Saturday, May 25, 2019

Cessna TR182 Turbo Skylane RG, N6123T: Fatal accident occurred May 25, 2019 near McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI), Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Accident Number: ERA19FA179
Date & Time: 05/25/2019, 0923 EDT
Registration: N6123T
Aircraft: Cessna TR182
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 25, 2019, about 0923 eastern daylight time, a Cessna TR182, N6123T, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during a visual approach to McKinnon St Simons Island Airport (SSI), St Simons Island, Georgia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight was filed for the flight that originated from Savannah/Hilton Head Island Airport (SAV), Savannah, Georgia, about 0859.

According to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the flight was cleared by Jacksonville Approach Control at 0919 for the visual approach to runway 22 at SSI, and instructed to switch radio frequency to the SSI common traffic advisory frequency, which the pilot acknowledged. No further communications were received and radar contact was lost at 0923, when the airplane was about 5 miles northeast of SSI at an altitude of 1,300 feet mean sea level. That altitude and below is usually were Jacksonville Approach Control loses radar coverage in that area. A witness subsequently observed a fire in a wooded area of a sparsely populated section of residential development and notified law enforcement.

The wreckage came to rest nose down in an approximate 3-ft crater, oriented about a heading of 210° magnetic and most of it was consumed by postcrash fire. No debris path was observed, with the exception of two tree strikes immediately above the wreckage. The engine and forward fuselage remained in the crater. The landing gear was partially extended; however, the preimpact position of the landing gear could not be confirmed. The left wing was folded inverted near the crater. The left flap remained attached and was partially melted. The left aileron had partially separated and melted. The right wing sustained more fire and impact damage than the left wing. The right flap separated and sustained impact and thermal damage. The right aileron partially separated and also sustained impact and thermal damage. Measurement of the flap actuator corresponded to a flaps retracted position. The left elevator separated and the right elevator melted near the elevator trim jackscrew. Measurement of the jackscrew corresponded to a 20° tab up (nose down) elevator trim position. The rudder separated and was fragmented. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the elevator and rudder bellcranks to the cabin area. Continuity was confirmed from the left aileron to the left wing root and control cables from the right wing were also identified but had been partially consumed by fire.

The engine was recovered from the crater and separated from the airframe for examination. The propeller had separated from the engine and was also recovered from the crater. One propeller blade exhibited s-bending and leading edge gouges. Another propeller blade exhibited tip curling and bending, while the third propeller blade sustained a tip separation. The valve covers and top spark plugs were removed from the engine; the spark plug electrodes were intact and gray in color. The rear engine accessories were also removed. The single-drive dual magneto sustained impact damage and could not be tested. The engine driven fuel pump and propeller governor also sustained impact damage and could not be tested. The fuel strainer screen was recovered and no debris in the screen was observed. The carburetor sustained impact damage; its float was removed and it had also sustained impact damage. The front section of the engine had sustained impact damage and the crankshaft could not be rotated by hand via an accessory gear drive; however, borescope examination of all six cylinders did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions.

The four-seat, high-wing, retractable tricycle landing gear airplane, was manufactured in 1982. It was powered by a Lycoming O-540, 235-hp engine equipped with a three-blade, constant-speed, Hartzell propeller. A turbocharger was subsequently installed via supplemental type certificate.

The pilot, age 80, held a commercial pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate, with a rating for airplane single-engine and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on March 1, 2017. At that time, the pilot reported a total flight experience of 4,600 hours. The pilot also had a Basic Medical date of February 27, 2018.

The recorded weather at SSI, at 0853, was: wind from 260° at 10; visibility 10 miles; clear sky; temperature 27° C; dew point 17° C; altimeter 30.15 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6123T
Model/Series: TR182 No Series
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SSI, 18 ft msl
Observation Time: 0853 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Savannah, GA (SAV)
Destination: St. Simons Isla, GA (SSI)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage:Destroyed 
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  31.232500, -81.354722

In Memoriam: Roger H. Crane
SER-GA-122 – Group IV

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of a fellow CAP member, Capt Roger H. Crane, SER GA-122. Capt Crane joined CAP in March 2007 and is a well-known, highly regarded pilot and certified flight instructor. He and his wife, Dolly, have their home in Bluffton, South Carolina.

He was involved in a single-aircraft crash in St. Simons Island, Georgia, on 25 May 2019. He was engaged in a private flight in his personally owned Cessna 182 when it went down in a wooded area on the northern part of the island at approximately 0925.

The FAA and NTSB are currently investigating the incident, along with authorities in Glynn County, Georgia. Please be advised that this was not a CAP mission.

People who know Capt Crane commented on his love of flying and his dedication to aviation excellence. He was an outstanding mentor to many members of this organization. Capt Crane holds an extensive number of CAP qualifications, including mission pilot, transport mission pilot, mission check pilot, instructor pilot, orientation pilot and instrument pilot. He is also a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFI-I). He also has served as Logistics Officer, Operations Officer, and Standardization/Evaluation Officer for GA-122.

We ask that you keep Capt Crane’s family, friends, and CAP colleagues in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Andrea Van Buren
Commander at Georgia Wing, Civil Air Patrol

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia - UPDATE 5/26/2019, 3:12 P.M.: The Glynn County Police Department said the pilot who died in a plane crash on St. Simons Island Saturday was 80-year-old Roger Crane from Bluffton, South Carolina.

Though the Cessna 182 single engine airplane has can carry up to four passengers, officials believe Crane was the only person on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board is at the crash site and has taken over the investigation of the crash.

Original Story:

A pilot was killed after a small plane crashed in a wooded area north of the airport on St. Simons Island, according to police.

The plane was flying from Savannah to McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport. Fire rescue was called just before 9:30 a.m. after neighbors reported seeing it go down.

Police say firefighters found the Cessna 182 engulfed in flames. When they got the fire out, they found the pilot – the only person on the plane – dead.

Investigators took Action News Jax's Brittney Donovan to the crash site off Sinclair Plantation Drive.

Parts of the plane were tangled in tree branches, much of it unrecognizable.

Original article ➤

GLYNN COUNTY, Georgia  — Investigators have identified the pilot killed in Saturday's plane crash that happened on Saint Simons Island.

Roger Crane, 80, from Bluffton, SC, died after the Cessna 182 airplane he was flying crashed off Lawrence Road on the north end of Saint Simons Island, according to the Glynn County Police Department.

Glynn County Fire and police responded to the scene at around 9:25 a.m. When they arrived they saw a heavy fire off Sinclair Plantation Road. Once the fire was extinguished, authorities were able to determine that a plane crash occurred.

Before the crash, police say the plane departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and was en route to the McKinnon-Saint Simons Island Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that four people were on board at the time of the crash, but police say Crane was the only person on the plane, though the plane is designed to carry four people.

Investigators from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Original article ➤

Glynn County Police have identified the pilot of a single-engine Cessna plane that crashed on the north end of St. Simon’s Island Saturday morning as 80-year-old Roger Crane of Bluffton.

Glynn County Police Department confirmed that the Crane was the sole occupant of the plane and died in the crash.

Around 9:30 AM, authorities and fire personnel responded to reports of a Cessna C182 that crashed into a wooded area off of Sinclair Plantation Road. The FAA says the airplane was traveling from Savanna/ Hilton Head International Airport to the McKinnon- Saint Simons Island.

“Although the plane is designed for 4 passengers, we have no information that leads us to believe that anyone was present on the plane besides the pilot,” said Brian Scott with Glynn County Police.

According to authorities, no homes or bystanders were impacted.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤

A plane carrying four people has crashed on the north end of St. Simons Island, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

There is no word on the identity or status of the passengers at this time.

According to the Glenn County Police Department, rescue personnel responded to a wooded area off Lawrence Road on the North end of Saint Simons Island in response to reports of a plane crash. 

Officials say that the Cessna TR182 Turbo Skylane RG was due to land around 9:25 a.m. at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport from Savannah but the plane never made it there.

Police say that the plane was not based at the Saint Simons Island Airport and that there are no homes or bystanders affected by the incident.

First Coast News was able to identify a plane that filed a similar flight plan out of Savannah headed for arrival at St. Simons Island Airport during that timeframe. According to flight records, that aircraft showed a cruising altitude of 3,900 ft. before taking a sharp dive in a matter of minutes to 1,600 ft before losing communication. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been made aware of the crash.

Coast Guard Mayport is not assisting.

Official Statement from the FAA:

"A Cessna C182 aircraft crashed at McKinnon St Simons Island Airport in Brunswick, Ga., about 9:30 a.m. today. Check with local authorities for information about the condition of the four people on board. The aircraft took off from Savannah International Airport. The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the probable cause of the accident"

A media briefing on the crash is scheduled for 2 p.m. today and First Coast News will stream it live on our website and our Facebook page.

Malcolm McKinnon Airport is a county-owned public-use airport located five miles east of the central business district of Brunswick, a city in Glynn County..

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Nothing makes any sense here. It looks like it was under a controlled decent???

    Hopefully some experienced pilots can chime in on this one.

  2. Experienced FAA and NTSB investigators are on it.

    Preliminary and final report in time.

  3. Yep, you will see lot's more basic med folks getting into trouble. Not because of their medical condition as much as them being away from flying for some time. CFI's, please do not endorse a flight review until you have at least 5 hours dual given if your applicant has been away for a while. You might just save innocent lives.

  4. That was not the case with this pilot. He was active in CAP and flew regularly.