Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Beechcraft B19 Musketeer Sport, N774TA, GDS Properties: Accident occurred March 11, 2015 in Osage Beach, Missouri

NTSB Identification: CEN15LA172 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Osage Beach, MO
Aircraft: BEECH B19, registration: N774TA
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor.

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 March 11, 2015, at 1243 central daylight time, the pilot of a Beech B19, N774TA, ditched in Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Missouri, after oil pressure was lost and the engine seized. One passenger was seriously injured, but the pilot and another passenger escaped injury. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to GDS Properties and operated by the pilot, both of St. Charles, Missouri, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The cross-country flight originated from Grand Glaize-Osage Beach Airport (K15), Osage Beach, Missouri, about 1225, and was en route to Creve Coeur Airport (1H0), St. Louis, Missouri.

The pilot told a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that everything appeared to be normal when he conducted his preflight inspection, although the oil did appear darker than usual. There was 6 quarts of oil on the dipstick and the oil had just been changed two days before. During the engine run-up, all engine instruments were "in the green." Shortly after takeoff, when the airplane had attained an altitude of about 2,800 feet, he noticed the oil pressure was dropping and he turned back towards K15. Shortly thereafter, the propeller stopped and the engine seized. He ditch in Lake Ozark. The occupants exited the airplane and climbed out on the wing. The pilot said that as they awaited rescue, he thought he smelled a twinge of burnt oil.

The FAA inspector examined the airplane and verified there was ample fuel on board, and that it was blue in color. He found the throttle linkage connected. The engine could not be turned by hand. The inspector said he could not find the oil dipstick when the airplane was recovered from the lake. The pilot, however, was adamant that he had replaced the dipstick after checking the oil.

On April 15 and 16, 2015, the engine was disassembled and examined at Dawson Aircraft in Clinton, Arkansas. The oil dipstick was missing, but more than 4 quarts of oil and only 1 to 2 cups of water were drained from the engine. There were no signs of oil in the engine cowling, and there were no oil streaks underneath the fuselage.

The no. 2 middle bearing on the crankshaft had seized. The third bearing aft between the two banks of cylinders had rotated, and the bearing for the no. 3 connecting rod had rotated. There was evidence of severe heat distress and mechanical damage to the no. 3 rod bearing. The latter had started squeezing out the sides of the connecting rod end. The no. 4 piston wrist pin plug was deformed and had damaged the side of the piston. Aluminum pieces and shavings were noted throughout the engine. The engine parts appeared to have been manufactured by Superior Air Parts, Inc., and not by Textron Lycoming.

NTSB Identification: CEN15LA172 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Osage Beach, MO
Aircraft: BEECH B19, registration: N774TA
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor.

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 March 11, 2015, at 1243 central daylight time, the pilot of a Beech B19, N774TA, ditched in Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Missouri, after oil pressure was lost and the engine seized. One passenger was seriously injured, but the pilot and another passenger escaped injury. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to GDS Properties and operated by the pilot, both of St. Charles, Missouri, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The cross-country flight originated from Grand Glaize-Osage Beach Airport (K15), Osage Beach, Missouri, about 1225, and was en route to Creve Coeur Airport (1H0), St. Louis, Missouri.

The pilot told a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that everything appeared to be normal when he conducted his preflight inspection, although the oil did appear darker than usual. There was 6 quarts of oil on the dipstick and the oil had just been changed two days before. During the engine run-up, all engine instruments were "in the green." Shortly after takeoff, when the airplane had attained an altitude of about 2,800 feet, he noticed the oil pressure was dropping and he turned back towards K15. Shortly thereafter, the propeller stopped and the engine seized. He ditch in Lake Ozark. The occupants exited the airplane and climbed out on the wing. The pilot said that as they awaited rescue, he thought he smelled a twinge of burnt oil.

The FAA inspector examined the airplane and verified there was ample fuel on board, and that it was blue in color. He found the throttle linkage connected. The engine could not be turned by hand. The inspector said he could not find the oil dipstick when the airplane was recovered from the lake. The pilot, however, was adamant that he had replaced the dipstick after checking the oil.

On April 15 and 16, 2015, the engine was disassembled and examined at Dawson Aircraft in Clinton, Arkansas. The oil dipstick was missing, but more than 4 quarts of oil and only 1 to 2 cups of water were drained from the engine. There were no signs of oil in the engine cowling, and there were no oil streaks underneath the fuselage.

The no. 2 middle bearing on the crankshaft had seized. The third bearing aft between the two banks of cylinders had rotated, and the bearing for the no. 3 connecting rod had rotated. There was evidence of severe heat distress and mechanical damage to the no. 3 rod bearing. The latter had started squeezing out the sides of the connecting rod end. The no. 4 piston wrist pin plug was deformed and had damaged the side of the piston. Aluminum pieces and shavings were noted throughout the engine. The engine parts appeared to have been manufactured by Superior Air Parts, Inc., and not by Textron Lycoming.

NTSB Identification: CEN15LA172
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Osage Beach, MO
Aircraft: BEECH B19, registration: N774TA
Injuries: 3 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. 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 March 11, 2015, at 1233 central daylight time, a Beech B19, N774TA, was ditched in Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Missouri, after oil pressure was lost and the engine seized. One passenger was seriously injured, but the pilot and another passenger escaped injury. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to GDS Properties and operated by the pilot, both of St. Charles, Missouri, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The cross-country flight originated from Grand Glaize-Osage Beach Airport (K15), Osage Beach, Missouri, about 1225, and was en route to Creve Coeur Airport (1H0), St. Louis, Missouri.

The pilot told a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that s everything appeared to be normal when he conducted his preflight inspection. There was 6 quarts of oil on the dipstick and the oil pressure was "in the green" during the engine run-up check. Shortly after takeoff, when the airplane had attained an altitude of about 2,800 feet, he noticed the oil pressure had dropped to zero. As he was turning back to the airport, the propeller stopped. He ditch in Lake Ozark. The occupants exited the airplane and were located on the beach.

The FAA inspector verified there was ample fuel on board and blue in color. The throttle linkage was connected. The engine had seized and could not be turned by hand. The inspector said he could not find the oil dipstick when the airplane was recovered from the lake. The pilot, however, was adamant that he had replaced the dipstick after checking the oil. The pilot also said he had changed the oil (7 quarts) two days before the accident.      OSAGE BEACH - A plane carrying three passengers crashed in Osage Beach Wednesday afternoon. All the passengers survived the crash, two of the three passengers were sent to the hospital for injuries.

http://registry.faa.gov/N774TA

Three passengers were on board the Beechcraft B19 Musketeer Sport that took off from Grand-Glaize Airport and was en route to Creve Coeur. The passengers were able to get out of the plane and were found along the shoreline. The Osage Beach Fire Department arrived to the scene seven minutes after the crash. A fire boat was used to rescue the individuals due to the terrain.

Chief Jeff Dorhauer said the individuals were conscious and alert. Two of the passengers were taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

Divers were sent out to locate and remove the plane from the water.
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Three people were injured when a small plane crashed Wednesday afternoon at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Police say the plane crashed in a public beach area of Osage Beach around 12:30 p.m. The FAA's preliminary findings say the plane's engine lost power before it crashed.

Officials confirm a family of three was on board. They have been identified as the pilot, Gary Sulin, his mother, Mary Sulin, and Gary's daughter, whose name has not been released.
Gary Sulin with his daughter

All three were found on the shoreline across the cove from the crash. Two of the three victims were taken to Lake Regional Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

Osage Beach Fire Chief Dorhauer said all three were "conscious and alert."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the plane had taken off from Glaze Airport in Osage Beach and was en route to Creve Coeur.

An FAA report says the plane was a Beechcraft B19 Musketeer Sport and was registered to Sulin, who lives in St. Charles.

An investigation is underway.

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