Monday, June 24, 2019

Ercoupe 415-C, N415WP: Accident occurred June 22, 2019 near North Central State Airport (KSFZ) Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Smithfield, RI
Accident Number: CEN19LA213
Date & Time: 06/22/2019, 0551 EDT
Registration: N415WP
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 30, 2019 at 0551 EDT, an Ercoupe 415C airplane, N415WP, impacted a pond near North Central State Airport (SFZ), Smithfield, Rhode Island, following a reported loss of engine power. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the accident site and along the route of flight about the time of the accident.

The pilot was conducting a local flight when he detected the odor of hot oil. He elected to proceed to SFZ and land. While on approach to land there was a total loss of engine power and the propeller stopped turning. The pilot elected to land in a pond short of the approach end of the runway after determining a nearby road was unsafe to land on due to vehicles.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ercoupe
Registration: N415WP
Model/Series: 415 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.913056, -71.485278 (est)

SMITHFIELD, Rhode Island (WJAR) — A Ercoupe 415-C plane crashed in a swamp early Saturday morning, according to airport officials.

Bill Fischer, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, told NBC 10 News it happened just before 10 a.m.

Fischer said the pilot was approaching North Central State Airport when he missed the runway, saying he was half a quarter short.

The pilot reported that he lost power, added Fischer.

He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.

Fischer said both the Federal Aviation Administration and Department Of Environmental Management were notified of the crash.

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