Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Beech J35 Bonanza, registered to and operated by the passenger, N8319D: Accident occurred October 24, 2018 near University Park Airport (KUNV), State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: State College, PA
Accident Number: ERA19LA024
Date & Time: 10/24/2018, 0036 EDT
Registration: N8319D
Aircraft: Beech 35
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 24, 2018, at 0036 eastern daylight time, a Beech J35, N8319D, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to wooded terrain while on a visual approach to runway 24 at University Air Park (UNV), State College, Pennsylvania. The airline transport pilot and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the passenger. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the airport at the time of the accident. An instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane departed Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (PSM), Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about 2130 and was destined for UNV.

The pilot stated that the passenger had purchased the airplane that day and they were flying it back to Texas. The passenger purchased 42.7 gallons at PSM, conducted a preflight inspection, and confirmed all four fuel tanks were topped off with fuel. The passenger also tested the fuel and it was absent of water and debris. The airplane's fuel system consisted of two 20-gallon main tanks (17 usable gallons) in each wing and two interconnected 10-gallon auxiliary tanks (9.5 usable) in each wing, for a total of 53 usable gallons. The pilot said that he did not visually check the fuel level before taking off.

The pilot said the flight was normal until they were on a 1.5-mile final approach at an altitude of 400-500 ft above the ground, when the engine suddenly stopped producing power. There was no sputter or warning and the engine "just stopped", but the propeller continued to windmill. The pilot recalled the passenger saying there was no fuel pressure, and he immediately pushed the throttle and mixture full forward and retracted the flaps. He also turned on the auxiliary fuel pump and "hit" the starter button to re-start the engine, but to no avail. The pilot did not switch the fuel selector to another tank. Due to the low altitude, the pilot slowed the airplane and "aggressively" pitched the nose of the airplane up to make a soft landing into trees.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the airplane came to rest upright with the nose pointed uphill on a northerly heading. There was no post-impact fire. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the fuselage and tail section. The engine also sustained damage.

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multiengine land as well as commercial pilot privilages for airplane single-engine land and sea. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first-class medical certificate was issued on September 10, 2018. At that time, the pilot reported a total of 10,400 flight hours.

Weather reported at UNV at 2453 was wind from 320° at 9 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 6,000 ft, broken clouds at 7,500 ft, temperature 9° C, dewpoint 1° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.09 in Hg.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N8319D
Model/Series: 35 J35
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: UNV, 1231 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Mile
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Portsmouth, NH (PSM)
Destination: State College, PA (UNV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.000000, -77.000000 (est)

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WJAC) — According to Penn State police, a small two-passenger plane was traveling from New England to Texas and was supposed to refuel at the University Park Airport. 

The pilot reported a sudden lack of power just short of the runway and crashed into a ravine about 200 yards behind a house, officials said.

The pilot and his passenger were able to walk away from the crash, but one was treated for a minor injury.

University Park Airport maintained its regular schedule Wednesday.

Original Story:  PEMA has confirmed a small two passenger plane crashed in Centre County early Wednesday morning.

Officials say the plane crashed in a field on Barns Lane in Benner Township around 12:30 a.m.

The plane was traveling from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to State College according to online flight records.

Officials say the two passengers on the plane walked away with no major injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤

A pilot and a passenger sustained minor injuries in a small plane crash early Wednesday morning as the plane approached University Park Airport, according to Penn State police.

Logan, Undine, Pleasant Gap and Citizens Hook and Ladder fire companies, along with the Bellefonte fire police, airport fire and rescue crews, Penn State and state police and Mount Nittany and Penn State EMS were dispatched at 12:33 a.m. to the area of 1600 block of Barnes Lane in Benner Township for a Level 1 aircraft crash with two people on board, no smoke or fire and no injuries.

The caller was the pilot, who was able to exit the aircraft and report that they were both uninjured, according to 911 dispatch. 

Penn State police say that the Beech J35 Bonanza J35 was traveling from Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire to Texas and was planning to land at University Park Airport for fuel when it went down in a wooded area in the 1600 block area of Barnes Lane in Benner Township. That land is owned by the university.

The passenger and the pilot were both transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for evaluation, according to police.

Penn State police confirmed that the incident has been reported to the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

This is at least the second small plane crash in that area in the past six months, as a plane with two passengers crash landed in a field near Rock Road during the Blue-White Game in April. No one was injured.

The Beech J35 Bonanza left Portsmouth International Airport Pease, New Hampshire 9:41 p.m.

Original article can be found here ➤

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