Tuesday, September 14, 2021

WACO GXE, N8564: Accident occurred September 13, 2021 in Burt, Niagara County, New York

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; Rochester, New York

Location: Burt, NY 
Accident Number: ERA21LA356
Date & Time: September 13, 2021, 14:05 Local
Registration: N8564
Aircraft: Waco GXE 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 13, 2021, about 1405 eastern daylight time, a Waco GXE, N8564, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Burt, New York. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the airplane’s annual inspection was completed on the morning of the accident. During takeoff, the airplane departed the turf runway “normally,” and once it was inground effect, it would not climb any further even though the “engine was producing power just fine.” He elected to land the airplane in a nearby field to avoid trees in the flight path. During the landing, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

The airframe and engine were recovered and will be examined.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Waco
Registration: N8564
Model/Series: GXE
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: IAG,585 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burt, NY
Destination: Burt, NY

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.306684,-78.745106 (est)

Niagara County Sheriff's Office Press Release: 

Newfane, New York – On September 13th 2021, at approximately 14:04 hours, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a plane crash in a corn field behind 2264 Coomer Rd in the Town of Newfane. Deputies arrived on location to find a 1929 Waco Model GXE overturned in the cornfield. Initial investigation on scene determined that the plane took off from 5328 Wilson Burt Rd and started east bound approximately 2000 feet.  The pilot was unable to gain altitude and attempted a precautionary landing in the cornfield where the plane overturned.  The pilot, Joseph Rizzo of Akron New York, received only minor injuries and declined medical treatment on scene. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office will be holding the scene until the FAA completes its investigation. 

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