PALATINE – A small plane that crashed in July in the town of Palatine “abruptly” lost power after takeoff before crashing at the end of the runway, the plane’s pilot told the National Transportation Safety Board, according to a preliminary report on the crash.
The crash happened just after noon on July 30 in an area of Eaker Road in Palatine, New York State Police have said.
The pilot, who has not been identified, was hurt in the crash. The NTSB, in its report, called the pilot’s injuries serious.
The preliminary investigation determined that the privately owned single-engine airplane experienced a mechanical issue shortly after leaving the ground, police said at the time.
While the preliminary NTSB report released recently provides further information about how the crash happened, it does not provide a cause. A final report is expected at a later date.
The Luscombe 8A plane crashed at Hiserts Airpark in Palatine, near the town’s border with Ephratah, also a Fulton and Montgomery County border line. The pilot was described as an “airline transport pilot.” The plane was operated as a personal flight.
The pilot relayed to investigators that he’d had an uneventful pre-flight inspection and engine start. He then took off from the 2,200-foot-long turf runway.
But during the initial climb, about 50 feet above ground level, “the engine ‘abruptly’ lost power,” the report reads.
“His attempt to restart the engine was unsuccessful and the airplane touched down hard at the end of the runway,” the report reads. “The landing gear collapsed, and the airplane cartwheeled before it came to rest.”
A Federal Aviation Administration inspector’s examination afterward revealed that both wingtips were crushed and the fuselage had buckled. An initial examination of the engine “did not reveal any preimpact anomalies,” the report reads.
Investigators kept the wreckage for further examination.
State police were assisted at the scene by the FAA, the county Sheriff’s Office, LifeNet and St. Johnsville EMS.