Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cessna 182T Skylane, operated by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), N291CP: Accident occurred July 13, 2018 at Geneseo Airport (D52), Livingston County, New York

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York
Textron; Wichita, Kansas
Civil Air Patrol; Montgomery, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Geneseo, NY
Accident Number: ERA18LA191
Date & Time: 07/13/2018, 1800 EDT
Registration: N291CP
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 13, 2018, about 1800 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182T, N291CP, was substantially damaged during takeoff from Geneseo Airport (D52), Geneseo, New York. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries and the two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as a familiarization flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot reported that earlier during the day of the accident, he completed a flight from Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), Rochester, New York, to D52 uneventfully. The purpose of the accident flight was to provide a familiarization flight to two CAP cadets. The pilot showed the cadets a thorough preflight inspection and then started the engine and taxied to runway 23. Prior to takeoff, the pilot performed an engine run-up and verified that all flight controls were free and correct. The pilot then initiated a soft-field takeoff procedure on the bumpy grass runway. The airplane became airborne in ground effect about 45 knots and everything seemed normal as he began to climb out of ground effect at 60 knots. At that time, the nose pitched up abruptly and the pilot pushed the yoke forward as hard as he could while engaging nose down electric elevator trim; however, the airplane continued to climb at an excessive angle of attack and stalled. It subsequently rolled left, descended to the ground and came to rest inverted.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to both wings and the fuselage. The inspector measured the elevator trim actuator arm, which corresponded to a full nose-down trim position. Due to the disposition of the wreckage, the inspector was unable to document all flight control continuity and the wreckage was retained for further examination.

The recorded weather at ROC, at 1754, included wind from 220° at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles and scattered clouds at 14,000 feet.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N291CP
Model/Series: 182 T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Civil Air Patrol
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ROC, 59 ft msl
Observation Time: 1754 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 14000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  7 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 18000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Geneseo, NY (D52)
Destination:  Geneseo, NY (D52)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  42.798611, -77.842500 (est)

The pilot of the plane that crashed at the Geneseo Airport on Friday is still in the hospital with serious injuries. 

On Monday night the Livingston County Sheriff's Office released the unofficial cause of the crash and the identity of the pilot. 

The pilot, 65-year-old Timothy Sheffer, of Rush NY, flew the small plane off the runway but it had problems ascending, causing it to crash and flip over.

Sheffer broke his back. His two teenage passengers, who were 14 and 15-year-old cadets, had minor injuries.

Sheffer and the two cadets were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

The official cause is still under investigation. They were flying a single-engine Cessna 172 for the Civil Air Patrol. It was not associated with the air show.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The NTSB and FAA haven’t concluded this investigation, but the CAP is already spinning false tales to the media. The CAP is averaging a major plane crash every 3 months. “Rare”… the facts state otherwise. The New York Wing PAO is part of the problem by sugar coating unsafe actions.

“Quick-thinking pilot helped save cadets after Geneseo plane crash.”

“According to the public affairs officer for the New York Wing of Civil Air Patrol, airplane crashes are extremely rare no matter the state or location, and fatal ones even more so.”