Thursday, March 01, 2018

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N54476, operated by Pompano Senior Squadron Flying Club Inc: Accident occurred March 01, 2018 at Pompano Beach Airpark (KPMP), Broward 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:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Pompano Beach, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA102
Date & Time: 03/01/2018, 1051 EST
Registration: N54476
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32-300
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 1, 2018, about 1051 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-32-300 airplane, N54476, operated by Pompano Senior Squadron Flying Club Inc., was substantially damaged when it struck terrain during an attempted go-around at Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP), Pompano Beach, Florida. The private pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The flight was operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that was destined for Marsh Harbor International Airport (MYAM), Marsh Harbor, Bahamas.

The pilot reported that after departing from runway 28 at PMP, and while climbing through 800 ft. mean sea level (msl), the engine's manifold pressure was dropping and the engine sounded irregular. The pilot-rated passenger told the pilot to "immediately turn back." After turning back towards PMP, the pilot informed air traffic control that they needed to make an emergency landing. The controller then cleared the flight to land on runway 28.

The pilot stated that the airplane touched down less than one-third of the way down the 3,502-ft-long runway, and there appeared to be a "substantial quartering tailwind," which resulted in a high ground speed. In addition, he reported that although he had the throttle lever pulled back, it appeared the engine was developing full power. The pilot-rated passenger reported that the speed was increasing, and they bounced several times on the runway. The pilot pulled the mixture control to cutoff and stated that it didn't appear to shut off the engine, so he pushed the mixture to full rich and pushed up the throttle lever for another takeoff.

The pilot added that during the takeoff attempt, he made an immediate sharp turn to the right after takeoff so they would stay over the airport. The airplane climbed briefly, continued turning to the right and lost altitude, striking the airport ramp in front of a hanger about 1,000 ft northwest of the departure end of runway 28. The airplane impacted two fences before coming to a rest upright.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the outboard section of both wings were sheared off, the landing gear was separated, and the engine was partially separated from the firewall.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on February 14, 2018. At the time of that examination he reported 370 total hours of flight experience.
At 1053, the weather conditions recorded at PMP included few clouds at 2,600 ft above ground level, wind from 150° at 8 knots, and visibility 10 statute miles. The temperature was 26° C, and the dew point was 19° C. The altimeter setting was 30.06 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N54476
Model/Series: PA 32-300 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PMP, 19 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Pompano Beach, FL (PMP)
Destination: Marsh Harbour, FN (MYAM)

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:  26.248611, -80.118056

The plane banked to turn at high speed — but didn’t make it.

A Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six was destroyed Thursday when it experienced engine trouble and crashed into a fence at Pompano Airpark. The pilot and passenger were not injured, a city official said.

According to the pilot, the duo took off from the Airpark and the engine gave them problems once they were airborne, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King said. The plane flew back to the Airpark and briefly landed, but the engine would not slow down.

“They were going 120 mph as they landed and had to go back up into the air again,” King said. “As they banked to turn, the plane crashed and landed in the perimeter fence.”

The plane lost its wings and its nose appeared to be cracked away from the fuselage, photographs showed.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue was called to the airport at 1001 NE 10th St. at around 10 a.m.

The 50-year-old male pilot and his passenger — a man, 61, who is also a pilot — survived the collision, King said.

“It was a miracle that these two did not sustain injuries,” she said. “One had flip-flops on and he only needed a Band-Aid after treatment by paramedics. They were both happy to be alive and felt grateful.”

The men are from Boca Raton but their names were not immediately available. The registered owner is the Pompano Senior Squadron Flying Club, Inc. in Boca Raton, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which said it is investigating.

“The six-passenger plane is a total loss,” King said.

It’s the second time a small plane had trouble at the airport in less than 24 hours.

On Wednesday, a single-engine plane skidded off a runway after the apparent collapse of a piece of its landing gear. No one was hurt in that crash either, King said.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small plane crashed into a fence at Pompano Beach Airpark Thursday, a day after another small plane had its landing gear collapse.

Fire Rescue officials said the Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six overshot the runway at the airport at 1001 Northeast 10th Street around 10 a.m.

Footage showed the damaged plane up against the fence covered in foam, with multiple fire trucks nearby.

The 50-year-old male pilot and his 61-year-old male passenger who were on board the plane were not injured. Both pilot and passenger are from Boca Raton.

The Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six is a total loss, officials said.

On Wednesday, another small plane had its landing gear collapse on the airport's runway. No one was reportedly injured.

Original article can be found here ➤

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A plane crashed Thursday morning after missing the runway at Pompano Airpark.

According to Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, the Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six overshot the Pompano Airpark runway, located at 1001 NE 10th St. The plane then crashed into a fence, around 10 a.m.

The plane was having engine trouble shortly after take off.

“As they landed, the plane wouldn’t slow down,” said Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokesperson Sandra King. “They were going at approximately 120 miles per hour. They made a decision. There was no way they could land the plane. They tried to take off again. They ran out of runway and banked the plane, and that’s when they crashed into the fence.”

A 50-year-old male pilot and 61-year-old male passenger were on board, but officials said they were not injured.

“It’s a miracle that both of these pilots walked away with one scratch,” said King. “One of the occupants had flip flops on and was not injured. He had one Band-Aid.”

Fire rescue said the plane has been deemed a total loss.

On Wednesday afternoon, there was a similar incident at the same airport. A small plane had a rough landing and spun around.

No one was injured in that case, and there was only minimal damage to that plane.

The exact cause of Thursday’s crash is under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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