Thursday, August 24, 2017

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

Aircraft lost power on takeoff and crashed into a wooded area.

Date: 24-AUG-17
Time: 00:01:00Z
Regis#: N888MG
Aircraft Make: PIETENPOL
Aircraft Model: PIETENPOL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)

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.

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 ➤

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 ➤

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