Friday, November 22, 2019

Luscombe 8A, N71707: Accident occurred November 19, 2019 near Baublitz Commercial Airport (9W8), Brogue, York County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg

NTSB Identification: GAA20CA090
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Brogue, PA
Aircraft: Luscombe 8, registration: N71707

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft was discovered abandoned in a field under unknown circumstances.

Date: 19-NOV-19
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N71707
Aircraft Make: LUSCOMBE
Aircraft Model: 8A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

It was Tuesday afternoon when the man knocked on the door of the trailer next to the grass runway at Baublitz Commercial Airport atop a hill in the rolling farmland just outside of Brogue.

He asked the woman who answered the door whether he could use the phone to call a cab, said airport partner Bruce Eveler.

"When she came back," he said, "he was gone."

Later, they found a small plane on the hill below the airport, next to an Amish farm. It was, according to Federal Aviation Administration records, a 1946 Luscombe 8A, a single-engine aircraft.

The plane lay on its belly, its landing gear collapsed. The tips of the wooden propeller were sheared off and frayed. 

Savilla Beiler, whose family owns the Chanceford Township farm, said the man had come to her farmhouse and asked for help moving his plane. Her husband and the man who drives for the Amish family had been working in the fields and came to his assistance, dragging the aircraft to the bottom of the hill, next to Warner Road, where it remained Friday morning.

The man did not appear to be injured, Beiler said. She believes the plane struck some telephone wires along Warner Road as it was coming in for a landing and crashed. A telephone line dangled from a pole at the end of her farm lane.

Since the Amish farmers did not have a phone, the man left and hiked up the hill to the airport.

And then, he seemingly disappeared.

Eveler has no idea what happened to him. The airport is an extremely rural part of York County. The closest public buildings - the post office, a school and the Brogue General Store - are a few miles up the road. Neither state police nor York County 911 have any record of a call about a plane crash Tuesday afternoon.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicated that the plane is owned by Douglas A. Jones, a lawyer from Bel Air, Maryland, about 25 miles south of the airport. Jones did not respond to message left on his law office phone.

The airport has been in operation since about 1958, Eveler said, founded by Levere Baublitz as a private airstrip. It opened for public use in the mid-1970s.

Eveler said he could recall maybe three or four crashes at the airport in the last 30 years. "It's not a common occurrence," he said.

Eveler has no idea what happened or what caused the crash. (The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.)

He did compliment the pilot's skill.

"He walked away from it," Eveler said. "That's pretty good."

Original article can be found here ➤

YORK COUNTY, Pennsylvania — A small plane crash in York County has Federal Aviation Administration investigators stumped after the pilot was nowhere to be found.

Officials say a 1940’s single-engine plane crashed just outside of Baublitz Commercial Airport in Brogue on Tuesday, about 300 feet away from a farmhouse with people inside.

Robert Good, who works on the farm, says the pilot knocked on the owner’s door before asking for help to move the plane down the hill, along Warner Road.

“The Amish helped pull the plane where it is right now,” Good said.

Good and others saw the man walk up the hill toward the airport to make a call for a cab, but that was it. They haven’t seen him since.

“He evidently was not hurt, I mean, obviously,” added Good.

Officials are calling the circumstance surrounding the crash “strange,” and State Police haven’t been able to confirm any records of 911 calls.

While the pilot’s identity has not yet been released, public records show the plane is owned by Douglas Jones, a lawyer from Bel Air, Maryland.

FOX43 reached out to airport officials for comment, but have yet to hear back.

For now, the Federal Aviation Administration is continuing its investigation. It’s unclear if the pilot will face any charges or fines once he is located.

Original article can be found here ➤

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