Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fisher Celebrity, N28JF: Accident occurred December 04, 2016 near Hampton Airfield (7B3), Rockingham County, New Hampshire

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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA087
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 04, 2016 in North Hampton, NH
Aircraft: JACK FEHLING CELEBRITY, registration: N28JF
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the approach to land, the biplane was low and to the right of the runway centerline. He further reported that to recover from the low altitude he added power, but the biplane struck a tree, which impaired its controllability. Subsequently, the biplane glided into small tree(s) and brush coming to rest nose down.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to all four wings and struts.

The pilot reported that there were no pre impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.


HAMPTON – No one was harmed when a 74-year-old pilot crashed a small biplane into a residential neighborhood Sunday while attempting to land at Hampton Airfield.

The pilot, a man from Newbury, Massachusetts, struck the top of a tree between 8 and 12 Reddington Landing with his biplane shortly after noon, according to Hampton Fire Capt. John Stevens. He then crashed into a patch of woods across the street next to 7 Reddington Landing, the plane's nose and wings badly damaged. Reddington Landing is near the southern end of the airfield's landing strip.

The pilot, whose name was not released, told first-responders he came in too low on his attempt to land, causing him to hit the top of the tree.

Sunday’s crash was the third involving small aircraft to occur at or around Hampton Airfield in the last three years. Two people were killed in a crash in 2014, and two others were badly injured in a crash in 2015, which they survived.

Stevens said the pilot was likely saved by a large amount of soft brush where it landed, softening the plane’s crash-landing.

“The small brush obviously served him well there,” Stevens said. “The smaller trees just kind of bent with him and allowed the plane to come down in a much gentler fashion compared to hitting a large tree.”

Chris Silver, the former Hampton fire chief who lives at 8 Reddington Landing, said he was inside his home when he heard the plane clip the tree, which is only a few feet from his house. He went outside to see the plane had crashed across the street, then went to help the pilot. He was soon joined by two other neighbors who together called 911 and helped the pilot get out of the plane.

Judi Savage, who lives at 7 Reddington Landing, said her children were playing in the woods close to where the plane crashed, which is only a few yards from her house. Her children ran inside to tell them to call 911, and her husband, John Savage, went out to join Silver in assisting the pilot.

Silver said the pilot appeared “a little shaken up” but unharmed. The pilot was then checked by an ambulance sent by North Hampton fire, and firefighters determined the pilot did not need to be transported to a hospital. Silver said the pilot then got a ride from the scene, and officials left Reddington Landing by 2 p.m. after marking off the crashed plane with yellow tape.

Stevens said the Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash and will begin conducting its own investigation.

Silver said he can recall seven plane crashes occurring in his 20 years living on Reddington Landing. He said he has always felt comfortable living close the airfield because he was always used to dealing with emergencies as a firefighter — though Sunday’s crash was the closest a plane has come to striking his house.

Judi Savage said plane crashes were less frequent when she first moved to the street. At that time, she said, crashes did not appear to be an imminent danger, but she has taken note of how frequently crashes have occurred in the last few years.

Garrett Miller, manager at Hampton Airfield, said Hampton Airfield would not comment on the crash, as it was “unrelated to the airport,” the crash having taken place off airfield property.

Hampton Police said the aircraft involved in the crash is called a Fisher Celebrity biplane and said that it was traveling from Beverly, Massachusetts, and heading to Hampton Airfield.


HAMPTON — A pilot is left uninjured after his plane crashed across from 12 Reddington Landing at approximately noon on Sunday near the Hampton Airfield.

The fire department received a call at 12:32 p.m. and found the pilot, a 74-year-old man, had been able to remove himself from the crash and walk away from it. He was uninjured.

The pilot told rescuers that he was making an approach from the south when he clipped low branches and lost control of the aircraft, a 2015 Fisher Celebrity Biplane.

The fire department said that the low trees and brush wound up lowering the plane slowly, making the crash less dangerous than it may have been otherwise.

The FAA is investigating the situation. 


HAMPTON, N.H. - The pilot of a small plane is OK after crashing in Hampton.

The plane ended up getting caught on small trees and brush around 12:30 p.m. on Reddington Lane.

The 74-year-old pilot was able to get himself out of the plane without injuries.

The pilot told police he was too low on his approach to the North Hampton airfield and clipped a tree as he approached the runway.


HAMPTON, N.H. —    A single-engine plane crashed in the woods in Hampton Sunday afternoon.

Hampton and North Hampton police responded to the scene at 12:36 p.m. after a resident reported the crash.

The 74-year-old pilot had extracted himself from the plane by the time first responders arrived on scene, officials said.

The plane landed nose-down in a heavily wooded area. There was minor damage to the plane's wings and nose.

There was a small fuel leak, but fire officials determined that it was not an immediate hazard, fire officials said.

Officials said the Fisher Celebrity is registered to a man in Rye.

The North Hampton airfield is near the crash site, but officials said the plane was not at the airfield prior to the crash.

The pilot was evaluated by rescue crews and released at the scene, fire officials said.

The FAA is expected to investigate the crash on Monday.


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