FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA193
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 23, 2016 in Melrose, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N952SA
Injuries: 1 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 23, 2016, at 1600 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N952SA, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power while maneuvering near Melrose, Florida. The private pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Ormond Beach Municipal Airport (OMN), Ormond Beach, Florida, at about 1500, destined for the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida.
According to the pilot, he began a descent from 4,500 feet mean sea level (msl) to 1,100 feet msl, about 13 nautical miles east of GNV. He indicated that he followed the descent checklist to include enrichening the mixture, applying the carburetor heat, and reducing the power to 1,500 rpm. As he leveled off at 1,100 msl, the engine shutdown without warning. The pilot then prepared for an approach to a nearby field, and attempted to restart the engine, but was unsuccessful. He did not recall any further details about the landing.
The airplane subsequently came to rest upright in swampy terrain and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and nose section. The empennage was fractured and partially separated aft of the cabin area.
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site, but was unable to examine the wreckage due to the terrain surrounding the site.
The wreckage was retained for examination at a later date pending recovery from the accident site.
State Highway Patrol authorities said Abdulaziz Qoutah, 20, was piloting the 1977 Cessna when he crashed on property owned by the University of Florida.
According to a UF website, the property is part of 9,100-acre ecological research study.
The dense forest and prairie habitat proved difficult for rescuers who had to use all terrain vehicles in certain areas and eventually walk to the crash site to reach Qoutah.
It took rescuers more than two hours to locate Qoutah. They then carried him to a pickup truck, which drove to an ambulance waiting on the university’s property.
The ambulance took Qoutah to Swan Lake campground, where a medical helicopter flew him to a Gainesville hospital.
Authorities said Qoutah does not have Florida identification, but lives in Volusia County.
The plane is registered to Sunrise Aviation Inc., which operates a flight school in Ormond Beach.
A post on Sunrise Aviation’s website congratulated Qoutah on successfully completing his private pilot license May 17. The website said Qoutah is from Saudi Arabia.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joe Wells said Qoutah reported the crash and gave GPS coordinates to his location.
Wells said Qoutah told dispatchers he left Ormond Beach and was traveling to Gainesville when he lost control of the aircraft.
Authorities said Qoutah was considered a trauma alert, but was in stable condition.
Original article can be found here: http://www.palatkadailynews.com
May 17th, 2016: Abdulaziz Qoutah is congratulated by CFI Jessica Rolfe after successfully completing his Private Pilot License (PPL) in N6469P (C152)
Abdulaziz Qoutah – Saudi Arabia: http://flysunrise.com
Twenty year old Abdulaziz Qoutrah was flying from Ormond Beach to Gainesville when he began to experience engine troubles.
His 1977 Cessna 152 crashed in a heavily wooded and marshy area near State Road 25 and Shiloh Road in Melrose.
Qoutrah suffered a head injury in the crash and was extricated from the plane.
An emergency helicopter was unable to reach him because of his remote location.
Crews on 4-wheelers brought him to the emergency helicopter on a stretcher and he was flown to UF Health Gainesville with serious injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol crash report said Qoutrah lives in Daytona Beach. No one else was on the plane, according to officials.
FHP and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.
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MELROSE, Fla. - A pilot was taken to the hospital after a plane crash-landed Monday afternoon in Putnam County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Troopers identified the pilot as Abdulaziz Fawzi Qoutrah, 20, of Daytona Beach.
The crash was reported just before 5 p.m. in the wooded marsh area near State Road 26 and Swan Lake Drive, next to a camp site called Swan Lake.
"My kids and I were down by our lakeside, just swimming and having a good time. And we were just watching the helicopters and airplanes just circling and circling in for a good hour or so," said Jessica Hankins, who witnessed the crash.
The pilot was flying from Ormond Beach to Gainesville when the 1977 Cessna Model 152 fixed-wing airplane experienced engine troubles and crashed, investigators said.
The pilot complained about leg injuries, according to FHP. Putnam County Fire Rescue said the man was bleeding from his head and was disoriented.
He was airlifted to UF Health in Gainesville with serious injuries, the incident report said.
"It's sad because we're all really close out here and local and we all know each other and to know something went down," Hankins said. "Eventually we'll find out who but it's going to be sad to hear, hopefully they're OK."
Ed Booth, News4Jax aviation expert, said this is a common route for beginner pilots.
"This is typical of a student cross-county mission, which is one of the early learning phases of someone obtaining a private pilot or commercial certificate," Booth said. "From what we know now, the aircraft engines quit, (there could be) a number of reasons for that -- running out of fuel, mismanaging fuel or it could be a mechanical failure."
Steven Cichowsi described Melrose as a strong aviation town. He said it's not surprising to see planes overheard, but the whole community became concerned when the plane crashed Monday.
"You got Melrose landing right here through the woods right there. It's private and people live there and they have their airplanes and houses and they're always over, little experimental airplanes, all kinds of them, flying over," Cichowsi said.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting an investigation.
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Abdulaziz Fawzi Qoutrah, 20, of Daytona Beach, was flying a 1977 Model 152 fixed-wing airplane from Ormond Beach to Gainesville when the plane suffered an engine failure, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Qoutrah crashed his plane into in a heavily wooded, marshy area just south of State Road 26 and west of State Road 100 near the west edge of Putnam County.
Putnam County Fire Rescue reportedly found the plane and and got him out of the wreckage of the plane before having him airlifted to UF Health in Gainesville with serious injuries.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing and being worked jointly between FHP and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Story and video: http://www.firstcoastnews.com
Authorities say a man has been rescued after the small plane he was flying crashed in North Florida.
Officials tell news outlets that 20-year-old Abdulaziz Qoutrah of Daytona Beach was flying from Ormond Beach to Gainesville on Monday afternoon. His 1977 Cessna 152 aircraft experienced engine troubles and crashed in a heavily wooded and marshy area in Melrose, which is roughly 60 miles south of Jacksonville.
Qoutrah was extricated from the plane and airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. Officials say no one else was on the plane.
The Florida Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.