Saturday, June 24, 2017

Aero Commander 200D, N929DM, Meyers 200 LLC: Accident occurred June 24, 2017 near Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), Panama City, Bay County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Continental Motors Inc; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Meyers 200 LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA212
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Panama City, FL
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 200D, registration: N929DM
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 June 24, 2017, about 1300 central daylight time, an Aero Commander 200D, N929DM, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing while approaching Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP, Panama City, Florida. The pilot and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and the flight was operated on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Malden Regional Airport (MAW), Malden, Missouri, about 1030.

The pilot stated that he was on a 5-mile final for runway 16 at an altitude of about 2,000 ft mean sea level (msl), when he heard a "muffled bang" come from the engine. The engine then lost partial power. The pilot said he turned off the autopilot, trimmed for best glide, and prepared to make a forced landing on a highway since he knew he would be unable to make the runway. During this time, the pilot adjusted the mixture control to troubleshoot the problem and brought the throttle full forward, but to no avail. The pilot said he did no turn on the auxiliary fuel boost pump or switch fuel tanks, and instead focused on trying to make a safe landing.

The pilot stated that the airplane descended quickly and he ended up landing in a clearing between a set of power lines and a forest. The airplane stalled right before touchdown and landed hard on the right main landing gear. The airplane skidded, turned around and came to rest upright on a southwesterly heading. The pilot said that he recalled hearing "silence" just prior to touchdown and believes that the engine had stopped producing power before impact.

A review of on-scene photographs revealed that both wings and the fuselage were substantially damaged. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The weather conditions reported at ECP at 1328 included wind from 220 degrees at 8 knots, gusting to 18 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds 2,900 ft, broken clouds 3,800 ft, temperature 30° degrees C, dewpoint 23° C, and a barometric altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury.

Panama City Beach, Fla. — A pair of Jonesboro residents are in stable condition after the plane they were in made an emergency landing Saturday in Bay County, Fla.

James McLeod of Jonesboro, who was the pilot, made the emergency landing around 1 p.m. Saturday in an Aero Commander m200 aircraft.

According to The Florida Highway Patrol, McLeod was trying to make the landing when the plane lost power for an unknown reason and crashed onto the south shoulder of State Road 20 near State Road 77.

McLeod and a passenger, Erin McLeod, of Jonesboro were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

BAY COUNTY (WKRG) — A pilot had to make an emergency landing Saturday afternoon.

According to an emailed press release, James McLeod, 32, attempted to make an emergency landing.

The aircraft lost power and crash landed on the south shoulder of State Road 20.

The pilot, James McLeod, and the passenger, Erin McLeod, were transported to Gulf Coast Hospital with serious injuries.

They are in stable condition.

It is unknown why the aircraft lost power.  

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident with some assistance from the Florida Highway Patrol.

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