Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair, C-GPJH; Accident occurred June 28, 2016 at Nemacolin Airport (PA88), Farmington, Wharton Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Allegheny PFSDO-03

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA233
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in Farmington, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA T206, registration: C-GPJH
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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 reported that during his first attempt to land on the 3,950-foot-long asphalt runway, the airplane touched down too long and he performed a go-around. During the second attempt, the airplane touched down on the first one-third of the runway, when a gust of wind forced the airplane back into the air and it subsequently touched down further down the runway than during the first attempt. The pilot thought a go-around would be too dangerous at that point and applied brakes, but the airplane traveled off the end of the runway and struck and asphalt berm. The pilot further stated that the airplane landed with a headwind of 15 knots, gusting to 25 knots. A witness, who worked at the airport, stated that the airplane was still airborne as it flew over the runway numbers at the departure end of the runway. Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any skid marks on the runway; however, the inspector observed skid marks in the grass beyond the runway. The inspector did not observe any preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane, nor did the pilot report any. The inspector added that during the impact, the airplane sustained damage to the firewall and lower fuselage.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to obtain the proper touchdown point and failure to perform a go-around once a safe landing on the runway could not be accomplished.

FARMINGTON, Pa. —A pilot and three passengers escaped serious injury when the small plane they were landing in ran off the end of a private runway during Tuesday's lunch hour at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County.

The resulting crash happened near Nemacolin's miniature golf course and Caddyshack Restaurant, in view of a children's carousel ride.

"A Canadian registered aircraft went off the end of Runway 5-23 at a private airstrip in Farmington, PA at 12:50 p.m.," Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters emailed to Pittsburgh's Action News 4. "The aircraft landed long on the runway."

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The Canadian Civil Aircraft Register said the plane is a Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair based out of Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

The crash was a starting sight for guests -- including families --- who were having lunch at the restaurant, which is just yards away.

"The plane was off the runway. Initial reports said four injuries.  We had four different ambulances come in. Checked the patients out.  Everybody refused treatment at the time," said the Assistant Fire Chief, Eric Baker, of the Farmington fire department.

Local emergency responders and Fayette County's Hazmat Team spent the afternoon cleaning up a resulting fuel spill. There was no fire in the crash.

Nemcolin spokeswoman Ashi Mazer-Workman said the single engine plane was arriving from Ontario and that all four occupants are guests at the resort.

"The plane has damage to its nose and is disabled, meaning it cannot take off and will need to be moved from the site," Mazer-Workman said. "Nemacolin has been operating an airfield on its 2,000-acre resort since 1987. The airfield is for private usage, subject to prior approval and reservations made with the resort's security department."

She said the National Transportation Safety Board was also investigating the crash.

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