The “Engine Got Really Loud,” And Then The Airplane Struck The Hangar

Location: Holly Hill, SC Accident Number: ERA22LA136
Date & Time: February 24, 2022, 11:45 Local Registration: N194PG
Aircraft: Flightstar Inc Flightstar II Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal 

On February 24, 2022, about 1145 eastern standard time, a Flightstar II, N194PG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Holly Hill Airport (5J5), Holly Hill, South Carolina. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to a witness, he was in his hangar at the airport when he first heard the airplane. Then, he saw the airplane’s shadow on the centerline of the runway before it veered left, the “engine got really loud,” and then the airplane struck the hangar. The airplane continued over the hangar and struck trees before impacting the ground. The witness ran to the airplane, and noted the engine was still running. He turned it off, and then began assisting the pilot. 

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector, who responded to the accident site, examined the airframe and noted that the wings, fuselage, and empennage were substantially damaged. The airframe and engine were recovered and will be examined.