Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cessna 182K Skylane, N2861R: Accident occurred February 28, 2016 near Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV), Alachua County, Florida

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA114 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Gainesville, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N2861R
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 28, 2016, about 1200 eastern standard time, a Cessna 182K, N2816R, experienced a total loss of engine power and performed a forced landing to a road near Gainesville, Florida. The commercial pilot and passenger incurred minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, around 1000. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot. The cross country flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and had an intended destination of Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida.

According to the pilot, he performed a preflight inspection and engine run up with no anomalies noted. The takeoff, climb, and beginning of the descent phase of flight were "uneventful." The pilot was cleared to land on runway 7 when the engine began to run "rough." He unsuccessfully attempted to alleviate the rough engine noise by enriching the mixture and then reducing the power. The engine began shaking, oil sprayed onto the windshield of the airplane, and then the engine lost total power. The pilot declared an emergency, and elected to land on a road. After touching down on the paved surface, the left wing of the airplane impacted a palm tree and the airplane came to rest on the road.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the wings and fuselage were substantially damaged. In addition, the engine cowling was removed to facilitate an engine examination, and a hole was noted in the top of the crankcase in the vicinity of the No. 4 cylinder. In addition, the No. 4 cylinder connecting rod was located on the top of the engine. The engine was retained for further examination.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the airplane was manufactured in 1967, and registered to the pilot/owner in 2014. In addition, the airplane was equipped with a Continental Motors IO-550 D series, 300 hp engine. According to the pilot, the engine had accumulated 2,135 total hours of time, and had approximately 130 hours since the most recent annual inspection, which was signed off on November 3, 2015.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

A pilot and passenger were injured when their private single-engine plane crashed while attempting an emergency landing on a Gainesville road Sunday afternoon.

The victims were taken in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries to the hospital after the small Cessna crashed about noon in the 1900 block of Northeast Waldo Road. The pilot, who’d reported a fire in the cockpit, was able to avoid hitting any people or cars on the ground. However, the plane struck a tree in the road’s median, according to Gainesville Fire Rescue.

Firefighters quickly put out the fire. But the road remained closed from 16th Avenue through 23rd Avenue for several hours as investigators examined the scene before the plane could be removed, Gainesville police said.

Authorities didn’t release the victims’ names.

However, the four-seat aircraft – built in 1967 – is owned by a Scottsdale, Az. private pilot, according to the Federal Aviation Administration Registry. That pilot couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday evening.

The aircraft had taken off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 10:15 a.m. Sunday en route to Gainesville Regional Airport. The crash site is just south of the Gainesville airport. On Saturday, the plane was flown Stella Maris, Bahamas to the Fort Lauderdale Airport, according to, an online flight tracking website.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Shortly after noon Sunday a small plane crash landed on Waldo Road according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Police tell News4Jax the pilot reported a fire in the cockpit. The pilot and a passenger were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna that federal records show is owned by a man in Scottsdale, Ariz., went down just south of Gainesville Regional Airport. 

According to, the plane left Fort Lauderdale Executive airport at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. 

Records show the plane left  Stella Maris, Bahamas on Saturday.  NE Waldo Road is closed between 16th Avenue and 23rd.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A small plane crashed in Gainesville after reporting a fire in the cockpit Sunday afternoon, authorities said. 

Two people were injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

The crash occurred shortly after noon on the 1900 block of NE Waldo Road.

Authorities said they believed Waldo would be closed down from 16th Avenue to 23rd Street for some time.

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