Saturday, November 25, 2017

Piper PA-34-220T Seneca III, N263DM: Accident occurred November 25, 2017 near Ebensburg Airport (9G8), Cambria County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CMI; Mexico, Missouri
Piper; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ebensburg, PA
Accident Number: ERA18LA032
Date & Time: 11/25/2017, 1345 EST
Registration: N263DM
Aircraft: PIPER PA 34-220T
Injuries: 4 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 25, 2017, about 1345 eastern standard time, a Piper PA 34-220T, N263DM, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees during a go-around at the Ebensburg Airport (9G8), Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. The private pilot and three passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. No flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at the Daviess County Airport (DCY), Washington, Indiana, about 1100, and destined for 9GB.

The pilot stated that the airplane's left engine had just recently started to leak a significant amount of oil; however, the source of the leak could not be located. On the day of the accident, the pilot said he topped off his fuel tanks and put 2 quarts of oil in the left engine, bringing the oil level up to 7 quarts. He then departed for Pennsylvania. The flight was uneventful until he was about 10 to15 miles out from 9G8, when the left engine low-oil-pressure light came on. When the airplane was 5 miles from the airport, the left engine experienced a total loss of power and the propeller feathered. The wind at the destination airport was 280° at 12 knots gusting to 16 knots, so the pilot initially planned to land on runway 25; however, due to only having one working engine, he elected to land downwind on runway 07. The pilot said he turned onto the base leg of the traffic pattern about 1/2-mile out on to final, but ended up being too fast and high. The pilot decided to go-around and retracted the gear and kept the flaps extended at 10°. As the airplane began a shallow climb, the pilot entered a left turn, and with the wind was pushing his right wing up, to avoid mountains that were in front of him. While in the turn, the pilot realized that he was "not going to make it" and increased the right engine's throttle fully forward. He knew this would over-boost the engine and it eventually stopped producing power. The airplane stalled and impacted trees.

The airplane came to rest upright in heavily wooded terrain. There was no post-impact fire. A large amount of oil was found on the underside of the left wing. The airplane wreckage was recovered and secured for further examination.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine land, as well as instrument airplane. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued on June 12, 2017. At that time, he reported a total of 376 total flight hours.

Weather at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, about 7 miles southwest of the accident site, at 1354, was reported as wind from 260° at 16 knots gusting to 21 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 3,600 ft, overcast ceiling at 5,000 ft, temperature 11° C, dewpoint 02° C, and an altimeter setting of 29.71 inHg.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N263DM
Model/Series: PA 34-220T 220T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No  
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: JST, 2284 ft msl
Observation Time: 1354 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots/ 21 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.71 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Washington, IN (DCY)
Destination: Ebensburg, PA (9G8)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 40.485000, -78.724722 (est)

Three of the four family members injured in a plane crash Saturday near Ebensburg have been released from Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman confirms.

Wayne “Doug” Zollinger, his wife, Dawn, and their children, Zach and Mariah, were traveling from the Washington, Indiana, area to Altoona when their twin-engine plane went down after attempting to land at Ebensburg Airport.

All four were transported to Conemaugh Memorial, where they were listed in stable condition by Monday.

On Wednesday afternoon Conemaugh spokeswoman Francine Bodnar said Dawn Zollinger remained in stable condition, while the other three family members had been released.

Original article can be found here ➤

CAMBRIA TOWNSHIP, Penn. (WJAC) - Numerous emergency crews are on the scene of a plane crash in the Ebensburg area, according to officials on scene. 

Crews responded to a Cessna down around 1:30 p.m.

It happened near Beulah and Allie Buck Roads near the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Ebensburg Airport.

Four people were injured and were taken to the hospital. No fatalities have been reported.

"[It was] definitely a non-routine situation for us," Dauntless Fire Company truck captain Jerry Buckhart said. " Everybody on scene worked well together and we were able to successfully extricate all four patients."

Original article can be found here ➤

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa — Four people were reportedly injured when the plane they were in crashed near Beulah Road in Jackson Township, Cambria County.

The twin-engine plane crashed around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Emergency responders tell us that one person was unconscious when crews got to the scene. 

Two people were flown to hospitals, and two others were taken by ambulance.

Original article can be found here ➤

Jackson Township, Cambria County, Pa. - Emergency crews are on the scene of a twin-engine plane crash.

Officials said it happened around 1:30p.m near Beulah and Allie Buck Road in Jackson Township.

Cambria County dispatch said all four people on board the plane were injured, but the extent of those injuries are still unknown. They also said one person was unconscious when emergency responders got on scene.

We're told two people were flown to the hospital and two were taken by ambulance.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

WPXI news in Pittsburgh just reported that the plane overshot the runway at 9G8 Ebensburg and on climbout the left engine quit but the right engine kept running. The plane crashed about a mile northwest of the airport off runway 25. I recall the winds were gusty coming out of the west-southwest on Saturday and based on where the plane came down I'm wondering if the pilot landed on runway 7 with a tailwind and overshot but that still doesn't explain why the engine quit. The news said that he refueled at KIDI but the FlightAware track doesn't show that. Hope that everyone involved makes a full recovery.

Anonymous said...

I always read that the "cardinal rule" when flying a piston-twin was to NEVER turn into the dead engine. Very lucky he didn't stall,spin and leave a smoking hole in the ground.

Anonymous said...

FAA Pilot database doesn't show an instrument rating. Why would you take a cross-country trip in a multi-engine airplane in late November with your family aboard and not be instrument rated? Also, the pilot knew that the left engine had an oil leak so why would you risk flying it that far? Sounds like another case where the pilot's wallet is thicker that his logbook! Glad they survived and hopefully the pilot learned some invaluable flying lessons!