Monday, July 11, 2016

Cessna 310Q, Marc Inc., N100CP: Accident occurred July 11, 2016 near Bartow Municipal Airport (KBOW), Polk County, Florida

AIRCRAFT:   1971 Cessna 310Q N100CP, s/n: 310Q0219

The last annual inspection was accomplished in February 2016 at AFTT 6637.6
ENGINES:  Continental TSIO-520-B, s/n: 145265-6-B & Continental TSIO-520-NB, s/n: 290882R  - see attached Engine Log Extracts

PROPELLERS:  Both 3AF32C87-NR are significantly damaged. 

s/n:  785842 - overhauled January 2016.  Installed at annual inspection on February 10, 2016 - Hobbs 830.2 per log

s/n:  728435 - at annual inspection on February 10, 2016 log records PTSOH 1275.2 (tach 830.2 -Hobbs?)

EQUIPMENT:   Panel was submerged in and/or exposed to water and mud for an extended.  See photos
DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  N100CP landed in swampy terrain after experiencing engine power issues on approach to the Bartow Airport, Florida.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   See attached photos. Almost every part of aircraft is damaged and or was exposed to swamp water and mud.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Florida Aircraft Recovery, Jacksonville, Florida

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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA252
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 11, 2016 in Bartow, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 310, registration: N100CP
Injuries: 1 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 July 11, 2016, about 1100 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 310Q, N100CP, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Bartow, Florida. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local photographic imaging flight that departed from Bartow Municipal Airport (BOW), Bartow, Florida. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to initial Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports, the airplane lost right engine power on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern to runway 9L, then lost left engine power, and subsequently impacted swampy terrain near the near the base leg. The responding FAA inspector noted that the airplane came to rest in knee-deep water about 1 mile northwest of the airport. The inspector further noted that neither propeller appeared to be feathered, the right engine propeller blades appeared to be bent aft, and the left engine propeller blades were straight.

Due to the swampy terrain conditions, the airplane could not be further examined on site. The airplane was recovered to a secure storage facility where it will be examined at a future date.

BARTOW, Fla. - Two men went out spraying for mosquito control on Monday, but returned with an extra passenger: An injured airplane pilot.

They rescued a pilot who just crashed his plane in the middle of nowhere in Polk County.

“By the tone of the voice of the ‘May Day, May Day, May Day,’ we knew that the pilot was desperate,” said Pepper Keller, who flies with Nick Harboe for Polk County Natural Resources and Mosquito Control.

The pair has zero search and rescue training, but they weren’t about to turn a blind eye.

“So we had no real clue on how to conduct a proper search. We kind of made that up on our own,” he said.

Maybe it was beginners luck.

Keller and Harboe found the downed plane about a mile from the Bartow Airport in the middle of thick woods and swamp land.

The pilot was bloodied -- but alive.

“It’s a great relief he was standing and was able to navigate on his own,” Keller said. “I think he had said, ‘Yes, I’m hurt,’ and he had bandaged himself.”

It appears the pilot, identified as James Melton from Kentucky, was doing aerial mapping at the time.

Investigators said he was coming in to land the plane when something went wrong.

“From the sound of his voice, we knew something had happened and it happened very quickly,” Harboe said.

Melton spent about three hours getting checked out in the hospital and was then released.

“It’s an old pilot adage... Any landing that you can walk away from is a good landing,” Keller added.

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Bartow -- 

Two Polk County Natural Resources helicopter pilots became rescue heroes Monday.

They were spraying weeds on a lake when they heard another pilot on their radio making a mayday call.

"From the tone of the "mayday, mayday," we knew that pilot was desperate,” Pepper Keller said.

Keller and fellow pilot Nick Harboe quickly started to search an area near Bartow Municipal Airport. They had almost given up finding the downed plane when they spotted something in a marshy area about a mile from the airport.

"I really didn't expect to find a survivable accident,” Harboe said.

But when their chopper got closer to the crash site, they spotted an injured pilot, James Melton, sitting on the wing of his plane. Melton had a head injury, but he was OK.

Keller and Harboe landed near the crash site, got Melton into a back seat and flew him to the airport. Melton was treated and released at a local hospital.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.

"We were definitely, exactly in the right place at the right time,” Keller said.

BARTOW (FOX 13) - One person was injured in a small plane crash just east of Lake Hancock late this morning. 

Polk County Fire Rescue says it was around 11 a.m. when the twin-engine Cessna crashed in a field.  

A Polk County Government helicopter spray pilot saw the plane going down and was able to get the injured pilot to Bartow Municipal Airport, where he was loaded onto an ambulance to the hospital.

The pilot was the only person on board.  The extent of his injuries was not immediately available.

FAA records show the plane is registered to a corporation out of Missouri Mississippi.

Orinal article can be found here:

A pilot was hospitalized Monday after his twin-engine Cessna crashed in Polk County.

The twin-engine Cessna went down about 11 a.m. in a field east of Lake Hancock in the Highland City area, according to Polk County Fire Rescue. 

Another pilot saw the plane crash and took its pilot to Bartow Municipal Airport.

No further details have been released about the crash.

Original article can be found here:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So sorry to see another C310 gone. Thank goodness the pilot survived. Outstanding aircraft. FAA records show the plane is registered in (MS) Mississippi not in (MO) Missouri as mentioned in the article. Easy error. Fly safe everyone. Especially in light twins!