Sunday, November 24, 2019

Ground Collision: Piper PA-28-150 Cherokee B, N5776W; accident occurred November 23, 2019 at Simsbury Airport (4B9), Hartford County, Connecticut

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Simsbury, CT
Accident Number: GAA20CA094
Date & Time: 11/23/2019, 0845 EST
Registration: N5776W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that, while the student pilot was landing, a car did not stop at the hold short line and drove onto the runway. The car struck the left wing, the airplane nosed over and came to rest on the runway.

The driver of the vehicle reported that, he stopped at the entrance of the runway and checked left and right to make sure it was clear. While crossing the runway he heard glass shatter and a heavy impact. At no time did he see the airplane, until after the collision.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the fuselage and empennage.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/25/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 50 hours (Total, all aircraft), 20 hours (Total, this make and model), 5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 23, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/19/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/01/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 450 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model), 389 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 163 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 56 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Model/Series: PA28 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal 
Serial Number: 28-1611
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/02/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1733 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2A
Registered Owner: Future Flyers Of Connecticut Llc
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Future Flyers Of Connecticut Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBDL, 175 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1351 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 73°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Plainville, CT (4B8)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Simsbury, CT (4B9)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0820 EST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Simsbury (4B9)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 195 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2205 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go; Traffic Pattern

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: 41.916111, -72.776944 (est)

SIMSBURY – A small plane landing at Simsbury airport collided with a car that was crossing the runway this morning.

Airport officials say it happened about 8:40 a.m. when a Piper PA-28-150 Cherokee B was attempting to land. For as yet unknown reasons, a Honda Accord was crossing the runway. The plane, traveling at an estimated 40 mph, struck the car, flipped and landed on its back. Luckily the two people in the plane were shook up, but reported no serious injuries.

The driver of the car was also uninjured. No word yet if they will face any charges.

The airport was closed while emergency crews secured the scene and removed the plane, but reopened just before noon.

Airport Manager Brad Griswold said the Federal Aviation Administration is sending a representative to investigate the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

A plane landing at Simsbury Airport crashed into a vehicle crossing the runway on Saturday morning, according to fire officials.

The impact caused the Piper PA-28-150 Cherokee B to flip over.

Emergency crews were called to the scene around 8:40 a.m.

A flight instructor and a student pilot were in the plane. No one was injured, Fire Capt. Steve Hess said.

Vehicles aren't allowed on the runway, so it wasn't clear why the driver was attempting to cross the landing strip, Capt. Hess said.

The airport was expected to be closed for several hours.

Police said they are investigating the incident.

Original article ➤


  1. What a weird accident, I'm really glad nobody got seriously injured. Simsbury is a great little airport but it doesn't have any gate to prevent a vehicle from accessing the runway. The runway is short at about 2200 ft., so there's no excuse for not being able to see a landing aircraft. It's not like there's a hill in the middle blocking the view of aircraft movement.

  2. Not the first time a car on the runway interfered with a landing aircraft there.