FAA report: Pilot lost control during New Milford landing
NEW MILFORD — A pilot's loss of directional control during a landing at Candlelight Farms Airport in August was the probable cause of why the plane veered off the grass runway, an FAA report determined.
The accident happened at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 30 when the Cessna/170A, coming from Waterbury/Oxford Airport (16 miles away), was making a landing on the New Milford airfield.
The 39-year-old pilot, who was not named, was not injured, but the single-engine plane sustained “substantial damage,” according to the FAA report that was released Thursday.
The report added, “The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.”
The report’s findings determined that it was the pilot’s use of the plane’s directional controls that caused the aircraft to go off the runway.
At the time of the accident, the weather was clear with a light wind of four knots.
The plane is owned by Mountain Aviation LLC, of Woodbury.
The privately owned Candlelight Farms Airport, located near Candlewood Lake, has a 2,900-foot long and 50-foot wide turf landing area. According to airnav.com, 14 single-engine planes are based at the airport.
Eighty-six percent of its traffic comes from local general aviation and 14 percent from transient general aviation.