Monday, August 20, 2018

Globe GC-1B Swift, N80932: Accident occurred August 17, 2018 at Wellington Aero Club Airport (FD38), West Palm Beach, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Wellington, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA222
Date & Time: 08/17/2018, 1600 EDT
Registration: N80932
Aircraft: Globe GC1B
Injuries:  1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 17, 2018, about 1600 eastern daylight time, a Globe GC-1B, N80932, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during the initial climb at the Wellington Aero Club Airport (FD38), Wellington, Florida. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a personal 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.

According to the pilot, during preflight inspection he noticed a wind from the east about 5 knots, gusting to 9 knots. He taxied to runway 16, performed a runup that did not produce any abnormalities, and began the takeoff roll. During the ground roll, the pilot reported that he noticed a "slower acceleration" and had to use "more right brake to maintain directional control." Subsequently, the airplane lifted off and about 50 ft above ground level (agl), the airplane experienced a "hard yaw to the left due to a crosswind" and "[aerodynamic] stall indications." He further added that he lowered the pitch of the airplane, but the airplane made a "hard landing" in a ditch parallel to the departure runway. The fuselage and wings sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that the engine experienced a partial loss of power during the takeoff.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by an airframe and powerplant mechanic, found that during an engine compression leak-down test, each cylinder was found to be in a normal range, with exception to the number 3 cylinder, which measured 10/80. Examination of the gascolator screen found that it was clean, and about 16 gallons of fuel was removed from the airplane and no contaminants were observed. About 7 quarts of oil was measured in the engine, with no contaminants observed. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit to the flight controls.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multi-engine land and a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and sea. He was issued a first-class medical certificate in July 2017. The pilot reported total flight hours of 22,937 and 50 hours in the accident make and model airplane.

According to the FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was powered by a Continental O-300-A, 145-horsepower engine. It was equipped with retractable landing gear in the tailwheel configuration and had 2-seats. The most recent annual inspection was completed in February 2018.

The weather conditions reported at 1553 at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), West Palm Beach, Florida, about 11 miles east of FD38, included wind 080° at 10 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 3,000 ft agl, temperature 31°C, and dew point 24°C.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Globe
Registration: N80932
Model/Series: GC1B NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPBI, 19 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wellington, FL (FD38)
Destination: Wellington, FL (FD38)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  26.646667, -80.295000 (est)

WELLINGTON, Fla. (CBS12) — A single engine plane crashed Friday afternoon near the Wellington Aero Club.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the two people in aircraft got in a golf cart and went home after the landing.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were able to find the people at the house and both were taken to the hospital. 

One was transported via ground ambulance and another was transported by air ambulance.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. 

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