Monday, March 02, 2020

Aircraft Propeller Contact With Person: Piper PA-28-151 Warrior, N228JS; accident occurred February 29, 2020 at New Castle Airport (KILG), New Castle County, Delaware

View of Airplane Engine and Propeller 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Wilmington, DE

Accident Number: ERA20CA117
Date & Time: 02/29/2020, 0925 EST
Registration: N228JS
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: AC/prop/rotor contact w person
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

A witness observed the pilot walking around his airplane while his 11-year-old son sat inside the aircraft. The next thing the witness observed was the pilot laying unresponsive in front of the engine and the son screaming on the phone to 911. The son was trying to describe his location, so the witness called ground control on his airplane's radio, who in turn dispatched rescue personnel. According to the police report, the pilot sustained a serious head wound and blood spatter was observed on the propeller. The report also stated that the airplane's power and fuel had to be turned off and the airplane tied down after the pilot was taken to the hospital. According to the pilot's wife, her husband and son were planning to depart on a cross country flight before the accident occurred. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: None
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/23/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 827 hours (Total, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Model/Series: PA28 151
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-7415103
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2326 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: ILG, 80 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1351 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 15 knots / 23 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C / -12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wilmington, DE (ILG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Morgantown, WV (MGW)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: New Castle (ILG)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 79 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.678611, -75.606667 (est)

NEW CASTLE, Delaware (WPVI) -- A freak accident involving a single-engine plane sent a man from New Castle, Delaware to the hospital.

Officials say Andrew Lipsett was at New Castle County Airport around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

As he attempted to hand crank the aircraft's propeller, the propeller hit him in the head.

He was taken to a local hospital.

There was no word on his condition.

Original article can be found here ➤

A Wilmington man was sent to the hospital Saturday morning after being struck in the head by an airplane propeller at New Castle Airport.

At around 9:20 a.m., the man was trying to start his single-engine airplane. He was unsuccessful, so he got out of the plane to start it manually. That's when the propeller hit him in the head, Delaware Bay Port Authority officials said.

The man was unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital. It is unknown what his condition is at this time, authorities said.

Original article ➤

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