Friday, April 12, 2019

Cessna 150G, personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N3795J: Accident occurred April 11, 2019 near Oswego County Airport (KFZY), Fulton, New York

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fulton, NY
Accident Number: ERA19LA151
Date & Time: 04/11/2019, 1430 EDT
Registration: N3795J
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 11, 2019, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150G, N3795J, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Fulton, New York. The private pilot received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Malone-Dufort airport (MAL), Malone, New York about 1230, destined for Oswego County Airport (FZY) Fulton, New York. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot reported that the airplane was last flown on July 21, 2018. Since that time It had been stored in his hangar at MAL. The airplane had a supplemental type certificate for the use of automotive fuel, but the pilot kept it stored with 100LL aviation fuel. Prior to the accident flight, he added fewer than 5 gallons of 100LL aviation fuel to top off both tanks before departure. According to the pilot, the 2-hour flight from MAL to FZY was uneventful. Just after he turned to the base leg of the traffic pattern for runway 6 at FZY, he applied the carburetor heat as he prepared to reduce the engine power below 2,000 RPM. As soon as he applied the carburetor heat, the engine "faltered" and experienced a partial loss of power. The engine noise decreased but did not cease. He then pushed the carburetor heat fully off, and the engine seemed to regain some, but not all power. He then reapplied the carburetor heat, and the engine lost all power. He attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful. He then performed a forced landing to a road in a populated area about 1.3 nautical miles from the end of runway 6. During landing, the right wing struck a utility pole. The airplane came to rest inverted with both wings partially separated from the fuselage, about 100 yards from the Oswego County ambulance station.

The pilot reported that his injuries were limited to a broken right wrist and a "bone chip" injury to his shoulder, and that he was wearing an aftermarket four-point safety harness which had been installed by a previous owner.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the fuselage came to rest inverted and parallel to the roadway. The right-wing leading edge forward of the aileron was crushed in the aft direction in a semicircular pattern. The right wing was mostly separated from the fuselage at the root and was rotated aft about 90 degrees. The left wing was mostly separated from the fuselage at the root, and rotated about 90 degrees forward, and inverted. The fuselage was fractured along the bottom and both sides, near the engine firewall. First responders observed fuel on the roadway and leaking from the airplane upon their arrival. The fuel selector was found in the "on" position.

The airplane was equipped with a 100-hp carbureted Continental O-200A engine. It was last run during the most recent annual inspection, which was performed on October 28, 2018. At that time the engine had accrued 1,214 hours since major overhaul.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent third-class medical certificate was issued on August 7, 2017. According to his logbook, he had accumulated 145 hours of total flight experience, of which 31 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

At 1454 the weather conditions reported at FZY included temperature 5° Celsius, dew point (minus) -6° Celsius, overcast skies at 6,500 ft above ground level, visibility 10 miles.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3795J
Model/Series: 150 G
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: KFZY, 475 ft msl
Observation Time: 1454 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Malone, NY (MAL)
Destination: Fulton, NY (FZY) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  43.329167, -76.413889 (est)

FULTON, New York (WSYR-TV) -- A small aircraft crashed in the city of Fulton Thursday afternoon. 

Oswego County 911 said the aircraft crashed around 3:30 p.m. near North Fourth Street. 

The pilot, 50-year-old Michael Simpson, was transported to Upstate with non-life-threatening injuries and is in "good condition" according to Upstate University's media relations.

Fulton Police believe Simpson was trying to land on the highway and that his plane may have lost power. 

Simpson was flying from Malone, New York (which is about 170 miles north of Fulton) to the Oswego County Airport, according to Police.  

"I would like to thank first responders and the medical team at Upstate University Hospital for their help. I feel blessed and grateful for everyone involved in my rescue. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism throughout, and I appreciate our entire community’s outpouring of support and concern," Simpson said in a statement. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, this guy is extremely lucky to have survived such massive damage. Another "classic" GA airplane gone forever.