Monday, March 6, 2017

Cessna 150J, Ellsworth Aircraft LLC, N60939: Accident occurred March 05, 2017 near Argyle Airport (1C3), Washington County, New York

Ellsworth Aircraft LLC:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office:   Albany, New York

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.  

Date: 05-MAR-17
Time: 15:36:00Z
Regis#: N60939
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C150
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

ARGYLE — The two people injured in a Sunday afternoon plane crash were identified Monday as a flight instructor and student pilot who were hurt when the plane had to make an emergency landing because of engine problems, police said.

State Police said a Cessna 150J apparently had carburetor problems that may have been caused by ice from cold weather.

The plane, owned by Ellsworth Aircraft LLC of Lake George, was being used by flight instructor Jessica Giovanni, 32, of Latham and student pilot Amir Karimi, 42, of Loudonville when the 10:39 a.m. crash occurred.

Giovanni suffered face and knee injuries, while Karimi had shoulder and knee injuries, officials said. They were taken to Glens Falls Hospital by Argyle Rescue Squad, where their conditions were not available as of early Monday. They were not listed in the hospital's public directory.

Authorities said the plane had taken off from Warren County airport in Queensbury for a flight lesson, and Karimi was practicing "power on, power off" maneuvers in which the engine is brought down to low RPM before the pilot increases them.

The engine stalled when the RPMs were reduced, and Karimi was unable to re-start it, according to State Police.

The pilot and instructor tried to find a field for an emergency landing, but the plane was heavily damaged when it came down in a field off county Route 47, near the intersection with Street Road, and then hit several trees. It had a fuel tank that was nearly full.

State Police said the cockpit went between two trees, allowing the wings to take the brunt of the impact and the two passengers to avoid serious injuries.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration inspected the plane at the crash scene, and determined that it appeared the carburetor -- which feeds fuel to the engine -- may have developed a blockage from ice that formed within it.

Federal records show Karimi does have a pilot's license.

A phone message left for Giovanni was not returned Monday afternoon.

Ellsworth Aircraft is owned by contractor Daniel Ellsworth, and the company shares an address on Route 9 in Lake George with Ellsworth Contracting. The plane was based at Warren County airport.


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