Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cessna 150H, N6511S, Olde New England Properties LLC: Accident occurred June 04, 2017 at Plum Island Airport (2B2), Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts

Additional participating entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Olde New England Properties LLC:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA326
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 04, 2017 in Newburyport, MA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N6511S
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 solo student pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll the pilot's side window blew open as full power was applied. He added that he "reached over with [his] right hand to close [the] window," but as he did so, the airplane veered off the runway to the left into a wooded area and impacted terrain. The student pilot reported that he had noticed on previous flights that the window latch was loose, and he had planned to get it fixed, but had not done so.

Both wings sustained substantial damage.

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — A small plane crashed into some bushes at the Plum Island airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Cessna C150 ran off the end of the runway around 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

The pilot, Tim Gillette, said he was on his takeoff run at Plum Island Airport when a window popped open. He lost control of the single-engine plane as he tried to close the window, and the plane skidded off the runway, he said.

No injuries were reported.

The plane reached about 40 mph and stopped after it crashed into the bushes.

Gillette is a student pilot from Ipswich.

PLUM ISLAND – An Ipswich man was unharmed after a botched takeoff Sunday morning at Plum Island Airport sent his single-engine plane into bushes just off the runway. 

Student pilot Tim Gillette said he was on a takeoff run in his Cessna 150 from the airport's paved runway about 11 a.m. when a window popped open. As Gillette tried to close the window, he lost control of the plane and it skidded off the runway. 

The plane, with an estimated value of $15,000, had reached about 40 mph and only stopped after striking thick bushes. 

"The window went open and I lost my focus," Gillette said. 

Gillette, who was busy sawing away brush in preparation for the plane being towed, said he was fine after the crash. Gillette added that he bought the plane a few months ago and the flight Sunday morning was one of his first flying solo. 

"I sure learned something today," he said. 

John Murray, the airport's chief flight instructor, said the runway was closed while emergency responders were at the scene. The airport's grass runway remained open.

The airport was expected to feature 10 landings and takeoffs Sunday, according to Murray. 

Original article can be found here:

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. —  A small plane crashed into the bushes at the Plum Island Airport Sunday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Cessna C150 ran off the side of the runway in Newburyport at 10:45 a.m. 

The pilot, identified as Tim Gillette, told WCVB photographer Stanley Forman he was taking off when the window on his door opened. Gillette said he got distracted and ended up in the bushes. 

No injuries were reported, but the plane did sustain extensive damage. 

The FAA is investigating.

Original article can be found here:

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