Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Debris from January plane crash recovered off Oceano coast: Morrisey 2150, N5102V

Wreckage believed to be that of the airplane that crashed off the coast of Oceano on Jan. 14, was located Monday by divers with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team.

Working off the dive boat “Magic,” divers used information gathered from witnesses, radar, sonar and depth finders to locate the debris field near the area they had been searching since the plane crashed, according to a release from the SLO Sheriff’s Office today.

Divers found what appears to be the wing, fuselage and other parts of the 2150 Morrisey.

Los Angeles resident Alan George Gaynor, 52, a pilot for SkyWest Airlines, and David Brian Casey, 63, of Friday Harbor, Wash., were killed in the crash after taking off from the Santa Maria Public Airport.

Two small pieces recovered Monday are believed to be from the plane, including a carburetor and part of the manifold, as well as a metal tube.

No human remains were found.

The Sheriff’s Office is now working with the National Transportation Safety Board to recover the wreckage, according to the release.

The search for any remains is continuing with the recovery effort.

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NTSB Identification: WPR14FA096
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in Pismo Beach, CA
Aircraft: MORRISEY 2150, registration: N5102V
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 14, 2014 at 1352 Pacific standard time, a Morrisey 2150, N5102V, was destroyed after it impacted the Pacific Ocean near Pismo Beach, California. The airline transport pilot and his passenger were fatally injured. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which had originated from the Santa Maria Public Airport, Santa Maria, California, approximately 20 minutes before the accident. A flight plan had not been filed.

Witnesses said they saw a "white streak" descending towards the ocean, which was followed by a "loud boom" noise.

Radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration tracked the airplane's flight path from takeoff at Santa Maria to the accident site.

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