Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pietenpol Air Camper, N709HR: Accident occurred August 09, 2017 at Bendigo Airport (74N), Tower City, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA269 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 09, 2017 in Tower City, PA
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 August 9, 2017, at 0926 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Pietenpol Air Camper, N709HR, was substantially damaged following a loss of airplane control during takeoff at Bendigo Airport (74N), Tower City, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 91 as a local, flight test flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed.

According to airport surveillance video, the pilot initiated the takeoff roll on runway 5 and the nose of the airplane veered to the left. The takeoff continued, and the airplane pitched up to a steep, nose high attitude, rolled to the left, then descended toward the ground. The airplane contacted the ground left wing first in a steep, nose-low attitude.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that the airplane came to rest in a grass area adjacent to the runway. The fuselage and wings were structurally damaged. There was no fire. The wooden propeller blades were broken off and splintered at the blade roots.

The total time on the airframe at the time of the accident was 9.8 hours and within the Phase I test period in accordance with 14 CFR part 91.319(b). The pilot was the registered airplane builder and held a FAA experimental aircraft builder certificate.

A pilot was taken to the hospital Wednesday after a small plane crash in northern Dauphin County.

State police public information officer Brent Miller said the 60-year-old Sacramento, Pa. man piloting the plane was flown to Geisinger Medical Center.

It is "too early to tell," his condition, Miller said.

Gene Bendigo, a manager of Bendigo Airport, said the crash occurred near one of their runways at 9:08 a.m. Bendigo said he did not witness the crash, but watched security tapes that captured it.

 The pilot was on the ground for 300 to 400 yards before taking off.

He "went up like a rocket," but soon veered to the left after takeoff, Bendigo said, and crashed to the ground. Bendigo said it appeared his plane had stalled in the air.

Miller said Federal Aviation Administration officials were on the scene investigating, and would turn over their findings to the National Transportation Safety Board. One possibility, Miller said, was that the pilot had a medical emergency while taking off.

Bendigo said the pilot was flying an "experimental" plane he had built himself over the past five years. The plane was Federal Aviation Administration inspected and approved, Bendigo said, and the pilot had flown it five or more times before.

It was at least the second plane the pilot had built, Bendigo said.

"It's a wooden structure, so I watched him sand and cut every piece of the wood and put it together," he said. "He knew what he was doing, what he built."

Bendigo said the pilot had a laceration to his chin, but was talking after the crash. There was no fire, but emergency crews were called out to make sure the fuel in the plane didn't combust.

The small airport has several small hangars that Bendigo said can be rented out. There have been a few small crashes there in the past, he said. 

"Any landing you walk away from is a good landing, you know, even if it's messed up like that," he said.

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TOWER CITY, Pa. — A small plane crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning at a Dauphin County airport.

The pilot, identified as Herb Rose, 60, was injured and had to be extricated from the homemade plane. He was airlifted to Geisinger Hospital.

Rose was the only person on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

One of the airport owners, who saw the crash on a surveillance video, told News 8 the plane stalled right after takeoff, turned and crashed into the ground, the left wing striking first.

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DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A Schuylkill county man crashed a plane this morning just outside of Tower City. 

It happened just after 9 this morning. 

Pilot Herbert Rose, from the Hegins area, was flying his light sport homebuilt aircraft-- when something went wrong.

Eyewitness News spoke to witnesses working on a nearby farm. They tell us they saw the plane go up in the air, and come right down. 

The FAA is at the Airport in Clarks Valley investigating the cause of this crash. They are determining if it was a mechanical or pilot error. 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The pilot is in critical condition as of yesterday afternoon.