Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cirrus SR22, PSI 917 LLC, N217CE: Accident occurred November 22, 2016 at Mercer County Airport (KBLF), Bluefield, West Virginia

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

PSI 917 LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N217CE

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Charleston FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA063
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 22, 2016 in Bluefield, WV
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N217CE
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 November 22, 2016, at 1220 eastern standard time, a Cirrus Design Corp. SR-22 single-engine airplane, N217CE, sustained substantial damage during an aborted takeoff at the Mercer County Airport (BLF), Bluefield, West Virginia. The commercial pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the airport at the time of the accident which was being conducted as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. No flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was destined for Hilton Head Airport (HXD), Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

According to the pilot, the airplane was not making full power on the takeoff roll and there were fluctuations with the airspeed so he elected to abort the takeoff. He reduced power and applied full braking, but the left wing became airborne and the right wing struck the runway. The airplane veered to the right and the propeller struck a grassy area. The airplane impacted the ground and spun 180 degrees before it came to a stop.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Weather at the airport at 1152 was reported as wind from 290 degrees at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, and clear skies.

BLUEFIELD — Officials from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) were on the scene Wednesday at Mercer County Airport to investigate the crash of a small plane on Tuesday.

No one was injured in the incident.

Clint Ransom, airport manager, said the identities of the pilot and one passenger have not yet been released and the cause of the crash won’t be officially determined until after the investigation.

Ransom said the single-engine propeller plane that seats four was taking off when the crash occurred.

“It did happen on takeoff,” he said. “There was one passenger and the pilot, but no injuries.”

Ransom said the area around the plane has now been cleared.

“The FFA and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) did clear us to clean up the site and leave the airplane, which we did Tuesday evening,” he said. “They will be conducting the investigation. They are coming today.”

No timeline is in place for the investigation.

“They may disassemble the plane, or maybe not,” he said. “We won’t have any more information available until the FFA releases it.”

Ransom said response to the incident was fast and well-coordinated.

“The entire response to the incident went very smoothly,” he said. “My employees performed the way they were supposed to and emergency responders were here very quickly.”

Ransom said the airport was reopened about five hours after the crash.

“At least two planes had to be diverted while we were closed,” he said.

The only danger posed was a fuel leak.

Chief Dave Thompson of the Green Valley-Glenwood said some fuel was leaking from the aircraft.

“We had a line that ruptured on the bottom of the tank on the left wing,” Thompson said later. “We were trying to divert an explosion or a fire.”

Firefighters secured the fuel and wreckage without any incidents.

The website FlightAware showed that the plane was a Cirrus SR-22 and the owner a corporation in Naples, Fla.

The aircraft’s latest recorded flight was from Hinton Head, S.C., to Mercer County.

Crashes at the airport are rare, Ransom said, but there have been eight to 10 fatalities over the history of the airport.

The worst was in the 1980s when a Cessna Citation jet crashed on an aborted landing killing six people from Beckley.

“There was some snow and ice on the runway and the pilot could not get stopped,” he said. “It was not going fast enough to take off again and the plane ran into some dirt at the end of the runway and flipped over down the hill.”

A DC-3 (the main propeller passenger plane used by Piedmont Airlines) ran off the runway over the hill in the 1970s, he said, but no one was injured in that crash.

“We’ve seen a few small crashes, like a plane coming in with the landing gear still up,” he said. “A few other fatalities have occurred, involving planes that crashed either coming in or leaving (away from the airport itself).”

Ransom said there can be an increase in the use of the airport during the holidays as planes stop for fuel.

“But our local general aviation stays about the same (including holidays),” he said.

Source:   http://www.bdtonline.com

BLUEFIELD — First responders hurried to the scene late Tuesday morning after an single-engine aircraft crashed at the end of a local airport’s runway.

Mercer County 911 was alerted at approximately 11:43 a.m. about a crash at the Mercer County Airport, and units of the Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, the Princeton Rescue Squad and West Virginia State Police were soon on the scene. Corporal J.M. Ellison of the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment said there were no injuries.

“All I can tell you is that a small four-person aircraft was taking off on Runway 5,” Airport Manager Clint Ransom said at the scene. 

Only one person, the pilot, was aboard the aircraft, Ransom stated.

“I’ve been here three and a half years, and this is the first type of incident of this type that I’ve dealt with,” he added after being asked about any previous crashes at the airport.

As the airplane attempted to lift off, it left the runway, leaving pieces behind on the ground before coming to rest. 

Chief Dave Thompson of the Green Valley-Glenwood department told bystanders to keep back while firefighters secured some fuel leaking from the aircraft.

“We had a line that ruptured on the bottom of the tank on the left wing,” Thompson said later. “We were trying to divert an explosion or a fire.” Firefighters secured the fuel and wreckage without any incidents.

After inputing the plane’s registration number into the website FlightAware, the site showed that the plane was a Cirrus SR-22 aircraft with a single engine and four seats. 

The owner was shown as a corporation in Naples, Fla. 

The aircraft’s latest recorded flight was from Hinton Head, S.C., to Mercer County.

Source:  http://www.bdtonline.com

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