Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beech P35 Bonanza, N112MB; accident occurred June 18, 2016 near Westerly State Airport (KWST), Washington County, Rhode Island -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boston FSDO-61

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA217
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Westerly, RI
Aircraft: BEECH P35, registration: N112MB
Injuries: 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 18, 2016, about 1235 eastern daylight time, a Beech P35, N112MB, performed a forced landing to the ocean after a total loss of engine power near Westerly, Rhode Island. The private pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot and the flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from Francis S. Gabreski Airport (FOK), Westhampton Beach, New York, with an intended destination of Taunton Municipal Airport (TAN), Taunton, Massachusetts.

In an interview with a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector, the pilot stated that while enroute, he attempted to reduce the manifold pressure, however it did not respond. Next he heard a "loud bang," oil covered the windscreen of the airplane, and the engine lost total power. Furthermore, the pilot reported that the propeller rpm "was all over the place" prior to the total loss of engine power. He performed a forced landing to the ocean about 3 miles west of Westerly State Airport (WST), Westerly, Rhode Island. After landing in the water, the pilot egressed without incident, and the airplane sank.

The airplane was recovered and a postaccident examination revealed that the wings, empennage, and fuselage sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. In addition, a hole was noted in the top of the engine crankcase.

The engine was retained for further examination.

WESTERLY — A single-engine plane en route from Long Island to Taunton, Mass., crashed off the coast of Weekapaug Saturday afternoon and the pilot was rescued by two lifeguards.

Aaron Perkins, Weekapaug Fire District lieutenant and lifeguard supervisor, said that the plane hit the water about 200 feet off what is known as Inn Beach, located on Spray Rock Road at 12:30 p.m.

Perkins said that two lifeguards, Curt Dumas and David Darling, responded immediately: One paddled out to the plane and the other swam, each with his emergency equipment.

“The pilot was trying to climb out the plane and the two lifeguards helped him,” Perkins said. “They helped him onto the surfboard and paddled him in.”

Officials said that the pilot, Alexander Piekarski, 62, of East Moriches, N.Y., was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with non-life threatening injuries. In a statement, Cpl. Stephen Vanner of the State Police Hope Valley Barracks said that Piekarski was flying alone in a four-seat Beech Craft Bonanza, and that an initial investigation indicated that the aircraft lost power while flying over open water.

“The pilot made an attempt to head toward the Westerly airport but as a result of a loss in altitude, he elected to make an emergency landing into the water to avoid people on the beach,” Vanner reported.

Perkins said, “Fortunately no one was injured on the ground. Where the plane crashed, the water is about 15 to 20 feet deep at low tide.”

Perkins also commented that the lifeguards followed emergency procedures perfectly and worked together as a team.

“I’ve been a lifeguard for 24 years and I have to say that the lifeguards were truly heroes,” he said. “David Darling is 18 and this is his first day on the job and Curt is a 15-year veteran lifeguard and emergency medical technician.”

The Coast Guard was alerted at 12:39 p.m. but when they arrived at 12:59 p.m., the pilot was already on shore, the lieutenant said.

The plane remains submerged in front of Inn Beach. Members of the Uniform Division at the Hope Valley Barracks, along with the Westerly Police, state Department of Environmental Management, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation investigated the crash, officials said.

A State Police press release said that the state aeronautics inspector along with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board would inspect the aircraft once it is removed from the waters.

Original article can be found here:

Video of pilot being rescued by lifeguards at Weekapaug Beach:

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) – A man has been rescued after his small plane crashed into the sea off Westerly.

It happened at about 12:45 Saturday afternoon close to the beach off Spray Rock Road.

According to the Coast Guard, nearby lifeguards saw the plane go down and jumped into the water to assist; they got the pilot out of the plane and got him to shore, where local firefighters took him to the hospital.

The plane has sunk and the Coast Guard is checking the site to see if it poses a threat to navigation in the area, and monitoring for any fuel spill.

Original article can be found here:

A small plane made a crash landing off Weekapaug Beach in Westerly shortly before 1:30 p.m.

Emergency crews arrived on scene shortly after the crash.

The pilot was able to make it out of the plane safely according to reports from the scene.

There was no immediate word where the plane was coming from or heading to.

Original article can be found here:

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