Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cessna 425 Conquest I, N622MM: Fatal accident occurred June 10, 2019 near Butler Memorial Airport (KBUM), Bates County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Santa Fe Investments Inc

Date: 10-JUN-19

Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N622MM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 425
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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 John N. McConnell Jr.

VERO BEACH, Florida  —  Authorities with the Bates County Coroner's Office say the pilot killed when his Cessna 425 Conquest I plane crashed into a western Missouri grain bin Monday has been identified as 80-year-old John N. McConnell Jr.

Neighbor Tom Kappus, of Vero Beach, said McConnell had homes in both Vero Beach and Kansas City.

Kappus said he was devastated when he learned his friend had died.

"It's such a sad day to think that John is not here," Kappus said. "He's one of those people you always expect to see."

Producing Artistic Director/CEO for Riverside Theatre Allen Cornell said he met McConnell through his wife, who became a board member when the couple moved to the Vero Beach.

"It's just hard for all of us here at the theatre to believe this happened because he was one of our mainstay supporters," Cornell said. "He was instrumental in so many things that we did here."

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, McConnell departed from the Vero Beach Airport and was headed to the Butler Memorial Airport when the plane crashed.

McConnell was the only person on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — One man died in a plane crash Monday morning in Bates County, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that the crash happened off of Interstate 49 between Adrian and Passaic. The Bates County Sheriff's Office called the area part of rural Butler.

MSHP confirmed the pilot was the only person on board the small plane and was killed in the accident.

The Bates County Coroner's Office on Tuesday identified the pilot as 80-year-old John N. McConnell, of Kansas City, Missouri and Vero Beach, Florida.

The Cessna 425 Conquest I plane was headed for the Butler Memorial Airport from Vero Beach.

The Bates County Sheriff's Office said that the plane crashed into a grain bin.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

maybe fuel starvation ....

Anonymous said...

80 year old pilot (flying alone) + fuel required miscalculation + complacency = very unfortunate ending to himself and a fine aircraft. I had noticed that this aircraft in previous flights had to divert more then once to another airport most likely due to running low on fuel. My prayers are with the family. Come on guys, it's nice to be able to fly as we get older, but for goodness sakes take a long a safety pilot!

Anonymous said...

I have flown with many older pilots, as an instructor, and it is difficult to tell them that they are not up to "par", where they need to be better than "par".

The issue is that even though I stop flying with them to keep my signature out of their logbooks does not stop them from flying without a flight review, medical or another qualified person, or in a legal airplane.

The airlines live by a rule for a reason ....

Anonymous said...

And does being 30 or 40 make you any better or smarter? I'll bet a study of "fuel starvation" accidents is more skewed to the under 50s than the over 50s.

T Ibach said...

Not smarter, but more cognizant of your situation as a flight progresses

DWN said...

fuel starvation? perhaps. I'm not that familiar with the C425, but 4+30 must be getting close. However, the crash occurred around 1030 on what was apparently a CAVU day. You mean to tell me, he could not have picked a more suitable place to dead stick it, but the side of a grain elevator, when all about him were wide open fields??

Anonymous said...

"Not smarter, but more cognizant of your situation as a flight progresses"

Plenty of 30 and 40 year olds in the stats to argue that age doesn't matter on lack of situational awareness


Anonymous said...

Remember it's a twin. So fuel starvation means that one engine conks out. So suddenly he's got 400+ horsepower on one side and zero on the other. Flightaware depicts a tight 360-degree turn to the right at the very end. My theory would be that the right engine ran out of fuel and this initiated the tight turn to the right.

It's not helpful that this occurred at the 4 1/2 hour mark. A pilot of any age is fatigued at the 4 1/2 hour mark. I'm not 80 years old and I would be startled plenty.

Also unhelpful is that this plane is so fast and sleek. Power-to-weight of the 425 is almost on par with WWII warbirds. It's a very potent airplane. Once it got loose it might be be difficult to get it back.

Anonymous said...

I would venture to guess fatigue and fuel mismanagement.

Anonymous said...

According to flightaware, he was going to IXD and then diverted to Butler; meaning his intended destination was further than Butler. Guessing he diverted here due to a fuel limitation, and then experienced fuel exhaustion.

Regardless of the cause, RIP to the pilot and condolences to his family.