Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Tecnam P92 Eaglet, N562TU: Accident occurred September 28, 2020 in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland

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 Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland 
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologies (BMVIT); Vienna
Rotech Flight Safety; Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo (ANSV); Rome


Location: Centerville, MD
Accident Number: ERA20LA341
Date & Time: September 28, 2020, 18:00 Local
Registration: N562TU
Aircraft: Tecnam P92
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 28, 2020, about 1800 eastern daylight time, a Tecnam P92 airplane, N562TU, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Centerville, Maryland. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to the flight instructor, he and a student pilot were flying straight and level, about 1,700 feet above mean sea level, on a southwest heading, 10 to 12 miles from Bay Bridge Airport (W29), Stevensville, Maryland, when the airplane suddenly began to vibrate severely. This was followed by a marginal reduction in engine rpm from about 5,100 rpm to 4,500 rpm.

The flight instructor then took over the flight controls from the student pilot and manipulated the throttle control to see if a different power setting would reduce the vibrations. There was no discernable result and movement of the throttle control did not elicit a corresponding response from the engine. The flight instructor then ensured that the fuel valves were all on (they were) and turned on the electric fuel pump.There still were no changes to the vibrations or power. 

Assessing the situation as an impending engine failure, the flight instructor configured the airplane for best glide speed, turned towards the nearest field, for a potential forced landing, and made a “Mayday” transmission. About 1-minute later, the engine stopped, and they were gliding towards the field that he had selected.

He attempted to restart the engine, but the engine would not even crank when the starter was engaged, and all the avionics in the airplane shutdown. This was very concerning to him as the master switch was still on, and he needed the speed and altitude indications as well as the wing flaps. About 30 seconds later, all the displays came back on, he configured for landing, aligned with the longest portion of the field, and touched down uneventfully in soybean plants that were being grown in the field.

As the airplane slowed, the airplane’s nose dropped to the ground, the nose wheel landing gear dug into the soft earth and grass, tore off, and the airplane slid on the forward portion of the fuselage belly, until the nose of the airplane dug in, and the airplane slowly nosed over.

Preliminary examination by a federal Aviation Administration inspector, revealed that the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Tecnam
Registration: N562TU
Model/Series: P92 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KW29,17 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Stevensville, MD (W29)
Destination: Centerville, MD

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.050014,-76.151108 (est)

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