Friday, November 9, 2018

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

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

Neubert Aero Corporation

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA070
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 08, 2018 in Homosassa, FL
Aircraft: Cessna T337, registration: N1ZR

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Landed gear up in a marsh.

Date: 08-NOV-18
Time: 13:35:00Z
Regis#: N1ZR
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T337G
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Pilot Tim Nubert, left, speaks with Citrus County Sheriff's Office personnel Thursday afternoon 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 Thursday afternoon 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!