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Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana: September 2014 - Two Die In Plane Crash

Seawind 3000, N516SW: Fatal accident occurred September 18, 2014 in Bloomington, Indiana

Thomas Anthony "Tom" Saccio

Two people died in a plane crash in Monroe County.

Updated December 31, 2014 8:17 AM

Using dental record comparisons, Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer determined 51-year-old Russell Kotlarek from Saukville, Wisconsin and 72- year-old Thomas Saccio from Blounts Creek, North Carolina died when the plane went down in a wooded area behind 85 Oard Road near State Road 48, about a quarter mile north of the Monroe County Airport.

According to police, a person on board the kit-built Seawind 3000 reported a mechanical issue, possibly involving fuel related mechanisms, to the Monroe County Airport tower. The airport manager says the pilot reported having low fuel pressure.

The pilot was about 7 miles from the airport when he radioed the tower. The pilot was given permission to land. The control tower asked the pilot to contact them again when he was 2 miles out. He did at 3 miles out. The control tower operators then saw a large amount of smoke and attempted to contact the pilot. There was no response.

Investigators say while the plane was approaching the airport from the north, traveling south, the plane lost altitude and crashed into a small shed and wooded area behind a home. The plane was immediately engulfed in flames.



NTSB Identification: CEN14LA504 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 18, 2014 in Bloomington, IN
Aircraft: SACCIO THOMAS A SEAWIND 3000, registration: N516SW
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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 18, 2014, about 1145 central daylight time, a kit-built Seawind 3000 seaplane, N516SW, impacted terrain near Bloomington, Indiana. The private rated pilot and pilot rated passenger were fatally injured, and the seaplane was destroyed. The seaplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed.

Initial reports indicated the pilot contacted the control tower operator at Monroe Country Airport (KBMG), and reported he had a low fuel pressure indicator problem. Several witnesses reported seeing the seaplane, with one witness noting that the seaplane was on fire. The seaplane impacted terrain about 3 miles north of KBMG. A postcrash fire consumed much of the composite seaplane.

The seaplane wreckage was retained for further examination. 

DEDICATED: Tom Saccio, killed in a plane crash on September 18th, works on avionics equipment in the hangar at his Maules Point home.

Tom Saccio


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