Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Engine noise on takeoff worried pilot
by stefan rogenmoser
More details have become known about last week’s airplane mishap on the runway at the Berkeley County Airport in Moncks Corner.
The male pilot was speaking with EMS when the first Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the airport at about 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 6.
The pilot of the single-engine Grumman Traveler, who was flying alone, received a minor abrasion on his left shin but declined medical treatment, according to a BCSO incident report.
The airplane made a hard landing and slid off the runaway after having engine problems at takeoff.
The pilot said he taxied onto the runway and completed his preflight checks. Everything was normal. Then he took off and turned into crosswinds and started hearing the engine missing, although the RPMs were at a normal level.
He switched fuel tanks and the engine kept making a noise, so he continued around to land, according to the report.
The pilot said he put the plane down fast and hard so he would not stall. As the pilot neared the end of the runway he had to pull the nose up to miss a ditch to avoid flipping the aircraft.
The front wheel was sheared off when it hit the rough. The nose of the plane was down and the propeller was damaged.
The pilot turned off the master switch and exited the aircraft. A witness ran to the airplane with a fire extinguisher and to help if needed.
Airport officials contacted the FAA. A BCSO deputy took photos and placed them into evidence.