Sunday, June 25, 2017

Buckeye Dream Machine 582, N50130: Fatal accident occurred June 25, 2017 in Federalsburg, Caroline County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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

Michael L. Malick: http://registry.faa.gov/N50130

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA211
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Federalsburg, MD
Aircraft: BUCKEYE POWERED PARACHUTES INC DREAM MACHINE 582, registration: N50130
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 June 25, 2017, at 0906 eastern daylight time, an experimental light-sport Buckeye Powered Parachutes Inc. Dream Machine 582, N50130, was substantially damaged after it impacted power lines and terrain near Federalsburg, Maryland. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from a private airstrip, at the time of the accident. The local personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. 

A neighbor and friend assisted the pilot with the aircraft and watched the accident flight. He provided a written statement and was interviewed at the scene. According to the witness, the pilot taxied into position for takeoff to the north from his turf airstrip, which was orientated 33/15. The pilot "gave more throttle" after liftoff and the aircraft turned to its left. The aircraft climbed to about 35 feet above ground level, turned approximately 60 degrees to the left, and collided with the wires along the roadway which were about 245 feet left of the runway centerline. During the entire flight, the engine sounded smooth, continuous, and "normal" with no interruption of power. The aircraft struck the wires on the near side of the roadway, the pilot was ejected, and both the pilot and the aircraft came to rest on the far side of the road.

In a written statement, a neighbor reported she watched the initial ground run of accident aircraft "parallel to the road," and believed it might be a "4-wheeler or something." When she looked again, she saw the aircraft in flight, and watched as it collided with power lines that ran along the roadway. 

The aircraft came to rest upright, and except for some structural tubing and landing gear which was fractured, it remained largely intact. Flight and engine control continuity was confirmed, and the engine was secure in its mounts. The blades of the three-bladed propeller were fractured near their roots, but the propeller hub was securely mounted to the crankshaft. The battery was out of its tray, and the positive lead was disconnected. The 'aft' carburetor was separated from its rubber intake manifold/mount. All fuel lines remained connected and intact. There was no odor of fuel, and no evidence of fuel leakage anywhere in the fuel system. A test run of the engine revealed that it ran smoothly and continuously with no anomalies noted.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued March 27, 1984, he reported 400 total hours of flight experience on that date. 

Examination of the pilot's logbook revealed a single entry which reflected an instructional flight of 1.2 hours in a powered parachute. He annotated 6.5 hours of ground instruction in July 2016. There was no solo endorsement for powered parachutes annotated in the logbook. 

The tandem-seat, parachute-wing, tricycle-gear aircraft was manufactured in 1995 and was powered by a Rotax 582, 66-horsepower engine. The maintenance records for the aircraft were not located during an extensive search, and therefore the maintenance history of the aircraft could not be determined. 

At 0845, weather conditions reported at Easton/Newnam Field Airport (ESN), Easton, Maryland, 12 nautical miles northwest of the accident site included scattered clouds at 7,000 feet, 10 statute miles of visibility, and wind from 330° at 4 knots. The temperature was 25° C, the dew point was 19° C, and the altimeter setting was 30.05 inches of mercury.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov


Michael L. Malick
1945 - 2017


Michael L. Malick

FEDERALSBURG - Michael L. Malick, 71, of Federalsburg, MD, passed away on June 25, 2017 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, DE. He was born in Maryland on Dec. 9, 1945, to the late Andrew Malick and Hazel Hughes Malick.

Mr. Malick attended high school in Cincinnati, and he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. On May 23, 1998, Mr. Malick married the former Toni Thomas, better known as Mickie, who passed away in 2014. Together, they enjoyed tending to their home in Federalsburg. Mr. Malick served in the Army during the Vietnam War, where he attended Airborne School. After being discharged, he earned his pilot's license, which he was very proud of. Mr. Malick also worked for many years at Cambridge Wire Cloth as a Mechanical Engineer.

Mr. Malick had many passions in his life. He was an environmentalist, and when he discovered so many Bald Eagles near his property, he built the Maple Lane Conservatory to ensure that they were safe.

He enjoyed racing horses, and was very active in harness racing. Mr. Malick was a numismatist, and he continued collecting coins throughout his life. He also loved collecting blown glass paperweights. He was a very talented trap and skeet shooter, a skilled woodworker, and was very crafty. He also enjoyed walks in the woods and exploring, as well as bird watching. Mr. Malick was a former member of the Federalsburg United Methodist Church, a former member of the Lions Club, was a current member of the Choptank Lodge #138 in East New Market for 36 years and the Worshipful Master of the lodge four times. He was also a member of the York rite in Denton, where he was a past Commander.

Mr. Malick is survived by three children: Sara Bowman and fiancé Brian Fisher of Easton; Zachary Bowman and partner Whitney Starrett of Federalsburg; Adora Bowman and fiancé Jessica Zell of Baltimore; a granddaughter, Naomi Cook of Easton; father-in-law, James Thomas of Cambridge; and several cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife Mickie and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Zachary Bowman, Adora Bowman, Granville "Tuck" Hales, Brian Fisher, Luke Thomas, and Sean Gollman. Honorary pallbearers will be David Tibbetts and Ralph Schmidt.

A funeral service will be held at the Cambridge Wesleyan Church on Friday, June 30, 11 a.m., with Pastor Jack Diehl officiating. A viewing will be held Thursday from 6-8 with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. as well as an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service on Friday at Dorchester Memorial Park.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgley, MD 21660.
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The pilot of a powered parachute was killed when his aircraft crashed Sunday morning.

According to Maryland State Police, the crash happened just after 9 a.m., at a privately owned residential landing strip in the 3000-block of Seippes Rd. in Federalsburg.

The pilot, 71-year-old Michael Malick, was taken to a hospital following the crash, but was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say the preliminary investigation shows that shortly after takeoff, Malick lost control of the Buckeye Dream Machine 582, and as the aircraft was ascending, investigators believe it hit a power line.

Witnesses told police they saw the aircraft spiral to the ground.

No further injuries have been reported. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is on scene to continue the investigation into what caused the crash.

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com

FEDERALSBURG — A powered parachute crashed near Federalsburg Sunday, June 25, claiming the life of the pilot.

According to Maryland State Police, the pilot is identified as Michael Malick, 71, of Federalsburg. 

Police said he was the sole occupant of the powered parachute and was transported to Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford, Del., where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. 

State police said shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, troopers at the Easton Barrack were dispatched to the report of an aircraft crash at a privately owned residential landing strip in the 3000-block of Seippes Road in Federalsburg. 

Police believe the pilot is the owner of the grass airfield where the incident occurred, and there no injuries reported on the ground.

Investigators said shortly after takeoff, the pilot lost control of the aircraft for reasons unknown at this time, and as he was ascending, investigators believe the plane hit a power line.

Police said witnesses informed police the plane spiraled to the ground, and a parachute appeared to have deployed from the aircraft.

State police notified officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Federal Aviation Administration officials will be responding to the scene to continue the investigation.

http://www.stardem.com

MD State Police
June 25, 2017
(FEDERALSBURG, MD)

An ultralight aircraft crashed in Caroline County claiming the life of the pilot.

The pilot is identified as Michael Malick, 71, of Federalsburg. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft and was transported to Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. The model of the aircraft involved is a Dream Machine 582.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m. this morning today, Maryland State Police at the Easton Barrack were dispatched to the report of an aircraft crash at a privately owned residential landing strip in the 3000-block of Seippes Road in Federalsburg, Md. Police believe the pilot is the owner of the grass airfield where the incident occurred. There no injuries reported on the ground.

The preliminary investigation indicates shortly after takeoff, the pilot lost control of the aircraft for reasons unknown at this time. As he was ascending, investigators believe the plane hit a power line. Witnesses informed police the plane spiraled to the ground. A parachute appeared to have deployed from the aircraft.

State Police notified officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. FAA officials will be responding to the scene to continue the investigation.

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