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Small Plane Crashed near Van Nuys Airport; Pilot Killed

A single-engine Lancair aircraft crashed near Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California, at around 1:14 p.m. on January 9.

The authorities confirmed that the plane, which departed minutes earlier from Van Nuys Airport, crashed at Vanowen Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue.

The pilot of the plane, who was the only person aboard, was killed in the crash. He was later identified as 47-year-old Alberto Behar, who was a NASA and Jet Propulsion Labs researcher and an Arizona State University Professor.

No one on ground was injured.

The NTSB, FAA and APD are investigating.

Small Homebuilt Plane Crashed West of Lolo Pass, Pilot Killed

LancairA homebuilt single engine Lancair Legacy small plane crashed near Blacklead Mountain, about eight miles west of Lolo Pass, in the mountainous area of Clearwater National Forest, Idaho, on July 28.

The incident happened when the pilot Milton Meyer, 72, was flying from his home in Richland, Washington, to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

A helicopter from Two Bear Air in Flathead County located the wreckage of the plane and the pilot’s dead body, at around 11:30 a.m.

Clearwater County Idaho Sheriff authorities said the pilot radioed being in trouble to Helena Regional Airport around mid-morning. He reported having mechanical problems in the plane and oil on his windshield. The pilot said he might not be able to land in Helena, as planned.

The FAA and the NTSB are looking into the cause of accident.

Lancair Plane Crash Kills Two in Mexico

A small patrol naval aircraft based at the Mexican Naval Air Station in the Gulf coast port of Tampico crashed at 7 p.m. on April 10 in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Mexico’s navy department said that the Lancair plane was on a reconnaissance mission. Two military personnel, including the pilot and an observer were killed in the accident. The plane sent distress signals but crashed a few minutes later. The naval authorities sent their condolences to the families of the dead.

The Tamaulipas area, which borders Texas, is currently facing clashes between rival criminal outfits. The area has seen dozens of violent deaths in the last few days.

Mishaps of the day

Some events that happened today:

  • December 16, 2013, on JetBlue Flight 836#N661JB, the Airbus A320 arrived at the gate at JFK airport, New York, and the left wing struck the jet bridge. There was only minor damage and no injuries reported.
  • In Farmington NY on December 17, 2013, a Piper PA28#N43080 engine caught fire when the plane started up. The fire was extinguished, with unknown damage.
  • December 16, 2013, a Lancair/235#N15TG landing at John’s Island Charleston SC, when the nose gear collapsed. Minor damage was reported.
  • December 16, 2013, a Cessna/172 #N421ER was taxiing when the wing struck a light pole. The accident occurred in Wickenburg Arizona. Minor damage was reported.
  • December 16, 2013, an experimental plane, a Zenith 601#N581SL crashed in Leakey Texas under unknown conditions.

Lancair Down in Germany with Three aboard

Bundeswehr-Luftsportring Laupheim e.V. was operating a Lancair ES with 3 people aboard, flying out of Laupheim Airport in Germany when it crashed at Heimertingen near Oberopfingen.

Three men——two Bavarians and a man from Baden Wurttenberg——were killed in the crash near the Bavarian border. The pilot was one of the Bavarians, and the flight was a training flight to learn new technology.

An eye-witness called in the report of a small crash around 4pm. Rescue workers found the crash site in Biberach district in a wooded area between Highway 7 and Oberopfingen near the Bavarian border.

No cause has been determined for the crash.

Daredevil CEO Dies in Experimental Plane Crash

Contact photographer J.B. Barbour

What: Raleighwood Aviation LLC Lancair IVP-TP (built by Carlos Garza)
Where: Boise Airport, Idaho
When: Feb 03 2012, 8:58 a.m.
Who: 1 fatality
Why: Steve Appleton was flying an experimental Lancair IVP-TP. On his second flight, he took off, turned back to the airport. He contacted ATC and said ““321 Lima Charlie, I’d like to turn back in, and uhh, land. Coming back in.” and then crashed.

Safety Board investigator Zoe Keliher said “Appleton took off at about 8:46 a.m, got the plane five to 10 feet off the ground and landed again. He returned to the hangar, then took off again at 8:54 a.m.; he got to between 100 and 200 feet when, according to witnesses, the plane suddenly stopped, banked and fell to the ground.”

It crashed between two runways.In 2004, Appleton survived a crash that gave him a punctured lung, head injuries, ruptured disk and broken bone. This time, Appleton died at the scene. The plane was badly burned.

He was the CEO of Micron.

He had several planes which he flew frequently. (He has owned 20 planes.)

The four seat experimental plane is sold as a kit. This one was built by built by Carlos Garza.

LANCAIR crash in Kansas

What: LANCAIR IV P Fixed Wing Single-Engine
Where: IOLA, KS Allen County Airport
When: 01/07/2009
Who: The pilot Mark Sherman, was the only one aboard
Why: Prior to landing, the pilot had to circle as another plane was on the runway. His plane lost power, landed 200 feet NE of the runway and skidded 50 yards until the wheels and tailsection broke off. Sherman who suffered a cracked vertebra was taken to Allen County Hospital and then transferred to Wichita hospital .

JOLIET Crash kills 2

What: LANCAIR 360 Single Engine Registration #: 3603R from Buffalo Niagara International Airport was attempting to land at the Joliet airport.
Where: JOLIET State: IL
When: 01/02/2009, 9 pm
Who: 2 on board: Stuart D. Seffern and his wife, Debbie,
WERE FATALY INJURED, JOLIET, IL Investigators are trying to determine whether there was mechanical or pilot error involved. The NTSB will be holding a conference at 3 to discuss this crash, The plane burst into flames near the end of a runway.

Seffern was president of the Lantzair Flyers Club.

Legacy Crash Murieta CA

Pictured: A Lancair Legacy 2000
Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net
Contact photographer Connector

What: Poulin L/Cullen D Lancair Legacy
Where: Murrieta, CA
When: May 30 2008
Who: 2 aboard, both fatalities
Why: The Lancair Legacy was heading south to the runway, made a hard right turn and nosed into the ground with one “loud engine rev” before the engine ” died out.” The propeller was not under power when it impacted terrain. The wings, wreckage, vegetation, and ground did not indicate signs of a fuel spill. It appeared that the airplane had run out of fuel and stalled on approach, causing it to enter a spin prior to impacting terrain in a near vertical attitude. Cited as cause was the pilot’s inadequate preflight planning, which resulted in the loss of engine power.

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