Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Airport Seeking Reimbursement Of Funds Spent On Damages Done By Aircraft Crash: Cessna 525C Citation CJ4, Zeliff Aviation LLC, N525PZ, accident occurred January 16, 2017 at Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport (KOZW), Howell, Michigan

The Livingston County Airport is seeking a refund from their insurance company for charges associated with a crash that occurred at their facility in January.

Earlier this year, a 60-year-old pilot from New York suffered a landing accident at the airport when his Cessna 525C Citation CJ4 skidded off the runway and crossed Tooley Road. 

The wings were ripped from the plane and burst into flames. 

The pilot sustained minor injuries, but a fence at the end of the runway was damaged. 

During the aircraft fire, jet fuel drained from the wings and worked its way “slightly” into the ground, according to Airport Manager Mark D. Johnson.

Johnson came before a county subcommittee Monday, seeking their approval to enter into a partial final release of property damage claims agreement for the accident. He says the county will be reimbursed just over $63,300, which is how much has been spent on a temporary fence for the airport, repairing the original fence and environmental cleanup.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has not yet issued a final reporting indicating that there are no remaining contaminants in the soil from the leaked fuel. 

Johnson however says their consultant believes they have done all they can do in regards to environmental remediation, short of putting in test wells and monitoring them. He communicated to county officials Monday that his only real concern is if sometime in the future, a resident were to say the fuel spill caused their well to go bad. While there is only one parcel nearby, Johnson says the airport is just 300 yards from the Shiawassee River, which causes some concern.

Having received preliminary approval, the partial release for the expended airport funds resolution will come before the county’s Finance Committee Wednesday. Once the county receives its reimbursement, the airport’s budget will be amended to include the funds. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://whmi.com

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

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

Zeliff Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N525PZ

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Belleview

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA078
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 16, 2017 in Howell, MI
Aircraft: TEXTRON AVIATION INC 525C, registration: N525PZ
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 January 16, 2017, at 1159 eastern standard time, N525PZ, a Textron Aviation 525S, collided with a fence, trees, and the terrain following a loss of control on landing at the Livingston County Airport (OZW), Howell, Michigan. The private pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged by impact forces and a post impact fire. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Zeliff Aviation, Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Genessee County Airport, Batavia, New York at 1047.

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