Friday, September 29, 2017

Waco UPF-7, N29909, Hobby Hill Farms Inc: Accident occurred September 28, 2017 near Woods and Lakes Airpark (FA38), Ocklawaha, Marion County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Hobby Hill Farms Inc:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA340
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Ocklawaha, FL
Aircraft: WACO UPF 7, registration: N29909
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 28, 2017, about 1909 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Waco UPF 7, N29909, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to wooded terrain after a total loss of engine power about 1.5 miles south of the Woods and Lakes Airpark (FA38), near Oklawaha, Florida. The commercial pilot/owner was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that while maneuvering, one of the engine's magnetos failed followed shortly after by the other magneto resulting in a total loss of engine power. He said that he tried to reach FA38, but realized he was not going to make it so he "surfed" the airplane into the tree tops. The pilot said he made a successful landing and the airplane came to rest gently in the trees before it nosed over and fell 60 ft to the ground and came to rest on its nose with the tail section sticking straight up in the air.

The pilot held a commercial certificate for airplane single-engine land and sea, and instrument airplane. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second-class medical was issued on October 6, 2016. At that time, he reported a total of 2,746 flight hours.

Weather at The Villages (VVG), The Villages, Florida, about 11 miles south of the accident site, at 1930, was reported as calm wind, visibility 10 miles, and clear skies.

MARION COUNTY, Fla. A pilot is lucky to be alive after his plane crashed in the Ocala National Forest Thursday night.

Fire crews and sheriff's deputies say when they arrived on scene, that the pilot was already out of the plane and talking. But they say this crash could have ended much differently."

Neighbors living near South Highway 314A say they were startled when they heard the news.

Judy Brown said, "We heard on the radio this morning that a plane had gone down right behind our house and we just hope that the pilot is alright."

Marion county sheriff's deputies say 71-year-old Herb Clark Jr. crashed nose first into the trees.

Neighbors say it sounded like his engine was having trouble right before the crash.

Judy Brown said, "We think he may had been trying to land on the air strip that’s right by my property."

Clark junior was rushed to Ocala Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

Paul bloom said, "It's not often that someone crashes a plane in that type of area and does survive. So he's very fortunate and we're glad the first responders were there right on the scene along with neighbors that were around."

The Federal Aviation Administration is handling the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

ELECTRA — A small plane crashed in a densely wooded area in the Ocala National Forest on Thursday night, injuring the pilot.

According to Marion County Fire Rescue officials, they were dispatched to the crash scene in the 7400 block of County Road 314A at 7:11 p.m., after a 911 call came in at 7:09, and arrived 10 minutes later.

Fire officials said that when they got to the scene, which was roughly 70 to 100 yards from the road, the 71-year-old pilot was already out of the plane, conscious and talking.

Sheriff’s officials identified the man as Herb Francis Clark Jr., of Weirsdale. He was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center. His condition was unknown.

The Waco UPF-7 was nose down into the ground.

Sheriff’s officials said someone who had heard the plane flying overhead said it sounded like it was having engine trouble.

Officials say the crash happened about a mile south of Woods and Lakes Airpark, a fly-in community.

Original article can be found here ➤

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