Thursday, January 25, 2018

Piper PA-32R-300 Lance, N47863, All Pro Auto Parts Inc: Accident occurred January 25, 2018 near Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (KMTH), Monroe County, Florida

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

All Pro Auto Parts Inc:

Location: Marathon, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA070
Date & Time: 01/25/2018, 1425 EST
Registration: N47863
Aircraft: PIPER PA32R
Injuries: 4 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 25, 2018, about 1425 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-32R-300, N47863, was substantially damaged during collision with terrain following a loss of directional control at takeoff from runway 07 at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (MTH), Marathon, Florida. The private pilot and three passengers sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The accident flight was recorded via airport surveillance video. One video revealed the airplane began its takeoff roll from a complete stop, on runway 07 and travelled about 800 ft before the nose wheel lifted from the runway. At liftoff, the nose pitched up steeply and the airplane rolled left immediately, before the it disappeared from the frame. A second video captured the takeoff from a much greater distance. The image in the frame was smaller with poorer resolution. The video revealed a steep pitch and left bank at takeoff. The climb stopped immediately after liftoff, and the airplane maintained approximately the same angle of bank as it departed the runway to its left, entered the trees, and disappeared. Several seconds later, a fireball appeared above the trees about the point where the airplane entered them.

The pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that the airplane "was performing well and didn't have any issues." The airplane reached approximately 60 knots on the takeoff roll when the nose wheel lifted from the runway and the airplane began an immediate left turn. He attempted to arrest the turn with rudder and aileron, but the turn continued until the airplane entered the trees.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued October 20, 2016. He reported 500 total hours of flight experience on that date.

According to FAA airworthiness and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 1977. Its most recent annual inspection was completed October 20, 2017, at 6,156.86 total aircraft hours. The maintenance records reflected a "50-hour" inspection completed January 16, 2018.

At 1453, the weather reported at MTH included an overcast ceiling at 4,700 ft, 10 miles visibility, and winds from 050° at 18 knots. The temperature was 22° C, the dew point was 16° C, and the altimeter setting was 30.19 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was examined at the accident site by an FAA inspector and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The wings and fuselage were substantially damaged by impact and postcrash fire. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N47863
Model/Series: PA32R 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: MTH, 5 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots, 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Marathon, FL (MTH)
Destination: WINTER HAVEN, FL (GIF) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  24.726111, -81.051389 (est)

Three of four passengers in a Piper PA-32R-300 Lance reportedly were injured Thursday afternoon after it crashed into the wooded area behind Florida Keys Marathon International Airport around 2:30 p.m.

A passenger told Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney the Piper PA-32R-300 Lance was taking off, traveling north, when it was caught by a gust of wind and blew over into the wooded stretch between the runway at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, mile marker 52 bayside, and Aviation Boulevard.

It caught on fire but it’s not clear if the fire broke out before or after it crashed.

The pilot, Roch Aoust, 65, of Panama City Beach and two passengers, Derrick Kelley, 53, and Danny Gilileo, 49, both of Auburndale, Fla., were taken to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami via the county’s Trauma Star air ambulance helicopters. The fourth passenger, Tony Lewis, 60, of Lakeland, had minor injuries but was not airlifted.

The plane leaked 90 gallons of fuel, McKinney said, and the airport is still closed. However, the plane is well off the runway and not a hazard. But emergency vehicles are still tending to the plane and fuel leak she said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Piper PA-32R-300 Lance is owned by All Pro Auto Parts of Auburndale, Fla., east of Lakeland.

Original article can be found here ➤

MARATHON (CBSMiami) — A small plane crashed in the Florida Keys Thursday afternoon.

The Piper PA-32R-300 Lance was taking off from Marathon Airport’s runway around 3:30 p.m. That’s when, according to a passenger, the plane was lifting off and was caught by a gust of wind that caused the plane to be blown over into the tree line on the west side of the runway.

The plane crashed into the woods and caught fire, sources said.

Four people were injured in the wreck.

Two people were taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The injuries are not burn related but primarily broken bones, according to sources.

None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

Authorities have identified those injured as Pilot Roch Aoust, 65, of Panama City; Tony Lewis, 60, of Lakeland; Derrick Kelley, 53; and Danny Gilileo, 49, of Auburndale, Florida.

The airport was closed down for a short time after the crash but has since reopened.

The aircraft is registered to All Pro Auto Parts Inc. of Auburndale, Florida. The plane can carry up to seven passengers.

The FAA is investigating the incident. The NTSB will determine the cause of the crash.

Story and video  ➤

MARATHON, Fla. (NBC) - Three people were airlifted to a Miami hospital after a small plane crashed near the Marathon airport in the Florida Keys Thursday.

Four people were on board the Piper PA-32R-300 Lance plane when it crashed in a wooded area on the backside of the airport, Monroe County Sheriff's Office officials said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a passenger said the plane was attempting to take off when it was caught by a gust of wind, which blew the plane into the tree line near the runway.

Three of the four on board, including the pilot, were taken by helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center as trauma alerts, officials said.

Monroe County Sheriff's Officials say the pilot was identified as 65-year-old Roch A. D Aoust, of Panama City Beach. The injured passengers were 53-year-old Derrick Kelley and 49-year-old Danny Gilileo, both of Auburndale. The fourth passenger, 60-year-old Tony Lewis, of Lakeland, suffered minor injuries.

The plane was reported to catch fire, but the fire was quickly extinguished. The airport was closed to air traffic Thursday afternoon.

The Department of Environmental Protection was notified due to a 90-gallon fuel spill. The FAA was also responding to the scene.

No other details were immediately known. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

Some details from Florida Highway Patrol, the investigating agency in the plane crash:

A Piper Lance, single engine plane was attempting to take off from Marathon Airport traveling north on runway 7. 

According to one of the passengers, as they lifted off, the plane was caught by a gust of wind causing the plane to be blown over into the tree line on the west side of the runway.

DEP was notified due to a 90 gallon aviation fuel spill. 

The FAA was responding from Homestead. 

The airport is still closed, however, the plane is well off the runway and not a hazard but emergency vehicles are still tending to the plane and fuel leak.

2 passengers and the pilot were airlifted to Ryder Trauma in Miami, with serious injuries.

Pilot: Roch A. D Aoust, 65, Panama City Beach, Fl
Right Front: Derrick H. Kelley, 53, Auburndale, Fl
Right Rear: Danny A. Gilileo, 49, Auburndale, Fl
Left Rear: Tony R. Lewis, 60, Lakeland, Fl (Not airlifted, minor injuries)

MCSO - Florida Keys

Some additions and corrections:

Three people are being airlifted. The airport is closed to air traffic at this time. The plane was a Lance Piper, tail number N47863.

Patients are being taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Original story:

Small plane crashes in Marathon

A small plane with four people on board crashed on the back side of the Marathon airport, in a wooded area.

Preliminary reports are two of the four people are being classified as “trauma alerts” and will be airlifted by Monroe County’s Trauma Star helicopter to a Miami hospital.

The plane was reported to have caught fire, but the fire was extinguished quickly. There should be no impact on air traffic into and out of the airport.  No further information is available at this time. The Florida Highway Patrol is responding to investigate.

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