FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA West Columbia FSDO-13
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA148
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 06, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, SC
Aircraft: FLIGHT DESIGN CTSW, registration: N466CT
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 6, 2016, about 1611 eastern daylight time, a Flight Design Gmbh CTSW, N466CT, was substantially damaged following a total loss of engine power and forced landing at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The sport pilot and one passenger were not injured. The light sport airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight from Oak Island to Hilton Head Airport (HXD) originated about 1400.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the aircraft was about 9 miles north of HXD and the pilot was instructed to report midfield downwind. The pilot subsequently reported that his engine was "out" and performed a forced landing on a golf course, about 2 miles north-northwest of HXD.
An inspector with the FAA responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The airplane struck trees and came to rest upright. Structural damage to the composite wings was evident. The wing fuel tanks contained fuel. A cursory visual examination of the engine revealed no evidence of a mechanical failure.
The wreckage was retained for further examination.
The pilot of a single-engine airplane who made an emergency landing on a Hilton Head Plantation golf course Wednesday reported engine trouble before the plane touched down.
Dominick Bonanno, of Hilton Head, was flying the aircraft with a passenger on a trip from Cape Fear, N.C., when the engine stopped over Port Royal Sound, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.
Bonanno told a deputy he advised Hilton Head Airport about the failure and that he was making an emergency landing, the report said.
Instead of landing in the Port Royal Sound area, Bonanno piloted the plane to the 11th fairway of Dolphin Head golf course in Hilton Head Plantation.
Bonanno said once he landed, he struck a tree, causing damage to the front pilot-side wing and to the front landing wheel, the report said.
Neither Bonanno or his passenger were injured.
Attempts to contact Bonanno Thursday for comment were unsuccessful.
The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.
FAA Communications spokesperson Kathleen Bergen called the incident a “mechanical problem” Thursday and said the investigation could take up to several weeks to determine the need for an emergency landing.
Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com
No injuries were reported after a small, single-engine airplane crash landed on the Hilton Head Plantation golf course Wednesday afternoon.
According to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release, the pilot and passenger were coming back to the island after a trip and were forced to make an emergency landing on the 11th fairway of Dolphin Head Golf Course.
The airplane sustained damage, but there were no injuries reported, according to the release. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been notified and will be investigating the cause of the crash.
Original article can be found here: http://www.blufftontoday.com
BEAUFORT, S.C. (WJCL) -- Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, a small, single engine prop airplane crash landed on the 11th fairway of Dolphin Head golf course in Hilton Head Plantation.
The pilot and passenger were coming back to Hilton Head Island after a trip when forced to make an emergency landing.
The airplane sustained damage, but there were no injuries reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been notified and it is anticipated they will be assuming the investigation into the cause of the crash.