Thursday, March 9, 2017

Glasair Sportsman GS-2, N237PM: Accident occurred March 09, 2017 at Trenton-Robbinsville Airport (N87), Mercer County, New Jersey

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA182
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 09, 2017 in Robbinsville, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2017
Aircraft: PEDERSEN BJARNE MARTIN SPORTSMAN GS-2, registration: N237PM
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered off the runway to the left. He added that he applied rudder inputs and full power to arrest the veer but was unsuccessful. The airplane continued to veer off the runway and impacted a tree. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. 

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

An automated weather observation located about 10 miles northwest of the airport reported that, about 7 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 280° at 14 knots, gusting to 21 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 29. 

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

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N237PM

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA182
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 09, 2017 in Robbinsville, NJ
Aircraft: PEDERSEN BJARNE MARTIN SPORTSMAN GS-2, registration: N237PM
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered off the runway to the left. He added that he applied rudder inputs and full power to arrest the veer, but was unsuccessful. The airplane continued to veer off the runway and impacted a tree.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. 

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


A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation located about 10 miles north west of the accident airport reported that, about 7 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 280° at 14 knots, gusting to 21 knots. The airplane was landing runway 29.



ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (WPVI) --  Authorities are investigating a small plane crash in Mercer County that left a pilot injured.

It happened before 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Trenton Robbinsville Airport on Sharon Road.

Police say the pilot of a single engine plane was trying to land and lost control.

The plane ended up in a wooded area adjacent to the runway.

Video from Chopper 6 HD showed one wing partially separated from the plane's fuselage.

The pilot, who was alone in the plane, was taken to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton with injuries described as minor.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the crash.


Story and video:  http://6abc.com

ROBBINSVILLE -- A small plane crashed into a wooded area near a runway while trying to land at Robbinsville Airport Thursday afternoon, police said.

The pilot, identified only as a 79-year-old man, was the only person on board and had injuries to his face in the 1:10 p.m. crash, police spokesman Lt. Michael Polaski said.

He was out of the plane when first responders arrived at the scene and was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment.

Polaski said the pilot was approaching the airport from the west in a home-built plane when he suddenly lost control and crashed south of the landing strip. The runway runs parallel to Sharon Road.

The plane is a Sportsman GS-2 registered to Bjarne Martin Pedersen, of New York, N.Y., Federal Aviation Administration records show.

Police said they could not confirm if Pedersen was the pilot.

The plane is manufactured in kit form by Glasair Aviation, and then assembled by the owner, the company says.

The crash also caused a fuel spill at the scene, police said. The Robbinsville Fire Department also responded.

Federal aviation authorities were notified of the crash and are investigating, police said.

Story and photo gallery: http://www.nj.com

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