Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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

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

Location: Orange, MA
Accident Number: GAA17CA557
Date & Time: 09/26/2017, 1250 EDT
Registration: N184SJ
Aircraft: BELLET JAMES J VANS RV 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector reported that, during a telephone conversation, the pilot reported that, during the climb, he noticed the engine cylinder heat temperature gauge exceed 500°F. The pilot added that he immediately turned back to the departure airport, and while in the downwind for the landing runway, the engine lost power. The pilot further added that the airplane immediately lost altitude and cleared a tree line in the path to the runway but then impacted terrain hard in a base-to-final flightpath near the runway threshold. He added that, when he exited the airplane, he observed an engine cowl plug installed on the right side of the engine cowl and removed it.

The right wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The FAA inspector reported that he traveled to the accident, and while on-site, he observed the left cowl plug melted onto the engine cylinders. He added that the right cowl plug was found on the ground near the airplane.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: 
The pilot's failure to remove the engine cowl plugs during preflight, which resulted in excessive engine cylinder head temperatures during climb and a total loss of engine power.

Findings

Aircraft
Engine cowling system - Inadequate inspection (Cause)
Descent/approach/glide path - Attain/maintain not possible
Engine (reciprocating) - Failure

Personnel issues
Lack of action - Pilot (Cause)
Preflight inspection - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Prior to flight
Miscellaneous/other (Defining event)
Approach-VFR pattern downwind
Loss of engine power (total)

Landing
Loss of control in flight
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/03/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BELLET JAMES J
Registration: N184SJ
Model/Series: VANS RV 8 UNDESIGNAT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 81645
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: IO-360
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: KORE, 555 ft msl
Observation Time: 1652 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Orange, MA (ORE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination:
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 1240 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: ORANGE MUNI (ORE)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 555 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4801 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.570000, -72.288611 (est)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
  
http://registry.faa.gov/N184SJ

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
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Inspector reported that, during a telephone conversation, the pilot reported that during the climb he noticed the engine cylinder heat temperature gauge exceed 500° F. The pilot added that, he immediately turned back to the departure airport, and while in the downwind for the landing runway, the engine lost power. The pilot further added that, the airplane immediately lost altitude, cleared a tree line in the path to the runway, but impacted the terrain hard in a base to final flight path near the runway threshold. He added that when he exited the airplane, he observed an engine cowl plug installed on the right side of the engine cowl and removed it.

The right wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage. 

The FAA inspector reported that he traveled to the accident, and while on-site, he observed the left cowl plug melted onto the engine cylinders. He added that the right cowl plug was found on the ground near the airplane. 

The pilot did not report that there were any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot failed to submit the NTSB Form 6120.1 Pilot/ Operator Aircraft Accident/ Incident Report. 




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

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.

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