Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jabiru J250, N207Y: Accident occurred October 16, 2018 off Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida

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

Landed in the ocean due to unknown circumstances.

Date: 16-OCT-18

Time: 18:34:00Z
Regis#: N207Y
Aircraft Model: JABIRU 250
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - The pilot rescued by Volusia County Beach Safety Tuesday afternoon was attempting to fly into the private Spruce Creek Airport when he crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off South Daytona Beach, marking the fourth incident this year involving small planes taking off from or landing at the private airport.

Sky 6 video showed lifeguards pulling a man from the wreckage and onto the shore. Volusia County Beach Safety officials said the pilot, Richard Goosman, was alert and clinging to the wing when lifeguards approached him.

"It was all hands on deck," Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Malphurs said.

The lifeguards involved in Tuesday's rescue are doing well, after a rescue unlike just about any other.

"You have to adjust," Malphurs said. "You don't know what the conditions are out there; you don't know if there's fuel in the water." 

Officials said Goosman told them that he was traveling from North Carolina and his plane ran out of fuel before the crash.

The pilot was flying to Spruce Creek Airport in Port Orange when the crash landing happened, according to Volusia Beach Safety officials.

The crash becomes the ninth incident in the last three years where News 6 has reported on crashes involving small planes heading to or traveling from the private airport community.

In July, bystanders pulled the pilot and passenger from a small plane that burst into flames in an area off the Spruce Creek runway. On May 22, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student was killed and an instructor was seriously injured in a crash. Two days later, an airplane went down near the fly-in, injuring the pilot, who suffered a head injury.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified of all crashes.

Florida Air Recovery was on the beach Wednesday examining the aircraft before taking it apart and towing it away. The plane is considered a total loss.

"It's done as soon as it touches salt water," Michael O'Shea, with Florida Air Recovery, said. 

The plane will be taken to Jacksonville where the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will continue the investigation. 

"We'll hold onto it throughout the whole investigation process and any litigation process that might occur," O'Shea said. 

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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Florida (WOFL FOX 35) - It was a stunning sight on Daytona Beach Shores as a plane plunged into the ocean. The plane was still there late Tuesday evening. 

The pilot who was flying it, 75-year-old Richard Goosman, is doing alright and says he crashed in the water around 2 p.m., to avoid all the people on the beach. 

“Actually a neighbor of mine and I were walking on the beach and I noticed the plane coming in very gracefully. She says he has no pontoons. About that time I said, ‘Well he’s crashing!’’ said witness Marcia Harden.

It was a graceful flight turned violent. 

“I hope those people got out.” 

Volusia County Beach Safety rushed into the ocean in Daytona Beach Shores to save the pilot inside. 

“It was straight in. Everyone goes oh my gosh, there's a plane in the water,” said witness Will Grider.

Goosman was flying south from North Carolina. He was the only person inside the small plane, which crashed into the ocean after officials say he ran out of fuel. 

“He was in shock obviously but he could talk to us,” said Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Tammy Malphurs.

Goosman was alert and conscious and not seriously hurt. He was taken to Halifax Hospital for good measure.

“It didn't really register until we ran down on the beach and we were like omg there's an airplane right in front of us,” said witness Dana Levey. 

Beach Safety officials say Goosman crashed in the water because there were so many people on the beach. They say it was a good thing he did. 

“It could have been disastrous,” said Capt. Malphurs.

The single-engine Jabiru 250 was brought to shore with a broken right wing. Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is registered as an "amateur built" kit model out of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The plane was built in 2005 and last certified to fly starting in 2014.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an aircraft recovery service Wednesday to pick up the plane. Then the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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A single-engine experimental plane with one occupant crashed into the ocean Tuesday off Daytona Beach Shores, officials said.

The pilot, Richard Goosman, 75, was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center by ambulance, said Capt. Tamra Malphurs of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

The incident occurred at 3333 S. Atlantic Ave., about two blocks north of the Dunlawton Boulevard approach, around 2:40 p.m.

The Jabiru 250, with a broken right wing, was brought to shore. The Federal Aviation Administration registry lists the owner as Richard Gooseman. The plane is registered as an “amateur built” kit model out of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The plane was built in 2005 and certified to fly since 2014.

The plane went down into the water about 60 to 100 feet off shore. Beach Safety personnel immediately started a water rescue, getting Goosman ashore, Malphurs said.

The National Transportation Safety Board requested an aircraft recovery, which will happen tomorrow upon which the aircraft will be inspected by the Federal Aviation Administration, Malphurs said.

Goosman was flying from North Carolina to the Spruce Creek Fly-in. He ran out of fuel and fell into the sea, Malphurs said.

“He was conscious and alert. He had no signs of any major injuries at the time and he was transported by ambulance,” Malphurs said.

One of the beach visitors, who jumped into the ocean to help the pilot, also was rescued because of exhaustion but declined to be transported to the hospital, officials said.

The splash in the ocean caught Ken Meldonian of Boca Raton, who was relaxing on the beach by surprise. The north current washed the plane close to where he was camped on the beach.

“We saw like a splash in the water. We didn’t know what it really was,” Meldonian said. “Me, I thought it was a bird or something. All of sudden we looked out and we saw wings coming up on both sides. Then I thought it was a sailboat. Then I realized it was an aircraft.”

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