Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jabiru J250, N207Y: Accident occurred October 16, 2018 in the Atlantic Ocean water near Daytona Beach Shores, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Daytona Beach Shores, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA018
Date & Time: 10/16/2018, 1445 EDT
Registration: N207Y
Aircraft: JABIRU 250
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 16, 2018, about 1445 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur -built Jabiru 250 , N207Y, was substantially damaged following a forced landing in the Atlantic Ocean water near Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that was destined for Spruce Creek Airport (7FL6), Daytona Beach, Florida and departed Jim Hamilton Owens Airport (CUB), Columbia, South Carolina about 1145.

The pilot reported that, while approaching 7FL6 from the northeast at 1,000 ft mean sea level (msl) the engine sputtered, then stopped. The propeller continued to windmill as he attempted to troubleshoot and start the engine utilizing the fuel boost pump, but it did not restart and eventually stopped wind milling once his speed dropped. He was forced to make a landing about 100 ft off the shore about 7 miles northeast of 7FL6. The airplane landed upright, flipped to the right, and saunk. The pilot stated he departed Hickory Regional Airport (HKY) Hickory, North Carolina and landed in CUB where the airplane was ordered a fuel topped -off with 12.9 gallons of fuel, for a total of 34 gallons onboard when he departed and resumed his flight to for 7FL6. He reported that all engine indications and performance appeared normal during the flight.

Several witnesses on the beach reported that they saw the airplane on approach. and reported that they did not hear the engine running operating and the propeller was not spinning when it landed in the water.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that itand the airplane was substantially damaged during the impact with the water. The right wing was broken in half and the airplane was almost fully submerged. About 3 1/2 gallons of aviation fuel was removed from the airplane.

According to FAA airworthiness and airplane maintenance records, the airplane was a two-place, externally braced high-wing airplane, that was equipped with tricycle landing gear, and a Jabiru 3300, 120 horsepower engine driving a Sensenich two-blade propeller.

At 1453, the weather conditions reported at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Daytona Beach, Florida, about 5 miles west of the accident site were at 1453 included wind from 080° at 12 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 3,400 ft, and scattered clouds at 4,000 ft,. temperature 31° C, dew point 26° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: JABIRU
Registration: N207Y
Model/Series: 250
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: 7FL6, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 26°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3400 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Columbia, SC (CUB)
Destination: Daytona Beach, FL (7FL6) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.173611, -80.978333 (est)

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. 

Original article ➤

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.

Original article ➤

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.”

Original article ➤

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