Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N7781W: Accident occurred May 19, 2016 at Genesee County Airport (KGVQ), Batavia, New York


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Rochester FSDO-23

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA192
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Batavia, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N7781W
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 19, 2016, about 1320 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180, N7781W, experienced a loss of control during a touch-and go landing and subsequently collided with airport signage at Genesee County Airport (GVQ), Batavia, New York. The student pilot, the sole occupant was not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as a Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight which originated about 1300 from Akron Airport (9G3), Akron, New York.

The student pilot stated that he departed from 9G3 and flew to GVQ where he performed 2 uneventful touch-and-go landings on runway 28. After the second touch-and-go landing he remained in the traffic pattern for a third to the same runway and turned downwind, base, and final. With the flaps fully extended he landed uneventfully, retracted the flaps, and added power to take off again. With some right rudder input he reported the airplane veered to the left, which he could not correct with full right rudder input. He continued the takeoff and departed the runway. With airport signage ahead he attempted to climb but one wing collided with the sign. He continued and the other wing collided with another sign. He then became airborne, and while turning left to land on a nearby road, he noted fuel streaming from the left fuel tank. The engine subsequently lost power, and he flew under one set of powerlines and then over a second set of powerlines before landing uneventfully on the road.

Postaccident examination of the airport and airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed browning of grass beyond both impacted airport signs, and also for a short distance past the point where the airplane became airborne. Both fuel tanks were breached; neither contained any fuel.

Shortly after 1 o’clock this afternoon reports of a small plane landing on East Saile Drive in front of the Genesee County Airport starting rolling in. 

State Trooper Daniel Hollands:

 "We received a call at approximately 1:15pm for a plane landing in the road way.  We responded, found there was a single occupant it was a small passenger plane, there were no injuries.  The actual investigation of the cause of the accident will be conducted by the FAA and they will release any further information in that regard.”

The FAA is required to investigate the incident and are responsible for determining the cause of the emergency landing.

Although officers know the identity of the pilot, it is still up to the FAA whether or not they will release that information.

Saile Drive from State Street to Bank Street will remain closed until their investigation is complete.

Original article can be found here: http://www.wbta1490.com

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- An airplane that suffered engine issues Thursday managed a successful emergency landing on a back road in western New York, the New York State Police said.

Trooper James O'Callaghan, a spokesman for the state police, said a Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee airplane had engine issues and was forced to land on East Saile Drive in the town of Batavia, just north of the New York State Thruway and about two miles north of the city of Batavia.

The plane landed safely and the pilot was not injured in the landing.

East Saile Drive skirts the Genesee County Airport, but O'Callaghan did not know if the airplane had been flying to or from the airport, which has one paved 5,500-foot runway.

The area road the plane landed on does not get a lot of traffic and is surrounded mostly by farm fields, O'Callaghan said, but troopers responded and blocked off the road until the plane could be removed. The state police headquarters Troop A, which covers all of western New York, are located at the other end of Saile Drive.

O'Callaghan said the FAA was investigating the emergency landing.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.syracuse.com

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