Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cessna 182E Skylane, N3051Y: Fatal accident occurred February 12, 2019 in Maitland, Orange County, Florida

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

Aircraft crashed into lake. 

Golden Corner Flying Club

Date: 12-JUN-19

Time: 15:01:00Z
Regis#: N3051Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Daniel P. Boggs, Investigator In Charge

Stanley Alfred Rampey, MD

Two men from Seneca were killed in a plane crash Wednesday in Florida.

Police in Maitland, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, searched for the plane after it crashed into Lake Maitland around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The men have been identified as Stanley Rampey and Raymond Dodd, according to Mari Drechsel, an administrative assistant with the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office in Florida.

The Cessna 182E Skylane is owned by Golden Corner Flying Club of Seneca, according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration. 

"We're really in shock right now," said Auby Perry, the CEO of Golden Corner Flying Club. 

Perry said the pilot of the Cessna was a Golden Corner Flying Club member. The nonprofit club has three aircraft and 28 members. 

"It's been a rough day," he said. "I'm just devastated for everybody. It's really tough to lose close friends." 

Rampey was a doctor at Seneca Medical Associates, according to a press release from Prisma Health. In his 35-year career Rampey placed an emphasis on teaching up-and-coming doctors, going on to help found Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency, Seneca's first family medicine residency program, according to a statement from Prisma Health.

“Dr. Rampey was a pillar of this community for many years, delivering generations of babies at Oconee Memorial Hospital and seeing them throughout their life as a family medicine physician. He was available to patients day or night, never turning someone away if they needed care,” Dr. Saria Saccocio, chair of family medicine at Prisma Health–Upstate, said in a prepared statement.

“Dr. Rampey was also a teacher and mentor to numerous physicians, training them to deliver patient care with the highest quality standards, and he was a perpetual learner. He was the type of physician we all strive to be, and a great advocate for access to primary care for all.”

Debra Brown, one of Rampey's former employees, said she was heartbroken to hear of Rampey's death. Brown worked for Rampey from 1998 to 2004 at Seneca Medical Associates.

"He is a wonderful person and physician," Brown wrote in a message sent to The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail. "Such a kind Christian man who loved his patients and employees very much... At Seneca Medical everyone was family, even when we no longer worked there. He will truly be missed by all of us!"

According to flight-tracking website, the plane departed from Oconee County Regional Airport early Wednesday morning and landed at Orlando Executive Airport at around 9:30 a.m. 

The plane later left Orlando Executive Airport and was headed to Massey Ranch Airpark in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, when it crashed, according to an FAA spokesperson.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. 

FAA records show Rampey has had a private pilot certification since 2007. It is not clear if Dodd had certification.

Fuel problems may have preceded crash of Cessna 182E Skylane

A call about an aircraft crashing in water came in around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Maitland Police Department Public Information Officer Louis Grindle.

Orange County Fire Rescue's dive team, Maitland Fire Rescue and other first-responders had searched the lake for more than an hour without finding anything when efforts were temporarily halted due to lightning in the area.

The search resumed less than an hour later, which is when Grindle said divers found the plane and a body about 15 feet deep. The second person was found at about 5 p.m.

The crash is under investigation, but authorities have said already that fuel might have been an issue.

"We did receive information that the pilot did state that they were having fuel problems with the plane, but (we have) no other information other than that," Grindle said.

Witnesses said they saw the plane spiraling down into Lake Maitland. 

"Before you could even process what happened, the plane was under the water and so was the pilot," Fisher Omans said. "He kind of dusted these trees up here, and as the plane hit the water, he somersaulted once or twice." 

People nearby tried to help. 

"We saw the pilot come bop his head up for a second. It was minimal, but (by) the time the man in the other boat jumped in the boat to try to grab him, he was already sunk down; he was unconscious," Omans said.

Air traffic conversations from MCO and ORL towers

Air-traffic control recordings were reviewed by Robert Katz, a commercial air instructor who has previously helped analyze airplane crashes for The Greenville News.

Katz said the recordings show that the pilot was given four instructions, two on his approach into the Orlando airport and two upon his departure, reminding him to maintain certain heights and to be aware of lanes for larger aircraft.

In one of the recordings, an air traffic controller uses the word "immediately."

"This is extremely worrying and rarely happens," Katz said.

Katz said the air-traffic issues do not appear to be related to the potential fuel problems also mentioned in the recordings after departure. He said FAA investigators would likely look at two primary fuel issues: whether a fuel tank selector in the cockpit was switched to off rather than a secondary or third tank, and whether the airplane had run out of fuel.

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Daniel P. Boggs, Investigator In Charge

Two men were killed Wednesday after a plane crashed into an Orange County lake, according to Maitland police.

The victims were identified Thursday as Stanley Rampey, 67, and Raymond Dodd, 79. Both were from Seneca, South Carolina, investigators said.

Neighbors said they watched as the plane went down around 11 a.m. into Lake Maitland.

The FAA said the Cessna 182 left the Orlando Executive Airport headed for Massey Ranch Airpark in New Smyrna Beach. Police said both of the men on board, identified as Stanley Rampey, 67, and Raymond Dodd, 79, were both from Seneca, South Carolina.

Because of the bad weather Wednesday afternoon, the search was briefly called off. It was nine hours after witnesses reported the crash that the plane was finally pulled from the water.

Fisher Omans, of Oviedo, was on the lake at the time the plane went down.

"It looked like the pilot made a maneuver and hooked a U-turn to come towards the lake, and when he began to turn towards the lake, he hit the top of the trees, kind of dusted the trees," Omans said.

Cellphone video shows crews searching the lake before finding the wreckage in the early afternoon.

"We deployed some dive teams, as well, to search for the vessel and possibly any occupants of the vessel," said Lt. Louis Grindle, with the Maitland Police Department.

The pilot reported problems with his fuel soon after takeoff.  

Witnesses said they could hear the plane sputtering before it crashed.  

Lake Maitland is about 25 feet deep in some places, according to residents who live there.  

“You're talking about a large body of water. A plane has gone down. The recovery of the occupants is the most important, making sure there's no dangers like fuel," Grindle said.

This is the second plane to crash in the Maitland area in the last month.  

A small plane landed on the off-ramp to I-4 on May 17. No one was injured in that incident.  

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Anonymous said...

Looking at the fuselage I would think it was survivable if shoulder harnesses were worn.

Bad news. RIP guys.

Anonymous said...

Plane built in 1962 ... Harnesses not required. Several good/great STC's available for installation and installation is easy.
Not as exciting as upgraded avionics until you need them. Most bang for the buck on safety items.

Anonymous said...

I've seen Daniel P. Boggs a lot of times in interviews regarding Florida GA aircraft accidents, I wonder how many accidents can an NTSB investigator handle at once ?

Anonymous said...

My guess is that he only does the initial site investigation.

Just a guess.

Anonymous said...

"... how many accidents can an NTSB investigator handle at once?"

Of the 1500 or so aviation accidents investigated each year, roughly 225 to 250 are handled as field investigations. - Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, Chairman

The NTSB "Go Team"

Dan Boggs: The Go Team's immediate boss is the Investigator-in-Charge (IIC), a senior investigator with years of NTSB and industry experience. Each investigator is a specialist responsible for a clearly defined portion of the accident investigation.

The Working Group: Under direction of the Investigator-in-Charge, each of these NTSB investigators heads what is called a "working group" in one area of expertise. Each is, in effect, a subcommittee of the overall investigating team. The groups are staffed by representatives of the "parties" to the investigation - the Federal Aviation Administration, airframe and engine manufacturers, the airline, the pilots' and flight attendants' unions; etc.

Pilots: Pilots assist the operations group; manufacturers' experts, the structures, systems and power plants groups; etc.

Anonymous said...

The 182 is a great, safe airplane. Sad to see such a tragic accident.