Sunday, August 19, 2012

FLEET 16B, N343SF: Accident occurred August 18, 2012 in Bayport, New York

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA520
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Bayport, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/2013
Aircraft: FLEET FLEET 16B, registration: N343SF
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he returned to the departure airport after a brief local flight and entered the traffic pattern. While on final approach to the runway, he initiated a slip to the left to descend and increase his visibility of the runway. The pilot stated that during previous flights in the tailwheel-equipped biplane, after he exited the slip just before touchdown, the airplane would "float" down the runway in ground effect. However, when he exited the slip during the accident flight, the rate of descent remained constant, and the airplane's contact with the runway was "fairly severe." The landing gear subsequently collapsed, and the airplane departed the right side of the runway and nosed over, resulting in substantial damage to the right upper wing. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation, and that the accident could have been prevented by a "quicker reaction" and "increasing [engine] power to arrest descent rate."

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

  Regis#: 343SF        Make/Model: FLEE      Description: 1940 FLEET 16B
  Date: 08/18/2012     Time: 2100

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

  City: BAYPORT   State: NY   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   2     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: FARMINGDALE, NY  (EA11)               Entry date: 08/20/2012

A single-engine plane flipped over during landing Saturday afternoon at the Bayport Aerodrome, Suffolk County police said. No injuries were reported.

No injuries were reported after a single-engine plane flipped over during landing Saturday afternoon at the Bayport Aerodrome, Suffolk County police said. 

Fifth Precinct Sergeant Michael Tavares said the 1940 Fleet 16, an antique biplane, was carrying the pilot and one passenger when it skidded on landing and then flipped over about 5 p.m.

Tavares said neither the pilot, 54-year-old Steve Martin of Huntington Station, or his passenger, 67-year-old Tom Paradise of Alexandria, Va., complained of any injuries. But the plane's landing gear tail fin and one of its wings were damaged in the bumpy landing.

The plane's landing gear could be to blame, police said. Tavares said the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

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