Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Cessna 340A, registered to Little Dreams Aviation LLC, N60E: Accident occurred June 25, 2018 at Executive Airport (KORL), Orlando, Orange County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Orlando, FL
Accident Number: WPR18LA179
Date & Time: 06/25/2018, 0815 EDT
Registration: N60E
Aircraft: CESSNA 340A
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 25, 2018, about 0815 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 340A airplane, N60E, overran the runway during an aborted takeoff attempt at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, Florida. The private pilot/owner and his 3 passengers were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged when it encountered a large drainage culvert after it exited the paved runway surface. The airplane was registered to Little Dreams Aviation, and operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed at ORL about the time of the accident. The flight was originating from ORL when the accident occurred.

According to the pilot, the airplane was based in Michigan, and the accident flight was the first leg of a return trip to Michigan. The pilot began the takeoff roll using the full length of runway 7. He reported that at first, the takeoff roll and acceleration seemed normal, but then he felt a "sudden lag in…forward motion." The pilot stated that the maximum speed he observed on the airspeed indicator (ASI) was 43 knots, and that the ASI needle "seemed to be fluttering" at that speed, and was no longer increasing. He verified that the mixture, propeller, and throttle controls were fully forward. Based on the "lag" sensation and the ASI indications, the pilot decided to abort the takeoff.

The pilot said that he began the abort procedure when the airplane was about half-way down the runway, and he "pulled power'" and used the brakes and spoilers to decelerate the airplane. He determined that the airplane did not appear likely to stop before overrunning the end of the runway, and in order to avoid a collision with structures beyond the runway end, he steered the airplane off the right side of the runway. The airplane tracked through grass for a while, and then struck a large drainage culvert that was oriented parallel to the runway. The pilot shut down the airplane and the occupants exited. There was no fire. The airplane came to rest about 500 ft beyond the runway 25 threshold. The nose and nose landing gear were damaged, and the right side propeller was also damaged.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane singe-engine land, multi-engine land, and instrument airplane ratings. He reported that he had about 1,078 hours total flight experience, including about 396 hours in multi-engine aircraft, and about 33 hours in the accident airplane make and model.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1979, and was equipped with two Continental Motors TSIO-520 series engines. The airplane was registered to the pilot on March 27, 2018. The pilot reported that the airplane had a total time (TT) in service of about 4,518 hours. The left engine had a TT of about 2,642 hours, and a time since major overhaul (TSMOH) of about 385 hours. The right engine had a TT and TSMOH of about 1,043 hours. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed in October 2017.

ORL was situated at an elevation of 113 ft above mean sea level, and was equipped with two paved runways, designated 07/25 and 13/31. Runway 7/25 was asphalt, and measured 150 ft by 6,004 ft. ORL was equipped with an air traffic control tower, which was staffed and operating at the time of the accident.

The 0753 ORL automated weather observation included winds from 070° at 4 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 26° C, dew point 24° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.11 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N60E
Model/Series: 340A A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Little Dreams Aviation LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KORL, 112 ft msl
Observation Time: 0753 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Orlando, FL (ORL)
Destination: Winston Salem, NC (INT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None

Latitude, Longitude:

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A plane carrying four people ran off the runway into a ditch at Orlando Executive Airport after losing power Monday morning, according to the Orlando Fire Department. 

Aerial video shows the aircraft down an embankment, which emergency dispatch logs show happened around 8 a.m.

Firefighters said none of the four people on board the Cessna 340 were injured. 

The plane was headed down a runway at the airport when it lost power and didn't reach airspeed, running into the ditch, according to Greater Orlando Aviation Authority officials. 

According to, the flight was scheduled to take off at 8 a.m. heading for Winston-Salem, NC.

FAA records show the plane is owned by Little Dreams Aviation, LLC, which is based in Michigan.

Runway 7 at the airport is closed while crews finishing clearing the plane out of the area, GOAA officials said. 

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the agency is investigating the crash. 

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  1. ... at least the pilot was smart enough to abort! The alternative headline would have been "Four killed during attempted take off due to engine failure". Kudos to the pilot!

  2. Surprised it took so much runway for him to realize there was a problem. Glad no one was hurt.