Monday, December 19, 2016

Cessna 150 Commuter, N150EC: Incident occurred December 19, 2016 in Palm Bay, Florida

FAA Flight Standards District Office: ORLANDO, FLORIDA 


Date: 19-DEC-16
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N150EC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

MICCO — A student pilot and a FIT flight instructor escaped serious injuries after their small, single-engine plane landed in an open field and then flipped over Monday afternoon in rural south Brevard County.

One person was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution. The 2:20 p.m. incident was described as a precautionary landing by officials.

The plane, a Cessna 150 that flew out of Orlando Melbourne International Airport, landed off the roadway and flipped over moments later after hitting a bumpy patch of ground in the 2700 block of Micco Road. It happened several miles south of the nearest airport in Grant-Valkaria.

Lt. Mike Bandish with the Palm Bay Police Department said a student and instructor from FIT's aviation school — a separate but affiliated entity from the Florida Institute of Technology — had flown out of Melbourne in the small Cessna aircraft to practice engine failure maneuvers when the cockpit began to fill with smoke.

The pilot attempted to land in a field about three-quarters of a mile south of Micco Road. Several Brevard County Fire Rescue crews responded, and found the two at the scene, conscious and moving around.

The flight instructor remained on scene after declining to be transported.

Police and Florida Tech personnel are still investigating the incident, according to Bandish. The flight instructor and the student pilot, who is not enrolled at the university, had been reaching a higher altitude when the two heard a noise and saw smoke filling the small cockpit, Florida Tech officials reported.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board also are investigating.

In November 2012, four people were killed – including a Florida Tech student and a flight instructor – on a take-off from the Palm Beach International Airport. The Piper Seminole aircraft was en route back to Melbourne from the Bahamas as part of ongoing training.

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MICCO, Fla. - One person was taken to the hospital after a single-engine plane crashed Monday afternoon in Brevard, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.

A FIT Aviation flight instructor had been in the plane with a student pilot doing training maneuvers over a field near Micco Road when the cabin started to fill with smoke, officials said.

The pilot had to put the plane down. It was found upside down in the field.The extent of the damage to the aircraft is not known.

The student pilot was taken to Sebastian River Hospital for precautionary measures. The pilot refused treatment.

The aircraft took off from Melbourne International Airport.

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A plane crash was reported Monday in the 2700 block of Micco Road in South Brevard County.

Officials said the cause of the single-engine plane crash is unknown.

One person was transported to a local hospital and one person refused medical treatment, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.

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