Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Piper PA-28-161, operated by Interstate Aviation Inc, N8132X: Accident occurred October 28, 2018 at Simsbury Airport (4B9), Hartford County, Connecticut

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N8132X

Location: Simsbury, CT
Accident Number: ERA19LA030
Date & Time: 10/28/2018, 1645 EDT
Registration: N8132X
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 28, 2018, about 1645 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-161, N8132X, was substantially damaged after a runway excursion and collision with a ditch at Simsbury Airport (4B9) Simsbury, Connecticut. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated by Interstate Aviation, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Robertson Field (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut, about 1500.

According to pilot, he was in the traffic pattern at 4B9 practicing approaches and touch-and-go landings. After touchdown on runway 21 for a full stop landing, the brakes "failed." He elected to steer the airplane to the right in an effort to avoid a fence and slow the airplane in the grass. The airplane departed the runway surface and collided with a ditch. The pilots exited the airplane and were met by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. He reported that the left wing sustained structural damage during the landing. The left, main landing gear separated and was found adjacent to the wreckage.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8132X
Model/Series: PA28 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Interstate 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: BDL, 195 ft msl
Observation Time: 1651 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Plainville, CT (4B8)
Destination: Simsbury, CT (4B9)

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.916111, -72.776944 (est)

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