Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cessna 414, N1552T, Tango Two Aviation LLC: Accident occurred June 26, 2014 in Maryland Heights, Missouri

NTSB Identification: CEN14LA324 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Maryland Heights, MO
Aircraft: CESSNA 414, registration: N1552T
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 26, 2014, about 0457 central daylight time, a Cessna 414 airplane, N1552T, was destroyed by impact forces and a post-impact fire following a loss of control during landing approach to runway 34, at the Creve Coeur Airport (1H0), near Maryland Heights, Missouri. The pilot received serious injuries during the accident. The aircraft was registered to Tango Two Aviation, LLC and operated by the private pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and the intended destination was Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

FAA St. Louis FSDO-62:


St. Louis, Mo. (KMOV) – One person was taken to a hospital after a plane crashed and caught fire closing Mo. Route 364 near the Veterans Bridge in west St. Louis County early Thursday morning.  

 Around 5:00 a.m., a twin engine Cessna crashed just east of the Veterans Bridge, roughly 15 feet from the roadway, near the Page Ave. Extension closing both directions of the roadway.

Authorities said the plane was fully engulfed in flames following the crash.

Police said the plane took off from Creve Coeur airport, experienced mechanical problems and was trying to get back to the airport when it crashed. Authorities said the plane impacted just south of a bike trail, then skidded into a treeline next to the highway.

According to authorities, the pilot was able to make it out of the downed plane and call dispatch. Authorities said no one else was inside the aircraft at the time of the incident.

An officer on the scene said the pilot was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.

Crews opened the westbound lanes of Mo. Route 364 about 30 minutes after the crash. About an hour after the plane crash, crews reopened two eastbound lanes of the roadway.

No other details were immediately available.

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Small plane crashes in Maryland Heights as pilot tries to return to airport

MARYLAND HEIGHTS • A twin-engine airplane developed trouble shortly after takoff from Creve Coeur Airport and crashed during the pilot's attempt to return to the runway, authorities said.

The first 911 calls from motorists on Missouri 364 were recorded at 4:53 a.m. Thursday. The crash site is just west of the highway. The airport is across the road to the east.

The pilot managed to get out of the wreck and made a 911 call to alert authorities that he had been the only person in the plane.

Maryland Heights Police Chief Bill Carson said the pilot, 48, of Chesterfield, told investigators he had just taken off for a flight to Kentucky when he noticed a warning light about the cargo door. As he was looping back to return to the runway, his left engine failed.

"He said the plane descended immediately and he couldn't keep it from going down," Bacon said.

Corey Irelan, a battalion chief for the Pattonville Fire Protection District, said of the pilot's condition, "As he was being transported, he was breathing fine and able to talk."

The airplane crashed near a bicycle trail just west of the highway and probably clipped a power line and trees, he said. The site is west of a standard flight approach to the airport runway. 

The crash and fire destroyed the airplane. Missouri Highway 364 was closed during the emergency response.

Assisting Pattonville Fire were the Maryland Heights, Monarch and Central County fire districts, and the St. Charles County Ambulance district. Irelan said his department led the response because it covers the Missouri 364 river bridge. The first 911 calls put the crash near the bridge.

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – A pilot has survived after his plane crashed roughly 20 feet from the roadway near Creve Coeur Airport around 5a.m. Thursday morning. The crash happened south of the Page Avenue Extension. Emergency equipment is still blocking the eastbound lanes of Route 364. Firefighters responded to a call of a plane down and on fire. The pilot was found outside of the aircraft when crews arrived. He was taken to an area hospital. 

 A command post has been set up on the highway.

Several fire districts and Maryland Heights police are on the scene searching through the woods to make sure that all victims have been accounted for.

We will give you more details as they become available.

1 comment:

  1. Do a map Aerial View of the accident site and you'll see he apparently flew between two clumps of young trees just before impacting the ground; we have to wonder if that broke off both wings and slowed the aircraft just enough, the pilot did exit the plane that was totally destroyed and consumed by fire.


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