Saturday, September 2, 2017

Cessna U206G Stationair, N4615X: Accident occurred September 01, 2017 in Harpswell, Cumberland County, Maine

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Penobscot Island Air
Waters Aero Marine Inc

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA307
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 01, 2017 in Harpswell, ME
Aircraft: CESSNA U206, registration: N4615X
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 September 1, 2017, about 1710 eastern daylight time, a Cessna U206G, N4615X, operated by Waters Aero-Marine, doing business as Penobscot Island Air, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Harpswell, Maine. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which departed Knox County Regional Airport (RKD), Rockland, Maine, about 1645, destined for Portland International Jetport (PWM), Portland, Maine.

According to the pilot, while in cruise flight at 2,500 ft en route to PWM, about 6 nautical miles from Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM), Brunswick, Maine, he heard a "loud bang," followed by a total loss of engine power. He immediately transmitted a distress call to Portland Approach Control, and advised that he was going to attempt to land at BXM. The pilot then advised on the Penobscot Island Air company frequency of his situation and his intentions. He then performed the emergency procedures for securing the engine and continued with the emergency landing.

At 600 ft the pilot realized that the airplane was not going to reach BXM and transmitted his intentions to make an off-airport landing. Upon landing the airplane bounced, traveled about 150 ft, and touched down again. The nose landing gear entered a small drainage ditch; the airplane nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The pilot then verified that all the engine controls and electronics were shut off, and egressed through the pilot's door, which he had opened on touchdown.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records and pilot records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane single-engine sea, airplane multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate with a rating for airplane single engine. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on May 18, 2017. He reported that he had accrued 2,400 total hours of flight experience, 800 of which was in the accident airplane, make and model.

According to FAA airworthiness and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 1979. Its most recent 100-hour inspection was completed on August 28, 2017. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accrued 7,359.1 total hours of operation, and the engine had accrued 1,694 total hours of operation since major overhaul.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

HARPSWELL -  The pilot of a plane that crash landed in a field in Harpswell Friday evening was the only person onboard and able to walk away.

It appears that there was a mechanical issue that caused the pilot to bring the fixed wing, single engine plane down in a field at 595 Harpswell Islands Road.

The Cessna U206G Stationair hit a rock and overturned during the landing.

The crash was reported at approximately 5:10 p.m.

The plane carried the name Penobscot Island Air out of Owls Head.

The Harpswell Neck and Orr’s and Bailey Islands fire departments responded to the incident.

The FAA is expected to be at the scene of the crash in the morning to investigate.

Original article can be found here ➤

HARPSWELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A small plane crashed in Harpswell Friday evening, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

No word on how many people were in the plane at the time of the crash, but officials say the injuries are minor.

The FAA has been notified.

According to registry records, the Cessna U206G Stationair is registered to Waters Aero-Marine Inc. from South Thomaston.

Original article can be found here ➤

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