Saturday, September 24, 2016

Aero L-39 Albatros, N139AJ: Accident occurred September 23, 2016 at Hampton Roads Executive Airport (KPVG), Norfolk, Virginia


NTSB Identification: ERA16LA322
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 23, 2016 in Norfolk, VA
Aircraft: AERO VODOCHODY L 39, registration: N139AJ
Injuries: 1 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 September 23, 2016, at 1250 eastern daylight time, an Aero Vodochody L39, N139AJ, was substantially damaged after it impacted trees at the departure end of runway 28 at Hampton Roads Executive Airport (PVG), Norfolk, Virginia. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight that was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. 

According to the pilot, the airplane was on final approach to runway 28 when there was an "uncommanded" retraction of the flaps. He adjusted the pitch of the airplane and advanced the throttle in order to compensate for the flap retraction. The airplane touched down on the paved surface of the runway, the pilot applied the brakes, and then he applied the emergency brake. The airplane began to veer off to the side of the runway, the pilot released the emergency brake, and continued to apply the brakes utilizing the brake pedals. The airplane continued off the departure end of the runway, struck trees, and came to rest about 1,050 feet from the end of runway 28, which was a 5,350-foot-long runway. 

An examination of the runway revealed that skid marks from the airplane began around 1,000 feet prior to the departure end of the runway and continued into the area where the airplane came to rest.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A plane ran off of the runway at Hampton Roads Executive Airport Friday afternoon, according to Virginia State Police.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police says the plane ran off of the runway and into the woods shortly before 1 p.m.

The pilot was the lone occupant of the plane, and Anaya says there were no injuries.

Police are still investigating.

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