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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 266116
Last updated: 24 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic NAVI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ryan Navion A
Owner/operator:Anthem Towels LLC
Registration: N114ST
MSN: NAV-4-2021
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pensacola, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Ferguson Pensacola, FL (82J)
Destination airport:Orlando Executive Airport, FL (ORL/KORL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airline transport pilot and 2 passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, who was also the owner of the airplane, they were departing their home base, Ferguson Airport (82J), Pensacola, Florida, and were flying to Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, Florida (about 350 nautical miles away) for a soccer game. The pilot stated the airplane was loaded to 180 lbs. under maximum gross weight and the weather was hot, “at least 94° F.” He computed they would need between 2,000 ft and 2,500 ft of runway to take off.

The preflight inspection, engine runup, and associated magneto checks yielded normal results and the flight control checks were accomplished without any anomalies detected. During the takeoff roll, the airplane’s acceleration appeared “ok”, and the takeoff roll was longer than normal as he expected. All engine indications and temperatures appeared in the normal operating range. After rotation and initial climb, he retracted the landing gear. The moment he put the gear up, the engine rpm started decreasing from 2,600 rpm down to about 2,300 rpm, and the manifold pressure remained normal. The engine sounded normal; there were no indications, roughness, or abnormal noises coming from the engine that he could feel or hear.

About 200 ft mean sea level, he could no longer maintain level flight and the airplane descended. He made a right turn and attempted a forced landing on a school running track. At the completion of the turn, he realized he could not make it and told his passengers to brace for impact. He left the landing gear retracted so he could maintain the airplane’s airspeed. The airplane impacted a tree and 6 ft-tall chain linked security fence before impacting the parking lot and coming to rest.

Several eyewitnesses at 82J stated that during the takeoff roll, the airplane engine sounded “rough” and the airplane, which they had previously observed taking off at the midpoint of the runway, used nearly the entire length (3,225 ft) before becoming airborne. Video security footage from the school near where the pilot performed the forced landing showed the airplane during initial climb from left to right, before flying out of the frame, then about 45 seconds later, it showed the airplane come into the frame from right to left on the school property. The airplane was in a nose high pitch attitude and the wings were level as it impacted a tree and the
security fence before impacting the paved parking lot. An opposing security camera captured the post-impact fire that immediately ensued.

The airplane contacted tress and a chain link security fence before coming to rest in a paved parking lot at an elementary school about 3/4 of a mile from the departure end of runway 18 at 82J. Wreckage debris and broken tree limbs were scattered along a path about 100 ft-long and oriented on an approximate 310-degree magnetic heading. The final wreckage site was compact, and all engine structural components and flight control surfaces were accounted for at the scene.

The fuel tanks were breached during impact and the security video showed that the postimpact fire burned for about 10 minutes before being extinguished. The fire consumed the inboard half of the right wing, the entire cockpit, instrument panel, and sections of the aft right side of the engine compartment. The accessory section of the engine was extensively heat damaged.

Flight control continuity was confirmed from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit. The two-blade, metal, constant-speed propeller remained attached to the engine crankshaft flange and one blade was curled back mid-span about 50° aft and nearly contacted the engine. There were nicks and gouges on the leading edge of one propeller blade and a piece of metal that had the appearance of chain link fence was found on the blade. The opposing blade was relatively intact. Both propeller blades showed no evidence of polishing or chordwise scraping. The propeller spinner was slightly damaged on one side and exhibited no rotational damage. The
engine remained attached to the engine mounts and firewall. The carburetor detached from the engine and was extensively impact-damaged.



Revision history:

29-Jul-2021 20:44 Captain Adam Added
30-Jul-2021 02:40 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
30-Jul-2021 18:13 aaronwk Updated [Time, Narrative]
18-Aug-2021 06:28 aaronwk Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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