Friday, August 09, 2019

Cessna R172K Hawk XP, N1609V: Accident occurred August 08, 2019 near Bundoran Airport (VA18), North Garden, Albemarle County, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: North Garden, VA
Accident Number: CEN19LA258
Date & Time: 08/08/2019, 0955 EDT
Registration: N1609V
Aircraft: Cessna R172
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 8, 2019 at 0955 EDT, a Cessna R172K airplane, N1609V, impacted terrain near North Garden, Virginia, following a total loss of engine power. The pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the accident site and along the route of flight about the time of the accident.

The pilot reported he was flying at 9,500 ft mean sea level (MSL) when "Oil Pressure" displayed on the primary flight display (PFD). The pilot initiated a diversion to Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO), Virginia, which was about 20 miles away. He estimated he made it about 8 miles and the engine seized. He performed an emergency landing to a field. During the landing the airplane impacted a fence and a large round hay bale, flipping the airplane over. The pilot did not observe any oil on the windscreen or external to the engine. The wreckage was recovered to a secure facility and retained for examination at a later date.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1609V
Model/Series: R172 K
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:No 
Operator: Fecteau Robert
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None  

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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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: 37.950556, -78.612500 (est)

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia State Police responded to a small plane crash in Albemarle County on Thursday morning.

According to police, the crash occurred around 9:35 a.m. on a property off of the 5200 block of Plank Road, in the North Garden area.

A small plane, a 1976 Cessna Skyhawk, traveling from Hickory, North Carolina to Warrenton, Virginia experienced engine trouble and tried to make an emergency landing at an airstrip in the area.

However, it missed the airstrip, hit a fence, and flipped over before coming to rest in a field.

The pilot, identified as 61-year-old Robert j. Fecteau, suffered some scrapes and scratches but was otherwise not hurt.

An investigation is underway, and the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified.

Engine failure is being investigated as the cause of the crash.

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A single-engine passenger plane suffering engine trouble made an emergency landing in southern Albemarle County on Thursday morning and wound up flipped onto its roof in a field.

The Virginia State Police joined Albemarle County police and a host of fire and county rescue crews at the site near Bundoran Farm, off Plank Road in North Garden.

Robert J. Fecteau, 61, of Taylorsville, North Carolina, the pilot and owner of the plane, was the only person in the 1976 Cessna 172 Skyhawk. He was treated for minor injuries, including cuts and bruises, according to state police at the scene.

The incident occurred in the same vicinity as a June 2006 plane crash that killed two developers of Bundoran Farm.

State troopers at the scene on Thursday said National Transportation Safety Bureau and Federal Aviation Administration officials will conduct the investigation into what caused the crash.

State police Sgt. K. Frazier said Fecteau was on a flight from Hickory, North Carolina, to Warrenton to have maintenance performed on the Cessna. He said the pilot indicated the plane had engine trouble about 15 miles north of Lynchburg and the pilot headed for the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.

The pilot told air traffic controllers that the engine problems had worsened and he did not believe he would make it to the airport. At some point, Frazier said, the pilot indicated that the engine cut completely off.

The privately owned grass runway at Bundoran Farm is known to local pilots as a potential emergency landing location and is included in FAA airport manuals.

Police and rescue crews scrambled more than a dozen emergency vehicles from as far away as Ivy and Charlottesville. They arrived to find the plane in a rolling, grass field on its roof.

Preliminary investigation indicated the pilot had glided the wing-over Cessna toward the runway and touched down on its landing gear but could not stop before it ran into rough terrain. The plane struck a fence with its front tire, ripping the nose gear from the airplane and flipping it over.

Final determination of the cause and the crash narrative will be made by FAA and NTSB investigators, officials said.

The Cessna landed in the same area as the 2006 flight that killed two New England-based executives of a company developing Bundoran Farm, a century-old cattle ranch, into an innovate combination of homes and a working farm.

That crash occurred in low clouds and foggy conditions as the pilot attempted to land on the grass runway. According to the NTSB final report, the Beechcraft Bonanza was believed to have stalled while performing a downward spiral to make visual contact with the private runway prior to landing.

It struck the ground nose-first, bursting into flames. The report stated.

Robert H. Baldwin and David I. Brown, who were leading development of the property, died in the crash.

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia (WVIR) - A North Carolina man is thankful to be alive after his plane crashed in a field off Plank Road in Albemarle County. The plane is upside down, but the pilot is walking away with just a few scrapes.

Sixty-one-year-old Robert Fecteau says he was traveling from Hickory, North Carolina to Warrenton, Virginia when his Cessna Skyhawk started experiencing engine issues. The pilot believes his plane suffered from oil pressure failure about 15 miles north of Lynchburg.

Fecteau tried to make an emergency landing at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, but realized he would not be able to make it that far.

Emergency crews were dispatched around 9:40 a.m. Thursday, August 8.

Fecteau lost control of the plane while trying to land it on an unofficial airstrip on private property.

“The pilot said that he had engine failure. He made an emergency landing, and then he ran through the gate through the fence here, and then he got the hay bale, and the plane flipped over,” said Zachary Harris, Virginia State Police.

Police say Fecteau was wearing his seat belt when he crashed. The pilot was bandaged up by EMTs on the scene.

"Couple minor lacerations to his head, and he had one on his neck, and some on his arms and legs," Harris explained. "Just little cuts, no major injuries."

The crash is under investigation, and the NTSB and FAA have responded to the scene.

08/08/2019 Updated Release from Virginia State Police:

At 9:36 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 8), Virginia State Police Trooper Z.C. Harris was alerted to a small, private plane in distress and needing to make an emergency landing.

The 1976 Cessna Skyhawk made a crash landing in a field in the 5200 block of Plank Road. The aircraft overturned and came to rest upside down.

The pilot, Robert J. Fecteau, 61, of Taylorsville, N.C., suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. He was the plane's only occupant.

The plane was en route to Warrenton, Va., from Hickory, N.C.

The NTSB was notified and the FAA responded to the scene. Engine failure is being investigated as a factor in the cause of the crash.

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