Sunday, August 20, 2017

Piper J3C-65 Cub Special, N46286, Paramount Air Service: Accident occurred August 20, 2017 in Green Creek, Middle Township, Cape May County, New Jersey

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N46286

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA281
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 20, 2017 in Green Creek, NJ
Aircraft: PIPER J3C, registration: N46286
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 20, 2017, about 1345 eastern daylight time, a Piper J3C-65, N46286, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power while on approach to Paramount Air Strip (JY04), Green Creek, New Jersey. The commercial pilot sustained a minor injury. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the banner-tow flight, which departed JY04 about 0945, and was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot's written statement and company records, he picked up his first banner at 0948, and subsequently dropped and picked up five more banners. About 1340, he dropped the sixth banner, retracted the tow boom, and entered the downwind leg of the traffic pattern for landing at JY04. At the point where the airplane entered the downwind leg, the engine stopped producing power. The pilot turned the airplane away from a line of trees in the airplane's path, and performed a forced landing to a marsh which resulted in substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage. In a telephone interview with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector, the pilot reported that he switched fuel tanks and attempted an engine restart during the forced landing, but the attempt was unsuccessful.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was issued October 4, 2016. He reported 650 total hours of flight experience of which 500 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

The one-place, high-wing airplane was manufactured in 1942 and powered by a Lycoming O-290D2, 135-horsepower engine. It was originally configured with a 12-gallon fuel capacity but was subsequently modified with a 36-gallon fuel system. The most recent annual inspection was completed on August 9, 2016 at 11,517 total aircraft hours.

At 1355, the weather recorded at Cape May County Airport (WWD), 3 miles south of JY04, included clear skies, wind from 290° at 9 knots, and visibility 10 statute miles. The temperature was 26°C, and the dew point was 18°C. The altimeter setting was 30.12 inches of mercury.

The airplane was examined at the scene by an FAA aviation safety inspector. Examination revealed the firewall and the tubular structure of the fuselage were substantially damaged. Flight control continuity was confirmed, and about 1 gallon of fuel was drained from the airplane.


A pilot was injured after a banner plane made a hard landing in Middle Township, Cape May County, New Jersey Sunday afternoon.

The 20-year-old pilot was flying a Piper J3C-65 banner tow aircraft from Paramount Air around 2 p.m. As he was circling to land, the aircraft lost power and made a hard landing in a marsh area near the Paramount Air Service building on Stites Avenue. 

The pilot, who was the only person inside the plane, suffered lacerations to his head and was taken to the hospital. Officials have not yet revealed his condition.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and police are investigating the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com


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

NTSB Identification: NYC89LA147
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40774.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 10, 1989 in ERMA, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1991
Aircraft: PIPER J-3C-65, registration: N46286
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS UNDER TRAINING FOR A BANNER TOWING LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION AND WAS PRACTICING PICKUPS OF FULL SIZE BANNERS. AFTER PICKUP, AND AT AN ALTITUDE OF 250 FEET, THE AIRPLANE STALLED AND DESCENDED INTO THE TREES. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE PICKUP WAS O.K., BUT THE WINDS WERE GUSTY AND IT WAS A HOT DAY.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED DURING A BANNER PICKUP.

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