Saturday, July 7, 2018

Piper PA-34-220T Seneca III, N294AB: Accident occurred July 07, 2018 near Jack Edwards Airport (KJKA), Gulf Shores, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N294AB

Location: Gulf Shores, AL
Accident Number: ERA18LA186
Date & Time: 07/07/2018, 0920 CDT
Registration: N294AB
Aircraft: Piper PA34
Injuries: 5 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 7, 2018, at 0920 central daylight time, a Piper PA-34, N294AB, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to wooded terrain near Jack Edwards Airport (JKA), Gulf Shores, Alabama. The private pilot and 4 passengers sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight which departed Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT), Lafayette, Louisiana and was destined for JKA. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91.

In a written statement, the pilot provided a detailed description of his preflight inspection, his performance of weight and balance calculations, and his loading of the airplane with golf clubs, baggage, and the passengers. The pilot visually checked for the presence of fuel, but did not measure the fuel in the tanks, and neither did he service them with additional fuel. He noted no anomalies and estimated there were 30 gallons of fuel "per side prior to departure according to the fuel gauges."

The pilot reported no anomalies with the performance and handling of the airplane in his description of the preflight, run-up, takeoff, en-route, and the approach-to-landing portions of the flight. Upon landing, the airplane began to "porpoise or oscillate" and after the 3rd or 4th bounce the pilot aborted the landing.

The pilot said he pushed the throttle, propeller, and mixture levers "full forward" and retracted the landing gear when a positive rate of climb was established. Immediately after, the left engine "appeared" to lose power and was "surging." The airplane yawed to its left, and the right engine continued to operate "normally." The pilot attempted to restore left engine power by placing the auxiliary fuel pump switch to "high" and selecting "crossfeed" on the left fuel selector.

The left engine stopped producing power, the stall horn sounded, and the controls "started to buffet." The pilot said he had "no time" to consult the checklist, considered multiple forced landing areas, and eventually chose to land straight ahead into trees. The airplane came to rest upright with substantial damage do both wings, and the fuselage.

The pilot held a private pilot's certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He was operating under 14 CFR 61.23(c)(1)(v) and (c)(3), Basic Medical rule. He reported 335 total hours of flight experience, of which 65 were in multiengine airplanes, and 33 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the airplane was manufactured in 1981. Its most recent annual inspection was completed June 26, 2018 at 3,277.7 total aircraft hours.

At 1415, the weather recorded at JKA included scattered clouds at 2,100 feet and calm winds. The temperature was 28°C, and the dew point was 23°C. The altimeter setting was 30.08 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was recovered for examination at a later date. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N294AB
Model/Series: PA34 220T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: L Clayton Burgess Plc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KJKA, 16 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2100 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Lafayette, LA (LFT)
Destination: Gulf Shores, AL (JKA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  30.289722, -87.671667 (est)



ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -    The owner of the plane that crashed in Alabama yesterday is L. Clayton Burgess, of Lafayette, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials say five people were on board at the time of the crash. All of them survived. 

Orange Beach Assistant Police Chief Steven Brown says four of the five people are from Lafayette, and one person is from St. Martinville. 

Their identities have not been released.

A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration says a Piper PA-34-220T Seneca IIIt made a forced landing in a heavily wooded area about 1 mile north of the Gulf Shores toll bridge around 9 a.m. 

First responders arrived at 9:22 a.m. and located the pilot and passengers walking in the woods. 

All were okay with the exception of some minor scrapes and bruises, Brown says. 

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and determine if the event was an incident or accident, depending on the extent of damage to the aircraft.  

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.katc.com


ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -  A small plane crashed east of the Foley Beach Express in Baldwin County Saturday morning.

No one was killed or seriously hurt, officials say.

According to officials, Orange Beach police and fire departments responded to reports of a crashed plane at about 9:22 a.m. The crash site was located in a wooded area north of The Wharf and east of the Foley Beach Express.

The pilot and passengers from the plane were found walking in the woods near the crash site, with no apparent injuries except for some minor scrapes and bruises, reports the Orange Beach Police Department.

The pilot and passengers are from out of state and were flying in for a golf outing, Orange Beach Police say.

Federal authorities were en route to investigate the cause of the crash.

Orange Beach Asst. Police Chief Steve Brown said the crash site is in woods that are "extremely thick and difficult to get through."

"The FAA is currently handling this crash, and I will defer any comments as to the cause of the crash to them," Brown said.

Aerial video footage shot by Pamela and David Walter, who were flying over the crash site Saturday morning, shows wreckage of the airplane in a wooded area.

FOX10 News also has published a slideshow of crash site photography by Orange Beach PD's Brown, showing wreckage strewn through the woods and hanging from trees. Some trees have been stripped of bark and limbs, but the fuselage of the airplane appears intact in the photos. Other parts of the aircraft appear to be sheared off.

Story and video ➤ http://www.fox10tv.com









Approximately 9:22 am Orange Beach Police Department and Fire responded to a reported plane crash.

The crash was reported as north of the Wharf and east of the Foley Beach Express.

The crash site is located in a heavily wooded area approximately 500 yards east of the FBX. 

Personnel arriving located the pilot and passengers walking in the woods and were ok with the exception of some minor scrapes and bruises.

There were no serious injuries or fatalities.

The pilot and passengers are from out of state and flying in for a golf outing. 

Federal authorities are en route to investigate the crash. 


Orange Beach, Ala. (WKRG) -   According to Orange Beach Police Chief Joe Fierro says, one pilot and four passengers were on board the plane. 

Fierro says no one was seriously injured in the crash. One person has minor injuries. 

The following is a press release from Assistant Chief of Police, Steve Brown:

Approximately 9:22 am Orange Beach PD and Fire responded to a reported plane. The crash was reported as north of the Wharf and east of the Foley Beach Express. The crash site is located in a heavily wooded area approximately 500 yards east of the FBX. Personnel arriving located the pilot and passengers walking in the woods and were ok with the exception of some minor scrapes and bruises. There were no serious injuries or fatalities. The pilot and passengers are from out of state and flying in for a golf outing. Federal authorities are enroute to investigate the crash. 

According to local officials in south Baldwin County, there are reports that a plane went down in Orange Beach Saturday morning.

It is believed it happened north of the Intracoastal Canal near Roscoe Road. Crews with Orange Beach are responding.

At this time it is not clear if anyone has been hurt or how many people may have been on board. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.wkrg.com




A pilot and passengers suffered only minor scrapes and bruises when a plane crashed this morning in Orange Beach, authorities said.

Police and fire crews were called to the scene just east of the Foley Beach Express at 9:22 a.m. The heavily wooded area is north of the Wharf, police said.

The pilot and passengers were found walking in the woods, said Steve Brown, assistant chief of Orange Beach police.

"There were no serious injuries or fatalities," Brown said in a news release. "The pilot and passengers are from out of state and flying in for a golf outing."

Brown said federal authorities will take over the crash investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.al.com

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

as I recall, the Seneca III had about a 1300 pound useful load. Let's see, 5 guys, golf clubs, luggage. Doesn't leave a lot of room for fuel. I wonder?

Anonymous said...

They don't usually burn when they're out of fuel which was a good thing in this case as all survived. Looks like heavy rain in the one pic so I wonder if weather was a factor? Very lucky no serious injuries as shredded as that plane was!

Anonymous said...

1538 lbs seneca 3

D Naumann said...

The aircraft's gross weight was increased to 4,750 lb (2,155 kg) for takeoff and 4,513 lb (2,047 kg) for landing.[6] A typical Seneca III with air conditioning and deicing equipment has a useful load of 1,377 lb (625 kg).[9]

This one had at least deice (see boot on vertical stab)and probably air as well.

Darrell said...

Well I called it soon as it happened, plane ran out of gas. Pilot failed to measure the actual fuel and estimated 30 gals per side, he ran out of gas on the go-around and evidently didn't have the required reserve either. The owner is a trial lawyer who wasn't on board so I wonder who he will be suing?