NTSB Identification: ERA16FA309
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 03, 2016 in Hollywood, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N6091E
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
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On September 3, 2016 about 0952 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N6091E, was destroyed when it impacted the Atlantic Ocean, while maneuvering near Hollywood, Florida. The private pilot and pilot rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane departed from Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP), Pompano Beach, Florida, and was destined for Ocean Reef Club Airport (07FA), Key Largo, Florida. The airplane was owned by Volux Aviation LLC, and operated by a private individual. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
While transitioning along the shoreline, the pilot contacted air traffic control and requested to fly below 500 feet above ground level. The air traffic controller approved the request but advised the pilot of "heavy Precipitation at the 12 o'clock position and 4 miles ahead," and further stated "you should turn left and go off shore 3 miles to avoid the thunderstorm." The pilot acknowledged the communication by stating "roger" and 3 minutes later the pilot reported "I am turning back to the north." The air traffic controller approved the turn and no further communications were received from the accident airplane.
The wreckage was subsequently located about 2 miles east of the Hollywood shoreline, submerged in the Atlantic Ocean in about 15 feet of water. The airplane was recovered and the wings exhibited accordion crushing from leading edge to trailing edge. Flight control cable continuity was established from the cockpit area to all flight control surfaces. The measurement of the elevator trim actuator corresponded to a nose-down trim. Engine valve train continuity was verified and thumb compression was established by rotating the propeller.
The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration third-class medical certificate was issued on July 6, 2015. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 795 hours.
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The Broward Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified the two men who died in a plane crash off the coast of Dania Beach over the weekend.
Frederick Gautzsch, Jr., 73, of Boca Raton and Robert Chartrand, 66, of LaSalle, Quebec, left Pompano Beach Airpark Saturday morning in a rented single-engine Cessna.
The men, who were both pilots, rented the plane from Paul Kramer’s Learn to Fly Center, BSO said. Gautzsch had control of the plane as they headed to Ocean Reef Club’s private airport in Key Largo, according to BSO.
But sometime before 10 a.m., the small plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, about one mile north of the Dania Beach Pier, and just east of the south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
BSO crews responded after the air traffic control tower advised them of a downed plane. Rescuers spotted an oil slick and the plane in about 20 feet of water.
Both men, who died on impact, were found floating about 200 yards north of the crash site, according to BSO.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.
Salvage crews on Sunday raised the wreckage of a Cessna 172 in which two people were killed when the plane crashed into the Atlantic off the coast of Dania Beach.
After divers in the water attached inflated orange floats to the plane, in two pieces, the wreckage was lifted by a crane onto the stern of a tow boat. The wreckage was deposited on the ship, which headed north toward Port Everglades.
The plane went down in 40 feet of water about 10 a.m. Saturday about 200 yards offshore, authorities said.
First responders found the small plane and the bodies of two people, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.
The agency's fire-rescue units at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were notified of the downed plane minutes before 10 a.m.
A Broward Sheriff's helicopter located the wreckage near the coastline where an oil slick and debris had become visible from the air, Jachles said. Within minutes, two bodies were spotted north of the wreckage, he said.
The two persons who died have not been identified.
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Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles reported an air rescue helicopter pilot located the two victims.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen reported a Cessna 172 aircraft "ditched" in the Atlantic Ocean east of Fort Lauderdale after flying southbound over the shoreline.
The plane -- registered to Volux Aviation -- departed from Pompano Beach Airpark, 1001 NE 10th St.
In a LiveATC archived call, the pilot said he was headed to Ocean Reef in Key Largo. He was in communication with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's tower control.
A woman with FLL tower control warned him of heavy rain. The pilot later reported changing his course to fly back north.
Air and marine units from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife worked with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was involved in the search until about 1:45 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board was leading the investigation, according to the Coast Guard.
Two people were killed in a plane crash off the Dania Beach coast Saturday morning, authorities said.
First responders found the downed small plane and the bodies of two people, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.
The wreckage was found about 200 yards offshore, submerged in about 40 feet of water, he said. The agency's fire-rescue units at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were notified of the downed plane minutes before 10 a.m.
A BSO helicopter found the wreckage near the coastline where an oil slick and debris had become visible from the air, Jachles said. Within minutes, two bodies were spotted north of the wreckage, he said.
Authorities continued search and rescue efforts while attempting to learn whether more passengers had been aboard the four-occupant aircraft before crashing, Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelley of the U.S. Coast Guard said.
By about 1:45 p.m., officials confirmed there had been two only people on board and ceased rescue operations. The identities of the victims were not immediately known.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen described the aircraft as a Cessna 172 that was flying south along Broward County's shoreline.
Officials said the aircraft left Pompano Beach Airpark at about 8:30 a.m. and multiple distress calls came in shortly before 10 a.m., according to Kelley. Authorities did not say what caused the plane's occupants to call for help.
Details of the plane's flight plan, or where it was registered, were unknown.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue also assisted in rescue efforts by land, water and air. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the crash.
"It's a tough day for any agency to come and address the media obviously on a fatality," Kelley said. "Our hearts go out to the families of these victims."
Just after 10 a.m. Saturday, Broward Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol said the small Cessna crashed about two miles east of the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, along 100 N. Beach Rd.
About an hour later, a Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue aircraft located wreckage and two people roughly one and a half miles south of Port Everglades. They were transferred to Station Fort Lauderdale and pronounced deceased.
“A Broward Sheriff’s Air Rescue helicopter was the first out there, over the ocean,” said Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Mike Jachles. “There was some bad weather a couple miles out, so they were actually diverted from that bad weather. Diverted towards the coast line, when they did encounter what looked like an oil slick and then the small debris field. They confirmed they located the wreckage and the plane was located approximately 200 yards offshore in about 40 feet of water.”
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the plane took off from Pompano around 8:30 a.m. and the first distress calls were received around 10 a.m.
A search was suspended after confirming that there weren’t other passengers aboard the plane.
A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire and Rescue, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine units, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department and Seatow also assisted with the search.
The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.