Thursday, November 2, 2017

Beechcraft 35-C33 Debonair, N293GC: Fatal accident occurred October 31, 2017 near Columbus County Municipal Airport (KCPC), Whiteville, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aircraft crashed into a wooded area. There were two (2) souls on board. One (1) soul was fatally injured. One (1) soul sustained minor injuries.

George H. Chartress: http://registry.faa.gov/N293GC

Date: 31-OCT-17
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N293GC
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE35
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: WHITEVILLE
State: NORTH CAROLINA




COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  One person died when a small plane crashed Tuesday morning outside of Whiteville.

Columbus County Municipal Airport says a Beechcraft 35-C33 Debonair was trying to land at the airport but crashed in a wooded area near Runway 24 around 10:30 a.m.

According to Sgt. S.G. Greene with the NC Highway Patrol, the call came in that a plane had crashed off of Pleasant Plains Rd.

Sgt Greene says George Chartress, III, 62, from Lake City, Florida was the pilot. He died in the crash. The passenger, Richard Shawn, 58, from Bradford, Rhode Island only had minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

Greene says the plane took off from Cannon Creek, Florida around 7:40 a.m. and was on the way to Rhode Island. They were stopping in Columbus County to refuel. As they were making an approach to land, the engine stalled and crashed about 400 yards from the runway.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause.


Original article can be found here:  https://www.wwaytv3.com










WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) — A Florida man was killed after his plane crashed outside of Whiteville Tuesday morning.

FAA officials said a Beechcraft 35-C33 Debonair crashed in a wooded area short of runway 24 at the Columbus County Municipal Airport around 10:30 a.m.

Highway Patrol officials said the pilot, George Howard Charteress III, 62, took off from Lake City, Florida at 7:40 a.m. and was headed to Rhode Island.

Charteress was approaching the Columbus County Municipal Airport to refuel when the plane lost power about 400 yards south of the runway and crashed.

Richard Shawn, 58, of Rhode Island, was a passenger in the plane and suffered minor injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Story and photo gallery:  http://wncn.com





Updated 2:20 p.m.

A Rhode Island man died at the controls of his airplane this morning near Columbus Regional Airport.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said George Howard Charteress III, flying a Beechcraft 35-C33 Debonair, left a Florida airport shortly before 8 a.m. heading for Rhode Island with one passenger, Richard Shawn.

Officials said Charteress was heading in to land when the plane lost power and crashed 400 yards short of the runway.

Shawn, 58, also of Rhode Island, suffered minor injuries. He called 911 after the plane crashed, and rescuers used his GPS coordinates to find the crash site, which was not visible from the airport or nearby Pleasant Plains Church Road. Shawn was outside the aircraft when the first rescuers arrived, and walked out of the thickly vegetated area to board an ambulance.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

The Columbus airport is a popular stop for many private pilots due to lower fuel prices here than at many larger airfields.

Brunswick and Whiteville firefighters, Whiteville Rescue Unit, the Highway Patrol and the sheriff’s office responded to the crash.

11:30 a.m. report

The pilot of a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza died in a crash just west of the runway at Columbus County Airport at about 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. A passenger in the plane survived and was able to walk out of the wooded area where the plane crashed. He was taken to Columbus Regional Healthcare for minor injuries by Whiteville Rescue Squad.

Sammy Jacobs, a salvage yard operator, heard the radio call and offered to guide several of his workers to the scene. The workers were volunteers of Brunswick Fire Department. Jacobs heard the passenger of the plane calling for help and made his way through a densely wooded area to the scene. He returned to Pleasant Plains Church Road and flagged down first responders.

The pilot is from out of state. He will be identified pending notification of kin.


Original article can be found here:  https://nrcolumbus.com





COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Florida man was killed after his plane crashed outside of Whiteville Tuesday morning.

FAA officials said a Beechcraft 35-C33 Debonair crashed in a wooded area short of runway 24 at the Columbus County Municipal Airport around 10:30 a.m.

Highway Patrol officials said the pilot, George Howard Chartress III, 62, took off from Lake City, Florida, at 7:40 a.m. and was headed to Rhode Island.

Chartress was approaching the Columbus County Municipal Airport to refuel when the plane lost power about 400 yards south of the runway and crashed.

Richard Shawn, 58, of Rhode Island, was a passenger in the plane and suffered minor injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.


Story, video and photo gallery:  http://www.wect.com

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