Mayday: Four helicopters, seven private planes crash in United States in 14 days, at least 20 people dead
February 28, 2022
This article is prefaced with a few facts. The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) reported 122 helicopter accidents, with 51 fatalities, in 2019. There were 92 accidents and 35 fatalities in the first year of COVID dystopia (2020) when aircraft were grounded for months. In fact there was a 107-day period in 2020 with no fatal helicopter accidents, which is unusual compared to other years. Further, small, private aircraft crash relatively-frequently, even before the COVID-19/vaccine era. But the difference since 2021 – more people are dying in said crashes.
USHST data measure fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours every month. It’s rare for those monthly numbers to ever exceed ONE fatal crash per 100,000 hours. Anything under one is generally accepted as a good number. But three months in 2021 exceeded that baseline number, with a peak of 2.08 fatal crashes per 100,000 flight hours in December 2021.
The average American doesn’t pay attention to helicopter crashes or the statistic thereof. In the last five years, the only real spike in searches for helicopter crashes on Google trends was in January 2020 after former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash
. Searches are now trending upwards in February 2022 as well.
A website called The Points Guy crunched statistics from various government agencies to create a “Death Index” for modes of travel. Commercial airlines are the safest and the baseline mode of travel, with an index of 1. Only two people have died
in U.S. commercial airplane accidents since 2010. Helicopters have a death index of 63. Private planes are 271.7. For what it’s worth, all of them are safer than driving or riding in a car
, with a 453.6 death index.
We covered a few unusual stories of plane crashes last year. Even mainstream media noticed the uptick in 2021
and started asking questions. It’s also fair to note that private plane crash fatalities rose from 2017 to 2018
. All that being said, last week was perhaps the most attention-grabbing time period in aviation since 9/11, particularly related to deaths. But you wouldn’t know it if mainstream media are your primary sources of news.
Olathe, Kansas – February 13 (2012 single-engine Piper Malibu Meridian)
Mr. Robert Ming.
Robert Douglas Ming was a former city councilman and mayor of Laguna Niguel (California). He was also a managing partner at Quadrant Law Group
in Irvine, California. He received his private pilot license for single-engine airplanes on November 7, 2019, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records.
His plane was registered to a company called Quadrant Investments
A Piper Malibu Meridian.
Mr. Ming took off from Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, Kansas, at 10:20 a.m., Sunday, February 13, heading to Albuquerque. But less than 20 seconds after liftoff, the plane inexplicably started descending. It crashed to the ground less than a minute later. Mr. Ming was the lone person on the plane. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The following is a report from KMBC 9 in Kansas City.
John Brannan, senior safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), told Kansascity.com that Mr. Ming, 51, specifically brought the plane to the Johnson County executive Airport for its annual safety inspection. Said inspection was completely and passed. Thus the plane was in good working condition. This plane does not have a flight data recorder or black box. So the only way to simulate the crash is via the air traffic control audio.
The inside of the plane was engulfed in flames upon impact. It appears Mr. Ming’s last words are at the 0:16 second mark of the simulation video. “No we have to come back around,” he said. The air traffic controller reported the crash 30 seconds later.
Mr. Ming implied on his website that he is against masks. But he said nothing definitive regarding the injections. Draw your own conclusions based on all the foregoing. Mr. Ming is survived by his wife and four children
Drum Inlet, North Carolina – February 13 (Pilatus PC-12 single-engine)
The fact this story somehow was a mere blip on the screen instead of international news means mainstream media do not want people knowing about it. Eight people, including the pilot, his son, the plane’s owner, his fiancée, and four teenage boys perished in the Sunday, February 13 crash. The plane took off at 1:35 p.m. and was off the radar by 2:04 p.m.
The group was returning to Beaufort, North Carolina (Michael J. Smith Airport) from a weekend duck hunting trip in Hyde County, North Carolina. The flight is about 61 nautical miles. It took two days for divers to find all the bodies. The fuselage was found 55 feet below the Atlantic Ocean surface, and about four miles east of Drum Inlet.
The pilot, Ernest Durwood Rawls, was 67 years old and a resident of Greenville. The over-65 age group in North Carolina is 92% fully vaccinated, according to the Mayo Clinic
. Jeffrey Rawls, 28, was the pilot’s son who died in the crash.
Ernest Rawls (L) and Jeffrey Rawls.
Hunter Parks was the founder and chairman of Green Assets
in Wilmington, North Carolina. The 45-year-old and Sea Level, North Carolina resident, owned the plane. His fiancée, Stephanie Fulcher, 42, and her son, Jonathan “Kole” McInnis, 15, were also killed in the crash.
Mr. Hunter Parks (L), Stephanie Fulcher and Jonathan “Kole” McInnis.
Ms. Fulcher published a Facebook update just four hours before the plane went down.
The other three deceased boys are Noah Lee Styron (15), Michael Daily Shepard (15), and Jacob Nolan Taylor (16). All four boys were students at East Carteret High School.
Kole McInnis (F), Noah Styron (back left), Jake Taylor and Michael Daily Shepard.
An air traffic controller at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point described the final moments
of the plane in the air as follows:
“Aircraft was seen behaving erratically on radar and then disappeared from the radar screen.”
The flight data show that the flight path goes through restricted air space, which requires a bit of maneuvering. The plane suddenly plunged from 2,800 feet to 1,700 feet about five minutes before impact. Then the plane climbed from 1,700 feet to 4,300 feet in the last minute of the flight, before it disappeared off the radar.
The simulation, based on the flight data, looks normal until the 3:57 mark when all the lights go out on the dashboard. That appears to be the moment when the plane stalled and plunged into the sea from 4,300 feet.
Ernest Rawls received his commercial pilot license for both single and multi-engine planes on November 8, 2017. He was also a certified ground instructor and airplane mechanic since 2011.
Lexington, North Carolina – February 17 (twin-engine Beechcraft Baron)
Mr. Raymond John Ackley was part of the Michigan National Guard, North Carolina National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves from 2005 to 2014. He had been an active Army reservist since leaving the National Guard. Mr. Ackley received his private pilot license for both single and multi-engine airplanes on July 7, 2017.
The plane and Mr. Ackley never stood a chance. He took off from the Lexington-Davidson County Airport a little after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16. The plane was in the air for maybe 20 seconds and never got above a few hundred feet in altitude. It crashed into a semi trailer on Interstate 85, causing the truck to lose control and flip over. The driver, 41-year-old Barrin Lamont Davis, escaped with minor injuries
, according to WFMY 2. But Mr. Ackley either died in the crash or was already dead upon impact.
Surveillance video from a nearby Myers Heavy Equipment, caught the final seconds of the crash.
Robert Arkin is the 59-year-old pilot of the aircraft. His wife, Rachelle Mussary Arkin, 58, is a Miami Beach elementary school teacher. She was also onboard.
Robert and Rachelle Arkin.
Attorney Morgan Geller, 35, was the other passenger.
Ms. Morgan Geller.
Miraculously, none of the beach-goers were injured. The pilot was completely uninjured. The two female passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Experimental injections appear to have little to do with this one. But the rest of the story raises antennas. Mr. Arkin has perfectly healthy, but has offered no explanation as to what happened. He appears to own Arkin Group, which is a Miami Beach hand-me-down company
from his dad.
Meanwhile, Ms. Geller’s story is very unusual. Her boyfriend, attorney Jorgen Slots, “fell off a golf cart
” and suffered fatal head injuries on November 13, 2021. The driver of the golf cart abandoned the scene. And…that’s it. There’s been no other news on this story; and nobody has been arrested.
Ms. Geller told WSVN News 7 in Miami, “I feel like my dreams just died with him.” But her Facebook page shows no sign of Mr. Slots. In fact the only photo of her and a dude on her Facebook page is from 2014. It’s a guy who is much shorter, and a lot stockier, than Mr. Slots.
Make of all that what you will.
Huntington Beach, California – February 19 (Police helicopter)
Two Huntington Beach cops responded to a call by helicopter at around 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 19. A witness told KTLA
that the helicopter “was losing control, looked like it was spiraling a bit.” NBC Los Angeles reported that the helicopter “crashed upside down in shallow
” Pacific Ocean water right off the coast of Newport Beach just minutes after takeoff.
Nicholas Vella was the passenger in the helicopter. He died shortly after being taken to the hospital. The 44-year-old is survived by a wife and daughter.
Huntington Beach cop Nicholas Vella.
The other cop, who was the pilot, has, for whatever reason, not been identified by Huntington Beach Police or local media. He was treated and released from the hospital. But reports say he has a “long road to recovery.
The following is a report from Fox 11 Los Angeles.
The NTSB said in a statement that the investigation into the crash could take up to 18 months. Of course by that time, nobody will even remember. The circumstances of this crash are already suspect, particularly since the are hiding the pilot’s name. But the fact that Mr. Vella is only the second Huntington Beach cop to die in the line of duty since 1974 makes it even more unusual.
Huntington Beach has a population of 200,000. The city has two more police helicopters despite being a relatively small town. But officials said neither chopper will be used for the foreseeable future
Franklin, Indiana – February 21 (1977 Bellanca single-engine 7GCBC)
This one will be short and sweet for two reasons. One, there’s absolutely no reason 83-year-old Floyd Oscar Hollandbeck should have even authorized to fly an airplane at that age. Two, 91% of Indiana residents age 65 and older are fully-vaccinated, according to the Mayo Clinic
. Mr. Hollandbeck is a Brownsburg, Indiana resident. Granted he’s a seasoned commercial pilot, with 15 years experience.
But even the FAA forces commercial airline pilots to retire at age 65 for obvious reasons
. There’s no age limit for private, charter and corporate jets. That all said, Mr. Hollandbeck crashed his private plane just seconds after takeoff from the Franklin Flying Field on Monday, February 21. He survived, and told authorities he did not remember the actual crash.
Reports said he had a broken leg and facial injuries
. No other people were aboard the plane.
Fostoria, Ohio – February 22 (Piper single-engine PA32-360)
This story is still developing. But what we know for certain is the plane was owned by 59-year-old Shane Alan Halbrook
of Avon, Indiana. He was also the pilot of the plane that day. The other person in the plane, 51-year-old Michael Wright, of Casey, Illinois, is being reported as the co-pilot
. It’s unclear why both were flying the plane since the aircraft is under the 12,500 pound FAA threshold
that requires two pilots in a plane.
They took off from somewhere in Illinois, and were headed to the Findlay (Ohio) Airport. The plane crashed at around 10:47 p.m., about two miles east of Fostoria, Ohio. Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.
Watch a report from WTOL 11.
Mr. Halbrook received his commercial pilot license for both single and multi-engine planes, along with instrument airplanes, on February 27, 2020. Mr. Wright is an airline transport pilot, which is the “highest grade certificate issued by the FAA
.” Both men are former members of the Indiana Air National Guard.
It stands to reason that if Mr. Halbrook was incapacitated, that Mr. Wright could simply take over. We’ll leave it there.
Oceanside, California – February 24 (Cessna single-engine 208B)
Screenshot from an NBC 7 aerial coverage.
This crash just happened Thursday afternoon, February 24, at 12:47 p.m. The plane was attempting to land at the Oceanside Municipal Airport. But it crashed about two miles east of the nearest runway. GoJump Oceanside, a skydiving company, confirmed with local news outlets
that the plane belongs to them. The pilot and the one passenger onboard were taken to local hospitals. Their names and conditions have yet to be released.
There is no further update on their conditions as of publishing.
Private planes equal soccer players to Americans
There was also a helicopter crash
in Fresno County, California on Wednesday, February 16. Steven Wilson was the 53-year-old pilot who died. Four people, including the pilot, were killed on February 23 when a civilian contractor with the U.S. Navy crashed a helicopter in Hawaii
. Another small private plane crashed in Bucks County
, Pennsylvania late night. Both the pilot and the one other person onboard were killed.
Eleven aircraft crashing in 14 days in the United States isn’t necessary unusual. But 20 people dying as a result is unusual. Incredibly, all of these planes and helicopters crashed and killed nobody on the grounds nearby. In normal times, this story would be international news. But during The Great Reset, it’s a mere blip in the 24-hour news cycle.
Bottom line is that all these plane and helicopter crashes are rich people problems (and maybe even some sort of mob hit in Miami Beach). The average American will never fly on one of these types of planes or in a helicopter. It’s the same deal with soccer players around the world dying everyday of heart attacks.
It will take a large commercial airliner crashing and killing 200-plus Americans for anybody to care about what’s happening. Just like it will take a famous NBA or NFL player collapsing and dying on the court/field for Americans to notice that’s happening.
Small planes crashed quite a bit even before The Great Reset. But there were 347 civil aviation deaths
in 2017, and 393 in 2018. Twenty people are dead from all the foregoing crashes. That number could rise to 22. But if it stays at 20, and it’s extrapolated for all of 2022, that means 520 will die in aviation crashes in 2022.
The NTSB considers anything over one fatality for every 100,000 flight hours far too much. The data at the beginning of this article show three months in 2021 with more than one fatality per 100,000 hours in helicopters, with December 2021 having more than two per 100,000 hours. In other words, there will most likely be more accidents this year than any other year, and most definitely far more deaths as a result.
We’ll never know the true cause in any of these crashes. Commercial jets always have two pilots so if something goes wrong, there’s a backup plan. But if you’re able to add 2+2, it equals stay off of airplanes. Stay vigilant and protect your friends and loved ones.
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