Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Luscombe 8A, N45851: Fatal accident occurred July 04, 2017 near Remsen City Airport (NY57), Oneida County, New York

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA226
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 2017 in Remsen, NY
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8, registration: N45851
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 July 4, 2017, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Luscombe 8A single-engine airplane, N45851, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain while on final approach to the Remsen City Airport (NY57), Remsen, New York. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. No flight plan was filed and visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that originated at NY57 about 1417.

A witness stated that he was riding his bicycle when he first observed the airplane approaching the runway. The airplane was flying toward him and he thought it was coming in to land. The witness said the airplane then entered a sudden "nose dive" and impacted in a field. He said he heard the airplane's engine prior to the impact. The witness immediately ran to the airplane and called 911.

The airplane came to rest upright in a hayfield about 1/8th mile from the end of runway 09 on a magnetic heading of about 261°. There was no postimpact fire and all major components of the airplane were accounted for at the site. A cluster of three ground scars were observed about 10 ft forward and to the right of where the airplane came to rest. The engine remained on the airframe but had been displaced up and to the left from impact. The two-bladed propeller remained attached to the engine. Both wings, the fuselage and the forward empennage area sustained substantial damage. No damage was observed to the tail control surfaces. Flight control continuity for all major flight controls was established to the cockpit. The single fuel tank located behind the pilot and passenger seats was breached and fuel was observed leaking from the tank. The engine sustained some impact damage and the left magneto was partially separated from the engine. The engine was retained for further examination.

A review of the airplane's maintenance logbooks revealed the engine was overhauled in April 2016 after it had been stored for many years. In September 2016, the engine and airplane underwent an annual inspection before it was sold to the pilot in October 2016. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accrued about 2,900 total hours and the engine had accrued about 13 hours since overhaul.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. A review of his flight logbook revealed he had a total of 1,783 flight hours, of which, 13 hours were in the accident airplane. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical was issued in March 2017.

Weather reported at Griffiss International Airport (RME), Rome, New York, about 13 miles southwest of the accident, at 1453, was reported as calm wind, visibility 10 miles, broken clouds 7,000 ft, overcast clouds at 9,500 ft, temperature 24° C, dew point 13° C, and altimeter setting 30.01 inches of mercury.

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REMSEN, NY - One person was killed after a single-engine passenger plane crashed earlier today at the intersection of Commons and Old Stage roads in Remsen in Oneida County, officials said.

Jonathan E. Coxwell, 74, of Remsen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to New York state police.

Police said the 1946 Luscombe plane took a sudden nose dive into a hayfield.

There were no other people on board the plane other than the pilot, said Keith Holloway, speaking for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Holloway said the investigation into the crash is continuing, and an investigator is en route to the scene. The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. The FAA also is assisting.

A Remsen man was killed Tuesday when his single-engine plane crashed in a field in Remsen.

Jonathan Coxwell, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

Coxwell’s small plane crashed at about 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Commons and Old Stage roads, according to the Oneida County 911 log.

State police said the pilot was the only passenger in the plane at the time of the crash.

Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said in an email Tuesday that they were investigating the crash. He said it was “very early” in the investigation and that the investigator was expected to arrive sometime Tuesday evening or early Wednesday.

Once the investigator has had an opportunity to assess the scene, more information may be available, Holloway said in the email.

Prospect Ambulance, the Remsen Fire Department and state police assisted at the scene.

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