Monday, October 22, 2018

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II, N8275V: Accident occurred October 20, 2018 at Lufker Airport (49N), East Moriches, Suffolk County, New York

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: East Moriches, NY

Accident Number: GAA19CA050
Date & Time: 10/20/2018, 1215 EDT
Registration: N8275V
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

The pilot reported that the owner wanted him to fly the airplane to a mechanic to look at the airplane "deeply" but did not mention any specific mechanical issues with the airplane. During preflight, he did not observe anything abnormal. He also added that, during the initial taxi, the airplane "pulled more power than usual", but he observed no issues with the brakes or flight controls.

The pilot reported that, during approach to a 2,300 ft grass airstrip, about 60 knots with full flaps, he reduced power to idle to flare. The airplane was "still floating" and about midfield he observed that the rpm had increased with the power at idle to about 1,000 to 1,200 rpm. He retracted the flaps to 15° to execute a go around, but before he increased power, the airplane touched down on the runway. He was going to continue the go around but realized the airplane would be unable to clear power lines and trees at the end of the runway. He then braked hard, but was unable to stop on the grass, so he shut off the fuel pump and closed the mixture. He added that the "engine did not stop" and the airplane continued due to momentum. He applied full brakes with an "s turn and 180 turn", the airplane slid on the grass, and the left wing struck a wooden pole. The airplane came to an abrupt stop and he observed the engine and propeller had stopped.

He added that he was "very familiar with this airport, and believe[d] the accident [was] due to mechanical failure."

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that he attempted to examine the airplane engine, but the airplane was unavailable.

The manufacturer's prescribed "Go Around" checklist stated:


Carb Heat……………………….OFF

Flaps……….RETRACT TO 20 DEG


Flaps…………..…RETRACT PROC

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial

Age: 30, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/31/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/24/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1425 hours (Total, all aircraft), 252 hours (Total, this make and model), 877 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 200 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 110 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper

Registration: N8275V
Model/Series: PA28 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-8316001
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2326 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: 2BAPILOTNYC CORP
Rated Power:
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: KHWV, 82 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1556 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 269°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 19 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.7 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Farmingdale, NY (FRG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: East Moriches, NY (49N)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: LUFKER (49N)

Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 57 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft
Runway Used: S
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2300 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  40.823056, -72.750833 (est)

A small single-engine plane came to a halt across Montauk Highway, west of Locust Avenue in East Moriches, after skidding off the runway at Lufker Airport shortly after noon Saturday.

"The Piper Warrior aircraft overshot and went across the road," said Ron DeLalio, airport manager at Lufker. "The pilot left Republic Airport in East Farmingdale for maintenance at Lufker and could not have been used to landing on a short grass field." 

The pilot, Nedie Seidu, 30, of Manhattan, was not injured, according to Suffolk County police.

"The nose wheel of the aircraft was bent under," DeLalio said.

Authorities closed Montauk Highway so the plane could be removed. Seidu was flying a Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II when he attempted to land the plane at 12:15 p.m., police said.

Police said the plane, which had a damaged wing and propeller, struck a sign and stopped in front of 130 Montauk Hwy. The FAA was called to the scene.

The 1982 fixed-wing plane is registered to Wilmington, Delaware-based instructional piloting company 2BAPILOTNYC Corp., which flies out of Republic. Seidu is an experienced commercial pilot, according to the owner of 2BAPILOTNYC.

"Trying to land on 2,300 feet of grass can be challenging," DeLalio said.

EAST MORICHES, N.Y. (AP) - A small plane ended up on a Long Island road after running off a runway Saturday, leaving the aircraft damaged but no one injured, authorities said.

After taking off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, pilot Nedie Seidu flew about 40 miles east and tried to land at the small Lufker Airport in East Moriches around 12:30 p.m., the Suffolk County Police Department said.

But Seidu wasn’t able to stop before rolling off the runway onto Montauk Highway, authorities said.

The single-engine Piper PA-28 crossed the two-lane road and hit a sign, damaging the plane’s propeller and a wing before it came to rest in front of a commercial strip, police said.

No contact information for Seidu, 30, of Manhattan, could immediately be found.

The pilot was bringing the plane in for maintenance at a repair show at Lufker Airport, which has a 2,300-foot-long grass runway, said manager Ron DeLalio.

“He just overshot the field, came in a little too hot,” said DeLalio, who wasn’t acquainted with the pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration said there was a second person aboard. That person’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is owned by a Delaware company with the same name as a Farmingdale flight school and airplane rental company. A man who answered its phone declined to comment and hung up.

The FAA is investigating the mishap.

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