On December 3, 2015, about 1120 eastern standard time, a Pacific Aerospace 750XL, N216PK, registered to and operated by Paraclete Aviation LLC., was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing at P K Airpark (5W4), Raeford, North Carolina.
According to the pilot of the tricycle landing gear equipped airplane, he was performing skydiving operations. He reported that he felt rushed in performing his assigned duties because, “the skydiving school kept wanting me to return quicker for the next load.”
On September 27, 2015, about 1830 central daylight time, a Cessna 182A airplane, N3921D, was substantially damaged during an in-flight collision with trees and terrain near Lexington, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Austin Skydiving Center, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a skydiving flight operation.
The pilot stated that he was conducting a skydiver “jump run”, and prior to letting the skydivers out the radio squelch interrupter failed causing a constant static noise. After letting the skydivers out over the airport the pilot set up the descent based on the winds acquired for the previous landing on runway 22. As he circled for landing the manifold pressure indication “dropped off” to zero.
On July 14, 2015 about 1456 central standard time, a Cessna 1959 year model 182B skydive equipped airplane, N2764G, registered to Cook Aviation of St. Louis, Missouri, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain after the pilot bailed out (via donned parachute) due to flight control problems.
On July 12, 2015, about 1010 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 210-5A, N315EC, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power during climbout from Eagles Nest Airport (31E), West Creek, New Jersey. The commercial pilot and 3 passengers were not injured, and 1 passenger received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the skydiving flight. The airplane was owned by Seasky27 Productions LLC and operated by Skydive East Coast under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
On June 29, 2015, about 0813 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182D, N9980T, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a reported loss of engine power during an approach to landing at the AJ Eisenberg Airport (OKH) Oak Harbor, Washington. The airplane was registered to Sinclair Aviation LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot was seriously injured and the passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the skydiving flight. The local flight departed OKH at an undetermined time.
On June 13, 2015, about 1900 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182A, N5143D, experienced a loss of engine power while on final approach to the Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY), Moab, Utah. The pilot subsequently made an off airport forced landing. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was operated by Skydive Canyonlands under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a skydiving operation. The airplane sustained structural damage to the tail section of the airplane. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight, and a company flight plan had been filed. The flight was destined for CNY.
On March 24, 2015, about 1459 central daylight time, a Cessna 208B, N106BZ, collided with terrain and trees during an off airport forced landing in Verdigris, Oklahoma. The force landing was a result of a loss of engine power during an en route climb. The airline transport rated pilot received minor injuries and the passenger was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The aircraft was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as post maintenance test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and it is unknown if a flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Tulsa International Airport, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 1441.
On February 9, 2015 at 0615 eastern standard time, N30EA, a DH6 Twin Otter sustained substantial damage when it collided with N70EA, another DH6 Twin Otter, during engine start at the Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida. Neither the pilot on N30EA or N70EA were injured. Both airplanes were registered to and operated by Eagle Air Transport, Ottawa, Illinois. An instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the re-positioning flight that was destined for the Exuma International Airport (MYEF), George Town, Bahamas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the positioning flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
Both airplanes were parked right next to each other, wing-tip to wing-tip. N30AE was parked on the right side of N70AE. The pilot of N30AE stated that she had just started the engines. When she advanced the throttles (one at a time) to bring the generators on-line, the airplane began to move forward. She said she tried to apply the brakes, but they were not working and she was unable to move the tiller, which was positioned all the way to the left. The pilot was unable to stop the airplane and it collided with N70AE.
The pilot of N70AE said that had not started the engines yet when N30AE struck his airplane.