Saturday, July 2, 2016

Beech 23 Musketeer, N8704M; accident occurred July 01, 2016 near Rankin Airport (78Y), Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Kansas City FSDO-63

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA357
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2016 in Marryville, MO
Aircraft: BEECH 23, registration: N8704M

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Date: 02-JUL-16
Time: 00:20:00Z
Regis#: N8704M
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 23
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Missouri


An Elkhart, Indiana, couple returning to Maryville for a family reunion escaped serious injury Friday night when their light aircraft struck power lines while attempting to land at the Rankin Airport east of Maryville.

Richard and Sandra Faye Spencer both suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital where they were treated and released.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. when the Beechcraft Musketeer piloted by Richard Spencer approached the landing strip from the north.

According to the Nodaway County Sheriff's Office, first responders learned of the crash through a 911 call.

Authorities said the caller described the plane as striking the power lines and spinning completely around, then hitting the ground and tumbling end over end  before coming to rest upright in a cornfield.

Utility workers said power was being routed away from the damaged cables until they could be repaired.

Officers on site said the airplane, which was shielded from view by the tall corn, would remain in the field pending action by the Federal Aviation Administration.

In remarks to the media on Saturday, Sheriff Darren White said Richard Spencer apparently failed to see the high-voltage lines until it was too late.

He said local authorities have been in contact with the FAA, which plans to send an investigator to examine the scene and evaluate the incident.

White said that because the crash happened on a holiday weekend and resulted in no serious injuries, the FAA's formal investigation may not begin for several days.

Because the cause of the accident is well established, White said he expects the federal agency's review to be "fairly straightforward."

The sheriff added that no significant power outages resulted after the plane struck the cables, but that "momentary" interruptions in electrical service were reported.

White said the airplane was essentially demolished in the accident and does not appear to be salvageable.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted in working the crash by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Maryville Department of Public Safety, Nodaway County ambulance crews, the Missouri Department of Transportation, United Electric Cooperative, and the FAA.

Original article can be found here:

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Two people were injured in a plane crash in Nodaway County early Friday night.

Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White said a small single-engine Beechcraft crashed while attempting a landing at Rankin Airport — on Maryville’s eastern edge — about 7:20 p.m. White said the two people on board, believed to be a husband and wife from Indiana, suffered what appeared to be minor injuries. They were transported to St. Francis Hospital to be evaluated. Their names and condition updates were unavailable late Friday night.

“They struck the power lines as they were approaching the airfield,” White said. “When I got here, the people were already in the ambulance. It’s a miracle that they walked away.”

White said the aircraft was approaching the airport from the south when it struck a power line, which was frayed and damaged but never collapsed. The plane, which was destroyed, came to a rest in a corn field about 200 yards from Jet Road, which runs adjacent to Rankin’s lone private grass airstrip.

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