Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Lancair LC41-550FG, N618G: Accident occurred December 11, 2018 in Moscow, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Moscow, PA
Accident Number: ERA19LA063
Date & Time: 12/11/2018, 1055 EST
Registration: N618G
Aircraft: Lancair LC41
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 11, 2018, about 1055 eastern standard time, a Lancair LC41, N618G, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power Moscow, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was not injured. The personal flight was conducted under provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Wings Field Airport (LOM), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about 1035, destined for Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM), Binghamton, New York.

The pilot stated about 20 minutes after departure the airplane shuttered. He adjusted the engine power and the airplane shook again. He advised the air traffic controller he was having engine trouble and was given a heading to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania. The engine continued to shake, the pilot reported that there was smoke in the cockpit. About a minute later the engine lost power completely and he performed a forced landing to a field.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane and noted there was substantial damage to the left wing and multiple holes in the top of the engine crankcase.

The four-seat, low-wing, fixed landing gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 2004. It was powered by a Continental TSIO-550, 310-horsepower engine.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on March 7, 2018. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 1,430 hours.

At 1054, the weather conditions reported at AVP, about 6 miles west of the accident site included, wind from 320° at 13 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 3,000 ft, broken at 3,900 ft, temperature 1°C, dew point -7°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.11 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lancair
Registration: N618G
Model/Series: LC41 550FG
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: KAVP, 962 ft msl
Observation Time: 1054 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Philadelphia, PA (LOM)
Destination: Binghamton, NY (BGM)

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:  41.326944, -75.591111

SPRING BROOK TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania -- A small plane was forced to the ground along a roadway in Lackawanna County Tuesday morning.

The emergency landing happened around 10:30 a.m. near Moscow.

The pilot used a field along O'Hara Road in Spring Brook Township as his runway while making an emergency landing.

The plane will stay there until at least Wednesday, as the Federal Aviation Administration looks into what went wrong.

Neighbors in Spring Brook Township say when they saw the flashing lights, they thought a car had crashed on O'Hara Road. They were surprised to see it was a plane.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field before spinning out and ending the trip in a roadside ditch.

"The first thing I thought was, 'I hope that guy is OK'. I really do. I mean, it's a soft landing if you land in the field, but not in the road," said Audrey Bogdanski.

The pilot, who is from Lancaster County, was not hurt. He told first responders he had an engine problem and used the field as his emergency runway.

O'Hara Road stayed closed for much of the day as the Federal Aviation Administration started its investigation.

"My son called me and said, 'I heard a plane landed on O'Hara Road.' Then my oil guy was supposed to come and he called me and said they can't deliver because the road is closed," Arlene Barrett said.

The pilot was on a somber flight from Philadelphia to Binghamton, New York. He volunteers his time and his plane for an organization called Angel Flight East.  He was delivering a baby's remains back home.

Officials with Angel Flight East say the remains were unharmed and picked up by the family's funeral director and driven back to New York State.

While this might seem like a once-in-a-lifetime sight here in Spring Brook Township, neighbors say it's actually happened before. About 40 years ago, a plane landed in this same field.

"We're not far from the airport, actually. You see a lot of planes making their final descent from here. He might have been trying to make it to the airport and ran out of gas or something," Bogdanski said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot reported having engine trouble. He may have been trying to land at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport. FAA officials say they are still investigating the emergency landing.

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