Oct 24

3 dead, 2 injured in helicopter-plane crash in Frederick

Three people were killed and two others were injured when an airplane and a helicopter collided in midair near the Frederick Municipal Airport.

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Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services Director-Volunteer Chief Chip Jewell said they received calls around 3:39 p.m. for a collision involving a plane and a helicopter in midair over the fairgrounds about a mile from the southwest corner of the Frederick Municipal Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a 2006 single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft was heading to the airport to land and an R44 helicopter was involved in a training exercise when the collision occurred.

“I heard the metal hitting metal, and I kind of thought it was a car crash. It was so loud it shook our house,” said witness Shari Fox, who lives next to the self-storage business. She said she heard a loud boom and looked up.

“The plane was going like this, spinning, before it landed, and so was the helicopter. They hit, and then they were flailing until they landed on the ground,” Fox said.

She then heard a second big boom and thinks that was when the helicopter hit the ground.

“I’ve never heard anything like it. It was so loud and it was so unusual. That’s why I guess all of us ran outside because we were wondering what could make a sound like that,” Fox said.

Emergency personnel said they found the aircraft suspended vertically in a thin row of trees, with a parachute stuck there. Investigators said they aren’t sure if it helped save the two men.

“I can’t confirm the use of parachutes on people, but I’m confident that the parachute that’s been seen, that I’ve seen pictures of, is a ballistic parachute that’s mounted to the airframe that’s used and deployed to lower the airplane safely when a safe landing can’t be completed by the pilot,” said National Transportation Safety Board investigator Brian Rayner.

Victims identified

Police said Scott V. Graeves, 55, of Brookeville, and Gilbert L. Porter, 75, of Sandy Spring, were taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown. Police said Graeves was the single-engine airplane’s licensed pilot, and Porter was his passenger.

“I went to check to see what was going on, and me and a man I met named Tom — some stranger — we ran over there and basically pulled both those guys out,” said witness Earl Edwards.

Rayner said the two men were released from the hospital. One of them was uninjured while the other man suffered a forehead laceration.

Maryland State Police have identified the three victims who died as Christopher D. Parsons, 29, of Westminster; William Jenkins, 47, of Morrison, Colorado; and Breandan J. MacFawn, 35, of Cumberland.

“The three people deceased were at the scene of the helicopter crash, which is at a storage facility about a tenth of a mile south of where the airplane crashed into a tree line,” Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley told 11 News on Thursday afternoon.

Investigators confirmed late Thursday that those victims were on the helicopter.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate the collision. Rayner said the investigation will be divided into three different parts, looking into the pilots, the machines and the environment.

According to the FlightAware aviation tracking website, the plane flew from Cleveland Regional Jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee. The plane is registered to Graeves Auto and Appliance, a family owned-and-operated business based in Olney.

Frederick City Government tweeted that Monocacy Boulevard was closed to all traffic as the investigation got underway.

Stay with WBALTV.com and 11 News for more details as they become available.




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11 News reporter Karen Campbell contributed to this article

Oct 24

NTSB Releases Final Report On Plane Crash That Killed Dr. Perry – NewsOn6 …

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The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane crash that killed Dr. Perry Inhofe happened because he lost control of the aircraft while flying with one engine shut down.

Inhofe, 51, the son of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, died on November 10, 2013, when his Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 twin-engine turboprop airplane crashed while on approach to Tulsa International Airport.

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The investigation found that Inhofe was known as a careful and experienced pilot with 2,874 of flight hours. He had only 12 hours of time in the MU-2 and the crash happened the first time he flew it alone.

The NTSB says the airplane was properly certified, equipped, and maintained and that it showed no evidence of any pre-impact structural, engine, or system failures. 

Read the NTSB’s Probable Cause Report on the crash.

“The investigation also determined that the pilot was properly certificated and qualified in accordance with applicable federal regulations, including Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No. 108, which is required for MU-2B pilots and adequate for the operation of MU-2B series airplanes,” the NTSB report says. 

In fact, Dr. Inhofe was returning to Tulsa from Kansas where he had just completed the special training when the crash happened. 

The NTSB found no evidence of any preexisting medical or behavioral conditions that might have adversely affected his performance on the day of the accident.

The plane flew normally from takeoff in Kansas until the beginning of the approach to Tulsa International Airport, the NTSB says, when the airplane strayed off course.

The airplane then turned 360 degrees o the left at an unusually low altitude. When a controller asked the pilot what was going on, he said he had  a “control problem” and then stated he had a “left engine shutdown.”

Investigators say they found the airplane’s flaps extended 20 degrees and the propeller blades on the left engine in the feathered position. The left engine’s fuel shutoff valve was in the closed position, which would indicate the engine was not operating.

They say the airplane was not configured in accordance with the airplane flight manual engine shutdown and single-engine landing procedures, which state that the airplane should remain in a clean configuration with flaps set to 5 degrees at the beginning of the final approach descent and the landing gear retracted until landing is assured. 

The NTSB says the fire that started after the crash damaged the cockpit instruments and prevented investigators from determining the pre-impact position of fuel control and engine switches.

They also report that the airplane was not required to have any kind of crash-resistant recorder, so investigators have no way of knowing precisely how the pilot had the controls configured.

As a result, the NTSB says the probable cause of the crash was the pilot’s loss of control of the airplane while flying with one engine shut down. It can’t determine what caused the loss of control and why Dr. Inhofe shut down one engine.  

Oct 24

Jimmie Johnson to discuss Hendrick Motorsports plane crash in FOX Sports 1 …

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson sits down exclusively with FOX Sports 1 to share his memories of the tragic day at Martinsville in a feature airing Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NASCAR RaceDay.

All 10 people traveling aboard the Hendrick Motorsports plane en route to Martinsville Speedway, including Rick Hendrick’s son, Ricky Hendrick; brother John Hendrick; Kimberly and Jennifer Hendrick, John Hendrick’s twin daughters; head engine builder Randy Dorton; DuPont executive Joe Jackson; Hendrick Motorsports general manager Jeff Turner; Tony Stewart’s pilot, Scott Lathram; and pilots Liz Morrison and Dick Tracy, were killed when the plane crashed shortly before the start of the race. Johnson won the Martinsville race that afternoon, unaware of the accident until the conclusion of the event.

“In His Own Words: Jimmie Johnson” airs during FOX Sports 1′s two-hour NASCAR RaceDay, and covers a range of topics including: Johnson’s mindset heading into the race that fateful morning; the sequence of events after he won and climbed from the car; the camaraderie at Hendrick Motorsports and how it enabled Johnson and others to navigate the tragedy; and Johnson’s dedication of a possible future seventh Sprint Cup Series championship with the #Se7en tribute to close friend Ricky Hendrick.

In addition, NASCAR RaceDay follows Joey Logano to Martinsville this weekend, along the way stopping at an old-style Shell station in Fieldale, Va., and taking viewers inside his race shop, complete with his “Rat Rod” and various collectibles. The show also offers a two-part “Chase War Room” roundtable discussion with Larry McReynolds, Ray Dunlap, Matt Yocum and Matt Clark; and live interviews with Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and UFC’s second-ranked women’s bantamweight fighter, Miesha Tate, who waves the green flag Sunday at Martinsville.

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