Saturday, August 04, 2018

Bellanca 7GCAA Citabria, operated by United Aerial Advertising of Delaware, N87000: Accident occurred August 04, 2018 at Lakewood Airport (N12), Ocean County, New Jersey

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lakewood, NJ
Accident Number: ERA18LA210
Date & Time: 08/04/2018, 1200 EDT
Registration: N87000
Aircraft: Champion 7GCAA
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Banner Tow 

On August 4, 2018, about 1200 eastern daylight time, a Bellanca 7GCAA, N87000, was substantially damaged after impacting terrain while conducting a banner-towing operation at Lakewood Airport (N12), Lakewood, New Jersey. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by United Aerial Advertising of Delaware under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, no flight plan had been filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported that the preflight and ground operations were uneventful. He departed runway 24, with full fuel tanks about 1000. After a 2-hour flight he decided to return to the airport due to weather in the area. On final approach, before dropping the banner, about 500 ft above ground level, he reduced the throttle to idle as the airplane descended on the right side of runway 24, towards the banner drop-off area at the end of the runway. When the airplane was about tree height, he pitched up and added full throttle, preparing to drop the banner. He stated the engine did not respond as expected, "the engine continued to operate but produced very limited power while making abnormal combustion sounds." He verified the mixture was full rich and the throttle was full forward, then released the banner. The airplane was low and slow, so he pitched down and elected to land straight ahead. The airplane impacted small pine trees and terrain.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane where it came to rest, about 500 ft past the departure end of runway 24. The airplane came to rest in a nose low, near vertical position. The left wing was separated but still attached. The engine was partially separated from the airframe.

The two-seat, high-wing, fixed-gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 1974. It was powered by a Lycoming O-320, 150-horsepower engine.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land and instrument airplane. He also possessed a flight instructor rating for airplane single engine.

At 1155, the weather conditions reported at Lakehurst Maxfield Airport (NEL), Lakehurst, New Jersey, about 8 miles west of the accident site included, wind from 270° at 5 knots, visibility 4 statute miles, rain, few 600 ft, temperature 23°C, dew point 23°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.10 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N87000
Model/Series: 7GCAA No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: United Aerial Advertising Of Delaware Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:  KNEL, 101 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1000 ft agl
Visibility: 4 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lakewood, NJ (N12)
Destination: Lakewood, NJ (N12)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.063889, -74.182222 (est)

LAKEWOOD - A banner towing aircraft crashed on a runway at Lakewood Township Airport on Saturday afternoon, according to police Lt. William Butterworth. 

The pilot, who was the only person aboard the aircraft, was injured in the crash, which was reported to police at 12:48 p.m., according to Butterworth. The airport is at 1900 Cedar Bridge Ave.

Township police requested a response to the scene from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Airport officials on the scene said they were unaware of what happened but that authorities were not allowing anyone but emergency personnel and investigators access to the airport tarmac and runway on Saturday. 

The airport is located off Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood's industrial park near the Garden State Parkway, and offers services for general aviation, flying lessons, sightseeing, banner towing, flying clubs and the civil air patrol.

Story and video ➤

A small plane crashed into the trees short of the runway Sunday at a New Jersey airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said. 

The Bellanca 7GCAA Citabria was trying to land at Lakewood Township Airport at 1 p.m. when it crashed into the trees, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

There was only one occupant inside the plane, the Lakewood Police Department said. 

The occupant's injuries don't appear to be life-threatening, according to police.

Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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