Friday, August 21, 2020

Just JA30 SuperSTOL, N146BB: Accident occurred August 15, 2020 in Clover, York County, South Carolina

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; Columbia, South Carolina 

Acme Aero LLC

Location: Clover, SC
Accident Number: ERA20LA286
Date & Time: August 15, 2020, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N146BB
Aircraft: McSwain JA 30
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 15, 2020, about 1600 eastern daylight time, a McSwain PA30 Superstol, N146BB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at a private airstrip near Clover, South Carolina. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he landed at a private, grass airstrip during the flight from York Airport (01SC), York, South Carolina to Gastonia Municipal Airport (AKH), Gastonia, North Carolina. He landed uneventfully and taxied for a takeoff to the northwest. During the initial climb, he noted that the airplane was not climbing as he expected. He maneuvered to avoid some trees; however, the airplane contacted the trees and he was unable to maintain control. The airplane crashed in a wooded area and he was met by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. He reported that there was structural damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. There was no fire.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: McSwain
Registration: N146BB
Model/Series: JA 30 Superstol
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KAKH,797 ft msl
Observation Time: 20:42 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2100 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: York, SC (01SC)
Destination: Gastonia, NC (AKH )

Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.108333,-81.175277 (est)

CLOVER, South Carolina (WBTV) - A man was taken to the hospital after a small plane he was piloting crashed in Clover, South Carolina on Saturday, according to officials.

The crash took place near Bate Harvey Road and Jackson Lake Lane, which is off of Hwy 55 just down the road from Griggs Elementary School.

According to a report by York County Sheriff’s Office, pilot Matthew McSwain had taken off from an airstrip on Bate Harvey Road and was unable to clear the tree line. The crash occurred after his propeller clipped a tree.

When the sheriff’s office arrived on scene, McSwain had already exited the plane. He was transported to a hospital by EMS. There is no word on his current condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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