Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Rotor Suction: Robinson R44, N447PA; accident occurred September 06, 2019 in Nuiqsut, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N447PA 


Location: Nuiqsut, AK
Accident Number: GAA19CA531
Date & Time: 09/06/2019, 1350 AKD
Registration: N447PA
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Prop/jet/rotor blast/suction
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load 

The helicopter pilot reported that, he landed the helicopter facing south and about 30 yards from the empty gravel carrying super sacks. When the skids touched down, the pilot reduced the collective and saw a super sack about 15ft away and coming at the helicopter. The super sack was ingested by the advancing side of the main rotor disk. The pilot rolled off throttle and shut down the engine.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades.

The pilot reported that the wind at the accident site was from the southwest about 15 knots.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 32, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied:Right 
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/05/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/14/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2215 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1780 hours (Total, this make and model), 2149 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 102 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 68 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N447PA
Model/Series: R44 II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 11197
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/30/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4038.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-AE1A5
Registered Owner: Pollux Aviation Ltd
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: Pollux Aviation Ltd
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137); Commuter Air Carrier (135); Rotorcraft External Load (133)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: UPXL

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAUN, 20 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2155 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 184°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Deadhorse, AK (PASC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Deadhorse, AK (PASC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Nuiqsut (AQT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf; Gravel
Airport Elevation: 45 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Soft; Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 63.888611, -160.799167 (est)

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9897Q: Incident occurred September 23, 2019 at Santa Barbara Airport (KSBA), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys

Aircraft landed hard. 

Above All Aviation Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N9897Q

Date: 23-SEP-19
Time: 04:42:00Z
Regis#: N9897Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SANTA BARBARA
State: CALIFORNIA

Van's RV-6, N12033: Accident occurred September 23, 2019 near to South Lakeland Airport (X49), Polk County, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N12033

Location: Lakeland, FL
Accident Number: ERA19TA277
Date & Time: 09/23/2019, 1157 EDT
Registration: N12033
Aircraft: Vans RV 6
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 23, 2019, about 1157 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-6, N12033, sustained substantial damage when it impacted trees and terrain while on approach to South Lakeland Airport (X49) Lakeland, Florida. The airline transport pilot received serious injuries while the passenger was uninjured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which departed Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (ZPH), Zephyrhills, Florida about 1135.

The pilot departed ZPH around 1135 for a flight to X49 to conduct a few take-off and landings with a passenger. While on approach to runway 32 the airplane drifted to the left, then impacted trees and terrain about halfway down the runway.

A post-accident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed an undetermined amount of fuel in the right fuel tank, and no fuel in the left fuel tank, which was breached. Flight control continuity was confirmed for all primary flight controls from the control surface to the cockpit controls.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multi-engine land, and commercial pilot privileges for airplane single-engine land. In addition, he held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane multi-engine, airplane single-engine, and instrument airplane. He was issued a BasicMed certificate on March 5, 2018.

The weather conditions reported about 1150 at LAL, about 4.3 miles northeast of the accident site, included visibility 10 statute miles, broken clouds at 3,700 ft above ground level, wind from 080° at 9 knots, temperature 28°C, dew point 19°C, and a barometric altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N12033
Model/Series: RV 6 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLAL, 142 ft msl
Observation Time: 1550 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Zephyrhills, FL (ZPH)
Destination: Lakeland, FL (X49)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.931389, -82.043333 (est)




MULBERRY, Florida (WFLA) – An experimental aircraft crashed in a wooded area near Mulberry on Monday morning.

The Polk County Sheriff’s office says a Van's RV-6 went down at 11:42 a.m.

Luke Fraiser, 34 of Wisconsin was on board the aircraft, but walked away without injury. John Ducey, 78 of Brooksville a flight instructor was at the controls and suffered serious injuries.

Ducey was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital as a trauma alert patient by Polk County Fire Rescue.

Rhonda Gonzalez lives near the crash site and says something didn’t sound right when the plane flew over her home.

“I was watching TV and I heard it come over my house real low and it didn’t sound right. I sounded like it was kind of spitting and sputtering, then all of a sudden I heard it crash,” said Gonzalez.

Polk County Fire Rescue says it amazing anyone survived given the condition of the downed plane.

“Anytime you have an accident that is that serious, anytime you have something falling from the sky, it’s always miraculous when somebody walks away, so blessed that he was able to do so and we hope the best for the second individual,” said Chris Jonckheer with Polk County Fire Rescue.

The crash investigation is being handed over to the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Video access to crash site ➤ https://www.wfla.com



MULBERRY, Florida — One person was taken to a hospital and another declined treatment after a plane crashed Monday in Mulberry.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Vans RV-6 crashed shortly before noon in a wooded area behind a church in the area of Lower Meadow Road. The area had been cleared for power lines.

Luke Fraiser, 24, of Wisconsin and the owner of the plane, and 78-year-old John Ducey of Brooksville were in the plane, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Ducey was flying the Van's RV-6, authorities said.

The aircraft departed from Zephyrhills Municipal Airport shortly before the accident occurred.

People who live in the area said the two men narrowly dodged death.

"That's called luck and the good Lord was riding with him," said Jerry Singletary.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.baynews9.com







MULBERRY, Florida — A small plane has crashed in Mulberry, according to Polk County Fire Rescue.

Officials say a Van's RV-6 plane crashed near 4431 Lower Meadow Road, south of Hwy 60, on Monday.

Two people were aboard the plane: 24-year-old Luke Fraiser, the plane's owner, as well as 78-year-old John Ducey, a flight instructor. Ducey was transported as a trauma alert, while Fraiser refused treatment, according to officials.

According to Frasier, Ducey was flying the aircraft at the time of the crash.

The plane is described as 1995 Van's RV-6 experimental aircraft with tail number N12033.

The Federal Aviation Administration said, "the aircraft departed from Zephyrhills Municipal Airport shortly before the accident occurred."

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident.

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

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N9526G: Incident occurred September 23, 2019 near Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF), Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Aircraft lost power and crashed in a field. 

Atlas Aviation Tampa Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N9526G

Date: 23-SEP-19
Time: 18:39:00Z
Regis#: N9526G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: TAMPA
State: FLORIDA



TAMPA ― A single-engine plane lost power Monday while flying over the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, forcing the pilot to make a “hard landing” in an empty field, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Chad Chronister said the pilot, a veteran instructor, brought the plane down between subdivisions and a busy toll road and avoided hurting himself or anyone below.

This was the first flight for the Cessna 172R Skyhawk after undergoing “major maintenance,” the sheriff said.

“I think we all should be grateful as rush hour traffic was starting in the area that it was this pilot flying the plane,” Chronister said at a news conference near the landing site, an empty field across from 2210 U.S. 301 S.

The pilot was identified as David Presnell, a flight instructor with Atlas Aviation, a flight training school. The incident started just after 3 p.m. when the plane took off from Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands. About five minutes later and six miles from the airport, trouble started.

“He wasn’t even up in the air for five minutes when he started experiencing a drop in engine (revolutions per minute),” Chronister said. “That immediately went to no engine power ― engine failure. He immediately knew and recognized that he wouldn’t be able to make it back to Peter O. Knight.”

The pilot noticed a vacant parcel to the southwest corner of where U.S. 301 intersects with the expressway. He used a flag flying off a cell phone tower as a windsock to help him judge wind speed and direction. Then he landed the Cessna and hit the brakes “as hard as he could," the sheriff said.

A nearby business saw the plane flying low, without engine power, and called the authorities.

The pilot has been flying since 1992 and has been a flight instructor for the past 4½ years, the sheriff said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.tampabay.com




TAMPA, Florida — No one was hurt when a plane made a hard landing Monday afternoon in a field near the Selmon Expressway.

It happened around 3 p.m. near the Selmon Expressway and U.S. Highway 301 South, according to a news release.

Pilot David Presnell, a flight instructor with Atlas Aviation, took off in his Cessna 172R Skyhawk from Davis Islands and had a sudden power loss in the engine, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

He used a windsock from a cell phone tower to help guide him into the large, grassy field, deputies say. The landing was completed with only minimal damage to the aircraft.

Presnell, who's been piloting aircraft for more than 20 years, was not hurt.

"This is a best case scenario for everyone involved," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the news release. "The field where the emergency landing happened is not too far from a very busy highway where hundreds of people were beginning their afternoon commute. 

"I believe the decades of experience this flight instructor has and his quick thinking made all the difference."

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




A plane made an emergency landing in a field in Hillsborough County, authorities say.

The aircraft reportedly had to make a hard landing in a field across from 2210 US Hwy. 301 S.

The Cessna 172R Skyhawk lost power and crashed around 2:40 p.m.

The pilot was David Presnell, a flight instructor with Atlas Aviation. According to the Sheriff's Office, he took off in a Cessna 172R from Peter O'Knight Airport following maintenance work on the engine of the plane.

After about five minutes in the air, he noticed the RPM dropping and began to experience engine failure.

Presnell has been a pilot for more than 20 years and used a cellphone tower with a flag billowing atop as a windsock to help guide him into a large, grassy field, HCSO said.

He completed the emergency landing with minimal damage to the plane and no injuries to himself or others.

"This is a best case scenario for everyone involved," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "The field where the emergency landing happened is not too far from a very busy highway where hundreds of people were beginning their afternoon commute. I believe the decades of experience this flight instructor has and his quick thinking made all the difference."

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.abcactionnews.com

Loss of Control on Ground: Nieuport 11, N1398; accident occurred September 23, 2019 at Cook Airfield (K50), Rose Hill, Butler County, Kansas

View of damaged lower right and upper left wing.
Federal Aviation Administration


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N1398

Location: Rose Hill, KS
Accident Number: GAA19CA560
Date & Time: 09/23/2019, 0830 CDT
Registration: N1398
Aircraft: THOMAS LEE Nieuport
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped biplane reported that, during takeoff, he added power and the airplane veered left, which he was unable to "check." The airplane veered off the runway to the left and impacted the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lights, spun 180°, and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower right wing.

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

The automated weather observation station, located 5 miles to the northwest, reported that, about 5 minutes after the accident, the wind was calm. The pilot was departing runway 17.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 81, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/01/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3460 hours (Total, all aircraft), 272 hours (Total, this make and model), 3460 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: THOMAS LEE
Registration: N1398
Model/Series: Nieuport II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1398
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/26/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 793 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 397.4 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-145-B2
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIAB, 1371 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1335 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 306°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rose Hill, KS (K50)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rose Hill, KS (K50)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1030 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: COOK AIRFIELD (K50)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1345 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3472 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.564722, -97.174722 (est)

Cessna 172R, N26481: Incidents occurred October 07, 2020 and September 23, 2019

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi 

Aircraft veered off the runway and struck a sign.

Accessible Aviation Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N26481

Date: 07-OCT-20
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N26481
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: COLUMBUS
State: MISSISSIPPI

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

September 23, 2019:   Aircraft landed and veered off runway.

Date: 23-SEP-19
Time: 19:02:00Z
Regis#: N26481
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COLUMBUS
State: MISSISSIPPI

Beechcraft B35 Bonanza, N5277C: Accident occurred September 23, 2019 in Gresham, Multnomah County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5277C

Date: 24-SEP-19
Time: 00:54:00Z
Regis#: N5277C
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: GRESHAM
State: OREGON











GRESHAM, Oregon — A small plane crashed in southeast Gresham on Monday evening, Gresham Fire officials said.

The crash was reported about 6 p.m. near the intersection of Southeast 182nd and Richey Road, which is primarily farmland and nurseries.

"I saw a plane that was coming down," said Rafael Dronca, who lives nearby. "It was moving to its left, to its right and then all of a sudden it was going down really quick. Once we didn't see it anymore, it just made a big loud noise like it crashed."

Initial reports state two men suffered serious injuries in the crash. Both were able to get themselves out of the plane before firefighters arrived on-scene.

One was taken to the hospital in a LifeFlight helicopter; the other was transported in a ground ambulance.

First responders commended the pilot and passenger for their efforts in bringing the airplane down in a less-populated area. One fire official expressed amazement at the fact there were no fatalities.

"It always amazes me when a plane comes out of the sky and people live from that," said Gresham Fire Battalion Chief Jason McGowan. "And not only they live from it but that they are conscious and talking to you. That's pretty incredible."

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

No official word on what caused the crash, or where the plane was heading.

Story and video ➤ https://kval.com

Piper PA-28-161, N81981: Incident occurred September 23, 2019 at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (KFTW), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft struck a bird on landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N81981

Date: 23-SEP-19
Time: 13:00:00Z
Regis#: N81981
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT WORTH
State: TEXAS

Cessna 172RG, N9770B: Incident occurred September 21, 2019 at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK), Chamblee, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta

Aircraft landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N9770B

Date: 21-SEP-19
Time: 15:07:00Z
Regis#: N9770B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I, N88AG: Incident occurred September 21, 2019 at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami-Dade County, Florida -and- Accident occurred September 11, 2018 at Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport (KTNT), Ochopee, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

September 21, 2019:  Aircraft landed and nose gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N88AG

Date: 21-SEP-19
Time: 13:31:00Z
Regis#: N88AG
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA34
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMi
State: FLORIDA

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N88AG




Location: Miami, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA559
Date & Time: 09/11/2018, 1030 EDT
Registration: N88AG
Aircraft: Piper PA34
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor in the multi-engine airplane reported that the pilot under instruction was wearing a view limiting device during a simulated instrument approach in visual flight rules conditions.

The instructor placed the left engine fuel selector in the off position to simulate an engine out, and the pilot under instruction initiated the left engine failure procedure placing the engine and propeller levers in a simulated feathered zero thrust configuration. The instructor became distracted by traffic and failed to place the left engine fuel selector in the on position.

With full flaps applied and the landing gear extended, about 250 feet AGL the instructor terminated the simulated instrument approach and instructed the pilot to land visually, however, the airspeed decreased below safe limits and he instructed the pilot to increase the airspeed. The pilot increased power on both engines, however, there was no increase in power on the left engine and the airplane rolled to the left about 45°. The instructor came on the controls and applied right aileron and right rudder, but the airplane touched down in a level attitude in a shallow lagoon on the left side of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage bulkheads.

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



Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Flight Engineer
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/22/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 28000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 600 hours (Total, this make and model), 15000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Foreign; Private
Age: 30, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/07/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 221 hours (Total, all aircraft), 8.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 72.7 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N88AG
Model/Series: PA34 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 34-7450093
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/23/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6698.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-C1E6
Registered Owner: My Way Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: Wayman Flight Training
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMIA, 30 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 32 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 98°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 23000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 50°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 25°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hollywood, FL (HWO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hollywood, FL (HWO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 EST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Dade-Collier Training And Tran (TNT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 12 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: RNAV; Visual
Runway Length/Width: 10499 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  25.861944, -80.896944 (est)