Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Scottish Aviation Series 100 MDL 101 Bulldog, N82696: Accident occurred November 17, 2018 in Lake Pleasant, Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona 

Crashed into lake and sunk. 


Date: 17-NOV-18
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N82696
Aircraft Model: BULLDOG
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

Mahmood Tehrani had taken his adult nephew for a ride in his Scottish Aviation Series 100 MDL 101 Bulldog when the aircraft started acting up.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A Scottsdale pilot who survived a crash landing on Lake Pleasant last weekend is talking about this harrowing experience.

Mahmood Tehrani had taken his adult nephew for a ride in his rare single-engine plane when the aircraft started acting up.

“I feel the engine start to quit, so very low power,” said Tehrani. “Then it quit.”

Tehrani, who has been a pilot for 21 years, had to take drastic action. He dove down straight toward the water hoping the airflow would get the propeller going again.

“When you dive, the wind will turn the prop to help the engine come back on,” said Tehrani. “Fortunately, it came on, but there was not enough power. Something was definitely wrong.”

Tehrani says the plane did not have enough power to climb altitude. Then the engine quit again.

Tehrani knew the plane would go down but he had enough time to decide where. He spotted a boat below and steered toward it with hopes someone on board could rescue he and his nephew if they survived the impact.

The two braced for a crash landing.

“In about five seconds [the plane] was under water,” said Tehrani. “Very fast. So I open the canopy and turn off the power and I ask my nephew to get out.”

Tehrani says he went up for air but realized he his shirt had caught on something on the plane. He struggled to tear himself free and get his head above water.

Tehrani and his nephew surfaced. Two men on the nearby boat pulled them from the lake.

“The gentleman who helped us, he gave his t-shirt to me and said, 'Hold onto your lips because it’s really bad,'” said Tehrani. “I was thinking it’s just a little cut. Later on, I see it and it was a big, big cut.”

Tehrani had to get 20 stitches on his chin and a few stitches on his upper lip. He suffered three broken ribs and a few scrapes and bruises. His nephew also walked away from the crash with minor injuries.

“Maybe that’s the gift of the Thanksgiving for me,” said Tehrani jokingly.

To the good Samaritans that saved him, he said, “Thank you.”

The frightening ordeal, however, will not keep Tehrani from flying the skies. He has another plane and intends to continue doing what he loves.

“Flying is my passion,” said Tehrani. “If I don’t fly, I’m dead. So I have another plane to be happy again.”

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.azfamily.com

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a plane crash at Lake Pleasant. 

MSCO along with the Peoria Fire Department responded to the report of a single engine aircraft that had gone down in Lake Pleasant near the north four-lane boat ramp just after 1:00 p.m.

Lake Patrol Deputies found a father and son on the plane conscious and alert.

MCSO identified the two as the pilot Mahmood Tehrani, 63, and the passenger Fabien Tehrani, 36.

They were pulled from the water by two boaters and treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. 

Jesse Floyd and Jack Ogle said the plane went down just feet away from their boat.

"We thought it was a power boat going by us trying to catch us, when we looked back it was a plane because we saw the nose going down," said the two boaters.

They said they turned their boat around and went straight to the wreck to help. 

"The plane went under and two seconds he popped up, we got him on the boat and brought him to shore," said Floyd and Ogle. 

The FAA confirmed the aircraft sank. They will be investigating along with the NTSB, which usually takes up to a year to complete. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but the pilot of the plane told the two witnesses that their engine may have failed.  

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.fox10phoenix.com

PEORIA, AZ - Two men are expected to be OK after a plane they were on crashed into Lake Pleasant on Saturday afternoon. 

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, just after 1 p.m., lake patrol deputies responded to reports of a single-engine plane that had gone down. 

Officials say both of men, reportedly father and son were treated for minor injuries. They were later identified as 63-year-old Mahmood FaniTehrani and 36-year-old Fabien Tehrani. 

Jack Ogle was one of two Good Samaritans who helped rescue the two men from the crashed plane. Ogle said the plane crashed about 20 feet from his boat.

"The plane sat there nose down with the tail up and you could see the two passengers in the plane and then the passenger he got his seatbelt harness undone really quickly and then the driver he had a little bit more of a problem with it, and then the plane sat there and bobbed a few times, and then all of a sudden it went under with him in the plane. We were about to jump in the water and try to get him out of his harness cause the plane was still bobbing but he was just under the water and he popped up and we got him in the life vest and got him in the boat," Ogle said. "It happened fast, I mean, -- I had -- when the plane crashed I had him to the shore within 15 minutes." 

It's unclear at this time what caused the plane to go down. Impairment is not a factor according to officials. No further information was immediately available.

This comes less than a day after a plane crash killed two people in Heber-Overgaard.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.abc15.com

1 comment:

Jim B said...

“Flying is my passion,” said Tehrani. “If I don’t fly, I’m dead. So I have another plane to be happy again.”

Sounds to me like a serious ego problem as well as a lack of understanding on the role of an electric starter.

But, there were other issues with the engine not running properly and that can happen to any one of us.