Monday, April 16, 2018

Beech G33 Bonanza, N9345Q, owned and operated by a private individual: Fatal accident occurred April 16, 2018 in Warsaw, Coshocton County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Warsaw, OH
Accident Number: CEN18FA143
Date & Time: 04/16/2018, 0630 EDT
Registration: N9345Q
Aircraft: BEECH G33
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On April 16, 2018, about 0630 eastern daylight time, a Beech G33 airplane, N9345Q, impacted terrain near Warsaw, Ohio. The commercial rated pilot and passenger were both fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a cross-country flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight departed from the Elyria Airport (1G1), Elyria, Ohio, and was en route to the Deland Municipal Airport (DED), Deland, Florida.

According to preliminary information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot was in radio contact with air traffic control. While in cruise flight, the pilot requested a descent after encountering icing conditions. The airplane continued its descent and then dropped off radar.

A passing pilot spotted the wreckage of the airplane. The land owners reported that around 0630, they heard the airplane's engine followed by an unusual sound, which they later thought to be the airplane's impact.

The airplane impacted a lightly wooded area. Several large trees had damage consistent with the airplane's collision. The outboard section of the right wing was found near the base of one of the trees. The airplane wreckage came to rest in the upright position. A post-crash fire consumed a majority of the fuselage and cockpit area. The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N9345Q
Model/Series: G33 G33
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K4I3, 1191 ft msl
Observation Time: 0636 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 270°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.67 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: ELYRIA, OH (1G1)
Destination: DELAND, FL (DED)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 40.406389, -82.081944

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Edward Zezlina Sr.

Edward Zezlina Sr. and Linda J. O’Brien

Edward Zezlina Sr. grew up in Northeast Ohio and lived there for most of his life. Edward joined the Army, serving in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart. Edward Zezlina Jr. said his father was a non-commissioned officer in the 75th infantry, attached to the 173rd airborne brigade. He conducted Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol missions while in Vietnam and his unit was later formed into the 75th Ranger Regiment in the late 1970s. His father’s service to his country inspired Zezlina Jr. to join the military.

Linda J. O’Brien (Bodnar), age 71, of Grafton and formerly of Boardman, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 16, 2018 along with her life partner Edward Zezlina as a result of a plane accident.  Born August 5, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah; she was the daughter of Edward O’Brien and Mary Efurd.

WALHONDING - Two people are believed dead after a Beech G33 Bonanza crash Monday morning in the Walhonding area, according to authorities.

Lt. Matt Boyd, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the number of bodies and the identities of the deceased are yet to be determined. Names will be released once families are notified, he said, and he wasn’t sure when that would be.

The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office reported receiving a call around 7:25 a.m. from the flight service center in Panama City, Florida, that a Beech G33 Bonanza making its way from Elyria had dropped off of radar in the Coshocton County area. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed the plane did not land at the Coshocton County or Holmes County airports before starting a search.

At about 9:50 a.m. Monday, a farmer reported finding the wreckage in a heavily wooded area on a hill off of County Road 401 between Tiverton and Spring Mountain, Boyd said. Debris was centralized to a small area on the hill. Looking at broken branches and trees, one could see the path the plane took to the crash site.

The cause of the crash is yet to be determined. Boyd said the patrol has the lead in the local investigation. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were expected later Monday, Boyd said.

Assisting on scene were Coshocton County EMS, Walhonding Valley Fire Department and Coshocton County Coroner Robert Gwinn. Emergency crews cleared the scene around noon. Cleaning of debris has yet to start, pending further investigation of the site.

Original article ➤

The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified the two people killed in a Beech G33 Bonanza crash in Coshocton County Monday.

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Edward Zezlina, 67, and Linda O'Brien, 71, were in the Beech G33 Bonanza when it crashed.  

Edward Zezlina was flying the Beech G33 Bonanza. 

The couple lives in Grafton, Ohio, in Lorain County.

The crash happened in a remote area only accessible by foot or ATV.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the flight left Elyria, Ohio and was headed to DeLand, Florida. 

The call came in at about 10 a.m. and the crash is located in the 30700 block of County Road 401.

At about 7:25 a.m., the Coshocton County Sheriff received a call that the Beech G33 Bonanza dropped off the radar. 

The Sheriff's office and highway patrol confirmed the Beech G33 Bonanza did not land at any surrounding airports and began a search. 

At about 9:50 a.m., a resident reported finding the wreckage.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash after further investigation.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by authorities including the Federal Aviation Administration and local law enforcement.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

I am a pilot from Elyria, the airport that this plane took off from was (1G1) or Elyria Municipal Airport (or Elyria City Airport). I believe this crash was caused by the following factors: dense cloud cover or IFR conditions with possible freezing rain and wing icing, also could have had faulty exhaust since the pilot heat was used which may have cause asphyxiation to both occupants. Lastly could have experience carburetor icing which would have cause the engine to quit.

Anonymous said...

FAA records show this plane had a Continental IO-470 motor. You can't get carb. ice if it's fuel injected!

Anonymous said...

Weather most certainly played a role in this crash as evidenced by looking at the FlightAware flight track of this aircraft that morning. Why would you choose to fly to Florida with that weather front extending along almost your entire trip? Should have just waited a day until the weather improved. Looking at the crash site pics it looks like the plane came straight down as the wreckage is confined to a small area.

Gerry said...

I went to a FAA seminar years ago statement made "98 percent of pilots killed due to weather are buried on a clear day". Worth some thought. I gave it plenty in my years as a corporate pilot, shared it with my passangers a few times too.

Anonymous said...

Ice in flight is bad news. It destroys the smooth
flow of air, increasing drag while decreasing the
ability of the airfoil to create lift. The actual weight
of ice on an airplane is insignificant when compared
to the airflow disruption it causes. As
power is added to compensate for the additional
drag and the nose is lifted to maintain altitude,
the angle of attack is increased, allowing the
underside of the wings and fuselage to accumulate
additional ice. Ice accumulates on every
exposed frontal surface of the airplane—not just
on the wings, propeller, and windshield, but also
on the antennas, vents, intakes, and cowlings. It
builds in flight where no heat or boots can reach
it. It can cause antennas to vibrate so severely
that they break. In moderate to severe conditions,
a light aircraft can become so iced up that continued
flight is impossible. The airplane may stall at
much higher speeds and lower angles of attack
than normal. It can roll or pitch uncontrollably,
and recovery might be impossible.