Saturday, January 11, 2020

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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N5776W

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
Registration:N5776W 
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)

1 comment:

  1. Did anyone check the motor vehicle operators cell phone/text message activity? Hard to understand carelessness while driving across a runway.

    Stop at the hold short line and roll down a window and listen. Windows would be up for cold WX, maybe stereo playing too. If age 30 or less, those wireless earbuds playing tunes from the phone. Stop, look, listen....

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