Saturday, July 2, 2016

Beech 23 Musketeer, N8704M: Accident occurred July 01, 2016 near Rankin Airport (78Y), Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri

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

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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA357
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 01, 2016 in Maryville, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: BEECH 23, registration: N8704M
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

The pilot reported that on final approach to runway 17, he was "distracted" by the runway composition and dimensions. The pilot reported that he identified the high tension power lines just before impact. He recalled that when he saw the power lines he "pulled up" in an attempt to climb, however it was too late, the propeller and engine cowl struck the power lines and the airplane slid down the power line wires toward the ground and came to rest in a corn field. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage aft of the cabin, and the empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies with any portion of the airplane during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operations.

The Airport/Facility Directory states the dimensions and composition of the runway, displaced threshold and the high tension power lines as:

The first 630 feet of the runway is gravel and turf, and the width is 60 feet. The next 1300 feet of runway is a 14 foot wide section of concrete with 18 feet of turf on both sides of the concrete. The final 1120 feet of runway is a 12 to 25 foot wide section of gravel and asphalt chips, with 12.5 to17.5 feet of turf on both sides of the gravel and asphalt chips. The displaced threshold is marked with 5 tires on each side of the runway. High tension power line wires are about 1200 feet north of the runway threshold and do not have any safety markings. The power lines that the airplane struck intersect and cross the approach end of runway 17 at approximately 30 degrees. Furthermore, the power lines are depicted on the FAA Aeronautical Chart for the airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to see and avoid power lines on approach during landing, resulting a power line strike, uncontrolled descent, and collision with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inadequate pre-flight planning.

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.

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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