Thursday, October 28, 2021

Beechcraft 23 Musketeer, N2353Z: Accident occurred October 27, 2021 near Saratoga County Airport (5B2), 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; Albany, New York

Location: Ballston Spa, New York
Accident Number: ERA22LA033
Date and Time: October 27, 2021, 17:50 Local 
Registration: N2353Z
Aircraft: Beech 23 Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On October 27, 2021, at 1750 eastern daylight time, a Beech BE-23 airplane, N2353Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Ballston Spa, New York. Theflight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot reported that he checked the fuel level in the airplane’s right and left fuel tanks during his preflight inspection and determined that there was enough fuel for 5 hours of flight time. The student and flight instructor departed Saratoga County Airport (5B2), Saratoga Springs, Florida, about 1530. They flew in the practice area and then around a nearby lake before returning to 5B2 to practice touch-and-go landings. About 2 hours and 20 minutes into their flight, after they turned onto final approach on their ninth landing, the engine sputtered, and stopped producing power, while the propeller continued to windmill. The flight instructor assumed the controls, established the best glide airspeed, and performed a check of the mixture, carburetor heat, ignition, and master switch, but was unable to restore engine power. The flight instructor selected an area to perform a forced landing. As the airplane descended, he maneuvered to avoid power lines; however, the airplane landed hard, fractured the nose landing gear and nosed over.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright in a nose down attitude. The right wing was substantially damaged where the right main landing gear pushed up into the wing. There was no evidence of fuel in the left wing tank; however, the integrity of the fuel tank was not initially verified.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N2353Z
Model/Series: 23 
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: SCH,378 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Saratoga Springs, NY (5B2)
Destination: Ballston Spa, NY

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: 43.042727,-73.871594 (est)

MILTON - A small plane came crashing down in the middle of a Saratoga County field on Wednesday evening. Luckily, both people in the plane were able to walk away.

They are 30-year-old Justin Platt of Ballston and 35-year-old Jesse Richardson of Fultonville.

Police say Platt, who was a student pilot, and his flight instructor, Richardson, were coming in for a landing at the Saratoga County Airport, when the plane landed just south of the runway in a very heavily populated area.

The plane has damage to its landing gear, the right wing, and the propeller.
The FAA was investigating Wednesday evening. The NTSB was expected on Thursday.

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