Friday, December 8, 2017

Beech 58 Baron, N4494A: Fatal accident occurred December 07, 2017 at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (TISX), Christiansted, Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Textron; Wichita, Kansas

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

David Richardson: http://registry.faa.gov/N4494A

Location: St. Croix, VI
Accident Number:  ERA18FA046
Date & Time: 12/07/2017, 2100 AST
Registration: N4494A
Aircraft: BEECH 58
Injuries: 5 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 7, 2017, about 2100 Atlantic standard time, a Beech BE58, N4494A, was destroyed after it impacted terrain while attempting to return to the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (TISX), Christiansted, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI), shortly after takeoff. The private pilot and four passengers 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, and was destined for Cyril E. King Airport (TIST), Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI.

According to preliminary review of air traffic control (ATC) audio information, the airplane departed runway 10 at TISX. Shortly thereafter, the pilot reported "the engines are not running right" and requested to return to the airport. The controller instructed the pilot to fly north and cleared the airplane to land on runway 10. There were no further communications with the pilot.

The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and consumed by fire. The wreckage was located on flat terrain, about 380 ft from the threshold of runway 10, about 60 ft right of the extended runway centerline.

All flight controls surfaces were accounted for at the accident site, and flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to their respective control inputs. The landing gear was in the up position.

The right wing was folded over the cockpit; the right engine was attached and inverted. The right engine cylinders were inspected with a lighted borescope; all intake and exhaust valves were intact, and the cylinders appeared normal. The top spark plugs showed normal wear. The fuel manifold was thermally damaged, the fuel screen was free of contaminants. The engine driven alternator, oil filter, and oil cooler were thermally damaged. The right engine three-bladed propeller was separated from the engine just aft of the engine crankshaft propeller flange. The propeller was located about 30 ft from the main wreckage with one blade buried in the ground, the second blade was partially buried, and the third blade had minimal damage.

The left wing remained attached to the fuselage, but sustained extensive fire damage. The left engine was separated from its engine mounts, but remained in the nacelle. A hole was observed in the top forward portion of the engine crankcase. A visual inspection noted that connecting rod Nos. 4, 5, and 6 were broken. The left engine cylinders were inspected with a lighted borescope; all intake and exhaust valves were intact, and the cylinders appeared normal. The top spark plugs showed normal wear; the No. 4 spark plug was oil fouled. The left engine three-bladed propeller was separated from the engine, but remained attached to the engine crankshaft propeller flange. The propeller was located about 20 ft left of the right propeller location. The blades appeared to be in the feathered position; one of the three blades was buried in the ground.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The six-seat, low-wing, retractable-gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 1970. It was powered by two Continental IO-520, 285-horsepower engines, driving Hartzell three-bladed, constant-speed, full feathering propellers.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration third-class airman medical certificate was issued on August 1, 2016, with the limitation, "must have available glasses for near vision." At that time, he reported 765 total flight hours.

At 2053, the weather conditions reported at TISX included, wind from 070° at 8 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; scattered clouds at 6,000 ft; temperature 25° C, dew point 21° C; and an altimeter setting of 30.01 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N4494A
Model/Series: 58 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: TISX, 55 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 AST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 70°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: St. Croix, VI (TISX)
Destination: St. Thomas, VI (TIST) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 4 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 17.701389, -64.801944 (est)

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




The Virgin Islands Department of Justice, Office of the Medical Examiner announced on Monday afternoon the names of the five men who died last week during a plane crash on St. Croix.

In keeping with established protocol required for aircraft disasters, federal and local authorities officially notified the nearest relatives of each of the five victims, allowing for the formal public release of the names of the decedents as follows:

  • David Richardson, 49, of Estate Lovenlund, St. Thomas;
  • Kyle Sylvester, 27, of Estate Whim, Frederiksted, St. Croix;
  • Collin Williams, 30, of Hannah’s Rest, Frederiksted, St. Croix;
  • Raheem Charlery, 24, of Frederiksted, St. Croix; and
  • Jamal Soldiew, 30, of Frederiksted, St. Croix.

The plane crash occurred on the evening of Dec. 7 at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. All five people on board were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”), Transportation Disaster Assistance Division, is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fatal crash.

The crash occurred about 8:54 p.m. on Thursday, according to a statement the Port Authority issued on its Facebook page.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards told The Consortium hours after the crash that the aircraft took off from the St. Croix airport and soon after started experiencing engine problems, with flames coming from one of its two engines. The pilot circled back and attempted to land at the airport, but the plane crashed in a field area near the runway, leaving all occupants dead, Mr. Richards said, corroborating an F.A.A. notice of the crash.

David Goodrich, commander of St. Croix Rescue’s extrication team, who was on the scene of the incident, told The Consortium that by the time they arrived to the area, there was nothing they could do.

Moments following the accident, the V.I.P.D. cordoned off the east and west entrances of the airport, only allowing in first responders. The V.I. Fire Service and other first responder agencies were already on the scene when a medical examiner vehicle was spotted heading to the area.

While the deaths of all the victims have saddened the territory, the loss of Mr. Sylvester (seen above), known to many as “Kylo” — the unmistaken performer who sang lead with the well-known Stylee Band — immediately dampened the festival season, as the band has been a Virgin Islands mainstay for over a decade, and is known to bring some of the most anticipated performances during the Festival Village, j’ouvert morning and the parades. Mr. Sylvester’s performance style grabs the audience, keeping event goers entertained with his raspy voice and ever-changing dance moves.

The shocking and tragic news evoked a torrent of responses by residents and diasporas alike, all offering condolences to the family members of the victims, while expressing disbelief at Mr. Sylvester’s sudden death.


Read more here:  http://viconsortium.com

ST. CROIX — The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday issued its preliminary accident and data notice for the plane crash that occurred at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on Thursday night, which left five individuals, including the pilot, dead.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft, which was on its way to St. Thomas, returned to the St. Croix airport because of engine problems. It was destroyed by fire on airport property, the notice, seen here, said.

The aircraft was identified as a Beech 58 Baron.

The names of the deceased have not been released to the public, and it was not clear whether the Department of Justice, which is responsible for notifying families, had completed the task. David Mapp, the Virgin Islands Port Authority’s executive director, told The Consortium late Friday that V.I.P.A.’s concern was with the number of passengers on the aircraft, suggesting that the release of names was not necessary the port’s job. “We only are concerned about # on board for the determination of fees,” Mr. Mapp told The Consortium in a text message. “This is standard in the industry. There were 5 victims, and beyond that I do not have any names at this point.”

Samuel Carrion, whose official title at Government House is “liaison to the faith-based community”, but also performs communications duties, said the Port Authority was responsible for making the names available once it ascertains that the Dept. of Justice has notified all next of kin.

The crash occurred about 8:54 p.m., according to a statement the Port Authority issued on its Facebook page.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards told The Consortium hours after the crash that the aircraft, a private chartered plane, took off from the St. Croix airport and soon after started experiencing engine problems, with flames coming from one of its two engines. The pilot circled back and attempted to land at the airport, but the plane crashed in a field area near the runway, leaving all occupants dead, Mr. Richards said, corroborating the  Federal Aviation Administration notice.

David Goodrich, commander of St. Croix Rescue’s extrication team, who was on the scene of the incident, told The Consortium that by the time they arrived to the area, there was nothing they could do.

The plane included one member of the Stylee Band. At least two other persons on the plane were affiliated with the group, but they were not members of the band.

Moments following the accident, the V.I.P.D. cordoned off the east and west entrances of the airport, only allowing in first responders. The V.I. Fire Service and other first responder agencies were already on the scene when a medical examiner vehicle was spotted heading to the area.

The tragedy has cast a cloud of sadness over the territory, as the Stylee Band, currently one of the territory’s premier groups, is known to help carry the festival season, especially their performances during the Festival Village, j’ouvert morning and the parades.

And the news of the crash and the plane’s high-profile occupant sent a shock through social media, with thousands mourning the unfortunate occurrence.


Story and photo ➤ http://viconsortium.com

FREDERIKSTED — Kyle “Kylo” Sylvester, the lead singer for the soca group Kylo & Stylee Band, was among the five passengers who died aboard the Beechcraft Baron 58 aircraft that crashed Thursday night, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said catastrophic engine failure brought down the airplane registered to a David Richardson on St. Thomas at 8:54 p.m. on Thursday.

If Richardson is the owner-operator of the aircraft, that means he, Sylvester and three other people died in a fiery crash as the airplane tried to make an emergency landing after attempting to take off from Henry Rohlsen Airport.

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is responsible for identifying the passengers who died on the aircraft, but VIPA Director David Mapp had not done so as of Saturday morning.

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter identified Sylvester as the Stylee Band member who died in the crash. Sens. Janelle Sarauw and Janette Millin Young expressed condolences about the “tragedy” during a Senate hearing on Friday.

“As members of the very popular Stylee Band were embarking on bringing much needed stress relief to their fans and the general community during the upcoming festival season, our hearts are heavily laden with this very untimely tragedy,” Potter said.

Story and photo ➤ http://vifreepress.com



FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A plane crash near the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on Thursday night, December 7, 2017 left all five occupants of the aircraft dead, The Consortium can confirm.

[US} Virgin Islands Department (VIPD) Police Commissioner Delroy Richards told The Consortium that the aircraft, a private chartered plane, took off from the St. Croix airport and soon after started experiencing engine problems, with flames coming from one of its two engines. The pilot circled back and attempted to land at the airport, but the plane crashed in a field area near the runway, leaving all occupants, including the pilot, dead, Mr Richards said.

The commissioner said the plane was a Beech 58 Baron.

David Goodrich, commander of St Croix Rescue’s extrication team, who was on the scene of the incident, told The Consortium that by the time they arrived on the scene, there was nothing they could do. The Virgin Islands Port Authority said in a statement issued on Facebook that the crash occurred at 8:45 P.M.

The plane included one member of the Stylee Band, however The Consortium will withhold the member’s name because next of kin notification still needs to occur.

The VIPD cordoned off the east and west entrances of the airport, only allowing in first responders. A medical examiner vehicle was spotted making its way to the scene, and a first responder at the crash site told this publication that emergency personnel were still investigating the incident at about 11:06 P.M. on Thursday.

The tragedy has cast a cloud of sadness over the territory, as the Stylee Band, currently one of the territory’s premier groups, is known to help carry the festival season, especially their performances during the Festival Village, j’ouvert morning and the parades.

And the news of the crash and the plane’s high-profile occupant sent a shock through social media, with thousands already mourning the unfortunate occurrence.

Story and photos ➤ http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com

VIRGIN ISLANDS PORT AUTHORITY · Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands ·  Plane crash at HERA

The Virgin Islands Port Authority confirms that there was a plane crash at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St.Croix at 8:54 p.m. tonight. 

The aircraft was a private plane, which experienced mechanical issues that caused the crash. 

Sadly, all five persons onboard perished - including the pilot. 

Names of the deceased are withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

The incident is under investigation.

Governor Kenneth Mapp and the Port Authority’s board, management and staff offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

N449A is assigned to a 2014 Piper Archer and not to a Beech 58 as indicated in the summary. Despite that, how can you squeeze five people into an Archer and be within limits?

Chris Kilgus said...

"Flames coming from one of its two engines." Not an Archer.

Perhaps another piston twin fueled with JP4?

Anonymous said...

The registration is N4494A, a 1970 Baron 58. Jet fuel in the tanks wouldn't cause a fire, the engines would just quit.

Anonymous said...


Only Single-Engine Land Certified? Not Multi-Engine Rated?? Most likely Vmc Roll, sad...Condolences to all the families.

NTSB report confirms Beech 58 and "The left engine was separated from its engine mounts, but remained in the nacelle. A hole was observed in the top forward portion of the engine crankcase. A visual inspection noted that connecting rod Nos. 4, 5, and 6 were broken"

FAA DATABASE:
Certificate: PRIVATE PILOT
Date of Issue: 3/21/2012

Ratings:
PRIVATE PILOT
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND


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