Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cessna 140, N76154: Accident occurred October 15, 2018 at Front Range Airport (KFTG), Denver, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Nosed over during touch and go's.

Date: 15-OCT-18
Time: 19:46:00Z
Regis#: N76154
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 140
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Hummel Ultracruiser, N245AP: Accident occurred October 15, 2018 near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH), Pasco County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida 

Crashed into a tree.

Date: 15-OCT-18

Time: 18:16:00Z
Regis#: N245AP
Aircraft Make: HUMMEL
Aircraft Model: ULTRA CRUISER
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — A single-engine experimental aircraft crashed into a tree Monday afternoon in Zephyrhills. 

According to Pasco Fire Rescue, the pilot was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. He reported a loss of power when he was attempting to land. 

ABC Action News spoke with the pilot's wife, Harley Hargrove, who has identified him as 73-year-old James Hargrove. 

"Very thankful he's still living," said Harley Hargrove. "He said 'I just broke the ankle so I'm going to go to the hospital and get an x-ray.'" 

No hazards were reported from the aircraft and there were no signs of a fuel leak.

It happened near the 36700 block of Paddock Lane.

Hargrove targeted an open pasture to make his emergency landing but crashed into a tree and fence. 

"He's very lucky he didn't have the engine in his face," said Ferman Geiger. "To come away with no more than what he had, it's a miracle."

Bob Porter, a former pilot, lives nearby and immediately raced to help Hargrove out of the small-engine aircraft. 

"Was he alive or dead? That's the first thing that comes to your mind when I saw he landed straight in, the airplane stalled, it went right into the tree, nose down," said Porter. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what happened to cause engine failure. 

Harley Hargrove tells ABC Action News, it's time for her husband to take a break from flying. 

Original article ➤


A Tampa pilot is recovering after the plane he built by hand crashed into a Zephyrhills cow pasture. The plane went down around 2:30 Monday afternoon less than five miles from Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, where it took off from. 

The Hummel Ultra Cruiser single engine plane's tail number is registered to James Hargrove, of Tampa. Pasco Fire Rescue says no one else was on board. 

Bob Porter is a pilot and owns the property where the experimental aircraft crashed. It's far from the first crash he's seen after years in aviation but this was the first to, quite literally, hit this close to home. He and his grandson immediately rushed down to the crash site to find the pilot bloody but alive. The aircraft was on its nose, partially in a tree, with one of the wings completely crumpled. 

"It sounded like two automobiles running into one another at 50 miles per hour," Porter described the crash. "He was bruised all over but he was still coherent and able to talk to us." 

Porter says he then called 911 for help. 

Friends of James Hargrove say the plane reportedly lost engine power and that the pilot suffered a broken ankle in the wreck. 

"I'm just glad he's not hurt any worse than he is," Porter said, noting he has seen less-damaging plane crashes that still proved to be fatal. 

A spokesperson with Pasco Fire Rescue says the NTSB has been notified. 

No word yet on what caused the plane's engine to cut off. 

ORIGINAL STORY: One person was injured when a homemade aircraft crashed in Zephyrhills on Monday afternoon, according to crews that responded to the scene.

A spokesman for Pasco Fire Rescue says the crash happened on Paddock Lane near Simmons Road on Monday around 2:30 p.m.

Deputies say the pilot reported that he lost power while attempting the land the aircraft and ended up crashing it into a tree.

The pilot was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Fire crews say there are no hazards reported from the aircraft.

Original article can be found here ➤

ZEPHYRHILLS — A pilot suffered minor injuries when their plane made a force landing in a field on Monday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident was reported at about 3:19 p.m. The pilot of a single-engine experimental plane lost power and attempted to land, deputies said.

The pilot tried to land in a field, but in doing so struck a fence and a tree. 

A photo released by the Sheriff’s Office showed the crushed fuselage of the plane against a large tree, what’s left of the nose pointing down, the destroyed tail sticking up in the air and the left win nearly ripped off.

The pilot sustained "moderate injuries" and was taken to local hospital, the agency said.

No other details were released about the incident, including the identity of the pilot or went wrong with the aircraft.

Original article can be found here ➤