Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Van's RV-6, N12033: Accident occurred September 23, 2019 near to South Lakeland Airport (X49), Polk County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

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


Location: Lakeland, FL
Accident Number: ERA19TA277
Date & Time: 09/23/2019, 1157 EDT
Registration: N12033
Aircraft: Vans RV 6
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 23, 2019, about 1157 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-6, N12033, sustained substantial damage when it impacted trees and terrain while on approach to South Lakeland Airport (X49) Lakeland, Florida. The airline transport pilot received serious injuries while the passenger was uninjured. 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 personal flight, which departed Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (ZPH), Zephyrhills, Florida about 1135.

The pilot departed ZPH around 1135 for a flight to X49 to conduct a few take-off and landings with a passenger. While on approach to runway 32 the airplane drifted to the left, then impacted trees and terrain about halfway down the runway.

A post-accident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed an undetermined amount of fuel in the right fuel tank, and no fuel in the left fuel tank, which was breached. Flight control continuity was confirmed for all primary flight controls from the control surface to the cockpit controls.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multi-engine land, and commercial pilot privileges for airplane single-engine land. In addition, he held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane multi-engine, airplane single-engine, and instrument airplane. He was issued a BasicMed certificate on March 5, 2018.

The weather conditions reported about 1150 at LAL, about 4.3 miles northeast of the accident site, included visibility 10 statute miles, broken clouds at 3,700 ft above ground level, wind from 080° at 9 knots, temperature 28°C, dew point 19°C, and a barometric altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N12033
Model/Series: RV 6 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLAL, 142 ft msl
Observation Time: 1550 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Zephyrhills, FL (ZPH)
Destination: Lakeland, FL (X49)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.931389, -82.043333 (est)

MULBERRY, Florida (WFLA) – An experimental aircraft crashed in a wooded area near Mulberry on Monday morning.

The Polk County Sheriff’s office says a Van's RV-6 went down at 11:42 a.m.

Luke Fraiser, 34 of Wisconsin was on board the aircraft, but walked away without injury. John Ducey, 78 of Brooksville a flight instructor was at the controls and suffered serious injuries.

Ducey was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital as a trauma alert patient by Polk County Fire Rescue.

Rhonda Gonzalez lives near the crash site and says something didn’t sound right when the plane flew over her home.

“I was watching TV and I heard it come over my house real low and it didn’t sound right. I sounded like it was kind of spitting and sputtering, then all of a sudden I heard it crash,” said Gonzalez.

Polk County Fire Rescue says it amazing anyone survived given the condition of the downed plane.

“Anytime you have an accident that is that serious, anytime you have something falling from the sky, it’s always miraculous when somebody walks away, so blessed that he was able to do so and we hope the best for the second individual,” said Chris Jonckheer with Polk County Fire Rescue.

The crash investigation is being handed over to the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Video access to crash site ➤ https://www.wfla.com

MULBERRY, Florida — One person was taken to a hospital and another declined treatment after a plane crashed Monday in Mulberry.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Vans RV-6 crashed shortly before noon in a wooded area behind a church in the area of Lower Meadow Road. The area had been cleared for power lines.

Luke Fraiser, 24, of Wisconsin and the owner of the plane, and 78-year-old John Ducey of Brooksville were in the plane, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Ducey was flying the Van's RV-6, authorities said.

The aircraft departed from Zephyrhills Municipal Airport shortly before the accident occurred.

People who live in the area said the two men narrowly dodged death.

"That's called luck and the good Lord was riding with him," said Jerry Singletary.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.baynews9.com

MULBERRY, Florida — A small plane has crashed in Mulberry, according to Polk County Fire Rescue.

Officials say a Van's RV-6 plane crashed near 4431 Lower Meadow Road, south of Hwy 60, on Monday.

Two people were aboard the plane: 24-year-old Luke Fraiser, the plane's owner, as well as 78-year-old John Ducey, a flight instructor. Ducey was transported as a trauma alert, while Fraiser refused treatment, according to officials.

According to Frasier, Ducey was flying the aircraft at the time of the crash.

The plane is described as 1995 Van's RV-6 experimental aircraft with tail number N12033.

The Federal Aviation Administration said, "the aircraft departed from Zephyrhills Municipal Airport shortly before the accident occurred."

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident.

Story and video ➤ https://www.abcactionnews.com

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad the powerline didn't have a more serious effect on the outcome. It looks like the crash site is a few miles south of the Lakeland airport. So often Pazuzu takes the occupants away but he was uninterested in these two.