Thursday, July 04, 2013

Beechcraft A23-19 Musketeer Sport, N4785J: Accident occurred July 04, 2013 in Easton, Pennsylvania

NTSB Identification: ERA13CA315
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 04, 2013 in Easton, PA
Aircraft: BEECH A23-19, registration: N4785J
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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.

According to the pilot, he had not flown for over two years prior to the accident flight. On the day of the accident, he took off and made two uneventful landings to runway 18. He then departed runway 36 and entered the airpark traffic pattern. The pilot reported his turn to final approach placed the airplane in position to land long and fast. He landed long on runway 36 and was unable to stop before the airplane departed the left side of the runway. The airplane dropped six feet down a steep embankment, crossed a road, and came to rest about 70 feet past the departure end of runway 36. Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the right wing spar. At the time of the accident, the wind in the area was reported from 210 degrees at 12 knots, gusting to 17 knots. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.


A plane crashed late this afternoon just outside Braden Airpark in Forks Township, according to a person who answered the phone at the airport.

 The plane came to a rest about 4:55 near the Wells Fargo Bank at 1300 Uhler Road, the person who didn't want to give their name reported.

The pilot was out of the plane, disoriented and had a finger laceration, emergency radio reports said. No one else was in the plane, radio reports said.

The 46-year-old Beach A23-19, four-seat plane is registered in Sciota, Pa., according to FAA aircraft registration database. It is a fixed-wing, single engine plane, the database said.

The person who answered the phone wouldn't say if the plane was taking off or landing, referring questions to Lehigh Valley International Airport.

LVIA Executive Director Charles Everett said at 5:20 that he didn't have any information about the crash but would provide an update when he did. LVIA was notified of the crash and it was notifying the Federal Aviation Administration, radio reports said.

Authorities have been told not to disturb the crash scene until the Federal Aviation Administration arrives, police said.

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