Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cessna 152, registered to Troupial Aviation and operated by Orange Wings Aviation Academy, N4886B: Accident occurred December 17, 2018 in Belle Glade, Palm Beach 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; Miramar, Florida 

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


Location: Bell Glade, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA069
Date & Time: 12/17/2018, 1210 EST
Registration: N4886B
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 17, 2018, about 1210 eastern standard time, a Cessna 152, N4886B, experienced a partial loss of engine power and was substantially damaged during a forced landing in a plowed field near Bell Glade, Florida. The private pilot and pilot-rated passenger were uninjured. The airplane was registered to Troupial Aviation and operated by Orange Wings Aviation as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight originated from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL), Lakeland, Florida around 1035 and was destined for Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP), Pompano Beach, Florida.

According to the pilot, they departed LAL and climbed to a cruise altitude of 5,500 ft mean sea level (msl) for the flight to PMP. After the initial descent and level-off at 2,500 msl, the engine gradually began losing power. He applied carburetor heat which initially restored cruise power. Several minutes later another partial loss of engine power occurred, accompanied by engine vibration. The pilot applied carburetor heat, however the engine continued to lose power and the airplane was unable to maintain altitude. He declared an emergency and elected to execute a forced landing to a plowed field. He completed the emergency checklist with the passenger, and then performed a soft field landing. During the landing rollout, the airplane flipped over shortly after the nosewheel made ground contact.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane was intact and came to rest inverted at the edge of the field. The top of third of the vertical stabilizer was fractured and bent about 80° to the left. The right horizontal stabilizer and elevator were impact damaged. One propeller was bent aft with little or no chordwise scratching.

The engine was examined at the direction and under the supervision of an FAA inspector after it was recovered to the operator's facility. During the examination the inspector noted that the upper valve spring seat on the No. 1 cylinder was broken. The cylinder was retained for further examination.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot was issued a first-class medical certificate on January 6, 2017, with the limitation "must wear corrective lenses." According to the pilot's logbook, he had accumulated 66.3 hours of flight time, all of which were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was manufactured in 1979. It was equipped with a Lycoming O-235-L2C, 110-horsepower engine that drove a fixed-pitch propeller. According to airplane maintenance logbooks, the most recent 100-hour inspection was completed on November 16, 2018, at that time the airframe had accumulated 3657.9 total hours of operation. A separate log maintained by the operator showed that the airplane had flown about 45 hours since that inspection. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4886B
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Orange Wings Aviation Academy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBCT, 13 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lakeland, FL (KLAL)
Destination: Pompano Beach, FL (KPMP)

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: 26.451111, -80.537778

A small plane crashed Monday afternoon in a sugarcane field in western Palm Beach County near Hendry County, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

At about 12:45 p.m., Fire Rescue found a single-engine Cessna 152 on its side, according to a department spokesman. There were two occupants on the plane, and both were uninjured and outside the aircraft when authorities arrived.

The plane crashed along South U.S. Highway 27 near Hacienda Okeelanta, Fire Rescue said. The building is a private residence and banquet hall operated by Okeelanta Sugar Corp.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will handle the investigation.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane has pending registration but is tied to a Plantation address.

Original article ➤ https://www.palmbeachpost.com

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