Friday, June 27, 2014

Cessna T207, N207AB: Accident occurred June 27, 2014 at Indianapolis International Airport (KIND), Indiana

NTSB Identification: CEN14LA327
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN
Aircraft: CESSNA T207, registration: N207AB
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 June 27, 2014, at 1219 eastern daylight time, a Cessna T207, N207AB, landed short of the runway at Indianapolis International Airport (KIND), Indianapolis, Indiana. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Aero Systems, Inc., of Erie, Colorado, and operated by Surdex Corporation, of Chesterfield, Missouri, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from IND approximately 0845.

The airplane had been engaged in aerial mapping of an area north on KIND. According to the pilot's accident report, he departed KIND about 0845 with full fuel (80 gallons, 76 gallons useable). After about 3 hours of aerial work, he returned to KIND for land. When the airplane was 1.5 miles from runway 23L, the engine lost power. The pilot was able to clear the airport perimeter fence, but the airplane impacted terrain short of the runway.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors examined the airplane on the day of the accident, and again on June 30 and July 7. According to the FAA's principal maintenance inspector's report, the airplane was placed in a level position and the fuel tanks were visually inspected. No fuel was observed in the left tank, but fuel could be seen in the right tank. When the left tank was sumped, no fuel was recovered. The fuel selector was found positioned on the right tank. When the airplane was raised up, fuel leaked in the area of the main fuel line strainer. When the fuel selector was moved to the left tank position, the fuel stopped leaking. Fuel that was collected showed no evidence of contamination.

According to FlightAware, a global aviation software and data services company that tracks flights throughout the world, the airplane's average ground speed was 107 knots. If each tank contained 36.5 gallons of useable fuel and the power loss occurred 3.9 hours later, FAA inspectors calculated the fuel consumption rate to be slightly less than 10 gallons per hour.

FAA photographs indicated the beginning Hobbs meter and tachometer times were 1,737.2 and 627.1 hours, and the ending times were 1,741.1 and 630.5 hours, a difference of 3.9 and 3.4 hours, respectively.

INDIANAPOLIS - One person was taken to the hospital with injuries after an incident with a small plane at Indianapolis International Airport Friday afternoon.

Airport officials said a small, single-engine aircraft came to a rest on airport property, and it was not on a runway.

It wasn't immediately clear if the plane had crashed or what circumstances led to the plane's resting position.

Two people were on board the plane, and one person was taken to the hospital, officials said.

Specific information about the person's injuries was not immediately available.

Airport officials said the incident did not affect airport operations.

The plane's tail number is registered to Aero Systems in Erie, Colorado.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 27, 2014)—One person was transported to the hospital after a  Cessna T207  plane crashed on the property of the Indianapolis International Airport Friday afternoon.

Airport officials said the 1976 Cessna T207 landed in a grassy area near High School Road around 12:20 p.m.

Two people were inside the plane at the time of the incident. One person was transported to Methodist Hospital and the other person declined treatment at the scene.

Officials said the pilot was conducting air operations and performing diagnostics before the incident.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the plane to crash.

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