Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cessna 421C, N13RF, registered to TM Aero LLC and operated by Digital Aerial Solutions LLC: Accident occurred June 11, 2018 at Plant City Airport (KPCM), Hillsborough 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; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Plant City, FL
Accident Number: WPR18LA166
Date & Time: 06/11/2018, 0140 EDT
Registration: N13RF
Aircraft: CESSNA 421C
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On June 11, 2018, about 0140 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 421C, N13RF, sustained substantial damage when it collided with an airport perimeter fence during an aborted takeoff at the Plant City Airport (PCM), Plant City, Florida. The Airline Transport pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger was not injured. The airplane was registered to TM Aero LLC and operated by Digital Aerial Solutions LLC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as an aerial observation flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, during the takeoff roll, the airplane did not accelerate adequately, and he elected to abort the takeoff. Subsequently, the airplane exited the end of the runway, struck an airport perimeter fence, crossed a road, and then came to rest in a field.

The takeoff runway 28, was 3,950 ft in length, and the asphalt surface was dry. At 0155, the wind was reported as calm and no significant weather was in the area.

The airplane was recovered to a secure storage facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N13RF
Model/Series: 421C C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Digital Aerial Solutions
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: TPF, 7 ft msl
Observation Time: 0155 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Plant City, FL (PCM)
Destination: Plant City, FL (PCM) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.000278, -82.163333 (est)

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