Friday, August 12, 2016

Beechcraft 95-B55 (T-42A) Baron, Ross & Company PLLC, N128VB: Fatal accident occurred August 12, 2016 near Shannon Airport (KEZF), Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

ROSS & COMPANY PLLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N128VB

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Washington FSDO-27


NTSB Identification: ERA16FA288
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 12, 2016 in Fredericksburg, VA
Aircraft: BEECH 95 B55 (T42A), registration: N128VB
Injuries: 6 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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 12, 2016, at 1222 eastern daylight time, a Beech 95-B55, N128VB, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees and terrain during an aborted landing attempt at Shannon Airport (EZF), Fredericksburg, Virginia. The private pilot/owner, commercial pilot, and four passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to Ross and Company PLL and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Shelbyville Municipal Airport (GEX), Shelbyville, Indiana, about 1015.

The owner departed Bowman Field Airport (LOU), Louisville, Kentucky, earlier in the day and flew the approximate 80-nautical-mile flight to GEZ to pick up his friend, who was a commercial pilot, and four passengers. According to Lockheed Martin Flight Service, there were no records of either pilot having obtained a weather briefing through a Flight Service Station.

A lineman at GEZ stated that after landing, the owner parked the airplane next to the fuel pump and requested that the main inboard fuel tanks be "topped off." The lineman stated he topped off the left tank, and as he was walking over to the right tank, the commercial pilot requested that he "…leave the right tank down an inch or two." The lineman obliged, and stated that between the left and right main tanks, he added a total of 40.3 gallons of fuel to the airplane. The lineman also stated that he overheard a conversation between the two pilots, during which the owner stated, "we have 15 gallons in each of the auxiliary tanks."

Several witnesses observed the airplane on final approach for runway 24 at EZF, and stated that the airplane appeared to be high above the threshold and fast. Surveillance videos obtained from the airport and a nearby business captured the airplane floating down the runway before touching down briefly and bouncing several times. The airplane became airborne again near the last third of the runway. As the airplane climbed, it drifted to the right of the runway centerline, and began a gradual, climbing left turn to about 50 feet above ground level. The airplane appeared to level off, then began to descend, before pitching up abruptly and rolling to the left as it descended into trees and terrain.

Initial examination of the wreckage revealed that the airplane struck the ground in a slight nose-low attitude about 300 feet from the departure end of runway 24. Trees surrounding the accident site exhibited gouges, cuts and paint transfers from the top of the tree canopy down towards ground level. The wings and engines separated during the accident sequence but remained within 20 feet of the fuselage in their approximate and respective locations relative to the fuselage. The right propeller separated from the engine and exhibited span-wise gouging and curling in an 'S' pattern. The left propeller remained attached to the engine. The blades were positioned to a flat pitch with little chord-wise damage and minimal curling. The fuselage was consumed by a post-impact fire.

The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for further examination.

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.





Lisa K. Borenstein


Luke Borenstein 

Emma R. Borenstein 

William C. Hamerstadt

Robert Ross


Three people killed when a plane crashed Friday afternoon near Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia were Shelbyville residents.

Lisa Borinstein, 52, Luke Borinstein, 19, and Emma Borinstein, 15, all died in the crash, according to Virginia State Police. Maren Timmermann, 15, of Berlin, Germany, was an exchange student living with the Borinstein family.

The Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County confirmed Saturday afternoon Emma Borinstein and Timmermann were students at Triton Central High School. 

Superintendent Chris Hoke released this statement to The Shelbyville News at 1:30 p.m. Saturday:

“It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we announce having received official notification of the victims of the tragic accident in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It has been confirmed that the victims of that fatal plane crash include: Emma Borinstein - TCHS sophomore, Luke Borinstein - Triton Central graduate, their mother, Lisa Borinstein, and Maren Timmermann - TCHS junior.

As we pull together as a community to work through this tragic event, we will be offering grief counseling over the next several days to our students and staff. Triton Central is a close-knit community and we will rally around the families and each other in the wake of this tragedy. The full breadth of our school campus and resources will be made available to the families and our community as we begin the healing process together.”
Luke Borinstein was a student at Wabash College.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

“A 1969 Beech 95-B55 twin-engine, fixed-wing aircraft was attempting to land at the Shannon Airport. Further investigation by the state police, NTSB and FAA have determined that the aircraft touched down midway down the runway and then executed a ‘go-around,’” a Virginia State Police press release states. “As it attempted to turn and climb, it appeared to have stalled as it made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property. The plane banked left, crashed in the trees and immediately caught fire. Official time of the crash was 12:24 p.m.”

The plane left Louisville, Kentucky Friday morning and stopped in Shelbyville before continuing to Virginia, according to the press release.

The pilot, William Hamerstadt, 64, was from Carmel.

Allison Baker, a close family friend and also an intern at The Shelbyville News, said the family was on their way to a ceremony for Drew Borinstein, the oldest of the Borinstein kids, at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

Baker, who graduated from Triton Central in May, said Beau Borinstein — Emma’s twin brother — was not on the plane because he stayed behind for a football scrimmage Friday night.

Students, teachers and alumni gathered Friday night at the school, she said, and a prayer circle is being planned for Monday.

All school activities were canceled Saturday.

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, no events have been canceled for Monday. The cross country team is scheduled to compete in the Early Bird Invitational meet at Blue River Park with Morristown, Southwestern and Waldron.


Source:   http://www.shelbynews.com



A Wabash man known for his “eagerness to do good” died Friday in a small airplane crash in Fredericksburg, Va. Luke Joseph Borinstein, a 19-year-old sophomore, was among six people who died in the crash.

His mother, Lisa, and younger sister, Emma, were also killed. He is survived by his brothers, Drew and Beau.

Luke was pursuing a pre-health track at Wabash, and had just returned from a two-week immersion trip to Lima, Peru with the Global Health Initiative (GHI), which is directed by Treves Professor of Biology Eric Wetzel.

“Luke was just a great guy — intelligent, easy-going, strong in his faith, and very friendly,” said Dr. Wetzel. “Along with some other students on the trip, he easily and quickly made some great new friends among the Peruvian students with whom we worked and traveled.”

Wetzel said that news of Luke’s death had already reached the Peruvian students. “They are equally distraught and saddened, perhaps a testimony to the impact that Luke could make in a short time.”

“All of us at Wabash are shocked by this tragic news and grieve with Luke’s family and friends,” said Wabash President Gregory Hess. “Wabash is a very special place where deep friendships are formed, and our hearts go out to all of Luke’s Wabash brothers.”

Senior Bilal Jawed, who leads the College’s Public Health Organization (PHO), said, “Luke was an indispensable part of our organization, and I will always remember him by his bright smile and eagerness to do good.”

Borinstein came to Wabash from Fairland, Indiana, and attended Triton Central High School. In addition to his work with the GHI and PHO, he also spent free time tutoring students at Hoover Elementary School. He had spent the first part of his summer working in the lab of biology professor Anne Bost.

Wetzel said he was a natural fit with the goals of the Global Health Initiative.

“My sense from chatting with him is that he ‘got it’ — he understood the disparities in health care and access to it, and was pleased with how we were able to contribute to addressing these problems,” Wetzel said. “He was appreciative of the opportunity.

“He will be sorely missed by the class.”

Police and authorities from the National Transportation Safety Administration are investigating the cause of the crash of the 1969 Beech 95-B55 twin-engine, fixed-wing airplane.


Source:  http://www.thepaper24-7.com



Three teenagers were among the six victims of Friday's fiery plane crash near Shannon Airport in Spotsylvania County.

Virginia State Police released the identifies of the six people on the plane, identified Saturday as a  Beechcraft 95-B55 (T-42A) Baron aircraft. All six were killed in the crash and subsequent fire.

William C. Hamerstadt, 64, of Carmel, Ind., was the pilot of the plane. The passengers were  Robert D. Ross, 73, of Louisville, Ky. who owned the plane; Lisa K. Borinstein, 52, of Shelbyville, Ind.; Luke J. Borinstein, 19, of Shelbyville, Ind.; Emma R. Borinstein, 15, of Shelbyville, Ind.; and Maren Timmermann, 15, of Berlin, Germany.

Chris Hoke, superintendent of the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby Co., Ind. confirmed that the three teenagers were students of Triton Central High School.

Emma Borinstein was a sophomore at the school.

Her older brother Luke Borinstein was a Triton Central graduate and a student at Wabash College.

Maren Timmerman was a junior at Triton Central.

The Borinstein's mother was victim Lisa Borinstein.

"It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we announce having received official notification of the victims of the tragic accident," his statement said. "Triton Central is a close knit community and we will rally around the families and each other in the wake of this tragedy."

The bodies were recovered from the burnt wreckage and sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for positive identification, examination and autopsy, according to Virginia State Police.

The aircraft departed Louisville, Ky., on Friday morning and stopped in Shelbyville, Ind., before headed to its final destination of Shannon Airport.

The plane touched down midway down the runway and then executed a "go-around," according to an investigation by state police, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

As the plane attempted to turn and climb, it appeared to have stalled as it made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property. The plane banked left, crashed in the trees and immediately caught fire.
The official time of the crash was 12:24 p.m. Police received the report of a plane crash at 12:26 p.m.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Virginia State Police Trooper T.J. Ferrara and the NTSB and FAA. State police and the NTSB are still at the scene Saturday.

Virginia State Police were assisted at the crash site by the Spotsylvania County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management; Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department; Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department; National Park Service; and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Source:   http://www.fredericksburg.com



FREDERICKSBURG, VA. (WUSA9) - The six people who were killed in a plane crash near an airport in Frederciksburg, Va. were identified on Saturday. 

One of the victims was the pilot of the plane and he has been identified as William C. Hamerstadt, 64, of Carmel, Ind. 

The other victims were passengers on the plane and have been identified as Robert D. Ross, 73, of Louisville, Ky., Lisa K. Borenstein, 52, of Shelbyville, Ind., Luke J. Borenstein, 19, of Shelbyville, Ind., Emma R. Borenstein, 15, of Shelbyville, Ind.and Maren Timmermann, 15, of Berlin, Germany. 

Ross has been identified as the owner of the small, private aircraft that crashed. 

At approximately 12:24 p.m., police say the pilot was attempting to land at Shannon Airport on Friday, when the plane came to the end of the runway, the pilot pulled back up.

The plane got as far as the railroad tracks on the airport's property before it veered left and struck the tree line.

It crashed and caught fire.

The plane had departed from Louisville, Ky., Friday morning. Police say it stopped in Shelbyville, Ind., and continued to its final destination of Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Va.


Source:   http://www.wusa9.com




FREDERICKSBURG, Va.  — Officials say the six people who died in a small plane crash in Virginia were from Indiana, Kentucky and Germany and that three of the six were teenagers.

Virginia State Police identified the victims Saturday. State Police say the pilot of the plane was 64-year-old William C. Hamerstadt of Carmel, Ind. One of the passengers, 73-year-old Robert D. Ross of Louisville was the owner of the plane.

Also onboard were 52-year-old Lisa K. Borinstein; her two children, 19-year-old Luke J. Borinstein and 15-year-old Emma R. Borinstein of Shelbyville, Ind.; and 15-year-old Maren Timmermann of Berlin, Germany.

State police say the plane took off from Louisville on Friday morning and stopped in Shelbyville. It crashed into trees after aborting its landing at Shannon Airport near Fredericksburg, Va.

Shocked witnesses on a train going by the crash site described the plane in flames and said it had been completely destroyed.

The plane came to the end of the runway at the Shannon Airport near Fredericksburg and then pulled back up, flying to the end of the airport property, State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in an email. It struck the tree line, crashed and immediately caught fire.

Tanya Aquino of Washington was on an Amtrak train to Richmond when the train stopped. A conductor first said there was a fire, then said there had been a plane crash.

The train rode past the crash site and Aquino said she saw flames, smoke, several rescue vehicles and the remains of the plane just beyond the tree line.

"When I heard there was a fire, it was such a hot day, I was hoping it was just a brush fire," Aquino said. "It looked so terrible the way the plane had landed."

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Shari Acree, who was also on the train, said she saw white smoke and the crash.

"The plane was completely decimated and there was still some flame coming from it," Acree said in an email.

The airport has an average of 85 flights per day, mostly local general aviation. Ninety-one aircraft are based there, most of them are single-engine.

Source:  http://www.courier-journal.com



SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- Virginia State Police confirms six people were killed when a small plane crashed near Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg Friday afternoon.

"There were no survivors in the crash," said Virginia State Police Public Information Officer Sergeant F.L. Tyler.

Officials said the plane was attempting to land at the airport at 12:26 p.m. when it came to the end of the runway and pulled back up.

"The plane made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property, banked left and struck the tree line," Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller said. "The plane crashed in the trees and immediately caught fire."

The Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Additionally, the NTSB and FAA were dispatched to the scene.

Investigators say a total of six bodies were recovered from the burnt wreckage of the plane Friday afternoon.

All the remains will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for positive identification.

State police are still in the process of notifying next of kin and will not release decedent information until all next of kin are notified. All six victims are from out-of-state.

Story and video:   http://wtvr.com




SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — Virginia State police have confirmed that six bodies were recovered from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Fredericksburg Friday.

The crash happened around 12:26 p.m. Friday near Shannon Airport, about five miles outside of Fredericksburg.

According to state police, a small, private aircraft was attempting to land at the airport when it came to the end of the runway and pulled back up. The plane made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property, banked left and struck the tree line. The plane crashed in the trees and immediately caught fire.

Tanya Aquino of Washington was on an Amtrak train to Richmond when the train stopped. A conductor first said there was a fire, then said there had been a plane crash.

The train rode past the crash site and Aquino said she saw flames, smoke, several rescue vehicles and the remains of the plane just beyond the tree line.

“When I heard there was a fire, it was such a hot day, I was hoping it was just a brush fire,” Aquino said. “It looked so terrible the way the plane had landed.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Story and video:  http://wavy.com





Six people are dead after a plane crashed at an airport near Fredericksburg, Virginia, state police say.

The small plane crashed into the woods near the end of the runway at Shannon Airport Friday afternoon. Shannon Airport is located about five miles from downtown Fredericksburg.

Virginia State Police said the plane was trying to land at the airport when it came to the end of the runway and pulled back up. The plane made it beyond the railroad tracks at the end of the airport property, banked left and struck the tree line.

The plane immediately caught fire when it crashed in the trees and was so badly burned that responders to the crash could hardly see the plane's tail number, making it hard to identify the aircraft.

"It appears the plane was attempting to land and it then attempted to abort the landing and take off again," said Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler.

State police said all the remains recovered from the wreckage will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for identification.

All six people are from out-of-state, police said, and authorities are still in the process of notifying their families.

Shari Acree, who was riding an Amtrak train near the airport, said she saw white smoke and the crash.

"The plane was completely decimated and there was still some flame coming from it,"  Acree said in an email. She said her train was delayed about 30 minutes due to the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The airport has an average of 85 flights per day, mostly local general aviation. Ninety-one aircraft are based there, most of them are single-engine.

Story and video:   http://www.nbcwashington.com




LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Virginia State Police say a Louisville man was among several people killed in a plane crash that happened Friday afternoon in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

According to a release from Virginia State Police, 73-year-old Robert D. Ross of Louisville, who owned the plane, was one of six people killed in the crash.  

Authorities also say the other people who died were 64-year-old pilot William C. Hamerstadt, of Carmel, Indiana, 52-year-old Lisa K. Borenstein, of Shelbyville, Indiana, 19-year-old Luke J. Borenstein, of Shelbyville, Indiana, 15-year-old Emma R. Borenstein, of Shelbyville, Indiana and 15-year-old Maren Timmermann, of Berlin, Germany.

Virginia State Police say the plane left Louisville on Friday morning. According to officials, the plane stopped in Shelbyville, Indiana. The plane then continued toward its final destination of Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Authorities say the plane was a  Beechcraft 95-B55 (T-42A) Baron aircraft. Officials with Virginia State Police, the NTSB and FAA say the plane "touched down midway down the runway and then executed a "go-around." Officials say as the plane tried to turn and climb, the plane appears to have stalled as it went past railroad tracks at the end of the airport's property.

Police say the plane went left, crashed into some trees and caught fire.


The crash remains under investigation.



The pilot of a private plane that crashed Friday at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Va., killing all six aboard, had aborted a landing and was trying to climb for a second attempt when the engine stalled, investigators said Saturday.

The pilot was identified by Virginia State Police as William C. Hamerstadt, 64, of Carmel, Ind. Three passengers were from Shelbyville, Ind.: Lisa K. Borinstein, 52; her son, Luke J. Borinstein, 19; and her daughter, Emma R. Borinstein, 15.

Another passenger, Maren Timmermann, 15, of Berlin, and the plane’s owner, Robert D. Ross, 73, of Louisville, also were killed.

The crash occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. State police said the aircraft — a 1969 Beech 95-B55 twin-engine, fixed-wing plane — touched down midway down the runway.

Hamerstadt then pulled up and tried to execute what is known as a “go-around” — to circle the airport and make another landing attempt. But police said the engine stalled as he tried to climb and turn, and the plane crashed into trees just beyond railroad tracks at the edge of the airport property.

The reason for the engine stalling remains under investigation by state police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Police said the aircraft had left Louisville on Friday morning and stopped in Shelbyville before heading to its destination of Fredericksburg.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Six reported dead now.

Anonymous said...

N128VB

gretnabear said...

Shannon Conditions were light winds from the SSW, 92 F. degrees for landing at the 3,000 ft strip.

gretnabear said...

http://patch.com/virginia/fredericksburg/virginia-plane-crash-6-victims-identified-include-3-teens

gretnabear said...

Baron 95 B55 seating rear seats..5th and 6th "Useful only for children or very small adult" .... "many owners consider the aft-most seats unsuitable for adult humans" https://www.aopa.org/go-fly/aircraft-and-ownership/aircraft-fact-sheets/beechcraft-baron http://www.beechtalk.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=112976

Anonymous said...

The seventh (7) passenger stayed behind ---- "Emma’s twin brother was not on the plane because he stayed behind for a football scrimmage Friday night".

Anonymous said...

Early B55's are fitted with separate Main and Aux tanks and POH and placards which state takeoff and landing on Main tanks only. Possible Aux tank unporting led to engine fuel starvation at an unrecoverable weight, altitude and speed??????? The reported botched landing approach in which the plane is reported to have flown down 2000' of a 3000' runway before a nose wheel touchdown is also troubling and possibly speaks to poor landing preparedness/proficiency????? RIP to all those who perished and prayers of comfort for the family and friends.