Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cirrus SR22T, N1703, Weaver Aircraft: Fatal accident occurred January 26, 2016 near Greene County - Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport (I19) , Xenia, Ohio

Weaver Aircraft LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N1703 

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA095 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in Xenia, OH
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22T, registration: N1703
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 26, 2016, about 1800 eastern standard time, a Cirrus Design Corp SR22 single engine airplane, N1703, registered to Weaver LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during final approach to runway 25 at the Greene County - Lewis A Jackson Regional Airport (I19), Xenia, Ohio. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed in the area during the approach. The positioning flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91 and an IFR flight plan was filed. The flight originated about 1700 from the Indianapolis Executive Airport (TYQ), Indianapolis, Indiana, and I19 was its planned destination.

The purpose of the flight was to reposition the airplane to its home base of Xenia, Ohio, after completed maintenance at a repair station. Information provided by the FQAA showed that the pilot filed an IFR flight plan from TYQ, flying at 9,000 feet enroute to I19. After a normal IFR flight from TYQ, the pilot requested and was given clearance to fly the RNAV 7 instrument approach to I19. The airplane broke out of the cloud base, and the pilot canceled his IFR clearance. An airport employee, who witnessed the airplane flying on a downwind beneath the cloud base, stated that the airplane appeared to be setting up for a circling VMC approach to runway 25. The airport employee was in proximity to the I19 Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) weather information screen. He reported that the screen showed a 1,700 cloud ceiling, with wind from 240 degrees at 9 knots, gusting to 14 knots (gusts variable from 240 to 330 degrees). Several other witnesses who were in vehicles on roadways near the airport reported that they saw the airplane appear to start a left base turn to final and then nose down prior to the runway 25 threshold. 

There were no reported distress calls from the pilot during the flight and the pilot had normal communications with ATC and ground personnel throughout the flight.

The airplane wreckage was found in a lightly wooded ravine about 300 feet short of the runway 25 threshold, approximately on bearing with the runway. Evidence at the accident site were consistent with a nose down impact. The airplane was equipped with a Ballistic Recovery System (BRS). Evidence at the accident site showed that the BRS system was not activated in flight. The charge cartridge for the parachute deployment mechanism was found expended, due to impact forces.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cincinnati FSDO-05
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The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday began moving wreckage from a fatal airplane crash at Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Xenia.

The NTSB started the investigation Wednesday after 33-year-old Joel W. Lansford, of Fairborn, crashed the Cirrus SR-22 airplane he was attempting to land at the airport Tuesday evening.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office pronounced Lansford dead at the scene of the crash.

The on-site investigation could take up to three days includes interviewing eyewitnesses.

Investigators spoke to Tara Speakman, a witness, for a second time on Thursday for about 10 minutes she said.

“They just wanted me to go over my statement and see if I remember anything else or add anything else to what happened,” she said.

Speakman said she reiterated to investigators the pilot was making a left turn and the wing of the plane was down before it rolled, nose dived and crashed.

“Thank God there was no fire,” she said. “That was when we lost him and called for help.”

The NTSB crash investigation will take into account multiple factors, such as pilot medical and flight history, to determine the cause of the crash. The agency will also be working to determine whether airplane maintenance or weather-related issues were a factor.

Preliminary investigation result could be available in a few weeks, however a final report could take up to a year to complete, according to NTSB — an independent federal agency responsible for investigating civil aviation accidents.

A NTSB spokesman at the crash site declined to comment on Thursday.

The airport is expected to remain closed during the investigation, according to Dave Kushner, the airport manager.

Lansford was employed as a corporate pilot, and was on a routine business flight from Indianapolis Executive Airport to Greene County, according to NTSB.

Lansford was a former member of the Ohio Army National Guard. He worked at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport/Airpark Ohio under Tim Epperhart for about one year. Epperhart, who owns the Middletown Regional Flight Training Institute in Middletown and a flight training school in Springfield, called Lansford “a good guy and a great pilot.”

NTSB noted Lansford had more than 2,000 hours of flight time and said the agency does not believe the crash was caused by pilot error.

There was no recorded distress call from Lansford to the air traffic controllers. He terminated his radar service before landing, but this is typical according to NTSB. Wind conditions were 13 knots, gusting to 17 knots, wind, but not unusually bad weather on Tuesday when the plane crashed.

Source:  http://www.mydaytondailynews.com

This is an undated photo of Joel Lansford sitting in the cockpit of the same plane he was flying when he crashed Wednesday night.

The pilot, Joel W. Lansford, 33, of Fairborn, was alone aboard the Cirrus SR-22, and was killed.
  • NTSB said pilot action doesn’t appear to be factor in crash 
  • The plane crashed about 6 p.m. Tuesday into a hillside
  • FAA: Registered owner is Weaver Aircraft LLC, Carmel, Ind.
  • Lansford was an Army National Guard veteran and worked at a Springfield flight school for a year
UPDATE@5:06 p.m.:
In the days to come, the NTSB will formulate a plan to remove the wreckage to review components in a more safe, secure place, the agency’s Spokesman Alex Lemishko said during a press briefing.

Just before the crash, a witness saw the plane flying straight and leveled as it approached the airport, Lemishko said, noting that Lansford contacted air traffic control as he approached the airport.

There was no recorded distress calls from the pilot or the air traffic controllers, however, Lansford had terminated his radar service prior to landing but that’s normal procedure, the spokesman said.

Lansford was a highly skilled pilot with more than 2,000 hours of flight time, and he was an air transport rated pilot, so there’s no reason to believe the crash is related to pilot error, Lemishko said.

The plane took off from Indianapolis Executive Airport, Lemishko said, but it’s not clear what time. He said Lansford was employed as a corporate pilot and the flight was business related.

“This aircraft does have a device that records parameters of the flight,” Lemishko said. “We hope to retrieve it, download and analyze the data.”

UPDATE@5 p.m.:
The pilot’s actions doesn’t appear to be an issue in the fatal plane crash at the Greene County airport Tuesday night, according to Senior NTSB investigator, Alex Lemishko. The federal agency said in a briefing Wednesday afternoon their investigation will take several days.

UPDATE@4:23 p.m.:
Peter Knudson, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson, said the agency is sending an investigator from its regional office in Texas to start the investigation in to the crash. The investigator is expected to be in the area for up to three days.

Knudson said he doesn’t have much information about the pilot or his level of experience. But that will be part of the investigation. They will also look at his medical records, licenses, pilot ratings, frequency of flight experience, what he did in the last 72 hours before the crash, the plane’s maintenance history and the like. In addition, they will look at the weather at the time of the crash, radar. A preliminary results of the investigation could be released in about three weeks and the final report will be complete in about a year.

UPDATE@12:47 p.m.:
A soldier who served with Lansford in Afghanistan and asked not to be identified said: “He was a good officer that worked hard and solved problems for his unit throughout his time in Afghanistan. He was a problem solver and dedicated to doing his best everyday. He was a pleasure to work with but was clear that he always wanted to get back to flying. He died doing what he loved.”

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m. (Jan. 27):
The pilot killed in a fatal plane crash in Greene County last night was an Ohio Army National Guard veteran who had served in Afghanistan and worked at a Springfield flight school.

Joel Lansford worked about a year for Tim Epperhart, owner of the Middletown Regional Flight Training Institute in Middletown, who also runs a flight training school at the Springfield airport.

Epperhart called the 33-year-old pilot a “good guy and a great pilot”.

“When you lose a co-worker, a friend, it’s never a good thing,” Epperhart said after learning of the news of Lansford’s death. “This is a sad event. He will be missed.”

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m. (Jan. 27):
Troopers have identified the pilot, and sole occupant, of the plane that crashed at Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County as Joel W. Lansford, 33, of Fairborn.

The crash was reported at 5:57 p.m. Jan. 26, according to troopers.

One person was killed Tuesday after a single-engine airplane crashed short of the runway at the Greene County-Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport.
Peter Knudson, National Transportation Safety Board officer of public affairs, said the crash occurred about 6 p.m. The name and age of the pilot have not been released.

The airport remains closed until further notice.

The NTSB is leading the investigation to determine what caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft that crashed into an embankment while on approach to land at the airport, said agency spokesman Peter Knudson late Tuesday.

The name of pilot, who was the lone occupant, has not released. The airplane was a fixed wing Cirrus SR22T and owned by Weaver Aircraft LLC, of Carmel, Ind., according to the The Federal Aviation Administration registry. Representatives from the company could not be reached for comment last night.

Rachel Ross, a Dayton resident, said she was on U.S. 35 headed toward Xenia in a vehicle her boyfriend was driving when they saw the plane try to turn and then head straight into the ground.

“It was coming across the trees, above the trees,” said Ross. “I’ve never seen a plane try to turn that fast. It happened very fast.”

Karen Kowalewsky, of New Vienna and who works in Fairborn, said she was driving onto U.S. 35 near the split, right past North Valley and Trebein roads, when she spotted the airplane in distress.

“I was driving home by the airport and looked up and saw this single engine plane looking right back at me in my windshield,” Kowalewsky said. “It looked like the plane was trying to make a left turn, but it was pointed down in a bad attitude, and my first thought was, ‘He wasn’t going to make it. I saw him in my windshield maybe 20-30 feet above my car.”

She said she “looked right at the plane. It was close enough to see the engine. The plane was pointed down and sideways. The left wing was down and the right wing was up.”

She said the plane was flying at a very dangerous angle. “You can’t recover from this. I knew he was going to go down. He had enough control to miss the road. I was hoping he would only brush the trees,” she said.

- Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.whio.com

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The pilot who was killed in a plane crash at the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County has been identified as Joel Lansford from Greene County. 
The Ohio State Highway Patrol sent a release Wednesday morning that confirmed the identity.

The statement said the pilot and sole occupant, 33-year-old Joel W. Lansford was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by the Greene County Coroners Office.

Lansford was described as a great pilot and flight instructor who has a strong faith. He used to work at the Springfield location of the Middletown Regional Flight Training Institute (MRFTI) as an instructor. The owner, Tim Epperhart, tells 2 NEWS Lansford flew a lot and was well liked around the airport. Epperhart says he was a good person. He said, “when someone loses a person like Joel, it’s a loss for us all.”

According to a missionary donation site, Joel Lansford trained to be a missionary helicopter pilot for a trip to Papua New Guinea, a few years ago.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the crash.

A NTSB investigator is expected to arrive on scene and begin the investigation late Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday, Peter Knudson with the NTSB Office of Public Affairs told us the plane was a Cirrus SR-22 that crashed while on approach to land airport. According to the FAA registry, the plane is owned by Weaver Aircraft LLC out of Carmel, Indiana.

It could take up to two weeks for a preliminary crash report to be released.

Story and video:  http://wdtn.com

History of plane crashes at the Greene County airport 

XENIA — With Tuesday night’s fatal plane crash in Xenia, that brings the unofficial count to seven crashes since 1998 at or near the Greene County-Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport.

Some of the planes went down because of pilot error, and others fell from the sky due to mechanical problems.

The pilot, Joel W. Lansford, 33, of Fairborn, was alone aboard the Cirrus SR-22 when it reportedly crashed into a hillside about 6 p.m. Tuesday. Lansford died in the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

The other six crashes were:

March 27, 1998: Xenia native Wayne Cozad’s jet-powered airplane went down in a wooded area shortly after taking off. Cozad and a Minnesota man were killed. The Federal Aviation Administration determined the aircraft was flying too low while performing aerobatics.

Aug. 1, 2001: Paul W. Frank, of Riverside, and Air Force Maj. Charles P. Brothers, of Beavercreek, died after a twin-engine plane crashed in a cornfield in New Jasper Twp., Greene County.

May 5, 2007: A Beavercreek man survived a hard landing. Investigators said the landing gear on his single-engine plane did not engage and the aircraft came to a skidding stop.

June 11, 2012: Roger Flowers died not far from the airport when his experimental aircraft fell out of the sky. The veteran Navy pilot was killed on impact.
Oct. 9, 2013: Federal investigators questioned a pilot and passenger from Alabama after their plane’s landing gear collapsed during touchdown. No injuries were reported.

Oct. 19, 2014: A plane veered off the runway. Investigators said the pilot caught the wing tip on a light and then a hill before the Cessna spun around and came back down. The pilot went to the hospital for treatment.

Aug. 14, 2015: Troopers blamed pilot error for a crash landing. They said the pilot failed to put the landing gear down. The pilot was not injured.

Story, video and photo gallery:  http://www.daytondailynews.com

Stuart Bothwell, an air safety investigator with Beechcraft in Wichita, Kan., photographs Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, the wreckage of a twin-engine plane that crashed Tuesday in a cornfield in New Jasper Twp., Greene County, Ohio. Paul W. Frank of Riverside, Ohio, and Air Force Maj. Charles P. Brothers of Beavercreek, Ohio, died in the accident.

The wreckage of a twin-engine plane sits Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, in a New Jasper Twp., Greene County, Ohio, cornfield where it crashed Tuesday morning. Paul W. Frank of Riverside, Ohio, and Air Force Maj. Charles P. Brothers of Beavercreek, Ohio, died in the accident.

Two men perished in this small jet crash in Greene County, Ohio, April 29, 1998, shortly after leaving the Greene County Airport. The Casa Saeta jet that crashed is a twin engine training jet piloted by Wayne Cozad. The crash occurred near Lower Bellbrook Road and the bikeway in Xenia Township.

Roger Flower, 73, of Bellbrook, died June 9, 2012, when an “experimental aircraft” he built himself crashed south of Xenia, according to authorities. Flower flew out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, and the plane crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 State Route 380.

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