Sunday, April 30, 2017

Piper PA-32RT-300 Lance II, N31678 LLC, N31678: Accident occurred April 30, 2017 in Coral Springs, Broward County, 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:

N31678 LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA169
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Coral Springs, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA32RT, registration: N31678
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 April 30, 2017, about 1330 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA32RT-300, N31678, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Coral Springs, Florida. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight.

According to the pilot, during cruise flight he noticed that the engine manifold pressure dropped. He advanced the throttle forward to regain engine power, with no response from the engine. The engine continued to run smoothly at a reduced power setting; however, the airplane was unable to maintain altitude. After several additional unsuccessful attempts to increase engine power, the pilot declared an emergency, and subsequently performed a forced landing on a levy. During the landing roll, the airplane veered off the side of the levy and collided with a ditch.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the aft right wing spar was damaged. The airplane was retained for further examination.

CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) - The pilot and co-pilot of a small plane are safe after, officials said, they were forced to make an emergency landing near the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, Sunday afternoon.

According to Coral Springs Fire Rescue, the call for help from a Piper PA-32RT-300 registered out of Delaware went out at around 1:30 p.m.

Officials said the plane touched down just west of the levy, northwest of bend in the highway, near Sample Road. The aircraft narrowly missed a body of water near the levy.

At first rescue crews couldn’t find the plane. Tamarac, Coral Springs and Parkland Fire Rescue crews responded.

People fishing in the are saw rescue crew vehicles arriving at the scene. “Like a lot of firefighters going through as fast as they could,” said witness Alejandra Gil.

Officials believe the pilot may have tried to land on the thin gravel strip parallel to the highway, but instead landed near the water.

Officials said the occupants didn’t elaborate on what may have led to the emergency landing. “The pilot and co-pilot didn’t give us any information as to what happened in the actual crash,” said Coral Springs Fire Rescue Division Chief Mike Moser. “Obviously, from the pictures that we’ve seen, the aircraft just off of the levy. We don’t know if the pilot attempted to land on the levy or not. It’s very early in the incident right now.”

No one was hurt.

The pilot and co-pilot were taken to a nearby executive airport

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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Emergency crews in Coral Springs responded Sunday after a small plane went down just northwest of the Sawgrass Expressway.

Two people were onboard the Piper PA-32RT-300 aircraft that went down shortly after 1:30 p.m. around Atlantic Ave. just west of the Expressway's bend to the east.

Neither passenger suffered any injuries, according to Coral Springs Fire Rescue PIO Mike Moser.

The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing to investigate.

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A small plane made an emergency landing in the Everglades northwest of the Sawgrass Expressway and Sample Road about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, but the two people on board were not injured, a Coral Springs fire official said.

A Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter landed on a nearby levee and confirmed that both the pilot and passenger were not injured, said Coral Springs Division Fire Chief Michael Moser.

Moser did not have details on where the plane was coming from or heading.

The Piper PA-32RT-300 is registered to an LLC in Wilmington, Del., according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

Officials did not release the names of the passenger or the pilot Sunday afternoon.

“NTSB is going to go out,” Moser said. “We were told it was a Piper aircraft. They landed in the Everglades.”

The Federal Aviation Administration on site investigating on Sunday afternoon, Moser said.

Moser said his department responds to a few plane crashes and emergency landings each year.

Coral Springs Fire Rescue sent 15 rescue workers to the scene. Tamarac firefighters also responded to 911 calls reporting the plane was at Commercial Boulevard, Moser said.

“We sent two engines, two rescues, two shift supervisors,” Moser said. “We sent our guide boat because they said it was out in the Everglades. And we also sent a six-wheel off-road vehicle.”

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