Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cirrus SR22 GTS, N592BC, M3 Aero Inc: Accident occurred June 11, 2017 near Bartow Municipal Airport (KBOW), Polk 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; Orlando, Florida
Cirrus; Duluth, Minnesota
Continental; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

M3 Aero Inc: 

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA201
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Gordonville, FL
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N592BC
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 June 11, 2017, about 1200 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N592BC, was substantially damaged when it impacted a power pole, trees, and terrain while on approach to Bartow Municipal Airport (BOW), Bartow, Florida. The private pilot, who was also the owner of the airplane was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight which departed Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) about 1120. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot was not immediately available due to his injuries, but was later interviewed by a police detective. During that interview, the pilot stated that he had "disoriented" himself by holding the airport diagram "upside down" as the airplane approached BOW. Once oriented, he turned the airplane on to the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, noticed he was "high" and disconnected the autopilot. During the final approach, the airplane was descending "rapidly" and the pilot added power to complete the landing, but "nothing happened" as he "hadn't reset [the] mixture." According to the pilot, he lacked the time and the altitude to "remedy the problem."

In a telephone interview, an air traffic controller stated that the accident airplane contacted the tower north of BOW and was instructed to report entering a left base for landing on runway 9L. Instead, the pilot reported the airplane was on a left downwind for runway 9L and was cleared to land. There were no further communications from the pilot. The final radar target was recorded about 1 mile from the threshold of runway 9L at 700 feet and 130 knots groundspeed. The airplane came to rest in a church yard about 1/2 mile from the threshold of runway 9L.

On-scene examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed substantial impact damage to the entire airframe, but no fire damage. There was evidence of fuel, and control continuity was established from the cockpit to the flight control surfaces. Initial visual examination of the engine did not reveal any anomalies. The engine was forwarded to the manufacturer for a detailed examination at a later date. Flight and multifunction displays, as well as components from the autopilot system were retained for examination in the NTSB recorders laboratory.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent FAA third class medical certificate was issued on March 9, 2011. The pilot reported 750 total hours of flight experience on that date.

The four-seat, low-wing, tricycle-gear airplane was manufactured in 2005 and was powered by a Continental IO-550, 310-horsepower engine. The airplane's hobbs meter displayed 2101.6 aircraft hours.

At 1545, weather reported at BOW included a broken ceiling at 3,000 ft, wind from 050° at 4 knots, and 10 statute miles of visibility. The temperature was 27° C, the dew point was 21° C, and the altimeter setting was 30.15 inches of mercury.

BARTOW — A small plane crashed in a church parking lot shortly after noon Sunday, sheering off a utility pole and damaging six cars as it narrowly missed the sanctuary where 300 worshipers were gathered and an educational building where children were attending Sunday school.

Only the pilot, Robert Silva, 61, of Jensen Beach, was injured. Later Sunday afternoon, he was in critical but stable condition in Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

“If the plane had hit the church, we could be dealing with horrible mass casualties,” said Kevin Watler, public information officer for Polk County Fire Rescue.

Congregants of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, at 3397 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road, rushed to Silva’s rescue.

Two registered nurses who participated in the church’s medical ministry, Priscilla Sykes and Queen Morris, applied pressure to the pilot’s severely bleeding head wound and kept him conscious and calm until Polk County Fire Rescue paramedics arrived to provide advanced life support. He was taken by ambulance to nearby Bartow Municipal Airport, from which an Aernet 4 helicopter took him to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

The Cirrus SR22, tail number N592BC, was approaching Bartow Municipal Airport from the north-northwest on a route small planes often take as they descend above the treetops to land at the airport about one mile away.

As Silva was coming in, his plane clipped a treetop across the street from the church and spun into the power pole, which broke, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The pole, which is less than 50 feet from the sanctuary, toppled onto a nearby car.

The plane went through the parking lot, with fragments hitting four more cars, until it crashed into a 2007 Jeep Passport, overturning it.

Kenneth Stephens of Lakeland, the church’s social pastor, said there was a loud boom about 12:15 p.m. As the preacher resumed his service, a deacon went outdoors to check, immediately returning to announce a plane was down in the parking lot.

“I am retired military, worked in flight safety, so seeing crashes is not new but the adrenalin started pumping. I jumped over the power lines and up on the wing and there was a person inside bleeding,” Stephens said. “I called to get the nurses.”

With a man from the neighborhood helping, Stephens said, “we asked him (Silva) where to turn off the fuel. He was cognizant and able to tell us how to reach down and turn off the fuel.”

Kenneth Stephens, social pastor, tells about responding when plane crashed in parking lot of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church during Sunday service.

Stephens said his main thought was to remove the injured pilot from the plane because of the danger of leaking fuel, but the nurses said not to move him.

“We followed the nurses’ lead. They did a phenomenal job,” he said.

After paramedics had removed the pilot from the plane, a Polk County Fire Rescue Haz-Mat team cleared up a small amount of aviation gas that had leaked onto the ground, Watler said.

“Avgas is extremely flammable; any little bit could ignite,” Watler said.

Morris, one of the nurses who assisted the pilot, said that while Sykes was applying pressure to try to stop the head wound from bleeding, “we were assessing him. We kept asking him lots of questions to keep him conscious. He was able to move his extremities, was alert and was able to tell me his date of birth.”

The pilot said there was a malfunction, Morris said.

“He said he was trying to steer it but it went down,” she said.

Larry L. Granger, the church administrator, said eight to 10 children, ages 10 to 13, were in the educational building about 30 feet from where the plane came to rest. 

They were finishing Sunday school and were about to walk across the lawn to the sanctuary when the plane crashed. They would have been walking away from the crash had they been outside.

Stephens said it was amazing no one on the ground was injured and no church property was damaged. The church’s van was parked in front of the power pole, but the sheared pole fell in another direction.

But a plane fragment hit Granger’s car, a white 2007 Cadillac, causing minor damage to the rear, he said. Information about the owners of the other five damaged vehicles was not available late Sunday afternoon.

Granger said he and the deacons worked to hold the crowd back from the plane and away from the power line that was down.

“We contained the crowd pretty good,” he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, the 2005 Cirrus SR22 is registered to M3 Aero Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware.

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BARTOW — Polk County deputies have identified the pilot involved in Sunday's plane crash as Robert Silva, 61, of Jensen Beach.

Silva was taken to the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center with serious injuries, underwent surgery and is now in stable condition, according to deputies.

The plane went down about noon outside Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Bartow, about 12 miles southeast of Lakeland, fire officials said. Photos of the scene show the aircraft on top of an overturned white SUV.

The church pastor told firefighters he and his congregation were in the middle of a church service when they heard a loud bang. Someone went outside to check it out and saw the plane.

Two nurses who are members of the church, Priscilla Sykes and Queen Morris, rushed out to help the pilot until paramedics arrived to provide emergency medical care.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here:

BARTOW, Fla. - A pilot suffered severely injuries after his plane crashed Sunday in Bartow. The aircraft narrowly missed a church, where 300 people were inside gathered for service.

The pilot apparently intentionally turned his aircraft when he knew a crash was imminent. The plane smashed into a power pole, then a parked vehicle before coming to rest against a tree.

The pilot managed to avoid slamming into Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. People inside the church heard a loud boom during service. Someone told them a plane crashed and members started running outside to see what happened.

Two members, who are nurses, saw someone was inside the plane and bleeding. Even with downed power lines, the women knew they needed to help and stepped up into the plane.

They worked to stop the bleeding from the big gash on the pilot's head and tried to keep him alert and conscious.

Looking back, they're extremely grateful he dipped away from the church and they could be there to help save his life.

"As I sat over there and I put pressure on his head, I was praying for him and calming him down, and I'm just thankful that he did," said Queen Morris, one of the nurses who helped. "God is with him. And God was with us as well. That was just huge. It was so close."

The pilot was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. He told the nurses who came to his rescue that he is an experienced pilot from Gainesville and something went wrong with the plane causing the crash.  

It is not clear if the pilot was taking off or about to land. The area where the plane crashed is just two miles from the Bartow Airport. Federal investigators will be at the scene to piece everything together.

Original article can be found here:

A pilot was seriously injured Sunday when his plane struck several vehicles near a Polk County church that was holding services.

Two nurses from the church provided first aid to the pilot.

It happened around noon in the parking lot of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on Griffin Road off Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road in Bartow.

The plane cut through a utility pole, struck some vehicles and then hit and flipped a Jeep Passport, according to Kevin Watler, PIO for Polk County Fire Rescue.

The pastor said he thought it was a lightning strike, but then a church member told him that a plane had crashed, Watler said.

The pilot was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

At this point, there's no word of any other injuries.

Investigators are on the scene now, trying to determine why the plane crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is handling the investigation.

Original article can be found here:

BARTOW, Fla. - A plane crashed into a car outside a church Sunday in Bartow, Polk County firefighters said.

The small plane crashed into the car in the parking lot of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church shortly after noon.

The pilot of the single-engine aircraft was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, firefighters said.

The pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church said he and his church were in the middle of worship when they heard a loud bang. 

A member of the congregation went outside and said a plane had crashed in the parking lot. 

Two registered nurses in the congregation, Priscilla Sykes and Queen Morris, rushed out to assist the pilot.

They helped him until Polk County Fire Rescue arrived to take over emergency medical care.

There is no word yet on what caused the crash. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is taking over the investigation of the crash. 

Original article can be found here:

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) —  Nearly 300 people were in the middle of worship at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church when they heard a loud bang — a plane had crashed into a utility pole and a vehicle in the church’s parking lot.

A pastor at the church, which is located on Griffin Road off Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road, says someone went outside and found a mangled Cirrus SR22, which had damaged six vehicles in total.

The unidentified pilot was seriously injured, according to officials. Two nurses inside the church rushed outside to his aid and stayed with the pilot until emergency crews arrived and transported him to Bartow Municipal Airport. He was later airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health.  His condition is currently unknown.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Original article can be found here:


Anonymous said...

Another Cirrus crash. Wonder how safe that plane really is?

Anonymous said...

Why didn't he deploy the parachute????

Anonymous said...

Fuel contamination?

Anonymous said...

How about canceling Cirrus orders and replacing them with Diamond?

Anonymous said...

On-board oxygen generation system?

Anonymous said...

That’s a respectable number of logged flight hours.

Anonymous said...

A well-respected man.