Friday, March 16, 2018

Piper PA-28-181 Arrow II, registered to Atlantic Aviation LLC and operated by Epix Aviation LLC, N5646V: Accident occurred March 13, 2018 at Chesapeake Regional Airport (KCPK), Norfolk, 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 Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chesapeake, VA
Accident Number: ERA18LA101
Date & Time: 03/13/2018, 1130 EDT
Registration: N5646V
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 13, 2018, about 1130 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-181, N5646V, was substantially damaged during a forced landing shortly after takeoff from Chesapeake Regional Airport (CPK), Chesapeake, Virginia. The private pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

In a written statement, the pilot described completing the preflight inspection, run-up, takeoff, and one circuit in the airport traffic pattern with no anomalies noted. He performed a touch-and-go landing on runway 23, and when the airplane had climbed to about 200 feet, the engine stopped producing power. The pilot elected to land straight ahead off the departure end of the runway, and cycled the throttle during the descent, which only restored power momentarily before the forced landing was completed.

During the ground run, the nose landing gear separated, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wing structure and the fuselage.

In a telephone interview with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot provided an account that was consistent with his written statement. He provided greater detail about the positions of the fuel selector, fuel boost pump switch, mixture control, and his use and positioning of engine and flight controls throughout the flight. When asked at what point he had applied carburetor heat, the pilot replied that he did not apply carburetor heat at any point during the flight.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was issued January 9, 2017. The pilot reported 188.1 total hours of flight experience, of which 139.8 were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1977. Its most recent 100-hour inspection was completed at 3,618 total aircraft hours.

At 1115, the weather reported at CPK included clear skies, 10 miles visibility, and winds from 290 degrees at 12 knots gusting to 21 knots. The temperature was 6° C, the dew point was -4° C, and the altimeter setting was 29.87 inches of mercury.

A review of atmospheric conditions at CPK at the time of the accident revealed conditions conducive to formation of "serious" carburetor icing at descent engine power settings.

The wreckage was examined at the operator's facility by the FAA inspector who confirmed the damage and noted that the remainder of the airplane was intact. He raised the nose of the airplane by anchoring the tail, and an engine start was attempted using the airplane's own battery, fuel system, and the fuel present in the fuel tanks. The engine started immediately, accelerated smoothly, and ran continuously without interruption. Magneto and carburetor heat checks were performed, and the results were within the manufacturer's parameters.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 25, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  188.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 139.8 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N5646V
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-7790487
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/16/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 19 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3618 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360 SER
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCPK, 20 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1115 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 321°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots / 21 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chesapeake, VA (CPK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chesapeake, VA (CPK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 18 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft; Vegetation; Water--calm
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; Touch and Go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  36.665556, -76.320556 (est)

A small plane crashed Tuesday morning at the Chesapeake Regional Airport.

Neither of the two passengers was injured, Tony Bakarat of the Chesapeake Fire Department said.

The plane went down just after 11 a.m. at the end of the runway, Sgt. Michelle Anaya of the state police said in an email. Early Tuesday afternoon, the single-engine aircraft was sitting nose down in a shallow ditch.

Winds were gusting Tuesday at 20 to 25 miles per hour.

Original article can be found here ➤

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — No one was injured after a plane crashed Tuesday morning at the Chesapeake Regional Airport.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya says troopers were called to the airport just after 11 a.m.

Officials with the Chesapeake Fire Department say two people were on board the plane when it went down. No one was injured.

A small amount fuel that leaked from the plane was being cleaned up by fire crews.

Original article can be found here ➤

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A small plane crashed at the end of a runway Tuesday morning at Chesapeake Regional Airport, Virginia State Police confirm.

Virginia State Police dispatchers say a call reporting a plane crash was received at 11:09 a.m.

Two people were on board the plane at the time of the crash but neither suffered any injuries.

The crash caused a small fuel leak which is being handled by the Chesapeake Fire Department.

Original article can be found here ➤

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