Sunday, February 10, 2019

Columbia LC41-550FG, N78JE: Accident occurred December 30, 2018 at Apopka Airport (X04), Orange County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Textron Aircraft; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Apopka, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA081
Date & Time: 12/30/2018, 2025 EST
Registration: N78JE
Aircraft: CESSNA LC41
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 30, 2018, about 2025 eastern standard time, a Cessna LC41-550FG, N78JE, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Apopka Airport (X04), Apopka, Florida. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated by Hardwood Transport LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight to X04. The flight originated at Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM), Binghamton, New York about 1520.

The pilot reported that he departed BGM with 102 gallons of fuel on board. Following an uneventful flight, he set up for a visual approach to runway 33 at X04. While on final approach, he observed animals on the runway. He performed a go-around and noted that the engine did not produce full power when the throttle was advanced. While on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, the airplane would not maintain altitude, so the pilot performed a forced landing. The airplane collided with trees and came to rest in a wooded area off the airport property.

The wreckage was recovered by aircraft salvage personnel and was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N78JE
Model/Series: LC41 550FG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Hardwood Transport Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLEE, 75 ft msl
Observation Time: 0153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Binghamton, NY (BGM)
Destination: Apopka, FL (X04)

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:  28.702778, -81.586667 (est)

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