Civil Air Patrol Flying

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[Editor’s Note: “The evidence will have to be collected and presented all in one place for the Civil Air Patrol membership to fully appreciate just how horribly they have been deceived and abused. I don’t know where I’ll be then, [redacted], but I’ll know about it – and I’ll be happy.”]

Civil Air Patrol Crashes Another Airplane
On Sunday May 6th 2018 at around 3:30PM, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 aircraft [N5419E] crashed on landing at the Clarksville Regional Airport. The aircraft touched down, went through the perimeter fence, and came to rest on the shoulder of Outlaw Field Road, blocking one lane of traffic. The pilot’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Lt Colonel Wilson Polidura with the Civil Air Patrol was on the scene and said the aircraft was on an Air Force assigned training mission and a thunderstorm took control of the aircraft.

CAP Loses Credibility in NTSB Findings on Alabama Crash
On April 9th 2018 the NTSB released its final report on the fatal crash of N784CP, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182T. On February 1, 2016, about 19:45 central standard time, Civil Air Patrol’s N784CP was destroyed by a collision with trees, terrain and a post-crash fire following a missed approach to the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), Mobile, Alabama.

According to CAP, both pilots were members of the Alabama Wing’s Mobile Composite Squadron. The airline transport pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the Civil Air Patrol as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions existed at the airport at the time of the accident, and the flight was operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from Louisiana Regional Airport (L38), Gonzales, Louisiana, about 18:30.

The FBO owner was concerned about the accident pilots flying at night given the potential for fog and offered them a courtesy car and assistance with obtaining accommodations for the night. The crew acknowledged his concern about the weather but wanted to return to BFM in time for their CAP meeting and before the fog set in.

NTSB Civil Air Patrol Members Crash Airplane
On Saturday December 16th 2017 two Civil Air Patrol members were killed in a small airplane crash in Indiana. 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.

Civil Air Patrol Cessna T181T substantially damaged on takeoff from Silver Springs Nevada
On September 12th 2017 CAP2746, a CESSNA T182T with registration N946CA, was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff from Silver Springs Airport (KSPZ), Lyon County, Nevada.

NTSB Releases Accident Form on Deatsville Alabama Civil Air Patrol Crash
On July 31st 2017 Civil Air Patrol’s “Chief of Safety” Retired Air Force Col. George C. Vogt signed an NTSB form that revealed the Civil Air Patrol cadet was to solo and rendezvous with his CAP instructor pilot in the air to practice thermalling techniques. The Civil Air Patrol maneuvered with local media to avoid having their corporate identity associated with the accident. Even the NTSB appears helpful in avoiding use of the Civil Air Patrol name in certain higher level presentations. Researchers at Kathyrn’s Report dug deeper to find details in the NTSB Investigation Docket.

Civil Air Patrol Tow Plane Cable Strikes Vehicle on Approach
August 26th 2017 N821CP, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182T Skylane glider tow plane struck a vehicle with its tow cable while on approach to landing at Marion Municipal Airport (KMNN), Ohio.

District Court Rules Civil Air Patrol Negligent in 2014 LaGrange Airport Crash; $12M Judgment
On August 3rd 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Newnan Division ruled that Civil Air Patrol breached its duty in its glider operations at Lagrange-Callaway Airport. It neglected a risk of collision by failing to use a spotter despite the obstructed views between the runways. Such a duty to make its flight operations safe existed irrespective of the applicability of the local airport rule requiring a spotter during glider operations. CAP pilots and instructors Mitchell, Schulz and Seidband failed to yield the right-of-way to the Baron, as required by 14 C.F.R. § 91.113(g).

Former CAP Commander at Fault in Carrollton Crash
On September 7th 2016, William Lewis Lindsey [former Commander of Fulton County Composite Squadron, Georgia Wing] was piloting his 1978 Beechcraft Bonanza alone after taking off from Fulton County airport at 10:20 am, investigators said. Within 30 minutes, Lindsey’s plane collided with one piloted by Taylor Nicole Stone, a 24-year-old flight instructor and a 20-year-old student from China. All three were killed in the crash.

Elderly Civil Air Patrol Pilots Flip Cessna at Fallbrook
On August 24th 2016 a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182Q landed on the runway at Fallbrook Airpark, but ran out of space. The pilot made a left at the end of the runway and the plane rolled over, fire officials said. The two occupants inside, a 77-year-old man and a 79-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

Civil Air Patrol Pilot Intentionally Crashed Plane into Anchorage Building
On December 29th 2015 a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 slammed into the northwest corner of an Anchorage office building. A postcrash fire consumed the airplane wreckage. Both the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the crash and found that Demarest “took a CAP plane without authorization from Merrill Field Airport and intentionally flew the plane into a building,” Feger-Pellessier wrote. The FBI’s assessment that this CAP event was not a national security threat misses an important learning opportunity: The Civil Air Patrol is a soft, incompetent underbelly that allows current threats access to higher levels.

Civil Air Patrol Flies Cadets On A Prop Strike & A Prayer
Upon landing, the Civil Air Patrol pilot became distracted with a female cadet who announced she was becoming airsick and struck a taxiway light with the aircraft’s moving propeller. Sources reported that inspected the aircraft for damage and then flew the aircraft back to base in Hollywood, FL. An unnamed mechanic who reviewed the damage done to the aircraft provided the following comment. “It is clearly evident the aircraft suffered substantial damage to the propeller. The pilot is quite lucky he didn’t lose that engine in flight or shake it off the motor mounts. It should have never flown again

Two Alabama Wing Members Die in Plane Crash
Civil Air Patrol Deputy Director of Public Affairs Julie DeBardelaben said the crash killed pilot Maj David R. Mauritson, 67 of Fairhope and mission scanner 2nd Lt Phil J. Dryden, 66 of Gulf Shores.

Civil Air Patrol Cessna U206G Stationair Departs Runway at Brackett Field California
On November 15th 2014 at sround 1420 Pacific standard time, a Cessna U206G, N9420R, veered off the runway during landing at Brackett Field Airport (POC), La Verne, California. The airplane was registered to and operated by the Civil Air Patrol under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing during the accident sequence. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The instructional flight departed from San Gabriel Valley Airport, El Monte, California, about 1350.

Civil Air Patrol Maule Flips at Rome Georgia Airport
On July 21st 2008 a Maule MT-7-235, N142CP, nosed over during landing roll at Richard B. Russell Airport (RMG), Rome, Georgia. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airline transport pilot was not injured. Examination of the oleo strut by the National Transportation Safety Board materials laboratory revealed that all of the fractures were on a slant plane, and were consistent with over-stress fracture. The fractures occurred under bending over-stress. There was No Indication of any pre-existing fatigue cracking or corrosion. The cause was attributed to the pilot’s improper landing flare which resulted in a hard landing.

Misrigged Pennsylvania Wing Glider Crashes
On May 4th 2013 a Civil Air Patrol Schweizer SGS 2-33A glider, N2045T, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain, near Erwinna, Pennsylvania. The mechanic who conducted a flight control check after the annual inspection with assistance from another pilot seated in the cockpit stated that he confirmed movement of the rudder while at the rear of the glider; however, he did not see which pedal the pilot was pushing and did not verbally confirm the corresponding position of the rudder pedals. If the pilot had conducted a thorough pre-flight inspection, he should have been able to detect that the rudder control cables were rigged backward.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Flight Instructor Crashes & Dies with Passenger
Civil Air Patrol commanders and public affairs officers made glowing reports of Matt Shope, while being careful to distance the Civil Air Patrol from the July 23rd 2011 accident if not Shope’s training, which appears to have been done by Civil Air Patrol. Civil Air Patrol commanders and PAO’s really talked him up, before the NTSB revealed the probable cause of the accident on November 7th 2012.

Civil Air Patrol Cessna Suffers Substantial Damage on Forced Landing
On January 3rd 2012, a Civil Air Patrol pilot was flying a Cessna 172P (N54872) at 1,600 feet mean sea level with the engine power set at 2,300 rpm. When the airplane was about 6 miles from Lone Star Executive Airport (KCXO), the pilot heard a loud “boom” and the engine lost all power. The pilot did not have sufficient altitude to glide to the airport, so he landed the airplane on a street in Conroe, Texas. The airplane collided with power lines during the landing and the pilot was then forced to swerve to the right to avoid oncoming traffic. The right wing struck a utility pole, which resulted in substantial damage.

Civil Air Patrol Washington Wing Cessna 206 Crash
On March 19th 2011 a Civil Air Patrol Cessna TU 206G, N6169Z, sustained substantial damage to the forward portion of the fuselage and empennage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power while in the airport traffic pattern at the Pierce County Airport – Thun Field (PLU), Puyallup, Washington. A representative from the engine manufacturer reported that operating the auxiliary fuel boost pump at a low engine power setting would “flood” the engine and result in a loss of engine power. It is likely that when the pilots applied power, the engine was flooded, which resulted in the total loss of engine power. The cause was identified as the pilots’ activation of the fuel boost pump while preparing to land, which was contrary to checklist procedures and resulted in a loss of engine power.

Plane Crash in Wyoming Kills 3 CAP Members
On January 31st 2008, the National Transportation Safety Board released its Probable Cause report on the August 20th 2007 downing of a Wyoming Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182R. It states the pilot’s failure to account for strong winds and low visibility in the search area as factors in the fatal accident.

Witnesses told investigators they saw the CAP aircraft flying at an estimated 400 to 600 feet off the ground, nearly 2,000 feet lower than what was called for in the prevailing conditions.

“The pilot’s inability to maintain aircraft control while maneuvering in mountainous terrain due to gusty wind conditions, and lee side turbulence,” ruled the NTSB. “Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s improper in-flight planning and decision making, and his failure to follow operational procedures regarding altitudes flown.”

Nevada Wing Plane Slams into Potosi Mountain
Ed Lewis was a hero and an inspiration. On November 8, 2007 the Civil Air Patrol glass cockpit Cessna T182T, N881CP, was destroyed after impacting mountainous terrain during climb to cruise near Potosi Mountain southwest of Las Vegas, NV. Former CAP National Vice Commander and Pacific Region Director of Operations, Col Edwin W. Lewis Jr was flying with Nevada Wing Commander, Col Dion E. DeCamp. Col Lewis had over 28,000 hours as a pilot while Col DeCamp had over 27,000 hours. This was the second fatal aircraft accident for the CAP in the last three months.

Kansas Civil Air Patrol Members Perish in Private Concert Flight
An Emerald City Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadet commander who had just received his VFR-only pilot’s license a few months earlier pushes into inclement weather scud-running at low altitude and at night. The airplane collided with terrain approximately 22.9 nautical miles northwest of Tulsa International Airport. The elevation at the initial point of impact was a measured 1,015 feet MSL.

New York CAP Plane Strikes Parked Car
On May 17, 2005, at 1630 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172P, N9344L, operated by the Civil Air Patrol, was substantially damaged when it struck a vehicle while taxiing at the Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), Islip, New York. The certificated CAP private pilot was not injured, but the CAP pilot failed to respond to several requests made by the Safety Board, for his statement regarding the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The CAP pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a parked vehicle while taxiing.

Drugged Civil Air Patrol Pilot Destroys Cessna Skylane
On 10 January 2005, two Civil Air Patrol pilots took off on a dark night from Monroe Regional Airport, Louisiana, in order to shoot a number of practice instrument approaches in VFR conditions. The 54 year old pilot who was believed to be sitting in the left seat and shooting the approaches was not instrument current at the time. An 80 year old pilot sat right seat. During the time they were flying the ceiling dropped to 900 feet broken and the field was then IFR. When queried by the controller, the crew said they wanted to continue their series of approaches via an IFR clearance. The pilot had frequent trouble getting established on the localizer and while making a climbing turn in order to be repositioned for another approach, the flying pilot lost control of the aircraft, which descended into the waters of a shallow water collection pond/swamp.

In March 2006, the NTSB toxicology report on the left seat pilot came back positive for Sertraline and Desmethylsertraline in both the liver and Kidneys. According to FAA’s Southwest Regional Flight Surgeon, Sertraline (Zoloft) is an antidepressant medication, and Desmethylsertraline represents a metabolite of Sertraline. The flight surgeon further stated that use of this medication would have precluded medical certification of this pilot had it been reported to a medical examiner. He also said that any pilot who was already certified would have been warned not to fly while taking this medication, had an examiner become aware that the pilot was doing so.

Civil Air Patrol Pilot Error Destroys New Mexico Wing Airplane
On June 9, 2004, at approximately 2110 mountain daylight time, a Cessna C172P, N9474L, operated by the New Mexico Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), was destroyed when the pilot attempted to make a go around at Las Cruces International Airport (LRU), Las Cruces, New Mexico. The private pilot received serious injuries and the passenger received minor injuries.

Probable Cause: the pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from terrain and the improper go-around procedure. Contributing factors include the pilot’s diverted attention, improper in-flight planning and decision making, pilot fatigue, the night conditions and the mesquite bushes.

Civil Air Patrol Pilot Crashes Kentucky Wing Cessna 182
The flight originated from Godman Army Airfield, Fort Knox, Kentucky on August 23, 2001. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: “The [Civil Air Patrol] pilot’s improper decision to fly the airplane with a known deficiency, and his inflight decision to land with a quartering tailwind. A factor was the wing maintenance officer’s concurrence to fly the airplane with the known deficiency.

Morphine CAP Pilot Lies, Crashes & Dies
Toxicological tests, after the accident, revealed that the PIC had a toxic level of morphine in his blood. By examining the rate at which the morphine was metabolized, one can conclude that the drug was probably taken in flight, apparently for emergency relief from a migraine headache. The pilot in command (PIC) had been treated for migraine headaches since 1988 by his personal physician. The PIC was routinely taking about 100 tablets of Tylenol #3 (acetaminophen and codeine) per month. The pilot’s personal physician had later changed the prescription to a barbiturate named Fiorinal (butalbital, aspirin and caffeine). A review of past applications for medical certificates revealed that under question 18a, “Medical History, Frequent or severe headaches”, the pilot had checked the NO block. In addition, question 19, “Visits to Health Professionals Within Last 3 Years”, showed only visits to the Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). The visits to the doctor who prescribed the Fiorinal were not listed.

CAP Determines Which Mishaps NTSB Investigates
Signed in October 1992 the CAP-NTSB Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stipulates that CAP has access to all materials, and a substantial say in what accidents or incidents are even reported to the NTSB.

2. After being notified of an aircraft accident involving serious or fatal injuries or substantial property damage in accordance with the procedures outlined in CAP Regulation 62-2, MISHAP REPORTING AND INVESTIGATION (para. 4), the CAP National Administrator (or the National Corporate Legal Counsel) and the Commander, HQ CAP-USAF (or his designated representative) will determine which accidents will be investigated by the NTSB. They will request the CAP National Safety Officer to notify the Office of Aviation Safety or the designated NTSB field office at the earliest time possible.

Four Florida Civil Air Patrol Members Killed in Crash of Overloaded Cessna 172

Civil Air Patrol Wing Commander Dies in Crash
Civil Air Patrol Iowa Wing Commander Lt Col Robert A. Graybill and passenger were killed in the crash of N9716Z, a Beach A45, during a flight to conduct flood surveillance. The airplane clipped a powerline near Boone, Iowa and was completely destroyed. The ensuing investigation found that the Pilot in Command attempted operation with known deficiencies in equipment. The aircraft windshield had a heavily crazed windshield that restricted visibility.

21 Comments on "Civil Air Patrol Flying"

  1. There is definitely an issue with the CAP wings in Georgia. I’ve worked around three of them (including the one involved with the LaGrange crash) and they all have an unsafe attitude towards their operations. From landing against traffic (actual simultaneous opposite direction traffic landings), multiple surface incidents at a controlled airport, to not following ATC instructions in airspace. One of them used to park the aircraft, grab a beer, and drive to the FBO to pay for the fuel, which is against the open container law. A real bad image.

    It seems that they are an organization of has-beens or wanna-bes that operate like the Air Force shouldn’t. An Air Force opposite, so to speak. In my opinion, CAP is a government-funded flying club with an outdated mission. One of their members even said that they should take the money that they use to acquire aircraft and purchase vans to seek out the ELTs. Why? Because the majority that they find are in hangars anyway.

    -“CAP Flight 41, gear down, full stop”
    -“Aren’t you a Cessna 182?”

  2. Not sure if you will resume posting or releasing comments BUT

    there are many CAP crash, burn and die stories on your site that don’t appear in this listing. I tell you this because [redacted] like Jonathan Holder will suggest that the crashes aren’t that many.

  3. From my past experience with California Wing CAP (I am no longer a member), I was dismayed at how the program prematurely and unsafely boosted the egos of people with money to play. Case in point, you don’t have the December 19, 2015 accident of Civil Air Patrol member Jason Thomas Price who lost himself and 4 family members flying a six-seat, high-performance Piper 32R into icing and IMC without an instrument rating.

  4. I was a cadet in New Mexico Wing when this happened. The inverted Civil Air Patrol aircraft on the ground is N9474L at Las Cruces. The date is 2004-06-09. You can add it to your collection.

    [link redacted]

  5. 21 Nov 03, Palm Springs SAREX
    CFII Pilot (68) and Scanner (67) in a Member-furnished PA-28
    Reported bad winds and turbulence in the pass coming in
    Wind forecast placed next day’s flying in question
    Crew decides to go home that evening in spite of several warnings – hotel had been arranged.
    Aircraft was found on a mountain side at 6,900’msl

  6. Could you please add this 2005 complaint filed with the Department of Justice?
    [link redacted]

    [Admin: Done, thank you for your contribution.]

  7. Avatar ABEvalTour | July 27, 2018 at 02:05 | Reply

    I can find nothing here that is not TRUE with NTSB investigation reports being used as the source. Some suggest that the record isn’t that bad, but where did the money come from to pay the $20 million dollars that CAP paid out for the fubar in Georgia? I am going to learn more about this. Also, HWSNBM claims that AuxBeacon made up the story about the CAP pilot who injected morphine while flying, but I just looked it up at ntsb(.)gov and it is TRUE.

  8. Avatar AnotherCrash | July 15, 2018 at 00:52 | Reply

    Where are your editors? Eating PapaJohns? There has been another Civil Air Patrol crash in the news.

  9. I am a CAP pilot and a squadron commander. You are cherry picking the worst few of a organization that has 50k members! As someone who has lived in an aviation family my whole life: the checks and procedures in place are above the norm of GA. Maybe it’s different in other areas but in my squadron we take safety seriously.

    • Avatar Orwell's Cherry | June 19, 2018 at 19:08 | Reply

      I read “Brian’s” comment about your authors cherry picking abuse and accident stories for presentation here. I am surprised your editors have not answered him. If you like, I have sent a response that will explain why sites like yours and others need to do this job.

      Check your contact system for the full story.

    • Avatar Yeah Right | June 21, 2018 at 15:41 | Reply

      This site loves to cherry pick to try to make CAP look bad. At least a fifth of these incidents were not in CAP aircraft but somehow this chuckle head links them to CAP.

      When you consider that CAP has over 500 aircraft in its inventory and that they do their best to fly at least 200 hours on each one, the accident rate is not actually that bad.

      26 listed here going back to 1990, 5 Not CAP Aircraft, 1 mechanical where the pilot landed an aircraft with a dead engine, 2 incident not accident and 1 suicide. That was not an accident but intentional

      So over 100,000 hrs per year and you find 18 accidents going back over 28 years. Not a bad record at all.

  10. My friend Mitchell Gimpy King told me that if we whistle “here beacon, beacon, beacon” that you guys can instantly appear from the shadows to collect data and defend General Aviation from the forces of CAP evil and shit.

  11. Heads up! I just witnessed a Civil Air Patrol airplane attempt to land in a thunderstorm at Outlaw Field (KCKV) Clarksville TN. It came crashing through the fence and is now blocking traffic.

  12. Sending this to you from a SM group.

    “Mark Smith issued a memorandum yesterday and he’s telling us that we are unprofessional pilots and that we need to go through a three phase remedial training initiative: Individual, Team and Organization. Finally, someone or something has brought Smith to heel and he will be retrained under this new program.”

    [Link removed.]

  13. I am an A&P/IA who serviced CAP airplanes and gliders before I retired. The Civil Air Patrol DOES NOT have its own mechanics. Instead of supporting a local shop on the field in which the aircraft is based, the national office was always shopping around the contracts to the lowest bidder for centralized mx in each state. Their pilots fly transport missions to move the aircraft to that central shop. They rarely allowed us to source required components and would have cheaper reman parts send to us. The attitude was that we should be grateful for the work as a filler. They also didn’t take the requirements for ferry permits (Special Flight Permits) or compass cards seriously and often created their own compass cards without the required calibration or swing. I personally observed this.

    You could do a big disclosure piece on CAP Aircraft Maintenance alone.

  14. I have sent you more including photographs.

  15. I am sick of the crap going on in Nevada Wing Civil Air Patrol. I can’t give you the details yet, but I can clue you in to a CAP accident that is being hushed that you don’t have on your site. Cessna T182T, N946CA, Civil Air Patrol’s CAP2746. The accident occurred September 12, 2017 at Silver Springs Airport (KSPZ), Lyon County, Nevada and had SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. Colonel Carol L. Lynn is the Nevada Wing CC and we were ordered not to speak on it. I don’t care anymore.

    • This accident is now starting to show up on the NTSB records with details. The pilot in command responsible for the destruction of the aircraft is a current CAP pilot with active flight privileges. How is that possible? Destroy an asset worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, put the lives of two people at risk, and continue to have the privilege to fly for the organization. Unbelievable.

  16. Civil Air Patrol has a ‘sub-par’ safety record over the past few years (when compared with CAP averages), even coming close to being as bad at the GENERAL AVIATION safety record a few years ago.

    The problems in CAP often come from the members with the “good old boy flying club” mentality. The guys who do it for the insurance benefits. The proverbial cowboys.

  17. This is probably a typo that we can help you fix. The pic is of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna TU206G N6169Z that flipped at Thun Field Pierce County Airport in March 2011 when the CAP pilot didn’t follow the checklist.

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