Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cessna 152, N952SA: Accident occurred May 23, 2016 in Melrose, Putnam County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Melrose, FL
Accident Number: ERA16LA193
Date & Time: 05/23/2016, 1600 EDT
Registration: N952SA
Aircraft: CESSNA 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 23, 2016, at 1600 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N952SA, operated by Sunrise Aviation, 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, 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 shut down 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 operator was self-insured and recovered the wreckage back to a hangar at OMN. The operator stated that during recovery, no fuel was in one fuel tank, he couldn't tell if any fuel was in the other fuel tank, and there was no odor of fuel at the accident site. The wreckage was examined after recovery by a National Transportation Safety Board investigator. Both fuel tanks remained intact and were absent of fuel. Additionally, no fuel was found in the carburetor. Continuity of the crankshaft, camshaft, valve train, and continuity to the rear accessory section on the engine was confirmed through rotation of the propeller. Thumb compression was attained on all cylinders.

When asked about fueling, the operator stated that the airplane was last fueled on May 11, 2016 and hadn't flown until the accident flight. The operator added that the airplane had only flown once during May 2016 (the accident flight) and he produced an airplane flight log sheet for the month, which only listed the accident flight on it. However, review of fueling records for May 10 and 11, 2016, revealed that the accident airplane was fueled three times on May 10, 2016 and two times on May 11, 2016. Additionally, the pilot and the operator did not report how much fuel was onboard the accident airplane at the beginning of the accident flight. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 20, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/29/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  116 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N952SA
Model/Series: 152 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 15280667
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/17/2016, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1676 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 1 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9300.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Rated Power: 115 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K42J, 197 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1555 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 335°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ORMOND BEACH, FL (OMN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: GAINESVILLE, FL (GNV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.718333, -81.980556 (est)

MELROSE  — A 20-year-old living in Volusia County crashed a plane into a densely wooded area near Swan Lake Monday afternoon.

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

Sky Action News Jax footage shows a pilot laying on the wing of a small aircraft as he waited for crews to rescue him after crash landing in a remote marsh in Putnam County. 

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.

Story and video:  http://www.actionnewsjax.com

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. 

Story and video:  http://www.news4jax.com

MELROSE, Fla.—A young pilot was seriously injured in a small plane crash in Melrose Monday evening, authorities said.

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.

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