Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer, N2716P: Accident occurred July 13, 2020 at Cortland County Airport-Chase Field (N03), New York

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; New York

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Cortland, NY
Accident Number: ERA20CA246
Date & Time: July 13, 2020, 09:45 Local 
Registration: N2716P
Aircraft: Piper PA22 
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N2716P
Model/Series: PA22 150 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:
Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KITH, 1099 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:45 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2500 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cortland, NY (N03) 
Destination: Cortland, NY (N03)
Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.58889,-76.220275 (est)


Cortland County Sheriff's Office

On Monday morning, July 13th, 2020, at approximately 9:58 AM, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Cortland County Airport for a report of a plane crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that the single engine aircraft, which was occupied by both the pilot and co-pilot, had originated its flight from the Cortland County Airport. While after take-off, both the pilot and co-pilot had reported windy conditions and decided to land the aircraft in a field west of the runway, staying on Cortland County Airport Property. While landing the aircraft, both the pilot and co-pilot were unable to control the aircraft, and the aircraft went into a skid where the aircraft did sustain damage coming to its final rest. The pilot, who at this time his name is not being released, is being treated for both leg and back pain and was later transported by TLC to Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center where his injuries are not being considered life threatening at this time. The co-pilot, was not reporting any injuries.

The investigation is continuing and Investigators with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office were in contact with the FAA, where they responded and assisted with the investigation. Due to the plane crash, the Cortland County Airport was closed for approximately 3 ½ hours before the plane could be removed and the runway reopened.

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