Friday, August 12, 2016

Grumman AA-5A, N26104: Accident occurred August 12, 2016 in Reno, Nevada

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA428
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 12, 2016 in Reno, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2016
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AVN. CORP. AA 5A, registration: N26104
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 pilot reported that while flying over a lake he developed a severe headache and decided to land on a remote dirt area on the northwest side of the lake to rest. He overflew his intended landing site and did not see any obstructions to landing. However, he further reported that close to touch down he noticed fence posts perpendicular to his landing path and applied full power to climb over them, but was unsuccessful. The airplane impacted the posts, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to see and avoid fence posts during landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings.

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (KOLO) - The pilot of a small plane is okay after a hard landing at Pyramid Lake Friday.

Early the afternoon of August 12, 2016, 911 dispatch starting getting calls from a man who said his plane had crashed in the area of Needles, along the northwest part of the lake. He walked away from the plane with no serious injuries.

The landing took place off road and no traffic was affected.

Emergency crews from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District caught up with the pilot about an hour later. They then found the plane, on its wheels but not able to fly.

The pilot had been trying to land when he clipped the post from a cattle guard. It's not clear why he was trying to land. The incident is under investigation.

The plane is a single-engine prop Grumman American.


A small plane crashed on the northwest side of Pyramid Lake near an area known as the Needles on Friday afternoon, Emergency Manager of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Don Pelt said.

According to Pelt, the pilot of the crash "seems to be fine."

"The pilot said he was attempting to land and he clipped a cattle guard," Pelt said.

Pelt said it is unsure whether the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing.

The pilot was the only person on the plane.

According to Pelt, planes are allowed to fly in the area but not land.

Emergency crew from the Pyramid Lake Paiutes are responding.


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