Thursday, November 2, 2017

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, N3512L: Accident occurred November 02, 2017 at Turners Falls Airport (0B5), Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Montague, MA
Accident Number: ERA18LA023
Date & Time: 11/02/2017, 1400 EDT
Registration: N3512L
Aircraft: GREAT LAKES 2T1A
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 2, 2017, about 1400 eastern daylight time, a Great Lakes Aircraft Company 2T-1A-2, N3512L, experienced a runway excursion during takeoff and nosed over at Turners Falls Airport (0B5), Montague, Massachusetts. The private pilot was not injured and the airplane which was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight, was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, and was destined for the Orange Municipal Airport (ORE), Orange, Massachusetts.

The pilot stated that after engine start he taxied to the run-up area of runway 16, and went through his preflight checklist. There were no discrepancies with the brakes while taxiing or during the run-up. He taxied onto the runway and began the takeoff roll reporting all was normal for the first 200 ft. With the empennage off the runway, the airplane suddenly veered to the left, which he could not correct. The airplane went off the left side of the runway, down a sharp incline, impacted a wing on the ground, and nosed over. He immediately released the restraint and exited the airplane.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GREAT LAKES
Registration: N3512L
Model/Series: 2T1A 2
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:  ORE, 556 ft msl
Observation Time:  1452 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:  11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:  17°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Dparture Point: Montague, MA (0B5)
Destination: Orange, MA (ORE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.594167, -72.524722 (est) 

MONTAGUE — A small plane attempting to take off to Orange skidded off the runway and landed upside down in the tall grass at the Turners Falls Airport Thursday afternoon.

The plane’s pilot, the only person in the plane, was not injured from the crash, Turners Falls Fire Department Deputy Chief Leon Ambo said.

While taking off south around 2:30 p.m., the plane veered to the left and skidded, likely hit a dip just off the runway, and flipped over into the tall grass, less than 100 yards from the runway, Ambo said.

Firefighters reported no fluids came out of the plane. An ambulance from Turners Falls Fire Department was at the scene.

The Fire Department and Montague Police Department were expecting the Federal Aviation Administration to come and inspect the scene, per protocol, around 4 p.m.

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