Monday, November 12, 2018

Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow III, N52737: Accident occurred November 11, 2018 at Cannon Creek Airpark (15FL), Lake City, Columbia 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; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lake City, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA041
Date & Time: 11/11/2018, 1315 EST
Registration: N52737
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 3 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 11, 2018, about 1315 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28R-201, N52737, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during the initial climb after takeoff from Cannon Creek Airpark (15FL), Lake City, Florida. The private pilot and two passengers were seriously injured, and one passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The right front seat passenger stated that as soon as they took off, he knew something was wrong because the airplane was not climbing very fast. He thought the airplane was going to touch back down on the runway when he noticed the airplane's nose going "up and down." The airplane made several nose-up and nose-down oscillations before going past the left side of the runway and contacting tree tops. The airplane then impacted the ground and cartwheeled.

A witness who was parked on the side of the runway to watch the airplane takeoff, stated he observed the pilot perform a preflight engine run-up and the airplane begin its departure on runway 27, a 2,600 ft-long runway. The wind was a right quartering tailwind about 8 to 10 mph. He thought the pilot "forced" the airplane off the ground and it immediately began "oscillations;" when the airplane appeared to be near stall speed, the nose lowered and would then raise again, which repeated until the airplane contacted tree tops. He further stated that each time the airplane oscillated, it resulted in a lower altitude.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane's wings sustained buckling and tears. The left main landing gear collapsed. The fuselage had buckling along its length aft to the elevator. The rudder was undamaged.

The four seat, low-wing, tricycle gear airplane, was manufactured in 1989. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-360 series, 200-horsepower engine, equipped with a two-bladed McCauley propeller.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. His FAA third class medical certificate was issued on August 20, 2015. He reported 3,583 total hours of flight experience at that time.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N52737
Model/Series: PA28R 201
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: KGNV, 123 ft msl
Observation Time: 1806 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2700 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lake City, FL (15FL)
Destination: Lake City, FL (15FL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  30.150556, -82.665000 (est)

First responders on Sunday afternoon cordoned off the grass runway at Cannon Creek Airpark after a plane belonging to residents of the aviation-focused community crashed into a tree during takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The plane, a single-engine Piper PA-28R-201, is registered to William and Susan Lagoni of Southwest Challenger Lane.  Four people were onboard when the aircraft crashed around 2 p.m. in the aviation community, which sits off Sisters Welcome Road, according to an FAA spokesperson.           

Multiple neighborhood residents confirmed the husband and wife were both aboard the plane with two other passengers. 

FAA is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will make a determination as to the cause of the crash. 

One source close to the couple said the third and fourth passengers were a man and his young daughter. 

Several onlookers at the scene Sunday afternoon said the pilot and passengers were airlifted to a Gainesville hospital.

The plane was about halfway down the runway when it crashed, the source close to the couple said. 

Columbia County deputies and emergency medics taped off the crash site before community residents circled around.

The unidentified adult male passenger was visiting from Indiana, said several people at the scene.

Original article ➤

LAKE CITY, Florida - A small plane crashed in Cannon Creek Airpark in Lake City on Sunday afternoon, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. 

Officials said four people were on board. Fire and Rescue crews said all four were alert and talking after the crash.

Fire Rescue officials said they were flown to the trauma center in Gainesville as a precaution and the extent of the injuries they suffered is unknown. 

No one on the ground was hurt.  

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

Is that 25 or 40 degrees set on the flaps? I can't tell.

Anonymous said...

90 degrees would be pointing straight down so I'm going with 40 degrees. If he was in fact taking off and not landing you never use full flap. It's amazing from the amount of damage to the cockpit area that we're not hearing of fatalities.

Anonymous said...

How much ever it is it looks like more than 1 notch.

Anonymous said...

Yep ... Looking at the first pic it looks like 40


Propilot said...

RIP ? They survived....

Anonymous said...

Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow III
1989 - 2018
May she rest in peace

Anonymous said...

Lol ... I botched that. Thanks for the 'out' ... May the plane RIP ... May the pilot and pax achieve a quick and full recovery.

Anonymous said...

Evert time one of these legacy aircraft are destroyed, general aviation as we know it comes closer to an end. Sad ending for a fine plane. My favorite Warrior II N9097U met a similar fate. Hope everyone make a full recovery.