Sunday, May 04, 2014

CSA SportCruiser Classic, N162US: Accident occurred May 04, 2014 in Advance, North Carolina 

NTSB Identification: ERA14LA219
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 04, 2014 in Advance, NC
Injuries: 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. 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 4, 2014, about 0930 eastern daylight time, a Czech Sport Aircraft Sportcruiser, N162US, performed an off airport landing in a pasture near Advance, North Carolina. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and firewall. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The airplane was registered to a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

A postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane initially impacted the ground approximately 45 feet from where it came to rest. About 12 gallons of fluid similar in color and smell to automotive gas was noted leaking from the airplane. In addition, control continuity was established from the cockpit to the rudder, elevator, and left aileron. Control continuity could not be determined to the right aileron due to impact damage to the right wing. The propeller was examined and no scoring or bending was noted.

The engine was retained for further examination.


A Mocksville woman and seasoned pilot was out for a leisurely flight around Davie County on Sunday morning.

Sandra White took off from Sugar Valley Airport at 8:45, piloting a small, single engine Sport Aircraft Sport Cruiser.

About 45 minutes later, she noticed the engine’s RPMs were falling.

“The folks at Sugar Valley said she lost RPMs and wasn’t able to maintain altitude,” said Jerry Myers, Davie’s emergency management coordinator.

White saw a field near the westbound rest area and attempted to land there. It almost worked. The right wing to the plane hit the ground and was almost torn off.

Two witnesses at the rest area saw her land the plane, and ran to her rescue. She was conscious and oriented the entire time, Myers said.

She was transported to Baptist Medical Center, where Myers understood she was to undergo hip surgery on Tuesday. Injuries were not life threatening.

The FAA was on the scene Monday, and a salvage team later in the week to remove the wreckage.

A small fuel leak was quickly contained, Myers said.

A woman was hospitalized Sunday morning after the small, single-engine plane she was piloting crashed in an open field in Davie County. 

Jerry Myers, emergency management coordinator for Davie County, said the crash happened about 9:30 a.m. in a field in the Rainbow Road area, behind the rest area of westbound Interstate 40.

The pilot was conscious when she was taken by ambulance to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Myers said, but he was not sure of her condition.

Myers said the pilot flew out of Sugar Valley Airport in Mocksville, which he said is about four miles north of the crash site. Two people at the nearby rest stop reported the crash and came to the pilot’s aid. Local fire, EMS, rescue and law enforcement personnel responded to the scene.

Myers said one wing burst and dumped an unknown amount of fuel – probably about 10 gallons. A hazardous materials team was on the scene for a few hours cleaning up.

Federal Aviation Administration officials will be out there investigating on Monday morning, Myers said.