Friday, March 16, 2018

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N713CX, owned and operated by the one of the passengers: Accident occurred March 15, 2018 near Key West International Airport (KEYW), 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:

Location: Key West, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA107
Date & Time: 03/15/2018, 1335 EDT
Registration: N713CX
Aircraft: CESSNA 177
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 15, 2018, about 1335 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 177, N713CX, owned and operated by the one of the passengers, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, following a partial loss of engine power during initial climb from Key West International Airport (EYW), Key West, Florida. The airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries and the two passengers were not 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 planned local flight that was originating at the time of the accident.

The airline transport pilot reported that his friend, the front-seat passenger, had recently purchased the airplane, but he only held a student pilot certificate and did not possess a logbook endorsement to fly that make and model airplane solo. The airline transport pilot intended to go on a short sightseeing flight with the two passengers. The engine start, taxi, and engine run-up were uneventful. During initial climb from runway 9, about 400 ft above ground level, the engine power suddenly reduced to idle. The airline transport pilot lowered the nose and made a shallow left turn to avoid trees and reach shallow water; however, the airplane contacted powerlines and came to rest upright in a parking lot, prior to reaching the shallow water.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that both wings and the fuselage sustained substantial damage. The inspector noted that adequate fuel remained onboard. He confirmed mixture and throttle control continuity. He also confirmed that the fuel selector was positioned to both. Due to the disposition of the wreckage, the inspector was not able to rotate the propeller and planned to further examine the engine after its recovered to a facility.

The recorded weather at EYW, at 1253, was: wind from 030° at 14 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clear sky; temperature 19° C; dew point 9° C; altimeter 30.17 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N713CX
Model/Series: 177
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: EYW, 3 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots, 30°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Key West, FL (EYW)
Destination: Key West, FL (EYW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  24.556111, -81.759444 (est)

David Wyant, 58, Abraham Cox, 51, and David Wyant Jr., 12, were all smiles after walking away from a plane crash near Key West International Airport.

KEY WEST, Fla. - A small plane lost engine power and crashed Thursday shortly after taking off from Key West International Airport.

The single-engine plane clipped some power lines during landing and crashed into some fuel pumps near the public works yard shortly before 1:30 p.m., Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said.

Pilot David Wyant, 58, said he took off and immediately lost engine power. He said he couldn't maintain altitude and tried to steer the plane toward the water, but it clipped some power lines and grazed some fuel pumps near the public works yard.

The crash knocked out electricity to the area affecting some 900 customers. It was restored about an hour later.

Wyant, plane owner and co-pilot Abraham Cox, 51, and David Wyant Jr., 12, walked away with only minor injuries.

The plane leaked a small amount of fuel, but firefighters put foam around the area to prevent it from igniting. Commercial traffic at the airport was not affected.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

KEY WEST, Fla. (CBS12) — Three people suffered minor injuries when a small plane crashed in the Florida Keys.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the Cessna Cardinal 177, single-engine plane lost power just after it took off from Key West International Airport Thursday afternoon.

Dave Wyant, the 58-year-old pilot, told investigators he tried to glide into the water because he couldn't maintain altitude. But the plane clipped a set of power lines and grazed fuel pumps as it crashed on airport property. The plane had a minor fuel leak which crews used foam to treat.

The sheriff's office said the plane crash caused a power outage in the area. Crews had the power back on in about an hour.

Investigators identified the passengers as 51-year-old Abraham Cox and 12-year-old David Wyant Jr. No one went to the hospital.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash. The airport is open.

Original article can be found here ➤

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