Saturday, March 12, 2022

American Champion 7GCBC Citabria, N91JB: Accident occurred March 10, 2022 at Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut

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; Bradley

Skyraider A1E LLC

Location: Plainville, Connecticut
Accident Number: ERA22LA152
Date and Time: March 10, 2022, 15:45 UTC
Registration: N91JB
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N91JB
Model/Series: 7GCBC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: HFD,13 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Plainville, CT 
Destination: Plainville, CT

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.689333,-72.864694 (est)

PLAINVILLE, Connecticut — A close call Thursday morning at Plainville's Robertson Airport.

Just after 11:30 a.m., a single-engine plane flipped over nose first after landing at Robertson Airport. The pilot, the only person in the plane, escaped serious injury.

"It appears that the single-engine plane, after landing, veered off to the right-hand side (of the runway) onto a grassy area and then flipped over onto its roof," said Chief Chris Vanghele of the Plainville Police Department.

But why remains a question Vanghele could not answer.

"It could be something with the brakes. We don't know," he said.

The lone occupant, according to sources, was 81-year-old pilot Frank Dworak.

"He was transported to the hospital, which seems right now to be a very minor injuries," Vanghele added.

And he noted that it does not appear the pilot suffered a medical event.

"He was conscious and he was alert and talking while he was being extricated from the plane," the Chief said.

The FAA has not responded to FOX61's request for the pilot's flight plan and Robertson Airport officials declined to comment when asked if the plane is based at Robertson.

"The plane itself was made safe by the fire department and mechanics here to ensure that there is nothing flammable and no issues during the investigation," Vanghele said. "The skid marks in the grass are probably only about 50 to 60 feet long and then at you know when it dove nose-first the propeller hit and then the plane flipped over onto its roof."

The airport was closed to air traffic for several hours. The plane was carted away by investigators.