Thursday, August 24, 2017

Pietenpol AirCamper, N888MG: Accident occurred August 23, 2017 near Gaines Valley Aviation Airport (NY06), Albion, Orleans County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Rochester, New York 

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N888MG

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA292
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in Albion, NY
Aircraft: HOSTEIN K/HOSTEIN S PIETENPOL, registration: N888MG
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 23, 2017, at 1945 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Pietenpol, N888MG, collided with trees and terrain while attempting to depart from Gaines Valley Aviation Airport, (NY06) Albion, New York. The private pilot received minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual flight rules conditions prevailed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The private pilot, a friend of the owner of the airplane, had flown the airplane many times before the accident flight and was planning on a local sightseeing flight. The pilot reported that the preflight inspection, engine start, run-up, and taxi were normal. During the take-off roll, the tail lifted off normally, but immediately after, the airplane began a yaw to the left. The pilot attempted to correct with aileron and rudder control input with little effect. With full right aileron and full right rudder applied to the rudder bar, the airplane continued a turn to the left. The pilot reported the "speed was too great to land next to the runway" on the rough surface, so he elected to climbed over the hanger and trees.

Upon reaching the trees, about 250 feet south of runway 27, the left wing struck branches, descended into the trees, spun around, and struck the ground upright. The pilot stated the control anomaly did not present itself during normal ground operations, but only itself during flight.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector revealed that 4 feet of the left outboard wing spar was fractured. The landing gear collapsed damaging the airframe, and the firewall was damaged. One blade of the propeller was broken. The fuel tank was intact and contained approximately 10 gallons of 100 low lead fuel and the engine contained 4 quarts of oil.

The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for further examination.


GAINES — An investigation into Wednesday’s crash landing of an experimental aircraft at the Gaines Valley Airport is continuing, Orleans County Undersheriff Christopher Bourke said Friday.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on the accident, which pilot Earl Luce, Jr., of Brockport was able to avoid serious injury from after putting the craft down outside the airport.

Bourke said that on Thursday morning, the FAA and Sheriff Investigators were back on the crash site, located in a wooded area south of the runway.

“Investigators are attempting to piece together the circumstances that occurred just prior to the aircraft going down in the woods,” Bourke said in a statement.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, preliminary findings indicate that Luce was taking off in a westerly direction at the Gaines Valley Airport and immediately upon lifting off and gaining altitude, he allegedly had a control issue.

“Mr. Luce reported that he put the plane down through the trees to avoid striking the structures along the airfield,” Bourke said in a statement. “Mr. Luce is a very experienced pilot and has many hours of flight time is this type of aircraft.”

Luce reportedly felt something loosen on the aircraft, owned by a friend, Stephen North, of Rochester, and then saw the plane veer to the left. His attempts to regain control were pushing the craft toward the airport’s facilities, leading him to put it into the woods.

The extensive damage to the plane makes searching for the mechanical cause of the accident difficult, and the Sheriff’s office and FAA Investigators are waiting for approval from the National Transportation Safety Board to move the aircraft from the crash site to a hanger for further examination.


http://www.thedailynewsonline.com



GAINES — A local pilot escaped serious injury when the plane he was flying crashed during takeoff Wednesday at Gaines Valley Airport.

Orleans Emergency Management Coordinator Dale Banker said the call came in at 7:49 p.m. of an aircraft down.

The pilot, Earl Luce Jr. of Brockport, was flying a homebuilt Pietenpol experimental aircraft. It was owned by a friend, Stephen North of Rochester.

Luce said something let loose as he was taking off and the plane veered to the left. As he attempted to correct the direction, the plane was headed toward some buildings, so he let it continue left into deep woods.

Luce, 64, has been flying for 34 years and he has flown this plane many times without incident, he said. He said because of the extensive damage to the plane, it may be pretty difficult to pinpoint just what went wrong.

The woods where the plane ended was infested with ground bees, and several responders were bitten so badly they were transported by COVA ambulance.

Albion Fire Department and Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies responded and were still on the scene at 9 p.m. waiting for the arrival of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original article ➤ http://www.thedailynewsonline.com




GAINES – A pilot avoided serious injuries after crashing a small in the woods next the Gaines Valley Airport on Route 279.

Firefighters and Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene just before 8 p.m.

The Daily News of Batavia is reporting the pilot’s name is Earl Luce Jr., 64, of Brockport. He was flying a Pietenpol experimental aircraft.

Luce told The Daily News the plane veered to left right after takeoff. Rather than have the plane fly into buildings, Luce choose instead to have the plane go into the woods.

The plane was extensively damaged. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration were expected at the scene, The Daily News reported.

Several people were stung by a swarm of ground bees in the woods, including Orleans Hub editor Tom Rivers, who was stung at least a dozen times. Rivers is allergic to bees. He was taken by COVA Ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital and was discharged about 10:15 p.m.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://wnypages.com

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