Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Loss of Control in Flight: Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I, N88AG, accident occurred September 11, 2018 at Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport (KTNT), Ochopee, Florida

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

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Miami, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA559
Date & Time: 09/11/2018, 1030 EDT
Registration: N88AG
Aircraft: Piper PA34
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor in the multi-engine airplane reported that the pilot under instruction was wearing a view limiting device during a simulated instrument approach in visual flight rules conditions.

The instructor placed the left engine fuel selector in the off position to simulate an engine out, and the pilot under instruction initiated the left engine failure procedure placing the engine and propeller levers in a simulated feathered zero thrust configuration. The instructor became distracted by traffic and failed to place the left engine fuel selector in the on position.

With full flaps applied and the landing gear extended, about 250 feet AGL the instructor terminated the simulated instrument approach and instructed the pilot to land visually, however, the airspeed decreased below safe limits and he instructed the pilot to increase the airspeed. The pilot increased power on both engines, however, there was no increase in power on the left engine and the airplane rolled to the left about 45°. The instructor came on the controls and applied right aileron and right rudder, but the airplane touched down in a level attitude in a shallow lagoon on the left side of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage bulkheads.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Flight Engineer
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/22/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 28000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 600 hours (Total, this make and model), 15000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Foreign; Private
Age: 30, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/07/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 221 hours (Total, all aircraft), 8.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 72.7 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N88AG
Model/Series: PA34 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 34-7450093
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/23/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6698.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-C1E6
Registered Owner: My Way Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: Wayman Flight Training
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMIA, 30 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 32 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 98°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 23000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 50°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 25°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hollywood, FL (HWO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hollywood, FL (HWO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 EST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Dade-Collier Training And Tran (TNT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 12 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: RNAV; Visual
Runway Length/Width: 10499 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  25.861944, -80.896944 (est)

COLLIER COUNTY, Florida -- No injuries were reported in a small plane crash at a remote landing strip in the Everglades Tuesday.

It happened at the Collier-Dade Jetport in easternmost Collier County, near Tamiami Trail.

According to Greater Naples Fire Rescue, crews from Battalion 60 responded to an alert.

They say there were two occupants in the single-engine plane, which was sitting in shallow water just off the landing strip, and no injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.fox4now.com


  1. "They say there were two occupants in the single-engine plane, "
    Looks like a twin, not SE.

  2. Accelerate stop, or V1... I always get those two confused!