Saturday, November 25, 2017

Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian, N863RB, registered to and operated by a corporation: Accident occurred November 25, 2017 at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (KPIE), Pinellas County, Florida

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

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

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

BelleAire LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N863RB

Location: Clearwater, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA031
Date & Time: 11/25/2017, 1315 EST
Registration: N863RB
Aircraft: PIPER PA46
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 25, 2017, about 1315 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-46-500TP, N863RB, was substantially damaged when it experienced a loss of engine power during the initial climb from St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), Clearwater, Florida. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a corporation as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that was destined for Pensacola International Airport (PNS), Pensacola, Florida.

According to the pilot, he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane and engine runup with no anomalies noted. The takeoff roll and lift off from runway 36 were "normal;" however, when he initiated a landing gear retraction, the engine torque decreased to 300-400 lbs, but the 2,000 rpm did not change. Next, the torque surged back to full power, and continued to surge. The pilot attempted to return to the runway instead of landing in the water; however, the left wing of the airplane struck the ground and it came to rest near runway 18.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left wing was impact separated. The right wing remained attached to the fuselage. The fuselage was partially separated at the cabin section of the airframe. The engine remained attached to the airframe and the propeller remained attached to the engine.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N863RB
Model/Series: PA46 500TP
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: BELLEAIRE LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PIE, 11 ft msl
Observation Time: 1331 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:  23°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Clearwater, FL (PIE)
Destination: PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  27.924167, -82.691389 (est)



Deputies Respond To A Single Engine Plane Crash At St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

- Airport Unit

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Robert A. Brandon (Injured)
DOB: 04/28/1950
Address: 2 Tristan Way, Pensacola, FL

What:
Pinellas deputies are assisting the FAA and the NTSB with a plane crash investigation that occurred at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater.  

When:
The incident occurred at about 1:19 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

Where:
The crash occurred on runway 36, at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport located at 14700 Terminal Boulevard  in Clearwater.

Why/How:
Pinellas deputies are assisting the FAA and the NTSB with a plane crash investigation that occurred at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater.  

At about 1:19 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, deputies received reports of a plane crash at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport located at 14700 Terminal Boulevard in Clearwater.

Deputies responded to the north side of runway 36, where the 2005 single engine Piper Meridian fixed winged aircraft had crashed. The aircraft sustained significant damage and was lying in the grass just east of the runway.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the pilot, 67-year-old Robert Brandon of Pensacola, to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for serious non-life-threatening injuries. Brandon was the only occupant in the plane.

Brandon informed deputies that he was headed to Pensacola when he took off from runway 36 at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in the single engine aircraft. He was airborne traveling northbound when he started experiencing mechanical problems with the plane.

With intentions of landing the plane, deputies say Brandon turned the plane in a right eastbound direction when the plane crashed next to the runway.

The engine and both wings of the plane were damaged as a result of the crash.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is being investigated by the FAA and the NTSB. It has not yet been determined what caused the plane to crash.

The investigation continues. 


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

CLEARWATER, Fla. (CBS12) — A 67-year-old pilot was injured after his plane crashed at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on Saturday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

The crash occurred at about 1:19 p.m.

Deputies responded to the north side of runway 36, where the 2005 single-engine Piper Meridian fixed winged aircraft had crashed, according to the sheriff's office. The aircraft sustained significant damage and was lying in the grass just east of the runway.

Paramedics transported the pilot, Robert Brandon, of Pensacola, to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg for serious non-life-threatening injuries.

He was the plane's only occupant.

Brandon told deputies that he was headed to Pensacola when he took off from runway 36, the sheriff's office said. He was already airborne and on his way north when he started experiencing mechanical problems.

In order to land the plane, deputies say Brandon turned the plane in a right eastbound direction when the plane crashed next to the runway.

The engine and both wings of the plane were damaged as a result of the crash.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is being investigated by the FAA and the NTSB, according to the sheriff's office. The cause of the crash hasn't been determined. 

Original article can be found here ➤  http://cbs12.com



CLEARWATER — A single-engine plane crashed at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport leaving its 67-year-old pilot seriously injured, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Robert Brandon, 67, took off around 1:15 p.m. to head back to his home in Pensacola when he reported mechanical problems on the fixed-wing plane, said Cpl. Spencer Gross.

When Brandon tried to turned the plane east and back to the ground, it crashed just east of its runway on the north side of the airport, Gross said. The plane's front end was severely damaged and both wings broke off the plane. Fuel was everywhere, Gross said.

Brandon was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, Gross said.

He was the only occupant in the plane.

The National Transportation Board will handle the investigation to determine what caused the plane to crash.

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

CLEARWATER, Fla. - A small plane crashed at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

The pilot of the single-engine plane took off, reported an issue, then tried to land but crashed onto the grass near runway 36, located on the north side of the airport, at about 1:19 p.m., authorities said.

The pilot, who was the only person in the plane, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries, the sheriff's office said. The pilot's condition was not immediately available.

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

CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - Pinellas County deputies are investigating a small plane crash that happened at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

Preliminary reports indicate that a single engine airplane crashed on Runway 36, located on the north side of the airport, shortly after 1:00 p.m.


A male occupant was transported to Bayfront Medical with injuries.  There are no reports that anyone else was hurt.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.fox13news.com


CLEARWATER, Fla -  A small airplane crash at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

The plane crash was reported down at around 1:20 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies say that the single-engine plane crash at Runway 36 on the north side of the airport.

One man was in on the plane and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center.  His injuries are unknown.

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

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