Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hummel-Ultra Cruiser Plus, privately owned and operated, N245AP: Accident occurred October 15, 2018 near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH), Pasco County, 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; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Zephyrhills, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA014
Date & Time: 10/15/2018, 1416 EDT
Registration: N245AP
Injuries: 1 Serious 
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 15, 2018, about 1416 eastern daylight time, a privately owned and operated experimental, amateur-built Hummel-Ultra Cruiser Plus, N245AP, collided with trees near Zephyrhills, Florida. The sport pilot was seriously injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated about 16 minutes earlier from the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (ZPH), Zephyrhills, Florida, about 1400.

The pilot stated that the flight departed to the north with about 8 gallons of fuel, and climbed to 1,000 feet mean sea level (msl), and then turned onto the crosswind leg of the airport traffic pattern. He climbed to 2,000 feet msl, and while flying at that altitude with the engine rpm at 3,400, the mixture control full rich, and the auxiliary fuel pump on, the engine sputtered then experienced a total loss of powerquit . Attempts to restore power were unsuccessful. He located and maneuvered for a forced landing to a field, but allowed the airplane to slow too much, which resulted in an inadvertent stall. The airplane impacted a tree then the ground before coming to rest upright in a nose-low attitude.

Postaccident Initial examination of the airplane at the accident site revealed each fuel shutoff valve was in the "on" position. Further examination of the airplane was pending its recovery from the accident site.  The pilot/airplane owner plans to recover the airplane for further examination of the airframe and engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HARGROVE
Registration: N245AP
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Hargrove James D
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ZPH, 90 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Zephyrhills, FL (ZPH)
Destination: Zephyrhills, FL (ZPH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  28.260833, -82.210556

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — A single-engine experimental aircraft crashed into a tree Monday afternoon in Zephyrhills. 

According to Pasco Fire Rescue, the pilot was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. He reported a loss of power when he was attempting to land. 

ABC Action News spoke with the pilot's wife, Harley Hargrove, who has identified him as 73-year-old James Hargrove. 

"Very thankful he's still living," said Harley Hargrove. "He said 'I just broke the ankle so I'm going to go to the hospital and get an x-ray.'" 

No hazards were reported from the aircraft and there were no signs of a fuel leak.

It happened near the 36700 block of Paddock Lane.

Hargrove targeted an open pasture to make his emergency landing but crashed into a tree and fence. 

"He's very lucky he didn't have the engine in his face," said Ferman Geiger. "To come away with no more than what he had, it's a miracle."

Bob Porter, a former pilot, lives nearby and immediately raced to help Hargrove out of the small-engine aircraft. 

"Was he alive or dead? That's the first thing that comes to your mind when I saw he landed straight in, the airplane stalled, it went right into the tree, nose down," said Porter. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what happened to cause engine failure. 

Harley Hargrove tells ABC Action News, it's time for her husband to take a break from flying. 

Original article ➤


A Tampa pilot is recovering after the plane he built by hand crashed into a Zephyrhills cow pasture. The plane went down around 2:30 Monday afternoon less than five miles from Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, where it took off from. 

The Hummel Ultra Cruiser single engine plane's tail number is registered to James Hargrove, of Tampa. Pasco Fire Rescue says no one else was on board. 

Bob Porter is a pilot and owns the property where the experimental aircraft crashed. It's far from the first crash he's seen after years in aviation but this was the first to, quite literally, hit this close to home. He and his grandson immediately rushed down to the crash site to find the pilot bloody but alive. The aircraft was on its nose, partially in a tree, with one of the wings completely crumpled. 

"It sounded like two automobiles running into one another at 50 miles per hour," Porter described the crash. "He was bruised all over but he was still coherent and able to talk to us." 

Porter says he then called 911 for help. 

Friends of James Hargrove say the plane reportedly lost engine power and that the pilot suffered a broken ankle in the wreck. 

"I'm just glad he's not hurt any worse than he is," Porter said, noting he has seen less-damaging plane crashes that still proved to be fatal. 

A spokesperson with Pasco Fire Rescue says the NTSB has been notified. 

No word yet on what caused the plane's engine to cut off. 

ORIGINAL STORY: One person was injured when a homemade aircraft crashed in Zephyrhills on Monday afternoon, according to crews that responded to the scene.

A spokesman for Pasco Fire Rescue says the crash happened on Paddock Lane near Simmons Road on Monday around 2:30 p.m.

Deputies say the pilot reported that he lost power while attempting the land the aircraft and ended up crashing it into a tree.

The pilot was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Fire crews say there are no hazards reported from the aircraft.

Original article can be found here ➤

ZEPHYRHILLS — A pilot suffered minor injuries when their plane made a force landing in a field on Monday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident was reported at about 3:19 p.m. The pilot of a single-engine experimental plane lost power and attempted to land, deputies said.

The pilot tried to land in a field, but in doing so struck a fence and a tree. 

A photo released by the Sheriff’s Office showed the crushed fuselage of the plane against a large tree, what’s left of the nose pointing down, the destroyed tail sticking up in the air and the left win nearly ripped off.

The pilot sustained "moderate injuries" and was taken to local hospital, the agency said.

No other details were released about the incident, including the identity of the pilot or went wrong with the aircraft.

Original article can be found here ➤

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