Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beech C23 Sundowner, N20087: Fatal accident occurred October 22, 2016 near Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport (KAIZ), Miller County, Missouri

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Kansas City FSDO-63

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA024
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Osage Beach, MO
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N20087
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 October 22, 2016, about 1335 central daylight time, a Beech C23 airplane, N20087, collided with trees and impacted terrain near Osage Beach, Missouri. The commercial pilot and passenger were fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The airplane departed the Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport (AIZ), and was en route to an undetermined destination.

According to an employee of the fixed base operator, he heard the pilot report a four-mile final for the runway over the UNICOM frequency. The airplane landed, but did not taxi to the ramp, so the employee attempted to contact the pilot on the radio. The pilot's response was garbled, so the employee waited to see if the pilot would taxi up to the ramp. The employee then saw the airplane takeoff so he returned to his duties. He did not recall the pilot making any radio transmissions regarding the departure. The employee reported that he heard normal engine sounds when the airplane was on the ground and when the airplane took off.

The wreckage was located in a heavily wooden area of a state park by mountain bikers.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. – An airplane crashed Saturday afternoon at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, killing a Pennsylvania man and his daughter. 

Bruce Hensler, 56, and Sarah M. Hensler, 30, of New Britain, Penn., were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the woods north of Lee C. Fine Airport. The Missouri State Highway Patrol believes Bruce Hensler was the pilot of the Beechcraft single-engine airplane. 

According to a witness, the plane landed across from the observation area at the airport at about 1:40 p.m., Saturday, and remained stationary for only minutes before taking off again. Upon take off, the witness heard a pop and crack; the plane banked right and flew out of sight. 

A short time later a resident near Cassidy Road reported hearing trees cracking, what he thought might be a plane crash.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol was notified of the crash at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

Emergency responders located the plane in the woods north of the airport, approximately 1.5 miles south of Cassidy Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration will begin investigating the crash at the scene on Sunday morning, according to the Highway Patrol.

Emergency responders near the scene Saturday speculated the project to extract the airplane from the heavily wooded area would be extensive.  

Photos of Beech C23 Sundowner (N20087) crash-site:

TUSCUMBIA, Mo. A plane crash near Lake of the Ozarks killed two people from Pennsylvania.

Bruce Hensler, 56, and his 30-year-old daughter Sarah Hensler, were passing through the area on a cross country flight from Reno, Nev. to Pennsylvania.

The father and daughter had just taken off from Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport, a small airfield right in the middle of the state park, when they crashed into the woods a couple hundred yards off the end of the runway.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says no one witnessed the crash, which happened between 1 and 3 in the afternoon on Saturday.

At about 3:30, hikers on a public trail through the park found the wreckage.

Now the FAA and NTSB are investigating what caused the single-engine Beechcraft to go down.

"We're just asking folks to please respect the process right now. Let the investigation be completed. Right now the trail is shut down and the area is secure so we really don't want or need anyone in there other than the officials that belong in there," said patrol Cpl. Eric Stacks.

Park rangers are already working on a plan for how they can remove the wreckage from the woods.

It is not believed the Henslers had any local connections. They may have just stopped in Missouri as a rest stop.

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Two Pennsylvania residents were killed in a single-engine plane crash Saturday afternoon near Lee C. Fine Airport in Miller County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol press release.

The occupants have been identified as Bruce Hensler, 56, and Sarah M. Hensler, 30, both of New Britain, Pennsylvania.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on October 22, 2016 Troop F Headquarters received a report about a small aircraft that had crashed in the area of Lee C. Fine Airport, the release stated.

Law enforcement and emergency medical and rescue personnel located a Beechcraft single engine airplane that had crashed in a wooded area.

Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner Rick Callahan and transferred to a local funeral home. It is believed Bruce Hensler was the pilot of the aircraft.

It is unknown at this time from where the aircraft had take off or its intended destination. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will be on scene sometime on Sunday,  October 23rd to conduct a complete investigation.

Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Miller County Sheriff's Department, Osage Beach Police Department and surrounding emergency rescue personnel initially responded to the crash site.


MILLER COUNTY, Mo. - Two people died in a plane crash in Miller County Saturday afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

The MSHP said it received a call around 3:30 p.m. about a small aircraft crash near Lee C. Fine Airport in Miller County. MSHP troopers, Miller County sheriff's deputies, Osage Beach police officers and other surrounding emergency responders went to the area and found a single-engine Beechcraft airplane crashed in a wooded area.

Bruce Hensler, 56, and Sarah M. Hensler, 30, both of New Britain, Pennsylvania were pronounced dead at the scene by the Miller County coroner. Investigators believe Bruce Hensler was the pilot.

Investigators have not determined where the aircraft had taken off or its destination. Federal Aviation Administration investigators will be at the crash site on Sunday to conduct a complete investigation.

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