Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N35585: Accident occurred July 14, 2019 in Elkton, St. Johns County, Florida

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA412
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Elkton, FL
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N35585

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Two single-engine planes crashed Sunday morning in rural St. Johns County, injuring four.

Nobody died in the crashes, one in Elkton and one in Hastings.

The first plane, a Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer, went down in a ditch near a field off Barrel Factory Road in Hastings around 7:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The FHP said the small aircraft experienced engine trouble shortly after takeoff and crashed into an oak tree in an agricultural area not far from downtown Hastings. It is not known yet where the plane departed from.

The pilot and his passenger, both from Satsuma, were seriously injured. The pilot, 62-year-old Joseph Linebach, was taken to Orange Park Medical Center by air and the passenger, Thomas Linebach, 60, was transported to Flagler Hospital. Joseph Linebach had “potentially life-threatening injuries” while Thomas Linebach sustained serious injuries, according to Capt. Bob Snell, a spokesman with St. Johns County Fire Rescue, which also responded to the scene.

The second plane, a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, crashed at 9:21 a.m. in a cornfield off County Road 305 in Elkton due to pilot error while practicing emergency maneuvers, according to the FHP report.

“It was a flight school plane operated out of the Northeast Florida Regional Airport,” Snell said.

The pilot, Terry Umbenhaur, 31, of St. Augustine, and passenger, Bassam Sameh Labib E., 27, of Jacksonville, were not seriously injured according to the FHP.

In both cases, the occupants of each of the overturned aircraft were able to escape on their own. The crashes occurred several miles away from each other but are not considered to be related at this time, Snell said.

Snell said Fire Rescue did take HazMat precautions following the Hastings crash due to fuel leaking from the aircraft into a nearby drainage ditch.

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