Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Just Escapade, N45DC: Accident occurred March 06, 2018 near Palatka Municipal Airport (28J), Putnam 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; Orlando, Florida

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


Location: Palatka, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA097
Date & Time: 03/06/2018, 1430 EST
Registration: N45DC
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On March 6, 2018 about 1430 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Escapade airplane, N45DC, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain while on approach to the Palatka Municipal Airport (28J), Palatka, Florida. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. 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, which originated from Northeast Florida Regional Airport (SGJ), St. Augustine, Florida, about 1330.

According to the pilot, he topped-off the airplane's fuel tanks at SGJ, took off, and then cruised southbound over the St. Johns River toward 28J. After maneuvering in the area, he entered the mid-field downwind leg of the traffic pattern at 28J for runway 27, and as the airplane turned onto the final approach leg of the traffic pattern, the engine lost total power. The pilot reported that he checked the on/off fuel shutoff valve, and verified it was on, added power, and applied the engine choke, which produced only a momentary burst of engine power. He added that "the airplane doesn't glide very well," and the airplane entered an aerodynamic stall, descended, and impacted the roof of a house and trees about 1/2 mile from the runway. The pilot reported that the engine was running "perfect" up until the loss of engine power. The airplane's fuselage, wings, and vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and sea. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in November 2016.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the two-seat, high-wing, float equipped, single-engine airplane was manufactured in 2007. It was equipped with a Rotax 912ULS, 100-horsepower engine.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: REILLY CHARLES W
Registration: N45DC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KSGJ, 9 ft msl
Observation Time: 1456 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots/ 15 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: ST AUGUSTINE, FL (SGJ)
Destination: Palatka, FL (28J) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:  N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.659444, -81.669167 (est)

PALATKA, Fla. - Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon when a floatplane clipped a tree, a power line and the roof of a home before crashing on Reid Street, just outside Palatka.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said a bystander who witnessed the crash took a man and woman with minor injuries to the Putnam County Medical Center.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the floatplane that was on approach to Kay Larkin Airport at 2:36 p.m. when the pilot radioed the tower to say the plane had lost power.

The floatplane landed in the backyard of a house near the intersection of State Roads 100 and 17, only blocks from the airport.

Larry Putt, 70, of Augusta, and Jan Edwards, 66, of St. Augustine both suffered minor injuries, according to troopers.

No one at the house when the plane crashed. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.news4jax.com

Two people are injured after a floatplane crash landed in Putnam County on Tuesday.

Putnam County Fire Chief Paul Flateau says first responders were called to reports of a single-engine plane crash off Reid Street at approximately 2:35 p.m.

Pilot and passenger, Larry Putt, 70, and Jan Edwards, 66, were already en route to the hospital when fire rescue got to the scene, Flateau said.

Florida Highway Patrol said on Twitter that the floatplane may have lost power before approaching Palatka Airport.

FHP said the floatplane hit a home, tree and power line before landing.

Both people on the plane had minor injuries and were taken to Putnam Medical Center, according to FHP.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.actionnewsjax.com

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