Thursday, October 05, 2017

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7892P, Twin Oaks Airpark Inc: Accident occurred October 05, 2017 at Stark's Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3), Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon

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, Oregon

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Twin Oaks Airpark Inc:

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA005
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 05, 2017 in Hillsboro, OR
Aircraft: PIPER PA 24-250, registration: N7892P
Injuries: 2 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 October 5, 2017, about 1420 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-24-250, N7892P, sustained substantial damage during a hard landing at the Stark's Twin Oaks Airport (7S3) Hillsboro, Oregon. The flight instructor and student pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by Twin Oaks Airpark Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed about 1320.

The flight instructor reported that during a practice short field full stop landing, as the student pilot was approaching the landing flare, the airplane was slow and he called for a go-around. During the go-around, the airplane aerodynamically stalled and struck the runway hard, substantially damaging the fuselage and wings.

Two people were injured after a small plane crash landed at an airport in Hillsboro, officials said Thursday. 

A pilot, who was accompanied by an instructor, came up short when landing and hit the edge of the runway at the Twin Oaks Airpark, Washington County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray said. 

The plane went back up before hitting the runway again hard, Ray said. 

The pilot was licensed and was working towards an advanced certification, Ray said. 

The instructor and pilot suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. 

Firefighters responded to the crash at about 2:35 p.m., Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue officials said in a tweet. 

The airport, located on River Road, is privately owned and operated, according to its website. 

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Two men were injured when a small plane they were flying crash-landed at the Twin Oaks Airpark on Thursday afternoon just south of the rural Washington County community of Farmington.

At 2:29 p.m. Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to report of a plane crash.

"When we got here, we saw that the plane had a student and an instructor," said Sheriff spokesperson Bob Ray. "It wasn't a new student, from what we know. They were getting their advanced certification."

According to Ray, the plane — a small single-engined aircraft — came into the runway too low and clipped the hillside on the southwestern corner of the airpark complex.

The impact sheared off two of the airplane's wheels. The pilot quickly pulled up, then dove back into the ground — hard, Ray said.

The instructor walked away from the site of the crash, Ray said, but the student needed medical assistance. Both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Ray said there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the crash, and there was no evidence of impairment. The FAA will investigate the crash, he said.

An employee at Twin Oaks Airpark confirmed the incident was under investigation, but declined further comment.

The airport, which includes almost a dozen hangars for personal aircraft, is a base for Oregon Flight Training and TNG Aviation, another flight school.

Ray said he expects the airpark to be closed for the new few hours. 

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