Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Luscombe 8A, N8554Y: Fatal accident occurred April 18, 2017 near Skylark Airpark (7B6), Warehouse Point, Hartford County, Connecticut

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

Analysis 

The two private pilots were making a local flight in the airplane, which was equipped with dual flight controls. Both pilots were qualified to fly the airplane, and it could not be determined which pilot was manipulating the flight controls at the time of the accident. Following a flight of about 30 minutes duration, witnesses observed the airplane make a full stop landing, taxi back, and take off to the east. The engine sounded normal during the takeoff and initial climb. One witness then observed the airplane shaking, then tipping left and right, followed by an abrupt turn to the left. The nose of the airplane dropped, and the airplane descended rapidly to ground impact. The wreckage was found in a wooded area about 1/2 mile northeast of the airport in an inverted, nose-low attitude. An examination of the wreckage did not reveal evidence of any preexisting mechanical malfunctions or anomalies. Although the right fuel tank selector handle was installed backwards, the fuel valve was in the correct position for fuel to feed normally.

Toxicology testing of the left-seat pilot revealed the presence of diphenhydramine; however, the level detected was too low to quantify and was unlikely to be impairing.

Although the exact amount of fuel on board at the time of the accident could not be determined, estimates of the airplane's gross weight indicated that the airplane was between 54 lbs and 156 lbs over maximum gross weight. Based on the witness observation that the wings were rocking before the airplane abruptly turned left and then descended, it is likely that the pilot failed to maintain adequate airspeed while maneuvering aggressively, which resulted in exceedance of the critical angle of attack and an aerodynamic stall. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: 

The flying pilot's excessive maneuvering of the airplane at a slow airspeed, which resulted in exceedance of the critical angle of attack and an aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident was the pilots' operation of the airplane over its maximum allowable gross weight. 

Findings

Aircraft
Angle of attack - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Maximum weight - Capability exceeded (Factor)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Weight/balance calculations - Pilot (Factor)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb
Loss of control in flight (Defining event)

Uncontrolled descent
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hartford, Connecticut
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama

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

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

Robert J. Plourde: http://registry.faa.gov/N8554Y




Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: East Windsor, CT
Accident Number: ERA17FA156
Date & Time: 04/18/2017, 1840 EDT
Registration: N8554Y
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 18, 2017, about 1840 eastern daylight time, a Luscombe 8A, N8554Y, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees and terrain during the initial climb after takeoff from Skylark Airport (7B6), East Windsor, Connecticut. The two private pilots were fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by one of the pilots under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

A witness reported that the pilot and passenger pulled the airplane out of its hangar and added fuel. The airplane then took off, and the engine sounded "strong and smooth." The airplane departed the airport traffic pattern for about 30 minutes and returned for landing. After landing, the engine was not shut down, and the occupants did not exit the airplane. About 5 minutes later, the airplane taxied for takeoff. During the takeoff roll, the engine again sounded "strong and smooth." The witness observed the airplane until it was about 50 to 75 ft in the air. He did not notice anything unusual about the airplane or the takeoff.

A second witness, who was adjacent to the mid-point of the runway, observed the takeoff and reported that the engine sounded like it was at full power and "normal." The airplane appeared to be at the correct altitude for the takeoff. He called it a "nice and steady takeoff."

A third witness, who was standing at the departure end of runway 10, observed the takeoff and reported that, as the airplane passed overhead, it seemed to be lower and slower than most airplanes that he had observed. He then saw the airplane shaking and tipping left and right as it barely cleared the tree line past the end of the runway. He saw the airplane make a "drastic, sharp, and abrupt" turn to the north. He stopped hearing the engine, and the airplane "dropped like a stone." He then called the local authorities to report the accident. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/04/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/02/2017
Flight Time: 305 hours (Total, all aircraft), 31 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/24/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/10/2017
Flight Time: 650 hours (Total, all aircraft), 37 hours (Total, this make and model) 

The pilot seated in the right seat, who was the registered owner of the airplane, held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. He reported 292 hours of total flight time on his most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third class medical certificate application, dated March 4, 2016. An examination of the pilot's logbook revealed that he had logged about 305 hours total time at the time of the accident, including 31 hours in the Luscombe. He completed a 14 CFR section 61.56 flight review on January 2, 2017, in a Cessna 172. He had completed his previous flight review on December 27, 2014, in the Luscombe.

The pilot seated in the left seat held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. He reported 600 hours of total flight time on his application for his most recent FAA third class medical certificate, dated March 24, 2017. A review of his pilot logbook revealed 650 hours total time at the time of the accident, including 37 hours in the Luscombe. He completed a 14 CFR section 61.56 flight review on April 10, 2017, in a Cessna 152. He had completed his previous flight review on March 24, 2015, in the Luscombe.

Both pilots were qualified to fly the airplane, and it could not be determined which pilot was manipulating the flight controls at the time of the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LUSCOMBE
Registration: N8554Y
Model/Series: 8 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2658
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/29/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1260 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 1 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2163 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: A65-8
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

The single-engine, high-wing, two-seat, tailwheel-equipped airplane was manufactured in 1946. It was powered by a Continental A65-8 reciprocating engine rated at 65 horsepower. The airplane was not equipped with wing flaps or a stall warning system; dual flight controls were installed.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BDL, 173 ft msl
Observation Time: 1851 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 0°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots, 170°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.41 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: East Windsor, CT (7B6)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: East Windsor, CT (7B6)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1838 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

The nearest weather reporting station was located at Bradley International Airport (BDL), Windsor Locks, Connecticut, about 5 miles west of the accident site. The BDL weather at 1851 included wind from 170Âș at 15 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 2,000 ft, few clouds at 6,500 ft, few clouds at 22,000 ft, temperature 13°C, dew point 0°C, and altimeter setting 30.41 inches of mercury. 

Airport Information

Airport: Skylark Airpark (7B6)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 120 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 10
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3242 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  41.933056, -72.565833 (est) 

The airplane came to rest against trees in a wooded area about 1/2 mile northeast of 7B6. The wreckage was found in an inverted, nose-low attitude. All structure and components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. There was no fire. Numerous tree branches were found adjacent to the wreckage; some exhibited smooth, angular cuts and black paint transfer on the cut surfaces.

Flight control continuity was established from the ailerons, elevator, and rudder to the cockpit controls. The elevator trim tab was in place on the elevator; however, the trim cable was slack, and the tab moved freely from stop to stop.

The airplane was equipped with a fuel tank in each wing. Both fuel caps were found detached from the tanks and on the ground adjacent to the wreckage. The rubber seals inside each cap were dried, cracked, and chipped. The vent tubes on the caps were unobstructed. A small amount of residual fuel, which could not be quantified, was observed in the tanks. The left tank fuel selector handle was in the "OFF" position. The right tank fuel selector valve was found in the "ON" position; however, the handle was installed backwards. In this configuration, fuel fed from the right tank without restriction.

The wreckage was recovered to a storage facility where an examination of the engine was performed. The engine was removed from the airframe to facilitate the examination. The top spark plugs were removed for inspection. The electrodes were normal in wear and color when compared to a Champion Check-A-Plug chart.

The carburetor was broken off due to impact; the intake system remained attached to the carburetor. The foam intake element was covered in organic debris from impact with the ground.

The cylinder rocker covers were removed for the examination. The engine was rotated by hand-turning the propeller. Compression and suction were observed on all cylinders, and valve action was correct.

The ignition harness leads were damaged and/or severed by impact forces. The magnetos were removed and installed on a test stand. Both magnetos produced spark on all leads when the magnetos were rotated.

The No. 1 cylinder exhaust tube was cracked from impact, and there was corrosion/rust in the area. The cylinder cooling fins in the area near the exhaust port were discolored. The No. 1 cylinder was removed and inspected; there were visible deposits of an unknown nature on the exhaust and intake valves. The valves were intact and showed no signs of excessive wear or burning.

The carburetor was partially disassembled. The carburetor bowl was clean and dry; there was no fuel residue evident. The brass float was intact and operable. The inlet fuel screen was clean and free of debris. The venturi was in place, and the intake was unobstructed.

The fuel strainer was broken free, and the bowl was missing; no fuel residue was found. 

Medical And Pathological Information

The State of Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Farmington, Connecticut, performed autopsies of the two pilots. For both pilots, the cause of death was blunt impact injuries of the head, torso, and extremities.

The FAA's Bioaeronautical Research Sciences Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicology testing on specimens from both pilots. For the right-seat pilot, valsartan, a medication used to treat high blood pressure, was detected in the blood and liver; this medication is not generally considered impairing. For the left-seat pilot, an unquantifiable amount of diphenhydramine, an antihistamine, was detected in the urine but not in the blood.

Tests And Research

During the wreckage examination, the airplane's weight at the time of the accident was estimated. Based on the airplane's maintenance records, the maximum allowable gross weight was 1,260 pounds (lbs), and the empty weight, not including fuel, oil, baggage/cargo, or occupants, was 881 lbs.

The combined weight of the occupants, based on the autopsy findings, was 355 lbs. The miscellaneous items found inside and outside the cockpit were weighed and totaled 37 lbs. The weight of the engine oil was about 7 lbs. The empty weight of the airplane plus the weight of the occupants, miscellaneous items, and engine oil was about 1,280 lbs or 20 lbs over the maximum allowable gross weight.


The airplane's fuel tanks held a total of 25 gallons, and fuel records indicated that 8 gallons were added before the first flight that day. The amount of fuel in the tanks before refueling could not be determined. The weight of 100 low lead aviation gasoline is about 6 lbs per gallon. Notes found inside the cockpit indicated that the airplane used about 4.5 gallons per hour, and a witness reported that the airplane flew for about 30 minutes after fueling. Given a maximum fuel capacity of 25 gallons, the estimated fuel on board at the time of the accident was between 5.75 gallons (minimum) and 22.75 gallons (maximum), or between 34.5 lbs and 136.5 lbs. The airplane's gross weight at the time of the accident was estimated to be between 1,314.5 lbs and 1,416.4 lbs or between 54.5 and 156.5 lbs over the maximum allowable gross weight.

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA156
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in East Windsor, CT
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8, registration: N8554Y
Injuries: 2 Fatalities.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 18, 2017, about 1840 eastern daylight time, a Luscombe 8A, N8554Y, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees and terrain during the initial climb after takeoff from Skylark Airport (7B6), East Windsor, Connecticut. The private pilot seated in the left seat, and the private pilot seated in the right seat were fatally injured. The privately-owned airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

A witness was standing at the departure end of runway 10 and observed the airplane take off. He reported that the airplane seemed to be lower and slower than most airplanes that he had observed as it passed overhead. He then saw the airplane shaking and tipping left and right, barely clearing the tree line past the end of the runway. He observed the airplane make a "drastic, sharp, and abrupt" turn to the north. He stopped hearing the engine, and the airplane "dropped like a stone." He then called the local authorities to report the accident.

The airplane came to rest against trees in a wooded area, about 1/2 mile northeast of 7B6. The wreckage was found in an inverted, nose-low attitude. All structure and components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. There was no fire. The airplane was equipped with a fuel tank in each wing. Both fuel caps were found detached from the tanks and on the ground, adjacent to the wreckage. A small amount of residual fuel, which could not be quantified was observed in the tanks. Numerous tree branches were found adjacent to the wreckage; some exhibited smooth, angular cuts and black paint transfer on the cut surfaces.

The pilot seated in the left cockpit seat held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. He reported 600 hours of total flight time on his most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third class medical certificate, dated March 24, 2017.

The pilot seated in the right cockpit seat held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. He also held a remote pilot certificate for small, unmanned aircraft systems. He was the registered owner of the airplane. He reported 292 hours of total flight time on his most recent FAA third class medical certificate, dated March 4, 2016.

The single-engine, high-wing, two-seat airplane was manufactured in 1946 and incorporated fixed, tailwheel landing gear. It was equipped with a Continental A65-8 reciprocating engine rated at 65 horsepower. The airplane was not equipped with wing flaps or a stall warning system. The cockpit featured dual flight controls.



Obituary: George Janssen II, 51

George R. Janssen, II, 51, of Vernon, beloved husband of Jennifer and father of two children George Thomas and Grace, passed away on Tuesday April 18, 2017 from injuries sustained in an aircraft accident.

Born April 13, 1966 in Hackensack, NJ to the late George R. and Irmgard Janssen and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. George was an engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford and best known for his love of spending time with his family enjoying the outdoors.

His passion for flying began when he was 16 learning to fly at an airport near his childhood home in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition to flying, George loved to restore cars, boats, and anything with an engine!

Besides his wife and children, he is survived by his sisters; Janet Michael and her husband Elliot, Jeanne Johnson and her husband John; his in-laws, Mark and Connie Himelberger; his brothers-in-law, Cory Himelberger, Jeremy Himelberger and his wife Katie; his sister-in-law, Aimee Lewis and her husband Charles and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Unitarian Universalist Society East in Manchester.   Memorial services will be held at a later date.


Obituary: Robert J. Plourde

ELLINGTON — Robert J. Plourde, 61, of Ellington, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in East Windsor.
Robert was born Nov. 22, 1955 in Spokane, Wash. He grew up in Naugatuck and spent the last 23 years as a resident of Ellington. He served in the United States Air Force as a sergeant specializing in electronic mechanics. Throughout the course of his life he worked at many technology companies as a sales executive, and most recently was involved with an aerial video and photography agency.

Bob, the son of the late Norman (Bob) Plourde and Anita Plourde, is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Jacqueline O’Brien Plourde; his children, Robert Plourde Jr., Nicole Barry, Mitchell Plourde, Spencer Plourde; his beloved grandchildren, Bobby Plourde III, Benjamin Barry, Brielle Plourde, Makena Barry; his siblings, Joe and wife, Lori, Steven, Gary, Bill and wife, Nancy, Plourde, Anita McCowan and husband, James. He was predeceased by his brother, Patrick. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and a wonderful network of friends and neighbors.

Bob was a loving father and husband who touched the lives of all those who knew him. Some of his most precious times were spent making homemade pizzas out of his wood fired oven, and playing guitar around the campfire with his family and friends. He followed his desire to become a pilot, and mentored others who shared his love of flying. Most importantly, he will be remembered by all as kind, loving and wonderful man.

The funeral was held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Ellington Congregational Church.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Robert may be made to the EAA Skylark Chapter 1310, 54 Wells Road, Broad Brook, CT 06016.




Obituary for George R. Janssen


George R. Janssen, II, 51, of Vernon, was a beloved husband of Jennifer and father of two children George Thomas and Grace, passed away on Tuesday April 18, 2017 from injuries sustained in an aircraft accident. Born April 13, 1966 in Hackensack, NJ to the late George R. and Irmgard Janssen and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. George was an engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford and best known for his love of spending time with his family enjoying the outdoors. His passion for flying began when he was 16 learning to fly at an airport near his childhood home in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition to flying, George loved to restore cars, boats, and anything with an engine! Besides his wife and children, he is survived by his sisters; Janet Michael and her husband Elliot, Jeanne Johnson and her husband John; his In-Laws, Mark and Connie Himelberger; his brother-in-laws, Cory Himelberger, Jeremy Himelberger and his wife Katie; his sister-in-law, Aimee Lewis and her husband Charles and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Unitarian Universalist Society East in Manchester CT. 






EAST WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -  Investigators continue to look into what caused a small plane to crash and kill two people in East Windsor on Tuesday night.

The National Transportation Safety Board was said to have arrived on the scene just before noon on Wednesday.

A Luscombe 8A aircraft, which is a 1946 model, departed from Runway 10 at the Skylark Airport around 6:45 p.m. and crashed, about a half a mile from Skylark Airport, a short time later. 

"The indication is the airplane struck trees about 100 feet up and came to rest straight down," NTSB Sr. Air Safety Investigator Ralph Hicks said.  

An official with Skylark Airport called the two men who died "experienced pilots" and that the airport was "devastated." He called the one who was flying extremely careful. He said they didn't understand what went wrong.

The official with Skylark Airport said they had been up flying for between 30 and 45 minutes while performing landings and takeoffs. He said everything appeared fine.

On Wednesday, federal officials launched their own investigation. Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were called to the scene. 

Wednesday evening, family members confirmed that the pilot who died was Bob Plourde, of Ellington.

The NTSB said the plane took a nose dive and landed in ground. The propeller was stuck in the ground and they were working with a local company to remove it.  

"Basically the aircraft is inverted and embedded in the ground and below ground level and we see one propeller blade out of the ground. We are unable to move it right now," Hicks said. 

The plane never caught on fire, Hicks added. 

Eyewitnesses said they heard the single-engine aircraft stall in the air then plunge into the woods.

“It's terrible. I don't know who they are or anything,” East Windsor resident Flo Hall said. "It's so quiet here. It's unexpected."  

Hall lives a few houses down from where the plane crashed down on private property near Rolocut Road.

“I'm not worried,” Hall said. “It's just something freaky that happened."

It's unclear where the Luscombe 8A aircraft was headed.

NTSB officials said if these planes are maintained, they will last. 

"We have plenty of airplanes like this flying," Hick said. "As long as they're maintained properly and maintained annually with their inspections, they can fly for a long time." 

Federal investigators were expected to be on the scene for at least two days to sift through evidence and try to figure out what led to the crash. NTSB officials said they still don't know why it happened and don't comment on occupants. NTSB officials added they will take it to Delaware to analyze and were trying to get maintenance reports.

There are no towers at Skylark Airport, so NTSB officials said there were no communications. 

Story and video:  http://www.wfsb.com

EAST WINDSOR —  An investigation continues after two people were killed in a plane crash near Skylark Airport Tuesday evening.

Fire officials from Broad Brook confirmed that both died in the crash. Det. Sgt. Matthew Carl said the plane came down in the woods near the airport. There was no fire at the crash scene about 1,000 feet off Rolocut Rd.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the aircraft crashed in the woods shortly after taking off from privately owned airport. It happened around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The names of the two people who died have not been released.

The FAA is investigating the crash of the Luscombe 8A aircraft and will determine its cause.

He said it was a single engine plane that witnesses said stalled and went down. The plane is nose down according to Carl.

Police said witnesses describe that the plane looked like it stalled before it went down.

“It just sounded like it was dead, the motor just killed, just shut off, that was it,” neighbor Justin Griswold said. “It’s heartbreaking.”

The airport is located on Wells Road in East Windsor and typically handles small, private aircraft. The call came in around 6:30 p.m.

Broad Brook Fire Chief Tom Arcari said he’s been with the department about 40 years and recalls about four plane crashes in the area.

“The last bad crash was probably 35-40 years ago,” he said. “Three or four were killed.”

The identity of the victims in Tuesday’s crash have not been released.

Lifestar medical helicopters were called to the scene but later canceled.

Story and video:  http://fox61.com


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – East Windsor police have identified the two men killed when a small plane crashed in a wooded area near Skylark Airport Tuesday evening.

Police say autopsies will be performed on the bodies of Robert J. Plourde, 61, of Ellington and George R. Janssen II, 51, of Vernon.

The plane, a 1946 Luscombe Silvaire A8, was found nose down into the ground in an area of Wells Road.

The crash remains under investigation by the East Windsor Police Department, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.





























Two people are dead following a plane crash in East Windsor, according to the Broad Brook Fire Department. 

Tolland County Dispatch said a small plane crashed on Rolocut Road by Wells Road in Broad Brook in East Windsor.

According to the Skylark Airpark manager, the plane had just taken off before the crash. The airport is located on 54 Wells Road, within the area of the crash. 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said they are investigating crash of a Luscombe 8A in Connecticut, according to a tweet. 

Officials said NTSB will be in charge of the investigation in the morning. 

During a press conference on Tuesday night, officials said the plane had stalled.

Two LifeStar helicopters were called to the scene before being cancelled. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has been requested to the scene. 

Original article can be found here: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com

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