Sunday, December 06, 2020

Ercoupe 415-C, N2674H: Accident occurred December 06, 2020 in South Boston, Halifax County, Virginia

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; Richmond, Virginia

Location: South Boston, VA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA062
Date & Time: December 6, 2020, 16:18 Local 
Registration: N2674H
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 6, 2020, about 1618 eastern daylight time, an Ercoupe 415-C, N2674H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near South Boston, Virginia. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the airplane had 25 gallons of fuel onboard when he departed. The pilot performed three takeoffs and landings, followed by a local sightseeing flight northeast of his home airport. The engine experienced a partial loss of power, which happened about 45 minutes after the first takeoff. The pilot applied carburetor heat and used the primer to try and inject fuel into the engine;
however, the engine eventually lost all power. The pilot subsequently performed a forced landing to a road, and during the landing, the airplane struck a mailbox, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ercoupe 
Registration: N2674H
Model/Series: 415 C Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Operating Certificate(s)
Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: W78,419 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: South Boston, VA 
Destination: South Boston, VA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 
None Latitude, Longitude: 36.6987,-78.9014 (est)

The pilot of a small airplane had to make an abrupt landing in Centerville when the plane ran out of fuel at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The pilot, James Rutherford Jr., said he was flying his father’s Ercoupe airplane around Halifax County when he ran out of fuel.

He said the landing went smoothly aside from clipping a mailbox at 4024 Halifax Road. No one was injured in the plane landing.

The plane was moved out of the roadway to the parking lot of Farm Credit.

Virginia State Trooper L.V. Pambid, the investigating officer, said the plane was leaking fuel, and firefighters worked to mitigate the leaking fuel from the plane at the scene.

The plane landing is still under investigation.

The South Boston Fire Department, South Boston Police Department and Virginia State Police all responded to the scene of the plane landing and directed traffic in the area.

No comments:

Post a Comment