Monday, September 19, 2016

Cessna 182T Skylane, N2012F, Keller Aviation LLC: Fatal accident occurred September 18, 2016 near Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport (3D2), Door County, Wisconsin

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

KELLER AVIATION LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N2012F

FAA Flight Standards District Offices: FAA Milwaukee FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA373
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Ephraim, WI
Aircraft: CESSNA 182T, registration: N2012F
Injuries: 2 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 September 18, 2016, about 2032 central daylight time, a Cessna 182T airplane, N2012F, impacted terrain during a visual approach to the Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport (3D2), Ephraim, Wisconsin. The pilot and student pilot were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Keller Aviation LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed from Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB), Green Bay, Wisconsin on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan at 2003. 


According to friends of the pilot, he ferried the student pilot from 3D2 to GRB so she could take a flight lesson. On their return flight from GRB, the pilot cancelled IFR at 2024 during the descent into 3D2. About 3,500 ft prior to the Runway 14 threshold, the airplane impacted 50 ft high trees. The airplane came to rest about 210 ft beyond the initial tree strike and a post-crash fire ensued.

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.

EPHRAIM (WLUK) -- A flying lesson Sunday night ended in tragedy.

"There were emergency vehicles coming from everywhere," said Ann Gamble of Fish Creek.

She said she smelled smoke around Peninsula State Park in Ephraim.

"I thought maybe it was a campfire,” she recalled, “so I drove down the road here to the maintenance area and turned around because a couple of vehicles were coming from that way and then I just parked out here until they found it."

The small plane crashed during the decent into the Ephraim-Gibraltar airport.

The Door County Sheriff's Department said 16-year-old Olivia Dahl of Sister Bay and 69-year-old Ralph Keller of Sister Bay and Lagrange Park, Illinois were killed.

Dahl was a flying enthusiast, who was pursuing her pilot's license.

While authorities said, Keller was a licensed pilot.

"He was a volunteer that was flying Olivia down to Green Bay where she had a flight lesson and they were on the return trip from that lesson, but he was the pilot of that aircraft," said Chief Deputy Patrick McCarty with the Door County Sheriff's Department.

Dahl was a student at Gibraltar Secondary School.

Gibraltar school officials told FOX 11 they expect to release more information Tuesday.

So far, the investigation into what caused the crash is still in its early stages.

"Members of the FAA have arrived and are beginning their investigation and we anticipate that the NTSB will be arriving tomorrow," McCarty said.

An investigation that is expected to take weeks.

"Really and truly, they just missed the airport,” said Gamble, “that's really sad, they just missed the airport by a very little bit."

Eight emergency agencies responded to the crash.

And as is typical after a plane crash, federal investigators will lead the investigation.


Source:   http://fox11online.com

A Gibraltar High School senior from Sister Bay was killed Sunday night along with the volunteer pilot who was taking her back from a flying lesson in Green Bay when their plane crashed in Peninsula State Park.

Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle on Monday identified the victims as Olivia M. Dahl, 16, and Ralph L. Keller, 69, of La Grange Park, Ill., and Sister Bay.

Counselors were on hand at Gibraltar High School to help students cope with the loss of their friend.

A citizen on the bike trail in Peninsula Park located the wreckage to the west of Highland Road, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

"It appeared that the pilot was making his approach to the Ephraim Airport when something went wrong ... Miss Dahl was a flying enthusiast and was taking lessons in Green Bay to get her pilot's license," the release said. "Mr. Keller was a volunteer pilot who transported Miss Dahl to her lesson in Green Bay."

The plane was found off Highland Road, north of the golf course maintenance building, just before 10 p.m. after more than an hour of intense searching by northern Door County police and fire personnel.

"At 8:38 p.m. the Door County Sheriff's office received a phone call of a plane circling southwest of Ephraim. The caller reported hearing a crash," Chief Deputy Pat McCarty said late Sunday night. "A land and sea search commenced. At (9:55 p.m.) a crash scene was located in Peninsula State Park."

The search lasted about an hour and 20 minutes and involved personnel, equipment and boats from Egg Harbor, Gibraltar, Baileys Harbor, Ephraim, Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay/Liberty Grove fire departments, the Eagle III rescue helicopter, Door County Emergency Medical Services and the Sheriff's Department. The U.S. Coast Guard was also notified.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on the scene Monday morning and will start their investigation into what may have caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive on Tuesday.

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



EPHRAIM, Wis. (WBAY) – A Sister Bay man and a teen girl were killed in a plane crash at Peninsula State Park in Door County Sunday.

The Door County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims as 69-year-old Ralph L. Keller of Sister Bay and LaGrange Park, Il., and 16-year-old Olivia M. Dahl of Sister Bay.

“Miss Dahl was a flying enthusiast and was taking lessons in Green Bay to get her pilots license. Mr. Keller was a volunteer pilot who transported Miss Dahl to her lesson in Green Bay,” reads a statement from the Door County Sheriff’s Office.

Dahl was a senior at Gibraltar High School.

Sunday night, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a plane crash in the Ephraim area.  A caller witnessed a small plane flying over Peninsula State Park near the Ephraim Airport when the plane disappeared from view and there was the sound of a crash.

Later, a citizen on a bike trail in Peninsula State Park located the wreckage near Highland Road.

The Sheriff’s Office says it appears the pilot was making his approach to the airport when “something went wrong.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB are investigating the crash.

Source:  http://wbay.com


Door County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Pat McCarty meets with reporters late Sunday night after a fatal plane crash in Peninsula State Park.


UPDATE:  Authorities say there were no survivors after a small plane crashed in Peninsula State Park on Sunday night.

The plane was found off Highland Road, north of the golf course maintenance building, just before 10 p.m. after more than an hour of intense searching by northern Door County police and fire personnel.

"At 8:38 p.m. the Door County Sheriff's office received a phone call of a plane circling southwest of Ephraim. The caller reported hearing a crash," Chief Deputy Pat McCarty said late Sunday night. "A land and sea search commenced. At (9:55 p.m.) a crash scene was located in Peninsula State Park."

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and was en route to the scene, McCarty said. "There are no survivors."

McCarty said the department for now was not releasing the number of people in the plane, which was located in wooded area.

He did not know who located the plane.

The search lasted about an hour and 20 minutes and involved personnel, equipment and boats from Egg Harbor, Gibraltar, Baileys Harbor, Ephraim and Sister Bay/Liberty Grove fire departments, the Eagle III rescue helicopter, Door County Emergency Medical Services and the Sheriff's Department. The U.S. Coast Guard was also notified.

Where the plane was coming from and where it was going remain under investigation, McCarty said.

Earlier update

A small plane crashed near the Peninsula State Park golf course Sunday night. The burning wreckage was located shortly before 10 p.m.

The plane was found after about an hour of intense searching by northern Door County police and fire personnel.

Reports indicated the plane, which apparently left Green Bay earlier Sunday night on its way to the Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport, was located north of the golf course maintenance building.

There was no immediate word about the person or persons on board.

Earlier story

Northern Door County police and fire personnel were combing an area near the Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport for a small airplane that may have gone down Sunday night.

"(They're searching for a) plane that might have potentially crashed, but we haven't found it yet," Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle said shortly after 9:30 p.m.

A hotel resident reported hearing a plane's engine cut out and then a crash, Delarwelle said.

The Eagle III medical helicopter was coming to the area to aid with the search, and the U.S. Coast Guard was also getting involved along with the Sheriff's Department and firefighters from all northern Door County departments.

The search initially was focused along the Green Bay shore from Egg Harbor to Fish Creek, then was expanded to a land search.

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