Thursday, April 13, 2017

Titan Tornado I, N5131H: Accident occurred April 13, 2017 near Spanaway Airport (S44), Pierce County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office; Renton, Washington

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA087
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Spanaway, WA
Aircraft: TITAN TORNADO I, registration: N5131H
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 13, 2017, about 0945 Pacific daylight time, a Titan Tornado I, N5131H, experienced an in flight loss of control and impacted terrain during departure from the Spanaway Airport, Spanaway, Washington. The certified flight instructor (CFI), the sole pilot, was seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The personal flight departed from Spanaway about 0940 with an intended destination of Auburn, Washington. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight.

Witnesses stated that they observed the airplane climb out and turn. The ballistic recovery parachute (BRS) was activated while the airplane was at a low altitude. The accident site was located about 450 feet from the runway surface.

The pilot of a homebuilt plane deployed the craft’s parachute just before crashing Thursday at the edge of Spanaway Airport.

The Titan Tornado I aircraft came to rest in a field a few feet from the runway, behind some houses on 192nd Street Court East. The plane seats one person and has a push propeller.

The male pilot was freed and taken to the hospital with “obvious facial and lower extremities” injuries, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue said.

The pilot’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, firefighters said.

The name of the pilot was not released. The plane is registered to a Spanaway man.

Eric Paez, an employee of Roy “Y” Auto Wrecking, located just west of the runway, said he sees the plane fly every day.

“We watch it take off just about every day,” he said.

On Thursday, the plane sounded as if it lost power seconds after taking off, Paez said. The craft immediately banked.

“Like he knew something was happening so he tried to come back,” Paez said.

The plane’s large orange-and-white striped parachute deployed with a loud sound when the craft was only a couple hundred feet off the ground.

“By the time he deployed his chute, he was already going down,” Paez said.

Paez jumped the fence of the wrecking yard and ran to the crash. He was first on the scene.

“As I’m running up to it I’m yelling, ‘Are you alive? Are you OK’?”

The plane was nose down, Paez said. The parachute was splayed behind the craft and still attached to the plane.

“It seemed like (the pilot) was coming out of unconsciousness,” Paez said. “He could barely talk.”

Because there was no fire, Paez didn’t try to free the pilot.

“His legs looked like they were buried in the ground,” he said.

Kodiak Wright, a nearby resident, said he heard the chute deploy followed by the sound of the crash, and within seconds, Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were arriving on scene.

Wright also was familiar with the plane.

“I see him every day,” Wright said. “He’s a really good flier.”

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SPANAWAY, Wash. - The pilot of a small plane was injured when his aircraft crashed in a field near the Spanaway airport, emergency officials report.

Crews responded to the scene, near 192nd Street East and B Street, at about 10 a.m. after receiving reports that a light aircraft had crashed, said Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Guy Overby.

The mangled wreckage of a small single-seater Titan Tornado I plane was found at the scene. The pilot was extricated and taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Emergency responders said the man, believed to be in his 30s, had suffered lacerations to the face and fractures to the lower extremities. He was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived on scene.

No one else was aboard the aircraft, Overby said.

He said the pilot did a good job of finding an open field with no trees away from houses to bring the plane down. A parachute reportedly deployed from the aircraft before impact, which may have prevented the pilot from suffering more serious injuries

The plane apparently crashed after taking off from a runway at the nearby Spanaway airport. The weather was calm and slightly overcast at the time.

An FAA representative arrived later and documented the scene for use in an investigation of the crash.

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