Saturday, February 11, 2017

Beech T-34B Mentor, Air 906 LLC, N18PS: Accident occurred February 11, 2017 at Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA138
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 11, 2017 in St. Petersburg, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: BEECH T 34B, registration: N18PS
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, after maneuvering in the local area for about 45 minutes, he returned to his home airport for landing. During the final approach, the airplane sunk below the proper glidepath, and he increased the power three separate times, but the airplane continued to sink. Subsequently, the airplane struck a seawall located about 380 ft from the runway threshold, which resulted in the propeller separating from the propeller hub and the collapse of the landing gear.

The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector who interviewed the pilot after the accident, the pilot reported that the engine did not contribute to the accident. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain an appropriate glidepath to the runway.

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa Bay, Florida

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

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

Air 906 LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N18PS 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA138
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 11, 2017 in St. Petersburg, FL
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 after maneuvering in the local area for about 45 minutes, he returned to his home airport for landing. He further reported that during the final approach, the airplane sunk below the proper glide path and he increased the power three separate times, but the airplane continued to sink. Subsequently, the airplane struck a seawall located about 380 feet from the runway threshold, which resulted in the propeller separating from the propeller hub and the collapse of the landing gear.

The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector who interviewed the pilot after the accident, the pilot reported that the engine did not contribute to the accident.



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The pilot and a passenger were able to walk away from the crash of a Beech T-34 Mentor plane at Albert Whitted Airport on Saturday afternoon.

About 4:20 p.m., a Beech T-34B Mentor plane was trying to land when it came in too low and clipped the seawall. There was minor damage to the plane.

The crash is being investigated by Albert Whitted Airport and aviation authorities.

Source:  http://www.wtsp.com



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A plane attempting to land at a St. Petersburg airport was damaged during an incident Saturday afternoon.


Officials said a Beech T-34B Mentor plane was trying to land at Albert Whitted Airport on 8th Avenue Southeast.

The pilot came in too low and clipped the seawall, causing minor damage to the plane.

The pilot and passenger were both uninjured.

The accident is being investigated by the airport and aviation authorities.

Source:  http://wfla.com

ST. PETERSBURG — A Beech T-34 Mentor plane carrying two people crashed near Albert Whitted Airport Saturday afternoon in an incident that city officials are describing as "minor."

The crash happened about 4:40 p.m., when a Beech T-34B Mentor plane struck the seawall at the end of the airport's runway 25 and landed hard in the grass, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.

It wasn't immediately clear whether anyone was hurt in the crash.

Bergen said the FAA would investigate the incident.

Source:  http://www.tampabay.com

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