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The widow of a South Dakota man who was killed in a plane crash in 2014 is blaming the Federal Aviation Administration for the accident.
According to the FAA, the pilot was familiar with the accident area. Specifically, the pilot was familiar with the wind turbine farm and had expressed his concern about the wind turbine farm to the FAA Flight Standards District Office in Rapid City, South Dakota. The details of his concerns were not available.
NTSB report highlights problems that could have led to deaths of four area cattlemen Unclear sectional maps and an inoperable light on top of a wind turbine are two items highlighted in an investigative report into a plane crash that killed four area cattlemen south of Highmore last year.
The crash of a small Piper aircraft destroyed in an April 27 accident when it crossed paths with the blade of a wind turbine near Highmore is only the second of its kind reported in the database. Last month’s accident is under investigation by the NTSB, a federal group that investigates all aircraft incidents.
After a fatal crash in the U.S., local pilots are again raising concerns about wind turbines near Ontario airports. Scott Miller explains.
...the wind turbines involved in the accident were never posted on the navigation charts! Roughly 40,000 utility-scale wind turbines are operating in the United States today and every project is required to be shown on the aviation charts. How many other turbines are missing from the sky maps?
The Piper PA-32R-300 aircraft had taken off from Hereford, Texas, at 5 p.m. and was headed to Highmore, according to the flight intinerary, but struck the blade of a wind turbine at a South Dakota Wind Energy farm.
"It definitely appears the airplane dropped the turbine blade in some manner. But until I can put the pieces of the wreckage together, it will be hard to say whether it was a front-on impact or if the blade came down on the plane," she said.
A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers.
The original wind turbine, intended to be a pilot project to show how wind turbines can save money and power small buildings, was installed in June 2008. But the brakes and control panel on that turbine didn't work right, and before KILI ever took control of the turbine the gearbox broke.
McAdams was standing next to a pickup truck and talking to an occupant inside when he was trapped by a tractor-trailer trying to maneuver around the truck, Welsh said.
Wind measurement towers put up ahead of planned wind farm projects are drawing concerns from crop dusters who say they blend in with the landscape. Crop duster Brian Hauschild says the main problem with the towers is they have no markings. Flying 140 mph at low altitudes in a small airplane carries numerous dangers, but the unmarked towers add a danger. ..."In the short-term, we're working on getting them marked so we can see them," he said. "In the long-term, I'm talking to the FAA, but this isn't something that will happen quickly."
Wind measurement towers put up ahead of planned wind farm projects are drawing concerns from crop dusters who say they blend in with the landscape. Crop duster Brian Hauschild says the main problem with the towers is they have no markings.
The blade on a General Electric 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine at the Wessington Springs Wind Farm was shredded in high winds. The Babcock and Brown installation became operational in late fall 2008 and includes 34 towers.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Developers and officials hope that three wind farm projects in the works for South Dakota will go forward despite military officials’ concerns that turbines might interfere with radar.