Friday, April 27, 2018

Cessna 402B, N87266: Accident occurred April 26, 2018 at Tanner-Hiller Airport (8B5), New Braintree, Worcester County, Massachusetts

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

AC Research Inc:

Location: Barre Plains, MA
Accident Number: ERA18LA136
Date & Time: 04/26/2018, 1715 EDT
Registration: N87266
Aircraft: CESSNA 402
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 26, 2018, about 1715 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 402B, N87266, was substantially damaged during landing at Tanner-Hiller Airport (8B5), Barre Plains, Massachusetts. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. No flight plan was filed for the local personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated that he was trying to land at 8B5 in a gusty wind conditions and he performed two go-arounds prior to landing on runway 06. He said the wind was "bumpy" below the trees and he made a steep approach to the runway "consistent with a short field landing." The airplane "floated and floated much further down the runway than normal" even though he approached the runway at a "normal" airspeed. The airplane touched down without enough remaining runway to stop and it skidded off the runway and impacted trees.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane where it came to rest, about 200 ft past the end of the 3,027 ft-long runway. The left wing outboard of the left engine impacted trees; a postimpact fire ensued. The left wing tip was separated, and the left horizontal stabilizer was damaged.

The ten-seat, low-wing, retractable-gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 1976. It was powered by two Continental TSIO-520, 325-horsepower engines.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine land airplanes. His most recent FAA third-class airman medical certificate was issued on December 7, 2009, with the limitation, "Must wear corrective lenses."

At 1654, the weather conditions reported at Worcester Regional Airport (ORH), about 13 miles southeast of 8B5 included, wind from 270° at 16 knots gusting to 27 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 4,500 ft, temperature 14°C, dew point 4°C, and an altimeter setting of 29.70 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N87266
Model/Series: 402 B
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: ORH, 1017 ft msl
Observation Time: 1654 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots/ 27 knots, 270°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.7 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Barre Plains, MA (8B5)
Destination: Barre Plains, MA (8B5) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.356389, -72.130000 (est)

A group of friends said they were returning from a scenic voyage in Keene, New Hampshire, when the plane encountered a strong crosswind that quickly turned into a tailwind.

The pilot, Jack Carrozzo, said he was forced to perform a quick maneuver, which caused the plane to overrun the runway and land on the wood line at Tanner-Hiller Airport in Barre Plains.

Carrozzo told ABC News that three of his friends traveled back from the voyage with him on the plane, while another member of the group had skydived out of the plane just before landing.

Everyone on the plane was able to safely evacuate the aircraft without injury, according to the Barre Fire Department.

“It’s not every day that not only are you in a plane that crashes, but you get out of it without the slightest injury,” Carrozzo said.

Emergency fire officials extinguished the flames and said the plane was no longer a danger, though the aircraft suffered extensive damage.

The Hardwick Police Department and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

NEW BRAINTREE - Three people escaped serious injury when the 1976 Cessna 402B plane they were in crashed just north of the runway at Tanner-Hiller Airport at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

New Braintree police Lt. Kevin Landine said he was told a skydiver made a scheduled jump from the plane before it crashed near the airport on McEvoy Road.

State police, firefighters and federal investigators went to the crash site. Firefighters from Barre and New Braintree also went, and several ambulances were called but it turned out they were not needed.

Megan Dawes said she was among the first people to arrive at the crash site and that she found part of the plane on fire. The three people on board had climbed from the wreckage, she said.

A piece of the plane’s wing was a short distance away in a charred area in the woods. A wheel had been ripped from beneath the plane and lay on the ground.

The six-passenger compartment of the plane appeared to be intact.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s registry shows the fixed-wing, multi-engine plane is registered to AC Research Inc. of Miami, Florida.

Police said they believe the plane is housed at the New Braintree airport, sometimes referred to locally as the Barre airport, and the pilot lives in the area.

Original article can be found here ➤

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