Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six 300, N5909V: Accident occurred November 17, 2019 at Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC), Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

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NTSB Identification: ERA20CA036
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 17, 2019 in Venice, FL
Aircraft: Piper PA32, registration: N5909V

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 caught fire while taxiing for takeoff.

Date: 17-NOV-19
Time: 17:37:00Z
Regis#: N5909V
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91

VENICE — Police at the Venice Airport terminal said they heard an explosion and then saw black smoke coming from the runway Sunday afternoon.

Airport firefighters were dispatched to an aircraft fire at the end of a runway at around 12:36 p.m., according to the Sarasota County 911 dispatch log.

A small aircraft was on Runway 5 at the Venice Municipal Airport headed for takeoff when the pilot smelled smoke in the Piper PA-32 Cherokee 6, a single engine six-seater, prompting both him and his passenger to exit the plane, according to City of Venice spokesperson Lorraine Anderson. The aircraft then became fully engulfed in flames shortly afterward.

Both male occupants of the aircraft escaped injury, according to Airport Director Mark Cervasio.

The 2019 Chalk Festival is being held this weekend (Nov. 15-18) at the Venice Airport closer to Tamiami Trail about a mile away from the scene of the aircraft emergency.

A photographer at the scene said when they approached the 1900 block of Harbor Drive South, there were bystanders in cars lining both sides of the road watching the plane burn. Multiple fire trucks, two ambulances and at least a dozen police cars assisted at the scene. A witness who saw the small plane on fire said that it seemed to occur at the end of the runway located across from Brohard Dog Beach.

Venice Fire arrived on scene to extinguish the blaze, assisted by the Sarasota County Fire Department and the County Hazmat team. Venice Police are also on scene.

According to Fire Battalion Chief Steve Worobel, the plane was full of fuel at 80 gallons. Hazmat was able to recover and mitigate 30 gallons of fuel at the scene.

Airport officials will investigate.

The Sarasota County Emergency Services said the fire is under control.

The cabin of the plane appeared to have significant damage, while the tail and prop were still in tact. Venice Police were interviewing two people in plain clothes nearby.

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VENICE, Florida (WWSB) - Emergency crews have responded to an active airplane fire at the Venice Airport.

The fire took place around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Reports say that the pilot and his passenger were headed to take off when the pilot smelled smoke. He and his passenger exited and the plane became fully engulfed in flames shortly afterward.

There were not any injuries from this incident.

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  1. What luck ... Would have been bad news if in the air.

    Will be interesting to see what they find assuming enough was left to find anything.

  2. My money is on the battery and or battery cables. It appears the fire started in the rear seat area. Very lucky to get out alive.