Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II, N3031W: Accident April 29, 2019 in Sebastian, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida


Location: Sebastian, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA162
Date & Time: 04/29/2019, 1305 EDT
Registration: N3031W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On April 29, 2019, about 1305 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA28A, N3031W, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Sebastian, Florida. The student pilot and flight instructor were not injured. No flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight operated by Paris Air Inc., which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) about 1245.

The flight instructor stated he and the student pilot departed VRB and flew northwest to a practice area to train emergency procedures. At 2,500 ft, they performed a simulated engine-out procedure. The student pilot established best glide speed, identified a landing spot, and went through the checklist. At 500 ft, when the student added power to recover from the simulated engine-out procedure, the engine did not respond. The flight instructor took the flight controls, verified the correct fuel selector position, and landed in the field.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector traveled to the site and examined the airplane. The right wing was partially separated from the fuselage and there was leading edge damage to the right wing.

The four-seat airplane was built in 1979, it was equipped a Lycoming O-320, 160 horsepower engine.

The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent FAA second-class airman medical certificate was issued January 7, 2019, at which time he reported 560 total flight hours.

At 1305, the weather conditions reported at VRB, 21 miles southeast of the accident site, included wind from 070° at 13 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 2,700 ft, temperature 28°C, dew point 19°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.15 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3031W
Model/Series: PA28 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: Paris Air Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVRB, 28 ft msl
Observation Time: 1305 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Vero Beach, FL (VRB)
Destination: Vero Beach, FL (VRB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.844722, -80.756111

The pilot and passenger aboard a small aircraft survived a forced landing along the wetlands and canals at the Indian River County line, authorities reported Monday.

The conditions of the two people rescued from the mostly rural area ringed by canals were not immediately known. Brevard County Fire Rescue crews had also been alerted, but were called off. A Brevard County helicopter located the pair after 2 p.m.  

The Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II landed in a field near Sebastian, just south of the Brevard County line, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.  The incident happened about 1 p.m. Monday. The FAA is investigating the incident. 

Fire rescue crews located the plane but were attempting to make contact with the aircraft.

It was the second incident involving a small plane since March.

The last incident involved a student pilot at FlightSafety Academy, a flight training school based at Vero Beach Regional Airport. Federal investigators said the pilot was making her second solo cross-country flight but failed to obtain the necessary endorsement from her instructors before take-off.

It took hours for first responders to reach the heavily damaged plane, which was deep in the woods south of Vero Lake Estates, east of I-95. Weather at the time included a light rain with overcast conditions on the morning of the crash.

Steve Phillips, spokesman for FlightSafety Academy, said Monday's flight did not originate with the academy.

An investigation is ongoing into the cause of Monday's forced landing. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.floridatoday.com

PALM BAY, Florida — Two people survived after a plane forced landed in a marshy area of south Brevard County.

The Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II went down in a remote part of TM Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area Monday.

The plane's flight plan shows it took off from Vero Beach Regional Airport just after 9 a.m., and was set to return shortly before 10 a.m. But the plane didn't make it back.

A call came into the Brevard County Sheriff's Office around 2 in the afternoon about the plane crash some 30 miles northwest of the airport. It took some time to find the plane.

Right now, it's unclear how the plane will be removed. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.mynews13.com

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - A small plane went down in Brevard County, coming to a final rest in a large, grassy area.

A public information officer with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said the white aircraft went down in the T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area in Fellsmere.

Either one or two people were on the plane during the incident, deputies said. No one was injured. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.clickorlando.com

1 comment:

  1. Could be carb ice or suddenly-broken throttle connection.