Saturday, April 30, 2016

Aeronca 7BCM (L-16A), American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum, N7620B: Accident occurred April 30, 2016 in Tyrone, Fayette County, Georgia


NTSB Identification: ERA16LA172
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Tyrone, GA
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7BCM, registration: N7620B
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 April 30, 2016, about 1057 eastern daylight time, a Champion 7BCM, N7620B, was substantially damaged following a partial loss of engine power and forced landing at Tyrone, Georgia. The airline transport pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to a corporation and was operated by the Commemorative Air Force under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a revenue sightseeing flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight from Atlanta Regional Airport (FFC), Peachtree City, Georgia originated about 1040.

According to the pilot, the airplane was level at 3,000 feet above mean sea level when the engine began to lose power. The pilot selected carburetor heat and no improvement was observed; the engine speed remained at 2,000 rpm. Carburetor heat was then turned off. The magnetos were checked and there was no significant change in performance noted. Carburetor heat was re-applied with no improvement; the pilot left it on for the remainder of the flight. The airplane would not maintain altitude, so the pilot configured the airplane for a forced landing in a hay field. After touchdown, the airplane bogged down in high vegetation and nosed down, collapsing the main landing gear. The pilot and passenger exited the airplane and were assisted by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The airplane came to rest upright. Structural damage to the engine firewall and forward fuselage was evident. The main landing gear were collapsed under the airframe. The fuselage-mounted fuel tank contained fuel. A cursory visual examination of the engine revealed no evidence of a mechanical failure.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

A vintage World War II military observation plane crash-landed safely April 30 in a pasture off Ellison Road in north Fayette County. The pilot and passenger were uninjured in the crash.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Deputy Fire Chief Tom Bartlett said the single-engine plane came down in a pasture and gas line right-of-way on the 400-block of Ellison Road at approximately 11 a.m. with no injuries to the pilot and passenger.

Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing public information officer Col. Steve Forsyth said the plane was a 1947 Aeronca L16 military observation plane that had been refurbished in Peachtree City and had been flying for the past eight years.

The plane was flown by Dixie Wing member and pilot Truitt Harper, of Hiram, Forsyth said.

The passenger was Macon resident Clara Peters, who was at the Heritage Days event with a re-enactor, Forsyth said.

Bartlett said the pilot lost power and was in contact with Falcon Field, adding that he described the area he hoped to land.

Falcon Filed contacted Fayette 911 and the homeowner was contacted and relayed information about the exact location.  

Forsyth said the plane was one of several flying and giving rides to passengers at the CAF Dixie Wing World War II Heritage Days event held April 30. 

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