Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Piper PA-28-180, operated by Clear Blue Sky Aviation LLC, N111TA: Accident occurred November 17, 2018 at Little Tobesofkee Creek Ranch Airport (GA86), Barnesville, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Barnesville, GA
Accident Number: ERA19LA052
Date & Time: 11/17/2018, 1112 EST
Registration: N111TA
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On November 17, 2018, about 1112 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-180, N111TA, was substantially damaged after a collision with trees and terrain at Little Tobesofkee Creek Ranch Airport (GA86), Barnesville, Georgia. The flight instructor and student pilot had minor injuries, and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated by Clear Blue Sky Aviation LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight to Macon Downtown Airport (MCN), Macon, Georgia. The instructional flight that originating at the time of the accident.

The flight instructor reported that runway 35 was selected for the takeoff due to the prevailing wind out of the north at 7 to 8 kts. The student was at the controls for the takeoff. The takeoff was initiated and acceleration seemed normal, considering the runway upslope and turf surface. The airspeed reached 65 kts and was increasing at the predesignated decision point, which was about 60% of the runway length. After takeoff, the airplane banked to the left unexpectedly. The stall warning light was not illuminated. The student called out the lack of responsiveness from the flight controls and the flight instructor simultaneously took the controls. The pilots realized that the airplane would not clear trees at the departure end of the runway, so the flight instructor elected to land the airplane straight ahead and aim it between the trees. The airplane touched down about 200 ft from the trees and continued until it struck several small trees and one large tree. The airplane came to a stop, the engine was secured, and the pilots and passengers egressed the airplane and were met by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The airplane crashed in a wooded area to the north of the airport boundary. Structural damage occurred to the wings and fuselage. There was no fire.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N111TA
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Clear Blue Sky Aviation Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOPN, 796 ft msl
Observation Time: 1115 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Barnesville, GA (GA86)
Destination: Macon, GA (MAC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.980000, -84.100000 (est)

A plane taking off from Redbone Run, a small grass airstrip southeast of Barnesville in Lamar County, crashed Saturday morning.

Redbone Run is part of a small flying community off of Community House Road.

Authorities responding to the crash found a small plane in the woods, occupied by four people. All four were transported to Macon Medical Center to be checked out for minor injuries.

The pilot told authorities that on takeoff, the plane appeared to have a mechanical failure and veered left. The pilot said they were at about tree-level when the failure occurred.

The investigation has been turned over to Federal Aviation Administration officials.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

Mechanical failure, veered left, tree top level? Got me scratching my head.

Anonymous said...

Plane in the pic doesn't look destroyed to me. I've seen crashed planes on here all torn up that are listed as substantial damage. I wonder if he was overweight and the plane wouldn't climb or perhaps stalled and dropped a wingtip.

Anonymous said...

4 people on a small plane plus full fuel = overloaded.
Especially if all 4 weigh the same as the average Joe from the street in America...