Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu, N307JM: Fatal accident occurred December 20, 2018 in Atlantic Ocean near Mayport, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

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


Location: Mayport, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA072
Date & Time: 12/20/2018, 0904 EST
Registration: N307JM
Aircraft: Piper PA46
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 20, 2018, about 0904 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-46-350P, N307JM, impacted the Atlantic Ocean near Mayport, Florida. The private pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and the flight was operating on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The personal flight originated from Kissimmee Gateway Airport, Orlando, Florida, about 0821, and was destined for Princeton Airport, Princeton/Rocky Hill, NJ.

According to preliminary air traffic control radar and voice data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), at 0859:02, one of the airplane's occupants contacted the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZJX ARTCC) R-73 sector controller and reported passing through Flight Level (FL) 220 for FL230. The controller advised the pilot there were moderate and some heavy precipitation along the route of flight extending for 200 nautical miles. The occupant acknowledged the controller and advised they would be watching the weather. FAA radar data indicated at 0900:22 the flight reached FL227. Preliminary review of weather data revealed that this altitude was above the freezing level, and at that time the flight entered an area of weather radar returns with intensities between 10 to 30 dBZ (which equated to light to moderate precipitation). While in the weather radar-indicated precipitation, the flight climbed to FL230.At 0902:14, while at the edge of the precipitation, the airplane started a slight left turn before entering a right turn at 0902:28 at FL226. The turn had not been directed by the controller or announced by either occupant. Between 0902:28 and 0903:10, the airplane descended from FL226 to FL202.

At 0903:10, the airplane was descending through FL202 when the controller attempted to contact the flight, but there was no reply. The controller attempted to communicate with the flight several more times, and at 0903:27 in response to one attempt, while at 14,500 feet mean sea level (msl), an occupant advised, "were not ok we need help." The controller asked the pilot if he was declaring an emergency and "whats going on." At 0903:35, while at 12,600 feet msl an occupant stated, "I'm not sure whats happening", followed by, "I have anti-ice and everything." At 0903:40 the controller asked the flight if it could maintain altitude, an occupant responded that they could not maintain altitude. The controller provided vectors to a nearby airport west of their position, but the flight did not reply to that transmission or a subsequent query. At about 0904:32 (which was the last communication from the airplane), while at 3,300 feet msl, an occupant advised the controller that the airplane was inverted and asked for assistance. The last radar recorded position with altitude read-out of the flight was at 0904:40, at an altitude of 1,700 feet msl, and 30.40069° north latitude and -81.3844° west longitude.

The U.S. Coast Guard initiated a search for the missing airplane, but the wreckage was not located and the search was suspended on December 22, 2018. A privately-funded search for the airplane was initiated and the wreckage was located and recovered on February 6, 2019. The recovered wreckage was retained for further investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N307JM
Model/Series: PA46 350P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: NRB, 15 ft msl
Observation Time: 0852 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Orlando, FL (ISM)
Destination: Princeton, NJ (39N)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 30.400556, -81.384444

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.

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.

Anonymous said...

I believe they found the plane.

Anonymous said...

There is this thing called "weather report" and "weather forecast", they are free for the asking and have been known to prevent incidents like this.
I had rather be on the ground wishing I was up there than up there wishing I were on the ground. Once in that crap distress calls and plea's for help from ATC are pretty much useless when aircraft control is lost.