Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Loss of Control in Flight: Beech A36 Bonanza, N4314S; accident occurred December 22, 2015 near Deck Airport (9D4), Myerstown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 
Textron; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N4314S

Location: Myerstown, PA
Accident Number: ERA16LA077
Date & Time: 12/22/2015, 1735 EST
Registration: N4314S
Aircraft: BEECH A36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 4 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 22, 2015, about 1735 eastern standard time, a Beech A36, N4314S, was substantially damaged following a collision with terrain during climbout near Myerstown, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot and three passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions were reported at the airport about the time of the accident, and an instrument flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, after conducting his preflight inspection he prepared for departure. He noted that a "haze" started to fill around the airport but was not concerned with weather related issues. He conducted a pre-takeoff run up and everything checked out "ok." He taxied to the runway and started the takeoff roll; as the airplane reached take off speed he rotated, got airborne and reached over to raise the landing gear. He said that it "seemed" like he had a loss of engine power and when he checked the instrument panel, he noticed that the attitude indicator was on a 10 to 15 degree left bank. He immediately leveled the wings and kept the yoke "back" to continue the climb. However the airplane impacted the ground and "bounced" before coming to a stop.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the engine's bottom side sustained impact-related damage that displaced the induction system, fractured the oil sump, and damaged the engine nacelle, all of which precluded a test run. Besides the impact-related damage, no pre-accident anomalies were noted that would have prevented the engine from being able to produce full, rated power. The engine's fuel system components were removed from the aircraft for further examination and testing. The components were tested on production test stands using production specifications. Though the components did not meet production specifications throughout their entire test ranges, they were capable of performing their normal functions adequately and with any differences between the specifications. The observed values can be attributed to normal adjustments that are conducted in the field by maintenance personnel. No pre-accident anomalies were noted with any of the components that would have precluded their ability to perform normally. 

Pilot Information

Certificate:Commercial; Private
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/21/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/20/2015
Flight Time:  914 hours (Total, all aircraft), 133 hours (Total, this make and model), 144 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 43 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3.2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N4314S
Model/Series: A36 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: E-681
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/18/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 180 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4559.17 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Teledyne Continental
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-BB
Registered Owner: AB HOLDINGS LLC
Rated Power: 285 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: MUI, 4878 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1758 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 295°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Unknown
Visibility:  6 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 700 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 2 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; Light - In the Vicinity - Drizzle
Departure Point: Myerstown, PA (9D4)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Parkersburg, WV (PKB)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1730 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Deck Airport (9D4)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5233 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 1/19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3786 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 40.352222, -76.329722 (est)

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA077
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Myerstown, PA
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N4314S
Injuries: 4 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 December 22, 2015, about 1735 eastern standard time, a Beechcraft A36, N4314S, was substantially damaged following a collision with terrain during climbout near Myerstown, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot and three passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to AB Holdings LLC., and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions were reported at the airport about the time of the accident, and an instrument flight plan was filed for the flight to Parkersburg, West Virginia. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, after conducting his preflight he prepared for departure. He noted that a "haze" started to fill around the airport but was not concerned with weather related issues. He conducted a pre-takeoff run up and everything checked out "ok." He taxied to the runway and started the takeoff roll; as the airplane reached take off speed (around 85 knots) he rotated, got airborne and reached over to raise the landing gear. He said that it "seemed" like he had a loss of engine power and when he checked the instrument panel, he noticed that the attitude indicator was on a 10 to 15 degree left bank. He immediately leveled the wings and kept the yoke "back" to continue the climb. However the airplane impacted the ground and "bounced" before coming to a stop.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the underside of the engine cowling and fuselage was crushed. The airplane was recovered and retained for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Harrisburg FSDO-13



Gary Deck Sr., manager of Deck Airport.















(Myerstown) -- Four men bound for Illinois were injured when their single-engine aircraft crashed on take off in heavy fog at Deck Airport Tuesday night.

Gary Deck Sr., manager of the airport and son of owner Clyde Deck, said the plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, appeared to be in trouble from the start, managing to climb 200 to 300 feet before coming down in a farmer's field several hundred yards east of the runway.

"They really veered off," he said.

When he got to the scene of the crash, which occurred about 5:30 p.m., one man was spread out on a wing, another was laying in a field and two others were in their seats inside the plane, including the pilot, Deck said. The men had been in the area on business and were flying to southern Illinois with a scheduled stop in West Virginia for refueling.

"They weren't in great shape. I wanted to help them but I had to stay on (the phone) with 911," said Deck, who said he was the first on the scene of the crash.


Gary Deck Sr., manager of Deck Airport in Jackson Township, explains how a single-engine plane crashed on take off Tuesday night, injuring the four men inside it. 


Because of the foggy conditions, Deck said he asked the pilot before taking off he felt confident to fly and was told yes. However, he noticed the pilot had his landing lights on when he took off, which may speak to inexperience with flying in fog.

"That's the worse thing you can do because of all the glare," he said.

State police troopers from the Lickdale station were at the scene, as where crews from Prescott, Goodwill and Keystone Hook & Ladder fire companies. Area fire police also played a critical role guiding emergency equipment into the scene and traffic passed the airport located at S. Ramona Road in Jackson Township.

Access to the crash down a muddy path was difficult for heavy equipment, so ATV Gators were used to transport the victims to waiting ambulances from First Aid & Safety Patrol, Schaefferstown and Myerstown EMS, which took them to area hospitals.

The condition of the men was not available Tuesday night.

One woman who lives on a neighboring farm and declined to give her name, said her father heard the crash and described it to her.

"He said he heard it revving for takeoff like the always do. Then heard it flying and sputtering overhead and then he heard a loud boom," the woman said.

Deck said there was no flame or explosion. The hood of the engine was ripped off and the doors and windows of the fuselage where open on the plane which rested on its belly in the field.

Deck said that he has been in touch with Federal Aviation Administration officials who planned to send someone to investigate the crash on Wednesday. The area around the badly damage plane was secured with police tape.


Fire fighters place police tape around a single engine plane that crashed at Deck Airport Tuesday night to secure the area for investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration who are expected to arrive on Wednesday. 


Below is an earlier version of this story:

(Myerstown) -- An airplane taking off from Deck Airport in Jackson Township, Lebanon County, crashed this evening, while taking off in heavy fog.

According to the state police, there were four people in the plane.

All were conscious and taken to the hospital.

The extent of the injuries was not available at this time.

According to the state police, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been contacted, and they are expected to begin an investigation tomorrow.

Source:  http://www.witf.org

JACKSON TWP., Pa. - A small plane with four men aboard crashed in dense fog near the border between Berks and Lebanon counties Tuesday.

The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. after the plane took off from the Deck Airport in Jackson Township, Lebanon County, near Myerstown.

 A father, his two sons and the pilot were on board the plane when it went down, according to Pennsylvania State Police troopers with Reading-based Troop L.

The wings of the dented plane were covered with mud and grass, and the nose was damaged. 

Friends of at least three of the plane's occupants who visited the crash site told 69 News that the father is a pastor, and he and his three sons were in Pennsylvania for business.

They said the trio was headed back home to southwest Illinois. 

Trooper David Beohm, a Pennsylvania State Police public information officer, said all four men suffered "moderate injuries."

One of them was transported to Reading Hospital; the other three went to Hershey Medical Center. 

According to Beohm, troopers were securing the scene until officials with the Federal Aviation Administration could get there to begin their investigation. The FAA was expected to arrive on scene Wednesday morning.

Story and video: http://www.wfmz.com



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful professional photography!

Anonymous said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery - Eugene and his two sons Jon and Josh and their pilot.