Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Cessna 340, N47BP: Accident occurred May 23, 2022 at St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport (KPIE), Pinellas County, Florida

National Transportation Safety Board accident report number: ERA22LA250

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aircraft landed and went into the grass nose down at the end of the runway.  

Lakeside Aviation Inc

Date:  23-MAY-22
Time: 18:33:00Z
Regis#: N47BP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 340
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — A twin-engine propeller plane ended up off the runway Monday afternoon at St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna was uninjured in the crash and walked away from the plane safely.

The crash happened around 2:45 p.m. when the plane's brakes failed upon landing. The plane then ran off the end of the runway and came to a stop on airport property by Stoneybrook Drive N, St. Pete-Clearwater officials said.

Russell Deberry was driving by when the plane came to a stop. He told ABC Action News that he ran to a nearby CVS to get a fire extinguisher because there was a fire underneath the plane. Deberry said he was worried the fire could get worse with the fuel spilled out.

"It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, Deberry said. "I had to make a decision if I was going to die...but I wasn’t going to watch the man burn alive."

Deberry said he and others helped the pilot out through the back of the plane. According to Deberry, the pilot was hugging and thanking those that came to help. Deberry said he was happy God put him at the scene to help the pilot.

The airfield was closed for a while but reopened to all traffic around 5:30 p.m.

CLEARWATER, Florida - Flights in and out of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport were at a standstill after a small plane crashed Monday afternoon, according to officials with the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was headed to KPIE to investigate the crash. 

Airport officials said the runway has reopened. Arriving flights were being diverted and departing flights that were on the taxiway were deplaned while airport officials worked on scene. 

Those flights were either delayed or being rescheduled.

The Cessna 340 that crashed was scheduled to land around 2:45 p.m. when its brakes failed.

Officials said the pilot, who was the only person onboard, veered left as the plane came down. Officials said the pilot was uninjured.

A fuel leak was reported after the plane crashed, the airport confirmed. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue said they responded to the plane crash and said there was no fire or hazardous debris in the area.  


  1. One time when a O-ring on a Mooney toe brake cylinder let go as we rolled out after landing at the end of a mid-Florida home base day trip to Key West, the effort to execute a 180 turn at high speed to hit the taxiway when the runway ended couldn't hold the line.

    Traversed a drainage swale, bumping the tail cone and lightly bending a prop blade out of track during turf contact. After the pilot got out and checked the bird over, we taxied to his hangar via the adjacent grass runway that the swale excursion had delivered us onto. Bird was returned to service after prop shop pressed out the bend, tail cone sheet metal dent removed and inspections completed.

    Can't remember whether any Mooney squash biscuits in the gear had to be replaced, but not having a gear collapse was fortunate, maybe the latched Johnson bar design was stronger than some would presume.

    It is somewhat surprising that among thousands of toe brake cylinders on aging aircraft, there aren't O-ring failures causing brake fail incidents somewhere every day.

  2. His speed over the threshold was 150knots!!! That would put a strain on the breaks for sure.