Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Stolp SA-750 Acroduster Too, N529FM; accident occurred March 07, 2020 in Senoia, Coweta County, Georgia

View of fuselage damage 
Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Senoia, GA
Accident Number: ERA20CA128
Date & Time: 03/07/2020, 1240 EST
Registration: N529FM
Aircraft: Stolp Starduster ACRODUSTER II SA750
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to local law enforcement, the pilot reported that, while performing aerial stunts for a local children's party. The airplane struck a tree and he lost control of the airplane. He was able to maneuver the airplane across the street before striking another tree and impacting terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings and the empennage. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the airplane after the accident confirmed flight control continuity and reported no anomalies with the flight controls.

The pilot did not submit an NTSB Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report or any other statement describing the circumstances surrounding the accident. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:09/07/2001 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stolp Starduster
Model/Series: ACRODUSTER II SA750 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1998 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 302
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: IO360 SER A&C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: FFC, 798 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1253 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 342°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.45 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Senoia, GA (64GA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace:Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Big 'T' (64GA)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 900 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.283333, -84.538889 (est)

MARIETTA, Georgia — Authorities are investigating a plane crash just outside of Senoia in Coweta County while allegedly performing stunts.

Coweta County Fire Chief Deron Wilson confirmed that the plane crash happened in the area of Chestelhurst Road and Cody Trail - a wooded area that also has several houses.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen, the crash happened around 12:40 p.m. and involved an Stolp SA-750 Acroduster Too. The 61-year-old pilot, whose name and condition were not released, was the only person onboard the aircraft.

11Alive has since learned that the pilot was injured in the crash but was able to walk away and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center. Authorities said he had lacerations to his face and may have also had a broken arm.

Bergen said the aircraft came down in a wooded area. According to the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, it was roughly 200 yards from where an airplane crashed back in January. 

Authorities also said the crash happened while the pilot was performing stunts and flew too low.

Rusty Stonica said he was in the backyard at his daughter and son-in-law's house when they saw the plane come down.

"He was flying around and he was doing a little swirling and all and then he clipped the tree back here and we saw some parts fall off the tree in the woods."

Stonica said he noticed the plane was "wobbling in the air" before it flew over the road and made a turn and went down. He said he rushed out when he saw the crash hoping to help the pilot.

"It was just by the grace of God I walked right to the plane," he said. "I walked right up in the woods and saw the plane about 40 yards away from me."

As he was yelling for help to get the pilot out when he found the plane when he heard a voice from behind him.

"He said, 'I know, I was in it,' so I walked over there to him," Stonica said.

From there, he walked the injured pilot, who was bleeding from his head and his arms, to the road.

Original article can be found here ➤

A pilot doing stunts luckily walked away after his plane crashed outside Senoia.

Coweta County Fire Chief Pat Wilson confirmed the crash happened in the area of Chestlehurst Road and Cody Trail, around 12:41 p.m. Saturday.

The blue and white prop plane was found across the pond near In Jesus Name Church.

The pilot, a 61-year-old male, was found walking and sustained a head injury. He was transported by ground ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center, according Lt. Keith Addis with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

“The pilot said he was doing some stunts in the area, got too low and clipped a tree,” Addis said. “He was able to get it back across the power lines, away from the houses, and went down in a wooded area.”

The plane was identified as an Stolp SA-750 Acroduster Too, according to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.

The plane is a member of the Big T Airstrip where another crash occurred last month. That crash killed both occupants.

Original article can be found here ➤

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