Friday, February 12, 2016

Cessna 152, FoxField Aviation, N47259: Accident occurred February 12, 2016 at Brookhaven Airport (KHWV), Shirley, Suffolk County, New York

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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Farmingdale FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA124
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 12, 2016 in Shirley, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N47259
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 that on his second landing he felt a "small" impact just before touchdown, and then the airplane pitched down and skidded to a stop. 

The pilot further reported that after the airplane came to a stop, he observed smoke coming from the lower left side of the cowling just forward of the firewall. 

As a result of the post-impact fire that ensued, the airplane was destroyed.

The pilot reported that he observed evidence of where the airplane's nose wheel impacted a snow berm located on the approach to the runway. He estimated that the snow berm was about five feet high and about twenty feet wide.

The airport manager reported that about four inches of snow accumulated on the ground prior to the accident, but that almost all of the snow had been plowed from the runway. He further reported that the accident airplanes nose gear impacted a snow berm that was about 10 feet off the end of the runway, and about 28 inches high. 

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance while landing, which resulted in a collision with a snow berm, nose gear collapse, and postimpact fire.

A small, private single-engine plane was significantly damaged by a fire that started after it touched down Friday morning at Brookhaven Calabro Airport in Shirley, officials said.

A spokesman for the Town of Brookhaven, which operates the airport, said the plane, a two-seat Cessna 152, had just landed and was “taxiing down the runway” when the engine caught fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration said its initial characterization of the incident was a crash-landing.

The incident was reported in a 911 call at 10:12 a.m.

The FAA and Suffolk County police said there were two people aboard the plane, which had earlier departed from Long Island MacArthur Airport. Neither person was injured.

Town spokesman Jack Krieger said indications are the pilot was scheduled to fly from MacArthur to Calabro.

Krieger said Calabro Airport had been closed as a result of the incident.

It was not immediately clear how long the airport would be closed.

Photos from the scene showed the high-wing Cessna off to one side of the runway, its wing collapsed and the cockpit section of the plane virtually destroyed.

Fire officials said that, in addition to Suffolk police, firefighters from the Mastic Fire Department responded.

The FAA said it would investigate the incident.


SHIRLEY, New York – A small plane with two people aboard crashed at Brookhaven Airport Friday, bursting into flames after the occupants managed to escape. 

The plane ignited after the pilot landed the aircraft on the northern end of the runway around 10:12 a.m., according to officials.

The pilot and the passenger of the Cessna 152, two men who haven't been identified, ran from the plane and weren't hurt.

Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating. 


SHIRLEY - Police say a plane crashed this morning at Brookhaven Airport in Shirley.

According to police, two people were on board the single engine Cessna C-152 plane.

The plane took off from MacArthur and was heading to Brookhaven when it crashed there around 10:20 a.m.

Police say both people got out of the plane unharmed before it went up in flames.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash.

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