NTSB Civil Air Patrol Members Crash Airplane

N761YZ flown by Civil Air Patrol Pilots Louis Cantilena and Paul SchudaN761YZ flown by Civil Air Patrol Pilots Louis Cantilena and Paul Schuda

by Admin | AuxBeacon News

AuxBeacon has received multiple alerts to the light airplane crash in Indiana on Saturday December 16, 2017. While any fatal airplane crash is sad news, this one exposes more of the story behind AuxBeacon’s earlier find that:

“Civil Air Patrol has cultivated a close relationship with the National Transportation Safety Board in recent years. This partnering, along with a strengthening relationship between CAP, the FAA, and military services has served CAP well.”

A Civil Air Patrol relationship with NTSB and FAA accident investigators does not serve the public or the parents of prospective cadet members. The details released on Civil Air Patrol’s Alabama glider crash in July of 2017 back that conclusion.

The following comment was posted on the AuxBeacon story regarding the conflict of interest relationship that Civil Air Patrol was nursing with the NTSB.

Two Civil Air Patrol members were killed in a small airplane crash in Indiana on Saturday December 16th.

Paul F. Schuda was an official of the Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing. He was that wing’s stan/evaluation officer as well as the assistant director of operations.

AND he is also listed as the director of the training center of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Louis Cantilena, a CAP Major who was flying the private plane from Kansas City Missouri to an airport in Frederick County Maryland was a member of the CAP’s National Congressional Squadron.

The tail number was N761YZ and that is a Cessna T210M Registered to N761YZ LLC [of] Potomac, MD 20854.

Skip Munger from News of the Force also contributed the following information in a contact to AuxBeacon.

From: [your-name]
Subject: NTSB official killed in plane crash

Message Body:
The head of the training center at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was killed Saturday when the plane he was on went down in Indiana, the Civil Air Patrol said on Monday. Two others were also killed.

The accident happened on Saturday evening when the single-engine Cessna 210 aircraft went down in a heavily wooded area behind a home near the town of Oldenburg, about 40 miles northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio. The crash was reported at 9:10 p.m., ET.

The Indiana State Police said three people were killed in the accident, as well as one of two dogs which were on board the aircraft. The second dog survived the crash and showed up at a nearby residence, after which the dog was taken to a local veterinarian to be treated for injuries.

The Civil Air Patrol said in a statement released yesterday that Paul Schuda, the head of the NTSB’s Training Center, was one of those killed. The pilot, CAP Major Louis R. Cantilena, and his daughter, were also killed in the crash.

The NTSB Training Center, which is also known as the NTSB Academy, is located in Ashburn, Va., and provides training for NTSB investigators to improve their practice of accident investigation techniques. It also serves others from the transportation community.

Schuda also studied the crash of Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 800, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off New York in July 1996, killing all 230 people on board. He gave lectures about the investigation and the plane’s fuselage was located just outside his office at the training center.

In addition to his work at the NTSB, Schuda was also an evaluation officer and the assistant director of operations at the National Capital Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. He previously served as the Congressional Squadron’s chief of staff from 2006 until 2012 and as the deputy director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Policy and Special Projects staff.

Data from flight tracking services showed that the plane had departed on early Saturday morning and flew from Frederick, Maryland, to Kansas City, Mo. The aircraft was returning to Frederick when it began losing altitude southwest of Oldenburg at 8:52 p.m. ET. It disappeared from radar a short time later.

The cause of Saturday’s accident was not immediately known. Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the NTSB are investigating what happened.

Civil Air Patrol&#039 Former Members Paul F. Schuda and Louis Cantilena

Civil Air Patrol Former Members Paul F. Schuda and Louis Cantilena

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9 Comments on "NTSB Civil Air Patrol Members Crash Airplane"

  1. I find the idea of Police Officers, FAA and NTSB employees being members of Civil Air Patrol to be a real concern.

  2. The incompetence of the crash exposes the inappropriate relationship. That’s gold.

  3. If you publish the text of this MOU, others may appear to assist you.


  4. Avatar LighterTouch | January 10, 2018 at 22:24 | Reply

    Some current and former members of Civil Air Patrol appear to be in a great deal of pain. Some of the problem may indeed be due to opportunist members who view themselves as entitled to rank and privileges in the program at the expense of the common members. This includes notoriety and free flying which they may wish to protect at any cost.

    There is another problem with Civil Air Patrol members that I have seen and that is the classic conflict in communications between the down-to-earth types and the high-flying types. Learning to recognize and compensate for these different communication styles may help ease some of the stress and abuse in Civil Air Patrol.

    If you are interested, I can provide further help.

  5. Avatar Conflict NTSB | December 22, 2017 at 12:59 | Reply

    This story reminded me of a case that I was involved with back in April 1995. Look up N97843 and compare the CAP details of the NTSB report then with what we get now.

  6. Avatar Members Declining | December 20, 2017 at 23:48 | Reply

    On 31 October 2016 Mark E. Smith told the states of Texas, Oklahoma and the rest that CAP is and has been suffering declining membership. He wrote:

    “The overall objective of the Southwest Region (SWR) Recruiting and Retention Plan is to help the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) reverse its trend of declining membership through bolstered R&R.”

    He and every other cap commander is in psychotic state of denial as to why the membership has and continues to abandon them.

    • The numbers will not get better until they acknowledge and fix the problem. After what my son has gone through, my daughter is not going to be allowed to join.

  7. I was at Charlie’s Restaurant recently at Clow Field (1C5) Bolingbrook and two men were discussing this accident and the “garbage people” in Civil Air Patrol and how CAP, the FAA and NTSB is hard up for people. They mentioned a recent arrest of an FAA employee from Aurora by the name of Richard Barrett who was enticing underage girls.


  8. Sad fate. I guess all their training didn’t help. I agree, this is a serious conflict of interest. CAP’s flight safety record is of huge question. Apparently, the CAP will do anything to keep the federal funds flowing. I wouldn’t want my son to fly with the CAP.

    Kathryn’s Report goes into much more detail. you may want to add it to your story:

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