Monday, May 13, 2013

Cessna 182E Skylane, N817JT: Accident occurred May 13, 2013 in Southwick, Massachusetts

NTSB Identification: ERA13LA241 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 13, 2013 in Southwick, MA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182E, registration: N817JT
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 13, 2013, about 1215 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182E, N817JT, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain after performing a precautionary landing at Cannizzaro Field Airport (28MA), Southwick, Massachusetts. The commercial pilot was not injured. The flight departed from Newport State Airport (UUU), Newport, Rhode Island, about 1130 and was destined to Columbia County Airport (1B1), Hudson, New York. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, the airplane was in cruise flight at 4,500 feet mean sea level when the engine started running rough. He enriched the fuel mixture and applied carburetor heat, but the engine continued to run rough. The pilot then switched the fuel selector from the “both” position to the left tank position, and the engine started to run smoothly for a short period of time. Within a few moments, the engine started running rough again. The pilot switched the fuel selector to the right tank, then back to “both,” and the engine continued to run rough. He then decided to perform a precautionary landing at 28MA. The pilot reported he didn't have the time or altitude to land into the wind so he landed half way down the turf runway. The airplane crossed a dirt road at the end of the field, and the airplane impacted the raised edge of the road, breaking off the nose landing gear. The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

Postaccident examination by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors revealed substantial damage to both wings. The wreckage was retained for further examination.  

SOUTHWICK -- The pilot of a single-engine plane who tried to make an emergency landing on a field midday Monday was unharmed, according to police.

“He walked away. No injuries at all,” Southwick Police Department Dispatcher Robert J. Eak said.

He did not have the name of the pilot, whose plane ended up on its roof in a field in the vicinity of 247 North Loomis St., the dispatcher said. There were no other people on the plane, he said. The incident was called in to the Police Department at 12:10 p.m.

Eak said the plane had been having mechanical problems.

State police as well as members of the Southwick police and fire departments were still at the scene as of 1:30 p.m., according to the dispatcher.

A 1600-foot grass air strip known as Cannizzaro Field is located at 327 North Loomis St., according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) - A pilot has escaped without serious injuries after a small plane accident in Southwick early Monday afternoon.

Jim Peters from the Federal Aviation Administration told 22News that the Cessna 182 made a "forced landing" on a grass strip and flipped over.

The field where the plane crashed is located off North Loomis Street, which is in the northwestern section of town, near the Granville and Westfield lines.

Peters said that only the pilot was aboard the plane.

Trooper Rogers of State Police in Russell told 22News that it doesn't appear the pilot was injured.


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