Crash of a De Havilland Dash-8-400 on Ketron Island: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 10, 2018 at 2000 LT
Operator: Alaska Airlines (30853)">
Registration:
N449QX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
4410
YOM:
2012
Location: Ketron Island (41459)"> Washington (16449)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Parked at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, the airplane was stolen by a 29-year old ground handling agent who was able to take off. After completing several manoeuvres over the Puget Sound, the aircraft was chased by USAF F-15 then control was lost. The airplane nosed down and crashed in a wooded area located on Ketron Island, some 25 miles southwest of SeaTac Airport. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and the 'pilot' was killed.

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in Santa Ana: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 5, 2018 at 1228 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 414 Chancellor (30356)">
Registration:
N727RP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Concord – Santa Ana
MSN:
414-0385
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
While approaching Santa Ana-John Wayne Airport in excellent weather conditions, the twin engine aircraft entered a dive and crashed in a vertical attitude in the parking lot of a commercial mall located in Bristol Street, about 1,7 mile northwest of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and there was no fire. At least one vehicle on the ground was destroyed. All five occupants were killed while no one on the ground was injured.

Crash of an Extra EA-400 in Ponca City: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 4, 2018 at 1045 LT
Type of aircraft: Extra EA-400 (30779)">
Operator: Jeremiah 29:11 (41429)">
Registration:
N13EP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
10
YOM:
2000
Location: Ponca City (41428)"> Oklahoma (15560)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Ponca City Airport, while in initial climb, the single engine lost height and crashed nose first in a soybean field located few miles from the airport. The airplane disintegrated on impact and all five occupants were killed, three adults and two children. The registration needs to be confirmed.

Crash of a Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar (Ted Smith 600) in Greenville: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 30, 2018 at 1055 LT
Operator: Private Canadian (32288)">
Registration:
C-GRRS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Pembroke – Charlottetown
MSN:
60-8265-026
Location: Greenville (20323)"> Maine (15167)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While overflying Maine on a flight from Pembroke to Charlottetown, the pilot contacted ATC and reported engine problems. He was vectored to Greenville Airport for an emergency landing when, on final approach, the airplane crashed in a prairie located few miles from the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and all three occupants were killed. It is believed the engine lost power in flight for undetermined reason.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B in Burnet

Date & Time: Jul 21, 2018 at 0900 LT
Operator: Highland Lakes Squadron (41421)">
Registration:
N47HL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Burnet – Sedalia – Oshkosh
MSN:
15758/27203
YOM:
1945
Location: Burnet (18091)"> Texas (16262)">
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
A Douglas C-47, named "Bluebonnet Belle", was involved in an accident during takeoff from runway 19 at Burnet Municipal Airport, Texas, USA. The aircraft came to rest in the grass next to the runway and burst into flames. The captain, crew chief, and 4 passengers sustained serious injuries, 1 passenger sustained minor injuries, and the co-pilot and 5 passengers were not injured. The aircraft was to be flown to a fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The co-pilot, who was the flying pilot reported that prior to the flight, it was briefed that he would perform the takeoff. He stated that the captain taxied the airplane to the runup area, where all pre-takeoff checks were completed; the captain then taxied the airplane onto runway 19. The co-pilot further stated that he then took control of the airplane, provided a pre-takeoff brief, and initiated the takeoff sequence. About 10 seconds into the takeoff roll, the airplane drifted right, at which time he applied left rudder input. This was followed shortly by the captain saying that he had the airplane. The captain, who was the non-flying pilot, reported to the NTSB that during the initial stages of the takeoff roll, he didn't recall the airplane swerving to the right, however, recalled telling the co-pilot not to push the tail up because it was heavy; he also remembered the airplane swerving to the left shortly thereafter. The captain stated that he yelled "right rudder" three times before taking control of the airplane. He said that as he put his hands on the control yoke, he noticed that either the tail started to come down or the main wheels were either light or were just coming off the ground as it exited the left side of the runway. The captain said that he knew the airplane was slow as he tried to ease it over [to the runway] and set it back down. Subsequently, he felt the 'shutter of a stall," and the airplane turned to the left and impacted the ground. After the airplane came to a stop, a post impact fire ensued, during which all the occupants of the airplane egressed through the aft left door. A video of the takeoff and accident sequence shows the aircraft accelerating on the runway, with the tailwheel leaving the ground very briefly. A few seconds after the tailwheel touched down again, the aircraft seems to drift off the left side of the runway. The aircraft banks right, causing the left hand main landing gear to become airborne. The right hand wing tip touched or almost touched the ground before the aircraft became airborne. The left wing dropped and the wing tip touched the ground, causing the plane to slew to the left and touch down again. The right hand main gear then seems to fold as the aircraft comes to rest in a cloud of dust. Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane came to rest upright on a heading of about 113° magnetic, about 145 ft east of the left side, and 2,638 ft from the approach end of runway 19. The post impact fire consumed the fuselage from the nose cone aft to about 3 ft forward of the left side cargo door along with a majority of the wing center section. No evidence of any flight control locks was found installed. The tailwheel locking pin was found in place and was sheered into multiple pieces. Vegetation (grass) within about 200 ft of the main wreckage was burnt from the post impact fire. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in Enstone

Date & Time: Jun 26, 2018 at 1420 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 414 Chancellor (30356)">
Operator: Southern Aircraft Consultancy (35118)">
Registration:
N414FZ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
414-0175
Location: Enstone (19661)"> Oxfordshire (15612)">
Country: United Kingdom (13252)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 26 at Enstone Airport, while climbing, the airplane made a turn to the right then lost height and crashed in flames onto a farm. Both pilots escaped rapidly and the copilot was slightly injured. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire as well as a barn. Few chicken were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle II in Rock Sound: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 5, 2018 at 1500 LT
Operator: Hat Investments (41155)">
Registration:
N421MM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rock Sound – Treasure Coast
MSN:
421B-0804
YOM:
1974
Location: Rock Sound (41156)"> South Eleuthera (16100)">
Country: Bahamas (13459)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Less than two minutes after takeoff from Rock Sound Airport, while climbing, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed in flames in a wooded area located about 4 km from the airstrip. The airplane was totally destroyed by a post crash fire and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain off Amagansett: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 2, 2018 at 1451 LT
Registration:
N41173
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
31-8452017
YOM:
1984
Location: Amagansett (41141)"> New York (15417)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
While approaching East Hampton Airport from the southeast, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and plunged into the sea off Amagansett, Long Island. SAR operations were quickly conducted and it was confirmed on the evening of June 3rd that all four occupants were killed, among them Bernard J. Krupinski (aged 70) and his spouse. It was reported that at the time of the accident, weather conditions were poor with thunderstorm activity and turbulences along the south coast of Long Island.

Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu in Prescott

Date & Time: May 29, 2018 at 2112 LT
Registration:
N148ME
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Santa Ana – Prescott
MSN:
46-8608009
YOM:
1986
Location: Prescott (24953)"> Arizona (13854)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While approaching Prescott-Ernest A. Love Field on a flight from Santa Ana-John Wayne Airport, the pilot informed ground about a low fuel situation and attempted an emergency landing on Iron Spring Road, about 7 miles southwest of runway 03R threshold. After touchdown, the right wing hit a pole and was torn off before the aircraft came to rest inverted. The aircraft was destroyed and all three occupants were injured.

Crash of a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle near Génova: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 27, 2018
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N113FT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Guatemala City – El Petén
Location: Génova (41138)"> Quetzaltenango (15760)">
Country: Guatemala (13440)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
En route, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in unknown circumstances in an open field located near Génova. The aircraft came to rest inverted and both occupants were killed. It is understood that the registration is false as N113FT is officially attributed to a Piper PA-46 according to the FAA. Thus, it is believed the flight was illegal.