Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pipistrel Alpha, N10PU: Accident occurred July 15, 2014 in Pompano Beach, Florida

NTSB Identification: ERA14LA355
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Pompano Beach, FL
Aircraft: PIPISTREL LSA S R L ALPHA TRAINER, registration: N10PU
Injuries: 2 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 July 15, 2014, about 2115 eastern daylight time, a Pipistrel ALPHA Trainer, N10PU, was substantially damaged during a forced landing while approaching Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP), Pompano Beach, Florida. The commercial pilot and the passenger were not injured. There was no flight plan for the local flight, which originated at Antiquers Aerodrome (FD08), Delray Beach, Florida. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, during the preflight inspection, he determined the airplane to have 45% of its fuel capacity, or 5.7 of 12.7 usable gallons. He determined the amount by viewing the indicators on the panel and by "dipping" the tank and noting the fuel level to be just below the half-way mark on the dip stick. No water or grit was found in the fuel.

The pilot also noted that the flight was to be 1 hour in duration, and per performance criteria of the airplane, should have consumed 3.6 gallons.

He further noted that after takeoff, he flew southbound at an altitude of 500 to 600 feet to South Beach, after which, he turned the airplane northbound to return to FD08. During the northbound trek, the pilot called Boca Raton Tower and received approval for direct routing to FD08. The pilot initiated a climb to FD08 pattern altitude, turned toward the airport, and the engine "abruptly stopped." He then turned the airplane toward PMP, advised Boca Raton Tower that he would be landing at PMP, and attempted an engine restart without success.

The pilot then gradually descended the airplane from 600 feet, making "deliberate" shallow turns to align the airplane for landing on runway 28. The runway was in sight when the airplane's left wing impacted a tree between the Pompano Golf Course and the airport perimeter fence. The airplane yawed left, impacted the fence, and came to rest on the fence. Time logged on the cockpit GPS was 0.9 hours from FD08 to PMP.

According to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, he found no fuel in the tanks or lines, and no evidence of fuel leakage.

Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

SECOND WIND AIRCRAFT SERVICES INC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N10PU

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash of a small plane at Pompano Air Park. 

Preliminary information indicated the single-engine Alpha Trainer aircraft lost power, hit some trees, took out a perimeter fence and crashed short of Runway 28 at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.

Two people on board were uninjured, she said. Their identities have not been released.

The plane is owned by Second Wind Aircraft Service Inc. in Delray Beach, FAA records show.

Source:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com


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