Thursday, May 11, 2017

Avid Flyer, N532SE: Accident occurred May 10, 2017 near Mifflin County Airport (KRVL), Reedsville, Pennsylvania

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17CA177
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Reedsville, PA
Aircraft: REUPERT MARK AVID FLYER, registration: N532SE
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 sport pilot, was also the owner of the experimental, amateur-built, tailwheel airplane stated that he was demonstrating maneuvers for the purpose of developing his brother's familiarity with the make and model airplane. The sport pilot's brother was a pilot-rated passenger, seated in the right seat and had not previously flown the make and model airplane. After completing about 1 hour of maneuvers, the sport pilot's brother attempted a takeoff in calm wind. During the takeoff roll, as the tail became airborne, the airplane began to swerve. The sport pilot's brother overcorrected for the swerve and the airplane departed the right side of the runway. The sport pilot attempted to regain control and climb over obstacles, but the airplane stalled and impacted a field. Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to both wings and the fuselage. The inspector did not observe any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilots report any.

REEDSVILLE — Two were injured when their small plane crashed Wednesday afternoon.

At 3:41 p.m. the Mifflin County Emergency Communications Center dispatched for a small plane crash.

The plane crashed into a field about a quarter mile from a runway at the Mifflin County Airport in Reedsville. Right after the crash, the communications center contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Association to alert them of the incident.

As a result, the Federal Aviation Administration stopped and rerouted air traffic in the area.

The Avid Flyer and was built by the pilot, according to officials on the scene.

According to officials on the scene, the pilot was Robert McCaa, who is known for refurbishing planes and owns multiple small aircraft that he stores in a hangar at the airport.

Mifflin County Regional Police Department officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene to assist in the plane crash. The ambulances could not directly access the scene and pickup trucks were used to transport the medics and patients to and from the scene of the crash.

McCaa and his passenger, who is reported to be the brother of McCaa, were injured as a result of the crash. McCaa suffered head injuries and the passenger suffered from back pain.

Director of Mifflin County Emergency Services, Phil Lucas, responded to the scene. While on the scene, Lucas spoke with the Federal Aviation Administration, described what he saw on the scene and answered preliminary questions.

Mifflin County Regional Police Department officers on the scene said McCaa did not remember anything and there were no witnesses to the crash. The plane was left in the field with police tape around the crash site.

Lucas said no further information would be available until the Federal Aviation Administration completed their investigation later today.

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