Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Piper PA-15, N4195H: Accident occurred July 03, 2017 in Farmville, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Farmville, VA
Accident Number: ERA17LA225
Date & Time: 07/03/2017, 1300 EDT
Registration: N4195H
Aircraft: PIPER PA 15
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 3, 2017, about 1300 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-15, N4195H was destroyed during takeoff from a field near Farmville, Virginia. The private pilot was seriously injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that was originating at the time of the accident, and was destined for Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) Frederick, Maryland.

In a statement provided to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot stated that he purchased the airplane the day before the accident and was flying back to his home airport. After departing from William M. Tuck Airport (W78), South Boston, Virginia, the pilot made a precautionary landing in a field due to a possible fuel transfer issue. After confirming fuel flow to the engine he attempted to take off from the field, which was covered with high, matted grass. The pilot reported he was unable to clear the trees at the end of the field. He then made a low altitude turn and the airplane stalled, impacting terrain before a spin could fully develop.

Examination of the wreckage by the FAA inspector revealed a post-crash fire had destroyed the airplane. The two seat, high wing, tailwheel-equipped airplane, was powered by a Continental C85, 85 horsepower engine.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane single-engine sea, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He also possessed mechanic certificate with ratings for airframe and powerplant.

The 1255 weather at FVX included wind from 040° at 3 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition, 6,000 ft scattered; temperature, 32° C; dew point, 11° C; and altimeter setting 30.05 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER

Registration: N4195H
Model/Series: PA 15 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Philip Cianciolo
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFVX, 417 ft msl
Observation Time: 1715 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Farmville, VA
Destination: FREDERICK, MD (FDK) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  37.357500, -78.437778

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, Va. -- A pilot suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries when his small, private plane crashed in a field near Farmville.

Virginia State Police said the crash happened at 1:05 p.m.

"The Piper PA-15 ran out of fuel while in the air and was forced to make a crash landing into a cornfield at the intersection of Route 658 and Route 700," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. "The impact of the crash caused the aircraft to catch fire."

The field where the plane crashed is located along the 700 block of Moore Road, near Hampden Sydney college.

The pilot, Philip Cianciolo of Wallingford, Conn., was medivac to VCU Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Cianciolo, who was the plane’s only occupant, was flying from North Carolina to Connecticut at the time of the crash.

Farmville fire department responded to Hampden Sydney College to set up a landing zone and Darlington Heights fire assisted at the scene of the crash.

The FAA and NTSB were notified of the crash.

PRINCE EDWARD, Va. (WSET) -- Authorities say a small airplane crash landed in a field in central Virginia just after 1 p.m. after running out of fuel.

Virginia State Police say the pilot, Philip Cianciolo of Wallingford, Conn., was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the Piper PA-15 ran out of fuel while in the air and was forced to make a crash landing into a cornfield at the intersection of Route 658 and Route 700. 
Cianciolo was flying from North Carolina to Connecticut at the time of the crash.

Police say the impact of the crash caused the aircraft to catch fire.

The FAA and NTSB were notified of the crash.

Prince Edward County is about 70 miles south west of Richmond.

One man was injured in a plane crash on Monday afternoon around 1 pm. 

The plane came to a rest in a cornfield near the intersection of Moore Road and Five Forks Road.

The pilot was transported by helicopter to a local hospital. His injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Firefighters from Darlington Heights and Hampden-Sydney Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene and extinguished the remains of the airplane and the surrounding corn field.

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