Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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

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; Tampa, Florida

Lakeside Aviation Inc

Location: St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
Accident Number: ERA22LA250
Date and Time: May 23, 2022, 13:33 Local 
Registration: N47BP
Aircraft: Cessna 340 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 23, 2022, at 1333 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 340, N47BP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE), St. Petersburg – Clearwater, Florida. The private pilot was not injured. No flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

This was the pilot’s first flight in the airplane after it came out of annual inspection. The pilot said he tested the brakes prior to departing and everything was normal. The pilot then departed and made a full stop on runway 18, a 9,730-foot-long runway. The pilot said that upon touchdown the brakes had no pressure. The airplane would not slow down and went off the runway and collided with a chain link fence, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N47BP
Model/Series: 340
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: KCLW,71 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:27 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4100 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Destination: St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.908634,-82.68651

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AIRCRAFT:   1973 Cessna 340 N47BP s/n: 3400223, approximate AFTT 2721.1 

Annual Inspection dated on 05/19/22 at 1410.9 Hobbs, 2719.90 AFTT                  


LH:  Continental TSIO-520-NB, s/n: 271345-R

Last annual inspection dated 05/19/22 at 312.10 SMOH

RH: Continental TSIO-520-NB, s/n: 514554

Last annual inspection dated 05/19/22 at 309.70 SMOH                           


LH: Hartzell, PHC-C3YF-2UF, s/n: EB4164A

Annual inspection dated 05/19/22 at 218.9 SMOH

RH:  Hartzell, PHC-C3YF-2UF, s/n: EB4165A

Annual inspection dated 05/19/22 at 218.90 SMOH                             


Garmin 530 WAAS

Bendix King KX155 TSO,

(2) Garmin G5

Garmin GMA340 Audio

Garmin GTX345 Transponder

S-TEC 55-X Auto Pilot

3M WX10A Storm Scope.

INTERIOR:  Exceptional leather interior shows as new completed in 2018 at 2597.1 AFTT.

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Runway excursion through a chain link barb wire fence.                                                           

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  There is extensive damage to the nose, nose gear, pressure vessel, fuselage, both wings, wing tip tanks, both propellers and both engines. Additionally, the belly is likely significantly damaged from the fencing.  The position of the aircraft on a trailer limits the visibility of this area.  The fire department foamed the aircraft immediately following the incident.
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   The aircraft is located at St. Petersburg Airport (KPIE), Florida.


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

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.