Monday, June 19, 2017

Piper PA-23-160 Apache, N4317Y: Accident occurred June 16, 2017 at George T. Lewis Airport (KCDK), Cedar Key, Levy County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17CA208
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 16, 2017 in Cedar Key, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA23, registration: N4317Y
Injuries: 3 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 reported that the takeoff, climb, and en route portions of the cross-country flight were uneventful. He checked the wind sock prior to landing and it was "flaccid," indicating calm wind. He slowed the airplane to 80 mph on final approach and landed near the approach end of runway 5, which was 2,355 feet-long. He estimated that the airplane should have rolled to a stop; however, it continued down the runway despite heavy braking. The airplane departed the end of the runway, traveled across a small road, and down an embankment, coming to rest in the water at the edge of the airport boundary.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the wreckage and reported that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage and submersion in salt water. There were tire skid marks on the runway leading to the wreckage. A weather buoy, located about 1 mile east of the airport, recorded wind out of the west about the time of the accident, which would have resulted in a tail wind of up to 8 knots. The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane.

CEDAR KEY, Fla. --     Another small plane overshot the runway at Cedar Key's airport this afternoon.

Witnesses tell TV20 the plane looked like it was coming in too fast and was landing, with the wind, instead of against it.

Norman Merritt says he saw the plane coming in to land, and when he lost sight of it, he rushed over to help.

“I was waiting for him to turn around and come back down there, park it… And he never did and I said, I bet he crashed. I come down here and sure enough, he did,” he said.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say there were three people on the plane, and no one was injured.

This crash marks the fifth small aircraft crash in Cedar Key in 2017.

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1 comment:

gretnabear said...

Dimensions: 2355 x 100 ft. / 718 x 30 m