Sunday, March 18, 2018

Steen Skybolt, N27265: Accident occurred March 17, 2018 near Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte 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:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Punta Gorda, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA110
Date & Time: 03/17/2018, 1424 EDT
Registration: N27265
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 17, 2018, about 1424 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Skybolt, N27265, was destroyed following a forced landing near Punta Gorda, Florida. The commercial pilot had minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for local flight that originated at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), Punta Gorda, Florida, about 1330.

The pilot reported that the Lycoming O-360 series engine that was installed on the aerobatic biplane had just been overhauled and he was flying in the local area as part of a 10-hr break-in period. This was the first flight following the overhaul. The preflight and ground operations were normal. There were no signs of oil leaks during the preflight inspection. About 35 minutes into the flight, oil appeared on both windscreens, blocking forward visibility. The windscreens eventually became completely covered with oil. He called tower personnel, alerting them to the problem and was cleared to land on runway 22. The engine lost power; however, it continued to run under partial power. Tower personnel reported smoke coming from the engine. Unable to make runway 22, he elected to land the airplane in a field. After landing, the airplane collided with a ditch and came to a stop. The engine caught fire and the pilot egressed the airplane.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. Fire consumed the entire airframe except for the outboard sections of the right wings. The engine was examined and a hole was observed in the top of the crankcase, adjacent to the no. 2 cylinder.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BESARICK
Registration: N27265
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: PGD, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots/ 19 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Punta Gorda, FL (PGD)
Destination: Punta Gorda, FL (PGD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  26.971111, -81.960833 (est)

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Officials say a small aircraft made an unexpected landing in a pasture and caused a brush fire, Saturday afternoon.

It happened between Bermont Road and Washington Loop Road in Punta Gorda.

Charlotte County Emergency Medical Services say they received a call about the landing at approximately 2:27 p.m.

When they arrived, the pilot, the only passenger in the plane, was found uninjured, according to Charlotte County Emergency Medical Services.

Officials say a brush fire estimating to be a quarter of an acre occurred following th landing.

At this time the Federal Aviation Administration is currently on scene conducting an investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small aircraft crashed in a wooded area while on a 4-mile final approach to Runway 22 at Punta Gorda Airport at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The condition of the pilot, the only person on board, wasn't known as of 6 p.m.

The  Federal Aviation Administration written confirmation of the crash referred to the plane a Skybolt. 

The  Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said his agency will investigate, as will the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the probable cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small aircraft made a crash landing in a wooded area while on a four-mile approach to the Punta Gorda Airport, officials say.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There was only one person, the pilot, on board the aircraft, according to a statement provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane landed in a small pasture south of Washington Loop Road and east of US 17. The landing caused a small fire that was put out quickly, according to officials.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said they are not sure if the plane was on fire before the impact or once it hit the ground.

The pilot was uninjured and not transported to a hospital.

Federal Aviation Administration is leading the investigation and they are working with Charlotte County Sheriff's Office to determine why the plane went down.

Original article can be found here ➤

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -  A small plane crashed in a pasture on South Washington Loop Road in Punta Gorda on Saturday afternoon.

It happened just before 2:30 p.m.

One passenger was inside the plane but was not hurt in the crash, according to Dee Hawkins-Garland of Charlotte County Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

The crash caused a small fire spanning about a quarter of an acre, but fire crews were able to put it out quickly, Hawkins-Garland said.

Authorities did not release the name of the pilot.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration, are conducting an ongoing investigation into the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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