Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Piper PA-32-300, C6-RVT, registered to and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred December 13, 2017 near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Broward County, Florida

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Oakland Park, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA062
Date & Time: 12/13/2017, 1215 EST
Registration: C6RVT
Aircraft: PIPER PA32
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 13, 2017, about 1215 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-32-300, Bahamian Registration C6-RVT, experienced a loss of engine power and impacted a lake near Oakland Park, Florida. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the Bahamian certificated commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, around 1210, and was destined for Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN), Nassau, Bahamas.

According to the pilot, on the day before the accident, he topped off the fuel in the airplane at the Grand Bahama International Airport (MYGF), Freeport, Bahamas, and flew to FXE. On the day of the accident, the pilot completed a preflight inspection and no anomalies were noted. He started the engine, "let it warm up" prior to taxiing, and called the air traffic control tower to request flight following to MYNN. The airplane departed on runway 27 and about 500 ft above ground level (agl), the pilot initiated a left turn and reduced the engine power to "climb power." Then, about 700 ft agl, the engine started to lose power. It "intermittently came back," the pilot applied full power, and declared an emergency. He verified that the fuel boost pump was on, started to set up an approach to runway 31, however, he realized that the airplane would not reach the airport, and he elected to land in a lake just south of the airport. The pilot "secured" the fuel, extended the flaps for landing, and the airplane impacted the water. The pilot egressed just prior to the airplane sinking in the lake.

The airplane was recovered from the lake about 1 month after the accident and taken to a salvage facility. Initial examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage was substantially damaged. In addition, the landing gear were impact damaged aft. The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: C6RVT
Model/Series: PA32 300
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: FXE, 14 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (FXE)
Destination: Nassua, FN (MYNN) 

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: 26.177222, -80.176111 (est)

OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) - The Broward Sheriff’s Office has responded to the scene of a small plane crash at an Oakland Park lake, Wednesday.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Piper PA-32 plane lost power while flying south of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport before crashing into a lake just west of Northwest 21st Street Avenue, at around 12:15 p.m.

Officials have confirmed that the pilot was able to escape the plane and swim to shore. According to Oakland Park Fire Rescue, the pilot appeared to be OK, and said he did not need medical assistance.

Several witnesses from the surrounding area said they saw the plane go down into the water.

“It was coming from north going south,” said witness Roland Forbes. “When it got about here – in the middle here – there was a puff of smoke, went up in the air, and the plane start taking a nose dive.”

The pilot had landed in a lake surrounded by apartments and condos.

“I told my wife, ‘The guy is in trouble,'” said witness Angelo Marfisi, who saw the plane from his third story balcony. “You could hear the engine just fluttering, and he got really close to us, and he was able to make a turn.”

The plane turned and landed in the water.

Video shows the tail of the plane sticking out of the water with the pilot standing outside.

“When it came down, hit the water, about two or three seconds [later] the guy came out. He was dazed. He was dazed, but he stood on the wing,” Forbes said.

The plane is believed to have sunk to the bottom of the lake.

“‘Wait a minute. Is that a plane in a lake?’ We see the plane sitting there with the tale end sticking straight up out of the water. I thought it was a joke or something,” said one man. “We watched it, and then it just sank right down in the water.”

The pilot then jumped into the water and swam to safety.

“It’s a lucky thing too because I thought he was dead. He could’ve landed on any one of these houses, on a road,” said the witness. “Heck – the school is over there too. He could have landed on the school. That could have been a real catastrophe.”

The FAA is now investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will look into the cause of the accident.

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The pilot of a small plane swam to safety after his aircraft lost power and went down in a lake in Oakland Park on Wednesday, federal aviation authorities say.

The Canadian-registered, twin-engine light aircraft sank quickly and was no longer visible shortly after the crash that happened around noon near the 3200 block of Northwest 21st Avenue.

“It sounds like an early Christmas miracle. The pilot crashed the small plane into a lake and was able to extricate himself,” said David Rafter, an Oakland Park spokesman. “No injuries reported.”

The plane took off out of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and was returning to the airport when it crashed, said Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson.

Ronald Forbes said he was sitting in his truck eating lunch when he saw a puff of smoke in the sky as the plane’s engine went out.

Then he watched the plane nosedive into the lake, he said.

The pilot emerged from the plane seemingly unscathed and stood on the wing as it began to sink, Forbes said.

“At about five to six minutes the plane was completely down except for the tail sticking out and by the time the police got here it went under,” he said.

Rescue crews were at the scene. Witnesses said the pilot was able to swim to safety after the crash.

The pilot and his insurance company are expected to arrange for the removal of the plane, if possible, Bergen said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate and determine the probable cause of the accident.

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A pilot was okay after his small plane crashed into a lake in Oakland Park Wednesday.

The crash was reported in the area of Northwest 21st Avenue and Oakland Park Boulevard around 12:15 p.m.

Officials said the Piper PA-32-300 lost power and went down about two miles from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

Broward Sheriff's Office officials said the pilot was able to get out of the plane and swim to shore before the aircraft sank into the lake.

"I was sitting in my truck, I was having some lunch and right about here in the middle of the sky here, the engine went out on the plane, there was a puff of smoke, the plane started taking a nosedive down," witness Rona Forbes said. "When it dropped in the water, I was watching it and I was shouting, I asked the neighbors to rescue the guy.”

The FAA and NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash.

No other information was immediately known.

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OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - A small plane crashed into a lake Wednesday in Oakland Park.

According to the Oakland Park Fire Rescue Department, the plane went down in a lake just west of Veterans Park.

"it just popped and we saw smoke come out of it," one witness, Xavier Bryan, said. 

The pilot got out of the plane and wasn't injured.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Canadian-registered Piper PA-28 lost power about 12:15 p.m.

The plane, which apparently sank, was nowhere to be seen when Sky 10 arrived.

"Once we heard the engine knock, the plane went down. They nosedived right into the lake," Bryan said. 

Cellphone video taken just after the crash shows the plane with its tail in the air. 

"The engine went out right here, in the middle of the air, so it seems that way to me because it was a puff of smoke and the plane started to nosedive," another witness, Ronald Forbes, said. 

Witnesses said the pilot swam to shore after the crash.

"He had, like, a box, and he was actually swimming with the box from the plane to the shore," Bryan said.

Bergen said the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash. 

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