Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Piper PA-28-181 Archer III, N656ST: Accident occurred March 12, 2020 near Beverly Regional Airport (KBVY), Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aircraft loss engine power, landed long and went off runway. 

Beverly Flight Center Inc


Date: 12-MAR-20
Time: 20:22:00Z
Regis#: N656ST
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Beverly Regional Airport manager Gloria Bouillon said in a press release on March 12th, a Piper PA-28-181 Archer III aircraft being flown by a student pilot crashed into trees on a residential property on that afternoon.  Beverly Regional Airport was notified of the crash shortly after 5 p.m.

Members of Beverly Police and Fire, Danvers Police and Fire, Wenham Fire, Middleton Fire and Massachusetts State Police all responded to the scene on Burley Street in Danvers. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation also responded to the scene, and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating as well.

The pilot, an adult male, was evaluated by EMS on the scene and declined transportation to an area hospital. He is a student at the Beverly Flight Center, a flight school which operates out of the airport. No one else was inside the plane at the time of the landing.

The plane sustained significant damage in the crash, and was leaking fuel when first responders arrived. The plane did not catch fire, however.

As a student pilot works to achieve their pilot’s license, it is a standard practice for the student to perform solo flights as they become more proficient in order to hone their flight skills.

“We’re very thankful for the quick and efficient response of our local police and fire departments today,” Bouillon said. “They did an incredible job assisting the student pilot. We’d also like to thank our pilots and businesses at the airport for their patience and cooperation through this incident.”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Beverly Regional Airport temporarily closed Runway 09 following the crash until approximately 6 p.m.

Original article ➤ https://beverly.wickedlocal.com


  1. I wonder if the handpainted sign on the fence "Thank you Beverly airport" is in reference to the quick response of officials, or a snarky way to place blame on a facility that played no role in the accident? Maybe the airport forced the homeowner to buy a house at the end of a runway.

    1. Turns out the sign is neither of those two choices:
      "Beverly Airport recently cut down two or three trees in her backyard. She and her mother were upset at airport officials because she said they never fixed the deep ruts that were left in their front yard by heavy equipment."


  2. Now that the industry isn't go hung crazy to mint new pilots anymore and that new automation will take over once we go back to a semblance of normalcy. Then cfis will actually be cfis and not with 250 hrs like I see a lot and craftsmanship will be back to determine if a student pilot can actually not panic or do something stupid. Per CFR this accident is actually all on the cfi who endorsed the student here and wrecked a fairly new trainer.

    1. "Per CFR this accident is actually all on the cfi who endorsed the student here and wrecked a fairly new trainer."

      That was my exact thought when I read this story. IPs release students for solo when he or she is confident the student can manage the aircraft. However, the initial story here states there was a loss of engine power yet there was leaking fuel in the tank(s) after the crash.

      It could be pilot error in engine and/or fuel management or it could be something more. We have accident reports here from ~100 hour career student pilots just getting their solo checkoff and wind up crashing.

      Anyone can speculate, but this is just yet another "student" pilot crash that we'll have to see the cause of in the final report. What is missing here though is the hours of the pilot.

  3. Why is the airport manager there all winter Tuscany dressed up and visiting the crash site? Did she have any witness input on what happened? This is a serious question because I've never seen airport managers show up at crashes at their airports for the media before.

  4. Why is the airport manager there all winter Tuscany dressed up and visiting the crash site?
    Well, according to Ms. Bouillon, she thinks of herself as an "visionary leader" ... --verbatim.
    About Gloria Bouillon:
    Energetic Airport Manager, commercial pilot, public speaker and aviation professional who creates strategic alliances with federal, state, and local agencies, to effectively improve airport infrastructure and regional economic development. Driven leader who builds consensus with a visionary approach and effective communication to stakeholders and community. Transformational change, lead two airports to largest infrastructure development through stakeholder engagement and collaboration with key decision makers.
    Public Speaking Engagements
    2020 New Orleans, Louisiana, C-Suite Perspectives Speaker Panelist ACI/AAAE Customer Experience Symposium
    2020 Monterey, California, C-Suite Speaker and Panelist SWAAAE Professional Development
    2019 Chicago, Airports Going Green Speaker and Panelist: Sustainability and Customer Experience
    2019 Texas, SMART Airport and Regions Expert C-Suite Speaker and Panelist: "Infrastructure Master Planning"
    2019 Speaker and Panelist, Massachusetts Airport Managers Association Conference, "Stakeholder Engagement"
    2019 North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Speaker and Presenter, "Beverly Airport Capital Planning"
    2019 Beverly Chamber of Commerce, Speaker and Panelist "Trailblazers, Creating their own Success"
    2019 North Shore Women in Business, Speaker and Panelist, Beverly
    2018 Airport Security Workshop, Presenter and Panelist, Beverly
    2018 Television Show, North Shore Journal, Speaker, “Capital Planning”
    Radio Guest Speaker, Pittsfield.

  5. https://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/beverly-airport-settlement-details-emerge/article_bd78450f-f1a7-54e4-b222-c6a264e3c8ae.html

    Mark Zuberek was rebuffed in his attempts to conduct a follow up on-camera interview with Airport Manager Gloria Bouillon, and interview an airport business owner, court documents show.

  6. ^^That pretty much explains a lot...