Monday, June 17, 2019

Trella T-21, N450C: Fatal accident occurred June 17, 2019 near Tri-Cities Airport (KCZG), Endicott, Broome County, New York

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Endicott, NY
Accident Number: ERA19FA196
Date & Time: 06/17/2019, 1125 EDT
Registration: N450C
Aircraft: Trella T-21
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 17, 2019, about 1125 eastern daylight time, an experimental Trella T-21, N450C, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Tri-Cities Airport (CZG), Endicott, New York. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight, which originated about 1115.

According to the airport manager, the pilot had recently fueled the airplane and was conducting a flight in the local area. The airport manager stated he watched the airplane depart runway 3 and fly the runway heading. He then heard a reduction of engine power and saw the airplane turn to the left. During the turn, the airplane transitioned from a nose high attitude into a spiraling left turn. He then lost sight of the airplane behind a row of trees.

The accident site was located 2,322 ft to the northwest of the runway 3 centerline. Examination of the wreckage revealed that all major components of the airplane were present at the accident site. The airframe displayed multiple areas of crush and compression damage. The engine remained attached to its mounting location. Further examination revealed that the engine mounts were fractured in multiple locations. The wooden propeller hub remained attached to the engine crankshaft. Both propeller blades were fractured and splintered with a majority of the blades missing. Both wings remained attached to the fuselage in approximately their normal mounting locations. The cockpit was compressed and tilted forward with the nose wheel folded to the left of the fuselage. The main landing gear remained attached in its mounting location but was displaced in a rearward direction.

Control continuity was traced from all flight control surfaces to their respective cockpit controls through, with all breaks displaying fracture features consistent overload separation. The cockpit throttle control assembly was extended aft with approximately 1 inch of travel from the closed position. The throttle shaft handle was bent over approximately 90° in the direction of the instrument panel. The cockpit mixture control assembly was found in the full rich position.

All engine accessories were found attached to the engine except for the carburetor float bowl, which was impact-separated and impact damage was noted on all the exhaust tubes. Crankshaft and valvetrain continuity were confirmed by rotating the propeller by hand. In addition, thumb compression and suction were obtained on all cylinders. Both engine magnetos were secured to the engine, and their timing was correct. The fuel inlet and oil pressure screen were removed and found to be unobstructed. The electric driven fuel pump was disassembled, and its screen was free of any contamination.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, single-engine sea, multiengine land, instrument airplane, and rotocraft-helicopter. In addition, he held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine, multiengine, and instrument airplane. Furthermore, he held a mechanic certificate with ratings for airframe and powerplant. His most recent medical certificate was issued October 28, 1991, at which time he reported 5,800 total hours of flight experience, of which 100 hours had been accrued in the last six months.

The weather conditions reported at 1053, at Binghamton Airport, (BGM) Binghamton, New York, about 9 miles northeast of the accident site, included visibility 10 miles, clear sky, wind 5 knots at 040°, temperature 17°C, dew point 12°C, and a barometric altimeter of 30.02 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Trella
Registration: N450C
Model/Series: T-21
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: BGM, 1638 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Endicott, NY (CZG)
Destination: Endicott, NY (CZG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 42.084444, -76.094444 (est)

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A 77-year-old Brackney, Pennsylvania man was operating a single-engine Trella-21 when it crashed near Tri Cities Airport on Monday in Endicott.

Russell E. Darrow was killed in the crash, which occurred at 11:18 a.m. on the Norfolk Southern Railroad property between Industrial Park Boulevard and Airport Road. 

The National Transportation and Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash. 

According to blogs on the site Bubba Aviation Services, Inc., Darrow purchased the airplane, described as "one-of-a-kind," with the intent to restore it as close to the original as possible. The website said the plane was being restored in Endicott, Brackney and Montrose, Pennsylvania.

Before the plane's restoration, the blog said it was seemingly a "bucket of bolts" and the goal was to bring the plane back to a "flyable aircraft restored to its original."

When it was brought to Endicott for restoration, the two-seat, 140-horsepower plane came in pieces, according to the blog.

The plane was manufactured in 1949. It was put back into service in 1979, according to and re-certified in August 2017.

Keith Holloway of the National Transportation and Safety Board said the investigation is still in the early stages. The plane has been removed from the scene of the crash and has been moved to a secure facility for examination. 

Holloway said the NTSB investigator is in the process of obtaining Darrow's medical and flying history, as well as maintenance records of the airplane.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, Union Emergency Squad, Federal Aviation Administration and personnel from the Norfolk Southern Railway all assisted at the scene. 

Original article can be found here ➤

The pilot  has been identified as Russell E. Darrow, age 77 of Brackney Pennsylvania.   Endicott Police Chief Patrick Garey says that Darrow was sole occupant of a small plane was killed Monday afternoon when his plane went down on the train tracks near Tri-Cities Airport. 

Garey said the plane was removed from the tracks. 

A small plane has crashed in the area on Industrial park drive and Airport road in Endicott near Tri Cities Airport. The plane went down at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

Authorities have shut down Industrial Park Drive at Anson road and Norfolk Southern has stopped all trains traveling east or west through Endicott.

The National Transportation and Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The latest on a deadly plane crash in Endicott.

1:46 p.m.

Endicott Police Chief Patrick Garey says the pilot of a small plane that crashed Monday has died. His identity has not been released.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating what caused the crash.

Norfolk Southern Corporation says it has halted train traffic through the area where the incident occurred.

1:03 p.m.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder confirmed that a small plane crashed in Endicott on Monday.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. in the area of Anson Road and Industrial Park Boulevard.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the following statement to 12 News:

A Trella T-21 aircraft crashed about 500 yards from the runway at Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, N.Y. about 11:30 a.m. today. Only the pilot was on board. Contact local authorities for the pilot’s name and medical condition. The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the probable cause of the accident.

Sheriff Harder says the Endicott Police Department is the law enforcement agency that is leading the investigation and that all additional information will have to come from that department.

Endicott Police Chief Patrick Garey did not immediately respond to our request for more information.

12:06 p.m.

The Endicott Police Department, Broome County Sheriff’s Office and Union Volunteer Emergency Squad responded to reports of a small plane crash late Monday morning.

Police say it reportedly happened in the area of the Tri-Cities Airport.

Officials say there is no word yet on what happened or if anyone was injured.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small airplane crashed near Endicott's Tri-Cities Airport, resulting in the death of the pilot.

Endicott Police Chief Patrick Garey said the incident was reported at 11:18 a.m. Monday.

The crash scene was a short distance northwest of the airport property near the En-Joie Golf Club driving range.

The single-engine aircraft went down about 500 yards from an airport runway. It came down on the north side of Norfolk Southern railroad tracks between Industrial Park Boulevard and Airport Road.

Garey confirmed that the pilot had died but he did not release his name.

Endicott police, Broome County sheriff's deputies and New York State Police were dispatched to the area following the crash.

The Endicott Fire Department and Union Volunteer Emergency Squad also were sent to the scene.

A coroner was called a few minutes after emergency crews arrived.

Garey said the representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the scene. He said there appeared to be "no environmental concern" as a result of the crash.

The police chief said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

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