Friday, November 9, 2018

Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster, N1ZR: Accident occurred November 08, 2018 in Homosassa, Citrus County, Florida

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Homosassa, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA070
Date & Time: 11/08/2018, 1000 EST
Registration: N1ZR
Aircraft: Cessna T337
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The solo, single engine rated pilot reported that, two days prior to the accident flight, the multi-engine airplane's fuel tanks were filled (123 gallons). During the taxi to the runway, the right main tire went flat. During recovery, the right main tire was placed on a dolly to move the airplane. The airplane fuel system was such that when one side of the airplane was raised, the fuel can transfer to the opposite tank which then forced fuel to be released out of the overflow vent.

The day of the accident, the pilot completed his preflight and confirmed the fuel quantity visually by checking both fuel gauges "green". While en-route, after about three-hours into the flight and about 17 miles from starting the approach to the destination airport, the rear engine lost power. Before attempting a restart, after verifying the correct engine to feather, the front engine also lost power. Unable to make the nearest airport, the pilot landed the airplane in a grass marsh with the landing gear retracted. During the landing, the airplane veered right about 90°, and the left wing impacted the terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/08/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/11/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1293 hours (Total, all aircraft), 51 hours (Total, this make and model), 51 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1ZR
Model/Series: T337 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: P3370275
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/21/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4700 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1879.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-NB16
Registered Owner: Neubert Aero Corp.
Rated Power: hp
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: KCGC, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1015 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 32°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Memphis, TN (MEM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Brooksville, FL (BKV)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:  CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.753333, -82.647222 (est)

Pilot Tim Nubert, left, speaks with Citrus County Sheriff's Office personnel on November 8th, 2018 following his safe return from where he had to ditch his Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster. He reported he ran out of fuel before putting the plane down in a swampy area off Mason Creek.
A Citrus County Sheriff's Office helicopter hovers over the site where a Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster made an emergency landing on November 8th, 2018 near Mason Creek in Homosassa. The pilot was uninjured in the incident. He reported to law enforcement that he was out of fuel at the time of the hard landing.

When Tim Nubert realized his plane didn’t have enough fuel to get him to a Brooksville airport Thursday afternoon, the Tampa man chose his next best landing strip: Homosassa marshlands.

Nubert said he was on track to land at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport from Memphis, Tennessee, when his  Cessna T337G Turbo Super Skymaster had a “fuel issue” midair, forcing him to look down toward the soft marshes surrounding Mason Creek.

Nubert was able to ease into a controllable rate of descent and landed in the marine grasslands, he said. 

When he did, the Cessna’s front propeller dug into the earth and rotated the plane to the left before the aircraft came to rest roughly a half-mile southwest of the Mason Creek public boat ramp at the end of South Mason Creek Road.

“It was textbook,” Nubert said. “I must have used 800 feet for landing.”

Responders with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Fire Rescue, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Nature Coast EMS’ Surface Water Rescue Team searched for and rescued Nubert, who was uninjured and refused medical treatment.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating what authorities are calling “an emergency landing,” and is allowing Nubert to remove his plane.

Tom Davis, with the Crystal River Airport, said there was no mayday call received by the airport prior to Nubert’s landing. Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport Manager Keven Daugherty also said his airport got no distress signal.

It took time for emergency crews to find Nubert’s plane after his plane was reported down a little after noon, and numerous rescue boats launched from the Riverhaven Marina and Mason Creek Boat Ramp to search for it.

A sheriff’s helicopter also took off to assist in the search for the downed plane, which it found and circled until boat crews reached Nubert, who was brought to the Mason Creek Boat Ramp by an FWC officer.

“It was a real soft landing,” Nubert told deputies and medics after he got ashore. “The tide worked for us.”

Sharol Lambert said she was kayaking in Mason Creek when she spotted a plane flying low and circling above her.

“He was way too close,” she said.

Lambert called the FWC Wildlife Hotline to report a dead dolphin she found nearby the Mason Creek boat ramp, and was surprised to see a quick response from FWC. She didn’t know the plane had been forced to land just moments earlier.

“I didn’t see or hear a crash,” she said.

After he was assessed by deputies and medics, Nubert took a ride to Brooksville — by land.

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Anonymous said...

What's the saying? Something about using your superior knowledge and judgement to avoid using you superior skills? Or something like that.

Anonymous said...

“Ran out of fuel” and “text book landing” should not be used in the same article.

Anonymous said...

I was flying instrument approaches at KOCF while JAX approach was coordinating the search for the 337. An aircraft on an IFR flight plan was directed to the area, found the plane in the marsh and took a low look for survivors. The 337 was intact but no passengers were outside the fuselage. Numerous pilots on frequency expressed concern for the passengers and the controller at JAX approach was excellent.
In the last 30 minutes of the 337’s flight, the pilot could have chosen any of 10 airports to refuel but ‘chose’ to risk a crash and lost. Really dumb but he wont be he last.

Anonymous said...

"Get there itis"...undefeated since man could fly!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like this was planned out for insurance payday! gear up in low tide passing many many distress, etc!