Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stinson 108 Voyager, N8660K: Incident occurred April 30, 2016 at Luminati Aerospace, Calverton, Suffolk County, New York

Date: 30-APR-16

Time: 13:00:00Z
Regis#: N8660K
Aircraft Make: STINSON
Aircraft Model: 108
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: New York


An antique airplane crash-landed at an aerospace facility in Calverton Saturday, veering off the runway before coming to rest in a grassy field, authorities said.

No one was injured in the crash, which happened at the Luminati Aerospace facility shortly before 4 p.m., Riverhead Town police said.

Police got a call from the company reporting an “unauthorized” aircraft had landed on their runway, and “may have crashed,” police said in a news release.

Responding officers learned that the 71-year-old owner and pilot of the 1947 Stinson 108 aircraft, Daniel Charnews of Centerport, came in for a landing at the company after his plane experienced “motor issues” in the air, police said.

After he landed, a crosswind caused Charnews to lose control of the aircraft as he taxied on the runway, police said. The plane ended up in a grassy field along the runway, coming to rest on its left wing, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Riverhead police detectives visited the scene, as did representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, police said. The FAA, which is investigating the incident, released the plane to Charnews, police said.

Neither Charnews nor the FAA could immediately be reached for comment Saturday night.

Luminati is an aerospace technology company focusing on research, development, testing, and manufacturing of next-generation solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicles at the Calverton air base, according to the company’s website.

Anyone with information on Saturday’s incident is asked to call Riverhead police at 631-727-4500.

Original article can be found here:

A small, vintage aircraft landed in Calverton Saturday afternoon after sustaining motor issues and while taxiing on the runway, a crosswind pushed it onto a grass field at the former Skydive Long Island site, Riverhead Town police said. 

No injuries were reported.

Police received a call at 3:53 p.m. from Luminati Aerospace — which purchased Skydive Long Island last year — about an unauthorized aircraft on the runway that may have crashed, police said. Police found the owner of the single fixed-wing plane, Daniel Charnews, 71, of Centerport, who said he lost control of the aircraft on the runway from the crosswind. The aircraft, a 1947 Stinson 108, ended up leaning on one wing.

The Riverhead Detective Division was notified as well as the FAA, which released the aircraft to the owner. An investigation by the FAA is ongoing, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 727-4500.

Luminati plans to develop unmanned aerial vehicles at the former Grumman site in Calverton for an undisclosed Fortune 250 company.

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