Thursday, June 7, 2018

Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, N907CB: Incident occurred June 07, 2018 near Buchan Airport (X36), Englewood, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Aircraft hit a tree and landed in a yard.

Date: 07-JUN-18
Time: 15:50:00Z
Regis#: N907CB
Aircraft Model: SEAREY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

ENGLEWOOD — Norman Ellis ran into his home on Thursday to avoid being struck by an airplane that landed like a parked car beside his house.

“I had that plane coming right at me; I didn’t know where to go,” said Ellis of the crash at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday near Buchan Airport in Englewood. “I saw it hit the tree and spin around. I didn’t see it hit the road.”

Ellis was putting chemicals in his pool at 18 Jamestown Avenue when he saw a low-flying plane begin to stutter in mid-air. It went up and then down and hit a tree and crashed about 125 feet away from where he stood.

To avoid the crash, the retired firefighter, who lives at the south end of Buchan Airport in Englewood, ran inside his house for a few seconds. He came back out to see if the pilot was OK.

“He got out himself,” according to Ellis, who said, “He didn’t have any scratches or anything.”

The unidentified pilot told him his engine had stopped and he had lost power. The plane was less than 200 feet from the south end of Buchan Airport’s grass turf runway.

The unattended Sarasota County airport is tucked inside of a residential neighborhood next to the Englewood Area Historical Museum. Local obstructions include 42- to 115-foot trees and one slope. The runway is about 2,040 feet by 120 feet wide.

About 52 planes come and go from the air strip weekly, and 70 percent of the traffic is from local aviation — single-engine planes and ultralights. It is located about 2 miles northwest of the city of Englewood.

According to the FAA N-number registry, the plane is a Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey that is listed as experimental. The amateur-built plane was manufactured in 1997 by Bryan C L/Labrash R D.

The registered owner is Donald D. Disher of Tavares but it is unknown whether he was also the pilot of the plane built to touch down on land or water.

Ellis said it looked like the engine was running when he struck the tree and stopped after it hit the ground.

“I just mowed the lawn so he can park there, I guess,” said Ellis of the downed plane that sat on the edge of his property on Jamestown Avenue. “It looked like he parked it there.”

Ellis was a firefighter and EMT for 28 years and immediately tried to aid the single passenger.

“You don’t want to see it and you don’t want to be there, but you go anyway in case you can help them,” Ellis said. “He’s very fortunate.”

Sarasota County detectives responded to the crash and said the National Transportation Safety Board would be taking over the investigation, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office post on social media. They stated that preliminary information indicated the pilot was departing from Buchan Airport when he experienced engine trouble.

The Sheriff’s Office said the pilot was not injured, but the plane is “totaled.”

Original article can be found here ➤

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (FOX 13) - Neighbors in an Englewood subdivision are breathing a sigh of relief after a small plane crash-landed into a yard off Old Englewood Road, a mere 15 feet from a house. They say thankfully, no one was injured.

Norman Ellis was busy treating his pool Thursday morning just before noon when all of a sudden, he noticed something was off with a nearby plane’s takeoff.

“I can see he was taking off,” he recalled, “and he started to take off, and he got up a little ways then he dipped down, I said, ‘He ain’t gonna make this. And he’s coming straight for me.'”

The plane veered down and hit a tree.

“He was spinning around in the air, and I ran into the house, because a lanai screen isn’t much protection,” Ellis continued.

A retired firefighter, Ellis immediately called 911 and was back outside in seconds.  The plane came within 15 feet of crashing into his home; thankfully, the pilot was OK.

“He was fine, he just sat there, he was kind of dazed. I couldn’t find any marks on him, he just opened the door and got out.”

The plane had taken off from Buchan Airport, the grass runway ending about 150 feet from where the man crashed. Just a few more feet, and Ellis says it could have been an entirely different story.

“I said, ‘You’re lucky to be alive.’”

Officials from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spent the afternoon at the scene, speaking with the pilot. They’re awaiting the arrival of the FAA, who will continue the investigation.

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ENGLEWOOD, FL (WWSB) - Fire and Rescue crews are on the scene of a small aircraft crash in an Englewood neighborhood.

According to the Englewood Fire Department, emergency crews responded to a home on Jamestown Avenue at 11:54 a.m. for reports of an aircraft crash.

Once on scene, firefighters discovered the ultralight aircraft in a homeowners yard.

Detectives with the Sarasota County Sheriff's office say that a preliminary investigation indicates that the pilot was attempting to depart from Buchan Airport at the time of the crash.

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