AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO A DITCH OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY, BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA.
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Kent Harrison’s flight to Miami was diverted suddenly Monday morning, instead rerouted to a drainage ditch near Kings Way on St. Simons Island.
But the private pilot viewed crash-landing the Cirrus SR20 airplane into the ditch as his best option after the engine conked out immediately upon takeoff at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport. Had he not veered it off the south runway and into the ditch, the plane could have plowed through the airport’s property fence and directly into rush-hour traffic on Kings Way.
Harrison, who lives on St. Simons Island, walked away from the 9:11 a.m. crash unhurt. He took the sudden change in travel plans in stride.
“I’m good,” he said, smiling and taking his travel bags out of a rear compartment of the crashed plane.
The plane headed south down the runway and lifted off, traveling about 500 feet in the air before the engine failed, said Robert Burr, executive director of the Glynn County Airport Commission. Harrison put the plane back down on the runway, but there was not enough pavement left to stop, he said.
Harrison said he decided to veer the plane off the runway rather than risk crashing into rush-hour traffic and putting others in danger.
“I couldn’t stop and I was going for the cars,” Harrison said. “So I took it this way.”
Burr credited Harrison’s heads-up maneuver with preventing possible calamity or worse on Kings Way.
“He took the proper course of action,” Burr said. “That was definitely a good call on his part.”
Harrison’s original destination was Tamiami Airport in Miami.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. | A single-engine plane skidded off the end of the runway at the island’s airport Monday morning and into a drainage ditch just short of a road.
As the pilot of the Cirrus SR20 was taking off from McKinnon St. Simons Airport about 9:10 a.m., the plane lost power, the Glynn County Airport Commission said.
The pilot chose to land immediately on the remaining runway but, with too little runway left to make a stop, the pilot veered safely onto a grassy area, the Airport Commission said in a release.
There were skid marks that ran off the left side of the runway and through the grass to the ditch were the plane stopped with its nose and cockpit over the shallow water.
The tip of the right wing was crumpled against the airport’s chain mesh perimeter fence that runs a short distance along Kings Way, a road that crosses the southern end of the island. The underside of the plane appeared to have bottomed out on the soil and its landing gear was in the water.
The pilot was the only occupant of the aircraft and was not injured, the Airport Commission said.
The plane is registered to Copyright Express LLC of South Miami, according to an FAA registry.
The Cirrus was bound for Tamiami Airport in Miami.
There was no impact on the operations of McKinnon St. Simons, and the FAA gave permission to remove the airport from the scene, the Airport Commission said.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - A pilot walked away from the crash of a small plane Monday morning at the McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport.
The Cirrus SR20 was on takeoff when the pilot choose to land immediately and ran off the runway and into the grass by the fence line, according to a release by the Glynn County Airport Commission.
The Glynn County Fire Department secured the area, but there was no fire. The pilot was the only person aboard and suffered no injuries.
The plane was headed to the Tamiami Airport in Miami, where the plane is registered.
The Airport Commission said the Federal Aviation Administration was granted permission to remove the aircraft.
Officials with the Glynn County Airport Commission say the pilot of a small plane escaped injury Monday morning after crashing during takeoff.
Shortly after 9 a.m., a Cirrus SR20 took off from McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport and promptly lost power. The pilot tried to land the plane on the remaining runway, but there wasn’t enough space. The pilot veered into a nearby grassy area, where the plane came to rest at a fence.
The plane was bound for Miami.
Glynn County firefighters and police secured the scene.