Friday, September 07, 2018

Beech B60 Duke, registered to and operated by Henry Leasing Company LLC, N1876L: Fatal accident occurred August 30, 2018 near Destin Executive Airport (KDTS), Okaloosa County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Accident Number: CEN18FA358
Date & Time: 08/30/2018, 1030 CDT
Registration: N1876L
Aircraft: Beech 60
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 30, 2018, about 1030 central standard time, a Beechcraft BE-60 airplane, N1876L, impacted terrain during an approach to the Destin Executive Airport (DTS), Destin, Florida, Texas. The commercial rated pilot and three passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Henry Leasing Company, LLC, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 cross-country fight. The flight departed the Toledo Executive airport (TOL) about 0747 en route to DTS, and an instrument flight plan had been filed.

A preliminary review of air traffic control (ATC) communications revealed that as the flight approached the destination airport, the pilot was in contact with the Eglin AFB approach controller, reported DTS in sight, and then canceled his IFR clearance. The pilot was then handed over to the DTS tower controller, where the pilot reported that he was about 2 miles north of DTS. There were no further communications between the pilot and air traffic control.

The airplane wreckage was located in a remote, wooded area of the Eglin AFB reservation property, about 8.5 miles northwest of the DTS airport and 2.5 miles northwest of the Eglin AFB.

The airplane impacted trees, on a 067-degree heading with a wreckage path about 380 feet long. Several fragments of the airplane were located along the wreckage path: the airplane's nose cone was located near the initial impact point, the left-wing tip fuel tank and right outboard wing was near the beginning of the path, and the right horizontal stabilizer and elevator were fragmented and located on the wreckage path. The airplane came to rest inverted, with a post-crash fire consuming most of the cabin and inboard section of the wings.

Both engines had impact and fire damage; with the right engine located just right of the main wreckage. The left engine was located in front of the main wreckage. Both 3-bladed propellers had broken from and was next to their respective engines. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N1876L
Model/Series: 60 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Henry Leasing Co Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVPS
Observation Time: 1523 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Toledo, OH (KTOL)
Destination: Destin, FL (KDTS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  30.494722, -86.574444

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

Patsy & Henry "Chip" Nowakowski

Henry “Chip” Eugene Nowakowski and Patsy Elaine Nowakowski, of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, left this life together on August 30, 2018. They were joined in death by Chip’s sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn M. Nowakowski and her husband Thomas G. Saine. Chip was born on December 23, 1954 in Toledo, Ohio. He was the middle of nine children born to Henry and Norma Nowakowski. Pat was born on November 10, 1956 in Toledo, Ohio as the only child to Ronald and Colleen Clayton. On September 1, 1978, Chip and Pat were married in Sylvania, Ohio at St. Joseph’s Church. Together, they spent the next 40 years creating a beautiful family and building a home that welcomed all.

Chip spent his lifetime working as a mechanical contractor for his father’s plumbing company, HPH Mechanical. He was known in the industry for his strong work ethic, his ability to solve any problem, and his impeccable attention to detail and organization. He had great pride in getting the job done right and providing his children with all the tools they needed to succeed in life. He enjoyed spending time with his close friend Rick Busch, who shared his love of aviation. Chip believed in the notion that everything was good in moderation, including eating a Hershey’s almond bar every day.

Pat lived her life as a dedicated daughter, wife, mother, grandma, and friend. She was a selfless woman with a huge heart who truly had the gift of making anyone she met feel cared for. She was proud to have recently taken over her father’s business Ron’s Diesel and enjoyed hearing stories from drivers and mechanics about her father. Pat could often be found with her best friend Jean Kozlowski, planting and harvesting her garden, knitting, and baking delicious apple pies. Undoubtedly, her greatest love was spending time with Chip, her kids, and her grandchildren. She loved having the whole family home together and was an example to all of how to love unselfishly.

Together Chip and Pat will be remembered as setting a true example of love, respect, pride, and generosity. They were proud of each other, their accomplishments, and, most of all, their children. Their son Brad and his wife Stacy will carry on Chip and Pat’s legacy of hard work and dedication to the family businesses. They will pass on Chip and Pat’s lessons of love and life to their talented son Riley. Their daughter Alexis and her husband Jason will forever cherish the time spent traveling with “Papa” and “Gigi” and the magnitude of love given to grandson Henry. Alexis has started her own law firm and will strive to always reflect the temperament and level-headedness of her father and the “get things done” attitude of her mother.  Their son John and his wife Adrienne will preserve Chip and Pat’s tradition of transforming a house into a home that welcomes all and one that reflects Pat’s joy of gardening and flowers. As a pilot in the United States Air Force, John values Chip’s love of aviation and exemplifies his father by doing things right the first time.

Pat was preceded in death by her loving father Ronald Clayton and is survived by her devoted mother Colleen Clayton. Chip was preceded in death by his loving parents Henry and Norma Nowakowski and is survived by brothers James (Marsha) Nowakowski, John (Cyndy) Nowakowski, Jeffery Nowakowski, and Mark Nowakowski and sisters Marilyn (Bruce) Fredrickson, Catherine Scannell, and Janet (John) Bali.

The family invites friends to call at Reeb Funeral Home, 5112 Main St, Sylvania, Ohio on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The lives of Chip, Pat, Carolyn, and Tom will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church, Sylvania, at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Private interment will follow.

Those wishing to honor Chip and Pat are asked to consider making donations to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Carolyn Nowakowski
MAY 7, 1959 ~ AUGUST 30, 2018 (AGE 59)

Carolyn Marie Nowakowski, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away tragically on August 30, 2018, at the age of 59 with loving husband Tom Saine at her side. Born to Norma Jean and Henry “Hank” Zenon Nowakowski, on May 7, 1959, Carolyn was the eighth of nine children that grew up in the family’s ivy-covered home on Silvertown Drive in Sylvania. Coincidentally, Carolyn shared her day of birth with her mother, a niece, and a sister-in-law.

Carolyn attended St. Joseph-Sylvania School and spent her summers training and competing on the Highland Meadows Golf Club swim and water ballet teams. She kept her early love of water and being poolside throughout her life, as well as her affinity for flowers and working in the yard. Carolyn treasured being in the sun and would always encourage her family and friends to join her by her backyard pool for some rays and her favorite sun-brewed iced tea.

Hardworking from a young age, Carolyn was a waitress at Bill Knapp’s restaurant while attending St. Ursula Academy for high school. In college at The Ohio State University, she studied diligently and graduated with a degree in communications. She had her fair share of fun while living in Columbus, but unlike the average college student, always made time go to mass on Sundays. Carolyn’s father Hank lovingly called her “Laroc,” which is  “Carol” spelled backwards, a term of endearment that meant a lot to her.

In the late 1980s, Carolyn moved to Chicago where she worked in the construction industry and would later support her younger sister Janet when she first started her company Safety Check, Inc. in 1994. Carolyn returned to her hometown soon after where she had her son Connor in 1996. While building a home adjacent to her parents in The Bluffs neighborhood, Carolyn met John Schmidt whom she married in 2001 and their daughter Halie was born in 2002. Selfless and caring, Carolyn loved her children dearly and always put them first, and many others too, helping care for nieces who lived nearby, as well as for her elderly parents. Always dependable and generous with her time, Carolyn was a master of completing lengthy to-do lists.

Carolyn played a critical role in the family business and many of the extended family’s most important matters. She was extremely dedicated to working for her parents’ plumbing contracting business, HPH Mechanical, for over 20 years, keeping things running smoothly in the office and growing the company by helping it get not just more jobs but larger ones. Those who worked with Carolyn appreciated her honest and straight-shooting manner, as well as her unique sense of humor even when things could be chaotic.

Just when Carolyn thought it would be nice to have a companion and travel partner, Tom Saine came into her life. The two met in 2013 while at Tom’s daughter’s wedding in Dallas, Texas, and a long-distance romance ensued. They quickly grew fonder of one another and married in Destin, Florida, in 2015. With retirement around the corner for both, Tom and Carolyn were looking forward to continuing to travel the world together and spending time at their new vacation home near where they were married on the Gulf Coast’s sandy white beaches.

Carolyn is joined in death by husband Tom Saine, brother Henry “Chip” E. Nowakowski, and sister-in-law Patsy Nowakowski. She is survived by children Connor Nowakowski, Halie Schmidt, first husband John Schmidt, stepdaughters Irene (Alan) Frosch and Jamie (Tony Kent) Saine, and granddaughters Thea and Charlotte Frosch; siblings Marilyn (Bruce) Fredrickson, James (Marsha) Nowakowski, John (Cynthia) Nowakowski, Catherine Scannell, Jeffery Nowakowski, Mark Nowakowski, Janet (John) Bali, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family invites friends to call at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main St, Sylvania, Ohio on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The lives Carolyn, Tom, Chip, and Pat will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania, at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Private interment will follow.

Those wishing to honor Carolyn are asked to consider making donations to Little Flower Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio. She enjoyed the music there.

Thomas Saine
JULY 3, 1962 ~ AUGUST 30, 2018 (AGE 56)

Tom Saine, the ultimate family man and passionate traveler, passed away on August 30, 2018. Tom was born in California on July 3, 1962 to Wilhard Saine and Mildred (Hill) Saine. He lived in Toledo, OH with his wife Carolyn Nowakowski.

Tom proudly served in the United States Navy, where he spent time in places like Turkey and Italy and met Lynne Strelzick. After a few delays caused by uncooperative submarines that kept getting sent out on new missions, Tom proposed to Lynne in Sicily and the two were married in Lynne’s native New Jersey in 1983. The couple went on to have two daughters, Jamie and Irene, whom they loved unconditionally. Tom made many friends and touched countless lives while raising his girls in New Jersey and Fort Worth, TX.

Following the passing of his beloved Lynne, Tom remained dedicated to his daughters and found love again in 2013 when he met Carolyn Nowakowski at the wedding of his youngest daughter. Tom and Carolyn were married in June 2015 in a beautiful beach ceremony. They spent their lives together traveling the world, eating good food, drinking great wine, spending time with the family and friends who they loved so much, raising Carolyn’s son and daughter, and playing with their new grandbabies.

Tom spent his career in telecommunications, where his dedication, intelligence and keen business sense helped him become a respected and well-known executive. In this role, he impacted many companies, but more importantly, he helped shape careers and was always quick with a word of advice, encouragement or tough love.

He and Carolyn passed together while doing one of their favorite things – traveling to a beach vacation. Their families and countless friends will love them forever.

Thomas Saine is proceeded in death by his wife Lynne (Strelzick) Saine and joined in death by his wife Carolyn Nowakowski. He is survived by his loving daughters Jamie Saine and Irene (Saine) Frosch; their husbands Tony Kent and Alan Frosch; granddaughters Thea and Charlotte; step children Connor and Halie; and many, many, many loving family and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, September 7, 2018 2pm-8pm at Reeb Funeral Home in Sylvania, OH. A funeral mass will be held at 10am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sylvania, OH. A private interment will be held.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society in Tom’s honor.


  1. It was a privilege to know Chip and Pat the short time we spent together. They were a true inspiration in every way. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all. - Tom and Lauren

  2. Possibly fuel exhaustion. With over 200 hours flying B60 depending on the pilots power setting this aircraft can burn easily 40/50 gallons an hour . Very sad

  3. Yes, a post crash fire certainly explains the fuel exhaustion

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