Monday, June 19, 2017

Piper PA-16 Clipper, N5896H: Accident occurred June 18, 2017 at Palatka Municipal Airport (28J), Putnam County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

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

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N5896H


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA348
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 18, 2017 in Palatka, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA 16, registration: N5896H
Injuries: 2 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 pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, after flying a stable approach, the airplane ground looped to the right on rollout.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

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




PALATKA, Fla. – Two people were able to walk away from a crash involving a single engine propeller plane Sunday afternoon at the Palatka Municipal Airport, according to first responders.

An airport official tells First Coast News that a couple was inside the small plane when it ran off the runway during a landing attempt.

The plane came to rest on its side after possibly suffering from a gear collapse, according to an airport official.

Troopers identified the pilot as 51-year-old Erick Falk of Crystal River, Florida.

An Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson told First Coast News the plane was Piper PA-16 Clipper, and it is believed that the aircraft made some sort of loop after a landing and flipped over around 2:55 p.m.

The pilot told investigators a strong gust of wind caused the 1949 Piper to overturn.

The Putnam County Emergency Services did respond to the incident and said that one of the occupants did have minor injuries but declined transport to a hospital.

According to the airport, the crash did not impact operations.

The FAA and the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.

Story and video:  http://www.firstcoastnews.com

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