Saturday, August 4, 2018

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA467

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 03, 2018 in Greenville, SC
Aircraft: Beech 58, registration: N59PR

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Landed long and went off the runway into a berm.

Date: 03-AUG-18
Time: 14:25:00Z
Regis#: N59PR
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: 58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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