Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cessna 401B, N401HH, Haddock Flying Service Inc: Fatal accident occurred October 04, 2017 in Salters, Williamsburg County, South Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina
Textron; Wichita, Kansas
CMI; Mobile, Alabama

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

Haddock Flying Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N401HH

NTSB Identification: ERA18FA004
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 04, 2017 in Salters, SC
Aircraft: CESSNA 401B, registration: N401HH
Injuries: 2 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 October 4, 2017, about 1745 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 401B, N401HH, was destroyed after it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Salters, South Carolina. The commercial pilot and a passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

A witness at the airport reported seeing the airplane takeoff. About 10 minutes later, the pilot made a low pass over the grass strip and then began a steep climb. The witness stated the airplane rolled left, the left wing dropped and the airplane was inverted and descending in a nose low attitude. The airplane's wings were level before it disappeared behind trees. The airplane was located in an open field that was surrounded by trees about 1 mile southwest from the departure airport.

The airplane was examined at the accident site and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The wreckage path began in trees about 50 ft above the ground, and was oriented about 280° magnetic. The main wreckage came to rest inverted, facing 230° and was consumed by a postcrash fire.

The outboard portion of the left wing was located at the initial tree strike. Fragments of the airframe were located at a second tree strike, about 350 ft from the initial tree strike. The outboard portion of the right wing was located about 320 ft beyond the second tree strike. The main wreckage was about 930 ft from the initial tree strike, the right engine was about 90 ft past the main wreckage.

The flaps and the landing gear were in the up position. Flight control cable continuity was confirmed from the all flight control surfaces to the cockpit area. Flight control cable continuity within the cockpit could not be confirmed due to fire damage. All cockpit instrumentation was destroyed by fire.

The left engine was separated from the nacelle and the wing, and found inverted by the left wing. All six cylinders remained attached at their bases, the cooling fins sustained impact damage. The engine was manually rotated, thumb compression was obtained on all cylinders. A borescope inspection of the cylinders revealed the tops of all pistons and all intake and exhaust valves exhibited normal combustion signatures. The propeller separated from the engine at the attachment bolts.

The right engine was separated forward of the main wreckage; it was found inverted and attached to the wing nacelle. All six cylinders remained attached; Nos. 2, 4 and 6 had cooling fin impact damage. The engine was manually rotated and thumb compression was obtained on all cylinders. A borescope inspection of the cylinders revealed the tops of all pistons and all intake and exhaust valves exhibited normal combustion signatures. The propeller was separated from the engine at the propeller flange.

The six-seat, low-wing, retractable-gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 1969. It was powered by two Continental TSIO-520E, 300-horsepower engines, driving McCauley three-bladed, constant speed, full feathering propellers.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane single and multiengine land, and rotorcraft/helicopter ratings. He also held ratings for single and multiengine instrument airplane, and airframe and powerplant mechanic. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration second-class airman medical certificate was issued on July 27, 2017, with the limitation, "must have glasses for near vision." At that time, he reported 15,000 total flight hours.


At 1735, the weather reported at Williamsburg Regional Airport (CKI), Kingstree, South Carolina, about 14 miles north of the accident site, included wind calm, visibility 10 statute miles; scattered clouds at 4,700 ft, scattered clouds at 6,500 ft; temperature 26° C, dew point 17° C, and altimeter 30.28 inches of mercury.

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


Henry Curtis Haddock, a Kingstree native who turned a love of flying into a lifelong career, died on October 4, 2017. He was 66.

Mr. Haddock graduated from Kingstree High School before earning a degree in Aircraft Technology from Florence-Darlington Technical College. As an aircraft mechanic at the Florence airport, Mr. Haddock yearned to get off the ground. At 17, he learned to fly. He earned local notoriety when he built a 1949 Piper Clipper from a “pile of parts” he had purchased.

Alec Taylor of Taylor Helicopters saw potential in the young Mr. Haddock. He offered him his first flying gig, crop dusting with a Cessna “Ag Wagon” in Latta, SC. Several years later Mr. Haddock started his own company, Haddock Flying Service, Inc. The company used Hiller helicopters to spray timber and crops throughout the Southeast.

Mr. Haddock often piloted family and friends to his favorite vacation destination in Eleuthera, Bahamas. They enjoyed SCUBA diving, deep sea fishing, and cooking fresh catch. Over the course of his life, Mr. Haddock flew more than 30,000 hours. On October 4, he flew for the last time.

The youngest son of the late Dargan Carroll Haddock and the late Thelma Brown Haddock, Henry Haddock was a resident of Salters, SC.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Stephanie Lynn Haddock; son, Dargan Dewey “Dee” Haddock (Erica), of Pawleys Island; son, Ashley Clayton Haddock (Erin) of Pawleys Island; grandchildren, Henry James Haddock, Mary Clayton Haddock, Clayton Cartwright “Wright” Haddock, and Elizabeth Dargan Haddock; brother, Richard Brown Haddock (Bonita); brother, William Carroll Haddock (Peggy); and many more nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mr. Haddock’s life will be held at the Haddocks’ hangar located at 1111 Gourdin Rd, Salters, SC on Saturday, October, 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Angel Flight Inc., 12345 East Skelly Drive Tulsa, OK  74128.


Wilson Kenneth “Ken” Britton II, 47, of Cameron, SC died Wednesday, October 4, 2017, as a result of injuries received in an airplane accident.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 11 o’clock AM at James A. Dyal Funeral Home. A gathering of friends and family will follow after the service.

Born March 3, 1970, in Charleston, he was the son of Wilson Kenneth Britton and Brenda Branton Britton of Hollywood, SC. He was a 1993 graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree in Wildlife, Fisheries and Biology. He was quarry manager for Argos US in Harleyville. Ken was an avid hunter and loved to be outdoors. Most importantly, he loved his two children, Madeleine and Wilson and spending time with them.

In addition to his parents of Hollywood, he is survived by his daughter, Madeleine Britton; his son, Wilson Britton, III of Mayesville, SC; his sister, Dixie Ellenberg (Jack); and three nephews, Briar, Britton and Banks Ellenberg, all of Hollywood.

In lieu of flowers and food, memorials may be made to Thomas Sumter Academy Archery Club, 5265 Camden Highway, Rembert, SC 29128. 

A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at www.jamesadyal.com.


ARRANGEMENTS BY JAMES A. DYAL FUNERAL HOME, 303 SOUTH MAIN STREET, SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483



WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -  Co-workers and family members are remembering a man who piloted a plane that crashed in Williamsburg County. 

The crash happened just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday and took the lives of 66-year-old Henry Haddock and 47-year-old Wilson Kenneth "Ken" Britton II.

"It's just sad," said Charlie Wilkins, a friend of Haddock's."I loved Henry to death. He loved to fly helicopters, planes, whatever, he had them."

The American flag was flying at half-staff on Thursday at Haddock Flying Service in honor of Haddock.

Wilkins grew up with Lynn Haddock, Henry's wife. 

She says she learned about his death over the phone.

"I just am in disbelief," Wilkins said."When Lynn called me and told me I just couldn't believe it. It's very sad."

Wilkins grew up with Lynn Haddock and has known her husband for decades. 

She says he's always loved being a pilot.

"Loved it. Both of his sons fly and I just cannot believe that of all people this happened to Henry," Wilkins said."He was such a good pilot. I really hate that I'm having to come up here because of this."

Wilkins says Haddock's wife is on the way to the Haddock home along with other family members and friends to be each other's support during this tragic time.

"He was a very strong-willed person," Wilkins said."He loved to fly. He's been flying forever. I'm just very shocked and sad that this happened."

Story and video ➤  http://www.live5news.com



SALTERS, SC (WBTW) – First responders were on the scene of a deadly plane crash in the Gridiron community of Williamsburg County Wednesday evening.

The Williamsburg County Coroner’s Office announced Thursday that 66-year-old Henry Haddock of Salters and 47-year-old Kenneth Britton of Summerton died in the crash. Deputy Coroner William Horton says Haddock was the owner and pilot of the plane and both men died from multiple system blunt force trauma.

Investigators with the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the crash in a video posted to their Facebook page around 8 p.m.

According to the video, officials from the sheriff’s office, the Williamsburg County Fire Department, Williamsburg County EMS and the Williamsburg County Coroner’s Office were on scene in the Salters area.

“This is a fluid situation that is currently going on right now so we ask the public to be patient at this time as we release the information. We’re all working together to try and sort through the crash site,” said Investigator Alex Edwards with the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office in the video.

Captain William Horton with the Williamsburg County Fire Department said that units found a column of dark smoke when they arrived on scene about 100 yards off a farm road. When officials got closer, they saw that a twin engine Cessna had crashed and was on fire.

Original article and video ➤ http://wbtw.com




WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The investigation into a deadly plane crash in Williamsburg County will continue Thursday.

The Williamsburg County Fire Department responded to the crash in the Greeleyville area around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the department.


When crews arrived at the scene just off of US Highway 52, close to the Santee River and the Berkeley County line, they reported a column of dark smoke about 100 yards from the farm road used to get to the scene.


Fire crews walked to the crash site where they found the Cessna 401B on fire, according to Captain William Horton with the Williamsburg County Fire Department. The fire was extinguished and the scene was secured.  


According to a video post on the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page that appeared at some time after 8 p.m., the crash happened in the Gourdin community of the county.


Williamsburg County Deputy Coroner William Horton III confirmed there are two fatalities in the Cessna 401B plane crash. Their remains were sent to the Medical University of South Carolina for autopsies and for identification.  


The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board each have teams on the way to determine a cause for the crash. Until their arrival, local agencies will remain on the scene to keep it secure, according to Captain Horton.


The Williamsburg County Fire Department, EMS, Coroner’s Office and the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Department were all on the scene for several hours Wednesday afternoon. 


Original article and video ➤ http://www.wmbfnews.com




WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -  Authorities say two people were killed in a plane crash in Williamsburg County Wednesday evening. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Cessna 401B with two people on board crashed near Greeleyville around 6 p.m.

Officials with the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office say the incident was in the Gourdin area of the county off of Highway 375. First units on the scene saw a column of dark smoke about 100 yards from the farm road used to access the scene according to Williamsburg County Fire Department captain William Horton. 

WCSO Investigator Alex Edwards said emergency dispatch crews received a call around 5:45 p.m. about a possible crash. 

According to Edwards, when first responders arrived they discovered that two people were in the plane and attempted to render aid, but flames from the wreckage hindered their efforts.

The sheriff's office says it appeared the plane clipped trees on its descent before crashing. 

"It's a very tragic event, our hearts and prayers go out to the families," Edwards said Wednesday night."It's very overwhelming to see something like this. We're very sad about this incident." 

The coroner's office says the deceased have been transported to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy and identification.  

"The  Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident,"  Federal Aviation Administration officials said. 

The Williamsburg Fire Department, Coroner's Office, and Sheriff's Office will be assisting the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board in the evidence gathering and investigation beginning Thursday according to Williamsburg Fire Captain William Horton

Story, video, photo gallery ➤ http://www.live5news.com

A small airplane with two people on board crashed near the Williamsburg-Berkeley County line early Wednesday night, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

The crash was reported around 6 p.m. near Greeleyville, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The airplane, a Cessna 401B, was carrying two people.

Federal officials refered to local authorities for information on the crash victims' conditions.

Representatives from the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office and the County Fire Department could not be reached.

The  Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine its probable cause.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.postandcourier.com

Williamsburg County, S.C. (WPDE) — A plane has crashed off of Highway 375 in the Gridiron community of Williamsburg County, according to Alex Edwards, an investigator with the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office.

Edwards said EMS and fire officials were already on scene as of 7 p.m.

In a post on the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office Facebook page around 8 p.m, a WCSO investigator said Williamsburg County Fire Department, Williamsburg County EMS, and the Williamsburg County Coroner were all still at scene of the crash.

Investigators said the situation is "fluid" and they are asking for patience from area residents as they "sort through the crash site."

WCSO officials said the crash was deadly.

Information about the identity or identities of those who died will be released by the coroner's office at a later time. 

Story, video and photos ➤ http://wpde.com




WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Two people have died after the small plane they were aboard crashed crashed in rural Williamsburg County on Wednesday, officials say.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna 401B aircraft crashed near Greeleyville at around 6 p.m.

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office says the crash is nearer to the Gourdin community near the town of Lane, a few miles north of the Berkeley County-Williamsburg County line.

Alex Edwards, public information officer for the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office, says the plane went down in a swampy area off S.C. Hwy. 375., and the two people aboard have died.

Edwards says crews from the sheriff’s office and Williamsburg County Fire-Rescue are on the scene, and first responders are trying to maneuver through heavily wooded areas to the crash site.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://abcnews4.com

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