Friday, December 8, 2017

Beechcraft King Air C90, N19LW, registered to Planemarketing LLC and operated by L3 Airline Academy as CONN900: Fatal accident occurred December 08, 2017 in Geneva, Seminole County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N19LW

Location: Geneva, FL
Accident Number: WPR18FA045
Date & Time: 12/08/2017, 1115 EST
Registration: N19LW
Aircraft: BEECH C90
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On December 8, 2017, about 1115 eastern standard time, a Beech C90, N19LW, was destroyed when it impacted the waters of Lake Harney, near Geneva, Florida. The airplane was registered to Planemarketing LLC, Vero Beach, Florida, and operated by L3 Airline Academy as CONN900 as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The Flight Instructor and two commercial pilots receiving instruction were fatally injured. Instrument and visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Sanford, Florida, about 0753.

Review of preliminary information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that following an uneventful flight to Milledgeville, Georgia, the flight returned to the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and conducted a practice instrument approach to runway 09. After the flight completed the instrument approach, the active runway was changed to 27R and Air Traffic Control (ATC) controllers vectored the flight for a practice ILS Runway 27R instrument approach. About 2 minutes after the flight was given a vector to intercept the localizer and cleared for the approach, the controller issued a low altitude alert and advised the flight to climb to 1,600 feet. Following a second low altitude alert with instructions to immediately climb to 1,600 feet, the flight responded that "I am sir, I am." Shortly after, radar and radio communication with the accident airplane was lost.

A witness, who was located on a boat near the north end of Lake Harney reported hearing a low flying airplane approach his position at a low altitude. The witness stated that he could not see the airplane initially due to low clouds and light ground fog, however, he observed the airplane below the cloud ceiling at 250 to 300 feet above ground level, and then climb rapidly. The witness further stated that they were looking in the general direction of the engine noise when they observed the airplane dive vertically into the lake south of their position.

The wreckage was recovered from Lake Harney and transported to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N19LW
Model/Series: C90 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: L3 Airline Academy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSFB, 55 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Sanford, FL (SFB)
Destination: Sanford, FL (SFB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:   28.764722, -81.061111

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.

Kam Jimi Naik


Kam Jimi Naik was a flight instructor and former airline pilot, a friend to many and enemy to none.

His laugh and smile was contagious.

Throughout his career as a instructor he taught and mentored hundreds of students.

Outside of work Jimi always found time for his family, friends and God. 

We are writing this with a heavy heart that December 8th ,2017 Jimi received new wings. 

His plane crashed into a lake in Sanford Florida. 

He is leaving behind his beautiful wife Karen and two daughters.

We are trying to help raise funds to assist the family in this difficult time to help with arrangements and whatever may lay ahead. 

Thank you.

Read more here:  https://www.gofundme.com

Kamalesh (Jimi) Naik
Current: First Officer at Silver Airways 
Previous:  Delta Connection Academy


SANFORD, Fla. —  Dive teams are searching the murky waters of Lake Harney Monday, hoping to recover wreckage from a plane crash that killed three people last week.

Even though the water at the crash site is only 10-feet deep, visibility has been an issue for divers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the twin-engine Beechcraft was attempting to land at Orlando Sanford International Airport when it crashed at about 11:30 a.m. Friday into Lake Harney.

Three bodies were recovered on Saturday.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office identified the pilot as 56-year-old Kamalesh Naik of Sanford, and the passengers as two Chinese nationals, 22-year-old Men Tao and 23-year-old Hou Xupeng. The plane belonged to a commercial flight school at the airport.

Investigators hope some of the wreckage will aid in the investigation.

Investigators have also recovered both radio and radar communication that indicates the plane was headed for Orlando Sanford International Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board said it expects to have a preliminary report on the cause of the crash within five days.

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

Josh Cawthra, Aviation Accident Investigator 
National Transportation Safety Board


Three people, including two from China, are presumed dead after their plane crashed Friday morning into a lake near the border of Seminole and Volusia counties, officials said.

The pilot is identified as Kamalesh Naik, 56, of Sanford. The two passengers are identified as Men Tao, 22, and Hou Xupeng, 23, both of China, currently staying in Sanford.

Seminole County sheriff’s deputies say they received calls just before 11:30 a.m. about a plane flying low and crashing into Lake Harney.

Members of the Seminole and Volusia county sheriff’s offices along with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the scene for search and recovery efforts.

The victims’ bodies have not yet been recovered, officials say. The search will resume on Saturday morning and officials ask that people avoid the area.

Lake Harney is located east of Geneva.

Original article ➤  http://www.orlandosentinel.com

Hou Xupeng


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for a plane that crashed into a lake near the Volusia-Seminole county line. 

Federal Aviation Administration officials said three people were on board the the Connection 900 plane when it went down in Lake Harney.

The crash was reported about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Deputies with Seminole and Volusia counties are involved with the search.

Dive teams, search and rescue teams and boats have spent hours in the lake searching for the passengers and pilot.

The FAA said the aircraft was on its way to Orlando Sanford International Airport.

Investigators found what appeared to be a plane seat.

George Tanner was fishing on his boat when he heard about the crash.

“They first approached me to ask if I had seen a low-flying plane because they were still looking for the crash site, but I didn’t hear anything,” Tanner said.

The pilot was later identified as Kamalesh Naik, 56, of Sanford.

The two passengers were identified as Men Tao, 22, and Hou Xupeng, 23, both Chinese nationals who were staying in Sanford.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash. 

Story and photo gallery  ➤  http://www.wftv.com

Crews work to recover plane wreckage from Lake Harney


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The search is on for passengers who are missing after a plane crashed into Lake Harney in Seminole County. 

The Sheriff's Office said it is now a recovery mission.

The plane crashed into the lake a little after 11 a.m. Friday. The lake is nine square miles in size.

Seminole and Volusia authorities responded to the crash, which happened on the Seminole/Volusia line.

Because of Lake Harney's size, rescue crews hustled to get to the crash site from a variety of locations.

The dive team left the boat ramp along State Road 46 as quickly as it arrived, to take a different route to the wreckage.

Some dive team members and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission airboats took off from the west side, or the Geneva side, of Lake Harney, to see if that was the best route.

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

The FAA said the Beech 90 King Air was on approach to Orlando Sanford International Airport when it crashed.

The airport president told WESH 2 News that according to airport operations, there wasn't a conversation between the tower and the aircraft.

Lake Harney is often a little murky and stirred up because of its size. That could be an issue, since water levels are still high after Hurricane Irma, and a storm front is coming in.

The Sheriff's Office said it will keep working as long as light and weather allows.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wesh.com

This forensics team was looking at what appears to be a seat and a reflective vest at Lake Harney. 






Commercial Training Solutions, which owned the plane involved, released the following statement:

“Commercial Training Solutions can confirm that a King Air aircraft that crashed in Lake Harney, Florida this morning involved one of our employees and two trainees. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims of this tragedy. We are awaiting updates from local authorities on developments around this incident, and will cooperate fully with the FAA and the NTSB in the ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time."

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - The bodies of three people were recovered from a plane that crashed into Lake Harney Friday, according to officials with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Search crews found the sunken plane Saturday near the Seminole-Volusia County line, investigators said.

Authorities cannot confirm how long it will take to recover the plane from the lake due to poor visibility.

Three people were on board the Connection 900 "King Air" plane when it went down in Lake Harney at about 11:30 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

Deputies with Seminole and Volusia counties were involved with the search.

Dive teams, search and rescue teams and boats spent hours at the lake Friday searching for the passengers and the pilot, but to no avail.

The pilot was identified as Kamalesh Naik, 56, of Sanford.

The two passengers were identified as Men Tao, 22, and Hou Xupeng, 23, both Chinese nationals who were staying in Sanford.

The FAA said the aircraft was on its way to Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

George Tanner was fishing on his boat when he heard about the crash.

“They first approached me to ask if I had seen a low-flying plane because they were still looking for the crash site, but I didn’t hear anything,” Tanner said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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








LAKE HARNEY, Fla. - An airplane carrying up to three people crashed into Lake Harney on Friday near the Seminole-Volusia county line, officials said.

A fisherman reported the crash in the southeast side of the lake near Lake Harney Woods Boulevard and Morgan Alderman Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Connection 900 BE-9L aircraft coming from L3 Airline Academy was approaching the Orlando Sanford International Airport when it crashed.

Divers are searching for the aircraft and possible survivors, officials said.

Officials said the recovery efforts could take anywhere from five to seven days. 

Kenneth Miller was working in his nearby yard when he said he heard the roar of the plane's engine.

"It was a loud explosion and then I heard nothing," Miller said.

The FAA will investigate the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.

No other details have been released. 

Story and video ➤  https://www.clickorlando.com

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regular reader. Thanks for this blog. I always hoped to never see anyone I've known personally on here and it happened. If you don't mind, I'd like to post the like for the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/naik-family-fund

Anonymous said...

Jimmy was one of my favorite instructors. I flew with him for over 2 months and enjoyed every second. His energy and laugh was truly contagious and I hope he’s in a good place