Sunday, April 03, 2016

Piper PA-32R-300 Lance, N544DG, Lance N38544 LLC: Accident occurred September 03, 2017 at Merritt Island Airport (KCOI), Brevard County, Florida -and- Incident occurred April 03, 2016 at Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Lance N38544 LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA311 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 03, 2017 in Merritt Island, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA32R, registration: N544DG
Injuries: 4 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 September 3, 2017, about 0908 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-300, N544DG, operated by the private pilot, was substantially damaged when it collided with water during takeoff at Merritt Island Airport (KCOF), Merritt Island, Florida. The private pilot and three passengers were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the planned flight to Marsh Harbour International Airport (MYAM), Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.

The pilot reported that prior to the flight, he fueled the airplane to a total of 80 gallons of 100-low-lead aviation gasoline. He then completed a preflight inspection of the airplane and engine run-up prior to takeoff, with no anomalies noted. The pilot added that although the automated surface observation system reported the wind from 350° at 5 knots, the wind was light and variable at the time of the accident. Additionally, an airplane was in the airport traffic pattern and using runway 11, so the pilot elected to depart in that direction. The pilot further stated that he extended the flaps "two notches" and rotated the airplane at 80 knots, about two-thirds down the 3,601-foot asphalt runway.

The pilot also reported that as the airplane climbed above 20 ft, it experienced a decrease of engine power prior to the landing gear being retracted. The airplane was unable to climb without entering a stall. It then drifted left of runway heading and landed in shallow water about 1,000 ft from the departure end of the runway.

The recorded weather at an airport located about 8 miles southeast of the accident site, at 0853, was: wind from 330° at 6 knots; visibility 10 miles; few clouds at 6,500 ft; temperature 26° C; dew point 24° C; altimeter 30.09 inches of mercury.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

An aircraft left the runway and went into the water near Merritt Island Airport, Brevard County Fire Rescue said Sunday.

The four people who were inside the aircraft escaped without injury. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene just after the crash took place at approximately 9:30 a.m. 

Christopher Serrano was able to see the crash from where he was fishing near the Veterans Memorial Center park in Merritt Island. 

"I seen the plane coming close into the water not too fast. Looked like it might have been landing in the water — that's what I thought it was," Serrano said. "Came in closer to the water, went up a little bit, came back down." 

Serrano said it wasn't a hard hit; he initially assumed it had been an intentional landing until a sheriff's deputy asked him if he'd witnessed the crash. 

"I seen a lot of police cars and a lot of ambulances," Serrano said. "Just a lot of commotion, a lot of traffic." 

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MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. —  A small plane went into the water after trying to take off from the Merritt Island Airport Sunday morning. Brevard County Fire Rescue said four people were aboard, and all escaped injury.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, and said the accident occurred when the Piper PA-32 tried to take off at 9 a.m. The plane went into the water where the runway ends. The FAA said three people were on the plane.

Sunday afternoon, the partially-submerged aircraft was still in the Banana River, awaiting the arrival of investigators, and a salvage firm to pull the plane from the water.

FAA records show the plane is owned by a corporation based in a single family home on Merritt Island.

Original article can be found here ➤

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miami, Florida

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed. 

Date: 03-APR-16
Time: 20:49:00Z
Regis#: N544DG
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Florida

On Sunday evening just before 5:00 p.m., a 1977 Piper Lance airplane was making a landing at the Albert Whitted Airport. 

After the plane had landed and was in the process of slowing down, the landing gear on the right side of the plane collapsed. 

There were a total of five passengers on the plane including the pilot.

No one was injured nor did they accept any type of medical treatment.

The St. Petersburg Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after the incident. The airplane has minor damage.

Albert Whitted Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located at 107 8th Ave. SE in St. Petersburg.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.

Original article can be found here:

SAINT PETERSBURG (WFLA) – A plane landing in St. Petersburg experienced a landing gear collapse on Sunday.

The plane was carrying five people while slowing down after landing at Albert Whitted Airport at 4:51 p.m. when the landing gear on the plane’s right side collapsed.

No one on board was injured, and all passengers refused medical treatment, while the plane sustained only minor damage.

The FAA has been notified of the incident.

Original article can be found here:

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A hard landing of a 1977 Piper Lance at Albert Whitted Airport Sunday afternoon is under investigation.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, the plane was attempting to land on runway No. 18 just before 5 p.m. when its landing gear collapsed. 

Five people were on board at the time, including the pilot. 

No injuries were reported.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue also responded. 

Police, however, said all people on the plane refused medical treatment of any kind.

The plane only suffered minor damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident, the police department said.

No further information is available at this time.

Albert Whitted Airport is a city-owned facility located at 107 8th Ave. S.E.

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