Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Piper PA-32-260, N2750Q: Accident occurred June 15, 2019 at Crisfield-Somerset County Airport (W41), Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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


Location: Crisfield, MD
Accident Number: ERA19LA197
Date & Time: 06/15/2019, 0415 EDT
Registration: N2750Q
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 15, 2019, about 0415 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32-260, N2750Q, impacted trees and terrain while on approach to Crisfield-Somerset County Airport (W41), Crisfield, Maryland. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated about 5 minutes earlier from W41.

The pilot provided statements to both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Maryland State Police. He reported that he intended to perform one night landing in advance of a flight planned to depart W41 at 0430. Very light winds favored runway 32 which had an inoperative precision approach path indicator (PAPI). He departed and remained in the airport traffic pattern for runway 32. The crosswind and downwind legs of the airport traffic pattern were uneventful with the airport lights "crystal clear and fully illuminated." Shortly after turning onto the base leg of the airport traffic pattern, the airplane's altitude was between 550 and 600 ft above ground level. He announced turning onto the final leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 32 and was lined up perfectly with the runway with the airplane landing lights on, and the runway in sight in front of him. While on the final approach leg of the airport traffic pattern at what appeared to be normal altitude, "…all [of a] sudden trees came through the cabin (unseen until the impact)." The pilot did not remember anything abnormal prior to the impact, which rendered him unconscious. He subsequently regained consciousness during daylight, climbed out of the wreckage and walked to his home.

The FAA inspector who examined the wreckage the same day reported the fuselage was resting on its left side in a ditch with the left wing separated and in close proximity among trees, while the right wing remained attached by control cables. The ditch was adjacent to trees at the southern end of an open field, with the accident site located about 1,830 ft southeast of the runway 32 threshold.

Further examination of the wreckage was pending its recovery from the accident site.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2750Q
Model/Series: PA32 260
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: MFV, 11 ft msl
Observation Time: 0415 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Crisfield, MD (W41)
Destination: Crisfield, MD (W41) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 38.013333, -75.818611 (est)

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