Friday, May 27, 2016

Aeronca 7AC Champion, N2675E: Accident occurred May 27, 2016 at Pine Mountain Lake Airport (E45), Groveland, Tuolumne County, California

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fresno FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA311
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 27, 2016 in Groveland, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CHAMPION AERONCA 7AC, registration: N2675E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, a "strong gust" of wind lifted the left wing and the airplane veered off the runway to the right. During the runway excursion, the airplane impacted a concrete barrier wall in the ramp area. The firewall sustained substantial damage.

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

The nearest automated weather observing station 15 nautical miles away from accident airport, about the time of the accident, reported the wind at 210 degrees true at 4 knots. The airplane landed on a 270 degrees magnetic heading.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and a collision with a concrete barrier wall.

Pine Mountain Lake, CA — Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputies are on the scene of a crash landing that left a woman pilot injured.

The crash happened just before 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Pine Mountain Lake Airport in Groveland. 

Sgt. Andrea Benson states the Aeronca 7AC Champion was attempting to land when the aircraft swerved off the runway.

The plane then smashed into a wall at the fuel depot. Luckily, there was no damage or rupture of the fuel tanks, according to Sgt. Benson.

The pilot, 61-year-old Charleen Beam from Groveland, suffered an ankle injury and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for evaluation.  

Sgt. Benson notes that Beam told deputies that “heavy crosswinds caused the aircraft to veer off the runway.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the downed plane and will be investigating the accident.

This is the second plane crash at the airport in a month, as previously reported on May 10 a Beech B24R Sierra crashed just after takeoff. The pilot and passenger were not injured in that crash but one did have a cut to his hand.

Original article can be found here:

Groveland, CA  --   Around 1:28 P.M., a plane crash at the PML Airport in Groveland was reported to the Sheriff’s Office. 

It appears that while making a landing, the plane veered off the runway and crashed into the wall at the fuel depot. 

Fire, ambulance, and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the crash site. 

The fuel tanks were not ruptured or damaged. 

Charleen Beam a 61 year old female from Groveland was reported to have an ankle injury and is enroute to the hospital for evaluation.

The plane is a Aeronca 7AC Champion registered out of Groveland.

The crash was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board who will be investigating the accident.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently at the site and we will be providing an update as more information becomes available.

Original article can be found here:

Beech B24R Sierra, N2052L: Accident occurred May 10, 2016 at & Pine Mountain Lake Airport (E45), Groveland, Tuolumne County, California

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Fresno FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA105
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Groveland, CA
Aircraft: BEECH B24R, registration: N2052L
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 May 10, 2016, about 1215 Pacific daylight time, a Beech B24R Sierra, N2052L, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during an attempted departure from Pine Mountain Lake airport (E45), Groveland, California. The pilot and the passenger/owner received minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The passenger, who was a student pilot, recently purchased the airplane in an estate sale. Both the pilot and owner lived in Mississippi, and had traveled to E45 to retrieve the airplane, and fly it back to Mississippi. The airplane was domiciled at E45, and reportedly had not been maintained, operated, or flown in at least 5 years, and possibly 10 or more. The airplane's most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration expired in 2011. Subsequent to the purchase, the owner contracted with a mechanic at E45 to conduct maintenance on it, in preparation for the flight to Mississippi.

The day prior to the accident, both fuel tanks were filled, and the pilot and owner took the airplane for its first flight after its dormancy. The airplane departed on runway 27, and flew one circuit in the pattern, as planned. That flight was uneventful. The next day, they planned to again fly the airplane, this time departing the area for some systems evaluations before returning to E45. This takeoff attempt, which terminated in the accident, was conducted on runway 9. The pilot reported that the first part of the takeoff roll and liftoff "appeared normal but during or at gear retraction the aircraft started losing power." He stated with about 1,000 feet of runway remaining, the engine "was not producing enough power to climb or accelerate," and that it was apparent the airplane not going to clear the trees beyond the runway end. The pilot focused on attempting to climb, while simultaneously avoiding a stall. 

The airplane struck trees and a utility pole, and then thick underbrush and the ground. The airplane came to rest about 1,800 feet beyond the end of the runway, at a point slightly north of the extended runway centerline. The fracture-separated outboard right wing was located adjacent to the utility pole, and the engine had separated from the fuselage. The fuselage was slightly crumpled and otherwise deformed, but the cabin retained its normal occupiable volume. There was no fire.

The pilot reported that for both flights, he was seated in the left seat, and was the sole manipulator of the controls. He held an airline transport pilot certificate, and reported about 22,800 total hours of flight experience, including about 4,310 hours in single engine airplanes. Prior to his flight in the airplane the day before the accident, the pilot had no experience in the accident airplane make and model. His most recent flight review was completed in May 2015, and his most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in January 2015.

FAA information indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1976, and was equipped with a Lycoming IO-360 series engine.

E45 was equipped with a single paved runway, designated 9/27, which measured 3,624 by 50 feet. The airport elevation was listed in the FAA database as 2,932 feet. Runway 9 threshold elevation was 2,895 ft, and runway 27 threshold elevation was 2,932 ft.

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