Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Birdstrike: CSA SportCruiser, N564SC: Fatal accident occurred December 22, 2018 in Naples, Collier County, Florida

Due to the accident, the pilot succumbed to his injuries on January 23rd, 2019, which was thirty-one (31) days after the accident occurred. This case was assigned just after the National Transportation Safety Board resumed operations from the government shutdown.


Stony Grey Stafford 
August 26th, 1947 ~ January 23rd, 2019 (age 71) 

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


Additional Participating Entity:

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

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N564SC



Location: Naples, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA091
Date & Time: 12/22/2018, 1330 EST
Registration: N564SC
Aircraft: Czech Sport SPORTCRUISER
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 22, 2018, around 1330 eastern standard time, a Czech Sport Sportcruiser, N564SC, was substantially damaged after it impacted trees following a bird strike near Naples, Florida. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and the pilot-rated-passenger sustained minor injuries. The private pilot succumbed to his injuries on January 23, 2019. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Naples, Florida, around 1315. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot-rated-passenger, after fueling the airplane to 20 gallons, he and the pilot departed the airport. They proceeded to climb to 2,500 ft above ground level, and about 25 miles east of APF, the airplane struck a large bird. The engine continued to operate for about 2 minutes, until the "low fuel" warning indicator illuminated, and then the engine stopped producing power. The pilot declared an emergency and elected to perform a forced landing on a road. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a road sign and several large trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

An examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and wings were impact damaged during the accident sequence. The nose wheel fairing and the underside of the engine cowling revealed evidence of a bird strike. Examination of the carburetor revealed that the butterfly valve operated without anomaly, however, fuel was leaking from the assembly. Examination of the engine could not differentiate the damage that resulted from the bird strike versus the collision during the landing. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/05/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/10/2017
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Czech Sport
Registration: N564SC
Model/Series: SPORTCRUISER No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: C0524
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: Jrs Flying Club Llc
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: Jrs Flying Club Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: APF, 9 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 267°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Naples, FL (APF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 EST
Type of Airspace: Unknown

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 26.166944, -81.516111 (est)

Stony Grey Stafford, 71, from West Park, FL, passed away peacefully on January 23rd, 2019. He was under the care of Hope Hospice, in Cape Coral, FL, and attended to by his loving family.

Stony was born August 26th, 1947, in High Point, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mamie Stafford; sister Debbie; brothers Butch, Johnny and Sonny.

He is survived by his wife Donna; daughter Cristal; sons Lee and Daniel; daughter-in-laws Lauren and Angie; son-in-law Mathias; grandchildren Seth, Kallen, Dane, Connor, Sanibella, Calla and Benny Grey; sister-in-law Bessie; niece Wendy; nephews Kelly and Kevin; great nieces Mandy and Micheala.

Stony was an auto mechanic by trade and started his career at Cadillac. Stony even owned his own auto mechanic business, Stony’s Auto Air, for over 25 years. He spent his entire adult life working as an auto mechanic. He retired at the very young age of 55. Stony enjoyed fixing everything from cars, planes and homes to baby strollers.

Stony’s true passion was flying. He received his pilot’s license at the young age of 18. He was an avid aviator. Stony spent over 53 years enjoying this passion. He enjoyed going to the airport and hanging out, lending a helping hand to a fellow pilot, attending airshows, and making hundreds of flights. Most of all he enjoyed daytrips with his flying partner and friend, Rick, who was with him on his very last flight.

Stony was a Husband, Father, Papa, Brother, Uncle, Pilot and Friend to all. Stony’s favorite title was Papa. His 7 grandchildren were the light in his life. He always had a picture or story to share about them. His helping hand and magical smile will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of loving and knowing him.

The family suggests any donations be made to Hope Hospice at HopeHCS.org.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Fred Hunter’s, in Hollywood, FL. Condolences may be shared with the family at fullermetz.com. A service of remembrance will be held at Fred Hunter’s, in Hollywood, FL, on Saturday, February 9th at 3:00pm. Located at 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL, 33024, 954-989-1550.


Location: Naples, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA091
Date & Time: 12/22/2018, 1330 EST
Registration: N564SC
Aircraft: Czech Sport SPORTCRUISER
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 22, 2018, around 1330 eastern standard time, a Czech Sport Sportcruiser, N564SC, was substantially damaged after it impacted trees following a bird strike near Naples, Florida. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and the pilot-rated-passenger sustained minor injuries. The private pilot succumbed to his injuries on January 23, 2019. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Naples, Florida, around 1315. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot-rated-passenger, after fueling the airplane to 20 gallons, he and the pilot departed the airport. They proceeded to climb to 2,500 ft above ground level, and about 25 miles east of APF, the airplane struck a large bird. The engine continued to operate for about 2 minutes, until the "low fuel" warning indicator illuminated, and then the engine stopped producing power. The pilot declared an emergency and elected to perform a forced landing to road. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a road sign and several large trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

An examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and wings were impact damaged during the accident sequence. Examination of the nose wheel faring on the underside of the engine cowling revealed evidence of a bird strike. The propeller separated from the engine, however, the blades were not damaged. Examination of the carburetor revealed that the butterfly valve operated without anomaly, however, fuel was leaking from the assembly.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Czech Sport
Registration: N564SC
Model/Series: SPORTCRUISER No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Jrs Flying Club LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: APF, 9 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Naples, FL (APF)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 26.166944, -81.516111 (est)



A flying club from Hallandale Beach owns the small plane that crashed in Golden Gate Estates on Saturday, injuring one person, according to Federal Aviation Agency data collected by Aviation Database.

JRS Flying Club LLC is the registered owner of the single-engine Czech Sport Aircraft. Attempts to reach the club Sunday were unsuccessful.

The plane flew to Naples Airport from Hollywood on Saturday morning, according to Flightradar24, a website that tracks aircraft paths. The plane takes many day trips from Hollywood to small airports in South Florida, its flight history shows.

The plane, with two people aboard, crashed at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of 32nd Avenue, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. One person was taken to the hospital. No update on that person's condition was available Sunday.

The small craft left Naples Airport less than 15 minutes earlier. The plane took an abrupt left turn moments before crashing. Previous flights from Naples to Hollywood did not have the 90-degree turn, Flightradar24 showed.

Before Saturday, the last time the plane was in Naples was Dec. 8.

Matthew Roberts, a flight instructor based in the United Kingdom, said he saw a distress signal from the plane on Flightradar24.

"As soon as he realized he had a problem, he squawked 7700 and turned to the left," Roberts said.

Pilots sometimes will issue the universal distress code 7700 if there is a medical emergency on board, Roberts said.

"It's not very often that you actually see them end in a crash," he said.

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

Update: Only one person transported to the hospital. The second occupant refused treatment. 

Deputies have responded to a small plane crash in the 3000 block of 32nd Ave SE near Everglades Blvd S. The report came in just after 1:30 p.m. today.

The plane had two people on board, both are being transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Collier County Sheriff's Office

Collier County deputies responded to a small plane crash at the 3000 block of 32nd Ave SE near Everglades Blvd S. Saturday afternoon.


The sheriff’s office said the report came in just after 1:30 p.m.


The plane had two people on board, one person on board is reported injured. The sheriff’s office said it does not have the extent of injuries, but one person was taken to a hospital by medflight.


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

1 comment:

  1. This guy overflew I75, which has little traffic, and could have easily made a 3 mile long test rack that runs N-S. Instead he heads for a neighborhood that has many power lines crossing the street.
    Also, he as flying just south of I75 where a former development is being returned to the Everglades but the numerous streets still remain but without the power lines. It has not been flooded yet.

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