Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Beech V35 Bonanza, N5624S: Accident occurred October 28, 2018 at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (KMBT), Rutherford County, Tennessee

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Accident Number: ERA19LA028
Date & Time: 10/28/2018, 1210 CDT
Registration: N5624S
Aircraft: Beech V35
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 28, 2018, about 1210 central daylight time, a Beech V35, N5624S, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees during approach to Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (MBT), Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that originated from Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (GKT), Sevierville, Tennessee, about 1100.

Due to his injuries, the pilot was unable to provide an initial statement. Two witnesses reported that they were in the MBT airport terminal building when they heard the pilot announce on the common traffic advisory frequency that his airplane was having amperage issues and he might be performing a landing with no radios. The pilot then asked if the witnesses could visually confirm that the landing gear was extended. The witnesses agreed and went to a taxiway with a handheld radio while the pilot performed a low pass over runway 18. The witnesses reported to the pilot that the landing gear was only partially extended; however, the pilot did not reply and the airplane continued to slow and descend over the runway, until impacting trees beyond the end of the runway.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to both wings and the fuselage. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The recorded weather at MBT, at 1215, included wind from 210° at 14 knots, gusting to 19 knots, and a clear sky. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N5624S
Model/Series: V35 UNDESIGNATED
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: MBT, 614 ft msl
Observation Time: 1215 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / 19 knots, 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sevierville, TN (GKT)
Destination: Murfreesboro, TN (MBT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 35.878611, -86.377500 (est)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) - The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are trying to figure out what caused a Beech V35 Bonanza to crash in Murfreesboro Sunday afternoon.  

The 79-year-old pilot, Robert Kinney of Hendersonville, survived.  

Federal authorities are looking through the wreckage to see, among things, if the engine failed.    

Witnesses reported hearing the engine stalled.  

The low-flying planes are a major concern for people living in the Northfield Lodge apartment complex next to where the aircraft went down.  

Some people who live in the apartment complex said they knew it would only be a matter of time before this happened.   

“Most of the time they are pretty controlled and seems alright, but it was pretty scary,” Brittany League said.  “Just like this, this is how they come in. Flying low like that over a heavy residential area something like that is going to happen, it’s lucky it wasn’t, you know, 50-yards the other way. It would have been in the building.”  

The plane crash shook neighbor Ken McCauley to the core.  

“It scared the hell out of me. I couldn’t even sleep last night waiting for a plane to come through the front door,” McCauley said.  

McCauley moved Northfield Lodge on Labor Day and he’s been worried about the low-flying planes ever since.  

“I knew this day was coming. Its constant planes come over here 24-7,” he said.  “They come over here too low for me. They barely make it over the treetops.” 

Murfreesboro Municipal Airport officials said the runway is next to the apartment complex, but the planes do not fly directly over as they are landing or taking off.  

The airport is one of the busiest in Tennessee since it’s a flight training facility for Middle Tennessee State University and Murfreesboro aviation students.  

“Besides what people see on the ground as far as airport facilities, there’s a lot of airspace around there that’s protected by the Federal Aviation Administration, and it’s something that you can’t see, but it’s an area that we watch over,” airport manager Chad Gehrke said.  “We survey it every year to make sure that airspace is clear to protect the airports, the pilots that come in and out and the people on the ground as well.”  

Bill Green said a neighbor who witnessed the plane go down told him what happened.  

“The lady talked to the pilot after they got him out and he told her that his engine just lost power while he was taking off. He lost power. I’m assuming the engine quit and he could not do nothing but go down and landed in that thicket over there.”    

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash to determine what caused it to go down.    

An aviation recovery team spent Monday carefully removing the wrecked plane that went down in Murfreesboro Sunday from a thick tree line.  

Crews AMF Aviation, based at the Springfield-Robertson County Airport, spent Monday removing the plane from a wooded area next to Northfield Lodge Apartments.  

Parts of the plane had to be cut to be removed, while other parts had to be preserved so the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board can conduct their investigation as to what happened.   

“Our responsibility is to assist the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board in accident investigations in that we show up with the men and equipment to facilitate the removal of the aircraft,” said AMF Aviation employee Chris Ferraraccio.  “This one, in particular, was pretty straightforward not very difficult. We had very good access to it, we were able to get the vehicles very close. The brush was really not that thick we didn’t have to use any special equipment to extricate this aircraft.”

The plane will be taken to the aircraft recovery team facilities in Springfield where the Federal Aviation Administration will finish their investigation.  

The aircraft recovery team said they respond to about 60-plus plane crashes a year.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

No one cares commenting about enforcing speeding as a DUI for cars which would save countless lives because dying in car crashes is just an accepted random noise due to its frequency... but god forbid a small plane crashes so rarely as to be a county wide event and everyone including their grandma gives an opinion devoid of facts or true realities of the statistics.

We have to prevent the NIMBY populace from invading airports' safety areas. Then we get ignoramuses about GA yapping how much planes are dangerous and the airport needs to shut down or not have much traffic yada yada yada...

An ounce of preventing would go a long ways towards ensuring GA airports are left alone. I suggest having a no-housing zone at least as far as any engine out forced landing wouldn't be seen or heard by the people around the airport. If perception is reality we need to address the perception part by making sure idiots with something to say never hear or see it.

Anonymous said...

He stalled it during landing.

"10/28 1710Z (1210 local): A Be35 was “substantially” damaged, whiles its solo pilot escaped with only “minor” injuries, when the Bonanza “crashed into trees during [its] landing approach” at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. N5624S (D-8168) was a 1966 V35 registered in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

(“Stall/spin during approach/landing”; “Aircraft destroyed”—an online aviation safety website reports the airplane crashed due to “apparent stall/spin conditions.” A local news report includes a photo in which the left wing of the Bonazna is clearly impaled upon a tree, but with no damage to the wing from its leading edge to that tree. It appears the airplane impacted the tree from the trailing edge, that is, the airplane was flat or the left wing was traveling rearward at the time of impact. From that photo I conclude the airplane will be written off. Yet another media report quotes the Murfreesboro airport manage:

The plane literally fell from the sky as none of the fence line around the airport was broken. In fact, the trees cushioned the falling Beechcraft as it was just feet from the airport's ten-foot tall barrier fence.

That last report differs from the FAA and other press accounts, saying the airplane was taking off at the time of the crash. The record, however, support that the Bonazna was concluding a roughly one-hour flight when it crashed.)"