Saturday, December 3, 2016

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N2367R, Baxnav Flight LLC: Accident occurred December 02, 2016 at Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (KHQU), Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Baxnav Flight LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N2367R

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA089
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 02, 2016 in Thomson, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28, registration: N2367R
Injuries: 2 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, while on a cross-country flight, he diverted from his destination to a nearby airport due to low fuel. He added that the right fuel tank “went dry” and that the engine lost power on downwind, so he switched to the left fuel tank, and the engine momentarily restarted before it experienced a total power loss of power on base. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the instrument landing system lights, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings.

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He reported that he miscalculated the fuel and “ran out of gas.” A postaccident examination found about 1 cup of fuel in one of the tanks.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s improper preflight planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the total loss of engine power. 

The pilot reported that while on a cross country flight he diverted from his destination to a nearby airport due to low fuel. He added that the right fuel tank "went dry" and the engine lost power on downwind, so he switched to the left fuel tank and the engine momentarily restarted before it experienced a total power loss on base. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the instrument landing system lights, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings. 

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA089
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 02, 2016 in Thomson, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28, registration: N2367R
Injuries: 2 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 while on a cross country flight he diverted from his destination to a nearby airport due to low fuel. He added that the right fuel tank "went dry" and the engine lost power on downwind, so he switched to the left fuel tank and the engine momentarily restarted before it experienced a total power loss on base. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the instrument landing system lights, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings.

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.





AUGUSTA, Ga. (CNN) - A single-engine plane in pieces just short of the runway at the Thomson McDuffie Regional Airport one day after a crash.

Many drivers on Washington road drove slow to get a good look of the scene.

McDuffie County Fire and Rescue say a man and a woman were onboard the Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee when it crash landed Friday night.

McDuffie County dispatchers say the call came in around 6:30.

The pilot ran out of fuel as they were approaching the runway.

The plane was flying low and hit a tall tower at the end of the runway.

It crash landed in a field between the runway and highway-78.

Firefighters say both wings broke away from the aircraft when it hit the ground, but the center of the plane stayed in one piece.

The passenger and pilot are both okay. First responders called the two very lucky.

The FAA is investigating.


Story and video:   http://www.ozarksfirst.com



THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A pilot and passenger walk away from a plane crash unharmed near Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport.


McDuffie County Dispatch says they responded to a call regarding a plane crash at the airport around 6:30 p.m. Friday night. Dispatch says the pilot was a citizen with a pilot's license flying a private plane. McDuffie Emergency Services say the pilot and passenger were a man and a woman.


A spokesperson with McDuffie County's Engine Company 2 says the plane ran out of fuel and was flying in low when he approached the runway.


During his approach, the pilot struck an instrument-landing system (ILS) at the end of the runway. An ILS is a small tower that enables planes to land if the pilots are unable to establish visual contact with the runway through radio signals.


Upon impact, both wings and the landing gear broke away and there was significant damage to the outer parts of the plane. The center was still in tact with only small damage to the front. The damaged plane remains near the runway.


Both the pilot and passenger were evaluated at the scene and released with no injuries. The runway remained open as firefighters responded to the scene. 


Source:  http://www.wrdw.com 





A small plane crashed just short of the runway Friday night at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport.

No one was injured in the incident that officials are calling a hard landing.

According to authorities on the scene, the plane crash-landed in the field just beyond the airport along Washington Road around 6:45 p.m.

It is believed that the plane ran out of gas. The impact sheared off a wing and damaged the landing gear of the aircraft. McDuffie fire rescue squads stationed at the airport were on the scene quickly and McDuffie EMS evaluated the pilot, who refused to be taken to a hospital.

Authorities on the scene said that traffic at the airport — and along Washington Road —was not affected by the accident. Federal aviation authorities are looking in to the crash.

Story and comments: http://chronicle.augusta.com

THOMPSON, Ga. - A pilot and passenger out of St. Augustine were unharmed in an emergency landing at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, according to a report from WRDW/WAGT in Augusta, Georgia.

At around 6:30 p.m. Friday, McDuffie County officials responded to a single-engine plane crash at the regional airport.

The Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee was flying low on its final approach to the runway when it ran out of fuel, officials said.

During the final approach, the pilot struck the instrument landing system (ILS) at the end of the runway. The ILS system is used to help pilots land when visibility is low.

The pilot and passenger of a Piper Archer out of St. Augustine were unharmed in a crash on final approach at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport

According to the report, both of the airplane’s wings and landing gear broke off during impact, and there was extensive damage to its exterior.

The fuselage of the airplane remained intact, with only minimal damage to its front.

The pilot and the passenger were evaluated at the scene and released without injuries.

Source:  http://www.news4jax.com

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