Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Beechcraft C90 King Air, N500KR, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred December 04, 2017 at Chicago Rockford International Airport (KRFD), Winnebago County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, FN
Pratt & Whitney Canada; Longueuil, Québec, FN

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


Location: Rockford, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA047
Date & Time: 12/04/2017, 1802 CST
Registration: N500KR
Aircraft: BEECH C90
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 4, 2017, about 1802 central standard time, a Beech C90 airplane, N500KR, impacted terrain near the Chicago/Rockford International Airport (RFD), near Rockford, Illinois. The private pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage damage during the impact. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight requested a local instrument flight rules clearance (IFR) near RFD. The flight originated from the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, near Orlando, Florida, about 1342 and was destined for RFD.

According to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane's pilot requested and was given an IFR clearance as the airplane was nearing RFD. The pilot was cleared to perform a visual approach to runway 19. As the airplane approached the airport, the pilot requested the runway lights for runway 25 be turned on. The airplane was subsequently given a clearance to land on runway 25. The airplane was observed impacting terrain before the threshold for runway 25.

At 1754, the recorded weather at RFD was: Wind 190° at 18 kts gusting to 25 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition overcast clouds at 3,800 ft; temperature 16° C; dew point 9° C; altimeter 29.49 inches of mercury. Remarks: Peak winds 190° at 27 kts at 1731. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N500KR
Model/Series: C90
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRFD, 743 ft msl
Observation Time: 1754 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots/ 25 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.49 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: ORLANDO, FL (ISM)
Destination: Rockford, IL (RFD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.203056, -89.082500 (est)

Noakes Family

ROCKFORD — Rockford dentist Dr. Edward B. Noakes III and his two daughters remained hospitalized Tuesday after the plane he was piloting crashed at Chicago Rockford International Airport on Monday, Noake’s father-in-law, Floyd Ramer of Rockford, said.

One family member was in critical condition, though Ramer declined to say who.

Noakes is a dentist with Camelot Endodontics, which has offices in Rockford, Freeport, Wheaton and Janesville, Wisconsin. A woman who answered the phone at the Rockford location said no information would be released. Noakes is married, to Cindi, and they have two daughters and three sons, according to Camelot’s website.

Cindi Noakes declined comment and asked for privacy for the family.

Raymer said his son-in-law piloted the plane. Four family members, including Noakes’ son, were returning from Orlando.

The Beechcraft C90 King Air crashed about 200 yards to the east of a runway it intended to land upon near Falcon Road, an airport official said Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was manufactured in 1977.

“Right now, RFD’s primary concern is for the four injured passengers and their families, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected,” said Mike Dunn, executive director of the airport, in a news release.

Cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The plane that crashed at the Chicago Rockford International Airport Monday night may have been running out of fuel. 23 news found a transmission from the pilot to the Rockford tower on liveatc.net which says in part:

ATC- "You said you were requesting priorities or something wrong with the aircraft?"

PILOT: "Yeah, I just lost the transfer pump here, so I might have a little less fuel on one side than I thought. I don't want to come in with one single engine."

We have confirmed through the FAA that the six-seater King Air C-90 airplane is owned by Edward Noakes III who is an endodontist in Rockford. Sources tell us that Noakes was flying the plane.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A plane crash at the Chicago Rockford Airport leaves passengers injured.

Chicago Rockford International Airport officials and first responders say a King C90 plane went down just off a runway around 6 p.m.

Officials say all four passengers were taken to the hospital. Investigators tell us two people were extricated, one of those was unconscious. One is considered "walking wounded" and another was assisted off the plane.

There is no information on the level of experience the plane's pilot has, but emergency crews believe Rockford was the aircraft's intended destination.

At this time it is unknown if wind played a factor in the crash or if the issue was mechanical.

The FAA says they will be investigating along with the NTSB which will close Falcon Road at least overnight.

The airport does not expect flight delays.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wifr.com

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WLS) -- A small plane crashed upon landing at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport Monday evening.

Officials said at about 5:26 p.m. the Beechcraft C90 King Air was coming in for a landing when it crashed just short of airport property, but came to a stop on airport grounds.

"They struck the ground just east of Falcon Road. They bounced over the road through the fence, the perimeter fence of the airport, and that's where they landed," said Deputy Fire Chief Brian Kunce, Rockford Airport Fire Department.

It was unclear if the crash was mechanical or related to strong winds. The airport reported gusts of up to 35 miles per hour Monday night.

"Once our company arrived on scene they found that the plane ended up crash landing inside the airport grounds," Kunce said.

Airport officials said four people were onboard the plane, including the pilot. Emergency responders had to extricate the pilot and one of the passengers off the plane, and they remained hospitalized in serious to critical condition Monday night.

The other two passengers suffered minor injuries and were also taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.

Falcon Road is expected to remain closed overnight. The airport resumed normal operations Monday evening and experienced only minimal delays, officials said.

Story and video ➤ http://abc7chicago.com

ROCKFORD -- At least four people were injured, including two minors, after a two engine aircraft crashed at Chicago Rockford International Airport Monday evening.

According to airport officials, there were no signs of distress as the Beechcraft C90 King Air came in to land around 6 p.m. Monday, when it clipped the airport perimeter fence and landed short of the runway.

Officials said at least four people were onboard, including two adults and two minors that were hospitalized after the crash. At least two of them are believed to be in critical condition. There are unconfirmed report that A 17-year-old girl was ejected from the plane during the crash.

The plane remains on the runway as local investigators comb through the wreckage, trying to determine whether or not wind gusts had anything to do with the crash. The tail end of the plane has broken off and split into two, possibly indicating the force of the impact when it hit the ground. NTSB federal investigators will be on the scene Tuesday.

As of 9:45 p.m. Monday, there was no word on the state of the plane's pilot.

Story and video ➤ http://wgntv.com

ROCKFORD — Four people onboard a small airplane Monday were injured after the aircraft crashed at Chicago Rockford International Airport at about 6 p.m.

All four were taken to a hospital, though the extent of their injuries is not clear. Two people needed to be extricated from the Beechcraft C90 King Air, one of whom was unconscious. Those passengers remained in critical condition Monday night at a local hospital, said Deputy Chief Brian Kunce with the airport fire department. A third passenger was walking injured and the fourth passenger was assisted off the plane, Kunce said.

The names of the injured passengers were not released.

Kunce said the plane crashed about 200 yards to the east of a runway it intended to land upon near Falcon Road. He said the plane initially struck a ditch and bounced over a fence before coming to a stop on the airport grounds. He declined to describe the condition of the airplane, but said it did not catch fire.

It was not disclosed where the plane originated from but Michelle Cassaro, deputy director of finance and administration for the airport, said the Rockford airport was the plane’s intended destination.

Mark Ratzer, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said winds were gusting at 31 mph shortly before 6 p.m. Kunce said it’s too early in the investigation to determine any cause of the crash, including weather.

“There’s no indication that’s what caused it,” he said. “It’s very early on into this.”

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said investigations can take several months to a year or more to complete.

Kunce said the crash triggered an automatic response from several area fire departments including Rockford, New Milford, Stillman Valley and nine ambulances.

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


Jim B said...

We certainly hope the family members recover.

Odd how the typical information flow has clammed up.

I suspect someone already knows what happened and is not talking.

When I take young people along I am compelled to be more conservative and thorough than typical. Young ones deserve our best judgements and skill in the air.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't a transfer pump failure, he simply ran out of fuel. There are old pilots and bold pilots but no old bold pilots. He chose to be bold.

D Naumann said...

Odd also is the fact that flightaware.com only shows one flight for this aircraft and it was back in September. Could be he was flying around VFR I suppose. The report says he requested and was given an IFR clearance as he neared RFD. All the way from Kissimmee to RFD VFR. Wonder why? Did he have an instrument ticket I wonder?

Anonymous said...

He ran out of Airspeed, Altitude & Ideas, Simultaneously.
Oh, and Fuel!

This is a perfect example of someone with a lot of Money,
Buying More airplane than he should be Flying.

Lucky he didn't kill half his Family.

Crashes like this give General Aviation a Bad image!