Sunday, June 5, 2016

Beech F33A Bonanza, N444VT; accident occurred June 05, 2016 at Essex County Airport (KCDW), Caldwell, New Jersey -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Teterboro FSDO-25

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA203
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 05, 2016 in Caldwell, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: BEECH F33A, registration: N444VT
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 single-engine airplane stated that he departed on a cross country flight but did not visually check the amount of fuel in the main tanks before departure and relied on his fuel gauges, which indicated 2/3-full (left tank) and 1/2-full (right tank). Both wingtip fuel tanks were empty. The pilot departed with the fuel selector on the left main tank. He then switched over to the right main tank while en route, but noticed the needle on the fuel gauge was not moving as the flight progressed. The flight was uneventful and the pilot made an instrument approach into his destination airport; however, he had to execute a missed approach due to low clouds. During the missed approach procedure he entered visual conditions and asked air traffic control (ATC) if he could maintain visual conditions and circle to land. The pilot said that as he was turning crosswind the engine began to run rough and stopped producing power. He tried to re-start the engine twice as he prepared for a forced landing to a closer runway. The pilot did not have time to switch the fuel selector to the left tank and ended up striking trees and landing short of the runway threshold. A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage. The landing gear was also damaged. Neither the left nor right wing fuel tanks were breached. About 20 oz of fuel was drained from the right main tank and about 21 gallons of fuel were drained from the left main tank. Though the pilot said the right fuel gauge was not reading properly, he acknowledged that he should have monitored fuel burn rate over a given period of time versus relying on just the fuel gauge.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to adequately manage the available fuel supply, resulting in fuel starvation and a total loss of engine power.

FAIRFIELD, New Jersey (WABC) -- A small plane crashed while attempting a landing at an airport in New Jersey Sunday afternoon but a New York City couple on board escaped without injury, authorities say.

At about 12:15 p.m., the Fairfield Police Department received a call from the operations tower at the Essex County Airport reporting a plane crash having just occurred.

Police say a preliminary investigation indicated that the Beech F33A Bonanza plane was being piloted by Tal Keinan, of New York City.

He was attempting to land on Runway 10 when it is believed that the plane may have clipped a tree on its approach.

Kienan and his wife, whose name was not released, were the only people on board and refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

The pilot told police he had experienced some engine problems upon his approach.

The airport and its runways were closed while authorities investigated the crash.

Original article can be found here: 

FAIRFIELD — A small plane crashed at Essex County Airport on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Fairview police said first responders were called to the airport by the airport operations tower at approximately 12:15 p.m. and found a small single-propeller plane that had crashed into the grass near runway No. 10.

Fairview Deputy Chief Anthony Manna said the pilot, Tal Keinan, 46, of New York City, was attempting to land his Beech F33A Bonanza on runway No. 10 when he may have clipped a tree during his landing approach.

Both Kienan and the other passenger in the plane refused medical attention, Manna said in a news release.

Keinan told police the plane experienced some engine troubles upon his approach to the runway as well, Manna said.

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