Friday, September 13, 2019

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: St. Augustine, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA268
Date & Time: 09/11/2019, 1730 EDT
Registration: N5300E
Aircraft: Beech 35
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 11, 2019, about 1730 eastern daylight time, a Beech K35, N5300E, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion after landing at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (SGJ) in St. Augustine, Florida. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The personal flight departed the Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), Titusville, Florida, about 1650, destined for SGJ. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, after landing on runway 13 (8,000 ft long, asphalt), about halfway through the rollout at a speed of 40-50 kts the airplane suddenly veered to the right. She attempted to correct the turn with left pedal and brake but was unsuccessful. She confirmed with the pilot rated passenger that the power was at idle. The airplane departed the runway into the grass, struck a berm, flipped over, and came to rest inverted. The pilot further stated that she had not yet applied the brakes nor retracted the flaps from their 10° position, before the airplane veered to the right.

A witness observed white smoke coming from the main landing gear tires immediately before the airplane began to veer.

Examination of the wreckage and scene by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage forward of the windscreen, both horizontal stabilizers and the left ruddervator. Black skid marks were found on the runway leading off the right edge into the grass. Both wheel brakes, both ruddervators and the nosewheel steering all functioned normally when pressing the rudder pedals. The airplane did not have the optional copilot-side brake pedals installed. The parking brake was disengaged. Visual inspection of the brake components revealed no mechanical or thermal damage to the brake disks, calipers, or pad material. No hydraulic leaks were visible on any of the fittings or components. Both main landing gear wheels rolled smoothly when the airplane was moved during recovery. The right main landing gear tire had a flat spot worn through the reinforcement cords, in the tread section.

The right brake master cylinder was removed and disassembled. The o-rings were intact with no signs of leakage. The return spring was intact. The cylinder exhibited no scoring or signatures of abnormal wear. The poppet valve operated normally. The airplane was retained for further examination of additional brake components.

The most recent annual inspection was performed on January 24, 2019, at an airframe total time of 6,462 flight hours. The most recent brake maintenance occurred at the same time, when the right brake caliper was replaced. The airplane had flown about 59 hours since that inspection and maintenance.

The pilot held a commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates with ratings for airplane single-engine and multi-engine land, single-engine sea, rotorcraft-helicopter, and instrument airplane. She held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine and instrument airplane. At the time of the accident she had accrued a total of 11,500 hours of flight experience, of which 300 were in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

The 1756 weather conditions reported at SGJ included wind from 040° at 13 knots, skies clear, visibility 10 (statute) miles. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N5300E
Model/Series: 35 K35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:No
Operator: St Augustine Beach Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SGJ, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 1756 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Titusville, FL (TIX)
Destination: St. Augustine, FL (SGJ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.959167, -81.339722 (est)

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.

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