Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N951TS

Location: Jacksonville, FL
Accident Number: CEN19LA257
Date & Time: 08/03/2019, 1015 EDT
Registration: N951TS
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 3, 2019, about 1015 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235 airplane, N951TS, experienced a loss of engine power and conducted a forced landing to a marsh near Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (CRG), Jacksonville, Florida. The pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the ailerons and fuselage. The airplane was registered to AIRNECK INC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed CRG about 1005.

In a postaccident statement, the pilot reported that he had completed his second touch-and-go landing on runway 32 and climbed out through 450 ft. He started a right turn and reduced the throttle and propeller settings when the engine experienced a total loss of power. He advanced the throttle full forward but the engine did not respond. The pilot leveled the wings and descended to the north. During the descent, he maneuvered the airplane under a set of large power lines then executed a forced landing in the marsh. After about 3 bounces, the right wing contacted the water, and the airplane rotated about 90° right, then came to rest upright.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N951TS
Model/Series: PA28 235
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:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCRG, 41 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Jacksonville, FL (CRG)
Destination: Jacksonville, FL (CRG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.368889, -81.521389 (est)




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.​"

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





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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