Saturday, January 28, 2017

Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer, N3659Z: Accident occurred January 28, 2017 at Delaware Coastal Airport (KGED), Georgetown, Sussex County, Delaware

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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


http://registry.faa.gov/N3659Z 

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA097
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 28, 2017 in Georgetown, DE
Aircraft: PIPER PA22, registration: N3659Z
Injuries: 1 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 January 28, 2017, about 1400 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-22-150, N3659Z, was destroyed after it experienced an inflight fire after takeoff from Delaware Coastal Airport (GED), Georgetown, Delaware. The private pilot incurred minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight that was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, prior to departing the airport, he checked the engine oil level, performed a visual inspection of the engine compartment, and an engine run-up with no anomalies noted. After departing runway 28, the airplane reached 1,400 feet, and the pilot noticed "thick" smoke coming from behind the instrument panel and then the glareshield. The pilot opened the vent on the left door to evacuate smoke and allow him to search for a runway to land the airplane. He then noted flames by his feet and legs, and while "sideslipping" the airplane to a runway at the departure airport, the roof lining began to fall on him. The airplane continued to descend, and during the subsequent landing roll, the pilot reduced the throttle and mixture to shut down the engine. He pulled on the brake handle; however, the airplane did not slow. The pilot proceeded to egress while the airplane was in motion, and incurred minor injuries. The airplane came to rest in a grass area to the right side of runway 4.

An examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage, empennage, and right wing were consumed by fire. The left wing was partially consumed by fire. The engine remained attached to the fuselage and the propeller remained attached to the engine.

The airplane was retained for further examination.






Georgetown – Delaware State Police are currently investigating the incident in which an aircraft caught fire shortly after taking off from a Georgetown airport yesterday afternoon, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale.

Hale said that at approximately 2:07 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, January 28, 2017, as Donald Byrne, 59, of Lusby, MD, had just taken off in a single engine plane from the Sussex County Airport located at 21553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown.

After reaching a height of approximately 1400 feet, the plane’s cockpit began to fill with smoke. Byrne was able to bring the plane back to the airport, where just prior to landing, fire became visible in the cockpit. Upon landing, Byrne jumped from the plane while it was still in motion. The plane came to rest in a grassy area a short distance away and became fully engulfed in flames.

Donald Byrne was removed from the scene by ambulance and transported to Beebe Healthcare where he was treated for his non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation into this incident by the Delaware State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration is on-going. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Just after 2:00 p.m. today, Saturday, January 28, 2017 Georgetown Fire Company was dispatched to the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown, Delaware.

A 60-year-old Calvert County, Md., pilot is recovering from minor injuries after he had to declare an emergency shortly after takeoff from Delaware Coastal Airport near Georgetown, where he safely landed and exited the aircraft before it became engulfed in flames, according to Sussex County EMS.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, when the pilot, part of a group of recreational aviators visiting the area for the day, declared an emergency within moments of taking off from the airport’s crosswind runway.

The pilot turned the aircraft around, landing it on the runway, where it rolled to a stop in a grass infield. The pilot exited as flames consumed the Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer. Crews from Georgetown, Ellendale, Millsboro, and Milton fire companies, along with units from Sussex County EMS, Georgetown EMS and Delaware State Police, responded to the emergency, which also touched off a wind-swept brush fire along the runway.

It took fire crews approximately an hour to get the fire under control. Damage to the infield was limited to an approximately five- to 10-acre area. The pilot was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. The airport was closed to air traffic during the response. Airport officials have reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board for investigation.

Early reports that the plane had crash were unfounded.


Source:  http://firststateupdate.com








A Maryland pilot was injured Jan. 28 when an aircraft caught fire shortly after taking off from Sussex County Airport in Georgetown.

Donald Byrne, 59 of Lusby, Md., had just taken off in a  Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer plane from the airport shortly after 2 p.m., and was reaching 1,400 feet when the plane's cockpit began to fill with smoke, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale.

Byrne flew back to the airport and just before he landed, fire became visible in the cockpit. Once he landed, he jumped from the plane while it was still moving. The plane came to a rest in a grassy area a short distance away, where it then became fully engulfed in flames, Hale said.

Byrne was taken to Beebe Healthcare and treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

An investigation by the Delaware State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration is ongoing. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, Hale said.


Source:   http://www.capegazette.com




A 60-year-old Calvert County, Maryland pilot is recovering from minor injuries after he had to declare an emergency shortly after takeoff from Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown this (Saturday) afternoon, where he safely landed and exited the aircraft before it became engulfed in flames.

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center says the incident happened around 2 p.m., when the pilot, part of a group of recreational aviators visiting the area for the day, declared an emergency within moments of taking off from the airport's crosswind runway.

The pilot turned the aircraft around, landing it on the runway, where it rolled to a stop in a grass infield; the pilot then exited as flames consumed the 1960 Piper Tri-Pacer.

Firemen from Georgetown, Ellendale, Millsboro and Milton, along with units from Sussex County EMS, Georgetown EMS and Delaware State Police, responded to the emergency, which also touched off a wind-swept brush fire along the runway; it took fire crews approximately an hour to get the fire under control.

The pilot was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.

Airport officials have reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board for investigation.

Source:  http://www.delaware1059.com




Units from the Georgetown Fire Company responded to a call for an aircraft emergency at the Delaware Coastal Airport on Saturday.

Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale with the Delaware State Police said the single engine aircraft landed after fire reportedly broke out on board. The cause of the fire is as of now unknown.

"The aircraft was able to land safely after the fire broke out," Hale said.

Hale said one person on board suffered very minor injuries, and has been taken in for treatment.

According to the fire company's live run log, units were deployed to the runway at 2:09 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28.

Source:   http://www.delmarvanow.com

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