Friday, February 23, 2018

Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N62438: Accident occurred February 23, 2018 near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH), Pasco 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; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Zephyrhills, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA086
Date & Time: 02/23/2018, 1415 EST
Registration: N62438
Aircraft: STEARMAN B75
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 23, 2018, about 1415 eastern standard time, a Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N62438, was substantially damaged during forced landing, after it experienced a total loss of engine power during approach to Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (ZPH), Zephyrhills, Florida. The certificated commercial pilot was not injured, and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight that departed Leesburg International Airport (LEE), Leesburg, Florida, at 1330.

The pilot reported that after checking to see if any aircraft were in the traffic pattern, he radioed that he was on a "straight-in" approach to runway 23. He said that the airplane was on the final approach leg of the traffic pattern about a 1/4 mile from the runway at an altitude of 1,500 ft above ground level when the engine began to "sputter" and then "quit." He attempted perform a forced landing on a road; however, just before touchdown the airplane's right wing collided with a traffic light pole. The airplane immediately descended and collided with the ground.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the engine separated from the airframe. In addition, the right wing was separated from the fuselage. The airplane was recovered and retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: STEARMAN
Registration: N62438
Model/Series: B75 N1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ZPH, 89 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: LEESBURG, FL (LEE)
Destination: ZEPHYRHILLS, FL (ZPH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  28.228056, -82.156111 (est)

PASCO COUNTY Fla. (February 23, 2017) - At approximately 2:15 PM Pasco Fire Rescue 911 received a call of an aircraft emergency on Chancey Rd at CR-54.

When Firefighters arrived on scene they reported a single engine bi-plane in a ditch with 2 passengers laying on the ground.

Firefighters evaluated the victims, and the pilot of the aircraft declined medical attention. The passenger of the aircraft was transported to the hospital with minor cuts.

The pilot reported that he was traveling from Leesburg FL to Zephyrhills FL when he experienced engine trouble. The pilot reports that he attempted to land the aircraft on Chancey Rd when he clipped a stoplight, and crashed into a ditch.

Firefighters checked the aircraft for hazards, and turned the scene over to law enforcement

On scene of a plane down in the intersection of CR-54 and Chancey Rd.

-2 occupants on board the plane
-Plane made an emergency landing on the side of Chancey Rd
-1 Passenger taken for minor cuts
-Pilot is not injured
-All hazards have been mitigated

Pasco County Fire Rescue

ZEPHYRHILLS (FOX 13) - A biplane crashed along a Pasco County road this afternoon, sending one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

The plane, which appears to be an old Boeing Stearman, flipped onto its side after trying to land along Chancey Road near Highway 54, just north of the Zephyrhills Airport. Witness Lee Wheelbarger said via Twitter that the bright yellow plane may have hit a traffic light while making an emergency landing, causing the aircraft to flip.

A Pasco Fire Rescue spokesperson said two people were aboard the plane. The pilot was not hurt but a passenger was being taken to a hospital for treatment of "minor cuts."
The Stearman was a type of biplane produced in the 1930s and 1940s that served as the primary trainer for many WWII-era pilots.

Original article can be found here ➤

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