FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19
NTSB Identification: ERA16FA186
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 16, 2016 in Homestead, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N7031R
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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On May 16, 2016 about 1646 eastern daylight time, a Piper, PA-28-140, N7031R was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during landing at Homestead General Aviation Airport (X51), Homestead, Florida. The private pilot was seriously injured and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane departed from Miami Executive Airport (TMB), Miami, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the planned flight to X51. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
The passenger stated that the pilot was a personal friend and this was their first flight together. The passenger also stated he was a student pilot, but never obtained his pilot certificate and he currently did not have a medical certificate. He added that soon after departing TMB, the pilot transferred control to the passenger and let him fly around, making a couple turns and then the passenger gave controls back to the pilot. The passenger stated they flew to X51 and the pilot made one touch-and-go landing and during departure, the pilot transferred control over to the passenger and stated "you make the next landing and I will watch you." The pilot then asked the passenger if he wanted "one notch" of flaps which equated to 10 degrees of flap extension, in which the passenger stated he did want "one notch" of flaps. The passenger was trying to fly the airplane straight to the runway, but kept getting blown to the left side. The passenger tried to correct the flight path, but could not get the airplane back on the centerline of the approach to runway 36. The passenger further stated he was having difficulty controlling the airplane and did not remember if the pilot tried to help or not. The passenger did not know how they got so far off the centerline of the runway and heading 90 degrees from the centerline of the runway. He remembered the ground coming up on them quickly and he braced for impact.
Examination of the airplane at the accident site revealed that the wreckage was located to the left side of runway 36, approximately 340 feet away and midfield. The direction of flight was 295 degrees magnetic and the airplane came to rest oriented about 200 degrees magnetic. There were ground scars between the runway and a canal that corresponded with damage to the left wing tip. Orange paint chips were located in the grass and ground scars. The airplane had proceeded across the water and impacted the bank on the edge of the water. The propeller contacted the bank first, which bent one blade aft and stopped the engine from rotating further. During the impact, the nose gear bent aft and both main landing gear were sheared off. The airplane then slid approximately 40 feet to its final resting spot.
The left wing tank was full of fuel and the right wing tank was half full of fuel. The fuel was clean and no water was present. The nose section of the airplane was crushed and the engine was tilted up about 30 degrees. The left wing main spar was fractured at the fuselage and the rear attachment point bolt separated and was missing. The left wing pulled away from the fuselage approximately 6 inches, but still remained attached to the flap torque tube assembly. The flaps were in the neutral position, but the flap handle was in the first detent, which equated to 10 degrees of flap extension. The ailerons, fuselage and right wing were intact. The fuel selector was selected to the left tank. Both control yolks were bent to the right side and downward. The pilot's shoulder harness was torn in half at the mid-point of the belt. The pilot's seat was separated from the seat rails, consistent with impact forces. The passenger's shoulder harness was intact and his seat was attached at all four corners of the seat rails.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man is being airlifted to the hospital after a small plane made a rough landing on the edge of the Florida Everglades, Monday afternoon.
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the single-engine Piper went down near Southwest 287th Street and 187th Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Witnesses said the plane was attempting to land at Homestead General Aviation Airport when it was carried away by strong winds. The aircraft then went past the runway and over a canal before landing on its belly.
According to officials, two people were on board, and rushed to the hospital.
One person was transported via air rescue, while the other was transported via ground rescue.
7Skyforce HD captured the victim being put in a helicopter by paramedics. He is being taken to an area hospital as a trauma alert.
The plane sustained serious damage to the nose.
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Two people were injured when a small plane made a rough landing near a Homestead airport Monday.
The incident was reported in the 28700 block of Southwest 217th Avenue.
Officials said two people, a pilot and passenger, were on board the single-engine Piper plane when the pilot lost control during landing.
Footage showed the small plane in a grassy area next to a canal near Miami-Homestead General Aviation Airport.
One person was airlifted to Jackson South while the other person was taken by ground, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.
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A small plane landed hard, bouncing along Runway 36 at Homestead General Aviation Airport Monday afternoon, before stopping near a canal, federal officials said.
A separated tire could be spotted about six feet from the plane, which also was split in the front.
A Miami-Dade Fire spokeswoman confirmed that two people on board were taken to the hospital — one of whom was airlifted as a trauma alert. The plane went down at about 4:45 p.m. at 28700 SW 217th Ave., at the Homestead airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday the Piper PA/28 had only two people on board.
Greg Chin, a spokesman for Miami-Dade Aviation Department, said the plane was coming from Miami Executive Airport.
Investigators were there into the night collecting evidence on what may have caused the fixed single-engine plane to go down.
According to FAA records, the plane, which was built in 1966, was registered to Sandy and Santiago Gonzalez.
Original article can be found here: http://www.miamiherald.com