Friday, August 07, 2020

Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee, N223AB: Accident occurred August 05, 2020 and Incident occurred March 09, 2017

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: Miami, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA275
Date & Time: 08/05/2020, 1333 EDT
Registration: N223AB
Aircraft: PIPER PA25
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Banner Tow

On August 5, 2020, about 1333 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235, N223AB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Miami, Florida. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 banner tow flight.

The pilot stated that he performed a thorough preflight inspection and no discrepancies were reported. He departed with a full fuel tank and after takeoff threw out the first tow hook but it became draped over the horizontal stabilizer and elevator. He returned for an uneventful landing, secured the airplane and after clearing the tow hook, he inspected the airplane and noted no damage. He contacted tower, taxied to runway 10L, where he performed another engine run-up, and departed, successfully throwing out the tow hook.

He remained in the pattern, picked the banner at 1302, and climbed on an easterly heading to 1,300 ft mean sea level (msl). He leaned the mixture, then at the top of the climb he checked the carburetor heat by applying it for 15 to 30 seconds and noted a 100-rpm drop. He removed carburetor heat and according to company tracking data flew in a southeast direction to Haulover Park, then proceeded in a southerly direction. He flew over the Port of Miami at 1,100 ft msl where he checked the carburetor heat a 2nd time, applying it and leaving on for 15 to 30 seconds, again noting a 100-rpm drop. He removed carburetor heat and continued in a southerly direction. When the flight was south of Fisher Island, he made a radio call on the Watson Island Advisory air-to-air frequency that the flight was at 1,100 ft msl, turning to the north, descending to 700 ft msl. He applied carburetor heat before beginning to descend, but before he had time to adjust the throttle control, the engine rpm dropped to between 1,000 and 1,200. He checked the magnetos, full and mixture were full forward but that did not restore engine power. Aware of the hazards of dropping the banner he made sure no boats were nearby and he dropped it in the water. Company tracking data reflected a slight left turn towards a southeasterly direction followed by a right turn to a westerly heading. He maneuvered for a forced landing and when the flight was between 50 and 100 ft, the engine sputtered like it wanted to come back. He was fast at touchdown and collided with a fence during the landing roll. The airplane stopped within 40 to 50 ft of the fence impact. He secured the airplane.

According to the FAA inspector who examined the airplane at the accident site, the pilot landed to the west on a road. About 1/2 way down it, the right wing collided with a chain link fence. The airplane then turned right and went down a slight embankment before coming to rest upright. He confirmed there was no fuel contamination in the fuel tank or airframe fuel strainer, and noted only scratches to the propeller blades, though the propeller spinner was damaged. While he and the pilot were present, a company employee started the engine and briefly operated it to idle. During the short duration engine run oil leakage was noted from a damaged oil cooler; the engine was promptly shut down. The airplane was recovered for further examination of the engine and its systems, and the fuel system.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N223AB
Model/Series: PA25 235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Aerial Banner North, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MIA, 9 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hollywood, FL (HWO)
Destination: Hollywood, FL (HWO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 25.750556, -80.152222

VIRGINIA KEY, Florida (WSVN) - A pilot seems to be OK after crashing a banner plane in Virginia Key.

Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene at the Central District Treatment Plant, at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, just after 1:30 p.m., Wednesday.

7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene as the pilot seemed to be OK, as he talked to officials.

The yellow plane stopped on a road and had sustained damage to the tail and wings.

There were no other vehicles on the road at the time the pilot landed the plane.

Witnesses who were kayaking nearby said they saw the large advertisement banner fall off before the crash.

“We turned, and we saw the advertisement,” witness Gabriella Obregon said. “It was a banner, and it was a GEICO banner, and we saw it go down. Then, the plane kind of, like, spun.”

“The guy actually spun around,” witness Jessica Botero said. “I guess he lost control, and he came very low into the trees. He passed the trees, and like she said, we waited a couple of seconds, and we heard the impact. I am pretty concerned because, obviously, there is a person in there and hearing that and crashing into the ground and since it was an advertisement plane, he could have been alone, so I could just imagine what was going through his head at the time. It’s just sad.”

Investigators said the plane originated out of North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida – A small plane landed off the Rickenbacker Causeway Wednesday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

According to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen, a Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee that was towing a banner made the landing at 1:30 p.m.

Bergen said the plane had departed from North Perry Airport in Hollywood and the pilot was the only person onboard the plane. According to Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Pete Sanchez, the plane was on land at the Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant in Virginia Key.

“We saw the advertisement plane drop its flag, and we saw it and were like, ‘Oh, should we go get it?’” Jessica Botero said. “And the plane was spinning, so I guess the guy saw that it fell and then suddenly it kind of lost control and went over the trees. And it was super low so we didn’t know if it was going to crash.”

Botero, who was on the water with another woman on rented kayaks, said the plane crashed seconds later.

Miami-Dade police spokesman Angel Rodriguez said the pilot was able to get out of the plane and appeared to be OK.

According to Miami Fire Rescue officials, the pilot reported engine trouble and clipped a fence while trying to land.

Bergen said the FAA will investigate the incident and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

The pilot’s identity has not yet been released.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Tampa, Florida 

March 09, 2017:  Aircraft during banner tow operations, banner became tangled in gear. On landing gear collapsed at Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

Date: 09-MAR-17
Time: 17:24:00Z
Regis#: N223AB
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA25
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: BANNER TOW
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

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