Thursday, October 31, 2019

Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow II, N56258: Fatal accident occurred October 30, 2019 near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK), Atlanta, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into townhouses.

Date: 30-OCT-19
Time: 14:21:00Z
Regis#: N56258
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

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DEKALB COUNTY, Georgia - A day after a small plane crashed into townhomes, investigators are scouring the area for evidence. 

The single-engine Piper-28 went down minutes after takeoff Tuesday, slamming into the top floor of the Clairmont Hills Townhouses on Peachwood Circle. The pilot and passenger were killed. 

They were identified as Leslie Csanyi, Jr., 59, and Scott Robert Lowrie, 60. Both men were from North Carolina.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Channel 2's Aaron Diamant, who was one of the first reporters on scene, returned to the location where crews are removing pieces of the plane. One piece was found on the roof of a building around 200 yards from the crash site. 

The DeKalb County fire marshal declared six units in the townhome complex unsafe to live in. The declaration was made due to structural damage and fuel vapor.  

A crew from Atlanta Air Recovery, a salvage company, will take all of the wreckage down to the Griffin-Spalding County Airport, about 45 miles south of Atlanta. That's where the NTSB will begin the process of reconstructing the plane and its systems to figure out how the plane crashed.

David Youngpeter lives near the crash scene and said he felt the crash.

"I actually felt the reverberation from the impact at which point I came outside," Youngpeter said. "The first thing is it didn't look like a plane because there's nothing left. It must have been a very small plane."

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ROWAN COUNTY, North Carolina (WBTV) - The owner of a business in Rowan County and a man who works with him have now been identified as the victims of the deadly plane crash that occurred in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Officials have confirmed that Leslie Csanyi Jr., owner of CMW Manufacturing on Speedway Boulevard in Salisbury, was the pilot of the Piper PA-28 that crashed into a townhome on Wednesday morning. His passenger was identified as 60-year-old Scott Robert Lowrie, also of North Carolina.

Both men on the plane died in the crash. No one on the ground was injured, according to emergency officials in DeKalb County, Georgia.

According to the company website, CMW Manufacturing “specializes in precision machining production parts for the heavy and medium truck industries.”

The company started in Toronto in 1985 and moved to North Carolina in 1998, according to the web site.

A feature story on Les Csanyi in The Salisbury Post from 2016 says Csanyi is from Toronto, Canada, and was an avid hockey player before he moved to North Carolina. When he didn’t have many opportunities for hockey in Rowan County, Csanyi said he took up aviation as his new hobby.

Csanyi was a frequent flier for business, vacations, even to deliver much needed supplies to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing the investigation into the crash.

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DEKALB COUNTY, Georgia — DeKalb County expressed its "sincere condolences" for the families of a pilot and passenger killed on Wednesday when a small plane crashed into townhome, as that plane was towed away on Thursday.

Video from the scene a day later showed a truck moving away the wreckage, little of it recognizable except for a chunk that included one of the plane's wheels.

The county, meanwhile, issued a statement offering sympathy for the families of the people who died in the crash.

"DeKalb County Government and DeKalb-Peachtree Airport extend sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s plane crash," the statement said. "DeKalb County will continue to work with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration during the investigation."

The airplane crashed into a Clairmont Hills townhome building on Peachwood Circle shortly after 10:30 a.m. 

Residents near the site of the crash described the harrowing experience.

"I felt the ground vibrating, the screech through the trees," Jared Hauck said.

One man, Shaun Anderson, told 11Alive about how he made a split-second decision to veer from his usual routine - likely saving his life.

The musician moonlights as a Lyft driver, and usually shuttles passengers from here to there across Atlanta until the wee hours of the morning. So, it's usually late in the morning when he wakes up to get started with his day.

On Wednesday morning, Anderson said his routine derailed a bit when he woke up too early to start his day, and he couldn't go back to sleep.

"So, I figured I would take a shower and just try to go back to sleep and get ready to go to work for 3 or 4 today at the restaurant, or I would get up and go run some errands and then come back and maybe do a jog or something," he recounted. 

He chose to run errands first, and delaying the shower meant that he wasn't home when the Piper PA-28 smashed into the bathroom. 

"If I were to have taken a shower during that time, I would have been in the shower - it pretty much destroyed the upstairs bathroom," he recalled. "You can basically see inside the house - the bathroom upstairs wall is gone. The shower - everything is gone."

A witness inside the apartment complex also shared video of the aftermath with 11Alive. Video shows damage to the outside of a townhome building. DeKalb Fire and Rescue said no one was in the unit affected and there are no other reported injuries. 

The video shows how the impact knocked bricks off of the building.  

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DEKALB COUNTY, Georgia - Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused a small plane to crash into a DeKalb County townhome on Wednesday morning killing two aboard.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Piper PA-28 went down shortly after departing from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport around 10:30 a.m. The airport confirmed two people were on board the plane when it took off.

The aircraft crashed into an apartment complex along Peachwood Circle, according to police. 

Resident Jared Hauck was working from home when the plane struck the building. "It literally happened just the next door down from my townhouse building. I heard a loud crash and it didn't sound like anything normal. I walked outside and that's when I saw the plane fuselage on the ground."

Officials said no one was inside the apartment building when the plane came crashing down and no one on the ground was hurt. 

A resident said he heard a plane struggling to gain altitude before it crashed.

Ricky Nixon lives near the crash site. "My aunt was basically screaming at my uncle she smelled gas. I went outside. There is just plane pieces everywhere."

DeKalb County Medical Examiner released the identities of the two victims Thursday afternoon. Leslie Csanyi Jr., a 59-year-old male, and Scott Robert Lowrie, a 60-year-old male died in the crash. Csanyi Jr. and Lowrie were from North Carolina. 

DeKalb County Fire Capt. Dion Bentley says one person was found shortly after the crash but rescuers said they weren't immediately able to reach the second person who was on the plane. The body of the second victim was recovered around 4 p.m.

Building inspectors have declared six units in the townhome complex unsafe until further notice due to the crash.

The Red Cross is providing assistance to families who were impacted by the crash. 

An NTSB Air Safety Investigators said the plane took off with two people on board, made a left turn after takeoff, and then lost contact. 

Thursday, investigators will be giving close scrutiny to the pilot, the environment, and the aircraft itself.

Federal investigators said a preliminary reporter will be available in about two weeks, but the completed report could take 12 to 24 months.

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Anonymous said...

Wow the Lyft driver saying he normally would have been in the shower at that time and it is now gone is chilling. There was also a main wing found some 300 yards away from the impact in another area entirely. Smells heavily of inflight breakup even though there was no turbulent weather at the time. It was just light precip and a 400' ceiling. This is going to be one to watch as to the cause. I flew out of PDK for years and there are next to zero safe options to put down in an emergency after takeoff.

Anonymous said...

I mean its possible it was a loss of orientation due to a vacuums pump failure leading to a grave yard spiral and loss of control. Leading to him pulling back to hard and to close to VNE causing the inflight break up. Just a guess

Aviator said...

Check out the Flightaware track. I believe your theory is plausible.

Aviator said...

In-flight breakup for sure. See my comment below.

Anonymous said...

Was a vacuum pump failure. I'm Air Traffic and just listened to the tapes.

Anonymous said...

Vacuum drives the Artificial Horizon which is the primary instrument for orientation, but a proficient instrument pilot can use the electric powered Turn Indicator and Airspeed Indicator to control the aircraft if the vacuum powered gyro fails. A safety aware aircraft owner will replace a vacuum pump before it's expected failure hours. Condolences to families, and thank God no one was injured on the ground. 400 foot overcast is serious Instrument Meteorological Conditions; pilot and aircraft need to be on their best game for this situation.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the time stamp on the FlightAware track with weather radar that I saw yesterday was 40 minutes after the accident time. The heavy weather looked to have moved off the field to the north.

Now go to LiveATC archive for KATL Departure (Rwy 08-26) and listen to that time block (1400-1430Z) and view the radar depiction with a timestamp just prior to 1420Z. The controllers were very busy rerouting and approving deviations requested for weather and turbulence.

Vacuum certainly possible but rapid descent and climb could have been an encounter with conductive/Severe Turbulence.