Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cessna 180H Skywagon, N123GT: Accident occurred February 19, 2017 near Butter Valley Golf Port Airport (7N8), Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania

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

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

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA154
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Bally, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N123GT
Injuries: 4 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 of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during takeoff, the airplane encountered a wind gust and veered to the left. He corrected with right rudder and left aileron, and the airplane veered to the right. Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway to the right, the left main landing gear sheared off, and the airplane impacted two trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, and left wing.

The pilot reported there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of local weather at the airfield about the time of the accident showed the wind was 300° at 10 knots. The pilot was departing on runway 34.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during takeoff in crosswind conditions.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during takeoff the airplane encountered a gust of wind and veered to the left. He corrected with right rudder and left aileron, and the airplane veered to the right. Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway to the right, the left main landing gear sheared off, and the airplane impacted two trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage and left wing.

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

A review of local weather on the airfield about the time of the accident showed, the wind was 300° at 10 knots. The pilot was departing on runway 34.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N123GT

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA154
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Bally, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N123GT
Injuries: 4 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 of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during takeoff the airplane encountered a gust of wind and veered to the left. He corrected with right rudder and left aileron, and the airplane veered to the right. Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway to the right, the left main landing gear sheared off, and the airplane impacted two trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage and left wing.

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

A review of local weather on the airfield about the time of the accident showed, the wind was 300° at 10 knots. The pilot was departing on runway 34.


































AIRCRAFT:   1966 Cessna 180H N123GT

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS: Total time Airframe 6675.15  Engine Total Time: 2895, 877SMOH

ENGINE: Continental 0-470R SN211643-72A  877 SMOH by Mattituck        

PROPELLER: McCauley 2A34C66 unknown date of last overhaul     

AIRFRAME:     6675.15 hrs

OTHER EQUIPMENT: Narco MK12D w/gs, Narco MK12D w/gs, Narco CP136 audio panel, Narco ADF841, Narco DME 890, Narco Loran, Flint Aux fuel tanks in wings      
DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Loss of directional control on takeoff due to winds

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Propeller strike, left main gear broken off, tail section split from fuselage, destruction of left wing and left horizontal stab and elevator,
minor damage to lower cowl and cowl flaps

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Anglin Aircraft Recovery, Clayton, DE    

Read more here:   http://www.avclaims.com/N123GT.htm  



Upper Hanover Township, PA --   A small airplane crashed Sunday afternoon after taking off from an airport in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, damaging the aircraft but leaving its four passengers uninjured, officials said.

The crash occurred about 2:45 p.m. near Butter Valley Golf Port Airport along Gehman Road just east of Bally, said Rick Breitenfeldt, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

Airport owner John Gehman said that it was likely the result of a small gust of wind that caught the plane at just the right moment.

Gehman said the plane went down in Upper Hanover Township, just over the Berks line.

He said damage to the plane was extensive but passengers were unharmed.

State police at Skippack referred all inquiries to the FAA.

Breitenfeldt said in a statement that FAA would investigate the accident.

According to online FAA records, the plane was a 1966 Cessna 180 fixed wing single-engine aircraft owned by Jeffrey Schultz of Emmaus, Lehigh County.

Source:  http://www.readingeagle.com




UPPER HANOVER TWP., Pa. - A small plane crashed and split in half at a golf course and airport in Montgomery County, next to the Berks County border.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon at the Butter Valley Golf Port in Upper Hanover Township.

The impact caused the plane to split in half.

Amazingly, no one was injured, according to emergency communications officials.

At this point, there's no word on what may have caused the crash. It's also unclear how many people were in the plane.

The area of the wrecked plane was taped off along a fairway.

Not long after the crash, golfing continued at the course. A 69 News freelance photojournalist captured an image of a golfer hitting a ball next to the wrecked plane.

On its website, Butter Valley Golf Port describes itself as "one of the most unique places in Pennsylvania. In a beautiful, rural setting about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia, there's a fun-to-play, regulation golf course and quaint, little airport... together."

Source:   http://www.wfmz.com

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