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2019-07-07 Civil Air Patrol Cadet Passes in Fiery Plane Crash
A federal investigative agency has released a preliminary report on the July 6th plane crash that killed an 18-year-old student pilot and Civil Air Cadet poster-child in Oxford, Mississippi.
2019-05-25 Civil Air Patrol Mission Pilot Crashes Plane in Georgia
On May 25, 2019, about 0923 eastern daylight time, a Cessna TR182, N6123T, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during a visual approach to McKinnon St Simons Island Airport (SSI), St Simons Island, Georgia. The commercial pilot and member of Civil Air Patrol was fatally injured.
2019-04-30 Final Report: Civil Air Patrol Pilot Error at Geneseo New York
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The [Civil Air Patrol] pilot’s failure to properly set the elevator trim before takeoff, which resulted in an exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack during takeoff and a subsequent aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident was the [Civil Air Patrol] pilot’s failure to follow the Before Takeoff—Run Up checklist.
2018-09-06 NTSB Reports No Apparent Reason for Fatal CAP Member Crash
The NTSB released the preliminary report for retired Civil Air Patrol pilot Mark Biron’s fatal crash of his private airplane at John H. Boylan state airport in Island Pond, Vermont. Biron had been actively involved with Civil Air Patrol in RED FLAG-Alaska. The NTSB found nothing that would explain this crash.
2017-09-12 Civil Air Patrol Cessna T181T substantially damaged on takeoff from Silver Springs
On September 12th 2017 CAP2746, a CESSNA T182T with registration N946CA was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff from Silver Springs Airport (KSPZ), Lyon County, Nevada.
2017-09-14 NTSB Releases Accident Form on Deatsville Alabama Civil Air Patrol Crash
Civil Air Patrol’s “Chief of Safety” Retired Air Force Col George C. Vogt signed an NTSB form on July 31st 2017 that revealed the Civil Air Patrol cadet was to solo and rendezvous with his CAP instructor pilot in the air to practice thermalling techniques. The Civil Air Patrol maneuvered with local media to avoid having their corporate identity associated with the accident. Even the NTSB appears helpful in avoiding use of the Civil Air Patrol name in certain higher level presentations. Researchers at Kathyrn’s Report dug deeper to find details in the NTSB Investigation Docket.
2017-08-26 Civil Air Patrol Tow Plane Cable Strikes Vehicle on Approach
August 26th 2017 N821CP, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182T Skylane glider tow plane had its tow cable strike a vehicle on approach to landing at Marion Municipal Airport (KMNN), Ohio.
2017-08-03 District Court Rules Civil Air Patrol Negligent in 2014 LaGrange Airport Crash; $12M Judgment
On August 3rd 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Newnan Division ruled that Civil Air Patrol breached its duty in its glider operations at Lagrange-Callaway Airport. It neglected a risk of collision by failing to use a spotter despite the obstructed views between the runways. Such a duty to make its flight operations safe existed irrespective of the applicability of the local airport rule requiring a spotter during glider operations. CAP pilots and instructors Mitchell, Schulz and Seidband failed to yield the right-of-way to the Baron, as required by 14 C.F.R. § 91.113(g).
2016-09-07 Former CAP Commander at Fault in Carrollton Crash
William Lewis Lindsey [former Commander of Fulton County Composite Squadron, Georgia Wing] was piloting his 1978 Beechcraft Bonanza alone on September 7th 2016 after taking off from Fulton County airport at 10:20 am, investigators said. Within 30 minutes, Lindsey’s plane collided with one piloted by Taylor Nicole Stone, a 24-year-old flight instructor and a 20-year-old student from China. All three were killed in the crash.
2016-08-24 Elderly Civil Air Patrol Pilots Flip Cessna at Fallbrook
On August 24th 2016, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182Q landed on the runway at Fallbrook Airpark, but ran out of space. The pilot made a left at the end of the runway and the plane rolled over, fire officials said. The two occupants inside, a 77-year-old man and a 79-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.
2016-02-01 Two Alabama Wing Members Crash Civil Air Patrol Airplane
Maj David R. Mauritson and 2Lt Phil J. Dryden crashed Civil Air Patrol’s N784CP, a Cessna 182T, into a heavily wooded area near Mobile Regional Airport.
2015-12-29 Civil Air Patrol Pilot Intentionally Crashed Plane into Anchorage Building
On December 29th 2015 a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 slammed into the northwest corner of an Anchorage office building. A postcrash fire consumed the airplane wreckage. Both the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the crash and found that Demarest “took a CAP plane without authorization from Merrill Field Airport and intentionally flew the plane into a building,” Feger-Pellessier wrote. The FBI’s assessment that this CAP event was not a national security threat misses an important learning opportunity: The Civil Air Patrol is a soft, incompetent underbelly that allows current threats access to higher levels.
Civil Air Patrol Flies Cadets On A Prop Strike & A Prayer
Upon landing, the Civil Air Patrol pilot became distracted with a female cadet who announced she was becoming airsick and struck a taxiway light with the aircraft’s moving propeller. Sources reported that inspected the aircraft for damage and then flew the aircraft back to base in Hollywood, FL. An unnamed mechanic who reviewed the damage done to the aircraft provided the following comment. “It is clearly evident the aircraft suffered substantial damage to the propeller. The pilot is quite lucky he didn’t lose that engine in flight or shake it off the motor mounts. It should have never flown again
Two Alabama Wing Members Die in Plane Crash
Civil Air Patrol Deputy Director of Public Affairs Julie DeBardelaben said the crash killed pilot Maj David R. Mauritson, 67 of Fairhope and mission scanner 2nd Lt Phil J. Dryden, 66 of Gulf Shores.
Civil Air Patrol’s Cessna U206G Stationair, N9420R, Departs Runway at Brackett Field
On November 15, 2014, about 1420 Pacific standard time, a Cessna U206G, N9420R, veered off the runway during landing at Brackett Field Airport (POC), La Verne, California. The airplane was registered to and operated by the Civil Air Patrol under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing during the accident sequence. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The instructional flight departed from San Gabriel Valley Airport, El Monte, California, about 1350.
2013-05-04 Misrigged Pennsylvania Wing Glider Crashes
On May 4, 2013 a Civil Air Patrol Schweizer SGS 2-33A glider, N2045T, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain, near Erwinna, Pennsylvania. The mechanic who conducted a flight control check after the annual inspection with assistance from another pilot seated in the cockpit stated that he confirmed movement of the rudder while at the rear of the glider; however, he did not see which pedal the pilot was pushing and did not verbally confirm the corresponding position of the rudder pedals. If the pilot had conducted a thorough pre-flight inspection, he should have been able to detect that the rudder control cables were rigged backward.
2011-10-23 Civil Air Patrol Cadet Flight Instructor Crashes & Dies with Passenger
Civil Air Patrol commanders and public affairs officers made glowing reports of Matt Shope, while being careful to distance the Civil Air Patrol from the July 23rd 2011 accident if not Shope’s training, which appears to have been done by Civil Air Patrol. Civil Air Patrol commanders and PAO’s really talked him up, before the NTSB revealed the probable cause of the accident on November 7th 2012.
Civil Air Patrol Cessna N54872 Conroe, Texas
The airplane was at 1,600 feet mean sea level with the engine power set at 2,300 rpm. When the airplane was about 6 miles from the airport, the pilot heard a loud “boom” and the engine lost all power. The pilot did not have sufficient altitude to glide to the airport, so he landed the airplane on a street. When the airplane was on final approach to land, it collided with power lines. The pilot was able to land the airplane, but was forced to swerve to the right to avoid oncoming traffic. The right wing struck a utility pole, which resulted in substantial damage.
2011-03-19 Civil Air Patrol Washington Wing Cessna 206 Crash
On March 19, 2011 a Civil Air Patrol Cessna TU 206G, N6169Z, sustained substantial damage to the forward portion of the fuselage and empennage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power while in the airport traffic pattern at the Pierce County Airport – Thun Field (PLU), Puyallup, Washington. A representative from the engine manufacturer reported that operating the auxiliary fuel boost pump at a low engine power setting would “flood” the engine and result in a loss of engine power. It is likely that when the pilots applied power, the engine was flooded, which resulted in the total loss of engine power. The cause was identified as the pilots’ activation of the fuel boost pump while preparing to land, which was contrary to checklist procedures and resulted in a loss of engine power.
2008-07-21 Civil Air Patrol Maule Flips at Rome Georgia Airport
On July 21 2008 a Maule MT-7-235, N142CP, nosed over during landing roll at Richard B. Russell Airport (RMG), Rome, Georgia. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airline transport pilot was not injured. Examination of the oleo strut by the National Transportation Safety Board materials laboratory revealed that all of the fractures were on a slant plane, and were consistent with over-stress fracture. The fractures occurred under bending over-stress. There was No Indication of any pre-existing fatigue cracking or corrosion. The cause was attributed to the pilot’s improper landing flare which resulted in a hard landing.
2007-11-08 Nevada Wing Plane Slams into Potosi Mountain
Ed Lewis was a hero and an inspiration. On November 8, 2007 the Civil Air Patrol glass cockpit Cessna T182T, N881CP, was destroyed after impacting mountainous terrain during climb to cruise near Potosi Mountain southwest of Las Vegas, NV. Former CAP National Vice Commander and Pacific Region Director of Operations, Col Edwin W. Lewis Jr was flying with Nevada Wing Commander, Col Dion E. DeCamp. Col Lewis had over 28,000 hours as a pilot while Col DeCamp had over 27,000 hours. This was the second fatal aircraft accident for the CAP in the last three months.
2005-11-18 Civil Air Patrol Plane Crashes in Snake River, Killing Pilot
Civil Air Patrol member Fletcher F. Anderson, 57, died on impact when the CAP Cessna 182R [N9928H] he was flying struck a river gauging cable that was strung between trees low on the river to gauge river height. Anderson was flying the plane close to the water through the canyon on his way from Jackson to Afton o pick up fellow Civil Air Patrol member Doug Henry, who is a member of Star Valley Search and Rescue
2005-01-10 Civil Air Patrol Crashes Louisiana Wing Cessna with Two Fatalities
Majors Arlan Rawls and Tommy Ray Nichols, both members of the wing’s Monroe Senior Squadron, were killed after their Civil Air Patrol Cessna C-182 went down during a training mission at about 8 pm. The two were practicing instrument approaches in Instrument Meteorological Conditions in the vicinity of Monroe Regional Airport.
2004-02-05 NTSB Releases Findings on Civil Air Patrol Crash in Mocksville
On February 5th 2004, the NTSB published the probable cause of Civil Air Patrol’s September 10th 2002 serious injury crash of N62602, Cessna 172P, in Mocksville, North Carolina. They attributed the crash to: “The Civil Air Patrol pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during the takeoff and initial climb which resulted in an inadvertent stall and the subsequent collision with trees.”
2003-03-22 Civil Air Patrol Instructor Kills Self in Iowa Plane Crash
The 55 year old Civil Air Patrol instructor pilot, Chaplain Major Christie Battle of Des Moines, was killed shortly before 4 PM on Saturday March 22nd 2003. The pilot, Lt James Johnson, 52, of Oskaloosa, was taken to University Hospitals in Iowa City.
2002-08-23 Civil Air Patrol Pilot Crashes Kentucky Wing Cessna 182
The flight originated from Godman Army Airfield, Fort Knox, Kentucky on August 23, 2001. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: “The [Civil Air Patrol] pilot’s improper decision to fly the airplane with a known deficiency, and his inflight decision to land with a quartering tailwind. A factor was the wing maintenance officer’s concurrence to fly the airplane with the known deficiency.
2002-07-17 Three Killed in Crash of Civil Air Patrol Plane Looking for Marijuana
A local sheriff’s deputy and two police officers from western North Carolina were killed Tuesday afternoon when the Civil Air Patrol single-engine plane they were using to search for marijuana plants crashed in northeastern Chowan County.
1996-10-26 Civil Air Patrol Pilot and Two Cadets Die in Crash
On October 26, 1996, three CAP members of the St. Croix Composite Squadron died in the crash of N9818L, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172P. The members were Capt Normando Ortero, the pilot, and Cadet Natasha Ayala and Cadet Dorence Isidore. Both cadets were 14-years-old. The plane crash occurred a couple seconds after takeoff during a flight orientation on St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Morphine CAP Pilot Lies, Crashes & Dies
Toxicological tests, after the accident, revealed that the PIC had a toxic level of morphine in his blood. By examining the rate at which the morphine was metabolized, one can conclude that the drug was probably taken in flight, apparently for emergency relief from a migraine headache. The pilot in command (PIC) had been treated for migraine headaches since 1988 by his personal physician. The PIC was routinely taking about 100 tablets of Tylenol #3 (acetaminophen and codeine) per month. The pilot’s personal physician had later changed the prescription to a barbiturate named Fiorinal (butalbital, aspirin and caffeine). A review of past applications for medical certificates revealed that under question 18a, “Medical History, Frequent or severe headaches”, the pilot had checked the NO block. In addition, question 19, “Visits to Health Professionals Within Last 3 Years”, showed only visits to the Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). The visits to the doctor who prescribed the Fiorinal were not listed.
Four Florida Civil Air Patrol Members Killed in Crash of Overloaded Cessna 172
On September 5th 1990, the NTSB exposed the inaccuracy of Capt Sportell’s statement: A CHECK OF THE WEIGHT & BALANCE INFO SHOWED THE ACFT HAD BEEN LOADED APRX 114 LBS OVER ITS MAX WT LIMIT. RADAR DATA SHOWED THAT JUST BEFORE THE LOSS OF RADAR CONTACT, THE PLT HAD MADE TWO RAPID 180 DEG TURNS.