Monday, March 01, 2021

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N7014H: Accident occurred February 28, 2021 at Wakulla County Airport (2J0), Panacea, 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; Tampa, Florida

Location: Panacea, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA143
Date & Time: February 28, 2021, 16:05 Local 
Registration: NC7014H
Aircraft: Piper J3C 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: NC7014H
Model/Series: J3C 65 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
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: TLH,83 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Panacea, FL 
Destination: Panacea, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.989456,-84.395392 (est)

One man was injured after a plane crash at the Wakulla County Airport in Panacea Sunday evening.

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office and EMS responded to the crash, posting about it on Facebook around 6 p.m. Sunday. The department initially described the crash of the small unidentified aircraft as one "with injuries" but provided no specifics.

In an update released Monday afternoon, the department said: "Emergency personnel were able to remove the pilot who was the sole occupant of the plane from the wreckage. The pilot was then transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."

WCSO said the FAA responded and would be conducting the investigation moving forward.

As word spread about the crash on social media Sunday, Facebook commenters said they had heard the plane's pilot would be alright. 

A photo posted on Facebook showed the scene of the crash. The fuselage of the small plane appeared intact, but Tallahassee resident Rick Oppenheim, who was passing by, said the landing gear were "flattened."

"Looked like 1 person was lying on the ground," he wrote on Facebook. "We counted 3 Highway Patrol cars, 6 Wakulla Sheriff’s cars, 3 fire trucks and 1 EMT passing us heading there."

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