Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bellanca 7ACA, N9176L: Accident occurred August 18, 2017 near H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport (KCQF), Fairhope, Baldwin County, Alabama

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA282
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 18, 2017 in Fairhope, AL
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7ACA, registration: N9176L
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 August 18, 2017, at 1809 central daylight time, a Bellanca 7ACA airplane, N9176L, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, after it experienced a total loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport (CQF), Fairhope, Alabama. The private pilot sustained minor injuries and the pilot rated passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at a private airstrip in Daphne, Alabama, about 1615.

The pilot stated that he had recently received a tailwheel endorsement in the accident airplane and the purpose of the flight was to practice takeoffs and landings. He said that even though he had the proper endorsement to fly the airplane alone, he asked the pilot rated passenger to come along with him as a precaution. The pilot stated that he had already completed several landings and had just taken off and started to turn onto the left crosswind leg of the traffic pattern about 500 ft above the ground (agl) when the engine stopped producing power. He immediately lowered the nose of the airplane, checked the position of the fuel selector, and applied carburetor heat. The engine started and the pilot began a climb; however, the engine quit running again, then re-started, and quit a third time. By this time, the pilot rated passenger had taken control of the airplane and subsequently made a forced landing to a corn field.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no obvious mechanical deficiencies. The fuselage and both wing struts were substantially damaged. The engine was retained for further examination and a test-run.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued on April 19, 2016. The pilot reported a total of 341.7 hours, of which, 3.3 hours were in the accident airplane.

The pilot rated passenger held an airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for multiengine land, single-engine land and single engine sea airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for single-engine land and multiengine land airplane. In addition, the passenger held numerous type ratings (CE-500, CE-525S, IA-Jet, and LR-60), and was an airframe and powerplant mechanic. His last FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on July 10, 2017. At that time, the passenger reported a total of 9,500 flight hours.

Weather conditions reported at CQF at 1815, included visibility 10 miles, clear skies and a west wind at 5 knots. The temperature was 82° F and the dew point was 79° F.

UPDATE: News 5 was able to confirm the names of the occupants involved in the plane crash that took place earlier Friday evening.

Tony Taloney and Joe B. Bagget were the two pilots involved in the plane crash that took place in Fairhope. Tony Taloney is the brother-in-law of News 5 anchor Jessica Taloney.

Jessica told News 5, ” Earlier this evening, my brother-in-law, Tony Taloney, was involved in a plane crash shortly after taking off from the Sonny Callahan Airport in Fairhope.

I’m thankful to be able to tell you he is okay and recovering at a local hospital.

Tony was an instructor in the plane at the time of crash, which was caused by engine failure.  The pilot of the plane, Joe B. Baggett, who was also injured, will be okay.

Tony has a couple broken bones and is a bit bruised up, but his spirit is good and continues to make us all laugh.“ 

UPDATE (8:30 p.m.) — According to Fairhope Police, the aircraft, a twin-seat model single-engine private aircraft, had reportedly been performing “touch and go” maneuvers at the H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport which serves as Fairhope’s Municipal Airport.

The pilot told officers that they aircraft experienced mechanical difficulties. The plane landed in an open field. There is no indication any homes or businesses were in danger.

The occupants, both adult males, were taken to Thomas Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administrations has been notified and will conduct an investigation.

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — A small plane has crashed in a field in Baldwin County, injuring two people.

News 5 spotted the yellow and white plane in a field near where County Roads 24 and 13 intersect in Fairhope.

The plane appears to be intact, and the crash did not cause the plane to catch on fire.

Two people were on the plane and have been transported from the scene.

The field where the plane crashed is just a short distance from H.L. Sonny Callahan Airport.

Story and video:

Fairhope, Ala. (WPMI) — Two men are recovering in the hospital after a plane crashed in a field in Fairhope.

Authorities say it appears the men took off from the Fairhope Municipal Airport and were doing training when they experienced a mechanical failure.

Fairhope police were notified of the crash just after 5 p.m. when the single engine, two passenger plane crash landed in a field near County Roads 13 and 24.

According to investigators, the pilot and the passenger were performing "touch and go's" when they experienced mechanical failure.

Police said one man suffered a broken leg and the other had head injuries.

According to police, a State trooper driving by at the time witnessed the crash and took the men to Thomas Hospital.

"It sounds like the pilot did a good job bringing it down. Avoiding structures and other things of that nature," said Sgt. Craig Sawyer with the Fairhope Police Department, "There was no fire. At this point our concerns are preserving the aircraft for our investigation, mitigating any environmental dangers that might come out of the plane being in the field and waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration for guidance."

No foul play is suspected at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating and will release more information once the investigation is over.

Story and video:

A private plane crashed in an open field in Fairhope on Friday after suffering mechanical problems, injuring two men on board the aircraft, police said. 

The single-engine plane was performing touch and go maneuvers at H.L. "Sonny" Callahan Airport in Fairhope and experienced mechanical difficulties when it landed in a field near Baldwin County Road 13 and Baldwin County Road 24 around 5:07 p.m. Friday, according to authorities.

The men, whose names were not released pending the outcome of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation, were taken to Thomas Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

There was no indication that homes or businesses were damaged in the incident, police said.

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