Friday, September 13, 2019

Beechcraft K35 Bonanza, N5300E: Incident occurred September 11, 2019 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Aircraft landed, veered off runway into grass, into a ditch and flipped over.

Saint Augustine Beach LLC

Date: 11-SEP-19
Time: 21:47:00Z
Regis#: N5300E
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

The pilot whose aircraft flipped upside down after a Wednesday landing at St. Augustine’s Northeast Florida Regional Airport has been identified as National Aviation Hall of Fame member Patricia “Patty” Wagstaff.

The veteran daredevil and aerobatic pilot, familiar to many who attend local air shows, received only minor injuries in the incident. In a Twitter post the 68-year-old pilot, inducted in 2004 into the hall of fame, assured everyone she and her passenger are OK, saying the plane had a mechanical problem after landing.

“People have been asking and I wanted to let everyone know that my passenger [one of our instructors] and I are doing fine,” she tweeted.

The Beechcraft K35 Bonanza had just landed at 5:30 p.m. at the airport when the incident occurred, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The initial Federal Aviation Administration investigation into the crash indicated Wagstaff and 59-year-old Port Orange resident Jeffrey Rochelle were on board when the aircraft veered off the runway into a grassy median, then went into a ditch and flipped onto its roof. The incident occurred at the south end of St. Augustine’s airport on U.S. 1.

Minor injuries were reported, but no one was transported to the hospital, the Highway Patrol said.

Wagstaff, of St. Augustine, gained her pilot’s license in 1980 and earned a spot five years later on the U.S. Aerobatic Team, according to the hall of fame. She was the first woman to win the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship and won it three years in a row. She won the Betty Skelton “First Lady of Aerobatics” Award, flies as a stunt pilot for films and television and coaches other aerobatic pilots at her Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School at St. Augustine’s airport.

Rochelle also is a highly trained pilot. A flight instructor at Evolution Flight Services, he is a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with about 4,500 hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He is a graduate of the Air Force “Top Gun” Fighter Weapons School and was a member of USAF Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, according to the flight services website.

Original article can be found here ➤

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