Thursday, October 31, 2019

Beechcraft 58 Baron, N959CM: Fatal accident occurred October 31, 2019 in Ocala, Marion County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Aircraft departed on a maintenance flight and crashed into a parked car.

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Date: 31-OCT-19
Time: 16:36:00Z
Regis#: N959CM
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: 58
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

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Peter Morrow

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Bartlett Offers Condolences to Relatives of  Peter Morrow, Jamaica Inn Owner 

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says the local tourism industry is in mourning, after learning of the sudden passing of the co-owner of Jamaica Inn, Peter Morrow.

He passed away on Thursday in Ocala, Florida after a small plane he was travelling in crashed into a vehicle. The crash reportedly killed Morrow and the other passenger on board on impact, when the aircraft tried to make an emergency landing, near an outdoor shopping mall in north Florida.

“On behalf of all of the Government of Jamaica, I would like to offer my condolences to the family and close friends of Peter Morrow, during this very difficult time. We are deeply saddened by this news and extend my deepest sympathies, especially to his brother Eric,” said Bartlett.

“Mr Marrow was a brilliant businessman who knew the value of excellent customer service and a kind smile. His passion for tourism is truly unmatched and our local industry will not be the same without him. May his soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father,” he continued.

According to ABC News the Beechcraft Baron aircraft had just taken off from Ocala International Airport for a maintenance flight before it “crash landed” on a six-lane road, hitting power lines and the Sports Utility Vehicle.

The elderly driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

The Gleaner described Morrow as an avid pilot who got his pilot’s license at the age of 15.  Noting that he first came to Jamaica in the early 50s with his hotel career starting in the 1960s, after he completed his studies in London and Paris.

“I also wish to offer my condolences to the staff of Jamaica Inn, including General Manager Kyle Mais, who I am sure, are shocked and saddened by this news. I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time,” said Minister Bartlett.

Jamaica Inn was established in 1958; it is situated in the tourist resort town of Ocho Rios and has been managed by third-generation owners Peter and Eric Morro, since the 1980s.

Over the years, the luxury hotel has welcomed many celebrity guests and government officials such as Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller, Sir Winston Churchill and Princess Margaret.

OCALA, Florida  —  The National Transportation Safety Board will be at the scene of the fatal plane crash in Ocala for the next three days.

The lead investigator arrived at the scene Thursday night.

Witnesses said the small plane, a 1996 Beech Model 58, crashed on State Road 200, skidded into a gold SUV and burst into flames on the side of the highway.

The driver of the SUV was injured and taken to a hospital. The pilot and the mechanic inside the plane both died.

"We have several credible witnesses who state that the aircraft flew out over the mall here and took a left shallow turn back toward the airport," investigator Lawrence McCarter said.

Before the crash, the pilot contacted the airport in recordings by, asking to return to the field.

"It wasn't a distress call; again, I want to iterate that it was no emergency call that was made. He did say he wanted to return to the airport," McCarter said.

McCarter said all he knows at the moment is that the pilot and the mechanic were on a maintenance flight.

"They were working on the engine; there was some kind of issue with the fuel monitoring units. We do have the information they replaced. The mechanic rode along with the pilot to typically observe the unit working," McCarter said.

McCarter said they are going through all kinds of recorders, including maintenance records and the pilot's qualifications.

"We are paying particular interest, emphasis on the engine. We will transport the entire vehicle to a Jacksonville storage facility in controlled conditions," McCarter said.

According to investigators, it may take 10 days before a preliminary report is released, and they welcome any photographs witnesses may have taken.

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A small plane crashed late Thursday morning off the side of Southwest State Road 200 near the Market Street at Heath Brook outdoor shopping mall.

Two people aboard the small aircraft died in the accident, according to the Ocala Police Department.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the plane as an eight-seat, twin-engine Beechcraft 58 Baron.

A man driving a sport utility vehicle on SR 200 was seriously injured when the plane struck the SUV, officials said. He was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. He remained in the hospital late Thursday afternoon.

Delaney Coffman was driving west on SR 200 when she saw the plane, which was southbound, turn around and head north. It eventually nosedived, hit the ground and burst into flames, the witness said. A piece of the propeller hit her Jeep.

Another witness, Shari Eisaman, was turning into Market Street when she saw a black plume of smoke rising nearby.

“I didn’t hear anything before. I just saw the black smoke. I thought it was a car wreck, but it was too big. Then I thought it was a gas line,” Eisaman said.

Soon afterward, however, it became apparent to Eisaman what was going on.

“I could smell it. I knew that smell. It was airplane fuel. It burned your throat,” said Eisaman, who noted the smell was familiar because her son is a pilot.

As Eisaman watched the scene developing, she was struck by the actions of some bystanders.

“I witnessed something a farm girl has never seen before. I saw every mechanic and construction worker running toward the fireball,” she said. “It was amazing to see how people ran to help.”

The workers came from a nearby car dealership and a construction site at Market Street.

Tom Beasley was in his truck at the Market Place shopping center and saw the plane headed south coming across the tree line.

“I knew it was too low,” he said at the scene Thursday afternoon.

The small plane went over SR 200, disappeared behind the stores and then made a U-turn, Beasley said. It headed north again, nosedived and crashed onto the highway.

He said the SUV had been in the southbound lanes, but the plane, as it crashed, dragged it into the northbound lanes.

The small single-engine plane had left Ocala International Airport and was headed west for a “maintenance flight,” according to an OPD official. It was not clear why it was at that location southeast of the airport.

Officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office left the scene at 4:18 p.m., taking the two bodies with them.

Due to the victims being badly burned in the crash, their identities will not be released until after the Medical Examiner’s Office finishes its work.

FAA investigators arrived at about 3 p.m. and was at the site late Thursday afternoon. They were processing the scene and gathering evidence.

“The FAA will investigate and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) will determine the probable cause of accident,” FAA spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt said in an email.

At 5:36 p.m., a tow truck was removing the SUV. As of 7:15 p.m., traffic in both directions of State Road 200 is now open.

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The small plane that crashed and burst into flames on SW College Road on Thursday morning may have experienced engine trouble and apparently was attempting to return to Ocala International Airport.

The fiery crash killed the pilot and a passenger whose names haven’t yet been released pending notification of next of kin. Witnesses reported seeing the plane flying low and almost hitting a hotel before curving over the top of the Dillard’s store in Market Street at Heath Brook and slamming onto the busy roadway.

The plane clipped a late-model tan-colored SUV as it slid across all traffic lanes of SW College Road, hit a pole and burst into flames. The driver of the heavily damaged SUV was transported to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Witnesses to the crash, which is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration, reported hearing an explosion that sounded like a bomb going off when the plane slammed into the ground. Smoke could be seen billowing above the wreckage for several minutes until firefighters and other emergency personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze.

After the flames had been extinguished, firefighters covered the cockpit area of the plane with a large pink tarp or blanket, presumably to shield the remains of the victims from the public. Nearby, debris from the plane and the SUV covered both sides of the roadway, which was quickly closed to traffic by Ocala Police officers.

A witness reported that he saw the pilot struggling to stay airborne as he heard the engines “straining and cutting out.” 

SW College Road remained closed late Thursday afternoon while the investigation into the crash continued. Police were encouraging motorists to steer clear of the area or find alternate routes to their destinations.

Law enforcement officers from the Ocala Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the incident, along with crews from Ocala Fire Rescue and Marion County Fire Rescue. Ocala Fire Rescue’s highly specialized Aircraft Rescue Firefighting apparatus also responded from Ocala International Airport.

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