Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N98146: Accident occurred August 20, 2018 near Dillingham Airport (PHDH), Mokuleia, Hawaii

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

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


Location: Mokuleia, HI
Accident Number: WPR18TA236
Date & Time: 08/20/2018, 1705 HST
Registration: N98146
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On August 20, 2018, about 1705 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a Piper PA-28-180 airplane, N98146, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during takeoff from Dillingham Airport (PHDH), Mokuleia, Hawaii. The certified flight instructor, student pilot, and passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Alana Aviation Inc. Trustee, and operated by Aviation Academy Hawaii under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from the Daniel K Inouye International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii, at 1634.

The flight instructor reported that they had conducted a series of practice touch-and-go landings on runway 8. During the takeoff sequence of the third touch-and-go, the engine lost power about 300 ft above ground level. The flight instructor stated that he took control of the airplane and initiated a forced landing to an open field south of the runway. During the landing sequence, the airplane struck a fence and came to rest upright.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N98146
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Alana Aviation Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PHHI, 837 ft msl
Observation Time: 0256 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Honolulu, HI (HLN)
Destination: Honolulu, HI (HLN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  21.578056, -158.181667 (est)

Two teenage girls learning to fly were seriously injured when the small single-engine plane they were in crashed in brush just off Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia.

Police said the local student pilots were flying with flight instructor Victor Ponfiglio when the 1969 Piper PA-28-140 crash-landed in property adjacent to the airfield.

One girl hit her head and the back-seat passenger sustained some scrapes and they were taken to The Queen’s Medical Center, police said. The pilot received minor injuries and declined treatment.

The plane with tail number N98146, which appears totaled, is owned by Alana Aviation, police said.

The crash occurred at about 5:10 p.m. when the pilot was practicing “touch-and-goes,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, he said.

Ponfiglio declined comment initially, but said he would check with the flight school to see whether he could comment on what happened.

Sonny Vaoifi, 45, works for the owner of the adjoining property, where the plane ended up, and witnessed the crash.

“It was coming down the runway and was taking off. It had engine trouble and ended up right there,” he said, pointing to the small plane.

“It started to sputter, and had no power at all,” he said.

Rather than continue to ascend, it turned right, made it over a chainlink fence and crashed into a plastic barrier, dragging it several feet and ending up in some brush.

Vaoifi said he rushed over. “I made sure they’re OK,” he said.

He found an older gentleman, the pilot, in his 60s, and two high-school-age girls.

They were “visually shaken, with cuts and bruises, but they walked away,” he said.

Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright said paramedics treated two 17-year-old girls and took them to a hospital in serious condition.

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HONOLULU (KHON2) - The FAA and NTSB will investigate a plane crash at Dillingham Airfield.

According to the FAA, a single engine Piper PA28 crashed in a field near Dillingham Airfield around 5:10 p.m. Monday.

Honolulu fire officials say the plane ran off the runway before crashing in a ditch.  Officials say an instructor and two passengers were on board. 

Officials from Honolulu's Emergency Services Department say two 17-year-old girls were hospitalized in serious condition.  Another patient refused treatment.

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  1. "Two teenage girls learning to fly"
    Two-for-One Special flight training?

  2. Sounds almost like a discovery flight except for the touch and go’s

  3. Actually “back seating” is a common practice in aviation training. It allows the second student to learn from the experiences of the flying student. I don’t Have specific knowledge about this flight or operation, but it is actually a useful tool.

  4. I bought that plane from Hawthorne Aviation in 1969 and took it to Hawaii when I was transferred to Pearl Harbor. I put the first 700-800 hrs on it and it was a great joy to fly. I'm saddened to see this but happy all survived.

  5. I took my private checkride in that plane back in 2014, sad to see him go that way.

  6. Just learned of this. N98146 is the first entry in my logbook when I took a trial flight from Honolulu with Mark Jones in 2001. Sorry to see it go.