Saturday, September 21, 2019

Socata TB9 Tampico Club, N2824R: Accident occurred September 17, 2019 near Tipton Airport (KFME), Odenton, Anne Arundel County, 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:

Location: Fort Meade, MD
Accident Number: ERA19LA274
Date & Time: 09/17/2019, 1800 EDT
Registration: N2824R
Aircraft: Socata TB9
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On September 17, 2019, about 1800 eastern daylight time, a Socata, Tampico TB9C, N2824R, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Tipton Airport (FME), Fort Meade, Maryland. The flight instructor was not injured and the student pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The airplane was owned and operated by 1 World Aero LLC., as an instructional flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to conduct pre-solo traffic pattern practice. After a successful preflight inspection, they taxied the airplane to the run-up area. During the run-up, all engine checks were normal and no anomalies were noted. After takeoff, the climb out, crosswind turn and turn to downwind were all normal. While on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, the student pilot completed the checklist items for landing. The flight instructor stated that "somewhere near the end of downwind I noticed rpm had dropped to 1900 so I added some throttle." He said very soon afterwards the rpm continued to decay and he immediately knew something was wrong. He took the controls from the student pilot and turned base towards runway 10. He switched fuel tanks and turned off the carburetor heat in an attempt to regain engine power, which had no effect. The flight instructor said he had no time for the emergency checklists beyond the memory items. The airplane descended into the tree canopy under partial power and came to rest in the treetops about 75 ft above the ground.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane was suspended in a tree and both wings were buckled. The airplane was recovered and retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Socata
Registration: N2824R
Model/Series: TB9 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 1World Aero Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FME, 150 ft msl
Observation Time: 1742 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Fort Meade(Odenton), MD (FME)
Destination: Fort Meade(Odenton), MD (FME)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.083889, -76.762222

HANOVER, Maryland (WJZ) — A small plane crashed into a wooded area near the Tipton Airport Tuesday evening, officials said.

The single-engine plane went down in the area of Bald Eagle Road and Maryland Route 198 near Fort Meade east of Laurel. Dispatchers received a 911 call at 6:09 p.m.

The pilot, Thomas Falk, 55, of Silver Spring, and a passenger, James Palazak, 59, of Columbia, were inside the plane when it went down, state police said.

Fire officials had initially identified one of the men as being in his 40s.

One of the men was a student pilot and the other an instructor, firefighters said.

Both were still inside the plane when first responders arrived at the scene. One man was extricated by ground ladders, while the other was rescued by special operations rope rescue teams. Both were taken to Shock Trauma with minor injuries.

The plane was about 50 feet off the ground in a tree on property owned by the Patuxent Research Refuge. It is about 200 feet away from the road in the woods.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating what led to the crash, but state police said it appears the plane may have experienced engine failure.

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