam tells WLOX that the Cessna plane crashed on take-off. It departed from the Diamondhead Airport around 7 a.m., crashing into the woods just north of I-10 near mile marker 16. That’s close to the airport’s runway. If you’re traveling in that direction, expect delays as emergency crews work to put out the fire and investigate the crash.

Coast Electric crews are also helping emergency crews. Power outages in that area may occur.

We will update this story as new details become available so check back here for updates.

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Airport authorities say pilot uninjured in Lake Hood float plane crash

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:52

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – A plane crash early Thursday drew response form multiple agencies when the aircraft, a small float plane, “veered violently” upon landing.

According to Sgt. Brad Skupnik with Airport Police and Fire, the pilot and sole occupant was not injured when the plane crashed. The female pilot had been on a roughly 40 minute trip prior to the crash.

“It was coming in for a landing, and landed just fine, but then violently veered off course when it landed and sustained damage,” Skupnik said. It is not yet known what made the plane veer into the nearby bank.

The plane, with a tail number of N4427B, sustained damage to both of its floats, but the woman was reportedly able to walk away without injury.

The floats were too damaged to taxi, so it had to be air-lifted out of the water by a crane and put on a flatbed truck.

NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson said that they had investigators present Thursday morning to investigate the finer details of the crash.

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Report: Helicopter took an unexpected turn before hitting power lines in Oshkosh crash

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:51

Sophia Carson, Fond du Lac Reporter

OSHKOSH – The pilot in a fatal June 9 helicopter crash in Oshkosh turned his aircraft unexpectedly before hitting power lines and sinking, federal officials confirmed this week.

The Robinson R44 helicopter had been flying south to Wittman Regional Airport when it turned northwest along the Fox River, ran into power lines over the river at 12:29 p.m. and dropped into the water, according to a preliminary report the National Transportation Safety Board released Monday.

The pilot had been flying low over the water for an hour and a half with a photographer, who was taking aerial photos of boats for the Four Horseman Poker Run on Lake Winnebago, according to the report. The pilot dropped off the photographer in a field next to the Dockside Tavern, 425 Nebraska St., and then headed to Wittman to refuel.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office divers recovered the body of Jonathan D. Bahr, the 27-year-old pilot from Platteville, in the river later that day.

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FAA Allowed Unsafe Aircraft to Fly Commercially

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:48

A whistleblower’s complaints led to a federal investigation that uncovered disturbing shortcomings within the agency.

By George Clark

A whistleblower has come forward with allegations that the FAA allowed unsafe airplanes to fly commercial operations, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which said it investigated the complaints and uncovered troubling abuses from within the agency.

In a June 13 release, the OSC described that the whistleblower uncovered that the FAA approved certain aircraft to operate commercially without reviewing “critical safety information”, which, in the case of some of those aircraft, would have resulted in them being labeled unfit to fly. Additionally, due to errors in the Civil Aviation Registry, some airplanes have flown without valid registrations or airworthiness certificates.

Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner described the danger of these errors.. “When the FAA does not know the location of an aircraft, the owner of an aircraft, or whether the owner might be deliberately attempting to circumvent safety regulations, that’s a serious problem,” he said in the release.

According to the OSC and the whistleblower, the issue had been raised several times both verbally and in writing with the agency to no avail. After being unable to get the FAA to investigate, the whistleblower reported the issues to the OSC on December 19, 2016.

In addition to aircraft being allowed to fly in commercial operations without safety reviews, valid registrations and airworthiness certificates, it was also revealed that there had been cases of FAA employees and management receiving locality pay while not working at those locations. This had been reported to the FAA in 2015, yet it was uncovered that the issue is more widespread than originally thought, according to the OSC..

“Thankfully, because a whistleblower came forward, the FAA now appears to be taking this issue seriously and has initiated corrective action to ensure inspectors don’t cut corners and are better equipped to keep our airspace safe,” Kerner said in the release.

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Today in History

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:45

56 Years ago today: On 22 June 1962 an Air France Boeing 707-328 crashed near Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe; killing all 112 occupants.

Date: Friday 22 June 1962 Time: 04:03 Type: Boeing 707-328 Operator: Air France Registration: F-BHST C/n / msn: 18247/274 First flight: 1962 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT4A- Crew: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 Passengers: Fatalities: 103 / Occupants: 103 Total: Fatalities: 113 / Occupants: 113 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 25 km (15.6 mls) WNW of Pointe-à-Pitre-Le Raizet Airport (PTP) (   Guadeloupe) Crash site elevation: 427 m (1401 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ), Portugal Destination airport: Pointe-à-Pitre-Le Raizet Airport (PTP/TFFR), Guadeloupe Flightnumber: AF117

A Boeing 707-328, operated by Air France, was destroyed when it crashed into a hillside near Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. All 113 on board were killed.
The aircraft, named “Chateau de Chantilly”, operated flight AF117 from Paris-Orly (ORY), France to Santiago (SCU), Chile with en route stops at Lisbon (LIS), Santa Maria (SMA), Azores, Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP), Guadeloupe, Caracas (CCS), Venezuela, Bogotá (BOG), Colombia and Lima (LIM), Peru.
The VOR at Le Raizet Airport was unserviceable when the flight approached Guadeloupe at night. Weather conditions were poor; a violent thunderstorm existed in the area and visibility was 10 km and a ceiling of 1000 feet within the squall. The crew reported over the NDB at 5000 feet and carried out a turn back towards the east to begin its final approach. Incorrect ADF indications, as a result of the thunderstorm, caused the plane to stray 15 km off the procedural let-down track. The Boeing 707 then crashed into a forest on a hill at an altitude of about 1400 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: 1) Breakdown of the VOR; 2) insufficient meteorological information given to the crew; 3) the atmospheric effects on the ADF indicator.

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Today is Thursday the 21st of June, 2018

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:23

Here are your stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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Plane overshoots runway at Plum Island Airport; no injuries reported

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:21

By Dave Rogers

PLUM ISLAND — A single-engine plane overshot a Plum Island Airport runway shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, sending emergency responders from Newbury and Newburyport to the small airport located off Plum Island Turnpike.

According to Newbury police Deputy Chief John Lucey, the pilot was uninjured after his plane came to a stop past the tree line in a section of woods.

Per standard procedure, the Federal Aviation Administration was alerted.

According to the FAA registry, the fixed-wing, single-engine plane is owned by the Bald Eagle Flying Club in Yarmouth, Maine. It was identified as a CH2000 Aircraft Mfg & Development craft built in 2004.

Just more than a year ago on June 4, 2017, another plane crash occurred at the airport.

At that time, a small craft ended up in a patch of bushes just off the runway after an aborted takeoff. No one was injured in that crash.

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Ultralight plane crash injures pilot

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:20


A pilot has received serious, but not life-threatening injuries June 18 after his aircraft crashed into a tree near the south side of Knife Lake, in the vicinity of the 255th Avenue and Keystone Street intersection.

According to Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Guy Lucking was flying an ultralight aircraft and attempted to land on a private airfield when he collided with a tree and the plane crashed to the ground.

Smith said it appears the pilot attempted a landing; when he realized he would need to make a second pass, Lucking allegedly attempted to increase altitude but failed to clear the trees in time.

The Mora Area Fire Department was called to the scene to extricate Lucking from the crumpled aircraft.

A helicopter landed at the scene and airlifted Lucking to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Smith described Lucking’s injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

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Fatigue Crack in Engine Led to 2015 Las Vegas Fire

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:17


A 2015 engine fire on a British Airways 777-236ER was caused by a fatigue crack in the high-pressure compressor stage 8 disk web and subsequent uncontained engine failure, which led to the detachment of the main fuel supply line, the National Transportation Safety Board found Wednesday. 

The September 8, 2015 fire occurred during the takeoff roll at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Two seconds after hearing a “bang,” the captain aborted the takeoff, and the jetliner came to a stop on the runway 13 seconds later. The 157 passengers, including one lap child, and 13 crewmembers evacuated via emergency slides. The flight’s destination was London-Gatwick Airport.

The captain ordered passengers to evacuate from the right side of the airplane. But the NTSB found that the unaffected right engine continued to run for 43 seconds after the captain’s order, resulting in jet blast blowing two emergency slides out of position and rendering them unusable for the evacuation. The passengers and crew were able to use two of the eight doors to leave the airplane before smoke and fire encroached the fuselage.

The NTSB found that the captain did not use his quick reference handbook to read and do checklist items. It was only when a third pilot in the cockpit noticed instruments indicating the right engine was still running that the engine was shut down. “Because the captain did not follow standard procedures, his call for the evacuation checklist and the shutdown of the right engine were delayed,” the report said.

The high-pressure compressor stage 8-10 spool in the left engine, one of two GE GE90-85BG11 engines on the airplane, had accumulated 11,459 total cycles. Investigators found that the crack initiated after about 6,000 cycles, much earlier than the engine’s manufacturer, GE, predicted; the cause of the crack initiation could not be identified. There were no additional cracks found on the disk during a post-accident inspection of the engine.

The disk web was not an area that either the Federal Aviation Administration or the manufacturer required to be inspected, so the crack went undetected. During maintenance in September 2008, when the high-pressure compressor was removed from the engine and disassembled, exposing the stage 8-10 spool, the surface crack length would have been about 0.05 inches. “If the disk web had been required to be inspected during this maintenance, the crack should have been detectable,” the report said. The lack of inspection procedures for the stage 8 disk contributed to the accident, the NTSB found. After the accident, GE implemented inspection procedures designed to detect disk web cracks.

The full report can be found here or on​

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Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline, Boeing and other companies

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:14

By Lori Aratani

The Washington Post

Eight passengers who were aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew apart filed suit Wednesday against the airline, Boeing and the companies that manufactured the engine, alleging that they failed to take proper safeguards to prevent the fatal tragedy.

One person died and several others were injured in the April 17 incident, the first passenger fatality on a U.S. carrier since 2009, and the first in Southwest’s 51-year history

“As a direct result of the frightful, death-threatening Flight 1380 incident, each Plaintiff suffered severe mental, emotional and psychological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries,” says the 20-page lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on behalf of passengers Cindy Candy Arenas, Jaky Alyssa Arenas, Jiny Alexa Arenas, Elhadji Cisse, Donald Kirkland, Beverly Kirkland, Connor Brown and Cassandra Adams. Joe Leos Arenas, the husband of Cindy Arenas, also is included in the suit. Though he was not aboard the flight, the suit contends he should be included because he has suffered, ” . . . the loss of consortium of his wife.”

Southwest, the Boeing Company, GE Aviation Systems, Safran USA and CFM International, were all named as defendants in the suit. Officials at Southwest, GE Aviation and Boeing declined to comment citing pending litigation. Officials at Safran USA and CFM International did not respond to requests for comment.

Flight 1380 had left New York’s LaGuardia Airport on the morning of April 17, and was headed to Dallas Love Field. About 20 minutes into the flight, one of the Boeing 737’s engines failed and broke apart sending pieces of shrapnel flying through the air. The pieces shattered a window and the change in pressure in the airplane’s cabin caused Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive from Albuquerque, to be partially pulled out of the plane. The flight diverted to Philadelphia International Airport where it landed without further incident. Riordan died.

In a preliminary report, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said they found evidence of metal fatigue on the fan blade that had broken off the engine. Shortly after the incident the Federal Aviation Administration ordered that airlines complete additional inspections of fan blades on planes with similar engines.

The suit contends that, “Southwest negligently failed to reasonably monitor, inspect, test, service maintain and repair the Aircraft and the Engine to keep its aircraft reasonably safe for its passengers, and to remove from service aircraft that were not reasonably safe.”

The suit comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General announced an audit of the FAA’s safety oversight of Southwest Airlines. In making the announcement, the IG’s office noted that recent events, including the April 17 incident, have raised concerns about FAA’s safety oversight program, particularly for Southwest. In addition, the IG’s office said it had received a number of complaints about operational issues at the airline, including allegations of deficiencies in pilot training.

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NTSB report: Pilot was awake for 17 hours before Lake Erie crash that left six dead

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:12

By Bretton Keenan

The three minutes of events leading up to a small plane crash in Lake Erie that left the pilot and five passengers dead has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board. The report also said the pilot had been awake for nearly 17 hours before the time of the accident.

The personal flight was intended to go to the Ohio State University Airport (OSU), according to NTSB. The plane had flown from OSU to Burke at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2016, and the pilot and passengers attended a sporting event before returning to the airport. John T. Fleming, the CEO of Columbus-based Superior Beverage Group, was piloting the plane. His wife, Suzanne, and their two sons, Jack and Andrew, and neighbors Megan and Brian Casey, were also aboard the aircraft.

NTSB shared what can be heard in the communications between air traffic control and the pilot of the Cessna 525C aircraft in the few minutes between takeoff from the Burke Lakefront Airport and when the plane crashed in the lake.

According to the NTSB report, at 10:55 p.m., the pilot was cleared for takeoff and he acknowledged. A minute and a half later, the engine power increased for takeoff and 15 seconds later the plane became airborne.

Then things went south.

A few seconds later, an automated voice said, “altitude,” and 14 seconds later, “altitude” was heard again, according to the report. Then a sound similar to a decrease in engine power can be heard, followed by the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS), which provided a bank angle warning, NTSB said.

Shortly after, the tower controller instructed the pilot to contact departure control. The pilot tried to communicate with the tower controller, but communication was not received, suggesting the pilot did not have the microphone push-to-talk button depressed, according to NTSB.

The report said after tower control tried to contact the pilot again, the EGPWS gave a “sink rate” warning. The pilot tried contact the tower again without success. Then the EGPWS gave seven “pull up” warnings

A sound similar to the overspeed warning can be heard, which continues until the end of the recording, NTSB said.

The recording ends almost three minutes after the pilot was cleared for takeoff.

The tower controller continued to try and contact the pilot, but was unsuccessful, causing him to begin search and rescue procedures, according to NTSB.

According to the NTSB report, the pilot had accumulated a total of 56.5 hours in Cessna 525 airplanes. Of that time, 8.7 hours were as pilot-in-command, which included his practical test. He had 372.9 hours logged in a Cessna 510 airplane, which he owned for about two years before purchasing the plane in the accident.

The report notes that the plane passed its most recent inspection without any issues.

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Today in History

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:10

23 Years ago today: On 21 June 1995 a Douglas C-54 air tanker crashed near Hemet-Ryan Field, CA following midair collision with a Beech Baron; killing 3 people.

Date: Wednesday 21 June 1995 Time: 11:08 Type: Douglas C-54G Operator: Aero Union Registration: N4989P C/n / msn: 36082 First flight: 1945 Total airframe hrs: 23507 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2000-3 Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Total: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Collision casualties: Fatalities: 1 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 1,6 km (1 mls) E of Ramona, CA (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Fire fighting Departure airport: Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT), United States of America Destination airport: Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT), United States of America

A Beechcraft 58P Baron (N156Z) operated by the US Forest Service took off from Ontario Airport at 08:00 for aerial fire suppression activities over the Butterfield Ranch about 30 miles northeast of Ramona Airport. Lead 56 flew over the fire area and conducted fire spotting and led several air tankers to specific drop areas. Lead 56 remained over the area until relieved by another Forest Service airplane, Lead 55, at 11:00.
At 10:22 Tanker 19, a Douglas C-54G, took off from Hemet-Ryan Field (HMT) for the third fire retardant drop in the same area. After the drop, it was instructed, along with other tankers to fly to Ramona Airport. Both the C-54 and the Baron arrived near Ramona at the same time.
The C-54 carried out a straight-in approach. The Baron, turning from base leg, struck the tail of the C-54. Both aircraft crashed and caught fire. The pilot of the Beech was killed and two residences and two vehicles were also destroyed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Inadequate visual lookout by the Beech 58P pilot, and the operator’s inadequate procedures concerning 360-degree overhead approaches.”

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Today is Wednesday the 20th of June, 2018

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:54

Here are the mid-week stories…

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NC Highway Patrol helicopter crashes during takeoff at training area in Raleigh

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:52

By: WNCN Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A helicopter is on its side at the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s  landing zone at Garner and Tryon roads in Raleigh, police confirmed.

The aircraft belongs to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, officials said.

Emergency crews, along with Raleigh police, are on the scene.

CBS 17’s Robert Richardson said he saw an ambulance leave the scene when he arrived at 2:35 p.m.

A news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said that when the helicopter lifted off the ground the pilot lost control and the rotor of the unit struck the ground.

The pilot was transported to the SHP’s medical office for evaluation of minor injuries. A passenger was transported to Wake Medical Center with minor injuries.

The NTSB, FAA, and Patrol’s Reconstruction Unit will investigate the crash.

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Small plane crashes northwest of Wickenburg

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:51

By News Staff


A small plane has crashed near Aguila, Arizona, northwest of the Phoenix area. 

The crash site is said to be west of Highway 71. It’s about 24 miles northwest of Wickenburg.

The FAA says the single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed under unknown circumstances around 11:40 a.m

There were two people on board.

One person was flown from the scene to a Phoenix-area hospital.

The other occupant did not require medical attention.

The crash occurred in a very remote area. and deputies had to go on foot to reach the crash site.

More information about the Cirrus aircraft is available online.

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Crash Temporarily Closes Heber City Airport

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:49

HEBER, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Heber City-Russ McDonald Field Airport was closed for a short time Friday, evening. After an airplane accident.

A Maule M5-210c, aircraft, was hit with a sudden burst of wind causing it to slide off the runway to the east. The plane fished tailed and one front tire sheared off causing damage to the hull, wing and tail.

The pilot walked away with very minor injuries. About 5 gallons of fuel spilled on to the runway. Hazmat crews were called in for cleanup.

The airport reopened after a crane removed the damaged plane from the runway.

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Fighter jet blows tire on runway at Fort Wayne airport

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:47

By: WANE Staff Reports

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A fighter jet used for general aviation blew a tire and was stopped on a runway at Fort Wayne International Airport on Monday.

Around 3:45 p.m., NewsChannel 15 was told by multiple viewers that a fighter jet appeared to have made an emergency landing at the airport. One video sent to NewsChannel 15 showed several emergency vehicles including Fort Wayne Fire engines on a runway around the jet.

Airport spokesperson Rebecca Neild told NewsChannel 15 that a F-100 fighter jet based at the airport and used for general aviation blew a tire and was on runway 14-32. Neild said a crew was putting a spare tire on the jet and it was expected to take until after 5 p.m. to get the plane off the runway.

The incident caused some commercial flights to be delayed, and others were diverted, Neild said.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Cargo plane crew exits on evacuation slide during landing at O’Hare

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:46

Madeline BuckleyContact Reporter – Chicago Tribune

A cargo plane deployed its emergency slide during a landing at O’Hare International Airport late Tuesday, officials said.

The plane signaled an emergency when the fire indicator light went on, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Fire crews later determined there was no fire on the aircraft.

When it landed, two people on the aircraft exited via the slide, officials said.

The plane, Giant flight 2134, operated by Atlas Air, landed safely at 9:53 p.m., according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

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Today in History

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:30

54 Years ago today: On 20 June 1964 a Civil Air Transport Curtiss C-46 crashed after the pilots lost control in a steep turn after takeoff from Taichung, Taiwan, killing all 57 occupants.

Date: Saturday 20 June 1964 Time: ca 17:40 Type: Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando Operator: Civil Air Transport Registration: B-908 C/n / msn: 32950 First flight: 1944 Total airframe hrs: 19488 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52 Total: Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57 Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: San-Chiao (   Taiwan) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Taichung Airport (TXG/RCLG), Taiwan Destination airport: Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan Flightnumber: 106

Shortly after takeoff from Taichung, the no. 1 engine oversped. A left turn was initiated in order to make an emergency return to the Taichung Airport or nearby military air base. The pilot lost control and the aircraft struck the ground in a left wing low and a comparatively steep nose low attitude.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “About 5 miles west of the accident site was Kung-Kuan Military Air Base. Six miles south-southwest was Shui-Nan Airport from where the aircraft took off. On the right side of the flight pattern was a chain of mountains. It was concluded that, when the pilot found that the left engine was overspeeding, he made an abrupt left turn to land at Kung-Kuan Military Air Base or return to Shui-Nan Airport. During the turn he lost control of the aircraft, which crashed to the ground.”

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