The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
AERIAL MESSAGES OF DAYTONA & SALES INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N54HY
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
NTSB Identification: ERA17LA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 02, 2016 in Geneva, FL
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A 1B, registration: N54HY
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 November 2, 2016, about 1100 eastern daylight time, an Aviat Aircraft Inc. A-1B, N54HY, was substantially damaged after it impacted a fence during a precautionary landing near Geneva, Florida. The commercial 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. The flight originated from Massey Ranch Airpark (X50), New Smyrna Beach, Florida, around 1050, with an intended destination of Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, Florida.
According to the pilot, he performed an engine run up prior to departing X50 with no anomalies noted. About 10 minutes into the flight, the engine began to "run rough." The pilot adjusted the throttle, propeller lever, mixture, and carburetor heat; however, the engine started to backfire and continued to lose power. About that time, he noted a driving track below the airplane and elected to perform a precautionary landing. He made a spiraling descent from about 1,000 feet above ground level in order to warn the personnel on the track and maneuvered the airplane to land on a paved area. During the landing roll, the airplane came to rest after it struck a fence. The pilot stated that the engine continued to operate throughout the landing and landing roll until the airplane struck the fence.
An examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the left wing. An undetermined amount of fuel was removed from the airplane during the recovery. Engine crankshaft continuity was confirmed from the propeller to the accessory drive section. The spark plugs were removed and it was noted that the cylinder No. 1 top and bottom spark plug electrodes exhibited damage. The left magneto generated spark on all towers. The right magneto generated spark on only one tower.
The engine was retained for further examination.
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A small plane force landed at the Seminole State College driving track Wednesday while sheriff’s deputies were training.
Deputies noticed the plane flying over the driving track in Geneva at an unusually low altitude around 10:45 a.m.
The sheriff’s office helicopter was unable to make contact with the plane, but heard its engine sputtering, deputies said.
Everyone was ordered off the track and the pilot attempted to land, but was unable to bring the plane to a complete stop before crashing into a chain-link fence, deputies said.
Every Seminole County deputy getting tactical driving training Wednesday morning heard the radio call to get out of the classroom building.
"Clear the building, clear the building now, clear the building," the radio transmission said.
The plane came to rest yards away from a number of parked cars and the training facility building, deputies said.
Deputies said the plane sustained significant damage, but nobody was injured.
This is a very, very close call, the plane is descending and only moments to get our deputies off the track," Sgt. Celines Rios said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
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