Wednesday, March 1, 2017

XtremeAir XA42, N342AW: Accident occurred March 01, 2017 at North Palm Beach County Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, Florida

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA122
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 01, 2017 in West Palm Beach, FL
Aircraft: XTREMEAIR GMBH XA42, registration: N342AW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 March 1, 2017, about 1315 eastern standard time, an Xtremeair GMBH XA42, N342AW, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff from North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, Florida. The airline transport pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, the accident flight was the first flight of the day, and the airplane had about 20 gallons of fuel on board. During takeoff, when the airplane was approximately 150 feet above ground level, the "engine suddenly quit as if the mixture went to idle cutoff." The pilot attempted to restart the engine without success and elected to land the airplane straight ahead in a field. During the landing, the airplane touched down on soft terrain and skidded about 60 feet prior to coming to rest in the upright position. The pilot then egressed from the airplane.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the two-place, conventional gear, low-wing airplane was manufactured in 2015, and was registered to the pilot at that time. It was powered by a Lycoming AEIO-580 series, 315-horsepower engine. According to a photograph, the engine oil filter exhibited a date of February 28, 2017, and a time of 321.5 hours.

Examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed that the firewall and engine mounts were substantially damaged during the forced landing. Furthermore, all three propeller blade tips were impact damaged.

The engine was retained for further examination.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (CBS12) — An XtremeAir XA42 slid off the runway and came to rest in a marsh at the North Palm Beach County Airport, the FAA said Wednesday.

The incident happened just after 1 p.m. and drew multiple rescue crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, one aircraft is 75 yards out in a swampy area and there are no reported injuries.

The FAA said the pilot was the only one on board.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is on scene, assisting with the investigation.

Fire Rescue reported the incident involved two aircraft. It's unclear at this moment how the second aircraft was involved.


PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews are investigating a plane accident at North Palm Beach County Airport.

Two aircraft were involved in the incident, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Officials with the FAA say an XtremeAir XA42 aircraft slid off the grass runway and came to rest approximately 75 yards into a marsh area. No injuries were reported. Only the pilot was on board.

The FAA did not disclose details of a second aircraft being involved in the accident.


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