Monday, November 12, 2018

Rockwell Aero Commander 690C Jetprop 840, N840JC: Accident occurred November 12, 2018 near Myrtle Beach International Airport (KMYR), Horry County, South Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Accident Number: ERA19LA043
Date & Time: 11/12/2018, 1415 EST
Registration: N840JC
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 690
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 12, 2018, about 1415 eastern standard time, a Gulfstream American (Aero Commander) 690C, N840JC, sustained substantial damage when it collided with terrain during an approach to landing at the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Greater Cumberland Regional Airport (CBE), Cumberland, Maryland.

According to the pilot, he was following radar vectors for the downwind leg of the traffic pattern to runway 36 at MYR. He turned for final approach and was inside the outer marker, when he encountered heavy turbulence. As he continued the approach, he described what he believed to be a microburst and the airplane started to descend rapidly. The pilot added full power in an attempt to climb, but the airplane continued to descend until it collided with the Atlantic Ocean 1 mile from the approach end of runway 36.

A review of pictures of the wreckage provided by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the cockpit section of the airplane was broken away from the fuselage during the impact sequence.

At 1456, the weather recorded at MYR, included broken clouds at 6,000 ft, few clouds at 3,500 ft and wind from 010° at 8 knots. The temperature was 14°C, and the dew point was 9°C. The altimeter setting was 30.27 inches of mercury.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N840JC
Model/Series: 690 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: C&C Flying Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYR, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1456 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Cumberland, MD (CBE)
Destination: Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 33.643611, -78.919444 (est)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Fire Department responded after a Gulfstream 690C Turbo Commander crashed into the ocean near Springmaid Pier, according to Lt. Jonathan Evans with Myrtle Beach Fire.

Only one person was inside the plane at the time of the crash, Evans said. Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue Chief Tom Gwyer said a good Samaritan pulled the pilot out of the plane and brought the person to shore.

That Good Samaritan spoke with WMBF News about the incident.

21-year-old Brady didn’t want to reveal his last name or show his face because he didn’t want the attention on himself.

He says he was walking along the beach, watching planes go by as he does frequently since he’s an aviation fan trying to get his pilot's license.

Brady was on the phone with his brother as the plane crashed into the ocean. He then called 911.

“After I got off the phone with 911, I just went into the water and started to go and swim towards it," Brady said.

By the time Brady got to the plane, the water was just above his head.

“I was just like, ‘Hey man, don’t worry. You’re going to be alright sir,’ and stuff like that,” Brady said. "‘I’m going to get you out.’”

Brady then brought the pilot to shore with the help of another Good Samaritan: a hotel employee. Brady says he helped significantly.

“He did all that he could’ve done. So I’m thankful he was there, because it would’ve been extra hard for me to get him on land without him there," Brady said.

Brady had the chance to meet with the pilot at Grand Strand Medical Center.

According to Gwyer, the pilot is in critical condition.

Brady said he spoke briefly with the pilot, and the pilot thanked him for saving him.

No word on why the plane went down.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small airplane went down into the ocean off the shores of Myrtle Beach Monday afternoon, causing a short delay for flights leaving Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Myrtle Beach and Horry County rescue crews worked the scene near the Springmaid Pier and close to the Myrtle Beach State Park. The FAA announced after 2:20 p.m. that all departing flights would be held at gate for an expected 15 minutes or less. Departing planes had the same warning.

Kirk Lovell, spokesperson for the airport, said that he does not know if the plane was arriving or departing from the Myrtle Beach airport.

The pilot of the plane was the only person on board, said Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Tom Gwyer. The pilot made it to the beach, but was taken to the hospital, Myrtle Beach police said.

The plane was trying to land at Myrtle Beach International Airport, but “obviously something went wrong,” Gwyer said.

A good Samaritan saved the pilot from the small plane, and the pilot is currently in critical condition at a local hospital, he said.

The pilot was responsive when rescuers got to the scene. He told them no one else was on board during the crash, and rescue swimmers with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department surveyed the wreckage in the surf, Gwyer said.

Original article ➤

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WNCN) - A small plane has crashed near a pier in Myrtle Beach on Monday afternoon, reports indicate.

The incident happened near Springmaid Pier with the plane ending up in the surf.

Myrtle Beach Fire Water Rescue teams are headed to the scene.

Initial reports indicate only the pilot was aboard the plane at the time.

Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue said that the pilot was safe on the beach after the crash.

Kirk Lovell, the Director of Air Service and Business Development at the Myrtle Beach airport, said a general aviation aircraft is down in the water and the number of people onboard is unknown.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Both props appear to be feathered. FlightAware shows the plane flying past the airport out over the ocean then turning north back towards the airport. I wonder if he ran out of fuel and was trying to maximize his glide but came up short. Lucky to be alive from the looks of the damage.

  2. Maybe Bob was flying another routine, and he misjudged the glide ratio... It looks pretty much like Anonymous described the scenario: Fuel exhaustion.

  3. Only one prop feathered, left side is full fine. Note the IFR conditions for approach. That’s a huge workload for a single pilot, engine out and IFR. Give the pilot some credit, he didn’t stall it in.
    It’s possible for fuel exhaustion, but only the fat report will conclude that.
    For you non pilots of complex turbine twins, I challenge you to try an IFR approach with an engine out on your simulator. Throw in the half dozen waning chimes, some turbulence and let’s see how well you do. My semi annual simulators for the 414 I fly are no fun given this scenario.

  4. The starboard prop was feathered and unbent leading me to believe it was not turning


  5. I looked on the NTSB website for the N number and it shows it was in a landing accident 3/23/2012, where the fuselage received a tear in the skin during landing in snow and ice and ran off the runway, nothing on this water landing, hope the pilot is OK, have not seen anything else on the pilots condition

  6. Update: 200 gallons of fuel were removed from the aircraft prior to salvage.

  7. That would be about right if he topped off before leaving Maryland.

    Maybe Daveyl can jump in here with some input.

  8. I thought in order to encounter a microburst, a thunderstorm has to be nearby causing severe downdrafts. Even so, how do you explain the feathered prop? Something sounds fishy.

  9. VAS on youtube has a video sequencing this event. Down by microburst.

    Note how the routine speculators are wrong, as usual.

  10. Just watched VAS’s video. What would explain the feathered prop though?

  11. Garret turbo props will go to feather position if the pilot does not deliberately put them on the starter locks on shutdown.
    Those of you who are suggesting there is some significance to the feathered props are a good example of a little knowledge.


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