Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Murphy Renegade, N210SQ: Accident occurred August 15, 2017 in Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N210SQ

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA276
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in Guilford, CT
Aircraft: BRADLEY RODERICK W MURPHY RENEGADE, registration: N210SQ
Injuries: 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 15, 2017, about 1620 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur built Bradley Murphey Renegade, N210SQ, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at the Guilford Fairgrounds, Guilford, Connecticut. The airline transport pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), New Haven, Connecticut, about 1550.

According to preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control information, the pilot reported that he was about 10 miles east of HVN when he - declared an emergency. He advised the tower controller that the engine lost power and that he was going to perform a forced landing to the local fairgrounds. While on approach, the airplane struck powerlines and came to rest in a field.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident site, the forward section of the fuselage was substantially damaged. The propeller was not damaged and there was fuel present in the fuel tanks.

The airplane was retained for further examination.




GUILFORD, CT (WFSB) - A day after a crash landing at the Guilford fairgrounds, a plane is in pieces inside the pilot’s garage.

His wife is relieved her husband Roderick Bradley was able to walk away from the crash, now recovering at home with only a sprained neck.

“He fortunately had his hard helmet on. That saved him a lot I think because otherwise, he may have had a concussion I think,” said Pat Bradley.

Roderick Bradley, who was a commercial pilot for 30 years, took off from Tweed-New Haven Airport on Monday, before he had to make a hard landing around 4 p.m.

The Murphy Renegade plane is home-made and took him five years to build.

“He doesn’t know himself. Just the engine quit. It was flying fine from New Haven until he got to Guilford,” Pat Bradley said.

After making numerous phone calls and emails to officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, Eyewitness News obtained a report that shows the same aircraft had been cited as losing engine power in a previous incident, which appears could have also been the problem in the sky on Monday.

In 2004 that same plane ended up crashing into trees, according to an FAA document.

It states the plane’s engine lost power shortly after takeoff, but the cause of the power failure couldn’t be determined.

Bradley’s wife says the plane just passed a bi-annual review earlier this year.

“He can’t understand it because he’s very, very particular of checking before he goes flying he does all the checklist. He’s a lot more particular than a lot of people flying around,” she said.

Eyewitness News wanted to see a what a pre-flight check list looks like. 

Joseph Boruch, who has been flying for 11 years, says every inch of the plane gets inspected by a pilot. 

There are more than 30 things on this list, including checking the lights, engine and fuel tank.

“As a private pilot, you need to have a bi-annual flight review, and typically if you’re renting a plane you’re sharing a club of some type there’s even more stringent requirements,” Boruch said.

In 2017 alone, there have been four deadly plane crashes in Connecticut.

And just since last Friday, there have been three crashes with injuries.

However, Boruch says it won’t keep him from flying up in the sky.

“It’s all about lessons learned and continuous improvement. Something else to keep in mind as you move forward in your progression as a pilot in your learning,” he said.

The FAA will be heading over to take a closer look at the plane to determine what may have gone wrong in Monday’s crash.

A spokesperson says FAA investigators treat each crash as its own unique case.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wfsb.com


A plane made an emergency landing at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon.

The pilot built the plane, a Murphy Renegade experimental aircraft.

Police said no one was injured during the emergency landing around 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds on Lovers Lane in Guilford.

The plane left from Tweed-New Haven Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"I just looked over and he hit the wires and then nose-dived," a witness, Karen Rosenthal, said.

Rosenthal said she rushed to the plane, avoiding the downed power lines. She reports the pilot got out himself and was walking around, a little sore and shaken.

After a hard landing, the pilot called his wife. 

The pilot was identified as Roderick Bradley, of Guilford, his wife Pat told NBC Connecticut. 

"I was coming back from the grocery store. He said he had a bit of a problem. He’s always very low-key," Pat Bradley said.

She said Bradley retired after a long career as a commercial pilot and built the aircraft himself. 

"He’s going to fly (again). It’s his passion," Pat Bradley said about her husband.

On Monday night, Bradley returned to the fairgrounds and dismantled his plane with some help from others.

In 2004, Bradley's plane was involved in a crash in Stow, Massachusetts, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) website. Two people had no injuries in that crash.

The plane took down some power lines by the fairgrounds, according to Eversource. Crews responded to restore power to more than a dozen customers.

FAA said they will investigate. 

Story and video ➤ http://www.nbcconnecticut.com 





GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Guilford police confirm to News 8 that a plane made an emergency landing at the Guilford fairgrounds Monday afternoon.

It is unclear what caused the pilot to make an emergency landing. Officers say that the plane was able to land safely at the Guilford fairgrounds, located on Lovers Lane, just after 4:30 p.m.

Only the pilot was on board. The pilot was not seriously injured in the landing, and no one on the ground was hurt, according to Guilford police.

A few homes in the area are without power as the plane snapped power lines as it was coming down. Power crews are on the scene working to restore service.

Neighbors tell News 8 that the pilot, who has not been identified, was a retired commercial pilot, and lives in the area.

Officials are conducting their investigation to determine what may have caused the pilot to have to make the emergency landing.

Story and video ➤ http://wtnh.com

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