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Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I, Wayman American Flight Training, N16499: Accident occurred August 19, 2016 in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA295
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 19, 2016 in Hollywood, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA34, registration: N16499
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 19, 2016, at 1130 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-34-200, N16499, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in the everglades near Hollywood, Florida. The flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction were uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by American Flight Training LLC. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed from North Perry Airport (HWO), Hollywood Florida, about 1100.

The purpose of the flight was to perform practice maneuvers in preparation for a multi-engine instructor practical examination. According to the flight instructor, the pilot under instruction was at the controls and had just completed a right turn at an altitude of 3,300 feet mean sea level, when he heard a loud noise and observed something separate from the right engine. He took the controls and headed east toward the airport, when he noticed the airplane would not maintain altitude. According to the pilot under instruction, the right engine had partially separated from its mounts, and was angled downward. The instructor performed a forced landing to an area of tall sawgrass and shallow water in the everglades.

Examination of the wreckage at the scene by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the right engine had separated from its mounts, as was found about 75 feet in front of the airplane. One propeller blade was missing and the propeller hub was fractured. The left wing trailing edge and aileron were substantially damaged. The empennage was buckled on both sides near the mid-section attachment point.

Maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent 100-hour inspection (which included inspection of both propellers) occurred on May 27, 2016, at which time the propeller installed on the right engine had accrued a total of 7,100 hours, with 380 hours since overhaul. The airplane flew about 60 hours since that inspection.

The right engine and propeller assembly were retained for later examination.

OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) - A small, twin-engine aircraft made an emergency landing, Friday, after reportedly having engine failure.

7 Skyforce HD flew over the scene of a Piper PA-34 that made an emergency landing in the Everglades, 18 miles west of US Highway 27, just before noon Friday. Tower officials were in communication with the pilot who reportedly said they would be putting the aircraft down.

The pilot and co-pilot were later seen standing on top of the crashed aircraft, which landed about 18 miles west of North Perry Airport. “We heard a Mayday call on guard frequency,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Joseph Messina. “We heard the pilot say, ‘Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, I’m going down.'”

The plane took off from Opa-locka Executive Airport early Friday morning and quickly had engine problems. Both engines were destroyed and a fuel leak also occurred. “The nose cone was broken off. There was a little bit of wreckage everywhere,” Messina said. “The landing gear had been broken apart, and one of the engines had separated itself from the left wing.”

The U.S. Coast Guard, unsure of the plane’s condition, went through with the rescue, sending over a helicopter. “We dropped down from a 30-foot hover and lowered our rescue basket down to the top of the plane,” Messina said.

Skyforce HD caught the moments when one of the people on board was lifted in the rescue basket to safety. Both men were flown back to their home airport in Opa-locka.

Messina confirmed that both men were uninjured. “In great condition. They looked like they were happy to get off the plane,” he said. “There were no injuries.”

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesperson Mike Jachles also spoke of the possible condition of both passengers. “When BSO Air Rescue located the wreckage, they saw the two people onboard were giving the thumbs up, indicating they appeared OK,” said Jachles.

The plane is owned by American Flight Training, who told 7News that both men on board were both veterans and knew how to handle themselves in flight.

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A pilot and a student survived a hard landing in a small plane in far western Broward County Friday morning.

The plane, owned by the Wayman Flight School at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, took off with only the flight instructor, Alejandro Alvarez, 51, and one student, Pedro Krisciunas, 22, on board.

"They did a forced landing because of engine trouble," said Eddie Luy, a manager and part owner of the school. "In the end it was the best result we could have hoped for given a bad situation."

A helicopter crew from the U.S. Coast Guard and a Broward Sheriff's Office air rescue unit were first on the scene, finding the fixed-wing, two-engine Piper Seneca on its belly in heavy marshland shortly before noon about seven miles west of U.S. 27, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.

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"When BSO Air Rescue located the wreckage, they saw that the two people that were on board were giving the thumbs-up, indicating they appeared OK," Jachles said.

A sheriff's office airboat unit later examined the plane and determined there were no fuel leaks or anything else that would harm the environment or create an additional safety hazard, Jachles said. He did not know when the plane would be removed from the site.

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