Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N199RN, registered to Western Flying Club Inc and operated by the pilot -and- Piper J3C-65, N25786, registered to Grecor LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred December 16, 2017 near Burlington–Alamance Regional Airport (KBUY), Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

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

Western Flying Club Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N199RN

Location: Burlington, NC
Accident Number: ERA18LA055A
Date & Time: 12/16/2017, 1230 EST
Registration: N199RN
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 16, 2017, about 1230 eastern standard time, a Cessna 182Q, N199RN, and a Piper J3C-65, N25786, collided in midair near Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport (BUY), Burlington, North Carolina. The private pilot of the Cessna and the commercial pilot of the Piper were not injured. The Cessna and the Piper both sustained substantial damage. The Cessna was registered to Western Flying Club Inc. and was operated by the pilot. The Piper was registered to Grecor LLC and was operated by the pilot. Both flights were conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as personal flights. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plans were filed for either flight. The flights originated at BUY about 1220.

The Piper pilot reported that he had recently performed maintenance on the smoke generator system and installed a new fuel pump. He asked the Cessna pilot to fly adjacent to him to verify the smoke system operation. After departure, the Piper pilot flew on the right side of the Cessna and both pilots acknowledged each other. The Piper pilot turned on the smoke system and the Cessna pilot verified that it operated normally. The Piper pilot then broke-off to the right to leave the formation.

The Piper pilot subsequently elected to fly inverted to check the oil system and mixture control. After clearing for traffic and tightening his harness, he rolled inverted. The systems operated normally, so he rolled again to level the airplane upright. During the return to level flight, he heard a loud noise and the airplane rolled to the right. He believed that he had experienced aileron flutter. He was able to control the airplane and returned to BUY and landed without further incident. It was after landing that he realized that he had collided with the Cessna.

The Cessna pilot reported that, while in straight and level flight, he observed a flash of yellow at his 9 o'clock position, which was the Piper. He reported that the Piper struck his left wing. He was able to maintain airplane control and returned to BUY for landing.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined both airplanes. The right wing and aileron of the Piper were structurally damaged, as was the outboard portion of the Cessna's left wing. No other damage was noted. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N199RN
Model/Series: 182 Q
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: BUY, 616 ft msl
Observation Time: 1754 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burlington, NC (BUY)
Destination: Burlington, NC (BUY) 

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: 36.049722, -79.473056 (est)

Grecor LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N25786

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

Location: Burlington, NC
Accident Number: ERA18LA055B
Date & Time: 12/16/2017, 1230 EST
Registration: N25786
Aircraft: PIPER J3C
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 16, 2017, about 1230 eastern standard time, a Cessna 182Q, N199RN, and a Piper J3C-65, N25786, collided in midair near Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport (BUY), Burlington, North Carolina. The private pilot of the Cessna and the commercial pilot of the Piper were not injured. The Cessna and the Piper both sustained substantial damage. The Cessna was registered to Western Flying Club Inc. and was operated by the pilot. The Piper was registered to Grecor LLC and was operated by the pilot. Both flights were conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as personal flights. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plans were filed for either flight. The flights originated at BUY about 1220.

The Piper pilot reported that he had recently performed maintenance on the smoke generator system and installed a new fuel pump. He asked the Cessna pilot to fly adjacent to him to verify the smoke system operation. After departure, the Piper pilot flew on the right side of the Cessna and both pilots acknowledged each other. The Piper pilot turned on the smoke system and the Cessna pilot verified that it operated normally. The Piper pilot then broke-off to the right to leave the formation.

The Piper pilot subsequently elected to fly inverted to check the oil system and mixture control. After clearing for traffic and tightening his harness, he rolled inverted. The systems operated normally, so he rolled again to level the airplane upright. During the return to level flight, he heard a loud noise and the airplane rolled to the right. He believed that he had experienced aileron flutter. He was able to control the airplane and returned to BUY and landed without further incident. It was after landing that he realized that he had collided with the Cessna.

The Cessna pilot reported that, while in straight and level flight, he observed a flash of yellow at his 9 o'clock position, which was the Piper. He reported that the Piper struck his left wing. He was able to maintain airplane control and returned to BUY for landing.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined both airplanes. The right wing and aileron of the Piper were structurally damaged, as was the outboard portion of the Cessna's left wing. No other damage was noted. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N25786
Model/Series: J3C 65
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: BUY, 616 ft msl
Observation Time: 1754 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burlington, NC (BUY)
Destination: Burlington, NC (BUY) 

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: 36.049722, -79.473056 (est)

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