Sunday, October 18, 2020

BRM Aero Bristell S-LSA, N438BL: Accident occurred October 18, 2020 at Carlisle Airport (N94), Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

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; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Location: Carlisle, PA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA025
Date & Time: October 18, 2020, 14:21 Local 
Registration: N438BL
Aircraft: Aero Bristell Bristell LSA 
Injuries: 2 Minor
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Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aero Bristell
Registration: N438BL
Model/Series: Bristell LSA
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.188573,-77.178235 (est)

The National Transportation Safety Board is in the early stages of investigating the plane crash at the Carlisle Airport on Sunday afternoon that sent two people to the hospital.

The NTSB had no further information Monday beyond the initial crash report from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson, but would aim to issue a preliminary report within two weeks.

Local emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to fire call records, after a small plane crashed into a wooded area just north of the airport, located in South Middleton Township just outside of Carlisle Borough. First responders on the scene reported that two people were transported to the hospital by Life Lion helicopter.

In an initial statement, the FAA said a single-engine Aero Bristell crashed into trees 500 feet north of the airport’s Runway 28 with two people aboard. The agency’s crash reported listed two “serious” injuries; local authorities did not have an update on the victims’ condition as of Monday.

The plane, a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft, was built in 2019 and is registered to a name and address in Carlisle Borough, according to FAA records.

Mustapha Mouhacht, who lives near the airport, told ABC27 News he heard a loud sound and was the first at the scene.

“I just started running over there,” Mouhacht said. “When I got there, I found two people inside. I saw two people injured, their faces with blood coming out. So I talked to them to try to open the door inside.”

Mouhacht said there wasn’t smoke, and that he was able to get directly to the plane.

The NTSB typically won’t dispatch investigators to the scene of a nonfatal aircraft crash, Knudson said, given that the aircraft’s pilot usually knows what caused the crash. The plane is typically recovered by the aircraft’s insurance company and taken to a secure location, where FAA and NTSB personnel may examine the wreck if warranted.

The NTSB is legally required to investigate accidents involving a serious injury to a person and/or substantial damage to the aircraft; roughly 1,300 such accidents occur each year, Knudsen said, with 250 to 300 of them involving fatalities.

CARLISE, Pennsylvania – Two men were airlifted to the hospital after their small plane crashed in Cumberland County this afternoon shortly before 2:30 p.m.

According to FlightAware, the flight was slated to last approximately 15 minutes, but was in the air for nearly an hour and a half instead.

Residents of the neighborhood alongside the runway, Mustapha Mouhacht and wife, heard an unusual noise and called 911.

“And I stared running over there,” Mouhacht said. “When I got there, I found two people inside. I saw two people injured. Their faces with blood coming out. So I talk to them to try to open the door inside.”

In an effort to rescue the men, Mouhacht attempted to break the windows of the aircraft without success.

He then worked with them to try to pry the door open. “And I open it just like this space, and I took the first guy outside and then the second guy, I took him outside,” he said.

Mouchacht described two men of the aircraft and said their injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The severity of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The National Transportation Safety Board is not expected to investigate the site of the crash until tomorrow.

There was no fear in Mustapha Mouhacht when he saw a plane sticking out of the trees behind his house.

Instead, Mouhacht said he wanted to help, so he ran across the tarmac to help get two men out of the plane.

The plane appeared to have missed the runway at the Carlisle Airport in the 200 block of Petersburg Road around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Instead, it came down at a harsh angle against trees next to the runaway.

For the neighbors in the Spring Green Estates mobile home park, they are used to planes coming down, since Meals Drive runs parallel to the runway. Their backyards face the runaway and, in this case, the crash.

Kathy Swope said in 10 years she’s gotten so used to the planes she can now sleep through them, which is why she wasn’t that alarmed when she first heard the crash.

Her dog alerted her that something might be more wrong, so she went outside and saw the plane sticking out of the trees. Mouhacht already was running over to the plane.

“It’s scary to look out there. I would have never thought that,” Swope said. “That’s why I didn’t pay that much attention to it.”

Swope called 911 and relayed what Mouhacht was seeing as he tried to get into the plane. She also heard a dispatch that there was a suspected fuel leak.

Mouhacht said when he got there he found two men who were alert and able to talk to him while he tried to pull open the door.

Swope said the whole time she was shouting to Mouhacht, who was relaying information that she was able to give to dispatchers about the men and their conditions.

Mouhacht said it took almost 15 minutes to get the door open, but once he got permission from one of the men to break the door and get it open, he was able to help the two men out.

Mouhacht’s wife even got involved when she brought him a hammer to use to break into the plane.

Though able to speak, Mouhacht said one was incoherent and the other appeared to have a broken leg. Both men were eventually life-flighted from the scene.

Once the men were out of the plane, ambulances and paramedics were able to begin helping them.

“When we were able to take them outside, the people from the ambulance told us to get them far from the airplane because they [could] smell the fuel,” Mouhacht said.

Mouhacht said even though he knew there was the threat of the plane exploding, he didn’t see smoke so he thought “it’s the opportunity to take them out, just like that."

Fear was the furthest thing from Mouhacht’s mind.

“No I’m not scared, because I like [to] help,” Mouhacht said. Being able to get them out made him happy, he said.

Officials have not made any additional comments on the crash as of 5 p.m. Sunday.

Two people were transported to the hospital via Life Lion after a plane crash at the Carlisle Airport Sunday afternoon, according to Ron Hamilton, emergency services administrator for South Middleton Township.

Reports from the scene indicate the plane was nose down off the runway in the wooded section of the airport. Union Fire Company Assistant Fire Chief Matt Hinken, who had command of the scene, said the crash is still under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Hinken said the crash was reported both to NTSB and FAA.

Hinken said emergency crews were dispatched at 2:29 p.m. to the airport in South Middleton Township, and there were two injured people in the plane, though he did not know the severity of the injuries.

One Life Lion helicopter was already at Carlisle Airport and transported one person. Hinken said another Life Lion helicopter was called in from another station, and that arrived shortly after the other's departure to transport the second injured person.

SOUTH MIDDLETON TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania  — Two people were injured when a plane crashed Sunday at the Carlisle Airport.

Emergency dispatchers say the plane missed the runway around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The plane landed on its nose in the woods next to the runway.

Two people were onboard. According to Emergency Dispatch Services, both were seriously injured and were airlifted by Life Lion to Hershey Hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the crash.