Saturday, May 14, 2016

Globe GC-1B Swift, N78193: Accident occurred May 14, 2016 near Green Landings Airport (WV22), Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baltimore FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA184
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Hedgesville, WV
Aircraft: GLOBE GC 1B, registration: N78193
Injuries: 1 Serious, 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 14, 2016, at 1310 eastern daylight time, a Globe GC-1B, N78193, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain while attempting to depart from Green Landings Airport (WV22), Hedgesville, West Virginia. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated that he conducted a run up and taxied to the grass strip runway for takeoff. He said that the takeoff was uneventful and during climbout all engine indications appeared normal. When the airplane reached 100 feet above the ground, he said that it banked sharply to the left and he attempted to level the wings but was unsuccessful. The nose of the airplane pitched down and collided with the ground.

A witness reported that he watched the airplane perform a run up prior to takeoff. He noticed the runway windsock was indicating gusty winds and a slight quartering tailwind. As the airplane began its takeoff roll it drifted to the left of the centerline and rotated. The engine was at full power and the airplane was at a high pitch as it began climbing rapidly. The witness observed a rapid aileron input and the airplane "stalled."

Initial examination of the airplane by a West Virginia State Trooper revealed that it came to rest in the front yard of a residence. Both wings were buckled and the horizontal stabilizers were broken away from the empennage. The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for further examination.

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — The small plane that crash-landed in a Hedgesville-area front yard shortly after takeoff Saturday had just been purchased and was being flown to Florida, where the owner lives, West Virginia State Police said Sunday.

Pilot Jason Stickler and co-pilot John Broderick, both of Ormond Beach, Fla., were treated for minor injuries at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., and released, Trooper Conner said Sunday.

Conner said he did not know which man purchased the plane, but the pair were trying to fly it back to Florida on Saturday afternoon when the incident occurred.

Ormond Beach is along the east coast of Florida, north of Daytona Beach.

The Globe GC-1B aircraft crashed on departure from Green Landings Airport in the Hedgesville area on Saturday at 1:10 p.m., according to an email from Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred within view of the private airstrip's hangars.

West Virginia State Police Cpl. M.D. Gillmore said Saturday that it appeared the single-engine plane had some sort of mechanical failure.

Gillmore said the plane might have flipped two or three times before coming to rest in the front yard of a house at Chisholm Drive and Tinning Court, which is near Little Georgetown Road, near Spring Mills.
Police said the plane came to rest about 20 feet from the house, which is in the North Ridge subdivision.

The residents were home, but were not injured, police said.

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. --  A small plane crashed into a Hedgesville neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, but no one was seriously injured.

The accident happened at about 1:10 p.m. on the 200-block of Chisholm Drive, according to Berkeley County emergency dispatchers. The aircraft “veered a certain way,” they said, before landing in the front yard of a home.

The pilot and a passenger suffered minor injuries, and were both taken to Berkeley Medical Center for treatment. No one else was hurt, dispatchers said.

The incident happened just blocks away from Green Landings Private Residential Airpark.

In October of 2011, a Connecticut man was killed when his plane crashed into a home on Chisholm Drive. Harry Weber had constructed his aircraft himself, and took off from Green Landings Airpark. Witnesses said the plane got up to about 15 feet, and then took a dive.

West Virginia State Police is handling the investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has also been contacted for assistance.

Original article can be found here:

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Two men escaped serious injury when a small plane crash-landed in a yard shortly after taking off from a private airstrip Saturday afternoon.

"Thank the Lord, it didn't kill anybody or hit a house," said West Virginia State Police Cpl. M.D. Gillmore.

The single-engine aircraft took off from a private airstrip, Green Landings Private Residential Airpark. The airstrip's hangars are within view of the crash site, estimated by Gillmore to be about a half-mile away.

"It appears that it suffered from sort of mechanical failure," Gillmore said. "It looks like it may have flipped two or three times" before coming to rest in the front yard of a house at Chisolm Drive and Tinning Court off Little Georgetown Road, near Spring Mills, he said.

Police said the plane came to rest about 20 feet from the house, which is in the North Ridge subdivision.

It appeared that the aircraft dug into the ground, uprooting some shrubs before it stopped.

The male pilot and male co-pilot were taken to Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., for treatment of what were believed to be minor injuries, Gillmore said.

The residents of the house were home at the time. They were "pretty shaken up" but not injured, Gillmore said.

The investigation has been transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

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