Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cessna 421C Golden Eagle, N2655B, Sky King Flying Service Inc: Fatal accident occurred July 01, 2017 in Catawba, Wisconsin

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cessna; Wichita, Kansas
Continental; Mobile, Alabama

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

Sky King Flying Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N2655B

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA248
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 01, 2017 in Catawba, WI
Aircraft: CESSNA 421C, registration: N2655B
Injuries: 6 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 July 1, 2017, approximately 0153 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 421C multi-engine airplane, N2655B, registered to Sky King Flying Service Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, and operated by a private individual, was destroyed when it impacted the ground after an uncontrolled descent and in-flight breakup near Catawba, Wisconsin. The commercial pilot and five passengers sustained fatal injuries. The personal cross-country flight was being conducted under the provisions Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. Dark night visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed in the area and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed. The flight originated about 0028 from Waukegan, Illinois, and was enroute to Warroad International Memorial Airport (RRT), Warroad, Minnesota. 

According to family members, the intent of the flight was to fly to RRT, and then the 6 occupants were to be picked up by a guide company for a fishing trip in Winnipeg, Canada. A flight plan found in the pilot's onboard flight bag showed documents pertaining to the flight to RRT.

According to FAA ATC and radar records, the airplane was flying about 10,000 MSL when the pilot queried the ATC controller about weather conditions in the vicinity. Preliminary radar data showed the airplane between 10,000 - 10,500 feet in a slight left turn, and then a descending right turn. After the right turn, radio contact was lost and the airplane descended rapidly. There were no distress calls from the pilot. According to preliminary weather data, the airplane was flying in VMC weather conditions when radar contact was lost. Search and rescue operations were started immediately after radar contact was lost.

The nearest weather reporting facility to the accident was located about 15 miles east of the accident site in Phillips, Wisconsin. Price County Airport (PBH). PBH reported visual meteorological conditions in the vicinity of the accident. PBH METAR 010635Z AUTO 36003KT 10SM BKN006 14/14 A2986 RMK AO2 T01350135. Regional weather radar did not report any convection or thunderstorms coincident with the airplanes flight path, or near to the flight path. The accident site was located about 25 miles to the east of convective activity with no coincidental lightning.

A person who was driving home from work reported that he heard engine noise, then did not hear engine noise, then heard engine noise again. Then, he saw what he thought were lights of a airplane, and then the lights went out. Another witness (who did not see the airplane), reported that she heard a loud sound. Both witnesses were in the vicinity of the accident location about the same time the accident occurred. 

According to local authorities (Price County Sheriff Department), a call was received in their dispatch that an airplane was missing in the area. The Sheriff dispatched personnel to the location provided and wreckage debris was found on Highway 111 near Catawba. The main wreckage was found in heavily wooded and muddy terrain, about 900 feet off the highway, at grid coordinates N45°33.3147' W090°29.6990'. Tree stands varied from 15-80 feet high with heavy brush and a small stream nearby. Emergency response was initiated and the NTSB/FAA were notified.

Initial examination and documentation of the accident site by the NTSB showed that the debris area encompassed an area of about ¼ mile. Tree scars and ground impressions indicated that the main section of the fuselage impacted terrain in a nose-low attitude. The empennage was not attached to the fuselage and located about 1,200 feet from the main wreckage. One of the engines was found in a 9-foot deep crater. Evidence at the accident site showed that the airplane had broken apart prior to impact.

The wreckage was recovered from the accident site and transported to a secure facility in Lakeside, Minnesota, for detailed examinations which were conducted by the NTSB on July 3-4, 2017. The engines crated and shipped to Continental Motors, Mobile, Alabama, for examination 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


Thomas DeMauro (center front) and Charles Tomlitz (back right)  Kyle DeMauro (center back) 


Thomas and Kyle DeMauro


The Price County Sheriff Department has identified the six victims of a deadly plane crash that happened early Saturday morning. Their names and ages are listed below.

Kevin James King, 70, of Bensenville, IL
James Francis, 63, of Norco, CA
Kyle Demauro, 21, of Bensenville, IL
Thomas Demauro, 56, of Bensenville, IL
Charles Tomlitz, 69, of Addison, IL
George Tomlitz, 45, from Brookfield, IL



PHILLIPS, Wis. -- A small airplane that went down in northern Wisconsin fell apart in the air, killing the six people onboard, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

The Cessna 421 that crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday left from Waukegan, Illinois, and was flying to Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said.

"The debris field suggested an in-flight break up," Weiss said.

Lt. Gabe Lind at the Price County Sheriff's Office said the debris field from the crash stretched about a quarter mile from a heavily wooded area onto a state highway. 

The six people killed were identified Monday as 70-year-old Kevin James King, 56-year-old Thomas DeMauro, 21-year-old Kyle DeMauro, 63-year-old James Francis, 69-year-old Charles Tomlitz and 45-year-old George Tomlitz. The sheriff's office has said they were headed to Canada for a fishing trip. 

The DeMauros and King are from Bensenville, Illinois. Francis is from Norco, California. Charles Tomlitz is from Addison, Illinois, and George Tomlitz is from Brookfield, Illinois. Authorities did not say how they knew each other or the DeMauros relation to each other.

NTSB investigators say there was a discussion between the pilot of the plane and air traffic controllers about "local weather phenomenon" in Catawba, Wisconsin, which is near the crash site just southwest of the city of Phillips. Soon after, the aircraft dropped off radar.

Weiss said investigators are still trying to determine what type of weather the plane encountered and whether it caused the crash.

Thomas DeMauro was a physical education teacher at Tioga Elementary School in Bensenville, Illinois, and Charles Tomlitz was a maintenance director for the district, according to a Facebook post from the school.

"Mr. DeMauro and Mr. Tomlitz will be missed by all the Tioga Community," the school's co-principals wrote in the post on the Tioga Elementary School Facebook page. 

In a statement to CBS affiliate WSAW-TV, the DeMauro family expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support.

"We would also like to express our heartfelt condolences to the other families affected by this tragedy. Tom was our beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, teacher and coach," the statement said. "Kyle was our dear son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend; a compassionate young man who had a promising future."

WSAW-TV reports that the on-site investigation into the plane crash is over Monday. The wreckage was removed from the area and taken to another location for further investigation.

NTSB will likely release a preliminary report about the investigation within 10 days. Final reports, including what caused the crash, will likely be released within 12 to 18 months.

King was the only certified pilot on board the plane, according to WSAW-TV. He was rated to fly single engine and multi-engine planes, as well as instrument airplanes.

According to the FAA, the plane is owned by "Sky King Flying Service" based in Wilmington, Delaware. The plane was registered in 2011 and the registration was set to expire on November 30, 2017.  

Sandy Jensen, owner of the nearby Happy Daze bar and restaurant, said she provided food for firefighters at the scene of the crash, WSAW-TV reports.

"Made up 35 burgers, cheeseburgers and fresh cheese curds we sent over, and some parade candy, because it's the Fourth of July," she told the station.

"That's what the world's all about is people helping people," she added. 

http://www.cbsnews.com







A small airplane that went down in northern Wisconsin fell apart in the air, killing the six people onboard, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

The Cessna 421C Golden Eagle that crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday left from Waukegan, Illinois, and was flying to Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said.

"The debris field suggested an in-flight break up," Weiss said.

Lt. Gabe Lind at the Price County Sheriff's Office said the debris field from the crash stretched about a quarter mile from a heavily wooded area onto a state highway.

The six people killed were identified Monday as 70-year-old Kevin James King, 56-year-old Thomas DeMauro, 21-year-old Kyle DeMauro, 63-year-old James Francis, 69-year-old Charles Tomlitz, and 45-year-old George Tomlitz. The sheriff's office has said they were headed to Canada for a fishing trip.

The DeMauros and King are from Bensenville, Illinois. Francis is from Norco, California. Charles Tomlitz is from Addison, Illinois, and George Tomlitz is from Brookfield, Illinois. Authorities did not say how they knew each other or the DeMauros relation to each other.

NTSB investigators say there was a discussion between the pilot of the plane and air traffic controllers about "local weather phenomenon" in Catawba, Wisconsin, which is near the crash site just southwest of the city of Phillips. Soon after, the aircraft dropped off radar.

Weiss said investigators are still trying to determine what type of weather the plane encountered and whether it caused the crash.

Thomas DeMauro was a physical education teacher at Tioga Elementary School in Bensenville, Illinois, and Charles Tomlitz was a maintenance director for the district, according to a Facebook post from the school.

"Mr. DeMauro and Mr. Tomlitz will be missed by all the Tioga Community," the school's co-principals wrote in the post on the Tioga Elementary School Facebook page.

In a statement to WSAW-TV, the DeMauro family expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support.

"We would also like to express our heartfelt condolences to the other families affected by this tragedy. Tom was our beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, teacher and coach," the statement said. "Kyle was our dear son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend; a compassionate young man who had a promising future."


A teacher and maintenance director for Bensenville Elementary School District 2 were killed early Saturday when a small plane they were flying to Canada crashed in northern Wisconsin, authorities said Sunday.

The Cessna 421C Golden Eagle crashed about 3:21 a.m. Saturday after suddenly losing altitude near Catawba, Wisconsin, according to the Price County Sheriff's Office. Wreckage of the plane was found near the intersection of U.S. Highway 8 and State Highway 111, the sheriff's office reported.

The sheriff, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

A statement posted on the Facebook page of Tioga Elementary School in Bensenville states a teacher and a second district employee were among the victims.

"We are very sad to inform you that Thomas DeMauro, Tioga PE teacher and Charles (Chuck) Tomlitz, GCA Maintenance Director for BSD2 were killed in a plane crash in route to a Canadian fishing trip," reads the statement signed by Tioga co-principals Carlos Azcoitia and Jeff Kersten. "The plane crashed early (Saturday) morning after rapidly losing altitude, according to police. Mr. DeMauro and Mr. Tomlitz will be missed by all the Tioga Community."

District 2 Superintendent James Stelter and several board members did not immediately return calls or emails seeking comment Sunday.

Price County Coroner James Dalbesio, III would not confirm the number or identity of any victims Sunday afternoon, saying his office was still working to notify family members.

The Cessna 421C, a twin-engine plane capable of carrying up to seven passengers, took off from Waukegan headed to Winnipeg, Manitoba, with six people aboard, according to the Duluth News Tribune. There were no survivors.

A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been established for the families of DeMauro and Tomlitz at www.gofundme.com/tom-chuck-memorials. As of late Sunday afternoon, more than $5,800 had been donated.

http://www.dailyherald.com




A Cessna 421C Golden Eagle that took off from Chicago early Saturday morning crashed in northern Wisconsin, killing six people on board, police said. 

Two of the victims were identified on Saturday night as Bensenville School District employees, according to NBC 5. Charles Tomlitz, a P.E. teacher at Tioga Elementary, and Thomas DeMauro, a maintenance director with the district, were among the six killed when the plane crashed at approximately 3:21 a.m. Saturday morning. 

"Very sad news, my condolences to the families of these men," former Bensenville student Tanya Scheibe said on Facebook. "I have great memories of classes with Mr. DeMauro. I wish everyone well during this difficult time." 

The Price County Sheriff's Office says the crash occurred near the city of Phillips. The sheriff's office says the plane had left from Chicago and was heading to Canada on a fishing trip.

Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt told NBC-affiliate WFJW that police could not release the identities of the remaining four victims until families were notified. The sheriff did confirm that all six victims of the crash were adults. 

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash, WFJW reports. Debris from the plane scattered around a quarter-mile radius from the crash site, and anyone who finds debris is encouraged to call police. 


http://www.nbcchicago.com

PRICE COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW) -- During a press conference Sunday, investigators revealed six people were killed in the Price County plane crash. At this point, they're not releasing names, ages or their relationships. The Price County Sheriff did confirm they're all adults.


Early Saturday morning, the sheriff's office received a call from the Air Marine Operations Center that an aircraft dropped altitude quickly and radio contact was lost. The sheriff's office said the plane had left from Chicago and was heading to Canada on a fishing trip.


National Transportation Safety Board investigators said there was a discussion between the pilot of the plane and air traffic controllers about "local weather phenomenon." At about 1:53 a.m., the aircraft dropped off radar.


Wreckage from the plane was found in the area of State Highway 111 and U.S. Highway 8 in the Township of Harmony.


"We're dealing with things that people just don't want to talk about or see," Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt said.


Several departments responded to help with the scene. But a surprising amount of help has also come from around the community. Schmidt said crews turned to someone from the Price County airport who owned a private helicopter. Crews were then able to view the plane wreckage from above.


"We're fortunate to have someone with a helicopter, and we were able to locate the compartment of a fuselage and the passenger compartment of an airplane," Sheriff Schmidt explained.


And while some assistance may have come in the form of an aircraft, other kinds of help came in a different form. Sandy Jensen owns Happy Daze bar and restaurant in the Village of Kennan, just outside of where crews are trying to figure out what happened in the crash. She said when some firefighters called her restaurant for help, she knew just what to do.


"Made up 35 burgers, cheeseburgers, and fresh cheese curds we sent over, and some parade candy, because it's the Fourth of July," Jensen explained.


"They went above and beyond," Schmidt added.


Jensen said she was simply doing the right thing.


"It's just what people should do," Jensen explained. "That's what the world's all about is people helping people. When people have hard times, we've been in hard times and our community has helped us, and it's just the right thing to do."


The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are assisting with the investigation. Right now, they don't know what caused the crash, as the investigation is in the 'fact-finding' stage. The NTSB will be inspecting the wreckage as it lays in the field Sunday and likely Monday.


The plane was a Cessna 421 and investigators said the pilot was certified to fly it.


The NTSB is asking that if you heard anything or have come across any wreckage that you give them a call.


http://www.wsaw.com



CATAWBA - Sunday 7/2-- Six people died in a plane crash in Price County early Saturday morning, the Price County Sheriff confirms. 

Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt could not reveal their identities until the families are notified. Sheriff Schmidt did confirm the individuals were adults. 

Crews responded to the crash around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. It happened just west of Highway 111 and a few miles north of Highway 8. 

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash, including its cause. An investigator with the NTSB says the last time a control center had contact with the plane was just before 2 a.m. Saturday. He says the pilot was up-to-date on license and requirements to fly, and says he was qualified to fly the plane. 

The NTSB believes debris from the plan scattered around a quarter-mile radius. If you find parts of the plane, the NTSB wants you call police. 

Saturday 7/1 -- The Price County Sheriff's Office reported a plane crashed near Catawba this morning.

Price County Sheriff Office confirms there were no survivors on the crash. 

They could not confirm how many people were on the plane or their identities.

The department did release that the plane, a Cessna 421, took off from the Chicago area and was en route to Canada for a fishing trip.

It happened near Highway 111, which runs north and south between highways 8 and 13.

Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt s got a call at 3:21 a.m. Saturday from the Air Marine Operation Center. 

"This is kind of an unusual situation," said Schmidt. 

To help find the plane the sheriff's office called Zack, Don and Justin Arvold to help with their private helicopter.

"We were there to find the crash and help as much as we can," said Zack.

Schmidt said the main passenger compartment of the plane was found on the west side of Highway 111 in the woods. Other parts of the plane were found separately on the highway. 
  
"With parts of the plane on the road we weren't sure what was taking place," said Schmidt.

For people who aren't used to seeing these scenes, today was especially challenging. 

"It's not an easy thing to swallow it's hard, it's tough, there's no really words for it," said Zack. 

The Price County Sheriff's Office, Prentice, Phillips, Kennan, Catawba and about six other departments were at the scene. 

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board along with the Price County Sheriff's Office and Coroner's office will continue the investigation. 

The Wisconsin State Patrol blocked all north and southbound lanes for several miles of Highway 111 for most of the day.

The roads were cleared just after 9 p.m.

The FAA, NTSB will continue the investigation along with the Price County Sheriff's Office.




PRICE COUNTY (WAOW) - Six people are dead after a Cessna 421 airplane flying from Illinois to Canada crashed in a wooded area off Highway 111 in Catawba early Saturday morning, according to Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt. 

It happened at around 1:53 a.m. Saturday. 

Officials from the FAA and the NTSB were on scene to investigate what caused the fatal crash.

A representative with NTSB said the debris field spreads over a quarter-mile. 

Representatives from the NTSB said they need to gather all parts of the plane to determine the cause of the crash. Residents in the area are asked to be on the lookout for any parts of the plane and immediately contact authorities if they find anything.

The pilot of the plane was allowed to fly and was up to date on all of their certifications, the NTSB said. 

The names of the six victims are not being released until all families are notified. 

The Price County Sheriff's tells Newsline 9 that a plane crashed near Catawba Saturday morning. 

It happened near Short Cut Rd. at Highway 111 around 3:30 a.m.

Price County Sheriff's Lt. Gabe Lind said there were no survivors from the crash but it is not being released how many people were on board. Lind said authorities were made aware of the crash after the Air Marine Operations Center contacted them and said an aircraft's altitude dropped quickly and radio contact was lost. 

"At this point we don't know any causes," Lind said. "We sent deputies to the area [on Highway 111] and they located a debris field."

The sheriff's department said the plane was traveling from Chicago to Canada for a fishing trip. 

Catawba has a population of around 100 and Saturday's crash sent a shockwave through the community. 

"People just been asking me what's going on. Have I heard anything," said Sarah Zugier, a store clerk in the Price County town. "Unbelievable. This is kind of a big event for this town." 

Jim Hanson lives in the area of where the plane crashed. He said he didn't hear anything. 

"A plane crash in this area? Yea, it just don't happen," he said.

Authorities said the plane is a Cessna 421. The model is capable of holding up to seven people.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash. A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday.

http://www.waow.com

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"We're dealing with things that people just don't want to talk about or see," Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt told local media.

Anonymous said...

So many small planes crashing!! What is happening??

Anonymous said...

NOAA shows a CB there at that time so...

Theodore Stacy said...

Flight data shows pilot diverting the flight path vector to go around a large convective pattern. Depending on the weights of passengers, fuel, and baggage, aircraft may have been near gross weight. Data shows about 2 minutes of disturbed flight.

Jim B said...


The PIC elected to continue to fly into a thunderstorm in the middle of the night (02:53L).

Those of us who have digital weather displays are strongly warned by the providers this data, while certainly useful is not real-time information and where the storms are located at the time of encounter will not be the same location as the aged data on the screen.

One cannot edge-fly storms with digital weather services.

(Ref. FAA - AC 00-24C - Thunderstorms)

Section 8, subsection (g)

Data Link of Ground Radar Information to the Cockpit. Unlike airborne weather avoidance radar, weather data linked from a ground weather surveillance radar system is not real-time information. The radar data displays recent rather than current weather conditions. As the current location of a thunderstorm cell may be different than the broadcast weather product, do not attempt to find a hole in a thunderstorm solely using data-linked weather. Pilots must avoid individual storms by visual sighting or by airborne weather radar.

Section 10 has the time-tested list of do's and don'ts of circumnavigating thunderstorms. Kathryn's Report is well stocked with in-flight breakups that could have been avoided.

Rest in peace my aeronautical friends.




Anonymous said...

TRW's will FYU ... badly!!