Monday, August 8, 2016

Cessna 177B Cardinal, Mei-Chu Corp., N30923: Accident occurred August 08, 2016 in McDonough, Chenango County, New York


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albany FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA286
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 08, 2016 in McDonough, NY
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N30923

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Date: 08-AUG-16
Time: 19:35:00Z
Regis#: N30923
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
State: New York



MCDONOUGH, N.Y. -- A small plane crashed Monday afternoon behind a spiritual retreat center that sits on 500 acres in rural Chenango County.

Four people survived the plane crashed around 3:30 p.m. Monday behind Palyul Retreat Center, at 359 German Hollow Road in McDonough, WBNG News Channel 12 reported.

A man working at Palyul Retreat Center said employees heard the plane crash and called 911. The retreat center is a place where people can study and practice Buddhism, according to its website.

Smithville and Green volunteer firefighters, state police, state forest rangers, and ambulances from Greene, Broome and Oxford departments responded. When they arrived, they reported seeing heavy smoke, according to the Chenango County Fire Alerts' Facebook page.

After the plane crashed, it caught fire, according to News Channel 12. However, all four people inside made it out safely, according to the news report.

State police told reporters the plane, traveling from Sidney in Delaware County to Greene in Chenango County, was flying low shortly before the crash. Troopers also said people on the plane were taking pictures when it struck the top of trees, according to News Channel 12.

A preliminary investigation found tree branches "helped to break the impact of the plane crash," Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matt Beckwith told Channel 12.

The four plane crash survivors had minor injuries and are expected to recover, according to news reports. It was not immediately clear how many of the survivors were taken to the hospital, however, the Chenango County Fire Alerts Facebook page said ambulances took the three people to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, near Binghamton.

Someone who ran from the Palyul Retreat Center to help the crash victims also was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, according to Time Warner Cable News.

The plane crash remains under investigation.


BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Four passengers escape serious injury after a small plane crash in Chenango County. The four passengers were transported to Wilson Hospital with minor to moderate injuries. One bystander was also sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The crash occurred in the wooded area behind the Palyul Buddhist Retreat just outside of the Town of Smithville. Authorities say the plane exploded shortly after the crash landing. All passengers made it to safety minutes before the explosion with help from students and volunteers at the retreat.

Mary Pratt, a volunteer at the retreat, heard the plane crash into the trees. She says the 9-1-1 call was promptly made and she ran up to the woods and saw students helping the crash victims from the plane.

"Moments later we heard what sounded like a firecracker or a gunshot and that was in fact the gas tank of the plane blowing up and the plane burnt to a crisp," says Pratt.

The preliminary investigation states that the cause of the crash was likely pilot failure rather than mechanical failure.


Four people have escaped a plane crash in Chenango County without serious injuries. Police tell us the victims of the crash are extremely lucky to be alive.

It happened near Hollow Road in Smithville around 3:30 Monday afternoon. The crash happened right outside the Buddhist center in Smithville.

State police say it appears the plane was flying too low and clipped some trees.

Four people were inside. They were all hospitalized with what appear to be minor injuries. A fifth person who helped pull the others out of the plan was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Witnesses described hearing a loud plane flying above the center, and shortly after that, there was a boom. Multiple people at the Buddhist center rushed to help rescue those on board.

"Being that there was airplane fuel, it is more volatile than regular fuel," said Chenango County Deputy Fire Coordinator Michael Beckwith. "By the time we got back into the crash site, a lot of it had burned out. They did put out what little fire there was in the tail. There were a few spot fires around the crash site."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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MCDONOUGH, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Emergency crews responded Monday afternoon to a plane crash in Chenango County.

According to Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matt Beckwith, four people were in the small plane when it crashed in the area of 359 Hollow Road in McDonough.

The crash was reported just after 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Investigators say the plane caught fire after crashing into a wooded area behind the Palyul Retreat Center, but all four people made it out of the plane safely. They've been transported to UHS Wilson Hospital in Johnson City to be treated for minor injuries, Beckwith says.

New York State Police say the plane was traveling from Sidney to Greene. Troopers say the plane was flying low and the people on board were taking pictures, when the plane hit the top of the trees.

According to Beckwith, a preliminary investigation found tree branches helped to break the impact of the plane crash. All occupants are expected to recover.

Beckwith also says most of the plane burned up.

One person inside the Palyul Retreat Center ran out to help the plane's occupants out of the woods. That person was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, Beckwith added.

That person was one of several from the center who helped.

"Fortunately we had monks in the temple and some of our strong, younger male students ran out to the plane and were able to get people out quickly," said Mary Pratt, a volunteer at the Palyul Retreat Center.

Several agencies responded to the scene including the Greene Fire Department, New York State Police and NYS Forest Rangers.

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