Thursday, June 23, 2016

Grumman American AA-1A Trainer, N9341L; accident occurred June 23, 2016 at Sky Ranch Airport (TN98), Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA228
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Knoxville, TN
Aircraft: AMERICAN AVIATION AA1, registration: N9341L
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 23, 2016, at 0830 eastern daylight time, an American Aviation AA-1A, N9341L, was substantially damaged when it impacted a parked vehicle and a hangar during landing at the Sky Ranch Airport (TN98), Knoxville, Tennessee. The private pilot was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight that departed TN98 about 0730. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane landed on the left side of the centerline on runway 19, a 2,100-foot-long, 150-foot-wide, turf runway. A set of tire impressions in the turf extended from the left side of the runway in a relatively straight line, across a paved taxiway to the struck vehicle, and then continued to the airplane's final resting location at the hangar, with no indication of braking.

The airplane came to rest with the nose section embedded in the north wall of a hangar that was located about 800 feet from the approach end of the runway, and 220 feet to the left of the runway centerline. The engine cowling and wing leading edges were crushed aft. The windscreen was fragmented and completely separated from the fuselage. The firewall was displaced and the instrument panel was buckled between the left control yoke and the panel center. The skin under the wings and along the empennage was wrinkled.

The pilot reported that he has been flying locally for about 1 hour and he recalled landing, but did not remember anything after that. First responders arrived about 10 minutes after the accident while the pilot was still in the cockpit. They reported that he was conscious and coherent, and did not appear impaired.

According to FAA records, the pilot's last FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on March 4, 2015, at which time he reported 735 hours of flight experience.

The two-seat, single engine, low-wing airplane was manufactured in 1971 and was equipped with a Lycoming O-235 series engine.

AIRCRAFT:   American Aviation AA-1A N9341L

ENGINE - M&M: Lycoming O-320 S/N:          L-1561-39

PROPELLER – M&M: Sensenich 74DMG-0-64 S/N: A61251

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information): 3306.4


PROPELLER:    545 SMOH     

AIRFRAME:    3306.4                  

OTHER EQUIPMENT:      Garmin GTX 327; Garmin SL 40; Electronic Gauges, Garmin 496 Panel Mount

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  AC went off side of runway and impacted a hangar.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Prop Strike, Fwd Fuselage, L&R Wings          

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:      Sky Ranch Airport, TN (TN98)  


KNOXVILLE — A small private plane crashed into a metal building Thursday morning at Skyranch Airport on Alcoa Highway in South Knoxville.

Firefighters responded about 8:45 a.m. and found a Grumman American AA-1A Trainer plane nosed about one-fourth of the way into the side of the building at the private airport, according to Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran.

The pilot was alert and conscious and told firefighters that he only remembered landing the plane safely, Corcoran said. The pilot, whose name was not released, and the plane are based at Sky Ranch Airport.

He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not immediately available.

The Knoxville Police Department and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

The airport covers about 30 acres, has two hangars and a clubhouse alongside Fort Loudoun Lake, according to its website.

Original article can be found here:

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A plane crashed into a building at an airport in East Tennessee Thursday morning.

The Knoxville Fire Department says the plane crashed into a building at Sky Ranch Airport in Knoxville. Dispatchers received the call for the crash around 8:40 a.m.

KFD Chief Capt. D.J. Corcoran says the plane was on the ground at the time. The pilot ran into one of the hangars. Crews pulled the pilot out of the plane. The pilot was unsure on why he crashed. He only remembered landing the plane safely. He was transported to UT Medical Center.

The pilot was maneuvering a Grumman American AA-1A Trainer plane.

The airport is on 30 acres near Alcoa Highway. On the land is a clubhouse, two maintenance hangars and a gas pump. It is home to the East Tennessee Pilot’s Club.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Knoxville Police Department.

Original article can be found here:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Emergency dispatch told Local 8 News a plane crashed into a building.

According to dispatch, the plane was taxiing out of Sky Ranch Airport off of Alcoa Highway when the crash happened.

The first call came in at 8:40 a.m.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a Grumman American AA-1A Trainer airplane with only one victim.

According to investigators with Knoxville Fire Department, the pilot was conscious and told firefighters he only remembered landing the plane safely.

The pilot went to UT Medical Center. His condition has not been released.

The pilot and plane are based out of Sky Ranch Airport.

Original article can be found here:

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