Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu, N307JM: Fatal accident occurred December 20, 2018 off Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County, Florida

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.

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

Crashed into ocean due to unknown circumstances. 


Date: 20-DEC-18
Time: 14:10:00Z
Regis#: N307JM
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 46 350P
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Fifty-one-year-old Peter Renzulli and his son Daniel were flying home to Bridgewater, New Jersey, from a Disney vacation when their Piper PA-46-350P Malibu vanished December 20, 2018. 

A New Jersey businessman and his son have been identified as the pair on board a small private plane that vanished offshore in the Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra Beach area Thursday. They were flying home following a Disney vacation.

Peter Renzulli, 51, and his 18-year-old son, Daniel, of Bridgewater, N.J., are missing and feared dead.

Justin Marchetta, a Parsippany aviation attorney representing the family, said they were devastated to learn searchers couldn’t locate the missing father and son or their single engine Piper PA-46 Malibu.

“Peter and Daniel are accomplished pilots and their disappearance is heartbreaking,” Marchetta said on the family’s behalf. Peter Renzulli recently had completed 30 hours of advanced instruction in the Piper Malibu, he said.

U.S. Coast Guard crews using helicopters and vessels searched 1,400 square miles for 56 hours before announcing late Saturday it was suspending its efforts.

The aircraft had left Orlando about 9 a.m. Thursday en route for Princeton, N.J., according to Marchetta.

About 9:45 a.m. the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center notified Coast Guard 7th District watch-standers of an aircraft distress call from the plane as it rapidly lost altitude near Ponte Vedra Beach heading toward Jacksonville, officials said.

It was unknown whether Renzulli or his son was piloting the plane when it disappeared.

Renzulli was a certified public accountant and adjunct professor at Rutgers University. He also was a CNN commentator specializing in financial matters.


Update: The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed two people were on board the plane when it crashed.

The U.S. Coast Guard searched on the water and in the air throughout the day Thursday for those two people. The plane went down in the height of today's storms near the St. Johns River Inlet.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are working to determine the cause of the crash.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after receiving information Thursday regarding a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu plane crash, according to Sheriff Chuck Mulligan of the St. Johns Sheriff's Office.

The Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the Piper PA-46-350P Malibu plane before it crashed into the water near Ponte Vedra Beach shortly after 9 a.m.

This is about seven miles off the coast of Mickler Beach, authorities said. 

The U.S. Navy helicopter is currently flying over the area. 

St. Johns Fire and Rescue is also assisting.

Action News Jax has learned the plane is privately owned. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is not aware of how many passengers were on board and is currently investigating.

Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh said winds were approximately 40 miles per hour in that area at the time. 

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


Anonymous said...

FAA site claims N307JM owner is REED KENNETH L
Street 6466 SUDBURY DR

County DALLAS Zip Code 75214-2434

FlightAware track shows N307JM landed 20-december 2018 11:51 AM EST

Anonymous said...

The FAA operates on "Government Time" and are currently taking an extended vacation so maybe the paperwork of a recent purchase hasn't caught up with the plane ... I mean wreckage. The text above notes he had recently completed training in the plane ... Probably initial training as it referenced 30 hours.

If you are working on a conspiracy of some sort we would still like to hear it.

RIP father and son.

Anonymous said...

From the Flight Aware track it looks like things went south either right after they reached their filed cruise altitude, or right before.

Anonymous said...

Another tragedy that makes pilots like me try to understand what could have gone wrong in hopes to avoid similar outcomes with my own family. Hopefully the NTSB can make sense of the data. God bless the two souls on board.

The weather displayed on FlightAware looks poor with a line of thunderstorms just to the east and building to the west of their flight path.... https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N307JM

Assuming they were not in stable air, and the aircraft was indeed a PA-46-350P... The POH http://www.rebay.at/fliegen/manuals/pa46_350_manual.pdf designates a lower maneuvering speed (see below) than the 200kts ground speed indicated by FlightAware. Turbulence may have exceeded the structural capabilities of this aircraft.

Design Maneuvering Speed (VA) - Do
not make full or abrupt control movements above this speed.
At 4340 LBS. Gross Weight 133KIAS
At 2450 LBS. Gross Weight 100KIAS

Anonymous said...

Suggest you study up on the differences between Indicated Airspeed, Ground Speed, and True Airspeed.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I did think about the various speeds but did not articulate it well above. I calculated a 150 IAS, 201 TAS (201 GS in calm winds) using FL020 at -25 celsius (standard lapse rate). A strong tailwind boosting GS would debunk my theory. I was theorizing that a weak tailwind combined with a strong vertical gust would start to approach dangerous load levels on the aircraft.

Anonymous said...

^^^ I speak a little too quickly as well at times.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Malibu Mirage pilot with near 2300 hours. I suggest he encountered icing and the plane may have gone into a stall spin. Almost impossible pull out of the spin with ice build up. The airplane meant for FIKI, but just doesn't have the power in FLs to fly out of the icing if it builds up too fast. As a new Malibu pilot he probably was surprised by the planes performance.

Anonymous said...

Sad story. T-storms/turbulence and a PA46 Malibu is a bad combination. Not good in any aircraft but it sure seems like the Malibu comes apart more often than others.