Monday, April 15, 2019

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, registered to N5296H LLC and operated by 2BAPilot NYC Flight School and Aircraft Rental under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N5296H: Accident occurred April 14, 2019 near John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK), New York, 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; Farmingdale, New York

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: New York, NY
Accident Number: ERA19LA150
Date & Time: 04/14/2019, 2215 EDT
Registration: N5296H
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 14, 2019, about 2215 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172, N5296H, was substantially damaged when it impacted a building and power lines during a diversion to John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York, New York. The private pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to N5296H LLC. and operated by 2BAPilot NYC Flight School and Aircraft Rental under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG), Niagara Falls, New York about 1710 and was destined for Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York.

The pilot reported that he departed IAG with full fuel, and while enroute to FRG, his route was changed by air traffic control which made his enroute time about 40-50 minutes longer than he had expected. Once arriving into the FRG area, he attempted a precision instrument landing system (ILS) approach to runway 14 which resulted in a missed approach. He attempted the ILS approach again, and on this attempt, "saw some lights," but was unable to see the runway and performed a missed approach.

The pilot attempted the ILS approach for a third time, and he noticed that there was "something wrong with the heading indicator." He realized his course was "zigzagging," so he began to have a passenger tell him what the tracking heading was displaying on an electronic flight bag application. At this time, he decided a "bigger airport will be better" so he diverted to JFK. He attempted two approaches at JFK, in which the first resulted in a missed approach, and on the second attempt, the "engine totally stopped." He flew the "best glide speed" and about 100 ft above ground, he saw street lights and made a left turn towards a road. While in the turn the airplane impacted the roof of a building and power lines. The airplane came to rest entangled in the power lines suspended just a few feet above the ground.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who examined the airplane at the accident site, the fuselage, wings, and empennage sustained substantial damage. There was no odor of fuel at the accident site, nor was fuel observed in the wing tanks.

According to FAA airmen records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. He held a first-class medical certificate issued in January 2018.

At 2153 the weather conditions reported at FRG were, visibility 1/4-mile, fog, vertical visibility 200 ft above ground, wind 200° at 8 knots, temperature 14°C, dew point 14°C, and barometric pressure of 29.65 inches of mercury. At 2212 the weather conditions at JFK were, visibility 1/8-mile, fog, vertical visibility 200 ft above ground, wind 180° at 15 knots, temperature 13°C, dew point 13°C, and barometric pressure of 29.64 inches of mercury

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5296H
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 2BAPilot NYC Flight School and Aircraft Rental
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KJFK, 12 ft msl
Observation Time: 0212 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Unknown / 200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: Indefinite (V V) / 200 ft agl
Altimeter Setting: 29.64 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Niagara Falls, NY (IAG)
Destination: Farmingdale, NY (FRG) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.676944, -73.714167 (est) 

A small plane carrying three people went down in a residential neighborhood of Valley Stream Sunday night.

The pilot, flying a rented Cessna 172N Skyhawk plane in thick fog, ran out of fuel and became disoriented shortly after 10 p.m., officials said.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the three on board, all from Flushing, are associated with a flight school at Republic Airport in Farmingdale. The pilot was identified as Dongl Kim, 27, and the passengers as Hung Joo-Na, 29 and Jung Woo, 26. Ryder said the plane had been rented at Republic. All three sustained minor injuries.

The Cessna 172N Skyhawk made four attempts to land at Republic but the pilot became disoriented and missed each time due to dense fog, Valley Stream Fire Chief Jason Croak said. The plane was then redirected to Kennedy Airport but the pilot became disoriented again and the aircraft eventually ran out of fuel, officials said. The plane clipped the roof of Revival Outreach Ministries on Hillside Avenue. It then glided into the wires above the front yard of a home a block away and ended up suspended a few feet above the home’s front yard.

The wires stopped the plane from striking the home, police spokesman Det. Richard LeBrun said.

The pilot and passengers had safely made it clear of the plane and appeared uninjured while sitting on the sidewalk when first responders had arrived, Ryder said.

Officials said about two dozen homes were without power.

The National Weather Service had issued a dense fog advisory at the time of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

Karen Gustav had just settled in to watch TV when she heard a loud noise. Everything went dark. 

A plane had dropped from the sky onto her street in Valley Stream. 

Gustav went outside to find out what was going on. So did others in her Valley Stream neighborhood.

At first, she thought a car had run into a pole. Then, she saw the plane — and three men who she described as looking “dazed” and “stunned.”

“They were just saying ‘We need water,’ ” Gustav recalled Monday.

The men had been onboard the rented single-engine Cessna, which crashed after running out of fuel Sunday night.

All the men walked away virtually unscathed. No one on the ground was hurt either, even though the plane came to rest just feet from a home after clipping a church and getting tangled in power lines.

“I’m just so glad nobody’s been hurt," neighbor Cat Andrews said right after the crash. "What’s the odds, a plane comes down on a residential street … and nobody’s hurt … so lucky."

With a wheel caught on sagging power lines, the plane rested at an extreme angle for hours overnight. By Monday evening, the plane had been removed the yard of the house on Clarendon Drive.

Like Gustav, Kenneeda Taylor-Sidberry  lives on Clarendon Drive not far from where the plane went down. The time was shortly after 10 p.m.

“It was a loud boom. Then all the power went off,” Taylor-Sidberry said. “Everyone opened their doors to see what was going on. Then people started yelling that a plane crashed. And then we came over and just saw the plane hanging here.”

She saw the three men sitting on the curb across the street from where the plane came down.

“I think they were in shock, really,” said Taylor-Sidberry.

Monday morning, she was still marveling that no one had been hurt.

“Nobody on the ground was hurt. The three people, they walked away,” Taylor-Sidberry said. “Thank God for that.”

The men all are from South Korea, authorities said. The pilot, Dongil Kim, 27, moved to the United States from South Korea and is living in Flushing, Queens. The passengers — Hongjoo Na, 29, and Jumwoo Jung, 26 — were visiting from South Korea, officials said. None of the men could be reached for comment Monday.

Kim had flown Na and Jung from Republic Airport, where he rented the plane, upstate to Niagara and was returning to the airport, said Patrick Ryder, Nassau County’s police commissioner.

The pilot tried four times to land at Republic Airport through dense fog but became disoriented, said Jason Croak, Valley Stream’s fire chief. The plane was redirected to Kennedy Airport, but Kim became disoriented again and the plane eventually ran out of fuel, officials said.

The Cessna 172N Skyhawk clipped the roof of Hillside Avenue's Revival Outreach Ministries and glided into power lines above the front yard of the home a block away on Clarendon Drive, officials said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together to investigate the crash, said NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway. NTSB isn’t sending an investigator to the crash site, he said.

Investigators will examine air traffic control and radar communication, the plane's mechanical and safety records, the pilot's flying and medical history and the weather at the time of the crash, Holloway said. 

FAA records show that Kim has had a commercial pilot's license since 2013 and that the Cessna 172N Skyhawk, manufactured in 1977, had an up-to-date airworthiness certificate. 

The plane, with the tail number N5296H, is owned by Robert Corona of West Babylon records show. Corona rents the plane to the Danny Waizman Flight School and Aircraft Rental at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, confirmed a person who answered the phone at Corona’s office.

The National Weather Service had issued a dense fog advisory at the time of the crash. Visibility was a quarter of a mile at Republic and an eighth of a mile at Kennedy. Fog is considered dense when it results in quarter-mile visibility or less, said Faye Morrone, a weather service meteorologist in Upton.

The NTSB will issue a preliminary report in seven to 10 days and a full report in 12 to 18 months, Holloway said. 

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

I didn’t fly this weekend because of the fog on the long island south shore . And any windows of marginal vfr were small and seemed unreliable

Anonymous said...

The pilot was multiengine rated and an ATP type rated in the 737.
Any instrument pilot should know better than to fly in such weather. Six missed approaches, including two attempts at JFK -- and not even surveillance approaches -- followed by fuel exhaustion. Did he declare a fuel emergency? Did he ask JFK for a surveillance approach? It looks as though he missed the JFK approaches by a lot.

Flightaware log:

What type of pilot does such things?

Anonymous said...

For instructional purposes, it would be interesting to see the actual flight plan as entered, with alternates, as well as the actual weather briefing and en-route weather updates as well as the terminal weather during the terminal communications- perhaps even a request for a suitable immediate alternate with "approachable" weather.

Then on to what was suggested by ATC when the weather at FRG was checked ..... all of this would make for a very interesting and sobering instrument ground school.

Anonymous said...

I guess it's better to be "lucky" than "good".

On a brighter side, Mesa is hiring.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the ground track on flightaware and listening to the pilots radio phraseology on youtube, it's really hard to believe he's instrument rated. I'm glad they all walked away. It would be a very good training aid if the pilot agreed to be interviewed by the air safety foundation.