NTSB Identification: ERA16LA173
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Calverton, NY
Aircraft: UNIVERSAL STINSON 108, registration: N8660K
Injuries: 1 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, at 1000 eastern daylight time, a Universal Stinson 108, N8660K, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion while landing at the Calverton Executive Airpark (3C8), Calverton, New York. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that that was conducted under the provisions of Title14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Lufker Airport (49N), East Moriches, New York at 0930, destined for Westmoreland Airport (49NY), Shelter Island, New York.
The pilot stated that during climbout at an altitude of about 1,200 feet mean sea level, the engine began to "miss" as though it had a "partially fouled spark plug." He decided to perform a precautionary landing at 3C8 and attempt to remedy the problem on the ground. During the rollout after landing, a wind gust lifted the right wing and the airplane ground looped and came to rest in the grass on the left side of runway 32.
Brookhaven Airport (HWV), Shirley, New York, was located about 7 miles southwest of the accident site. At 0956 the reported weather at HWV included wind variable at 5 knots, clear skies, with 10 statute miles of visibility.
An examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the left wing strut was bent, the left main landing gear was folded under the fuselage, the left wing tip was damaged, and the fuselage floor structure sustained substantial damage.
The pilot indicated that the engine had performed similarly on previous occasions, and he was able to correct it by performing an engine run-up. The airplane was fueled with automotive gasoline, for which it was approved; however, the applicable supplemental type certificate specifications did not permit the use of automotive fuel containing ethanol. The FAA inspector reported that the pilot had been purchasing automotive fuel that contained ethanol, and employed a "water shake" method in an attempt to remove the ethanol from the fuel before transferring it to the airplane fuel tanks.
No one was injured in the crash, which happened at the Luminati Aerospace facility shortly before 4 p.m., Riverhead Town police said.
Police got a call from the company reporting an “unauthorized” aircraft had landed on their runway, and “may have crashed,” police said in a news release.
Responding officers learned that the 71-year-old owner and pilot of the 1947 Stinson 108 aircraft, Daniel Charnews of Centerport, came in for a landing at the company after his plane experienced “motor issues” in the air, police said.
After he landed, a crosswind caused Charnews to lose control of the aircraft as he taxied on the runway, police said. The plane ended up in a grassy field along the runway, coming to rest on its left wing, police said.
No injuries were reported.
Riverhead police detectives visited the scene, as did representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, police said. The FAA, which is investigating the incident, released the plane to Charnews, police said.
Neither Charnews nor the FAA could immediately be reached for comment Saturday night.
Luminati is an aerospace technology company focusing on research, development, testing, and manufacturing of next-generation solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicles at the Calverton air base, according to the company’s website.
Anyone with information on Saturday’s incident is asked to call Riverhead police at 631-727-4500.
Original article can be found here: http://www.newsday.com
No injuries were reported.
Police received a call at 3:53 p.m. from Luminati Aerospace — which purchased Skydive Long Island last year — about an unauthorized aircraft on the runway that may have crashed, police said. Police found the owner of the single fixed-wing plane, Daniel Charnews, 71, of Centerport, who said he lost control of the aircraft on the runway from the crosswind. The aircraft, a 1947 Stinson 108, ended up leaning on one wing.
The Riverhead Detective Division was notified as well as the FAA, which released the aircraft to the owner. An investigation by the FAA is ongoing, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 727-4500.
Luminati plans to develop unmanned aerial vehicles at the former Grumman site in Calverton for an undisclosed Fortune 250 company.
Original article can be found here: http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com