FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Philadelphia FSDO-17
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA200
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 01, 2016 in Toughkenamon, PA
Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC, registration: N83547
Injuries: 2 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 June 1, 2016, about 0900 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 7AC, N83547, was substantially damaged after impacting an aircraft hangar following a total loss of engine power during a go-around at New Garden Airport (N57), Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania. The flight instructor and a student pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to the student pilot, they were practicing takeoffs and landings on the grass parallel to runway 6, for about 1 hour when on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, the flight instructor directed him to demonstrate a simulated engine failure The student pilot initiated a simulated forced landing which included a steep turn to the base and then final legs of the traffic pattern. The airplane was about one-quarter of the way down the runway, still over the grass, when he initiated go-around. The flight instructor then told him to move over to the center of the paved runway. At this point the engine sputtered and then lost power. The flight instructor took over the flight controls and made a left turn about 100 feet above the ground with the intent of flying over a hanger. The student pilot added that the engine "was now completely off."
According to the flight instructor, he and the student pilot were flying for about 30 minutes when he initiated a simulated engine out procedure. The student pilot maneuvered the airplane for the grass parallel to the runway, and commenced a go-around when the airplane was about 25 feet above the ground. The airplane was approximately 200 feet above the ground when the engine quit, momentarily sputtered, and then went silent. He recalled checking the magnetos, carburetor heat and fuel lever, which all appeared to be in proper position.
The flight instructor considered landing options, and noted that a forward trajectory had more dangers and obstacles, such as construction traffic, vehicles, a shallow ravine, electric wires and a busy road. He took the controls from the student pilot and turned left 90 degrees, positioning the airplane in a trajectory over a hangar for a touchdown and rollout on the grass in an uphill direction to dissipate speed and energy. As the turn progressed, the flight instructor realized that they would most likely not clear the top of the hangar and that would be a worse situation. At that point the airplane was losing altitude rapidly and heading toward the hangar door. He used the last movement of the stick control to place the airplane into a 45-degree nose up position to have the engine penetrate the metal door of the hangar before the fuselage.
According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane came to rest upright inside the hangar after penetrating the hangar wall. The fabric covering of the airplane displayed multiple tears and punctures, the left main landing gear was displaced aft and was collapsed against the bottom of the fuselage, and the right main landing gear was displaced forward and collapsed next to the right side of the fuselage. Both the left and right wing spars were broken and the wings had folded aft just outboard of their mounting locations at the breaks in the spars. The horizontal stabilizers, elevators, vertical stabilizer, and rudder, displayed crush and compression damage. Control continuity was established from the flight control surfaces to the rudder pedals, and control sticks in the cockpit. The front of the propeller spinner was crushed. One propeller blade was bent back under the engine, and the other propeller blade was straight. Neither propeller blade showed any evidence of S-bending, leading edge gouging, or chordwise scratching. The wreckage was retained for further examination.
According to FAA and pilot records, the flight instructor held an airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for airplane multiengine land, and rotorcraft-helicopter, with commercial privileges for airplane single-engine land, and instrument helicopter, and a type rating for the BH-206. He also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine, instrument airplane, and rotorcraft-helicopter. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on August 12, 2014. He reported that he had accrued approximately 10,000 total hours of flight experience, 200 hours of which were in the accident airplane make and model.
According to FAA and pilot records, the student pilot held a student pilot certificate which was issued on December 15, 2015. He reported that he had accrued 279 total hours of flight experience, 180 of which were in the accident airplane make and model.
According to FAA and airplane maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 1946. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on March 28, 2015. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accrued approximately 6,410 total hours of operation.
The accident occurred at 8:58 a.m. under ideal flying conditions. The two men inside the two-seater aircraft, a 68-year-old male and a 70-year-old male, were transported to Christiana Hospital in Stanton, De., according to police. Both are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Their names are not being released until their families are notified.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the aircraft, a 1940’s Aeronca Champ left the runway heading in a northeasterly direction when it lost power and attempted to return to the airfield. Upon attempting the turn, the aircraft collided on the east side of a hanger penetrating into the structure where it came to rest. No persons were present inside and minimal property damage occurred to objects within the hanger. The hanger structure has suffered damage and is being evaluated by township engineers.
John Martin, manager of New Garden Flying Field, was unavailable for comment. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration were called to the scene.
Avondale Fire and Ambulance Company and Medic 94 responded to New Garden Flying Field, located at 1235 Newark Road.
Aeronca became the first company to build a commercially successful general aviation aircraft. When production ended in 1951, Aeronca had sold 17,408 aircraft in 55 models. In 1945, following the end of World War II, Aeronca returned to civilian production with two new models, the 7AC Champ and the 11AC Chief. While the Champ shared its tandem seating arrangement with the prewar tandem trainer—and the Chief shared its name and seating arrangement with the prewar Chief designs—both were new designs, and very similar to each other.
Two senior citizens suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning when a small vintage plane crashed at a Chester County airport.
The two-seater 1940s Aeronca Champ plane left the runway at the New Garden Airport in New Garden Township just before 9 a.m., and then lost altitude and crashed moments later, according to a news release from New Garden Police.
Police and medics responded to the scene, where SkyForce10 captured images of a hole through the wall of a hangar where the plane crashed.
Authorities said two men inside the plane, ages 68 and 70, sustained minor injuries in the crash and went to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The plane lost power after takeoff and was trying to return to the airfield when it collided with the hangar, crashing clear through the wall. Authorities said there was minimal damage inside the hangar and that no one was in it at the time of the crash. The hangar itself suffered more severe damage, and engineers are evaluating it for repairs.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
Story and video: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com
NEW GARDEN TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- Two people are recovering after a mishap involving a small plane in Chester County.
It happened before 9 a.m. Wednesday at the New Garden Airport on Newark Road in New Garden Township.
New Garden Police tell Action News a couple was trying to take off in a 1940s-era Aeronca Champ two-seat aircraft when the plane lost power and struck a hangar.
Police say the plane went into the hangar, passing between two other parked planes before coming to rest inside the structure.
Neither of the other planes was damaged, and no one inside the hangar was hurt.
Video from Chopper 6 HD showed a large, gaping hole in one side of the hangar.
The pilot and a passenger were taken to Christiana Hospital to be evaluated for injuries described as minor.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.
Story and video: http://6abc.com