Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mooney M20C, privately owned and operated, N9667M: Fatal accident occurred October 23, 2018 at Woodbine Municipal Airport (KOBI), Cape May County, New Jersey

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Woodbine, NJ
Accident Number: ERA19FA023
Date & Time: 10/23/2018, 1400 EDT
Registration: N9667M
Aircraft: Mooney M20C
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 23, 2018, about 1400 eastern daylight time, a privately owned and operated Mooney M20C, N9667M, impacted the ground during the initial climb after takeoff from the Woodbine Municipal Airport (OBI), Woodbine, New Jersey. The commercial pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

A witness who was located at the airport's fuel terminal reported that the airplane taxied from the fueling location towards the approach end of runway 31; then he heard the engine rev-up to a high rpm and observed the airplane begin to takeoff. He watched the airplane become airborne and begin to climb until it reached an estimated 100 feet above runway 31. He noted the airplane was in a slight climb attitude and the landing gear retract when the airplane was between taxiways C and D, then diverted his attention. He then heard the sound of an impact by the windsock and called 911 to report the accident. He further reported that the engine sounded steady and constant with no abnormal sounds from the time when he first heard it until the impact.

A mechanic who maintained the airplane reported that he was inside a hangar at OBI when he heard the application of full takeoff power, followed by the sound of the impact. He indicated that the engine sound was steady prior to the impact. He subsequently responded to the accident site and he noted a small amount of smoke on the right side of the airplane's instrument panel. He also noted puddles of fuel on the ground with a "major puddle under the left wing."

Airport security video that captured the airplane just before the impact depicted the airplane in a nearly vertical nose-low, slight left wing low attitude with all landing gears extended. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N9667M
Model/Series: M20C NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Rumble, Wayne E
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: OBI, 41 ft msl
Observation Time: 1354 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Woodbine, NJ (OBI)
Destination: Woodbine, NJ (OBI) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  39.220556, -74.795833

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

Wayne Rumble
Wayne Rumble

RUMBLE, WAYNE E., - 85, of Palermo, NJ, on Tuesday Oct 23, 2018 passed away unexpectedly at Woodbine Airport doing what he loved best, flying is own airplane. Born in Ringtown, PA, Wayne was a proud veteran of the US Air Force & retired from IBM as a senior engineer, designing Air Traffic Control Systems. His love of flying continued for 71 years, with an impressive list of accomplishments. He was also currently employed by Woodbine Airport as the maintenance mgr & was 3 days from retirement.

Wayne’s passions were many, Round Dancing, gardening, his pets, his lunch dates with his pilot buddies, but most of all, his family. He will be so incredibly missed. Wayne was predeceased by his beloved wife of 48 years, Ruth & son Gary & parents Guy & Mellie Rumbel. He is survived by his beloved wife of 18 years, Eileen Krog Rumble, brother Kenneth (Carol), son Ron Rumble, 2 daughters Kathy (Joe) Ruffenach & Lori Kellenberger. Also, 9 grandchildren-Brian (Whitney) Rumble, Scott (Rachel) Rumble, David Ruffenach, Mark (Ashley) Ruffenach, Amy (fiancée Demetri) Ruffenach, Matthew & Alexander Rumble, Kristine Kellenberger & Melissa (David) Hanlon. He so loved his 5 great grandbabies Owen, Emily, Alexandra, Brooke, & Jacob, with the expected arrival of child #6 in Feb. 

All are welcome to attend Wayne’s visitation on Sunday evening Oct 28th from 6-8:30PM at GODFREY FUNERAL HOME OF PALERMO, 644 S Shore Rd, Palermo. Visitation will also be held on Monday morning Oct 29th from 9:30-11AM at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 11 E Dawes Ave, Somers Pt, NJ 08244 followed by his funeral service at 11AM. Interment will be at SEASIDE CEMETERY in Palermo. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by GRACE LUTHERN CHURCH (see above address) c/o Wayne E Rumble Memorial Fund or BEACON ANIMAL RESCUE, 701 Butter Rd, Ocean View, NJ 08230. Condolences may be left for the family at www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.

WOODBINE — An 85-year-old man with decades of pilot experience died in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon at the Woodbine Airport, State Police said.

State Police identified the man Tuesday night as Wayne Rumble, of the Marmora section of Upper Township.

Previous Press stories identify Rumble as the maintenance manager at the airport, a positioned he’d held since 1998. He had been a pilot since 1950 and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

The small, general aviation airport owned by the borough is used mainly for instructional purposes, Mayor Bill Pikolycky said. It houses 60 to 80 single-engine planes year-round.

The plane was a single-engine Mooney M20C fixed wing, State Police said. The wreckage will stay in place overnight.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The airport remains closed.

Marcello Mirabelli, of Ocean View, a pilot who has kept his plane at the Woodbine Airport for three years, said he arrived at the airport Tuesday with the intention to fly to Connecticut.

“I got here and I saw all the commotion, so I drove down there and I knew exactly who it was when I saw the plane,” Mirabelli said. “It’s just awful that this happened.”

In 2009, a 53-year-old father and his 12-year-old son were killed in a plane crash at the airport. The plane crashed 10 minutes after takeoff.

Original article ➤  https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

An 85-year-old man died when his small plane crashed near a runway at Woodbine Municipal Airport in Cape May County, State Police said. 

The Mooney M20C, which was piloted by Wayne Rumble of Marmora crashed during takeoff just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Rumble was the only person on board.

The plane was registered to Rumble, who was a certified commercial pilot and instructor, records show.

Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating what caused the aircraft to crash at the small airport. 

Original article can be found here ➤  https://www.nj.com

WOODBINE, New Jersey (WPVI) -- A pilot was killed when a small plane crashed on Tuesday afternoon in Cape May County, New Jersey.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Mooney M20C aircraft stalled during takeoff and crashed at the Woodbine Municipal Airport just after 2 p.m.

That pilot was the only person on board.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://6abc.com

An investigation is underway after a pilot was killed in a small plane crash in Woodbine, New Jersey. 

The Mooney M20C crashed on the runway at the Woodbine Municipal Airport at 2:03 p.m. Tuesday. 

The pilot, a man in his 80s, died in the crash. He was the only person on board. 

"It's very tragic," Marcello Mirabelli, another pilot, told NBC10. "We all knew him pretty well and it's always sad to see a fellow pilot go down." 

The plane that crashed is registered to a man from Upper Township, New Jersey. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are handling the investigation and working to determine what caused the crash. 

Original article ➤  https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com

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