Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Fuel Starvation: Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N70699; accident occurred May 27, 2019 in Palm City, Martin County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N70699


Location: Palm City, FL
Accident Number: CEN19LA157
Date & Time: 05/27/2019, 1510 EDT
Registration: N70699
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 27, 2019, about 1510 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA18-150 airplane, N70699, impacted ground objects during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power near Palm City, Florida. The private pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial wing and fuselage damage during the landing. The airplane was registered to Blazie Marketing Services Inc. and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Witham Field Airport (SUA), near Stuart, Florida, about 1425.

According to the pilot, he advised SUA tower that the flight was inbound to SUA when the airplane was over Naked Lady Ranch Airport, near Stuart, Florida. He was told to enter a right downwind to runway 12. The pilot started a decent and switched to the right fuel tank. For several minutes all was "normal." The tower gave the flight a landing clearance when the airplane was west of Interstate 95. The pilot then turned the airplane direct to the runway's numbers. About a minute later, the engine started popping like a "bad" magneto drop. The pilot checked the magneto switches and pumped the throttle. He indicated that the engine "reeved slightly" then quit. He assessed the situation, called the tower, and reported an "engine out." The pilot informed the tower that the airplane could not make the airport and that he was going to land the airplane in a field. He landed the airplane in an area under construction and "ran out of space" before he could get the airplane stopped. The pilot indicated that he used a chain link fence to stop the airplane.

At 1540, the recorded weather at SUA was: Wind 090° at 8 kts; visibility 7 statute miles; sky condition scattered clouds at 2,000 ft; temperature 30° C; dew point 22° C; altimeter 30.03 inches of mercury.

The recorded local temperature and dew point spread data near the time of the engine power loss was plotted on a carburetor icing chart. The charted data showed that the weather in the area was conducive to serious carburetor icing at descent power.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the accident airplane at the site and took photos. The fuel selector was found in the off position. The left and right wing fuel tanks were drained during the recovery of the airplane. When drained, the right wing tank was full and the left wing tank was empty.

The engine's fuel filter bowl was subsequently inspected and found to have no residual fuel. Fuel was run from the right wing fuel line to the engine. Fuel then flowed through the filter bowl. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/14/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/26/2019
Flight Time:  4000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N70699
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-8357
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: Blazie Marketing Services Inc
Rated Power: 150 hp
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: KSUA, 18 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1540 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 72°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2000 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Stuart, FL (SUA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Stuart, FL (SUA)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1425 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.163333, -80.285833 (est)








PALM CITY, Florida -  Two people escaped injury Monday afternoon when a pilot was forced to make a hard landing at a construction site in Martin County.

The plane landed inside the future site of the Berry Grove community, which is just off Southwest Berry Avenue in Palm City.

Investigators with the Martin County Sheriff's Office said the pilot told them he lost power in his Piper PA 18 around 3:40 p.m.

"Just landed the airplane," the pilot told WPBF 25 News as he walked away from the scene. "Do what you got to do when the engine quits."

The pilot declined to give his name.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is registered to a company called Blazie Marketing.

Sheriff's investigators confirmed the pilot is from Palm City.

Neighbors in the area noticed the plane seemed to be struggling to fly.

"Heard the plane go over. It didn't sound like a normal engine rumble that we normally hear," said one neighbor, Jay Spicer. "He just kind of 'putt, putt, putt' and banked off."

"Plane looked like it was in trouble and it was lowering and it just spun around," said another neighbor, Scott Hewitt.

The pilot could be heard telling an investigator with the FAA he searched for a place he could put the plane down where he wouldn't hurt anyone.

That spot turned out to be the construction site.

Sheriff's deputies said the pilot told them he specifically aimed for a fence and a tree so he would stop before sliding on to the main road.

The pilot and his wife were on board the plane.

Neither was injured.

"I believe in miracles and I believe God is right and he saves lives," said Ed Wachuku, a neighbor.

The FAA will lead the investigation into exactly what caused the plane to lose power.

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

Location: Palm City, FL
Accident Number: CEN19LA157
Date & Time: 05/27/2019, 1548 EDT
Registration: N70699
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 27, 2019, about 1548 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA18 150 airplane, N70699, impacted ground objects during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power near Palm City, Florida. The private pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial wing and fuselage damage during the landing. The airplane was registered to Blazie Marketing Services Inc. and was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Witham Field Airport (SUA), near Stuart, Florida, about 1500.

According to initial information from the pilot, he advised SUA tower that the flight was inbound to SUA when the airplane was over Naked Lady Ranch Airport, near Stuart, Florida. He was told to enter a right downwind to runway 12. The pilot started a decent and switched to the right fuel tank. For several minutes all was "normal." The tower gave the flight a landing clearance when the airplane was west of Interstate 95. The pilot then turned the airplane direct to the runway's numbers. About a minute later, the engine started popping like a "bad" magneto drop. The pilot checked the magneto switches and pumped the throttle. He indicated that the engine "reeved slightly" then quit. He assessed the situation, called the tower, and reported an engine out. The pilot informed the tower that the airplane could not make the airport and that he was going to land the airplane in a field. He landed the airplane in an area under construction and ran out of space before he could get the airplane stopped. The pilot indicated that he used a chain link fence to stop the airplane.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N70699
Model/Series: PA18 150
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: KSUA, 18 ft msl
Observation Time: 1540 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Stuart, FL (SUA)
Destination: Stuart, FL (SUA) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  27.163333, -80.285833 (est)

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