Monday, December 19, 2016

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

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: ORLANDO, FLORIDA 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA071
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 19, 2016 in Palm Bay, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N150EC
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 December 19, 2016, about 1400 eastern standard time, a Cessna 150M, N150EC, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after experiencing smoke in the cockpit while maneuvering near Palm Bay, Florida. The flight instructor and a student pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airplane departed Melbourne International Airport (MLB), Melbourne, Florida, about 1300.

Both the flight instructor and the student pilot provided written statements, and their descriptions of the events were consistent throughout.

During recovery from a simulated engine failure, both pilots first smelled and then observed smoke in the cockpit. The flight instructor took the flight controls, selected a forced landing site, and maneuvered the airplane for landing. Upon touchdown, the nose landing gear settled into low brush and soft terrain, where the airplane stopped, nosed-over, and came to rest inverted.

The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single engine and instrument airplane. His Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first-class medical certificate was issued on July 25, 2013. The instructor reported 309 total hours of flight experience, of which 3 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

The student pilot was issued a student pilot certificate and an FAA third class medical certificate on May 19, 2014. She reported 75 total hours of flight experience, of which 3 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

The two-seat, single-engine, high-wing, fixed-gear airplane was manufactured in 1976, and equipped with a Continental O-200-A series, 100-horsepower reciprocating engine. According to the airplane's maintenance records, the most recent annual inspection was completed on October 31, 2016, at 5,139 total aircraft hours.

At 1615, the weather reported at MLB; located 18 miles south of the accident site, included clear skies and wind from 090 degrees at 5 knots. The temperature was 27 degrees C, the dew point was 23 degrees C, and the altimeter setting was 30.27 inches of mercury.

An FAA inspector examined the wreckage at the site, and all major components were accounted for at the scene. Examination of the engine compartment revealed wires connected to the battery relay exhibited thermal damage.

The airplane was retained for further examination at a later date.

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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