Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mooney M20J 201, N5765H: Accident occurred November 10, 2019 near Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns 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:

Location: St. Augustine, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA033
Date & Time: 11/10/2019, 0920 EST
Registration: N5765H
Aircraft: Mooney M20J
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 10, 2019, about 0920 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20J, N5765H, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in a marsh, while on approach to Northeast Florida Regional Airport (SGJ), St. Augustine, Florida. The airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger was seriously injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida, about 0820.

The pilot reported that while on an extended base leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 31, he reduced airspeed from 100 to 95 knots and then increased engine power to maintain 95 knots. At that point, the engine began to surge for several seconds, followed by a total loss of engine power. The pilot verified that the fuel boost pump was on, the mixture was rich and the fuel selector was positioned to a correct fuel tank. The pilot also checked both magnetos with no success. He then retracted the landing gear for better glide performance but realized that the airplane would not glide all the way to the runway. The pilot subsequently performed a forced landing to a marsh about 1 mile prior to the runway threshold.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright in shallow water. The inspector noted damage to the right wing and empennage. Further examination of the airplane was pending the recovery of the wreckage from the marsh.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N5765H
Model/Series: M20J No Series
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SGJ, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 0941 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Gainesville, FL (GNV)
Destination: St. Augustine, FL (SGJ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.941389, -81.317778 (est)

The pilot of a small 4-seater plane conducted an emergency landing in St. Johns County Sunday morning after experiencing mechanical issues, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Florida Highway Patrol said 42-year-old St. Augustine resident John Bailey was attempting to lane his Mooney M20J 201 aircraft at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, formerly known as the St. Augustine Airport, when the plane experienced unknown mechanical issues.

Bailey and his passenger, identified by FHP as 19-year-old Logan Boehime from Seminole, Florida was taken by St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department to Flagler Hospital for treatment, deputies said. They both sustained minor injuries.

When Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene at 4796 US-1 North around 9:40 a.m. they met with Bailey who said he performed an emergency landing in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Vilano Boat Ramp.

Florida Highway Patrol said they were unable to reach the plane due to it being in the water not near a roadway. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration website says the plane is registered to Capital Sightseeing LLC in Virginia. 

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Two people were injured when an airplane crashed into the intracoastal waterway Sunday morning near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine.

According to St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the passengers were pulled from the Mooney M20J 201 aircraft, around 9:30 a.m. by nearby boaters.

The pilot of the plane, St. Augustine resident John Bailey, told FHP investigators he was attempting to land at the airport and experienced mechanical failures, according to a crash report from FHP. 

The passenger in the airplane, Logan Boehime, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Both he and Bailey were taken to a nearby hospital.

One of the boaters who spoke to News4Jax but asked not to be identified, said he watched the airplane go down near the Vilano boat ramp and helped rescue two passengers from crash.

"We were fishing in a small creek south of St. Augustine airport. Saw it flying lower than usual and it went down about 300 yards from where we were. Both occupants were standing on the wing when we got to them. We pulled them onto the boat and rushed them to the rescue unit close to the Vilano Bridge," the fisherman said.​

St. Johns County Fire Rescue was on the scene of the crash and assessing any environmental damage. Federal Aviation Administration was also made aware of the crash. 

All inbound and outbound flights were temporarily stopped at the St. Augustine airport, according to the airport's website.

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1 comment:

  1. That is pure gator country. Even thought it's long outside of mating season where bulls get real aggressive (and hungry), I'd have had my eyes peeled being outside that aircraft being on top of it just inches above the water. Glad they were near a populated area to witness them going down and get a quick rescue.