Thursday, December 03, 2020

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, N2420F: Accident occurred December 02, 2020 at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, Florida

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; South Florida 

Everglades Aviation Academy LLC

Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Accident Number: ERA21LA059
Date & Time: December 2, 2020, 07:51 Local
Registration: N2420F
Aircraft: Piper PA38
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional
On December 2, 2020, about 0751 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-38, N2420F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near North Perry Airport (HWO), Pembroke Pines, Florida. 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, the purpose of the flight was to fly the traffic pattern with the student pilot. Prior to the flight, they performed a preflight inspection with no anomalies noted. After performing several takeoffs and landings in the traffic pattern, the flight instructor’s “fuel timer” went off on a downwind leg of the traffic pattern to switch tanks from the left tank to the right tank. They performed a go around procedure and on the upwind leg of the traffic pattern they noticed a strong smell of something “being burnt.” The flight instructor conducted a scan of the instruments, and noted the carbon monoxide detector was
black, which indicated high levels of carbon monoxide were present. At that point, they were 400 ft mean sea level, and the student pilot began to turn to the crosswind leg of the traffic pattern. During the turn, the flight instructor noticed a “lack of engine power.” He assumed control of the airplane from the student pilot and verified that the mixture was in the full rich position and moved the throttle levels with no response from the engine. He then declared an emergency, turned back toward the airport, and unsuccessfully attempted to restart the engine multiple times during the descent.
The airplane struck an airport perimeter fence, nosed over, and came to rest inverted resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. The flight instructor and student pilot egressed the airplane without injuries.
An examination of the engine by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that throttle and mixture control continuity was confirmed. The propeller could only be turned one-quarter of the way through by hand. In addition, there was no visible damage to
the exhaust system.
The airframe and engine were recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2420F
Model/Series: PA38 112
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: HWO 
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Pembroke Pines, FL
Destination: Pembroke Pines, FL
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: 26.003635,-80.235112

PEMBROKE PINES, Florida (WSVN) - A small plane crashed at a Pembroke Pines airport.

The crash took place on the north side of North Perry Airport, located at 101 SW 77th Way, at around 7:50 a.m., Wednesday.

7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where firefighters could be seen spraying foam over the wreck.

The two occupants who were on board are said to be OK.

The crashed  Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk landed close to the scene of a fatal crash that happened on November 23rd.

The area is frequently used for flight training.

The plane reported engine problems to the tower shortly after takeoff, and the pilot tried to turn back when it crashed.

“I was sitting in my car, sitting right back here,” said witness Josiah Phillips. “All I see is a plane coming down. I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute, there’s no asphalt here for him to land on. I saw the plane hit, and it bounced off the ground, and it kept going past the building. That’s when I walked over, and I saw the plane turned over over here.”

They missed the runway and crashed through a fence before flipping over.

A man was seen gathering items from the upside-down plane and a few minutes later hugging a small child.

Witnesses were amazed to see the pilots climb out of the wreckage and walk away.

“You gotta believe. That’s the only way to explain it,” said a witness.

“And then we saw the people walking away from it. I was thinking it’s probably gonna explode, so I was like, ‘All right, let me back up a little bit.’ It’s scary, like, you don’t see– plane crashes aren’t normal. You don’t see that every day, so it was weird to see it, but thank God everyone’s OK. That’s all that really matters in the end,” Phillips said.

The plane, seemingly belonging to Everglades Aviation Academy, landed near a tank.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating whatever mechanical issues may have been involved in the plane crash.

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