Friday, September 1, 2017

Velocity SUV, N753GK, Gulf Kilo Inc: Accident occurred September 01, 2017 near Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

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

Gulf Kilo Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N753GK

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA306
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 01, 2017 in Tampa, FL
Aircraft: KERR GERALD VELOCITY SUV, registration: N753GK
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 September 1, 2017, about 1236 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Velocity SUV, N753GK, was substantially damaged while attempting to land at Albert Whitted Airport (SPG), St. Petersburg, Florida. The private pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. No flight plan was filed for the flight that departed the Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida.

The pilot stated that he was aware of cranes near the approach end of the runway 18 and made sure he was high enough to clear them. He said the approach to land was steeper and faster than normal. The airplane landed long and in instead of going around, the pilot continued with the landing. The airplane went off the runway and into the Atlantic Ocean, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical was issued on December 5, 2011. At that time, he reported a total of 500 flight hours.

Weather reported at the airport at 1253, was wind from 170° at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 3,200 ft, temperature 32°C, dew point 25°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.








ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Good Samaritans to the rescue! Gerald Kerr, the 78-year-old pilot and Elizabeth Reynolds, the 72-year-old passenger are going to be okay after crashing their plane into the water near Albert Whitted Airport. 

They’re extremely lucky to be alive. The coast guard tells ABC Action News if it wasn’t for people brave enough to jump in and save them, they may not have survived. 

Grant Burns with the Coast Guard Sector St. Pete explains it was a scary site, "the wing of the plane was hanging on the edge of the runway and the rest of the plane was in the water. The cockpit was half full with water at the time we arrived."

Burns says Kerr tried to take off from Albert Whitted Airport around 10:40 a.m. Friday, but didn’t get the small plane high enough.

He smashed part of his plane into a seawall, tumbled into the water below, as that water gushed into the cockpit. 

Two employees from a nearby airport hangar jumped into the water and rushed to rescue Kerr and Reynolds, prying open the cockpit door. Another person in a boat also stopped to help. 

"We always appreciate good Samaritans help. We're not always first on scene so it was good for them to be there at the right spot, right time,” Burns explained.

By the time coast guard arrived, the plane had 3 feet of water inside.

"I'm glad we were able to respond as quick as we did,” Burns added.

Luckily, the coast guard station was only a couple hundred feet away, where ambulances were waiting to take the pair to the hospital. 

Amazingly, both Kerr and Reynolds are expected to be okay. ABC Action News reached out to the good Samaritans who dove into this water to save them, but neither wanted to be recognized for their amazing deed. 

According to dispatch, the incident happened on runway 18.

Albert Whitted Airport is owned and operated by the City of St. Petersburg. Commercial airlines do not operate out of the airport. Private or "recreational" aviators mainly fly in and out of the airport. There are also a number of aviation businesses based at Albert Whitted Airport. More than 80 percent of the planes at the airport are single-engine planes. 

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



ST. PETERSBURG — A Good Samaritan assisted U.S. Coast Guard crew members in pulling two people from a plane that skidded into the water near Albert Whitted Airport on Friday morning.

The crash occurred just before 10:45 a.m. at the airport, at 107 8th Ave. SE., fire officials said.

When the Coast Guard arrived to the scene, one of the plane's wings was still hugging the runway, said Petty Officer Grant Burns.

The cockpit was filling up with water as an unidentified Good Samaritan bobbed in the water nearby and worked to free the pilot, 78-year-old Gerald Kerr. Grant said his crew threw the Good Samaritan a line to pass to Kerr so the Coast Guard could pull him to safety.

His passenger, Elizabeth Reynolds, 72, was already out of the plane. Soon the pair were safely on the Coast Guard boat.

The pilot told rescuers his plane slid off the runway during takeoff. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation, Burns said.

Kerr and Reynolds were shaken, but relatively calm once they were rescued from the plane, Burns said. It was lucky the airport neighbors the Coast Guard base. Rescuers were there in minutes and though Kerry and Reynolds were taken to Bayfront Medical Center, neither we seriously injured.

"It's a good spot to have an accident if you're going to have one," Burns said.

Local agencies are investigating the cause of the crash.

Story and photo gallery: http://www.tampabay.com




ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Coast Guard rescued two people from a downed aircraft in Tampa Bay.

Crews responded around 10:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, to the Albert Whitted Airport on a report of the crash. 

An investigation shows the plane piloted by 78-year-old Gerald Kerr could not take off and crashed into 3 feet of water, according to a Coast Guard news release. Elizabeth Reynolds, 72, was Kerr's passenger.

Two good Samaritans jumped into the water as a 29-foot Coast Guard response boat went to the downed, single-engine aircraft.

The Coast Guard crew pulled Kerr and Reynolds out of the plane and got them ready to be taken to an area hospital.

Reynolds reportedly suffered minor injuries.


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




Coast Guard crews rescued two people, 78-year-old Gerald Kerr and 72-year-old Elizabeth Reynolds, from a plane that landed in the water near Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg on Friday morning.

Watchstanders at the St. Petersburg Coast Guard Sector received a notification at 10:39am from the airport tower that a private aircraft had crashed after attempting to take off. 

A 29-foot response boat crew from the the Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg was diverted and arrived on scene at 10:48am. The boat crew reported Kerr and Reynolds were inside in the plane in approximately three feet of water. Two good Samaritans dove in the water to assist the boat crew. 

Both Reynolds and Kerr were transported to the Coast Guard Station where EMS was waiting for them. Reynolds reportedly suffered minor injuries.

According to dispatch, the incident happened on runway 18.

Albert Whitted Airport is owned and operated by the City of St. Petersburg. Commercial airlines do not operate out of the airport. Private or "recreational" aviators mainly fly in and out of the airport. There are also a number of aviation businesses based at Albert Whitted Airport. More than 80% of the planes at the airport are single-engine planes. 

Story and video: http://www.fox4now.com

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