Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Belleville, Michigan 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ray, MI
Accident Number: CEN17LA341
Date & Time: 05/27/2017, 1135 EDT
Registration: N5584U
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 27, 2017, about 1135 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N5584U, impacted trees, terrain, and a tractor near Ray Township, Michigan. The private pilot on board sustained serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. No flight plan was filed and day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

The pilot was landing at the Ray Community Airport following a 20 minute local flight. On his first attempt to land, he was high on the approach and elected to go around. On the second landing attempt, the pilot said he was long. He said he applied throttle and lost consciousness.

Witnesses reported that the pilot made several landing attempts, but each time the airplane was too fast or too high to land. On the last attempt, the airplane touched down fast about halfway down the 2,495' runway. The airplane skipped, floated, and impacted the runway nose gear first about 1/4 the distance from the end, breaking the nose gear. The airplane bounced and departed the east end of the runway. The airplane continued across a gravel road, through a field, and then struck several small trees and a farm tractor before coming to a stop.

The pilot's flight instructor said the pilot was not competent to operate the airplane. He had previously flown with the pilot and said that his traffic patterns, approaches and landings were very substandard for the certificate he held. The flight instructor discussed this with the pilot following their last flight together, and told the pilot he needed a lot of practice and should be flying with a competent pilot or instructor.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the engine and propeller, the engine cowling, and forward fuselage. The nose landing gear was broken aft and the left main landing gear was bent inboard. Flight control continuity was confirmed. An examination of the airplane's engine, and other systems revealed no pre-impact anomalies that contributed to the accident. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/08/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/10/2016
Flight Time:  210 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model), 150 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N5584U
Model/Series: PA-28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-26314
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  3715 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
Engine Model/Series:  0-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 0 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMTC
Observation Time: 1058 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 300 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 15°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 150°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Ray, MI (57D)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ray, MI (57D)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Ray Community Airport (57D)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 630 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 9
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2495 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  42.736667, -82.888889 (est)

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A plane at Ray Community Airport had a hard landing that sent its pilot to the hospital Saturday, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department.

The plane went off the runway during landing around 11:35 a.m. and hit trees and farm equipment.

The pilot, a man in his early 70s from Sterling Heights, was the only person in the single engine plane, authorities said.

His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

Story and video:

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputy / evidence technician Joseph Bosek sets up a Faro 3D Laser Scanner to take measurements and pictures of the crash scene with three of the plane's skid marks in the grass. 

Ray Township — The pilot of a Piper PA-28-140 crashed near Ray Community Airport.

John Roberts, captain of Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, said the pilot was alone in the aircraft and was transported by ambulance to a hospital, but he did not know which one. He also did not have an identity for the pilot.

“He is an experienced pilot in his early 70s out of Sterling Heights,” said Roberts. “His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.” He added, “He’s fortunate.”

Roberts said no one else was injured on the road or adjoining property.

He said a 911 call came in at around 11:35 a.m. that a small plane had crashed on Indian Trial in Ray Township.

“We determined it was a hard landing with a single occupant pilot who was attempting to land,” said Roberts. “He ran off the end of the runway, across the road, through a field and struck some small trees and farm implements.”

He said the Ray Township fire department and an ambulance responded.

“He was removed from the plane and transported to a hospital by Medstar EMS,” said Roberts.

He described the area where the crash happened as rural, within 40 yards of a house when he was going through the field.

“I’m just happy he’s doing as well as he is, having gone through that,” said Roberts.

He added that his department is in contact with the FAA.

“We will be working with them and the investigation will continue,” he said.

Original article can be found here:

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Captain John Roberts, the plane made a hard landing, jumped over two ditches and came to rest approximately 75 yards east of Indian Trail. 

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Macomb County Sheriff's Office says a small plane crashed in Ray Township late Saturday morning.

According to the sheriff's office, a man in his 70s was attempting to land at Ray Community Airport near 27 Mile and Indian Trail when he suffered a hard landing. He was the only person on board.

The plane crossed Indian Trail and went into a field before crashing into some trees.

Deputies tell us the man was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital. His injuries are not life threatening.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be conducting an investigation.

Original article can be found here:

AIRCRAFT:   1969 Piper PA-28-140, N5584U, serial number 28-26314

ENGINE - M&M, S/N:  Lycoming IO-360-D3G, serial number L-26836-27A

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N: Sensenich M74DM K4179

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE: As of last annual inspection 7/4/2016, Tach Time 3510.31,

PROPELLER: As of last annual inspection 7/4/2016, Tach Time 3510.31       

AIRFRAME:  As of last annual inspection 7/4/2016, Tach Time 3510.31                  

OTHER EQUIPMENT:     TKM  MX11 Comm., Narco AT150 Transponder, Collins VIR-351 Nav, Collins VIR-251 Comm. , Collins Audio Panel, David Clark 4 Place Intercom, CO Monitor, Unknown ELT

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Pilot attempted to abort the landing and attempted a go around, but the aircraft hit small trees off end of runway.


Nose Bowl, Upper and  Lower Cowling destroyed.
Other than Prop strike, Engine appears intact.
Engine mount is broken and Nose gear is missing.
Firewall and left side of Fuselage is buckled .
Left wing is destroyed. Left MLG appears OK.
Left Wing  rear attach is torn from Fuselage.
Right Wing is destroyed Right MLG torn from mount.
Instrument panel is dented as is Control Yokes, Instruments appear OK.
Interior in good shape, Blood on Co-Pilot carpet and seat.
Flaps and Ailerons appear OK.
Fuselage appears OK from Wing trailing edge back.
Tail Surfaces look OK.         

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Private Hangar located in Ray, Michigan          

REMARKS: Current Tach Time: 3520.42 hours. Please contact adjuster to inspect wreckage. Logbooks located in adjuster office.
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