Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Van's RV-8, N184SJ: Accident occurred September 26, 2017 at Orange Municipal Airport (KORE), Franklin County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA557
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Orange, MA
Aircraft: BELLET JAMES J VANS RV 8, registration: N184SJ

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft nose gear collapsed on landing.

Date: 26-SEP-17
Time: 16:50:00Z
Regis#: N184SJ
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV8
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Former Klamath County Commissioner Jim Bellet and his wife, Sherry, suffered injuries Tuesday from a hard landing of their experimental aircraft while on a vacation trip to the East Coast.

The accident took place at Orange Airport in Massachusetts.

Bellet, who talked with the Herald and News from his hospital bed Friday, said that the engine failed while he was piloting his two-seater, Vans R-V 9 aircraft he had been flying since 2003.

Bellet, 69, was traveling with Klamath Falls friends, Mike and Kristi Redd, who were also flying their lightweight aircraft.

“The Redds were in front of us when I radioed I was having engine trouble and turned back toward the airport. The engine just sort of quit and didn’t want to fly anymore. We sort of had a hard landing and the Redds were the first on the scene. They called 911 and the emergency vehicles showed up within five minutes.”

Bellet suffered some broken vertebrae and his wife, also 69, suffered a cracked vertebrae in her neck and broken ankle, he said.

They are staying at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., and have undergone surgery. Bellet said they expect to be released from the hospital early next week, sporting back and neck braces.

“We were on our way up to Maine to vacation and then fly onto Niagra Falls. We’re both banged up, but we’re gonna make it. And our friends, the Redds, are here by our side helping us.”

Bellet was a county commissioner for one term, having been elected in 2012. He dropped out of the race in 2016, handing the seat to Derrick DeGroot.

He was also a co-chair for Klamath Community College's successful "Completing the Transformation" fundraising effort for new computer equipment for its new classrooms.

KCC launched the campaign in January, with a goal to raise $650,000 to purchase equipment for the college’s new Work Skills Technology Center (WSTC). When the campaign closed Aug. 31, 128 donors had contributed $760,057.


ORANGE (CBS) — A small plane crashed during landing at the Orange Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon, leaving two people injured.

The two-seat aircraft appears to have skidded across a field and a runway before coming to a stop around 12:17 p.m.

The Orange Fire Department said two people were taken to an area hospital. The extent of their injuries was not yet known.

“A Van's RV-8 aircraft went into the grass after its nose gear collapsed as it landed on Runway 1/19 at Orange Municipal Airport,” the FAA said in a statement.

The plane is currently on its belly off to the side of the runway, with debris scattered nearby.

Orange Fire said fuel was spilled on the runway as a result of the crash.

According to FAA.gov, the plane is registered to a man from Klamath Falls, Oregon.

The FAA said they will investigate the crash.

Story and video ➤ http://boston.cbslocal.com

Sky Ranger footage shows emergency crews and investigators at the scene of a plane's hard landing at Orange Municipal Airport. 

Watch video ➤ http://www.necn.com

ORANGE, Mass. —  A small plane skidded across a runway after its nose gear collapsed as it landed in Orange on Tuesday afternoon.

Police confirmed they were responding to the incident and said there were no injuries or fire.

When Sky5 arrived overhead, it saw the damaged plane in the grass, at the end of skid marks that stretched across the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Van's RV-8 aircraft was landing around 12:50 p.m. when the nose gear collapsed and it slid into the grass. 

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

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