Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Van’s RV-10, N910BW: Accident occurred July 18, 2022 near Palatka Municipal Airport (28J), Putnam 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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Read, Leah

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Location: Palatka, Florida
Accident Number: ERA22LA322
Date and Time: July 18, 2022, 12:24 Local 
Registration: N910BW
Aircraft: Vans RV10
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 18, 2022, at 1224 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Vans RV-10 airplane, N910BW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Palatka, Florida. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

Shortly after takeoff, the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power, and the pilot performed a forced landing to heavily wooded terrain. 

The airplane was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans 
Registration: N910BW
Model/Series: RV10 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: K28J,47 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3900 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 9 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Palatka, FL
Destination: Gallatin, TN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 29.658382,-81.689503 (est)

Aircraft crashed for unknown reasons in a wooded area causing a wing to separate from the aircraft.  

Date: 18-JUL-22
Time: 12:24:00Z
Regis#: N910BW
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV10
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

A pilot was taken to a hospital with serious injuries after a small plane made an emergency landing Monday morning in a wooded area in the Palatka area, authorities said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a single-engine, experimental aircraft from the Putnam County area was departing from Palatka Municipal Airport, also known as Kay Larkin Field, on Reid Street, around 8 a.m. when the pilot — a 55-year-old man from Franklin, Tennessee — experienced mechanical failure and attempted to circle back to the airport but had to make an emergency landing.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot called 911 around 8:10 a.m. to report he was having issues with his plane and was trying to return to the airport. But, deputies said, the call cut off, prompting a search of the area near the airport. Air assets, including a helicopter and another plane, were sent to look for the wreckage, but the tree canopy was too heavy, deputies said. The pilot was eventually able to use his cellphone to call 911 again, and first responders were able to ping his phone in the area of Browns Lane near the airport, find him and pull him from his plane shortly after 9:30 a.m., deputies said.

News4JAX was initially told that the pilot, the only occupant of the plane at the time of the crash, was flown, “as a precaution,” to HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital with various cuts and bruises. But a news release from FHP described the pilot’s injuries as serious.

The Highway Patrol is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

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