Friday, June 22, 2018

AMD Alarus CH 2000, operated by Bald Eagle Flying Club, N239AM: Accident occurred June 20, 2018 at Plum Island Airport (2B2), Newburyport, Essex 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; Burlington, Massachusetts

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Newburyport, MA
Accident Number: ERA18LA175
Date & Time: 06/20/2018, 1245 EDT
Registration: N239AM
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 20, 2018, about 1245 eastern daylight time, Aircraft Manufacturing and Development Company CH2000, N239AM, was substantially damaged during a go-around at Plum Island Airport (2B2), Newburyport, Massachusetts. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by Bald Eagle Flying Club under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for flight that originated at Portland International Airport (PWM), Portland, Maine at 1142 and was destined for 2B2.

The pilot reported that he entered at the traffic pattern at 2B2 following an uneventful flight from PWM. The windsock showed a 20° left crosswind at 9-11 knots. The approach to runway 28 was stable at 65 knots and the airplane was configured properly over the threshold. After crossing the threshold, the airplane descended and drifted to the left. The airplane was no longer over the runway, so the pilot elected to go around. He added full power and the left main gear struck the grass next to the runway. The airplane was not gaining altitude and continued to the left. He retracted the flaps with the hope of gaining altitude; however, the airplane did not climb and the stall warning horn activated. He pushed the yoke forward to avoid a stall and the airplane touched down on the grass and then collided with trees.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. He reported that the wings and fuselage sustained structural damage.

The wreckage was recovered to a storage facility after the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N239AM
Model/Series: CH 2000 UNDESIGNATED
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: BVY, 107 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Portland, ME (PWM)
Destination: Newburyport, MA (2B2)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  42.796389, -70.839444 (est)

NEWBURYPORT (CBS) – A small plane skidded off the runway Wednesday afternoon at the Plum Island Airport in Newburyport.

John Murray, the head of the flight school at the airport, told WBZ-TV the plane was attempting to land at the time of the crash, but it did not appear to be one of their regular pilots.

A spokesman for the Newbury Fire Department said the pilot “exited the cockpit safely and is not injured.”

The plane ended up in the woods.  The tail end could be seen sticking out of the trees. The Federal Aviation Administration told WBZ the pilot of the AMD Alarus CH 2000 was the only person on board. They’re looking into the cause of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also looking into the incident, according to Stephen Purcell, vice president of the Bald Eagle Flying Club. He said the pilot is an active member of the Maine flying club, which is the largest in the state.

The plane involved is typically used for training and can be used for an hourly fee, Purcell also said.

No other information is available at this point in the investigation.

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NEWBURYPORT, MASS. (WHDH) - A plane from Maine crashed Wednesday afternoon in the woods near Plum Island Airport, fire officials said.

Emergency crews responding around 12:40 p.m. to a report of a crash found a small aircraft that had gone into the woods after landing at the airport.

The pilot of the AMD Alarus CH 2000 exited the plane before it crashed, according to authorities. He was the only person on board and was not hurt.

The plane was registered to the Bald Eagle Flying Club in Yarmouth, Maine.

The Federal Flight Administration is investigating what caused the plane to go off the runway.

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