Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee Pathfinder, N951TS: Incident occurred August 03, 2019 near Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (KCRG), Duval County, Florida


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

Aircraft departed and landed in a marsh.


Airneck Inc


https://registry.faa.gov/N951TS


Date: 03-AUG-19

Time: 14:13:00Z
Regis#: N951TS
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: JACKSONVILLE
State: FLORIDA



JACKSONVILLE, Florida - A pilot crashed a small plane into a marsh in Jacksonville Saturday, authorities said.

The Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee Pathfinder took off from Craig Airport, then reportedly had engine trouble around 10 a.m.

It crashed 2 miles north of the airport in a marshy area in Mill Cove east of the Dames Point Bridge.

Approximately 150 yards away, 16-year-old Tanner Wilson was fishing in a small boat.

"I just saw him kind of hit the water with his wheels. He bumped it and came back up," Wilson said.

Sky Action News Jax video shows the power lines the plane narrowly missed.

Wilson tells Action News Jax he called his dad, then paddled over to the pilot.

"He was already on the wing, standing there," he said. "He was fine. He didn't have any scratches. He seemed pretty calm about it."

Police say the pilot was not hurt. Action News Jax looked up the tail number and found the plane is registered to Airneck Inc. out of Jacksonville. We are working to confirm the pilot's name.

It's the third plane to crash-land in the water in Jacksonville in three months.

"We've had too many," Wilson said. 

He and another fisherman waited with the pilot until The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office got there.

Wilson he's glad the man survived and was in good spirits.

"I told him he had a nice plane, and he said, ‘It was nice,'" Wilson said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused the plane to go down.

Federal Aviation Administration statement:

"A Piper PA-28 landed in a marsh two miles north of Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport in Florida about 10:13 a.m. today. The aircraft, which departed from Jacksonville Executive Airport, reportedly experienced an engine-related problem. Check with local authorities on the condition of the pilot, the only person aboard. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.​"

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There were no injuries reported after a small plane landed in the water near the Dames Point Bridge Saturday, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Firefighters said that crews responded to reports of a plane in the water near the Mill Cove area. The lone occupant of the plane was picked up by a good samaritan and has no reported injuries, JFRD said.

First Coast News spoke to a witness from the scene.

"When I heard the plane, I just caught [the pilot] out of the corner of my eye," said witness Tanner Wilson. Wilson said he was fishing when the crash happened.

"And I saw him come under the powerlines and bump the water with his wheels and come back up and then land it," he said.

The pilot had just narrowly missed powerlines east of the Dames Point Bridge.

Charter captains came to his rescue soon after.

"He was just standing on the wing of his airplane, just looking around," Wilson said. 

The Florida Aviation Administration released the following message regarding the incident.

A Piper PA-28 landed in a marsh two miles north of Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport in Florida about 10:13 a.m. today. The aircraft, which departed from Jacksonville Executive Airport, reportedly experienced an engine-related problem. Check with local authorities on the condition of the pilot, the only person aboard. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

Wilson said the incident could have been worse. 

"[The pilot] was able to keep it from just diving straight into the water," Wilson said. "And he also didn't stay too high up where he could clip the powerlines, so he kind of just threaded the needle." 

Story and video ➤ https://www.firstcoastnews.com

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