Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Waco QCF, N11457: Accident occurred May 03, 2020 at Brookhaven Airport (KHWV), Shirley, Suffolk County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

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NTSB Identification: ERA20CA175
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Shirley, NY
Aircraft: Waco QCF, registration: N11457

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft landed and flipped over. 

Date: 03-MAY-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N11457
Aircraft Make: WACO
Aircraft Model: QCF
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A small biplane overturned while landing at Calabro Airport in Shirley on Sunday with one person onboard, Suffolk County police said. 

No one was injured, police said. Suffolk police were called to the scene shortly before 4 p.m.

The plane overturned when it was already on the ground, according to Suffolk County Seventh Precinct.

Officials with the Mastic Fire Department reported in a news release that at approximately 4 p.m. they responded to a report of an aircraft emergency at Calabro Airport.

Chief Rudy Sunderman said that upon arrival firefighters found that the a biplane that had overturned just after landing. The lone pilot was out of the aircraft and uninjured.

The pilot was identified as Sean Martens, 40, of Garden City, police said.

Firefighters immediately secured the plane, cut off the fuel to the engine, and mitigated a minor fuel leak, according to the fire department.

Mastic Ambulance Company stood by at the scene. 

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and the scene was then turned over to the Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal and the Suffolk police for investigation.


  1. look how many lookie loos- whats there to do? why dont they just flip it over so the fuel stops running out.duh

    1. More Ignorant "Official First Responders".
      New York = Enough Said.

    2. Obviously two wonderful genius's who never restored a taildragger of this type to it's landing gear.

      For one you need a boom crane.

      There are no hand holds that would allow anyone to lift or push on the airframe.

      Airframe is Silk Fabric & Wood skin with metal frame!

      Suggest one educate one's self before posting idiot comments!!

    3. "why dont they just flip it over"

      Not their job, Not trained, not insured...and they don't have the equipment.

      "so the fuel stops running out.duh"

      Gas tanks are sealed so fuel doesn't leak out unless violated (punctured)

      Finally...everyone has to follow the owners instructions and desire...since he owns the plane !

  2. Bummer looks like lot of work went into building that. Flip overs, ground loops goes with the risk of those glad he walked away didn't catch fire.

  3. Like church work, I guess they needed a committee to figure out the step of action to take. Nice paint on the bird. Bet he hit the brakes too hard.

  4. Darn shame I worked many hours restoring that airplane before it was finished in MN.