Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Legend Texas Cub, N235EC: Incident occurred September 16, 2014 at Myricks Airport (1M8), Berkley, Massachusetts

MURRAY RANDALL: http://registry.faa.gov/N235EC  

BERKLEY (CBS) – One person was hospitalized after a small plane crash near an airport in Berkley on Tuesday morning. 

At about 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday a plane was reported down near the tree line just off the runway of Myricks Airport in Berkley.

Firefighters were on scene as one person was taken by ambulance following the incident, though no flames or smoke were visible in the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday afternoon that an amateur-built plane lost control while landing on a grass strip at Myricks Airport.

According to the FAA registry, Murray Randall of Berkley owns the plane, which was a fixed wing single-engine plane manufactured in 2011.

The injured pilot was the only person on board the plane when it crashed.

Records show this is the third incident at Myricks Airport involving Randall, who owns the airport. In 2004 Randall was forced to land a plane despite problems with his landing gear that caused one wheel to malfunction.

In October 2011 Randall was seriously injured when his plane crashed into some trees. Randall was hospitalized, and investigators said at the time they believed either glare from the sun or tricky winds caused the botched landing.

No details are currently available about the cause of Tuesday’s crash.

- Source:  http://boston.cbslocal.com



NTSB Identification: ERA12CA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 17, 2011 in Berkley, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/16/2012
Aircraft: American Champion Aircraft 7AC, registration: N3662E
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

The pilot reported encountering solar glare during landing on runway 27. The airplane impacted a tree on the right edge of the approach end of the runway, then impacted the ground and came to rest inverted about 140 feet from the tree. The airplane sustained damage to the engine firewall, fuselage, and right wing. A postaccident examination of the airplane found no evidence of mechanical malfunction or anomalies. According to U.S. Naval Observatory data for the day of the accident, sunset occurred at 1800, about 45 minutes after the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot did not maintain clearance from a tree during the final approach in solar glare conditions.

NTSB Identification: NYC04LA109.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Accident occurred Monday, April 19, 2004 in Berkley, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/28/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-150, registration: N9862D
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

Several witnesses observed the airplane as it was attempting to land on a turf runway, and recalled that it was higher and faster than normal. The witnesses then observed the airplane strike a tree, and descend to the ground. Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane struck a 50-foot high tree located about 445 feet prior to the runway threshold. According to an FAA Airport Facilities Directory, the runway was a 2,466-foot long, 50-foot wide turf runway, and had a 756 foot displaced threshold, marked with lime. The directory also mentioned trees were located at the approach end of the runway. Examination of the runway revealed large patches of brown grass and tire marks were observed about 10 feet beyond the beginning of the runway surface. No markings were observed identifying a displaced threshold. The pilot was also the owner and manager of the airport. The winds reported at an airport located about 3 miles north of the accident site, about the time of the accident, were from 200 degrees at 13 knots, gusting to 19 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's misjudgment of altitude/distance and his failure to maintain adequate clearance from trees while landing. Factors related to the accident were the lack runway displaced threshold markings, the trees located at the end of the runway, and the gusting wind conditions.

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