Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Piper PA-18-150, N2991Z: Accident occurred July 18, 2012 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

NTSB Identification: ERA12LA468 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in North Myrtle Beach, SC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N2991Z
Injuries: 1 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.

On July 18, 2012, about 1045 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-18-150, N2991Z, operated by Barnstormer Elite Signs Inc., was substantially damaged when it ditched into the Atlantic Ocean, after experiencing a total loss of engine power while maneuvering near North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The certificated commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight that originated from Grand Strand Airport (CRE), about 0900. The local banner tow flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot was flying near the shoreline, at an altitude of approximately 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, when the engine suddenly lost all power. The pilot was not able to restart the engine and performed a forced landing to the water. He was able to exit the airplane before it sank to a depth of about 30 feet. Fueling records revealed that the airplane's fuel tanks were "topped-off" the evening prior to the accident.

The airplane was recovered on July 22, 2012. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the empennage. Initial examination of the engine by an FAA inspector did not reveal any catastrophic mechanical malfunctions. The engine was retained for further examination.

  Regis#: 2991Z        Make/Model: PA18      Description: PA-18 Super Cub (L-18C, L-21, U-7)
  Date: 07/18/2012     Time: 1545

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Unknown

  City: NORTH MYRTLE BEACH   State: SC   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Other      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: COLUMBIA, SC  (SO13)                  Entry date: 07/19/2012 

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — The pilot of a plane carrying a banner jumped from his aircraft just before it crashed into the ocean near 46th Ave. South here Wednesday. 

 Kathryn Johnson, on vacation here from Dallas, was in the water when she saw the plane losing altitude.

“I thought he was going to dip his sign in (the water) because he was getting so close,” she said. “I saw the pilot jump out just before his plane hit the water.”

Johnson said six to 10 people from the crowded beach, followed by about four lifeguards, quickly entered the water in an attempt to aid the pilot, but that he was picked up by a Sea-Doo in the area towing a banana boat and brought to shore. The pilot’s name and condition were not immediately known.

Kim Battin, vacationing from Philadelphia, witnessed the crash from the beach.

“We saw it coming down and then the engine stalled,” she said. “You could see the propeller stop and just as it hit you could see (the pilot’s) head popping out of the water.”

The plane had sunk by the time rescue personnel arrived, and a North Myrtle Beach rescue boat was circling the water trying to find it.

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Source: WMBF News 
Photographer Ian Dorety

Source: WMBF News
 Photographer Ian Dorety

Photo Credit:  Joel Allen
A banner plane crashed into the ocean around the 4300 block of South Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, just before Noon Wednesday.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Police and fire crews are responding to the beach after a banner plane reportedly crashed into the water.

Pat Dowling, spokesman for the City of North Myrtle Beach, says the banner plane entered the water in the area of 46th Avenue South.

The pilot is out of the water, Dowling says, but his condition is unknown.

Our WMBF News crew on scene says the plane sank into the water, and was not visible from the sands. It’s unclear right now how authorities plan to retrieve the plane from the ocean.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

In a separate incident, a banner plane ran off the runway over the weekend, suffering minor damage. The pilot was the only occupant and he was not injured.

A banner plane crashed into the ocean around the 4300 block of South Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, just before Noon Wednesday.

The pilot is out of the water, according to North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling.

Witnesses say the propeller wasn't moving, and the plane crashed into the water.

Just seconds after the plane went under, the pilot popped up, waving his arms to indicate he was OK, according to a lifeguard.

People on a personal watercraft picked up the pilot and brought him back to shore.

The plane sank into the ocean. North Myrtle Beach Public Safety officers are looking for it.

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