Federal officials released documents today that provide detailed information about one of the deadliest U.S. civil aviation accidents of the past decade, including testimony from people who have different descriptions of the crash pilot’s flying habits.
The public documents include the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation report on a parachuting accident in 2019 that killed 11 people at Dillingham Airport in Mokuleia.
The report included testimony from witnesses and other pilots, including former pilot Anthony “Tony” Skinner of the same parachute company, who said accident pilot Jerome Renck sometimes flew boldly and risked being untrained.
The NTSB report did not provide specific reasons for the crash. They did notice that two skydivers boarded the plane at the last minute. There are also reports that outline the maintenance of the aircraft after an accident in 201
Skinner said: “Lenke will work hard to pack up his behavior when he sets off, and he will actively prepare. He has seen that he is doing this as an “exciting trip” for passengers,” the report said. “The pilot will also perform a negative G diving to achieve the “weightlessness” effect, but he hears some jumpers complain.
The former pilot said that the Frenchman Renck was the company’s only pilot at the time of the crash. He said, “Tell him that he had done a barrel roll operation on the accident plane, but did not roll the passengers.”
Brian Wagner, the tandem skydiving instructor for skydiving operations, said he likes Renck’s pilots.
The report said: “He said he likes to fly with Jerome because he seems to be consistent and predictable every time he flies, and he likes pilots.” “He has always expected a’quite difficult exit’, and All flights are the same predictable flight path.”
The report also includes accounts of skydivers who jumped that day.
Skydiver Stephen Hatzistefanidis said: “Takeoff is a bit spicy for me, but it is largely controllable.” “He must have a bit of difficulty in high-speed turns that seem to be low altitude.”
Witness Sayar Kuchenski parachuted on a plane and flew on the plane the day before the crash.
Kuczynski said in an email to the NTSB that in previous flights, “pilots sometimes took off at a very steep angle immediately after leaving the runway and made a violent climb. It was probably done for fun, and the purpose was temporarily. Create a high gravity environment.”
Kuczynski asked the pilot not to fly in this way because it might cause a stall, “it will not be able to recover if it is close to the ground. After I discussed with him, he respected my opinion, when I was on the plane At that time, no longer flying airplanes in this way.”
In a maintenance log report, Robert Seladis, the mechanic of the crash, was interviewed a few days after the crash. FAA records show that his certificate was revoked in 2005 due to forged records on two aircraft.
The report stated that he was later allowed to re-examine and issued a new certificate in 2015. “There was no response to Mr. Robert Celadis’s follow-up interview call.” “The letter sent to him at the last known address requested a follow-up interview, but this address no longer exists.”
The report stated that Celadis did contract the maintenance work of the aircraft and had the logbook of the aircraft, and attempts to retrieve these logbooks were unsuccessful.
The plane crashed on the north shore of Oahu on June 21, 2019, the fourth of five scheduled parachuting trips by the plane and the pilot that day.
The plane reversed shortly after leaving a small coastal airport and crashed down the road. No one survived. Since the crash of an air show in Nevada in 2011, this is the deadliest civil aviation accident in the United States, killing 10 people.
In 2016, the plane caused severe damage to the tail of the skydiver when it took the skydivers over Northern California. The plane made a dive spin, and the skydiver fleeed from the plane. No one died.
Before the plane was sent to Hawaii, maintenance was carried out to put the plane back into service. The NTSB said in 2019 that they will review repairs and other records as part of the investigation.
The plane is operated by the Oahu Parachute Center. According to documents issued by the state, the company did not have proper permission to allow people to parachute during the crash.
The state’s report stated that as of April 2019, the Oahu Parachute Center was “in poor condition” in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. It is also not a registered tenant of state-owned land occupied by it at the airport.
The company’s owner, George Rivera, obtained a license from a company called the Hawaii Parachute Center in 2010. The company allows parachute repairs and rigging, but Parachuting is not allowed.
Rivera left the company 90 minutes before the fatal accident. He told investigators that because the “boss” was not around, the pilots might have chosen to perform more aggressive takeoff maneuvers to show off.
The last few seconds of the flight were captured by airport surveillance video. Witnesses reported that the aircraft’s engine sounded normal before takeoff.
After the crash, the NTSB called on the Federal Aviation Administration (Federal Aviation Administration) to tighten regulations on parachute operations.