Saturday, August 19, 2017

Smith Aerostar 601P, N7108: Accident occurred August 19, 2017 at Donegal Springs Airpark (N71), Mount Joy, Lancaster County, 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; New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA288
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Marietta, PA
Aircraft: SMITH AEROSTAR601, registration: N7108
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 19, 2017, about 1642 eastern daylight time, a Smith Aerostar 601P, N7108, was substantially damaged during takeoff from the Donegal Springs Airpark (N71), Marietta, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot was not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, after completing a preflight inspection and engine run-up, he taxied the airplane to the active runway for takeoff. On takeoff roll, the airplane swerved to the right, the pilot corrected to the left and aborted the takeoff; however, the airplane departed the left side of the runway and collided with an embankment.

According to an aircraft mechanic, who was hired by the airplane owner to conduct a pre-purchase inspection of the airplane, the pilot was planning to deliver the airplane and had not previously flown the make and model of the accident airplane. He reviewed the operation of the airplane's steering and braking systems with the pilot, and then left the airport. The mechanic later received a call from the pilot who informed him about the accident and indicated that the airplane "got away from him."

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the right wing was buckled, and the right main landing gear separated from the trunnion mount. A review of the maintenance records and examination of the airplane did not reveal any anomalies that would precluded normal operation.

Donegal Springs Airpark was shut down late Saturday afternoon after a small airplane went off the runway.

The pilot, who was the only person in the plane, was not injured in the incident which was reported at 4:42 p.m.

While responding crews soon deemed the incident a “non-emergency,” some fuel was reportedly leaking from the plane and the runway was shut down.

The plane came to rest just off the edge of the runway, next to a cornfield. The plane’s tail knocked down a small section of corn. 

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