NTSB Reports No Apparent Reason for Fatal CAP Member Crash

Civil Air Patrol

by AuxBeacon News Aggregator

[Editor’s Note: On September 6th 2018 the NTSB released the preliminary report for retired Civil Air Patrol pilot Mark Biron’s fatal crash in his private airplane in Island Pond, Vermont. Readers have been sending in questions about his involvement in RED FLAG-Alaska, his retirement from Civil Air Patrol and the circumstances of the crash. Stay tuned as we assemble the full story.]

On August 25, 2018, about 1540 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-22-150 airplane, N6936B, was destroyed when it collided with terrain while attempting to land at the John H. Boylan State Airport (5B1), Island Pond, Vermont. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The local flight originated at 5B1 about 1500.

A witness, who was also a pilot, was at his home when he heard the airplane depart and then later return to land at 5B1. When he heard the airplane returning, he used his binoculars and confirmed the airplane was owned by a pilot, who had the hangar next to him at the airport. The witness said the airplane was on the left-downwind leg for runway 32 and was at an altitude about 1,000 ft above ground level (agl). The airplane was in level flight and the engine “sounded great.” There was no smoke trailing the airplane. The witness lost sight of the airplane while it was still on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern and it was not until later in the afternoon that he learned the airplane had crashed. The pilot told the witness two days before the accident that that the airplane had been flying “great.” The witness described the wind conditions on the day of the accident as a southerly crosswind that was shifting about 10° left and right and were such that the pilot could have landed on either runway.

The airplane came to rest upright on airport property on a heading of 070° and was mostly consumed by post-impact fire. The initial impact was a ground scar located about 10 ft forward and to the left of where the airplane came to rest. Several pieces of broken Plexiglas were found in the ground scar. Another ground scar extended about 13 ft to the right of the initial impact scar. Imbedded in the ground at the end of the scar was an unburned section of the airplane’s right-wing tip. All major flight controls were accounted for at the site and flight control continuity was established to the cockpit area. The left and right flaps were consumed by fire. The left and right-wing fuel tanks were breached and partially consumed by fire. The engine sustained impact and fire damage and remained partially attached to the airplane. The propeller spinner was crushed up and inward, and the engine was pushed into the firewall and cockpit area. The two-bladed propeller remained attached to the engine.

The pilot [Mark Biron, Civil Air Patrol retired] held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third class medical was issued on June 21, 2018. A review of copies of the pilot’s logbook revealed he had accrued about 1,289 hours of total flight time, of which, about 362 hours were in the accident airplane. Weather reported at Caledonia Airport (CDA), Caledonia, Vermont, about 16 miles southwest of the accident site, at 1535, was reported as wind 120° at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, and clear skies. Temperature was 79° F and the dewpoint was 57° F, with an altimeter setting of 30.23 inHg.

Note: The NTSB traveled to the scene of this accident.

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NTSB Preliminary Report on Mark Biron’s Fatal Crash
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Medical Examiner: Pilot in Island Pond airplane crash died from injuries in wreck
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5 Comments on "NTSB Reports No Apparent Reason for Fatal CAP Member Crash"

  1. [Admin: This important contact submission came in to AuxBeacon on August 24th the day before Mark Biron’s fatal crash. The abuses of Civil Air Patrol must be acknowledged by its current and past commanders and its arrogant pilots. The culture will never change until there is full confession and accountability.]

    I am currently the Air operation Director at Green Flag-West and I have some serious concerns about multiple safety incidents and Waist, fraud, and abuse. Furthermore, I have a total lack of confidence in reporting these events to the wing or national.

    I have become disillusioned with CAP and what I see is a lack of leadership CAP has become a giant click with many sub clicks, made up of people selecting their friends to be in positions of authority and almost always covering each other’s butts.

    Bob Kirby
    IC3t, Air Ops/ Green flag West

    • Don’t be surprised if Kirby is shown the exit by Smith’s thugs. They will do anything to cover up the truth.

  2. SmithAwarenessMonth | September 11, 2018 at 12:58 | Reply

    This was another Civil Air Patrol (retired) suicide and there are more coming because Mark Smith and other members won’t confess what they are concealing. Wake the hell up!!!!!

    From capnews today:


    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and September is National Suicide Prevention Month, underscoring CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith’s announcement of a new initiative – “Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience” – aimed at ensuring CAP members handle life’s challenges.

    “The five pillars are Mind, Body, Relationships, Spirit and Family,” Smith said in a letter to CAP members. “They represent the focus areas that contribute to our personal level of ‘wellness.’ This personal wellness enables us to operate at our best, sustaining us during times of stress and making us resilient to the difficulties of life. This helps us to be successful as CAP volunteer Airmen.”

    During September, Smith directed, all cadet and composite squadrons will teach a lesson on the Five Pillars to promote “living a life of wellness,” defined as living so that an individual has the best opportunities to achieve personal excellence – a CAP core value.

  3. Altman'sLosingCard | September 11, 2018 at 12:15 | Reply

    Thanks for putting this up. That photo is good for showing the position of where the airplane crashed when you combine it with these two additional views. As the report clearly states, this is not the loss of any flight control function.

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  4. Some people have devoted their lives to this program and when they stumble upon something unsafe or unethical that would expose a high ranking commander they will be excommunicated from the clique and left alone. Parents should be aware of how this organization takes over the lives of both young and old and can drop them like trash to dispose of them. Very sad.

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