Friday, June 28, 2019

Beech 77 Skipper, N1802Y: Accident occurred June 28, 2019 near Leesburg International Airport (KLEE), Lake 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; Orlando, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Leesburg, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA217
Date & Time: 06/28/2019, 1030 EDT
Registration: N1802Y
Aircraft: Beech 77
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On June 28, 2019, about 1030 eastern daylight time, a Beech 77, N1802Y, was substantially damage when it impacted terrain after a loss of engine power during takeoff at the Leesburg International Airport (LEE), Leesburg, Florida. The flight instructor and the commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Silver Flyers LLC and operated by Village Flyers Inc under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated at LEE at 1000.

The flight instructor stated he was giving the commercial pilot a check-out in the airplane. He said that they both performed a preflight inspection of the airplane and the fuel level was just below the tabs on both wing fuel tanks (about 20 gallons). The flight instructor said they completed about 30 minutes of air work before returning to the airport to practice takeoffs and landings. The first landing was normal, and the commercial pilot added power to takeoff. When the airplane reached an altitude of 400 ft above the ground, the engine started to lose power and the airplane began to descend. The flight instructor took control of the airplane and attempted to turn back and land on a taxiway, but they airplane was unable to reach the taxiway and he landed in trees adjacent to the airport.

The commercial pilot said he added power to go around and initiated a climb at 68 knots but felt "that we were not climbing acceptably." He verified the throttle was full forward, the mixture was rich, and the fuel boost pump was on. The tachometer, which should have indicated at 2,400 rpm, was at 2,000 rpm. The flight instructor took control of the airplane and landed in trees. The airplane then descended into a shallow swamp, which resulted in substantial damage to the empennage and both wings.

Examination of the engine revealed that when the bottom spark plugs were removed, water and mud poured out of each cylinder. The interior of each cylinder was examined with a lighted borescope and no mechanical anomalies were noted. However, there were signs of corrosion and mud. The engine was rotated via the propeller flange and valve train continuity was established on each cylinder. Compression was established on in the No. 2 and No.4 cylinders, but not on the remaining cylinders. The No. 1 and No. 3 cylinders were removed and exhibited mud and corrosion. Both magnetos were removed and rotated with a drill. Spark was produced to each ignition lead. The oil screen was removed, and it was absent of debris.

The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine sea, single-engine land, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He was also a certified flight instructor with a rating for airplane single engine. The flight instructor's last Basic Med medical certificate was issued on July 17, 2017. He reported a total of 1,985 hours, of which, 11 hours were in the same make/model as the accident airplane.

The commercial pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. His last Basic Med medical certificate was issued on May 4, 2017. The commercial pilot reported a total of 627 hours, of which, 2 hours were in the make/model as the accident airplane.

Weather reported LEE at 1023 was wind from 100° at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 29° C, dew point 23° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.14 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N1802Y
Model/Series: 77 No Series
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: LEE, 76 ft msl
Observation Time: 1023 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Leesburg, FL (LEE)
Destination: Leesburg, FL (LEE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 28.000000, -81.000000 (est)

LEESBURG, Florida — Two people were hurt Friday morning when a small plane coming in for a landing at Leesburg's airport failed to stop and crashed into woods.

The crash happened at about 10:15 a.m. just after Beechcraft 77 Skipper took off from Leesburg International Airport.

The plane then circled back around and came in for a landing at Runway 13, but it didn't stop, continuing through the airport onto a grassy area and into the woods, airport officials and the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Leesburg Fire Department was called and brought buzz saws and other equipment to get into the woods and to the plane and survivors.

A flight instructor and student pilot were hurt but will be OK, the airport manager tells Spectrum News 13. 

Leesburg Fire transported the two by ground to a hospital, and their injuries weren't thought to be life-threatening, police said. Their identities have not been released.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

The airport, 35 miles northwest of Orlando has two runways and has more than 50,000 takeoffs and landings a year, according to its website.

Original article ➤

LEESBURG, Florida - A small plane crashed in Leesburg on Friday morning, leaving two people injured, police said.

The crash was reported shortly after 10 a.m.

Police said they found the Beechcraft 77 Skipper in a marshy area near Leesburg International Airport.

"It's Florida swamp. It's muck and mud up to about your mid-thigh," Leesburg police Sgt. David Robison said. "One of the firefighters actually heard someone yell back, and at that point, we all converged on that location."

Firefighters said they took the pilot and a passenger to a hospital in stable condition.

Police said the pilot and the passenger's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

Leesburg Police Department

Both passengers have been transported to Leesburg Regional Medical Center for treatment. We've been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and they have an investigator who will be conducting the crash investigation. 

We are currently working a plane crash on Leesburg International Airport property. The small plane has been located in the wood line and Leesburg Fire Department is now working to extricate the two injured passengers. The passengers do not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

LEESBURG — A small plane crashed into a wooded area while trying to land at Leesburg International Airport Friday morning.

Airport Manager Tracy Dean said the student pilot and the flight instructor survived the crash. One suffered “minor scratches,” while the other victim’s injuries are unknown.

According to authorities, the Beechcraft 77 Skipper took off from the airport just after 10 a.m. and then returned minutes later. Rescuers initially thought the plane plunged into Lake Harris beyond the runway but soon discovered it went down in a marshy area near the end of the runway, complicating the fire department’s efforts to reach the wreckage. There is a City of Leesburg fire station at the airport.

The student pilot and the instructor were both taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center, but authorities said their injuries were not life-threatening. They were listed in stable condition.

It was unclear if the student pilot and flight instructor were practicing takeoffs and landings when the plane crashed or whether it experienced a mechanical problem. Authorities, including the Federal Aviation Administration, were still gathering information about the mishap Friday but were able to confirm that the plane is owned by The Villages Flight Club.

Units from the Leesburg Fire Department, Lake County Fire Rescue, Tavares Fire Department, Leesburg Police Department and Lake County EMS responded to the incident.

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