Monday, January 14, 2019

Beech A36, N100JB: Fatal accident occurred January 07, 2019 near Colusa County Airport (O08), California

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Colusa, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA058
Date & Time: 01/07/2019, 1050 PST
Registration: N100JB
Aircraft: Beech A36
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 7, 2019, about 1050 Pacific standard time, a Beech A36 airplane, N100JB, collided with terrain about 2 miles south of the Colusa County Airport (O08), Colusa, California. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Chalk Hill Consulting Group LLC, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument and visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area and an instrument flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for Palo Alto, California.

A witness located at O08 reported that he saw the airplane taxi out and heard the pilot announce his departure from runway 13 on the airport's common traffic advisory frequency. The witness estimated that at that time, the cloud ceiling was about 500 ft above ground level with visibility of about 1 nm. Preliminary information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the airplane departed O08 on a southwesterly heading. As the airplane ascended through about 1,000 ft mean sea level, a right turn was initiated followed by a rapid descent until radar contact was lost.

Examination of the accident site by local law enforcement revealed that the airplane impacted a water irrigation pond. The airplane wreckage, which was mostly submerged within about 5 ft of water, was subsequently recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N100JB
Model/Series: A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Jeffrey Webber
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYV, 62 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7500 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Colusa, CA (O08)
Destination: Palo Alto, CA

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: 39.153056, -122.020000 (est)

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A Healdsburg man was piloting a plane when it crashed into a pond in rural Colusa County on Monday, killing him and his passenger.

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office said it found the bodies of Jeffrey Webber, 66, of Healdsburg, and Lionel Robin, 71, of Arnaudville, Louisiana, amid the wreckage. The small private plane was headed for Sonoma County, authorities said.

Deputies, an air squadron and a dive team responded to a 12:15 p.m. report from federal aviation officials that a plane carrying two passengers and a dog had crashed about 2½ miles south of Colusa. The plane had taken off from the Colusa County Airport about an hour earlier and was headed for the Healdsburg Municipal Airport, Assistant Sheriff Jim Saso said. It wasn’t clear exactly what time the plane crashed, or what caused its “steep” descent, he said.

Visibility was low around the time of the crash, said Greg Hinton, airport operations director.

Webber was piloting the plane, which didn’t issue a distress call, Saso said.

The two men were “best friends” who went hunting together, he said. Robin was a Cajun chef who in 2002 was named one of the Star Chefs for the James Beard Foundation, according to foundation records and his obituary.

Drake Fusaro, a fishing and hunting guide in the Butte Sink area, said Robin was in California to go duck hunting with Webber. The two had spent Saturday and Sunday duck hunting with Fusaro and various members of Webber’s family. He said Webber was a frequent customer of his and he had known him for years.

“He was a very special individual. He was always very energetic and he was there to have a good time,” Fusaro said.

In contrast to many duck hunters, he said, for Webber “it wasn’t about the kill or the quantity; it was about being out in the outdoors doing something that you love and spending time with the people who were there with us in the blind.”

He said Webber loved to joke and tell stories, and would do accents and impressions.

“That was the first thing that popped into my head when I heard the news, was I won’t get to hear his jokes anymore,” Fusaro said.

A brother of Webber’s reached by phone Wednesday said the family is preparing an obituary and had no further comment.

Sherbin Collette, the mayor of Henderson, Louisiana, said he was a close friend of Robin’s since grade school. He said Robin was a generous and kind-hearted man who had a passion for hunting and valued the companionship of his dog, Max.

It’s unclear whether the dog was the same one on the plane. That dog was found badly injured on a nearby road, was turned over to a veterinarian in Yuba City and is expected to survive, Saso said.

“I never talked to anybody in my life that said anything bad against him. He was that kind of man,” Collette said. “I told him a lot of times, I said, ‘Lionel, we should have more people on Earth like you.’”

Webber is listed as the manager of Healdsburg-based Chalk Hill Consulting Group, according to state records. The management consulting services group is listed as the registered owner of the 1984 fixed-wing, single- engine plane that crashed, according to FAA records.

Saso said the FAA and National Traffic Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash. Neither agency responded to requests from the Sheriff’s Office and the wreckage remains in the pond, Saso said.

Amid short staffing during the ongoing government shutdown, the FAA was unable to provide details on the crash, a spokesman said.

The official cause of death hasn’t been released for the two men, Saso said.

Original article ➤

Funeral arrangements are being finalized for Lionel Robin, an iconic Acadiana chef who died Monday in a California plane crash during a hunting trip.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cecilia, according to Robin's obituary on the Pellerin Funeral Homes website.

Visitation times, as well as the time and date of the Mass and interment, are still pending.

The Rev. Michael Delcambre will be the celebrant of the funeral Mass and conduct the funeral services. Con-celebrants will be the Rev. Gregory Cormier and the Rev. Flo Calais. 

Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Cecilia. 

Robin, 70, and his friend Jeffery Thomas Webber, 66, of Healdsburg, California, died after a private passenger plane crashed near a flooded rice field about 65 miles northwest of Sacramento in the Central Valley region of California.

A dog named George is believed to be the only other passenger who was on the aircraft at the time of the incident. George survived but was seriously injured.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board.

As officials sort through the murky wreckage in California, one thing is clear in Louisiana:

Robin leaves behind a legacy.

"The Robin name will never be forgotten in this town," said Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette said. "I can promise you that. The Robin name will never die in the town of Henderson."

Robin is remembered in his obituary for living in the moment and being the life of the party.

Original article can be found here ➤

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