Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N3506M: Accident occurred May 11, 2016 near Simsbury Airport (4B9), Hartford County, Connecticut

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Windsor Locks FSDO-63

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA232
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Simsbury, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 12, registration: N3506M
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that his approach to landing was faster than normal. He further reported that after the airplane bounced on touchdown he elected to abort the landing, but reported that it was too late because the airplane was at the end of the runway and impacted a fence, and nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 4 miles to the east, revealed that, about 20 minutes after the accident the wind was 180 degrees true at 11 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, and sky clear. The airplane landed on runway 03. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has published the Advisory Circular (AC) 91-79A. This AC discusses the effect of a tailwind on landing distance and states in part: The effect of a tailwind on landing distance is significant and is a factor in determining the landing distance required. Given the airplane will land at a particular airspeed, independent of the wind, the principal effect of a tailwind on operational landing distance is the change in the ground speed at which the airplane touches down.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to attain the proper touchdown point and the airplane's subsequent impact with a fence during an attempted aborted landing.

EAST GRANBY— A father and son were not injured when a small private airplane crashed Wednesday night not far from the runway at the Simsbury Airport as it prepared to land, fire officials said.

The two, Ralph Jones and Tucker Jones, refused medical treatment when emergency responders arrived at the crash feet from Wolcott Road, according to fire officials. The plane came to a rest upside down in properly owned by Imperial Nurseries just north of the airport.

Simsbury police officers and volunteer firefighters were originally called to the are about 7 p.m., However, it was determined the plane crashed on the side of the road in East Granby, state police and East Granby firefighters were brought in, officials said.

About 8 p.m., as the sun was setting, firefighters from East Granby as well as troopers remained after the plane's fuel and electronics had been secured. A front loader was called to upright the plane

Federal Aviation Administration records, the aircraft is a 1947 Piper PA-12 owned by a man from New Jersey. Records show the plane is registered to Ralph Jones of Oldwick, N.J.

East Granby fire officials said that a member of the FAA safety team was also scene Wednesday night.

The quiet airport remained open while the firefighters and police investigated the incident but no planes were seen coming or going. The road also remained open, prompting drivers to slow and take pictures of the plane as they passed.

At about 8 p.m., officials said the scene should be cleared by about 9 p.m.

According to the airport's website, its operated by the Simsbury Flying Club, a non-profit. It has a single 2,205 foot runway.

Original article can be found here:

EAST GRANBY, CT (WFSB) -  Crews responded to an area near the Simsbury Airport on Wednesday evening for a small plane crash.

East Granby police said no injuries were reported to the two passengers, who officials say was a father and son team.

The crash was reported just before 7 p.m. as the plane was landing on approach, but landed on the other side of the road.

Connecticut State Police said the plane crashed into trees on Wolcott Road in East Granby, which is near the Simsbury Airport.

Crews on the scene said the airport is still open.

It is unclear what caused the plane to crash.

The FAA is also investigating.

Original article can be found here:

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