Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Consolidated Aeronautics Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer, N2994P: Accident occurred August 14, 2020 at North Palm Beach County Airport (F45), Palm Beach 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; Miramar, Florida

Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA285
Date & Time: 08/14/2020, 1718 EDT
Registration: N2994P
Aircraft: Lake LA4
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 14, 2020, about 1718 eastern daylight time, a Lake LA4, N2994P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45) West Palm Beach, Florida. One pilot/owner received minor injuries and another pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot/airplane owner, they departed F45 for a local flight. After about 1 hour and 20-minute flight, they returned to F45. During the landing rolling out on the runway the pilot opened the airplane's gull-wing door and instantly heard "a swish of air enter the cabin" followed by a flash of fire that came from the rear cabin forward. Both occupants jumped out of the airplane as it continued down the runway and into the grass. After the airplane stopped the owner ran back to the cockpit and turned off the master switch and fuel selector valve.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright in the grass next to runway 14 and a majority of the fuselage and engine were consumed by fire. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site.

The airplane and engine were recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lake
Registration: N2994P
Model/Series: LA4 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: F45, 21 ft msl
Observation Time: 1720 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: North Palm Beach, FL (F45)
Destination: North Palm Beach, FL (F45)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.845556, -80.221667 (est)

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Florida — Two people were injured after an aircraft caught fire at the North Palm Beach County Airport, according to Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue. Officials say the pilot of a Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer took off Friday evening and smelled smoke shortly after take off. The pilot quickly landed back at the airport before the plane was engulfed in flames.

The two occupants suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue was first on scene to put out the flames, assisting Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

No word on what caused the fire.

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting one, the pilot popped the door open during landing roll-out and the airplane burst into flames.