Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III, N765FA, Key Lime Air: Fatal accident occurred December 05, 2016 in Camilla, Mitchell County, Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

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

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA066
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, December 05, 2016 in Camilla, GA
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD SA227, registration: N765FA
Injuries: 1 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 December 5, 2016, about 2222 eastern standard time, a Fairchild SA227-AC, N765FA, operating as Key Lime Air Flight LYM308, was destroyed during a descent and subsequent inflight breakup near Camilla, Georgia. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) Panama City, Florida and was destined for Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (ABY) Albany, Georgia. The on-demand cargo flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

Prior to the accident flight, the pilot called to check-in with the operator's flight follower, which was common practice. Subsequently, the United Parcel Service (UPS) package delivery driver arrived on-time at the departure airport with the cargo, but the pilot delayed the departure time to evaluate the weather conditions. After evaluating the weather, the pilot decided to depart .

Review of preliminary air traffic control voice communication and radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the air traffic controller advised the pilot of moderate to extreme precipitation along his planned route of flight to ABY, and that that any "breaks" in the weather. Subsequently, the air traffic controller suggested a route of flight that would have had the pilot fly to the northeast for 70 nautical miles to avoid the most severe weather, if he had enough fuel for the diversion. The pilot responded that he did have enough fuel for such a diversion, but concluded that he would "see what the radar is painting" after the descent to 3,000 mean sea level (msl). Shortly thereafter, the pilot advised the controller that he intended to divert the flight to Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) Tallahassee, Florida. The airplane then descended from 7,000 feet msl to 3,700 feet msl before radar and radio contact was lost.

The accident airplane was a Fairchild SA227-AC that manufactured in 1990. It was powered by two Honeywell TPE331-11U-611 engines, rated at 1,000 shaft horsepower each, and was equipped with McCauley four-blade, constant speed propellers.


The wreckage was scattered over a large area that included a cotton field and dense forest. The debris field was about 2,640 feet in length and 1,500 feet in width, oriented toward 049 degrees true. The first components located along the debris field were the outboard sections of both wings, which exhibited damage and paint transfer consistent with contact with the fuselage. Additional components located along the debris path included the empennage and the mid-span portions of both wings. The fuselage came to rest at the end of the debris path at the side of a residence. The fuselage, cockpit, cabin section, inboard wings, and both engines were destroyed or damaged by the postcrash fire. The wreckage was recovered from the 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.

Captain Lance McCaw, 39, of Panama City, was killed in a plane crash Monday night in a field in Mitchell County, Georgia.


A crowd-funding account has been set-up in honor of the pilot killed in the crash to provide financial support for his family.



MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -  Federal officials are working to find out what brought down a cargo metroliner plane in Mitchell County Monday night, leaving the pilot on the plane dead.

The NTSB will be continuing its investigation into what caused Captain Lance McCaw's plane to go down on Mt Zion Road in Mitchell County.

After they wrap up on scene, they'll take the wreckage of the plane to another location for further investigation.

The wreckage of the Key Lime Air flight still remains on Mt Zion Road in Mitchell County as of Tuesday night.

"It was operated by a single individual. Last night at about 10:30, the airplane was lost off radar and crashed here in a field," said NTSB Air Safety Investigator Eric Alleyne.

That single individual was the pilot, Captain Lance McCaw who died on scene.

Now, the national transportation safety board is tasked with finding out what led up to the tragic crash.

What we do know is that the area received heavy rain Monday night.

"Weather may have played a role but we can't say for sure now. We do have some ATC radar data and we do have some voice transcription that we'll look over as the investigation continues," explained Alleyne.

It's a long process for the NTSB to look into what happened and figure out what caused the plane to crash. 

"We don't know what happened so we'll look through a laundry list of items that we'll go through," said Alleyne. "We'll look at the pilot, we'll look at the aircraft, we'll look at the weather, the environment."

The NTSB investigators along with the airplane manufacturer and the engine manufacturer will continue the investigation on scene over the next 24 hours. 

"We're still at the fact finding stage so we don't know how long this is going to take," explained Alleyne.

The investigation could take between six months and a year.

WALB reached out to the airport and officials released the following statement:

"The airport staff gives their condolences to the pilot's family. It was an unfortunate situation."

McCaw is survived by his wife and young son.  

A crowd-funding account has been set-up in honor of McCaw to provide financial support for his family.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at the Support the McCaw Family YouCaring page.

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


National Transportation Safety Board Air Safety Investigator Eric Alleyne.


PANAMA CITY BEACH - A local pilot delivering packages to Georgia died Monday night after his plane went down amid rough weather, according to reports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Despite the inclement weather, the cause of the crash is unclear. An investigation is pending.

Lance McCaw, 39, of Panama City, has been identified as the pilot of a propeller plane that crashed about 10:20 p.m. Monday in a field in Mitchell County, Georgia. He had flown out of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City earlier that night, carrying packages. McCaw, the only person aboard the flight, was bound for Albany, Georgia, but went down while en route, the FAA reported.

The Colorado-based Key Lime Air, a cargo charter company with whom McCaw was employed, serves as a feeder for UPS air cargo operations. Officials with the business released McCaw's name Tuesday afternoon as the president of the company, Cliff Honeycutt, issued a statement.

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Captain Lance McCaw," Honeycutt wrote. "Captain McCaw was the single pilot who was involved in the accident. Lance was flying cargo for UPS from Panama City, FL., to Albany, GA., when the accident occurred. Lance is survived by his wife and young son. He was a member of our Key Lime Air family since 2001 and will be greatly missed."

McCaw was piloting cargo flight KG 308, a Fairchild SA-227, and took off about 8:45 p.m. from ECP on a regular cargo flight to Albany. The aircraft flew on a northeasterly heading at an altitude of 7,000 feet, descending to about 3,000 feet as McCaw approached the Albany airport. That is when flight data was lost, officials reported.

Officials received a call just after 10 p.m. that a plane crashed at Mt. Zion Road and Mt. Zion Church Road. The coroner then was called to the scene.

Heavy rain and storms were in the area at the time, but it's not clear if other factors played a role in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation; the FAA also is involved.

McCaw's family members have set up a fundraising webpage to help with expenses. They have set a goal of $10,000. As of Tuesday evening, they had collected about $700. Friends expressed their condolences over social media after receiving word from Lance McCaw's mother, Gay Lynne McCaw.

"It is with a broken heart that I send my son into the arms of Jesus Christ," she wrote. "I thank the Lord for the 39 years He gave us. I love you son.......I will see you again at heavens gate."

Honeycutt wrote that Key Lime Air will be assisting McCaw's family in their time of need. Key Lime Air is actively participating in the investigation, although, all future information will come from the NTSB, Honeycutt said.

"Our focus at this time is on supporting the family of the pilot," he said.

Source:   http://www.newsherald.com








MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -

Key Lime Air officials have identified the pilot involved in the crash Monday night as Captain Lance McCaw.

The president issues a statement this afternoon.

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Captain Lance McCaw.  Captain McCaw was the single pilot who was involved in the accident.  Lance was flying cargo for UPS from Panama City, FL., to Albany, GA., when the accident occurred. Lance is survived by his wife and young son.  He was a member of our Key Lime Air family since 2001 and will be greatly missed."

A Key Lime Air propeller plane went down in rough weather Monday night near Camilla, as it was approaching the Albany airport.

Jan Richter, who monitors aviation for JACDEC, said cargo flight KG 308 took off from Panama City, FL airport (ECP, KECP) on a regular cargo flight to Albany, with only the pilot on board. The aircraft flew on a northeasterly heading maintaining its en-route altitude of 7,000 feet.

Richter said the plane was near Camilla's latitude, about 3,000 feet when flight data was lost.

Officials received a call just after 10 p.m. that a plane crashed at Mt. Zion Road and Mt. Zion Church Road. The coroner was called to the scene around 10:55 p.m.

Key Lime Air Director of Safety Michael Giovannini confirmed the plane belonged to their fleet and said the company would issue a press release in the coming hours. Giovannini could not confirm any flight itinerary.

Heavy rain and storms were in the area at the time, but it's not clear if that played a role in the crash.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are in route to the scene.

The Colorado based Key Lime Air has a fleet of over 30 aircraft and serves as a feeder for UPS air cargo operations.

SWGA Regional Airport statement-

"The airport staff gives their condolences to the pilot’s family. It was an unfortunate situation."

FAA Statement

"Key Lime Air flight 308, a Fairchild SA-227 aircraft,  crashed in a field in Mitchell County, GA at about 10:20 pm on December 5.  Only the pilot was on board, local authorities will release the name and condition.  The flight was en route from Panama City, FL to  Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, GA when the accident occurred.   The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation, you can reach NTSB at 202-314-6100.  The FAA also is investigating."

Key Lime Air President Cliff Honeycutt issued the following statement:

"It is with sincere sorrow that we have confirmed a Key Lime Air aircraft, a Cargo Metroliner; has been involved in an accident. The flight was en route from Panama City, FL to Albany, GA. There were no passengers only the pilot on board.  Sadly, we have received confirmation from the Mitchell County Sheriff Department that the pilot did not survive this accident.

Our focus at this time is on supporting the family of the pilot. Key Lime Air is actively participating in the investigation.  All future information will come from the NTSB."

Source:  http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com






ALBANY, GA (WJHG/WECP)-- UPDATE: Dec 6, 2016 2:30 p.m.

The identity of the pilot killed in the plane crash near Albany, Georgia, has been released.

According to Key Lime Air, the pilot is Lance McCaw of Panama City. McCaw is survived by his wife and young son.

Here's a statement from Key Lime Air President Cliff Honeycutt:

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Captain Lance McCaw. Captain McCaw was the single pilot who was involved in the accident. Lance was flying cargo for UPS from Panama City, FL., to Albany, GA., when the accident occurred. Lance is survived by his wife and young son. He was a member of our Key Lime Air family since 2001 and will be greatly missed."

Original story Dec 6, 2016 10:51 a.m.

A plane crashed on its way to Albany, Georgia, after taking off from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City Beach Monday night, killing the pilot.

The plane, a Swearingen SA 227, was registered to Key Lime Air out of Colorado. The company has a fleet of over 30 aircraft and serves as an air cargo delivery partner with UPS.

The plane went down about 25 miles southeast of Georgia Regional Airport in Albany at 10:20 pm eastern time. It had taken off from ECP at 8:54 central time according to flight information on FlightAware.com.

There were thunderstorms in the area when the crash happened. It's unknown if the weather played a role in the crash.

The FAA issued a statement regarding the crash Tuesday morning:

"Key Lime Air flight 308, a Fairchild SA-227 aircraft, crashed in a field in Mitchell County, GA at about 10:20 pm on December 5. Only the pilot was on board, local authorities will release the name and condition. The flight was enroute from Panama City, FL to Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, GA when the accident occurred. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation, you can reach NTSB at 202-314-6100. The FAA also is investigating."

Key Lime Air has issued this statement regarding the crash:

"It is with sincere sorrow that we have confirmed a Key Lime Air aircraft, a Cargo Metroliner; has been involved in an accident. The flight was en route from Panama City, FL to Albany, GA. There were no passengers only the pilot on board. Sadly, we have received confirmation from the Mitchell County Sheriff Department that the pilot did not survive this accident.  Our focus at this time is on supporting the family of the pilot. Key Lime Air is actively participating in the investigation. All future information will come from the NTSB."

Source:  http://www.wjhg.com

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