Monday, July 4, 2016

Van's RV-7A, N1075F: Fatal accident occurred July 03, 2016 in Weston, Broward County, Florida

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16FA238
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 03, 2016 in Weston, FL
Aircraft: GERDTS MARK E RV7A, registration: N1075F
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 3, 2016, at 0930 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur built Vans RV-7A, N1075F, was destroyed when it impacted a swamp about 10 nautical miles north of Weston, Florida. The private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that departed Boca Raton Airport (BCT), Boca Raton, Florida, about 0915, destined for Opa-Locka Executive Airport (OPF), Miami, Florida. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

A family member reported that the pilot purchased the airplane about 10 days prior to the accident flight. According to the pilot's logbook, he flew the accident airplane on four occasions between June 24 and July 2, 2016, for a total of 2.5 hours. On the morning of the accident, he departed OPF at 0730, and arrived at BCT at 0800, where he met an acquaintance to show him the airplane and discuss the installed avionics. He departed BCT at 0915. Preliminary radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) depicted a visual flight rules (1200 code) radar target on a southwesterly track from BCT, with the last several points indicating a descending left turn which began from about 1,500 feet mean seal level (msl), and ended at 700 feet msl, about 1/2 nautical mile from the accident location. The airplane was located the following morning by search and rescue personnel.

The wreckage came to rest inverted on flat swamp and sawgrass terrain at an elevation of about 13 feet, in the vicinity of 26.2544 degrees north latitude, -80.4155 degrees west longitude. All major components were accounted for at the scene. The wreckage path was teardrop shaped, approximately 50 feet long, 30 feet wide and oriented about 130 degrees magnetic. Wing tips, sections of fairings, cowling, seat cushions, and other small pieces associated with the airplane were located in a wide arc surrounding the accident site. The distance from the initial impact to the main wreckage was about 25 feet. A slight odor of fuel was present.

The cockpit, cabin area, and tail section were significantly fragmented, and largely contained on the muddy perimeter of the initial impact crater, which was full of water. The main wing spar was fractured in multiple pieces and located on the side of the impact crater. All flight control surfaces were located at the accident scene. Both ailerons were separated from their respective wings. The inboard one-third of the left aileron was bent upward about 80 degrees; the right aileron was dented and damaged at both ends, but otherwise relatively intact. The empennage was buckled just forward of the horizontal stabilizer, and was twisted toward the left. Both elevators remained attached, exhibited minor damage, and moved freely. The vertical stabilizer was crushed aft, and the rudder was crushed and partially separated from the stabilizer. The engine was separated from the firewall, and the propeller was separated from the engine at a crankshaft fracture consistent with overload, just aft of the propeller flange. Both propeller blades were bent aft and exhibited slight twisting.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for postaccident examination. Aileron control continuity was confirmed from the pilot control stick through overload fractures in the push-pull tubes and rod ends, to both aileron input rods. Elevator control continuity was established from a bellcrank located behind the seats, though an overload fracture in a rod-end attachment fitting, to the elevators. The rudder cables remained attached to both rudder control horns, and continuity was confirmed through overload tensile breaks in both cables, to the rudder pedals, which were separated from the fuselage. The fuel selector valve was in the RIGHT fuel tank position.

The engine remained attached to its mounts, which were separated from the firewall. The No. 2 cylinder pushrods, carburetor and exhaust components were found separated from the engine. The engine was rotated by hand at the accessory gear section. Crankshaft continuity was confirmed and valve action observed at cylinder Nos. 1, 3 and 4, and valve lifter action for cylinder No. 2. Thumb compression was attained on all cylinders. The engine-driven fuel pump contained a blue liquid consistent with 100 low-lead aviation fuel, and produced suction and pressure when activated by hand. The carburetor floats exhibited damage consistent with hydraulic crushing. The float bowl contained a teaspoon of clear liquid. The inlet fitting was impact fractured and exposed to mud/water. The impulse-type left magneto was partially separated from the engine, and did not produce spark when rotated. The plastic arm which held the contact points in place was impact fractured and the points were displaced. The right magneto produced spark on all towers, after water was drained from the unit and the contact points were wiped clean. All spark plugs electrodes were contaminated with mud and/or engine oil. The engine oil filter element was absent of debris. The internal oil suction screen contained a small amount of debris, but was unobstructed.

Remnants from the primary flight display, a handheld GPS receiver, and a damaged tablet computer were retained and forwarded to the NTSB laboratory, Washington, DC for data readout.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His last FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on January 8, 2015. According to his logbook, he accumulated a total of 3,600 hours of flight experience.

The amateur-built two-seat, single engine, low-wing airplane was built in 2010 and was equipped with a Lycoming O-360 series engine. The most recent conditional inspection was completed on June 3, 2016, at 308 total airframe hours.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

In Memory of
Michael Allen Russin MD
January 9, 1938 - July 3, 2016

RUSSIN, Michael A., MIAMI. Michael A. Russin, 78, died on July 3, 2016. Michael is survived by his companion, Melanie Cohen, his daughters Courtney and Michelle and his sister, Judith Margulies (Jeffrey) and his many nieces and nephews. Michael was born on January 9, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Sarah and Lester Russin. He was predeceased by his wife, Merrily, his twin brother, David and his daughter, Leslie. Michael grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Tulane University after which he graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and settled in Miami Beach, Florida.

He practiced orthopedic surgery, specializing in hand surgery, at Mt. Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach for over 45 years. He was fortunate to have been able to practice medicine at the same hospital as his father, Lester, and his brother David.

Michael loved Melanie, his family, flying and the Cincinnati Reds. He lived his life with passion, devotion and was tremendously loyal to those he loved.

Funeral Services Thursday, 10:30 am, Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mount Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens, 5900 SW 77th Avenue, Miami, FL 33141 with interment to follow in the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Michael Russin to The ALS Association Florida Chapter, Inc. 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619. 

Arrangements under the direction of Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mount Nebo (Kendall), Miami, FL.

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - A single-engine plane was found just before 6:30 a.m. east of U.S. 27, about seven miles north of I-75 in unincorporated Broward County, the Broward Sheriff's Office reported. 

Dr. Michael Russin, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center, died in the crash, according to a media release issued by the hospital. He was the only one on the plane. 

The plane took off from Boca Raton Airport at about 5 p.m. Sunday and crashed about a half-hour later,  the Federal Aviation Administration reported.  

The family of the pilot reported the plane missing at 12:19 a.m. Monday, Capt. Ty Lanhen from Civil Air Patrol said. 

"Florida Civil Air Patrol then began an immediate response launching aircraft out of the Pompano Beach area and at 6:30 a.m., basically first light we did locate the aircraft," Lanhen said. 

When a rescue crew found the plane around 6:30 a.m., they could not land because the wreckage was in a swampy area. 

The FAA said the plane was heading to Opa-locka Executive Airport and crashed after traveling 25 miles. 

Crews works throughout the day Monday to recover Russin's body. 

"BSO air rescue, they launched and (the Broward Sheriff's Fire Rescue) regional Everglades airboat was the first to make contact with the wreckage, that's when they determined there were no survivors," Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. "When we are dealing with the Everglades, anything is a possibility for logistics and rescue and we're equipped for it."

Russin's scrub nurse Nancy Nunez said the doctor was an "amazing surgeon, father and friend." 

Mount Siani Medical Center issues a statement about Russin's passing:

"All of us at Mount Sinai Medical Center are deeply saddened by the unfortunate passing of Dr. Michael Russin. Michael enjoyed life and the practice of medicine. He and his family have a legacy of caring for patients at Mount Sinai. He and his twin brother, David, treated patients at our medical center for decades, and their father was once our chief of orthopedics. Michael will be missed by the entire Mount Sinai family. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and wish them comfort during this time." 

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Airboat 106 heading to crash site with extrication tools.

The FAA said a single-engine plane that departed Boca Raton Airport crashed in Broward County Sunday night, killing the pilot. 

The crash occurred just east of U.S. 27 about seven miles north of Alligator Alley in unincorporated Broward County. 

FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the Van's RV-7 experimental aircraft left the Boca Raton Airport at about 9 p.m. and crashed 30 minutes later about 25 miles southwest of the airport.

Peters said the FAA issued an alert Sunday after the plane did not land at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami. 

The Broward County Sheriff's Office learned from Civil Air Patrol that the plane had gone missing and began searching for the plane.

The wreckage was located just before 7 a.m. Monday after the Civil Air Patrol located the crash site and directed BSO Aviation Unit to the location.

BSO Marine Unit and fire rescue arrived at the site and confirmed the single occupant of the plane had died.

The sheriff’s office said the cause of the crash will be investigated by NTSB.

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EVERGLADES, Fla. —One person is dead Monday after a plane crashed off of US 27, authorities said.

According to Broward Sheriff's Office, the plane went down near US 27, about seven miles north of Interstate 75 in unincorporated Broward County.

The plane took off from Boca Raton Airport around 5 p.m., officials said. The plane crashed at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Debris from the plane was found at 6:30 a.m. after the crew in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 aircraft based out of Pompano Beach located an aircraft crash site in a swampland outside of Coral Springs.

Regional Communications learned from Civil Air Patrol that a single-engine plane was missing after family of the pilot alerted the Federal Aviation Administration that the pilot had not checked in taking off Sunday night. The FAA issued an alert notice Sunday after the plane did not land at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami.

Florida Civil Air Patrol immediately began a full-scale response. 

They began searching for the plane last night. They resumed the search Monday morning.

The BSO marine unit and fire rescue arrived at the site.

According to officials, the pilot of the plane died in the crash.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here:

MIAMI —Authorities in South Florida have located the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in Broward County.

The plane and its pilot were reported missing at 12:19 a.m. Monday. The pilot's name was not released. The aircraft was described as a RV-7 experimental airplane.

In a statement, the Broward County Sheriff's Office says the plane was spotted in a "swampland" outside Coral Springs, east of U.S. 27 and seven miles north of Interstate 75. At first, rescue units couldn't get to the crash site due to the terrain.

Around 7 a.m., the sheriff's office's marine unit and fire rescue arrived to confirm the single occupant of the plane was killed.

The cause of the crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here:

WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) - A previously missing small, single-engine plane has been found in West Broward, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Monday morning.

According to BSO officials, the single-engine plane was reported missing on Sunday night.

Officials conducted a search after the pilot’s family called the Federal Aviation Administration. The family said the pilot failed to check-in after some time.

The plane was located at about 7 a.m., east of U.S. 27 and almost seven miles north of I-75, officials said.

BSO officials confirmed the single occupant of the plane has died.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.

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One person has been confirmed dead after the wreckage of a small "experimental" plane was located in western Broward County, officials said.

The Florida Civil Air Patrol was alerted just before 12:30 a.m. Monday that the pilot of a Van's RV-7 experimental aircraft had not checked in with family members.

The plane is reported to have taken off from Boca Raton Airport and was heading for Opa-Locka Executive Airport in north Miami-Dade.

Shortly before 7 a.m., the wreckage was found just east of U.S. 27, about seven miles north of Alligator Alley by the Civil Air Patrol, which alerted the Broward Sheriff's Office, deputies said.

Fire rescue and a Marine Unit from the sheriff's office arrived at the crash site and confirmed that one person was found dead, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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