Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Cessna 150M, N714LK: Fatal accident occurred November 04, 2019 near New Bedford Regional Airport (KEWB), Bristol County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.


Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 20:40:00Z
Regis#: N714LK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

NEW BEDFORD (CBS) — Investigators in New Bedford are still digging through plane parts to analyze evidence as to why a small plane crashed in a cemetery there Monday, killing the pilot.

All that is left of the Cessna 150M is now scattered throughout a part Rural Cemetery, located in the middle of the city. Pilot Paul Vidal was killed in the crash. No one else was aboard the plane when it crashed.

Lynn Spencer, the air safety investigator from the NTSB in charge of investigating the crash, said Tuesday that the plane departed the New Bedford Regional Airport at 2:50 p.m. and crashed at 3:31 p.m. She said they do not yet know why the plane was seen doing circles and other maneuvers in the air, and that they do not know whether it was intentional.

Investigators also found no flight plan, Spencer said, but witnesses told them Vidal often took recreational flights around the area of New Bedford that do not require submitting a flight plan for. 

Spencer said investigators would be on scene for two days, after which the remains of the plane would be moved. She said a preliminary report should be expected in ten days, with a final report to be expected in 18 to 24 months.

“The NTSB does investigate every civilian airplane crash in the United States,” Spencer said. “And our goal is to learn not only what happened but why it happened so that we can prevent similar accidents in the future.”

Spencer encouraged any witnesses to the crash to report what they saw or heard to the NTSB on their website.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell released a statement Tuesday afternoon expressing his sympathy for Vidal’s family.

“Mr. Vidal was a well-known and respected member of Greater New Bedford’s recreational aviation community for many years, where his loss is being felt today,” Mitchell said.

Story and video ➤ https://boston.cbslocal.com

Paul Vidal

NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts (WPRI) — Investigators are working to figure out what caused a small plane to crash Monday afternoon, taking the life of its pilot.

Paul Vidal, 74, of Westport, died after the Cessna 150 came down nose-first in Rural Cemetery around 3:30 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the crash happened shortly after Vidal took off from New Bedford Regional Airport. Several eyewitnesses captured the plane flying low on video, and some said they could hear it throttling before it came down.

Police remained at the cemetery throughout the night to guard the crash site. On Tuesday, members of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division were seen walking the scene and surveying the area with a drone.

Vidal was the only person onboard during the crash. He had been a licensed pilot since 2001 and his wife Carol Ann said flying was one of his favorite hobbies, among many.

“He enjoyed everything,” she said. “He loved astronomy, he loved flying, he just got involved in everything. We had a good life, just… it’s over… pick up the pieces. It’s hard. He’s not coming home.”

Carol Ann Vidal said her husband told her if there was ever an emergency during a flight, he would seek to cause minimal damage.

“He crashed in the graveyard to avoid houses,” she said. “I remember him saying that he’d always do that. If he had to come down, to not hurt anybody. He was a good pilot.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also investigating the crash alongside MassDOT and New Bedford police. A representative from the NTSB told Eyewitness News they plan to hold a press briefing at 3 p.m. to provide an update.

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

NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts - The pilot of a small plane was killed Monday after his Cessna 150 crashed into a cemetery in New Bedford.

The plane crashed into Rural Cemetery shortly after takeoff from New Bedford Regional Airport around 3 p.m. Monday.

The family of the pilot identified the victim as Paul Vidal of Westport, Massachusetts.

The victim's son, Andrew Vidal, feared his father was involved in the crash when he saw the wreckage on television.

"I turned on the news, because it just happened to be that time, and I recognized his plane," he said. "I don't know what happened at all, couldn't even guess."

Flight data indicates the plane had just taken off from nearby New Bedford Regional Airport and spent approximately 20 minutes in the air before crashing into the cemetery.

An eyewitness said they heard a low-flying aircraft, then a loud crash.

Video from Sky 5 showed the debris from a small plane scattered across the cemetery. The plane appeared to crash into a tree and a number of headstones.

Paul Vidal, 74, has been licensed as a private pilot since at least February 2010. Vidal was the only person on board, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.

Andrew Vidal told NewsCenter 5's Adam Bagni that his father, who grew up in Fall River, had nearly 25 years of experience as a pilot.

Paul Vidal loved flying and often traveled with his wife following a long stint as a teacher at the Community College of Rhode Island, according to his son.

"Every couple of days, when it was nice weather, he liked to get out and fly around," Andrew Vidal said. "He wanted to be an airline pilot when he was younger."

Paul Vidal is survived by his wife, son, daughter and three grandchildren.

"He made me the man I am, so I'm grateful to him for everything. I loved him," Andrew Vidal said. " (He was ) a good role model, a good friend and a good dad."

State police were responding to the crash scene to assist local police and firefighters.

Rural Cemetery was expected to remain blocked off through Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were investigating the cause of the crash.

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

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