Sunday, December 06, 2020

Collision During Landing: Piper PA-28-140, N5792U; Accident occurred December 23, 2019 at Cranland Airport (28M), Hanson, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hanson, Massachusetts 
Accident Number: ERA20CA111
Date & Time: December 23, 2019, 14:00 Local 
Registration: N5792U
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Flight instructor Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor; Private
Age: 22, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: November 6, 2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 8, 2019
Flight Time: 366.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 46.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 299.7 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 64.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Student pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 6, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 270 hours (Total, all aircraft), 270 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5792U
Model/Series: PA28 140 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-26618
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 150 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPYM,149 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 13:52 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mansfield, MA (1B9) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hanson, MA (28M)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 13:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CRANLAND 28M
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 71 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1760 ft / 60 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Go around; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.02861,-70.839721(est)


  1. Big age gap here -- the student is 68 and the instructor is 22. My suggestion is that the student pilot work with a flight instructor close to his own age. That's what I did and got great results.

    "This particular student has been through 14 CFI's, has about 250 hours and still has not been signed off to take the Private Pilot Practical Exam."

    1. When I was a kid a model airplane was made of balsa wood with a propeller powered by a big rubber band. Times do change.

    2. At 270 hours and still a student pilot, it's time to give up becoming a private pilot. This person does not have what it takes, unfortunately. Amazingly, nobody was hurt.