Saturday, October 10, 2020

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N8788D: Accident occurred October 08, 2020 at Plymouth Municipal Airport (KPYM), Massachusetts

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; Boston, Massachusetts

County of Plymouth
Commissioners Office

Location: Plymouth, MA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA013
Date & Time: October 8, 2020, 15:30 Local 
Registration: N8788D
Aircraft: Piper PA18 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
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Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N8788D
Model/Series: PA18 150 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.910697,-70.728913 

PLYMOUTH — Chief G. Edward Bradley reports that the Plymouth Fire Department Responded to Plymouth Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon for a report of an overturned airplane. 

Firefighters arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 p.m., and found a Plymouth County Fire Patrol Cessna light aircraft that was overturned. 

After a preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the plane, which was returning from routine air patrol, encountered a large gust of wind upon landing and the pilot was unable to prevent the plane from overturning. 

The plane is used by fire departments in Plymouth County during extreme drought conditions, such as the ones currently ongoing, to monitor the area for potential fires. The crew includes a pilot and an observer who searches the area for smoke. The pilot and observer are hired through the Plymouth County Fire Chiefs’ Association.

Both the pilot and the observer were able to safely exit the plane on their own. They were in the process of securing the plane when crews arrived on scene. 

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but both occupants were transported to an area hospital for evaluation as a precaution. 

The plane sustained severe damage as a result of the incident. It will remain on scene until crews from the Federal Aviation Administration respond to assist.

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