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NTSB Identification: ERA12LA10614 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 09, 2011 in Venice, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N471TC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to practice flight maneuvers for an upcoming checkride. Prior to takeoff, the pilot fueled the airplane and performed a preflight inspection with no anomalies noted. After practicing the flight maneuvers, the pilot flew the airplane back to the airport in order to practice touch-and-go landings. During the takeoff portion of the first touch-and-go maneuver, the engine lost power about 100 to 150 feet above ground level. The pilot initiated a left turn to land in a nearby field, but he realized that the airplane was too low so he performed a forced landing between hangars; the airplane collided with powerlines and a building. A postaccident examination revealed adequate fuel on board. An engine test run was performed and the engine operated satisfactorily with no anomalies noted. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
A loss of engine power during takeoff for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination and testing did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
On December 9, 2011, at 1040, eastern standard time, a Cessna 152, N471TC, registered to Florida Flight Training Center and operated by an individual, incurred substantial damage during a force landing near the Venice Municipal Airport (VNC), Venice, Florida. The pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, personal flight. The flight was originating from the same airport.
According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to practice flight maneuvers for an upcoming checkride. Prior to takeoff, he fueled the airplane and performed a preflight inspection with no anomalies noted. The airplane had 18 gallons of fuel on board prior to takeoff. The pilot departed the airport about 0955 and flew to the practice area to perform the maneuvers. After practicing flight maneuvers, he flew the airplane back to VNC in order to practice touch-and-go takeoff and landing maneuvers. During the takeoff of the first touch-and-go maneuver, the engine “suddenly quit” at an altitude of 100-150 feet above ground level (agl). The pilot initiated a left turn in order to land in a nearby field, but he realized that the airplane was too low and performed a forced landing between hangars and subsequently, the airplane struck powerlines and a hangar. The pilot noted that the total flight time for the flight was 0.8 hours.
The local authorities stated that pilot said the airplane had a loss of engine power during the initial climb after a touch and go landing on runway 04 at VNC. After the loss of power, the pilot maneuvered the airplane in a left turn colliding with electrical wires before impacting a business building. In addition, local police interviewed a witness who stated that he was on airport property when he heard the accident airplane engine “stop” when the airplane was 100 feet agl and then “start” again. The witness reported that the airplane continued to climb to 200 feet agl when the engine quit again, then started and stopped when the airplane was in a turn to the left.
The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector conducted an examination of the airplane’s fuel systems at the accident site. No discrepancies were noted and sufficient fuel to operate the airplane was on board at the time of the accident. A post wreckage recovery engine run was conducted with FAA oversight. An engine run was conducted with operational checks of the carburetor heat system and magnetos. Additionally, full power and engine acceleration checks were performed with no discrepancies noted. The engine started, produced, and maintained power with no anomalies noted during the test run.
The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land, which he earned in September 2011. In addition, FAA records indicated that he held a foreign based pilot certificate. He reported that he accumulated 2,497 total hours of flight experience, of which, 25 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on August 25, 2011.
According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1977 and was equipped with a Lycoming O-235-L2C, 110 horsepower engine. The most recent 100-hour inspection was performed on November 24, 2011, and at that time the airplane had accrued 2981.1 total hours of time in service. According to the engine maintenance log, the most recent oil change was performed on December 6, 2011, at 3012.2 hours of time in service. On the day of the accident, the tachometer indicated 3017.3 total hours of time in service.
VENICE - The pilot of a Cessna 152 airplane walked away without a scratch after he crashed near the Venice Airport on Friday morning.
The plane was several hundred feet off the ground when it lost power. The rapidly falling airplane struck a utility pole and slammed into a building, then crashed nose-first on a concrete slab, its tail nearly snapped off.
As bystanders pulled him free of the wreckage seconds later, the pilot, Oleg Anatollyevich Bachurin, 42, held up both hands and shrugged his shoulders, saying: "I'm sorry."
Bachurin is a former Russian military jet pilot who is training for his U.S. commercial pilot's license. He was doing touch and go's at the Venice Airport when the plane engine cut out, according to Venice Police.
Bachurin said after the crash that he was gaining altitude when the Cessna he was flying "just stopped."
He would not comment further.
The plane hit a utility pole, which split into three pieces and toppled. Guy wires ran from the utility pole to a power pole a half block away. That pole snapped too, knocking out power to about 300 residents. No one on the ground was injured.
Sean Hill was the first person to reach the wreckage.
Hill was in his shop on Base Avenue, Alliance Fire & Safety, about 11 a.m. when he heard a loud bang and ran outside to see the plane nose-down on a concrete slab, with gasoline dripping from its engine.
He ran over to help the pilot out of his safety harness while someone else grabbed a fire extinguisher from the shop's ample stock.
"Obviously, we've got a few fire extinguishers around," Hill said.
Hill said he made eye contact to make sure the pilot was not injured.
Bachurin said: "I'm all right, I'm sorry," Hill recalled.
"He was dazed and confused but he was in good shape, thank God," Hill said.
Bachurin said he was sorry several more times as employees gathered around him a few feet from the wreckage. Arne Kruithof, owner of Florida Flight Training Center at the Venice Airport, owns the single-engine Cessna, which records show was built in 1977. He said Bachurin is scheduled to take his pilot's test next week, and return to Russia within the month.
Kruithof has owned the flight school for 20 years. Bachurin is one of about two dozen students, virtually all of whom are from other countries and are in Venice to study for their U.S. pilots license.
"In every pilot's career, there are at least one or two situations where you come close," he said.
After Bachurin gave a statement to police detectives that will be provided to the National Transportation Safety Board, he was making plans to get some lunch and get back up in the air.
A pilot walked away from a plane crash this morning after his plane slammed into a power pole and then careened into a building north of the Venice Airport.
The pilot was flying a single-engine Cessna 152 when it slammed into a support power pole, knocking out power to about 300 nearby residents.
No one on the ground was injured.
Sean Hill was the first person to reach the pilot. He was in his shop on Base Avenue, Alliance Fire and Safety, when he heard a loud bang and ran outside to see the plane slammed into his building.
He ran over to help the pilot out of his safety harness as fuel was leaking from the plane.
Hill said he made eye contact to make sure the pilot wasn't hurt, and the pilot said "I'm alright, I'm sorry," Hill recalled.
"He was dazed and confused but he was in good shape, thank God," Hill said.
The pilot, whose name has not been released, first hit the pole about 10:45 a.m. Friday morning, snapping the pole in three pieces.
Hill said he did not hear the plane's engine before the crash, and thought the engine may have cut out before the crash.