Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cessna 421B Golden Eagle, N421KL: Fatal accident occurred March 04, 2017 at Cherokee County Airport (KCNI), Ball Ground, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia 
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

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


NTSB Identification: ERA17FA118
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 04, 2017 in Canton, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 421, registration: N421KL
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 March 4, 2017 about 0023 eastern standard time, a Cessna 421B, N421KL, was substantially damaged after a collision with a powerline and terrain in Canton, Georgia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Night visual night meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The flight departed from the Richard Lloyd Jones Jr Airport (RVS), Tulsa, Oklahoma at 1930 eastern standard time.

According to personnel at Southwest Aviation & Brokerage, the pilot purchased the airplane on March 2, 2017. A flight instructor who flew with the pilot on March 1, 2017, said he flew for a 1 1/2 hours to go over the various systems of the Cessna 421. On March 2, 2017, the flight instructor flew with the pilot again for 45 minutes conducting pattern work. He said that the pilot told him that he had owned two Cessna 421Cs in past and was a little "rusty." The pilot went on to say that he hasn't flown a 421 since 1984. The instructor acknowledged that overall the pilot was knowledgeable of the operation of airplane. The flight instructor also recalled that the pilot departed with sufficient fuel for the cross-country flight.

Preliminary radar data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the pilot was in contact with air traffic control and was receiving VFR flight following services while inbound to Cherokee County Airport (CNI), Canton, Georgia, and cancelled flight following when he had the airport in sight. Witnesses observed the airplane flying extremely low, before noticing a "ball of fire" erupt near the airport.

According to the airport manager, video footage of the airplane approaching runway 5 was captured by the airport surveillance system. She went on to say that the video showed that as the airplane got closer to the airport, it banked to the right side of the runway before descending into a ravine.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane came to rest in a retention pond located about 420 feet east of the runway centerline. There were powerlines entangled on the right main landing gear strut and right wing of the airplane. The nose and cockpit were crushed aft and the windscreen on the left side was broken away from the fuselage. Examination of the cockpit revealed that the instrument panel was crushed towards the left side of the fuselage. The left wing exhibited post-crash fire and crush damage on the engine nacelle and outboard towards the wing tip tank. Examination of the right wing revealed post impact fire damage around the engine nacelle. Fuel was observed in the right main tank, the right-wing auxiliary wing tank, and the right nacelle locker tank. Examination of the empennage revealed that the vertical stabilizer was attached and the rudder remained attached. The horizontal stabilizers were still attached to the empennage and the elevators remained attached. Both horizontal stabilizers were buckled. Examination of the flight controls revealed continuity from the cockpit to all the flight control surfaces. The wreckage was retained for reexamination at a later date.


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.







CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - A pilot is dead after an overnight plane crash in Cherokee County.

The plane went down just short of the Cherokee County Regional Airport.

No one else was on board the plane.

The pilot who died in the crash was identified as Steven Silver, 69, of Woodstock.

Friends said he was a family man and a Vietnam veteran who loved to fly. 

"He liked flying a lot, from conversations I had with him, and I know that he liked to fly himself versus flying commercial," neighbor Dave Greenstein said. 

Neighbors told Channel 2's Matt Johnson that Silver was on his way back from a business trip in Oklahoma. 

The plane was registered to a man out of Oklahoma, but it expired last month.

Investigators were at the scene near Airport Drive into Saturday afternoon.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach talked to them as they gathered evidence at the crash site.  

He learned firefighters could not get to the plane at first.

The plane snapped a power pole in half when it crashed.

There were live wires across the road and the crash site, down the hill.

Crews removed the wreckage Saturday afternoon. 

Federal investigators are working to determine what caused the crash. 

Story, video and photo gallery:   http://www.wsbtv.com
























CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -  A pilot is dead after his plane crash landed into a retention pond in Cherokee County early Saturday morning.

The crash happened just after midnight at the Cherokee County Airport near Ball Ground.


The Cessna 421B Golden Eagle brought down power lines before crashing into a retention pond near the runway. About 50 Georgia Power customers are offline as a result. The company expects service to be restored to the area by 2 p.m.


The pilot, identified as 69 year-old Steven Silver of Woodstock, was killed in the crash. 


According to the FAA registry, the plane was registered to Michael Rogers of Coweta, Oklahoma.


The NTSB and FAA will be on the scene on Saturday to further investigate the cause of the crash.


Source: http://www.cbs46.com









CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - A pilot is dead after an overnight plane crash in Cherokee County.

The plane went down just short of the airport in the area.

No one else was on board the plane.

The pilot who died in the crash was identified as Steven Silver, 69, of Woodstock. 

Investigators were at the scene near Airport Drive into Saturday afternoon.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach talked to them as they gathered evidence at the crash site.  

He learned firefighters could not get to the plane at first.

The plane snapped a power pole in half when it crashed.

There were live wires across the road and the crash site, down the hill

Georgia power crews were working to clear the area Saturday morning. 

Federal investigators were there briefly and will return this morning once the sun is up to get a better look at the scene.

Source:  http://www.wsbtv.com




BALL GROUND, Ga -- The pilot who died at the controls after a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle crashed late Friday night has been identified.

Steven Silver, 69, of Woodstock, died after the plane crashed near the Cherokee County airport.

Police and fire crews responded to the crash around 12 a.m. where they found a plane down at the end of the runway at the Cherokee County Airport near the 1300 block of Bishop Road.

The airplane apparently clipped a power line and crashed into a nearby retention pond. Officials confirmed the death upon examining the scene.

11Alive reporters on the ground said the tail number of the aircraft is N421KL. According to FAA records, the aircraft is registered to an owner in Coweta, OK.

The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing its investigation.

Source:  http://www.11alive.com





CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - A tragic plane crash in Cherokee County has left a pilot dead, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say 69-year-old Steven Silver, of Woodstock, was killed when his plane crashed near the Cherokee County Airport, located at 1350 Bishop Road in Ball Ground.

Police tell FOX 5 the plane hit a power line and took out power in the area.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to take over the investigation to determine what caused the crash.









BALL GROUND, GA -- A Woodstock man died in a plane crash overnight Saturday at the Cherokee County Regional Airport.

The collision took place shortly after midnight March 4 near the end of the runway and brought down power lines, said Cherokee Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Jay Baker.

The Cessna 421B Golden Eagle crashed into a retention pond just east of the runway. The plane caught fire upon impact, but was quickly doused by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services firefighters who also responded to the scene.

The pilot, identified as 69-year-old Steven Silver of Woodstock, was the sole occupant of the plane, Baker told Patch.

Baker added Silver appeared to have been trying to land the plane when it crashed. Officials from the FAA and the NTSB will assess the scene Saturday.

The airport is located north of Canton, off the Airport Drive interchange on Interstate 575. 

Source:  http://patch.com

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Found a Michael W. Rogers of Coweta, OK on the FAA Airman website. Could it be the same guy? No Multi..last medical 2006. Same address as is listed for the owner of the aircraft.

Date of Issue: 4/28/2008
Certificate: PRIVATE PILOT
Ratings:
PRIVATE PILOT
ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER

Limits:
ENGLISH PROFICIENT.

Anonymous said...

Pilot = Steven Silver. A 69 year-old, flying late at night, early morning .... I wonder what he was up to.

Anonymous said...

He had just purchased the airplane as was flying it home.

Anonymous said...

Michael Rogers was the previous owner. It was just purchased.

BE35 said...

Silver's FAA Pilot record indicates Private Pilot, no multi rating or other certification

BE35 said...

FAA records for Mr. Silver is Private Pilot, no multi or other certification. He may have recently received a multi rating. We'll learn. If so, wondering time in type?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Silver was a Vietnam veteran. Enough said about his aviator skills.

Thank you, thank you, for your service, sir.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Silver has had a multi engine rating in the past.

Anonymous said...

Do not push those prop levers forward on landing - A 421 WILL FALL OUT OF THE SKY!

ATP, CFI, 39 Years as a pilot - Too many hrs. In C-421's.

Anonymous said...

The Cheroke County Airport shows uncontrolled and unmanned after 1800. It has pilot controlled runway and approach lights. There is no record that I have seen of weather conditions at the time of the accident. Judging from the pole damage and road signs, it appears the aircraft was lined up about 1,000 feet left of the runway. Impact and final position would indicate that the altitude was about right but power poles got in the way. I am a vet and no one gets a free pass to do this. He didn’t take anyone with him or on the ground but that is always just the luck of that draw. Correct me on any of this.

Anonymous said...

I'm local to this airport. Live about 7miles south of it. I keep my plane at PDK as I have partners in my plane.

Based on the position of the plane and the clipped power lines... It seems he was roughly lined up for runway 05, but as someone said above, he was about 1000ft to the left (nw) of the runway. I checked weather and weather seemed to not have been a factor.
https://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KCNI/2017/3/4/DailyHistory.html?req_city=&req_state=&req_statename=&reqdb.zip=&reqdb.magic=&reqdb.wmo=&MR=1

There is an NDB and an RNAV for runway 05.

Runway lights are good as there is not much surrounding light noise. Winds can be challenging at this airport as it's basically on the top of a hill and the wind is almost always a direct cross wind. But seems winds were overall calm that evening.

hard to say what actually happened

Anonymous said...

Do not push those prop levers forward on landing - A 421 WILL FALL OUT OF THE SKY!

What in the hell are you even talking about? That's absolutely false.

Craig Cardell said...

Just to clarify a few things. The pilot did have a multi-engine rating and was a current pilot with over 4000 hours. He purchased the aircraft and received training prior to flying the aircraft to Canton. However, this was his first flight alone in the aircraft. Also, airport cameras show the aircraft making an approach then abruptly rolling (nearly 90 deg) to the right shortly before the runway. No one has discovered why this happened yet and the investigation is still active.