Sunday, November 5, 2017

Stolp SA-900 V-Star, N21EM: Accident occurred November 03, 2017 at Van Sant Airport (9N1), Erwinna, Tinicum Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

NTSB Identification: ERA18LA019
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 03, 2017 in Erwinna, PA
Aircraft: MAURER ELMO A V STAR SA900, registration: N21EM
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 November 3, 2017, about 1400 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built V-Star SA9000, N21EM, collided with terrain during landing at Van Sant Airport (9N1), Erwinna, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was seriously injured. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed for the local, personal flight. The flight was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91.

A witness stated he saw the accident airplane depart, and about thirty minutes later he saw the airplane approach the airport from the east. He initially saw the airplane in a normal flight attitude over the runway before it disappeared briefly behind rolling terrain. Then he saw the left wing, then the right wing, followed by the tail, he described it as a "cartwheeling" motion. He did not report hearing any strange sounds being emitted by the airplane on the takeoff or landing, nor did he see any smoke or objects falling from the airplane.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed the fuselage came to rest on its nose, and the tail was resting against tree branches. The engine was separated from the airframe, but the airplane remained largely intact.

The single-seat, bi-wing airplane was manufactured in 1980 and was equipped with a Lycoming O-290, 140-horsepower reciprocating engine.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a glider rating, and a sport pilot endorsement for airplane single engine land. He reported 20 hours of total flight experience on his most recent application for an FAA third-class medical certificate, which was issued on November 23, 1983.

The weather conditions reported at the Doyelstown Airport (DYL), Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about 9 miles south of the accident site, included wind from 230° at 7 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 21° C, dew point 14° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury.

TINICUM TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- Officials are investigating after a biplane crashed in Tinicum Twp. Bucks County.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m. Friday near the Van Sant Airport.

There was no immediate word on any injuries or what caused the plane to come down.

The airport is located in the 500 block of Cafferty Rd.

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The pilot of a Stolp SA-900 V-Star plane escaped a crash Friday afternoon with minor injuries, according to a Bucks County government spokesman.

Spokesman Chris Edwards said the call for help from police came around 1:55 p.m. Friday at Van Sant Airport in Tinicum Township in upper Bucks County.

Edwards said the pilot complained of chest pains as he attempted to land the plane.

A medical helicopter was summoned but was later called off because the pilot's injuries weren't as severe as anticipated, Edwards said. The pilot was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, he said.

Edwards said some fuel spilled from the plane. He wasn't sure of the extent of the damage to the aircraft or the reason for the crash. The crash remains under investigation, he said.

Van Sant Airport is at 516 Cafferty Road in Tinicum Township. Its website bills it as a historic airfield for small aircraft.

Original article can be found here ➤

TINICUM TWP, Pa. - An 80-year-old man of Highlands, New Jersey, was the owner and pilot of the plane that crashed at Van Sant airport Friday afternoon. 

He was landing his Stolp SA-900 V-Star at the airport around 2 p.m. when it left the side of the runway and overturned at the tree line. The pilot was able to extricate himself from the plane and was lying next to his aircraft when officers arrived. 

According to officials, he was awake and talking to emergency personnel, treated at the scene and transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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