Saturday, August 6, 2016

Piper PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III, Hampden Aviation Services Inc., N3783M: Accident occurred August 06, 2016 at Northampton Airport (7B2), Hampshire County, Massachusetts


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Windsor Locks FSDO-63

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA280
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 2016 in Northampton, MA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-201, registration: N3783M
Injuries: 2 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 August 06, 2016, about 1145 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-201, N3783M, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Northampton Airport (7B2), Northampton, Massachusetts. The flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from 7B2, about 1143.

According to the flight instructor, during a simulated soft field take-off, the airplane's climb performance deteriorated noticeably. As the airplane reached approximately 150 feet above ground level, the engine started to lose power. He then realized that continuing the climb was not possible, and any increase in pitch resulted in an immediate decrease in airspeed. The flight instructor elected to make an emergency off airport landing in a corn field near the end of the departure runway. During the landing sequence the right wing and firewall were damaged.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

NORTHAMPTON — A plane flown by a student pilot went off the runway and crashed in a cornfield at Northampton Airport shortly before noon Saturday.

There were no injuries, police said. The plane was carrying two people at the time of the crash. Both passengers exited the plane unscathed and walked down the runway for help.

Flashing lights were visible from the outskirts of the runway as first responders from Northampton Police Department and Northampton Fire Department rushed to the scene. Police and firefighters brushed through the cornfield to access the site of the crash.

Some 10 feet into the field, the plane sat with its door hanging open. The plane was surrounded by flattened corn stalks it mowed down during the crash. The plane did not catch fire, firefighters said.

Police declined to comment on the identity of the passengers or the cause of the crash.

John Smith is a flight instructor at Northampton Airport. He rushed to the scene when he heard there was a crash. The last time he flew the plane, it was in good shape, he said. 

“Luckily, there are no injuries,” Smith said. “But what we do have, is a bent up plane.” 

The plane is a small four-passenger, single engine model owned by Hampden Aviation Services, according to FlightAware, a website that tracks plane data.

The crash is the second this week at Northampton Airport. A pilot was uninjured in a crash Thursday after a bad landing. Airport manager Rich MacIsaac said the incidents are unrelated.


NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -   A rough landing for two people aboard a small plane at the Northampton Airport after it came down into a corn field nearby. 

Western Mass News went to the scene at around noon Saturday.

Emergency crews were called to the airport including both police and firefighters.

Our crew on scene spoke with police who told us that the two occupants on board had not been hurt in the incident.

The small plane ended up landing in a corn field hundreds of feet away from the runway. 

No further details were immediately available. 

The incident remains under investigation. 


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