Saturday, August 24, 2019

Beechcraft F33A Bonanza, N80WH: Incident occurred August 23, 2019 in Hobe Sound, Martin County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft departed and landed on highway.

Magnolias Pride Inc

Date: 23-AUG-19
Time: 13:46:00Z
Regis#: N80WH
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 33
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91


HOBE SOUND — A pilot guided his two passengers and single-engine plane to safety Friday when the need for an emergency landing prompted him to skid along the southbound and northbound lanes of U.S. 1, avoiding traffic.

No one was injured.

"He came just below the power lines and chain-link fence that was in the area and skidded onto U.S. 1," said Martin County sheriff's Lt. Yesenia Darde. "He skidded on the southbound side first and then over into the northbound side." 

Deputies received multiple calls about a plane crashing on U.S. 1 around 9:30 a.m., Darde said.

The plane was having trouble and made a belly landing on the highway south of Bridge Road with its gear up, said Christine Christofek, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Three men were inside the Beechcraft F33A Bonanza. They were shaken but not injured. 

The hard landing damaged the plane's right wing near a tire, as well as its propellers, Darde said.

The pilot, a father from Stuart, was with his son, who lives in Colorado and a friend from Palm Beach County. Their names were not released Friday afternoon.

They left Witham Field in Stuart and were planning to fly to Vero Beach Regional Airport, Darde said.

Around 9:30 a.m., the pilot realized he had oil pressure problems and had to land the plane.

Darde said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. 

Martin County Fire Rescue workers and Martin County sheriff's deputies were on scene until 1:15 p.m. while northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 1 were closed a short distance south of Bridge Road. 

The plane was towed and the lanes reopened shortly after 1 p.m. 

No citations were issued. 

"I was just surprised at how well (the pilot) was able to retain control," Darde said. "Even though he landed on Federal Highway, him and his occupants and our motorists were lucky that no one was injured."

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Iron Jack said...

GOOD LANDING !,... Sorry to see that nice bird damaged but all walked away, so much better than most others I read about here on Kathryn's report ............... Good job.

Anonymous said...

No citations were issued, HOORAY! I'm so glad engine failure isn't against the law. Seriously, that was some great flying, job well done!

Anonymous said...

When on the highway, airplanes are subject to standard traffic laws. Could have been ticketed for over-width, speeding, failure to maintain control, obscured/missing license plates, etc. I am joking, of course. Damage appears moderate.

Unknown said...

Why land gear up & flaps up ?