Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N615JA: Fatal accident occurred February 28, 2018 near Ocean City Municipal Airport (KOXB), Worcester County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland
Cessna/Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming Engines; Wichita, Kansas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N615JA

Location: Ocean City, MD
Accident Number: ERA18LA094
Date & Time: 02/28/2018, 1930 EST
Registration: N615JA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 28, 2018, about 1930 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172S, N615JA, was destroyed when it impacted the Atlantic Ocean about 1 mile east of Ocean City Municipal Airport (OXB), Ocean City, Maryland. The private pilot was fatally injured. The passenger has not been located and was presumed fatally injured. The airplane was registered to Middle River Aviation and was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Night, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed Martin State Airport (MTN), Baltimore, Maryland, about 1755.

According to flight school personnel at MTN, the pilot rented the airplane on the day of the accident for a short cross-country flight to OXB. Preliminary information from air traffic control revealed that the pilot flew direct and obtained flight following en route to OXB. He cancelled flight following during the approach to OXB and there were no further radio communications from the pilot. A review of preliminary radar data showed the airplane descended from 2,000 ft to 700 ft above ground level before radar coverage was lost. Witnesses at OXB reported seeing the airplane conduct a touch-and-go landing before departing the traffic pattern. According to the flight school, the airplane was not rented for an overnight trip and the pilot was expected to return to MTN.

The following morning, when the flight school office manager arrived at work, she noticed that the airplane had not returned, and reported it missing to her manager. She contacted OXB and was informed that the airplane was not at the airport. The office manager called surrounding airports and the Coast Guard to attempt to locate the missing airplane. After the airplane was not accounted for at any of the airports, the flight school initiated a search flight along the pilot's last known flight route. About 1030, they reported seeing an oil slick 2 miles off the end of runway 14, at OXB. The GPS coordinates were shared with the Civil Air Patrol and the Coast Guard.

According to the Maryland Natural Resources Police, they received a call of a missing airplane that was conducting touch-and-go landings at OXB. A search of the shoreline ensued, and debris was sighted. During the search, a fuel oil slick was discovered that was still bubbling to the surface. They positioned their vessel around the highest concentration of fuel and oil and anchored. Divers subsequently discovered a wing and the fuselage of the airplane. Shortly after, the pilot was found within the wreckage.

The wreckage was located in the Atlantic Ocean about 1 mile from the shoreline, at depth of 50 ft.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating, and a Federal Aviation Administration first-class airman medical certificate issued August 24, 2017, with no limitations. According to flight school records, the pilot had accumulated about 81 hours of total flight experience.

At 1853, the recorded weather at OXB, about 1 mile west of the accident site, included winds 230 at 6 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, and overcast clouds at 12,000 ft above ground level. The temperature was 11 degrees° (C), the dew point was 5° C, and the altimeter setting was 29.99 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N615JA
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: MIDDLE RIVER AVIATION LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: OXB
Observation Time: 1953 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Unknown
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: BALTIMORE, MD (MTN)
Destination:  OCEAN CITY, MD (OXB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  38.288056, -75.091944

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.

Marcson Ngwa was one of the confirmed occupants of the plane that has believed to have crashed in the ocean. 


OCEAN CITY — One victim from a plane crash in the ocean has been recovered but the search for a second has been suspended due to the current storm battering the mid-Atlantic coast.

Sometime Wednesday evening, a Cessna 172S Skyhawk airplane left Martin State Airport in Baltimore County en route to Ocean City. The occupants of the plane have been identified by the U.S. Coast Guard as Banica Richard Robinson and Marcson Ngwa.

According to a Coast Guard release, the plane was seen practicing touch-and-go landings at the Ocean City Municipal Airport on Wednesday evening. Shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, federal officials notified the Maryland State Police (MSP) Special Operations Division that the aircraft had not returned to Martin State Airport as expected.

When it was determined the plane did not return to Martin State Airport as planned and was not located at the Ocean City Municipal Airport where it had last been seen, a multi-agency search effort in and around the Ocean City Municipal Airport was initiated.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, an MSP Aviation Command Trooper 4 and Civil Air Patrol crew located what was described as an oil slick in the ocean about 1.5 miles from the Ocean City Municipal Airport. According to sources, an airplane tire was found floating in the oil slick.

According to the MSP, rescue personnel continued to focus their search on the area late Thursday afternoon. Throughout the afternoon on Thursday, sources have confirmed debris consistent with an airplane has been recovered in a vast area off the coast, including some as far as five miles out. In addition, a Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) dive team was searching for possible victims in the area where the oil slick was discovered.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Maryland State Police, the NRP and the Coast Guard conducted side-scanning operations in an underwater debris field. The debris field was located approximately five miles from the initial oil slick.

Rescue personnel determined the aircraft was in a severely deteriorated condition and a body was recovered from among pieces of the plane. The recovered body was a male wearing the same clothing as described on the pilot who left Martin State Airport on Wednesday, presumably Robinson. Authorities did not identify the body recovered. The deceased is being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Search efforts concluded just before 6 p.m. on Thursday as a monster storm began to arrive along the mid-Atlantic coast. Dive teams will resume search and recovery efforts once the storm passes and ocean conditions improve.

According to Ocean City Emergency Management, the storm, which is already bring extreme high winds reaching as high as 70 mph and rain, is expected to linger in the resort area throughout the weekend.

The Maryland State Police Underwater Recovery Unit with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, the NRP, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, MSP troopers and members of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center are conducting the search and rescue operation and the investigation continues. A command center was established at the Maryland NRP Boathouse at the commercial harbor in West Ocean City.

Little is known about the victims at this point. Marcson Ngwa’s Facebook page identifies him as a self-employed entrepreneur and aviator and a banner picture on the top of his page shows an airplane. His Facebook page reveals he posted a “today’s motivation” every day without fail.


Original article can be found here ➤  https://mdcoastdispatch.com


Marcson Ngwa who was born in Cameroon and  a native of Bafut Fondom.  After coming to the United States to pursue his dream to become a pilot, he obtained his license as a private pilot from the Middle River Aviation School in Baltimore Maryland and was working towards obtaining his commercial pilot license. On 02/28/2018, Marcson’s plane was reported missing and later seen on 03/01/2018 crashed about 1.5km offshore in Ocean City. Marcson's remains was retrieved and a photo of him was presented for identification on March  6th 2018 at the JB Jenkins funeral home Landover MD.



OCEAN CITY, Md. — The search for a downed plane off the coast of Assateague Island has been halted due to high winds, but is expected to resume once the storm passes and conditions improve.

Dive teams at the site were successful in recovering a body around 5 p.m. Thursday, but then suspended the search at 6 p.m., according to Maryland State Police.

"There's nothing we can do in this high wind," said Sgt. DaVaughn Parker, a state police public information officer, on Friday.

The body was wearing the same clothing worn by the pilot, and was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, state police said. 

The two people on board at the time of the crash have been identified as Banica Richard Robinson and Marcson Ngwa, according to the Coast Guard, but Parker said the identity of the recovered body would not be released until the autopsy is completed.

Assateague Island is a 37-mile-long barrier island south of Ocean City, Maryland. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. The southernmost portion of the island is in Virginia.

The plane took off from Martin State Airport in Baltimore at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and was last seen practicing touch-and-go landings near the Ocean City Municipal Airport at about 6:15 p.m., according to Petty Officer Ronald Hodges, a Coast Guard spokesman in Baltimore.

The Cessna 172S Skyhawk had two people onboard and was later reported overdue, Hodges said.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday the agency issued an alert notice after the plane did not arrive at the Ocean City Municipal Airport. The alert was canceled when it was confirmed the aircraft crashed off the coast of Ocean City. The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the accident, she said.

Hodges identified the plane's tail number as N615JA. That corresponds to a plane registered to Middle River Aviation, a flight school in Baltimore, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's website.

No one answered the phone at Middle River Aviation on Friday, and there was no response to a message seeking comment on Friday.

On its website, the company said it is "the largest airplane and helicopter training aviation schools on the Northeast."

In addition to operating a flight school, Middle River Aviation also offers small planes and helicopters for rent by the hour.

Neither of the people on board the missing plane are listed as staff or instructors on Middle River's website. A company newsletter from September features a photo of Ngwa in front of a Cessna Skyhawk CE 172 after passing his private pilot airplane practical and flight test.

On his Facebook page, where friends and family left tributes to him Friday, Ngwa described himself as a "Young, Motivated, Energetic & Committed Entrepreneur and Aviator. He's a Go-Getter."

After the plane was reported overdue on Wednesday, Maryland Natural Resources Police and other agencies began a search at the north end of Assateague, said agency spokeswoman Candy Thomson. 

An oil slick was spotted about 1 ½ miles off the northern end of the island Thursday morning, according to multiple police agencies at the scene.

Later on Thursday, a debris field was located about 5 miles from the oil slick, Parker said. It was there that divers finally located the wreckage and recovered the body.

Dive teams will resume searching for other the other person who was aboard the plane once the storm passes and conditions on the ocean permit, Parker said. 

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

Marcson Ngwa

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Maryland State Police said rescue personnel recovered one person Thursday night following a small plane crash that occurred the evening before off the coast of Ocean City.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Ronald Hodges said a Cessna 172S Skyhawk with two people on board, took off from Martin State Airport in Baltimore around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and was last seen doing touch-go-landings at Ocean City Municipal Airport around 6:15 p.m. Authorities confirm Banica Richard Robinson and Marcson Ngwa were the two people on board.

Once the plane became overdue, Maryland State Police and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center got involved in the search, according to Hodges.

Debris was located about a mile off the coast of Ocean City. Natural Resources Police discovered an oil sheen in the water and a Maryland State Police helicopter confirmed it. It was at that point that the Coast Guard got involved in the search and recovery effort, Hodges said. 

According to MSP, rescue personnel conducted side scanning operations in an underwater debris field that was located approximately five miles from that initial oil slick spot at around 5 p.m.

MSP said they recovered one body among pieces of the plane, and the debris was found in severely deteriorated conditions. MSP said the body recovered was male and was wearing the same clothing as described on the pilot. The body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.

Coast Guard Station Ocean City had two small boats participating in the search for the two people on board the plane. Coast Guard Atlantic City had a helicopter searching for the victims and the Maryland State Police dive team was also involved in the search. A command center has been established at the Maryland Natural Resources Police Boathouse on Harbor Road in West Ocean City. 

According to MSP, search efforts ended around 6 p.m. Thursday and dive teams will continue to search for other passengers once the coming storm passes and ocean conditions allow. 

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




OCEAN CITY, Md. (WBFF) - The body of a crash victim was recovered Thursday evening after a small plane went missing on the way to Ocean City, reported Maryland State Police on Thursday.

The Cessna 172S Skyhawk had left Martin State Airport Wednesday night and did not return, said police in a news release Thursday afternoon.

Officials ultimately found the plane "in severely deteriorated conditions"; an oil slick was found in the Atlantic Ocean about 1 1/2 miles from the Ocean City airport, then a field of debris about 5 miles from the oil slick.

The body of a man wearing the same clothes as described on the pilot was recovered among the pieces of the plane.

Aviation officials found "what is described as an oil slick in the ocean, about 1.5 miles from the Ocean City Airport."

State Police, Natural Resources Police and the Coast Guard jointly conducted scanning operations in an underwater debris field, according to the news release.

The body will be taken to the Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy.

Search efforts ended at 6 p.m. Thursday, and dive teams will resume searching for other passengers after the expected storm on Friday passes, according to a news release.

Assistance has been provided by Maryland State Police Underwater Recovery Unit, US Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police, Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police troopers and members of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.  A command center has been set up at the Maryland Natural Resources Police Boathouse on Harbor Road in West Ocean City.

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


Maryland State Police divers found the body of person in the wreckage of a plane that was reported missing Thursday and was discovered crashed in the waters off the coast of Ocean City.

Divers recovered the body from the fuselage of a Cessna 172S Skyhawk that had been reported missing just after 10 a.m. Thursday. The aircraft had left Martin State Airport en route to Ocean City Wednesday night, but did not return as expected to the originating airport, authorities said.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center began the search when the beacon from the Cessna 172 was not transmitting the location, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The body was discovered just after 5 p.m., said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges, a spokesman. Coast Guard officials said that they believe two people were aboard the plane and identified them as Banica Richard Robinson and Marcson Ngwa. Authorities did not identify the body that was recovered.

As police searched the area near Ocean City Airport, they located what was described as an oil slick in the ocean, about 1.5 miles from airport, state police said in a statement. Rescue crews focused their search on that area and Natural Resources Police officers recovered debris believed to be from the plane, the statement said.

Officials said the search included the State police Underwater Recovery Unit along with the U.S. Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Original article ➤ https://www.washingtonpost.com






A single-engine aircraft that took off from Martin State Airport Wednesday night for Ocean City may have crashed off the shore there.

Maryland State Police say they're working with local and federal agencies in looking for the missing plane and the two aboard. 

Just after 10 a.m. Thursday, federal authorities notified state troopers that the Cessna 172S Skyhawk left the Baltimore County airport and hadn't returned.

The U.S. Coast Guard identified the two missing as Banica Richard Robinson and Marcson Ngwa. They didn't say where the two are from or where the plane is registered. The plane was supposed to return to Martin State and wasn't transmitting its location beacon. They were last seen practicing touch-and-gos at the Ocean City airport Wednesday evening.

Authorities searched near that airport. A state police helicopter and Civil Air Patrol personnel found what's described as an oil slick in the ocean, about 1 1/2 miles from the airport. Rescuers are focusing on that area.

While the aircraft itself hasn't been spotted, natural resources police have found debris believed to be associated with an aircraft. State police divers are on the scene. In addition to the Coast Guard, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and members of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center are also assisting.

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




OCEAN CITY, Md. —  Federal, state and local authorities are searching Thursday for a missing plane in Worcester County.

An aircraft believed to be a single-engine, four-passenger plane left Martin State Airport Wednesday night and was seen was practicing touch-and-gos at the Ocean City Municipal Airport that evening. Officials said they began their search when the plane did not return to the Martin State airport and was not transmitting its location beacon.

The Coast Guard has identified Baniva Richard Robinson and Marcson Ngwa as the missing passengers.

Authorities searched an area near the Ocean City Airport late Thursday morning. They found what is described as an oil slick in the ocean around 11:30 a.m., about 1.5 miles from the Ocean City Airport. Rescue personnel are focusing their search on that area.

Although the aircraft has not been found, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers in the water near the oil slick recovered debris believed to be associated with an aircraft, state police said.

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






OCEAN CITY — A few more details have emerged late this afternoon about the reported plane crash off the resort coast Wednesday night or early Thursday morning while an exhaustive multi-agency search for the occupants and debris continue.

According to the Maryland State Police (MSP), shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, federal officials notified the MSP Special Operations Division that an aircraft believed to be a single-engine, four-passenger plane left Martin State Airport in Baltimore County on Wednesday night en route to Ocean City and had not yet returned.

It is unknown at this point how many individuals were on the plane, but different sources throughout the afternoon have told The Dispatch the plane was occupied by a student pilot and an instructor, although that has not been confirmed officially. When it was determined the plane did not return as planned to the Martin State Airport and was not located at the Ocean City Municipal Airport, a search of the area near the Ocean City airport was initiated on Thursday morning.

The crew of the MSP Aviation Command Trooper 4 and Civil Air Patrol personnel have located what is described as an oil slick in the ocean about 1.5 miles from the Ocean City Airport. According to sources, an airplane tire was found floating in the oil slick.

According to the MSP release, rescue personnel continue to focus their search on the area late Thursday afternoon. Throughout the afternoon on Thursday, sources have confirmed debris consistent with an airplane have been recovered in a vast area off the coast, including some as far as five miles out. In addition, a Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) dive team was searching for possible victims in the area where the oil slick was discovered.

While the search and rescue operation continues, it will likely be complicated by the pending massive nor’easter expected to arrive in the area with high winds and heavy seas. The Maryland State Police Underwater Recovery Unit is on scene, with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, the NRP, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, MSP troopers and members of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

According to the Ocean City Police Department, the OCPD’s efforts at this time include searching the resort coastline for debris. A command center has been established at the Maryland NRP Boathouse at the commercial harbor in West Ocean City.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://mdcoastdispatch.com

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