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NTSB: Pilot in deadly 2019 skydiving plane crash often did risky maneuvers

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More than 16 months after a deadly skydiving plane crash at Dillingham Airfield, a National Transportation Safety Board report highlights mechanical problems with the aircraft, as well as concerns about the pilot. The pilot at the controls of the June 2019 flight, Jerome Renck, reportedly liked giving passengers a ‘thrill ride’ through risky, sharp maneuvers during takeoff. A former co-worker also told investigators that Renck was informed his flying put excessive stress on the plane while he… ( Mais...

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bbabis 2
From the NTSB factual report - "According to one Oahu Parachute Center pilot who trained multiple other pilots in the accident airplane (including the instructor who provided King Air training to the accident pilot), the accident airplane would not fly true straight and level, and always wanted to bank to the left. It required full maximum aileron trim to keep it straight and level. He said the aircraft owner was aware of this issue, and told him it had something to do with the left wing being bent."

This doesn't jive with the aileron trim constantly being in the full left wing down position as is shown in multiple photos.
emkostiuk 1
The aileron trim7 was found in the full left-wing-down (LWD) position in the wreckage. Prior photographs confirmed that this was required for take-off in N256TA, possibly due to an earlier accident in which the airplane was substantially damaged8.

N256TA was substantially damaged on July 23, 2016, in Byron, California, when the right horizontal stabilizer and elevator separated from the airplane during recovery from a spin (WPR16LA150). That accident also involved a skydiving flight, but all of the skydivers were able to exit the airplane, and the pilot was able to recover and land. There were no injuries. (The pilot in the Mokuleia accident was not the same pilot that was involved in the Byron accident.) The NTSB determined the probable cause to be the pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed and his exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and subsequent spin. Also causal to the accident was the pilot's failure to follow prescribed spin recovery procedures, which resulted in increased airspeed and airflow and the subsequent overstress separation of the right horizontal stabilizer. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inadequate preflight weight and balance calculations, which resulted in the center of gravity being aft of the limit.
ADXbear 1
I've been seeing this kind of behavior at the skydive school here at X31.. Dunn Airpark.. racing divers to the ground.. very high speeds at 70 to 80 degree banks in old King Airs..
bbabis 1
Those who do not learn from other's mistakes are destined to repeat them.


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