Thursday, June 13, 2019

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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Maitland, FL
Accident Number: ERA19FA193
Date & Time: 06/12/2019, 1100 EDT
Registration: N3051Y
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 12, 2019, about 1100 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182E, N3051Y, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Maitland, Florida. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight destined for Massey Ranch Airpark (X50), New Smyrna, Florida. The airplane was owned and operated by Golden Corner Flying Club, under the provisions of Title14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The personal flight originated from Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, Florida, about 1055.

Earlier during day of the accident, the pilot and passenger flew the airplane from Oconee County Regional Airport (CEU), Clemson, South Carolina, to ORL. A fuel receipt revealed that the pilot purchased 21.1 gallons of fuel prior to departing CEU. The flight plan that was filed indicated that the airplane departed CEU with 4 hours of fuel on board. According to radar data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the flight from CEU to ORL took about 3.10 hours. The pilot did not purchase fuel at ORL before departing for X50.

According to preliminary air traffic control radio communication information provided by the FAA, the pilot declared an emergency at 1059 to Central Florida Terminal Radar Approach Control and stated that the airplane was not getting fuel out of the right tank. The pilot asked for the closest airport to land and the controller told him that ORL was the closest airport. The controller cleared him to land and advised the pilot he was cleared to make a left or right turn back to the airport and to switch radio frequency back to the tower controller at ORL. The pilot also reported to the tower controller that the airplane was not getting fuel out of the right tank. The controller cleared him to land on runway 13, but the pilot did not respond, and no further communications were received from the accident airplane.

A witness stated that he was in a boat on the northeast side of Lake Maitland when he heard and saw an airplane flying overhead. The engine was sputtering "like it was running out of gas." He watched the airplane fly over the lake to the north, make a 180° turn back to the lake, and thought the pilot was trying to make a water landing. The witness was in the path of the airplane, so he started the boat motor and drove perpendicular to the airplane's path to stay out of the way. The witness further stated it looked like the airplane may have hit some treetops at the edge of the water because the airplane drastically nosed over and went straight into the water and hit "very hard." He immediately went over to the airplane, which was still on top of the water; however, it quickly sank.

The airplane was located about 5 miles north of ORL in Lake Maitland, at a depth of 20 ft. Two gallons of fuel was removed from each wing tank and the single auxiliary tank. The left wing remained attached to the airframe. The flap and aileron were still attached to the wing. The fuel tank was intact and not breached. The fueling cap was attached and secured to the fuel tank. The fuselage was intact and not damaged. The rudder, elevator and vertical stabilizer were attached and not damaged. The right wing remained attached to the airframe. The flap and aileron were still attached to the wing. The fuel tank was intact and not breached. The fueling cap was attached and secured to the fuel tank. The main landing gear was attached and not damaged. Both doors were attached and not damaged.

The instrument panel was intact; however, the panel was separated from its mounts. The throttle, mixture, and propeller controls were all in the most forward position. The fuel selector valve was in the right tank position. The auxiliary fuel pump switch was in the off position. The lap belts and shoulder harnesses remained attached. The propeller was attached to the engine; one blade was bent forward, the second blade tip was bent, and the third blade was straight. The bottom engine cowl was crushed consistent with impact damage. The muffler and airbox were crushed. The top engine cowling was not damaged. The engine remained attached to the engine mounts and was not damaged. Flight control continuity was established to all flight controls by moving the control wheel and rudder pedals to verify movement.

The airplane was recovered to a salvage facility and secured to a trailer in preparation for an engine run. The magnetos were dried out and the carburetor and spark plugs were cleaned of water. The aviation fuel that was removed from the airplane was separated from the water and used to start the engine. The engine started without hesitation and ran continuously for about 3 minutes at different power settings.

The four-seat, single-engine, high-wing airplane was built in 1962, and powered by a 375-horsepower Continental O-520-series engine, equipped with a three-blade, constant speed Hartzell propeller. The most recent annual inspection was completed on April 4, 2019. Review of maintenance records revealed that at the time of the most recent annual inspection, the airframe total time was 5,835.49 hours, and the engine time was 1,578.69 hours since major overhaul.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA second class medical certificate was issued on October 1, 2018. He reported 1,000 total hours of flight experience at that time. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3051Y
Model/Series: 182 E
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: KORL, 112 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Orlando, FL (ORL)
Destination: New Smyrna Beach, FL (X50)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 28.620278, -81.349167 (est)

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

    Bad news. RIP guys.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ?

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

    Just a guess.

  5. "... 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.

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