Friday, August 17, 2012

Beechcraft A36TC Bonanza 36, N678DR; Accident occurred August 15, 2012 in Clifton Park, New York

NTSB Identification: ERA12FA508 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in Clifton Park, NY
Aircraft: BEECH A36TC, registration: N678DR
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On August 15, 2012, at 0727 eastern daylight time, a Beech A36TC, N678DR, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain during a forced landing near Clifton Park, New York. The certificated airline transport pilot was seriously injured, and the certificated commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight departed from Albany International Airport (ALB), Albany, New York at 0724, and was destined for Plattsburg Airport (PBG), Plattsburg, New York. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Review of preliminary air traffic control information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), revealed that the airplane departed from runway 01 at ALB, turned northeast, and continued to climb. At 0725, at an altitude of 1,100 feet msl, the pilot advised air traffic control, “eight delta romeo just lost our engine”. No further transmissions were received from the flight, and radar contact was lost about 30 seconds later at an altitude of 300 feet msl.

According to FAA records, the left seat pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with multiple ratings, including airplane single-engine land, as well as a flight instructor certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on March 1, 2012, at which time he reported 10,691 total hours of flight experience. The pilot seated in the right seat held a commercial pilot certificate with multiple ratings, including airplane single-engine land. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on December 20, 2011.

The accident site was located in a residential area approximately 3 miles northeast of ALB. The initial impact point was identified by several damaged tree limbs, and a wreckage path about 150 feet in length, oriented approximately 320 degrees magnetic, extended through the impact area. Fragments of the airplane, including portions of right wing, right wing tip fuel tank, and ailerons were located approximately 40 feet prior to where the fuselage came to rest between two pine trees. The left wing was located approximately 20 feet beyond the fuselage along the wreckage path. The engine remained attached to the fuselage, and 2 of the 3 propeller blades exhibited impact-related damage. One blade was bent aft about 45 degrees near the mid-span point and the other blade was bent aft about 90 degrees near the mid-span point. None of the blades exhibited chordwise scratching or leading edge gouging.

Walter Uccellini

Funeral arrangements have been set for Walter Uccellini, the founder of The United Group of Companies in Troy, New York, who died in a plane crash August 15.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, August 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart and St. William Catholic Community at 310 Spring Ave. in Troy.

Calling hours are Monday, August 20, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, on the corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue in Lansingburgh.

For more information and to sign an online guest book, click here.

Walter Uccellini, 67, was a passenger in a single-engine plane that crashed in Clifton Park shortly after taking off from Albany International Airport.

The six-seat plane was piloted by James Quinn, vice chairman of The United Group of Companies.

James Quinn, 68, was severely injured and taken to Albany Medical Center. He was listed in critical condition today, according to a spokesman.

They were headed to a business meeting in Plattsburgh.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

A story about how The United Group is coping with the death of its leader is here.
  Regis#: 678DR        Make/Model: BE36      Description: 36 Bonanza
  Date: 08/15/2012     Time: 1210

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Fatal     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Unknown

  City: CLIFTON PARK   State: NY   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   1
                 # Crew:   2     Fat:   1     Ser:   1     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: ALBANY, NY  (EA01)                    Entry date: 08/16/2012 

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