Saturday, August 04, 2018

Runway Excursion: Beechcraft 58 Baron, N59PR, accident occurred August 03, 2018 at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), South Carolina

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Greenville, SC
Accident Number: GAA18CA467
Date & Time: 08/03/2018, 1025 EDT
Registration: N59PR
Aircraft: Beech 58
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the multi-engine airplane reported that following an instrument approach, the airplane broke out of the clouds about 600ft AGL. Concerned with the length of remaining runway, the pilot felt that the airplane was too high for a safe landing on the wet asphalt.

The pilot requested to circle and land. The tower controller cleared the pilot to circle and land on a 4,000ft runway.

During the landing roll, the pilot reported that as the airplane approached the last taxiway the airplane was "sliding instead of stopping", and it over-ran the runway. The airplane exited the departure end of the runway and rolled down an embankment, impacting a chain link fence and trees.

According to Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspectors, the airplane touched down with about 1,300ft of runway remaining. The pilot informed the ASI that there were no mechanical issues with the airplane.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/23/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  1707 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44 hours (Total, this make and model), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N59PR
Model/Series: 58 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: TH-1940
Landing Gear Type:
Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner:  Four D Llc
Rated Power:
Operator: Four D Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGMU, 1048 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1425 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 122°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 800 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: 
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Rain; Moderate - Mist
Departure Point: Charleston, SC (CHS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Greenville, SC (GMU)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0900 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Greenville Downtown (GMU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1048 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: Circling; RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 80 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.848056, -82.350000 (est)

Bill Hall, left, and Neil Robinson, right, toasting with wine after the Beechcraft 58 Baron they were in skidded in Greenville, South Carolina.  
(Photo courtesy: Tommy Hall/ August 3, 2018)

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -  No one was hurt Friday when a small plane crashed at the Greenville Downtown Airport, according Inv. Tristan Johnson with Greenville City Fire Department.

Johnson said firefighters received a call at 10:23 a.m. about an aircraft in distress. They arrived three minutes later and found the plane had crashed down an embankment during a landing attempt.

Johnson initially said that only the pilot was on board. He later added that two passengers were also on the plane. None of them were hurt.

"There's definitely times that they fly pretty low and some of the jets that come out of here kind of rock the building," Ken Mogle said.

He works at PPG Paints, which sits just behind the airport.  Mogle says a guy went outside to load a truck when something went boom. 

"We all heard something and he said 'Yeah, there was just a lot of movement up in those trees," Mogle said. "So, we went out back and we're looking around and I explored a little bit more and found the plane crash."

Investigators with Greenville Fire say the plane is a Beechcraft Baron.

"I was hearing voices as I was climbing up through there and I assume it was the pilot. All I heard was him say 'I didn't see it because of the cloud cover.' So, I was assuming the runway," Mogles said. 

FOX Carolina later confirmed that one of the people on the plane was Greenville restaurant owner Bill Hall, who owns Halls Chophouse.

The restaurant also told us Hall was with a friend, later identified as Neil Robinson.

We've also confirmed the plane belongs to Hall and is registered to Halls Aviation LLC.

The aircraft did not catch on fire and Johnson said crews were taking measures to make sure the fuel does not ignite.

Johnson said the FAA and NTSB were called in to investigate the crash.

The runway on which the crash happened will be closed until the investigation is complete.

The airport remains open but air traffic must use the primary runway until the other reopens.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash of a Beechcraft 58 Baron Friday at Greenville Downtown Airport.

No one was injured when the Beechcraft 58 Baron belonging to the owners of downtown restaurant Halls Chophouse went off the runway on landing.

Reports of an aircraft in distress came in at 10:23 a.m. Friday, according to Tristan Johnson, a spokesman with the Greenville Fire Department. As firefighters responded they learned the plane crashed off the end of the runway, he said.

Johnson said there were no injuries.

The aircraft ran off the end of Runway 28 around at 9:25 a.m., said Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the FAA. That aircraft can seat up to six people, according the Beechcraft website.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate, she said. Johnson said the National Transportation Safety Board will also investigate.

"They're going to take over the investigation to see why and what caused the aircraft to crash," Johnson told members of the media on scene.

A cause for the crash is still unclear.

"We've had so much rain recently. That probably had something to do with it," said Airport Director Joe Frasher.

Frasher spoke with the pilot and the two others on board. He said they were "shook up" but fine.

"He just said he couldn't stop, but I'm not sure why," Frasher said.

The plane will stay on scene until the FAA has finished its investigation. Frasher said a crane will have to come to the runway to remove the plane from an embankment.

The airplane is registered to Hall Aviation, LLC out of Charleston, according to the FAA.

The owner of Hall Aviation, LLC is William Ames Hall, the owner of Hall Management Group.

Hall Management Group owns Halls Chophouse in Greenville among other restaurants in Charleston with plans to open a new restaurant in Columbia this fall, said Tommy Hall, the Halls Chophouse general manager and son of William Hall.

"Dad was on the plane with the pilot and bad weather came in a little high on the runway. They couldn't get it to stop in time," he said. "Everybody's good, it was just a little scary for everybody."

Tommy Hall said the company uses the plane to make regular visits to the Greenville restaurant. He said on board were the pilot, William Hall and a family friend.

"We try to come up here once or twice a week. We drive a lot but we've had the opportunity to get another mode of transportation up here," Tommy Hall said.

Tommy Hall and Frasher said the plane is likely totaled.

According to FlightAware, the plane took off from Charleston International Airport at 9:07 a.m.

The plane's past flight log shows around 10 flights within the past two weeks, primarily to Columbia and Fairfield County. Its last flight to and from Greenville was on Thursday.

At least three fire engines and one ambulance responded at the end of the runway. Shortly after 11 a.m., emergency responders began leaving the scene. At least one engine and several patrol cars remained at the scene through the afternoon.

Frasher said the crash was "very rare" for the airport.

"It's a happy ending," he said.

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville restaurant owner and an attorney were on the plane that skidded off the runway and through a fence Friday morning at the Greenville Downtown Airport.

Bill Hall, owner of Halls Chophouse in downtown Greenville, an attorney and the pilot were on board the Beechcraft 58 Baron when it came a stop in a patch of trees just past the runway about 10:30 a.m.

A witness said he saw the plane try to land on one runway, but then it went back up and circled around. The plane then tried to land on a different runway and skidded off.

The plane is owned by Halls Aviation LLC, which is part of the Halls Management Group. The pilot was an employee of Halls Aviation.

No one on board was injured.

The plane flew into Greenville from Charleston.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

The last time the National Transportation Safety Board investigated an incident at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) was February 2012. Records show a plane veered to the right during landing, went off the runway and hit a sign. The National Transportation Safety Board blamed the pilot for losing control. No one was hurt.

It’s been nearly 30 years since a plane departing Greenville Downtown Airport was involved in a fatal accident, according to National Transportation Safety Board records.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. Chain link arresting gear ... Almost as good as EMAS