Thursday, June 7, 2018

Van’s RV-4, N7765X: Incident occurred June 07, 2018 near Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport (KBTP), Butler County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg

Aircraft made emergency landing in a field. N7765X

Date: 07-JUN-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N7765X
Aircraft Model: VANS AIRCRAFT RV 4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Operation: 91

A small homebuilt plane made an emergency landing Thursday morning in a Butler County horse pasture, and the sole occupant walked away with only a minor injury.

The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. when the pilot, identified by police as Michael Axelrad of Pittsburgh, took off from Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport in the experimental plane.

Mr. Axelrad "immediately experienced a power loss," Penn police Sgt. Cheryl Cranmer said. "As he was turning it around to turn back to the airport, he had what they call an off-runway landing. He was trying to bring it down into a field but managed to bring it down in a horse pasture."

The plane, which landed about 1 1/2 miles from where it took off, had damage to its propeller but otherwise appeared intact, Sgt. Cranmer said. Its front end was lodged in some brush.

Mr. Axelrad, who the sergeant said was in his 60s or 70s, had a scrape on his forehead and was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.

A fence was struck but there was no other damage to property, according to Sgt. Cranmer.

Fire, police and medical units responded to the scene, as did someone from the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. An agency spokeswoman said the aircraft was a Van's RV-4, which is listed as a two-seater and is constructed from a kit.

Sgt. Cranmer described Mr. Axelrad as an accomplished pilot. She said he did not know why the power failed.

"He's been flying it for a couple of years, so it's not like it's a new plane for him. He built it himself," Sgt. Cranmer said, adding that he told her he had been working on it for about two decades and flying it for four years.

Original article ➤

A small, single-engine airplane crashed late Thursday morning in Penn Township.

The crash was reported to the Butler County 911 Center at 11 a.m. in a pasture near the 100 block of Royal Oak Drive.

The aircraft is believed to be a single-engine, one-person plane. A representative from the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport said the plane took off from there before it crashed. The pilot reportedly lost power after taking off from the runway and crashed while attempting to circle back to the airport.

The airport representative said the pilot was not injured. A fence was damaged.

The FAA will investigate.

No further information has been released.

The scene of the crash on Royal Oak Drive is a rural area off Brownsdale Road. It’s about two miles from the airport.

Original article can be found here ➤

BUTLER, Pa. - A homemade plane crashed Thursday morning into a Butler County horse pasture.

The private plane crashed into a pasture in the area of Royal Oak Drive in Penn Township, just three miles from the Butler Airport.

The plane also missed a man by just a matter of feet, but he didn't hear it coming because of his lawnmower.

"He (the pilot) was already out of the plane. He had a cut on his head and was walking around. He seemed OK," said John Ehrhart.

According to airport officials, the pilot lost power shortly after takeoff and was trying to turn back when the plane went down.

No injuries were reported and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would have went with the tried and true Lycoming aircraft engine instead of the GM Eco Tec 2.4L. Hopefully it will fly again someday.