Friday, June 10, 2016

WSK PZL-Mielec M-18A Dromader, CanAm Aviators Inc., N2283M; fatal accident occurred June 10, 2016 in Winnabow, Brunswick County, North Carolina -Kathryn's Report

CANAM AVIATORS INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N2283M

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Greensboro FSDO-39

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA209
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, June 10, 2016 in Brunswick, NC
Aircraft: WSK PZL MIELEC M 18A, registration: N2283M
Injuries: 1 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 June 10, 2016, about 0900 eastern daylight time, an experimental WSK PZL MIELEC M-18A, N2283M, operated by Canam Aviators Inc., was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and the ground while maneuvering near Brunswick, North Carolina. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the aerial application flight operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. The flight originated from Bear Pen Airstrip (NC43), Supply, North Carolina, around 0845.

According to the personnel that loaded the airplane with fertilizer, the pilot departed with a full load of fertilizer, and 45 minutes of fuel with 30 minutes of reserve fuel. After 1 hour passed and the pilot did not return to the airport, they called 911 to report the airplane missing. 

The airplane was subsequently located in a wooded area.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane was traveling north when it impacted trees. The wreckage area was compact except for the right wing and one propeller blade located approximately 125 feet east of the main wreckage. The airplane impacted in a nose down attitude of approximately 60 degrees. The left wing was located on top of the engine and separated from the fuselage. The fuselage, cockpit, and hopper were found 10 feet north of the initial impact point. The remainder of the empennage was found 20 feet north of the cockpit. Small pieces of debris were found within a 50-foot radius of the initial impact point. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

According to FAA records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multiengine land, instrument airplane, and rotorcraft-helicopter. He also held an FAA second-class medical certificate, which was issued on May 13, 2016. At the time of the medical examination the pilot reported 30,576 total hours of flight experience.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.




GREEN SWAMP, N.C. (WECT) – A Florida man is dead following a plane crash in Brunswick County Friday morning.

According to Sgt. Eric Harris with the State Highway Patrol, David Simard, 57, took off in a single-engine fertilizer aircraft from the Bear Pen landing strip in Green Swamp around 8:50 a.m. Simard had roughly 45 minutes of fuel when he departed.

When Simard hadn’t returned, crews began a search for his plane. Authorities used his cell phone signal, as well as airplanes and helicopters, to try and track down Simard.

The plane’s wreckage was eventually located in a wooded area off Town Creek Road in Winnabow.

Officials said Simard was a contractor for the landowner in that area.

The State Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation, but representatives from the US Forest Service, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management and Columbus County Emergency Management are also on scene.

Source:  http://wncn.com

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -  A Florida man is dead following a plane crash in Brunswick County Friday morning.

According to Sgt. Eric Harris with the State Highway Patrol, David Simard, 57, took off in a M18 fertilizer aircraft from the Bear Pen landing strip in Green Swamp around 8:50 a.m. Simard had roughly 45 minutes of fuel when he departed.

Forestry officials were notified around 11:30 a.m. that Simard was overdue to return. Crews then began a search for the single-engine plane.

The plane's wreckage was eventually spotted around 6:20 p.m. in a wooded area off Town Creek Road in Winnabow.

Harris said crews are now in a recovery phase and officials from the FAA are expected to investigate the crash site Saturday morning.

Officials said Simard was a contractor for the landowner in that area.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.wave3.com

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- A pilot was confirmed dead Friday evening after officials located the wreckage of his single-engine aircraft.

Daniel Simard, 57, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, died after his fertilizer plane crashed in the Town Creek area, said Sgt. Eric Harris with the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Multiple agencies were searching for the plane whose pilot was last heard from at 8:45 a.m., said Capt. Mose Highsmith with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office. The pilot was contracted to fertilize for RMS Timber Management, said Ranger Bill Walker with the N.C. Forest Service.

Harris said by 11:30 a.m. when the plane was overdue an extensive search began that included numerous aircraft in the air searching the vast and heavily wooded Green Swamp Preserve area of Brunswick County. A sheriff's office helicopter located the wreckage at 6:20 p.m., Harris said. Then the officers in the helicopter led officials into the wooded area.

Harris said a recovery effort is now underway. Officials, he said, are using ATVs to get to the crash site. Tomorrow officials will cut a path to the site with bulldozers and equipment.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash and will be on site Saturday for an investigation, Harris said.

Original article can be found here: http://www.starnewsonline.com

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Florida man is dead after going down in a plane crash in Brunswick County Friday morning.

North Carolina Highway Patrol said Daniel Simard, 57, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, was killed when the single-engine M18 fertilizer plane he was flying went down near Winnabow.

Highway Patrol said Simard took off to spray the area around 8:50 a.m. with 45 minutes of fuel. Around 11:30 a.m., the North Carolina Forest Service was notified Simard hadn’t returned.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Officials then began looking for the small plane near the Green Swamp and Bear Pen Airport off of Highway 211. The Highway Patrol, North Carolina Emergency Management, Brunswick County Emergency Services and forestry officials also helped look for the plane, and set up a command post at Bear Pen Airport. Numerous planes and helicopters were used in the search.

The crash site was located around 6:20 p.m., using cell phone signals.

Authorities, who are now in the process of recovering the wreckage, said they notified the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Highway Patrol is in the process of securing the site and no one will be allowed in the area until the FAA arrives.

The Forestry Service is working to cut a path through the woods to conduct the recovery effort.

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