Friday, July 1, 2016

Cessna 150L, N1567Q: Accident occurred June 30, 2016 near Atlanta Regional Airport / Falcon Field (KFFC), Atlanta, Georgia

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA235
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Peachtree City, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N1567Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 29, 2016, at 1930 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150L, N1567Q, experienced a total loss of engine power and was substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff from Atlanta Regional Airport (FFC), Peachtree City, Georgia. The student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the solo instructional flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

In a telephone interview, the pilot stated that she performed the preflight inspection, engine start, run-up, and takeoff from runway 31 with no anomalies noted. At 400 feet above ground level, the engine "sputtered, and then stopped." The pilot selected a golf course for the forced landing, and touched down on a slightly rolling fairway lined with trees. During the rollout, the airplane clipped trees and struck a small berm, which collapsed the nose landing gear.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed substantial damage to the engine firewall. The engine was rotated by hand at the propeller. The magnetos produced spark at all eight spark plugs. A compression check was performed, and thumb compression was confirmed on all but the No. 3 cylinder.

The No. 3 cylinder was removed and severe impact damage was noted on the dome of the piston and the cylinder head. The exhaust valve was separated at the stem, and the intake valve was fractured, with about 50 percent of the valve head separated. Pieces of the valve were recovered in the exhaust manifold. The airplane and its engine were secured for a detailed examination at a later date.

The pilot held an FAA student pilot and third-class medical certificate, issued on December 22, 2015. She reported 41 total hours of flight experience, of which 38 were in the accident airplane.

The two-seat, single-engine, high-wing airplane was manufactured in 1971 and was equipped with a Lycoming O-200 series engine. The most recent annual inspection was completed on July 5, 2015, at 3,488 total airframe hours.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - Golfers on the Planterra Golf Course in Peachtree City had quite the spectacle Wednesday. No, it wasn’t a hole-in-one and it definitely wasn’t par for the course.

Facebook post Wednesday evening told the tale of the very unusual day on the links.
Moments later, the Cessna 150L was on the grass having just made an emergency landing right in front of those same golfers.

The Peachtree City Police Department and Peachtree City Fire Rescue’s Facebook page posted a picture of the aftermath. The front landing gear can be seen in the photo bent completely back.

The caption of the stated the 17-year old pilot managed to walk away without any injuries and no one on the ground was hurt.

"She walked away. That's a good landing to flying folks. Perfectly executed emergency landing it seems. Good job, Sierra!" Matt Waddell replied in the post.

"I was on hole 9 and her plane was sputtering badly. Glad you are OK young lady," Pb Ford posted in reply.

One commenter also jested if she yelled "fore" before the hard landing.

Loretta McGibney offered the advice to “Be sure to hang that prop someplace special. Good work!”

The police and fire rescue page ended the post with a simple “Way to go!!!”

Officials have not said what caused the incident.

Original article can be found here:

Planterra Golf Club was the June 29 site of the crash landing of a single-engine plane where the 17-year-old Peachtree City pilot walked away unharmed .

The crash occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. on the #11 tee box at the Planterra Golf Club situated near Falcon Field after pilot Sierra Lund experienced mechanical trouble.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Odelia Bergh said the 17-year-old pilot experienced mechanical problems and landed the plane. Berg noted that witnesses reported the plane’s engine sputtering prior to the landing.

Brown said the pilot who was flying solo was unharmed in the incident.

Peachtree City Fire Rescue in a statement said, “At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening our units responded to a report of a plane crash near the 11th tee at the Planterra Golf Course. Upon our arrival we found that a small single-engine plane had crashlanded on the fairway with one person on board. The scene was secured and left for investigators.”

Bergh said a posting on the police department’s Facebook page by mom Steph Lund recalled the crash and the response of others at the scene.

“Sierra was in the process of completing one of her solo (flights) which is a requirement for student pilots. After take-off she had to make an emergency landing,” Lund said. “As a parent of a student pilot you often wonder if your child will stay calm and recall what she has been trained to do. (I’m) happy to report that Sierra did just that.”

Lund expressed her gratitude to first responders and to those who made kind comments in support of her daughter’s efforts.

“Never underestimate this rising generation. So many of them are doing amazing things,” said Lund.

Original article can be found here:

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