Friday, July 16, 2021

Piper PA-23-160 Apache (Seguin Geronimo conversion), N776MC: Accident occurred July 15, 2021 and Incident occurred September 22, 2020

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; Baltimore, Maryland 
Hartzell Propeller/Hartzell Engine Technologies; Piqua, Ohio

Tri Flying Tigers Inc

Location: Easton, MD 
Accident Number: ERA21LA289
Date & Time: July 15, 2021, 11:27 Local 
Registration: N776MC
Aircraft: Piper PA-23 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On July 15, 2021, at 1127 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-23, N776MC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Easton, Maryland. The flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor stated that after takeoff the pilot receiving instruction, who was also a flight instructor completed an approach to landing stall (flaps and gear down) and reported that the throttles felt, “like bungee cords.” The flight instructor then executed the same maneuver and agreed; adding that during recovery the left engine spooled up, “slowly.”

The flight instructor told the pilot to perform the maneuver again, which began at 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl) by lowering the nose from 70 mph to achieve a 500 feet-per-minute (fpm) descent at 80 mph, and 1,500 rpm. At about 2,800 ft msl the pilot initiated the stall maneuver by raising the nose and reducing the engine power to idle, descending about an additional 100 ft before the stall buffet occurred around 62 mph. During the subsequent recovery, after full power was applied on both engines, the left engine experienced a total power loss. At that time the airspeed was around 57 mph and the airplane immediately rolled about 45° to the left, consistent with a minimum control speed (VMC) roll. The flight instructor immediately took the controls and recovered; however, as he reapplied full right rudder, his seat slipped back which released pressure on the right rudder pedal. The airplane entered a 2nd VMC roll, from which he recovered but the flight was about 1,200 ft msl and in an approximate 800 fpm descent. The pilot receiving instruction was unable to restart the left engine, and the flaps and landing gear remained extended. The flight was below 800 ft msl, descending fast, and unable to reach the airport. The flight instructor subsequently landed the airplane in a corn field. The airplane came to rest upright with both propellers feathered and sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N776MC
Model/Series: PA-23 NO SERIES
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: KESN,72 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:30 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Annapolis, MD (ASN) 
Destination: Easton, MD

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude:  38.728055,-76.129722 (est)

EASTON, Maryland  — A small plane crashed late Thursday morning in a corn field in Talbot County.

Maryland State Police said troopers were called around 11:53 a.m. Thursday to a field in the area of Baileys Neck Road near Easton, Talbot County for a plane crash.

Police said the flight instructor, Dionsio S. Gamboa, verified that the Piper PA-23-160 Apache crashed in a corn field as it was getting in position to land at Easton Airport.

Police said the plane's left engine failed while the landing gear was being deployed and the plane started to descend. Police said the hydraulics on the landing gear failed and could not return back into position.

Gamboa and the co-pilot, Nathaniel L. Warren, were examined at the scene by paramedics and released.

Police said both pilots are connected to the U.S. Naval Academy, but the plane was not a military aircraft.

An investigation continues.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland 

September 22, 2020: Aircraft landed gear up at Easton/Newnam Field Airport (KESN), Talbot County, Maryland.

Tri Flying Tigers Inc

Date: 22-SEP-20
Time: 19:17:00Z
Regis#: N776MC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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