Saturday, December 17, 2016

Beech A36 Bonanza, N410BC: Accident occurred December 17, 2016 in Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Orlando, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA070
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 17, 2016 in Ormond Beach, FL
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N410BC
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 17, 2016, at 1510 eastern standard time, a Beech A36, N410BC, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Ormond Beach, Florida. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated at DeLand Municipal Airport (DED), DeLand, Florida, about 1430 and was destined for Eustis, Florida (X55).

The pilot reported that he was returning to his home airport and was practicing maneuvers at 1,200 feet. The left fuel tank ran dry, and the engine lost all power. He attempted a restart after switching to the right tank, which held 40 gallons of fuel. The engine would not restart, so he attempted a forced landing in a field. After touchdown, the landing gear collapsed and the airplane nosed down into the ground.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. Structural damage to wings and fuselage was confirmed. The left fuel tank was empty and the right fuel tank contained fuel.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Air One arrives at the scene as the pilot speaks with Dale Cohen, who’d arrived there on foot. 

Authorities said a pilot suffered severe injuries when his small plane crashed in a rural area in southern Flagler County.

Flagler County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Troiano said that when rescue crews arrived at the scene of the crash, the pilot was still trapped in the cockpit. Crews removed him from the aircraft, and he was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

The pilot - who was identified as Dale Fish, 67, of Mount Dora - suffered severe injuries, Troiano said. No one else was in the plane.

The plane's wreckage was located about 4 p.m. Saturday in a remote field west of Rodeo Acres Road and near Hunter's Ridge, a sprawling subdivision that straddles Volusia and Flagler counties.

Troiano said that the pilot managed to land the single-engine plane, but the area's rugged terrain caused "heavy damage to the wing and fuselage."

The cause of the crash was still unknown late Saturday. But the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, which investigate all plane crashes, were alerted by authorities, Troiano said.

This is the second small plane to crash in the past week. On Monday, a single-engine plane crashed near Venetian Bay in New Smyrna Beach. That plane's pilot and owner, Lee Kraus, escaped with minor injuries to his face.

And last month, a small plane crashed in a wooded area on the western outskirts of Plantation Bay in Flagler County. That plane, a 1969 Beechcraft Bonanza, was headed to DeLand when it went down, likely due to a mechanical malfunction. Seriously injured were Josh Rosa, 36, and Joel Fallon, 50, both of Palm Coast. 

A single-engine plane crashed in Hunter’s Ridge, at the south end of Flagler County, at 4 p.m. today. The pilot survived with serious injuries, authorities are reporting.

The identity of the pilot has not been confirmed, but the plane, a Beechcraft A36 built in 1979, is registered to Dale and Carrie Fish of Mount Dora in Lake County.

The pilot had apparently run out of fuel and was looking for an area to land the plane, which was only a few miles from Ormond Beach Airport to the east. The pilot found a landing spot, but it was not smooth, and the plane struck a mound, sustaining severe damage.

The pilot was alert and conscious, but still in the plane, when rescuers arrived. Volusia County’s Air One was able to land nearby, and a Flagler County Fire Rescue unit was also able to drive up to the proximity of the crash site, enabling paramedics to quickly provide the pilot medical attention as they prepared him to be flown to a hospital.

It’s not clear whether the pilot was flown to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach or elsewhere.

The crash took place just west of Rodeo Acres Drive. Hunter’s Ridge is a development that straddles the Flagler-Volusia County line. It is very sparsely developed on the Flagler side, with woods predominating. The exact coordinates of the crash are 29°16’00.0″N 81°15’17.3″W. 

This is the second single-engine plane crash in Flagler County in five weeks. On Nov. 9, Joel Fallon, 50, owner of Granny Nannies of Flagler and St. Johns counties, crashed a plane he co-owns with Flagler County property Appraiser Jay Gardner in the woods in Plantation Bay, also at the south end of the county. Fallon was with passenger Josh Rosa. Both survived, but with severe injuries.

Flagler County’s Fire Flight, the emergency helicopter, has not been in service for weeks. It was grounded before Thanksgiving for maintenance, including blade refurbishing, and its pilots are in training in Texas. Fire Flight is typically grounded in December, though in this case it may take a bit longer. The helicopter is expected back in service with the new year.


FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - A pilot is being hospitalized after a crash Saturday afternoon involving a single-engine plane, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said.

Crews arrived at the scene of the crash west of Rodeo Acres Road in southern Flagler County.

Deputies said a caller advised that a plane had crashed in an open, but rugged field. Units believed it is several miles east of State Road 11 and several miles north of State Road 40.

The pilot was removed from the plane by rescue units. Deputies said he was being airlifted by Volusia County Sheriff's Air One to a hospital to receive treatment for the serious injuries he suffered in the crash. The pilot was alone in the single-engine plane.

The Sheriff's Office said it will be coordinating activities at the scene and will be awaiting a response from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.



A pilot was injured Friday when he crashed a single-engine plane into a field in southern Flagler County, deputies said.

The crash was reported just after 4 p.m. several miles east of State Road 11 and several miles north of State Road 40, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.

Rescue crews pulled the pilot from the wreckage and he was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries, deputies said.

Nobody else was onboard at the time of the crash.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration are conducting an investigation.


FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - A pilot was injured in a plane crash Saturday in southern Flagler County, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.

The initial call, transferred from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, came in at 4:02 p.m. from a witness who said a single-engine airplane had crashed in an open, but rugged field west of Rodeo Acres Road in southern Flagler County.

Authorities said they believe the crash site is several miles east of State Road 11 and several miles north of State Road 40.

Rescue units were able to remove the pilot from the plane and was airlifted by Volusia County Sheriff’s Air One to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Officials said the pilot was the only person onboard.

Flagler County deputies will be coordinating activities at the crash site and are awaiting a response from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.


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