Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cessna 182 Skylane, registered to Jumpstart Skydiving LLC and operated by the pilot, N5682B: Accident occurred June 23, 2018 near Herlong Recreational Airport (KHEG), Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

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


Location: Jacksonville, FL
Accident Number: WPR18LA183
Date & Time: 06/23/2018, 1440 EDT
Registration: N5682B
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Skydiving 

On June 23, 2018, about 1440 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182, N5682B, struck three vehicles following a complete loss of engine power and subsequent forced landing to a residential area about one mile east of Herlong Recreational Airport (HEG), Jacksonville, Florida. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the right elevator and the right wing. The airplane was registered to Jumpstart Skydiving LLC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 skydiving flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported in the area about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from HEG at 1400.

The pilot stated after delivering four skydivers he returned to the airport. On final approach, at about 1 mile from HEG at 2500 feet AGL "the engine just quit." He realized he did not have sufficient altitude to clear a stand of trees and chose to land on a road in a residential area. Upon landing on the road, the airplane struck multiple vehicles. The pilot stated that he did not know of any mechanical issues that may have precipitated this accident. The airplane was moved to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5682B
Model/Series: 182
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Michael Thometz
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHEG
Observation Time: 1735 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Jacksonville, FL (HEG)
Destination: Jacksonville, FL (HEG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: (est)

A small airplane crash-landed Saturday afternoon in a residential neighborhood near Herlong Recreational Airport in Jacksonville.

The pilot as well as residents on the ground escaped injury, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department first responders said.

The single-engine plane made an emergency landing in the street at 2:40 p.m. and careened into the front yard of a home in the 2300 block of Sharon Lake Drive at Justin Road North on the Westside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The pilot was the sole occupant on board the Cessna 182 Skylane which came to rest lying on its right side.

The tip of one wing appeared to have been torn off while the rest was twisted and bent where it was attached to the fuselage. The other wing was sticking up into the air. The tail fins were bent and ripped. One of the plane’s landing gear wheels was broken off and lying in the street at the curb.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the four-seat plane is registered to Jumpstart Skydiving LLC of Orange Park. Company officials couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday night.

The company operates at Herlong Recreational Airport, 9300 Normandy Blvd., which is roughly four miles by car from where the plane went down.

The Sheriff’s Office said the FAA will lead the investigation. Police said the crash site and adjacent streets would remain cordoned off until the FAA completed its on-site inspection.

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