14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Miami Beach, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N733VB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On October 11, 2015, at 1537 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N733VB, was substantially damaged during a ditching in the Atlantic Ocean about 11 nautical miles east of Miami Beach, Florida. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that departed from the North Perry Airport (HWO), Hollywood, Florida, about 1513 and was destined for South Bimini Airport (MYBS), South Bimini, Bahamas. The airplane was owned by Echo 6 Incorporated and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
The pilot reported that while en route to Bimini, about 20 miles east of North Miami, he "felt a partial loss of power followed by a complete engine failure". He was unable to restore power, and decided to glide as close to the coastline as possible. He ditched the airplane about 11 miles east of Miami Beach, Florida.
A preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration indicated that at 1529 the pilot reported an engine failure to Air Traffic Control (ATC), and he advised that he would attempt to glide close to shore. The airplane turned westerly, and ATC advised the pilot that the closest airport was Miami International Airport (MIA), 26 miles away at a bearing of 269 degrees. Radar contact was lost at 1537 when the airplane was about 11 miles east of the Miami Beach shoreline. A police helicopter that was already en route to the scene, arrived about 3 minutes after the accident. The pilot was rescued by a civil boat about 1556 and was subsequently transferred to a Coast Guard vessel that responded to the scene. The airplane has not been recovered.
A pilot ditched his small plane in the Atlantic on Sunday afternoon and was rescued in the water.
The pilot of the Cessna C172 was forced to make an emergency landing nine miles southeast of Hollywood at about 3:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft, which had engine problems, took off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines and was heading to Bimini, the FAA said in a statement.
The pilot “somehow got out of the plane and into the water,” said Petty Officer Mark Barney, a Coast Guard spokesman.
There are no reported injuries, and no reports of passengers. The FAA is investigating the crash.
The Coast Guard sent two small-boat crews and a cutter ship to the scene. Miami-Dade sent a helicopter.
“Our aviation unit heard the distress call on the radio and immediately responded to the area,” said Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta. “The police helicopter hovered on top of the area until marine units arrived.”
The pilot was brought back to Haulover Beach, about 14 miles from the crash site, by a Miami-Dade rescue boat.
The man didn’t appear to have a scratch as he walked toward a waiting BMW before riding away.
HAULOVER BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The pilot of a small plane walked away without a scratch after his aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, about 15 miles off the coast of Miami Beach, Sunday afternoon.
Officials said the emergency landing occurred somewhere between Miami Beach and Haulover Beach, just after 3:30 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard, Miami Beach Marine Patrol, Miami Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the crash and were able to rescue the pilot.
Sea Tow was also on the scene to help get the pilot to dry land. Brett Sternbach with Sea Tow captured cellphone video of the rescue. "The plane was obviously all the way sunk. It was about 1,000 feet of water," he said.
"Most likely he probably landed it on the water and crawled out of the plane before it went down," said Sternbach.
Onlooker Alexander Mederos told 7News he's been flying planes for 10 years and isn't surprised the pilot made it out OK. "You do what you gotta do in the right way you can safely land, even in the water or anywhere else," he said.
7News cameras captured the pilot sitting in a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boat shortly after arriving at the Haulover Beach Marina. "I just want to thank them, that's all," said the pilot, referring to the first responders who came to his rescue.
7News also captured the pilot getting into a silver SUV, thankful to be able to go home to his family safe and sound. The emergency landing remains under investigation.