FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Richmond FSDO-21
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA396
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N18228
Injuries: 1 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 solo student pilot reported that during a day visual meteorological condition flight, in the landing flare he saw a deer where he intended to touch down. He further reported that he banked to the right and applied power to go-around, but during the turn to the right he was unable to clear a line of trees in his flight path. The student pilot reported that the landing gear "scraped" one line of trees, and in order to avoid a thicker line of trees ahead, he forced the airplane down into a marsh area.
The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage.
The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
During a postaccident interview with an airport representative, he reported that the airport does not a have a perimeter fence.
The Federal Aviation Administration Chart Supplement airport page for the accident airport in part states: "Deer and birds on and invof [in the vicinity of] arpt."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
An evasive maneuver during the landing flare to avoid deer on the runway, which resulted in a collision with trees and terrain during a go-around. Contributing to the accident was the lack of an airport perimeter fence.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — A Williamsburg pilot walked off with hardly a scratch after crashing his small plane on Wednesday afternoon.
State police report that Michal Marcin Drygala was flying alone on his Cessna 150 when he attempted to land at the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport around 2:30 p.m.
A deer reportedly ran on the runway, causing him to lose control of the single-engine plane.
“He pulled up to miss the deer, he was able to get airborne again and apparently did not have power to keep in the air, then he went into the woods,” said Charley Rodgers, an airport employee.
Only Chopper 10 captured video of the wreckage in a nearby marsh.
Rodgers used his radio to call for help. State police and James City County first-responders rushed to the scene.
Drygala was evaluated by medics and taken back to the airport by fire crews.
“He has some minor scratches and bruises,” Rodgers said.
The crash is reportedly the third at the airport in the last nine weeks.
“At this airport [crashes are] fairly rare,” Rodgers said. “This is the third one we’ve had this year, but we had not had one in many, many years prior to this year.”
In the other cases, those on board also survived.
10 On Your Side reached Drygala by phone on Wednesday, but he did not want to speak on camera.
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JAMES CITY- A pilot walked away with a few scratches after crash landing his plane into a swamp near the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport.
The pilot was trying to land when a deer ran onto the runway this afternoon, said Charley Rogers, the manager on duty at the airport.
The pilot pulled up to avoid hitting the deer, but he did not gain enough power to stay in the air.
The plane crashed into a swamp about 600 feet past the runway.
The pilot was the only person in the plane.
Several fire, police and medical personnel responded to the crash, but the pilot only had minor scratches and bruises, and he did not go to the hospital.
This is the third plane crash at the airport in 9 weeks, Rogers said.
According to Rogers, before a plane crashed 9 weeks ago, the airport had not had a crash since 2013.