Sunday, July 23, 2017

Piper PA-28R-180, N4594J, Foluain Fabhcun, LLC: Accident occurred July 23, 2017 at Reid–Hillview Airport (KRHV), San Jose, Clara County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Foluain Fabhcun, LLC:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA164
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 23, 2017 in San Jose, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-180, registration: N4594J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 23, 2017, about 1247 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-180, N4594J, was substantially damaged during takeoff from the Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV), San Jose, California. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. The airplane was registered to Foluain Fabhcun LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight, which was originating at the time of the accident, with an intended destination of Marina, California.

The pilot reported that this was the airplane's first flight after extensive maintenance, which included installation of several avionics upgrades and right seat brake pedals. During takeoff on runway 31R, as the airplane became airborne at an airspeed of about 80 miles an hour, it immediately entered an uncommanded roll to the left. The pilot said that he attempted to correct the roll, without success, and the airplane impacted the ground.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and left wing were structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

SAN JOSE — A small plane trying to take off from Reid-Hillview Airport Sunday afternoon tilted and skidded off the runway, prompting a brief halt in takeoffs and landings, according to fire officials.

The pilot suffered minor injuries and was treated at the airport. There were no other passengers aboard.

About 12:45 p.m. San Jose Fire dispatchers received an emergency call from the airport, fire Capt. Brad Cloutier said.

“The Piper PA-28R-180 had just departed Runway 31 Right when it crashed onto Runway 31 Left under unknown circumstances,”  Allen Kenitzer of the FAA Office of Communications wrote in an email.

“One wing tip got tilted, hit the pavement and caused the plane to skid off the runway,” Randy Christopher, a fire department senior dispatcher, said.

The pilot was able to get out of the plane, Cloutier said. The plane ended up losing its nose gear on the pavement.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, according to Kenitzer.

Landings and takeoffs were suspended for about a half-hour until firefighters could clean up spilled oil and airport officials could move the plane away from the landing strip area.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, as is usual in aircraft crashes, will investigate, Kenitzer said.

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