Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Piper J5A Cub Cruiser, N30313: Accident occurred August 10, 2016 at Sandusky City Airport (Y83), Sanilac County, Michigan 

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA322
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Sandusky, MI
Aircraft: PIPER J5C, registration: N30313
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 August 10, 2016, about 0730 eastern daylight time, a Piper J5C airplane, N30313, impacted a ditch after landing at Sandusky City Airport (Y83), Sandusky, Michigan. The private rated pilot sustained minor injuries and the pilot rated passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Dupont-Lapeer Airport (D95), Lapeer, Michigan, about 0630.

The pilot stated that they arrived at Y83 and completed one full stop landing on runway 18. They departed runway 18, entered the traffic pattern, and intended to land on runway 36. The pilot noted that the touchdown was normal, but the airplane veered to the right and impacted a ditch. The pilot noted that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot had no other memory of the accident sequence. 

The pilot rated passenger, seated in the rear seat, stated that the approach was stable, but during the landing the airplane "bounced pretty good," enough for the airplane became airborne again. The airplane bounced 2 to 3 times and veered right. The airplane began to gain altitude and then dropped into the ditch. He did not recall the right wing contacting anything prior to the impact with the ditch. The passenger had no other memory of the accident sequence.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector conducted a postaccident examination of the airplane and found no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. He reported that the left wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage during the impact sequence.

SANDUSKY, MI – At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an airplane accident at the Sandusky Airport.plane photo

Sanilac County Sheriff’s Deputies and Sandusky Police responded to the airport. The pilot and passenger were out of the airplane and were located in the airport terminal.

According to Sgt. Ron DuBois, the initial investigation indicates that the pilot, a 65-year-old Metamora man and his passenger, a 61-year-old man also from Metamora, were flying in from Lapeer in the Pilot’s 1940 Piper J5A airplane. At approximately 7:30 a.m. the pilot attempted to land on the grass runway at Sandusky Airport.

The airplane touched down without issue and after the touchdown and traveling a short distance, an unknown issue caused the aircraft to veer off the runway into a large drainage ditch. The wing struck the opposite bank of the ditch and turned the nose of the airplane straight into the ditch bank. The impact caused significant damage to the aircraft.

The pilot and passenger were able to get themselves out of the airplane. They were both taken to McKenzie Hospital in Sandusky for treatment of their injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will be conducting an investigation in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office. The name of the occupants of the airplane are being withheld pending an investigative determination.

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