Monday, January 29, 2018

Cessna P210N Centurion, N34VF, Romag Air Services Inc: Accident occurred January 29, 2018 in Farmington, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh

Engine failed in flight. Aircraft attempted to land in a field and crash. Post crash fire.

Romag Air Services Inc:

Date: 29-JAN-18
Time: 21:50:00Z
Regis#: N34VF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: P210N
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Dr. Csaba L. Magassy, MD FACS
Plastic Surgeon  
Mclean, Virginia

STEWART TOWNSHIP, Pa. —   A plane crashed in the 600 block of Kentuck Road near Kentuck Knob in Stewart Township, Fayette County, on Monday evening, emergency officials confirmed.

Officials said the pilot was the only one aboard the plane. They said he was having engine trouble and put in an early mayday call.

The air traffic controller guided him to an empty field, where he crash-landed and hit a power line. The plane caught fire, but he escaped. He suffered a leg injury and was taken to a local hospital, officials said.

The pilot was 79-year-old Dr. Csaba Magassy.

Magassy spoke with Pittsburgh's Action News 4 reporter Beau Berman from his hospital room and said he is a plastic surgeon based in Virginia. He said he was flying from Maryland's Montgomery County airport to Wheeling, West Virginia, for a post-operative procedure for one of his patients.

Magassy sustained a cut to his left knee that required stitches. Doctors gave him IV fluids and performed a CAT scan on his chest as a precaution.

Magassy walked Berman through the crash landing.

“I was flying at 8,000 feet, middle of a snowstorm, and I was talking to Johnstown approach, when suddenly my engine quit. When I broke out from the snow I was about… between 800 to 1000 ft ... between two mountain peaks. So I quickly lowered the gear and picked the point between two trees and sheared the wings off and decelerated and came to a stop on the other side which was in a clearing. I quickly unbuckled myself and got out the door and then… poof…. The whole airplane blew up," said Magassy.

Magassy said state police arrived soon after and he was transported to Uniontown Hospital.

He told Berman he had logged more than 6,000 miles flying in his lifetime and first flew for the Air Force in 1961.

Magassy said he was born in Hungary before coming to the United States in the 1950s.

He told Berman that his fiancee and children called him at the hospital to ask if he was all right.

“Glad to be alive," he said.

The FAA sent WTAE TV the following information about the crash.

"A Cessna C210 aircraft reportedly had an engine-related problem and made a forced landing in a field near Farmington, PA at about 4:50 p.m. today. The aircraft departed Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport/Shepherd Field in Martinsburg for Wheeling Ohio County Airport in Wheeling. The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident," said spokesman, Jim Peters.

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A pilot escaped his small plane before it caught fire after he made a crash landing in a field along Kentuck Road in Ohiopyle Monday evening.

He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance for a minor injury to his leg, according to State Police Trooper Robert Broadwater. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was the only person on the plane.

Broadwater said the pilot was experiencing engine trouble and called the Federal Aviation Administration for assistance. They directed him toward the field and assisted him in the landing just after 5 p.m.

Police did not have information on the type of plane, where the plane took off or where it was headed. The FAA is investigating.

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STEWART TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A small plane crashed near Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

Dispatchers confirm the Cessna P210N Centurion went down at 4:48 p.m. in Stewart Township.

The pilot was the only person on the plane and suffered minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is handling the investigation, said the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after the plane suffered an engine-related problem.

He was headed from Martinsburg to Wheeling in West Virginia, crossing Western Pennsylvania, the FAA said.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that the pilot made it out and will be alright. That's pretty rugged terrain up in that area with few fields to land in. Good job in a bad situation!