Friday, June 19, 2020

Cessna 152, N25449: Accident occurred June 17, 2020 at Little River Airport (FL10), McAlpin, Suwannee County, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Location: McAlpin, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA219
Date & Time: 06/17/2020, 1800 EDT
Registration: N25449
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 17, 2020, about 1800 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N25449, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near McAlpin, Florida. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane and an engine run-up before departure with no discrepancies reported. After the engine run-up was performed, he asked his passenger if he wanted to follow the rudder control inputs by placing his feet on the rudder pedals and he said he did. He advised his passenger of the takeoff profile, taxied into position and applied full throttle to begin the takeoff roll with 10° of flaps extended. The pilot noted that the airspeed indicator was "not alive" which he thought was unusual, but he continued the takeoff roll waiting for it to increase. When he saw the windsock out of his peripheral vision, which was about midway along the 2,600 ft long grass runway, he noted that the airspeed indicator showed about 45 knots instead of 50 knots, which was normal for that point along the runway. The pilot considered aborting the takeoff but elected to continue and rotated at 50 knots. The flight remained in ground effect, and he pushed the yoke to increase airspeed while flying through a gap in trees past the departure end of the runway. The airplane climbed at an airspeed of 50 to 55 knots to an altitude of about 35 ft above ground level; however, it subsequently struck trees, stalled and impacted the ground which bent the propeller. After exiting the airplane, the pilot noted smoke from a small fire in the engine compartment area which was later attributed to fuel from the carburetor which had broken off during impact. The fire was extinguished by the fire department.

The airplane was recovered for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N25449
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Edgar Conrad
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 24J, 103 ft msl
Observation Time: 1835 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: McAlpin, FL (FL10)
Destination: McAlpin, FL (FL10)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:2 None
Latitude, Longitude:

MCALPIN, Florida (WTXL) — Authorities responded to a small plane down in Suwannee County on Wednesday evening.

The crash happened at the Little River Airpark on Highway 10 in McAlpin.

Suwannee County Fire Rescue responded to the call about the Cessna 152 which can carry two passengers.

Crews report the pilot was taking off when the plane lost lift and crashed into the trees at the end of the airstrip.

The crash caused an small fire that was extinguished.

There were no injuries.

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