Thursday, October 31, 2019

Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster, N926FE and Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N274MM: Accident occurred October 31, 2019 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (PHNL), Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu


N926FE Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N926FE

Location: Honolulu, HI
Accident Number: ANC20LA003A
Date & Time: 10/31/2019, 1255 HST
Registration: N926FE
Aircraft: Cessna 208
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

On October 31, 2019, about 1254 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a turbine-powered Cessna 208B airplane, N926FE, impacted a Cessna 172, N274MM during ground operations at the Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cessna 208 sustained minor damage and the Cessna 172 sustained substantial damage. The solo commercial pilot of N926FE, and the private pilot and passenger of N274MM were not injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and N926FE had filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan, and N274MM had no flight plan filed. N926FE was registered to Federal Express Corporation and operated by Corporate Air as flight 8974, an on-demand cargo flight under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. N274MM was owned by a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot of N926FE reported that, while holding on taxiway "C" Charlie for runway 26R, his airplane was positioned approximately 50 feet behind N274MM. With the condition lever set at low idle and the power lever set all the way aft at idle, he applied the parking brake and his attention was diverted from outside of the airplane to inside of the cockpit. While his attention was inside the airplane, he was startled by a noise and vibration, looked up, and realized his airplane had taxied into the back of N274MM. He then shut his airplane down, called tower, and egressed from the airplane.

The pilot of N274MM reported that, while holding for departure, the airplane was struck from behind by N926FE. He added that, there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with N274MM that would have precluded normal operation.

Both airplanes were recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N926FE
Model/Series: 208 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Federal Express
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 21.327222, -157.905833 (est)

N274MM Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


https://registry.faa.gov/N274MM


Location: Honolulu, HI
Accident Number: ANC20LA003B
Date & Time: 10/31/2019, 1255 HST
Registration: N274MM
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 31, 2019, about 1254 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a turbine-powered Cessna 208B airplane, N926FE, impacted a Cessna 172, N274MM during ground operations at the Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cessna 208 sustained minor damage and the Cessna 172 sustained substantial damage. The solo commercial pilot of N926FE, and the private pilot and passenger of N274MM were not injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and N926FE had filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan, and N274MM had no flight plan filed. N926FE was registered to Federal Express Corporation and operated by Corporate Air as flight 8974, an on-demand cargo flight under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. N274MM was owned by a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot of N926FE reported that, while holding on taxiway "C" Charlie for runway 26R, his airplane was positioned approximately 50 feet behind N274MM. With the condition lever set at low idle and the power lever set all the way aft at idle, he applied the parking brake and his attention was diverted from outside of the airplane to inside of the cockpit. While his attention was inside the airplane, he was startled by a noise and vibration, looked up, and realized his airplane had taxied into the back of N274MM. He then shut his airplane down, called tower, and egressed from the airplane.

The pilot of N274MM reported that, while holding for departure, the airplane was struck from behind by N926FE. He added that, there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with N274MM that would have precluded normal operation.

Both airplanes were recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N274MM
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Honolulu, HI (HNL)
Destination: Honolulu, HI (HNL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 21.327222, -157.905833 (est)


A private Cessna and a small FedEx plane collided on a taxiway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

There were no injuries and no flight delays.

The taxi-way that the collision happened on is closed until they clear the scene.

FedEx released the following statement:

“FedEx Flight 8974, a feeder aircraft en route from Honolulu to Lihue, Hawaii, was involved in an incident with a small Cessna aircraft this afternoon while taxiing for takeoff. We are grateful no one was hurt. Maintenance is evaluating our aircraft, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.khon2.com

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities are investigating after a small FedEx cargo plane rear-ended a Cessna 172 waiting to take off at Honolulu’s airport on Thursday.

No injuries were reported, and the crash didn’t impact airport operations, a Department of Transportation spokesman said.

The incident happened about 1 p.m. on a taxiway.

The cargo plane ― a single-engine Cessna Caravan ― only had the pilot on board, while the Cessna had a pilot and passenger.

The FAA said it’s investigating the incident.

Original article ➤ https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com

Van's RV-4, N425JW: Fatal accident occurred October 31, 2019 in Middleburg, Clay County, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Lycoming; Atlanta, Georgia

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N425JW

Location: Middleburg, FL
Accident Number: ERA20FA025
Date & Time: 10/31/2019, 1730 EDT
Registration: N425JW
Aircraft: Vans RV 4
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 31, 2019, at 1730 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Vans RV-4, N425JW, was destroyed after it impacted power lines near Middleburg, Florida. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from Haller Airpark (7FL4), Green Cove Springs, Florida, at 1715.

The airplane was located in a construction clearing in a heavily wooded area. Power lines were observed on the ground near the wreckage. The wreckage path began where the power lines had been located and continued for about 450 ft on a 270° course. A post-accident fire consumed the airplane. The wreckage was inverted and oriented about a 320° heading. The wings were separated from the fuselage, and only about 4 feet of the wing tips remained. The wooden propeller was fragmented, and power line impression marks were found on the propeller blades. The vertical stabilizer was located about 230 ft from the main wreckage. Parts from the engine cowling, rudder and canopy were found scattered in the wreckage path. The cockpit, instrument panel, and firewall were all destroyed by the fire.

The engine accessory case was consumed by fire; the magnetos, fuel pump, vacuum pump, and oil filter were destroyed. The engine crankcase and cylinders were intact. The top spark plugs were removed and a lighted borescope was used to examine the cylinder walls, valves and piston heads. No anomalies were noted. The propeller was rotated by hand and thumb compression was established on all cylinders. Valve train continuity was established throughout the engine by observing movement of the rocker arms and rear accessory case gears. The carburetor was removed and disassembled with no anomalies noted.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and airplane multi-engine land. The pilot was issued an FAA basic medical certificate on March 26, 2019. He reported 17,868 hours of total flight experience at that time.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the two-seat, single-engine, low-wing airplane was manufactured in 1993. It was powered by a Lycoming O-320-A1A, 180-horsepower engine. The airplane was registered to the pilot in July 2010. According to the maintenance records, the most recent condition inspection was completed on January 9, 2019. At that time, the airframe had accrued 835.7 hours since new and the engine had 835.7 hours since major overhaul.

The 1735 recorded weather observation at Palatka Municipal Airport (28J), Palatka, Florida, which was located about 23 miles east of the accident site, included wind 250° at 3 knots, broken skies at 4,100 ft, and visibility 10 statute miles. The temperature was 29° C, the dew point was 22° C; and the altimeter setting was 29.97 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N425JW
Model/Series: RV 4 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: K28J, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4100 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Green Cove Springs, FL (7FL4)
Destination: Green Cove Springs, FL (7FL4)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 30.012500, -81.780000 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Tim O'Laughlin 


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Florida  - A pilot who was killed in a Thursday evening plane crash that knocked out power to parts of Clay County would have turned 73 Friday.

While investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Florida Highway Patrol have not identified the pilot, friends told News4Jax his name was Tim O'Laughlin. He was the only person in the two-seat plane at the time. 

State troopers said the single-engine plane took off from Haller Airpark in Green Cove Springs about 5:15 p.m. Thursday and crashed miles away in the woods off County Road 218 in Middleburg.

Close friends described O'Laughlin as a well-liked and experienced pilot who was respected in the community. He learned to fly in the Navy and then flew commercially for various airline companies, including Northwest Airlines and Delta, according to his LinkedIn profile. 

He served in the Navy as an aviator from 1968 to 1997, retiring as a captain. 

"He had a great sense of humor and lots of skills," said Pat Lee, a fellow pilot and friend from Haller Airpark.

Lee said O'Laughlin loved his family and aviation. He frequently flew with a group of Clay County pilots.

"Tim was one of our wingmen, and a really good friend and a great loss," Lee said. "He was a really great neighbor. He was a great pilot and it's shocking to all of us because we have no idea."

State troopers and the NTSB are investigating the cause of the fiery crash. The investigation could take a year. A wrecker removed the plane Friday and took it to a storage facility. A medical examiner would make positive identification of the body, according to FHP Sgt. Dylan Bryan.

There were no witnesses apparently, so no one reported the plane crash at the time. However, it took down power lines in a field off C.R. 218 and that knocked out electricity for a lot of people in the area. When utility crews with Clay Electric came to find out why, they made the discovery.

The military veteran leaves behind a wife and a son, as well as many friends, who are now left wondering why this happened.

"As far as I know he was in great health," Lee noted. "Tim took really good care of his airplane. It was a beautiful airplane."

He flew a homebuilt single-engine, 2-seater RV-4 plane. Lee said O'Laughlin did not build the aircraft, but maintained it meticulously. He was also an avid camper with his motor home.  

"Every day you try to minimize the risks," Lee remarked. "It's what we've been doing all our lives. We're not daredevils. We're not test pilots. We fly really safe procedures and airplanes."

Friends said O'Laughlin spent his free time doing flyovers and memorials for veterans and pilots who passed away. It's now time for his fellow airmen to remember him.

Friends and fellow pilots said they are planning a memorial service and flyover in his honor. They have not yet set a date because they want to make sure it works for his family members. 


Story and video ➤ https://www.news4jax.com


Tim O'Laughlin 

CLAY COUNTY, Florida - Thousands of homes were without power in Clay County after an experimental aircraft crashed into electrical equipment on Thursday night, according to Clay County Fire Rescue.

The Florida Highway Patrol said one person was on board and that person died in the crash. The scene was on County Road 218 near Shadowlawn Elementary School.

Fire Rescue said the Van's RV-4 hit a transmission line and caught fire. The plane went down in a dense wooded area.

The victim was not immediately identified.

According to the Clay Electric, about 6,000 homes were affected at the height of the outage. By 8:30 p.m., the utility's outage map showed power had been restored.

It's unclear what led to the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.news4jax.com



The pilot of an experimental aircraft is dead after crashing into a power line in Clay County Thursday, according to the Florida Highway patrol.

FHP said the single occupant of the Van's RV-4 died after the plane crashed in a densely wooded area off of County Road 218 and Henley Road.

Over 6,000 customers were without power in Clay County when the crash happened, according to Clay Electric.


Clay County Fire Rescue said the Van's RV-4 crashed approximately a mile into the woods off of County Road 218 between Green Cove Springs and Lake Asbury. 


The plane hit a transmission line and caught fire, firefighters said.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the plane crash was reported near 2943 County Road 218 in Lake Ashbury and the Shadowlawn area. Deputies were on the scene investigating the incident.


Florida Highway Patrol is the primary agency investigating the incident, according to the sheriff's office.


Please avoid the area as they investigate.


Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.firstcoastnews.com

Piper PA-32R-301T, N181AG: Fatal accident occurred October 31, 2019 near Barkley Regional Airport (KPAH), Paducah, Kentucky

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky
Piper; Vero Beach, Florida
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N181AG

Location:Paducah, KY
Accident Number: ERA20FA026
Date & Time: 10/31/2019, 1926 CDT
Registration: N181AG
Aircraft: Piper PA32R
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 31, 2019, at 1926 central daylight time, a Piper PA32R-301T, N181AG, was destroyed during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power while on approach to the Barkley Regional Airport (PAH), Paducah, Kentucky. The private pilot, who was also the owner of the airplane was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight which originated at the Mitchell Municipal Airport (MHE), Mitchell, South Dakota, about 1628, and was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Preliminary information obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed the purpose of the flight was for the pilot to return to PAH, which was his home airport, after a hunting trip. In a telephone interview, a representative from the fixed-base-operator at MHE stated that the accident airplane arrived on November 27, 2019, and he serviced the airplane with 31 gallons of fuel, which filled the tanks. He further commented on the smoothness of the engine as the airplane approached the fuel pumps.

Preliminary radar and voice communication information from FAA air traffic control (ATC) facilities for the accident flight revealed the airplane was receiving flight following services from the Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and all communications were routine before the ARTCC controller issued a frequency change to the local controller at PAH.

In an interview at the accident site, the local controller said he was familiar with the pilot and the accident airplane. He said that the pilot checked in on the tower frequency and he provided the pilot with the current altimeter, wind, and active runway information. The pilot informed him that he was "lined up" for a straight-in landing to runway 14 which he requested, and the controller approved. The controller advised the airplane was "cleared to land" which the pilot acknowledged. Approximately 1.5 minutes later, the pilot advised, "I've lost power." The controller asked the pilot if he thought the airplane would reach the runway, and the pilot responded, "Yes." Soon after, the pilot advised, "I'm not going to make it, I'm in the trees." There were no further communications from the accident airplane.

The airplane collided with trees and terrain, aligned with runway 14 at PAH, about 1.5 miles prior to the landing threshold.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. His most recent FAA third class medical certificate was issued November 13, 2013. The pilot reported 120 total hours of flight experience on that date. Interpolation of FAA and aircraft records revealed the pilot had an estimated 570 total hours of flight experience, of which 450 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was manufactured in 2006 and was powered by a Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A, 300-horsepower engine. Its most recent annual inspection was completed February 19, 2019 at 1,588.7 total aircraft hours.

The airplane wreckage was examined at the site, and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The wreckage path was oriented about a 140° heading and was approximately 100 ft in length. The initial tree strike was about 60 ft above the ground, where the outboard 8 ft of the left wing was observed suspended.

The main wreckage came to rest adjacent to a railbed on approximately a 090° heading. The baggage compartment, cockpit, cabin area, the inboard sections of each wing, and the empennage were consumed by post-crash fire.

The instrument panel and engine control quadrant were consumed by fire. The T-bar assembly exhibited thermal damage but the aileron and stabilator cables remained attached to their respective attachment points on the T-bar assembly. The rudder pedals were thermally damaged, and the rudder control cables remained attached. Flight control continuity was established from the rudder pedal assembly to the rudder. Stabilator control continuity was established from the T-bar to the stabilator. Right aileron control continuity was established from the T-bar to the right aileron bellcrank. Left aileron continuity was established from the T-bar and through overload separations to the left aileron bellcrank. Measurement of the electric flap actuator jackscrew corresponded to a wing flap setting of 40° (full flaps).

The nose landing gear remained attached to the engine mount and was partially extended during recovery. Thermal damage was observed to the nose wheel assembly. The engine cowlings remained attached to their attaching points and exhibited impact and thermal damage. The induction air filter was impact-damaged and the alternate air door was in the "open/alternate air position."

The engine was rotated by hand at the propeller, and continuity was confirmed from the powertrain through the valvetrain to the accessory section. Compression was confirmed on all cylinders using the "thumb" method. Borescope examination of each cylinder revealed signatures consistent with normal wear and lubrication. The magnetos sustained thermal damage. There were removed and rotated by hand, but neither produced spark. The fuel pump was removed, actuated with a drill, and drew and expelled air into the intake port and out of the output port. The fuel inlet screen and the fuel injector nozzles were clear and absent of debris.

The turbocharger was removed, and both the compressor and exhaust impellers rotated freely and displayed no visible damage.

The fuel lines were consumed by fire and the fuel selector valve exhibited thermal damage. The fuel selector control lever was observed near the right fuel tank position. However, examination of the fuel selector valve revealed the selector plate was out of the detent and not fully seated in the right fuel tank position. The fuel selector valve's bowl was thermally damaged, and its filters were consumed by fire. Further examination of the selector valve revealed its lever was seized in position. Upon disassembly, the selector plate indicated an intermediate selector valve position.. During disassembly, when the selector valve could be rotated and was placed in the left or right fuel tank position detent, it was noted that the associated ports were unobstructed.

At 1853, the weather recorded at PAH included winds from 250° at 3 knots, clear skies, visibility 10 statute miles, temperature was 0°C, dew point -3°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.27 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N181AG
Model/Series: PA32R 301T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Cloud Hugger Transportation Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAH, 410 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mitchell, SD (MHE)
Destination: Paducah, KY (PAH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 37.103333, -88.817222 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Dr. Clint Hill, MD



MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Kentucky — In the crisp, cool fall air, there was a somber silence along the railroad tracks on Metropolis Lake Road on Friday as investigators continued working to figure out what caused Dr. Clint Hill's plane to crash the night before. 

Hill's plane took off from Mitchell South Dakota around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, and it was last seen that night around 7:20 p.m. near Paducah. It crashed near railroad tracks several miles away from Barkley Regional Airport. Hill died in the crash.

"Just a tragic event," McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter said.

Carter and his deputies are working with federal investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to find out what happened. He said at this point it's too early to know what caused the crash. It's a case that's tough to deal with.

"We just ask that the community keep this family in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult and tragic time," Carter said.

Hill was very well known throughout the Local 6 region. He was a spinal surgeon at the Orthopedic Institute of Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. Friends and family are heartbroken that Hill is gone.

"He was just a good man who did good work," Orthopedic Institute CEO Greg Thompson said.

Thompson knew Hill well. He said anyone who knew Hill felt a personal connection to him.

"If you got to meet Dr. Hill, you had a story, because that man left you with some sort of impression that you would never forget. That's the type of person he was," Thompson said.

Thompson said there will never be another Dr. Hill.

"He was a unique individual that this region will never be able to replace," Thompson said.

In addition to Hill's medical background, he was also a NASCAR pit-crew member for four years, and served in the Army National Guard for nine years. Hill leaves behind a wife and five children.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wpsdlocal6.com





PADUCAH — One person was killed when a plane crashed near Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah Thursday night. 

Airport Authority Board Chair George Bray confirmed a plane went down off of runway 14. 

The plane crashed near railroad tracks in a wooded area, which McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter says is just south of Woodville Road and west of Metropolis Lake Road. 

A firefighter at the scene told Local 6 the pilot of a plane died in the crash. 

Carter confirms that the pilot was killed, and says there was only one person in the plane. He says investigators are working to identify the pilot and notify the family. 

Barkley Regional Airport Manager Dennis Rouleau says the plane is a general aviation aircraft, not a commercial plane. He says the craft went down north of the airfield.

The plane is a Piper PA-32R Saratoga, which is a small, single-engine aircraft. Airport Marketing Director Eddie Grant says the plane was on final approach to the airport when it crashed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been alerted about the crash and will assist local authorities in the ongoing investigation. 

Grant says the airport is still open and operational, and commercial flights are continuing as scheduled. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wpsdlocal6.com

Beech 95-B55 (T42A) Baron, N228PL: Accident occurred October 31, 2019 at Freeman Field Airport (3JC), Junction City, Geary County, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita

Aircraft landed, gear collapsed and veered off runway into the grass. 


Heritage Pentecostal Church


https://registry.faa.gov/N228PL


Date: 31-OCT-19

Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N228PL
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 55
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: JUNCTION CITY
State: KANSAS

GEARY COUNTY — A small plane was involved in an accident just after 10 a.m. Thursday in Geary County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported the landing gear malfunctioned on a 1968 Beech 95-B55 piloted by John E. Burgess, 55, Colorado Springs, Corado, at the Freeman Field Airport in Junction City.

Burgess and a passenger Matthew D. Watson, 30, Port Arthur, Texas, were not injured. The accident remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.hayspost.com

Kansas Highway Patrol
Case 2019-016346
Crash Information
Date: 10/31/2019
Time: 10:00

County: Geary
Location Description: 540 W. 18th St, Junction City/ Freeman Field Airport

Investigated by: K367
Type: Non Injury

Crash Narrative: plane accident/ front landing gear malfunctioned.

Beechcraft 58 Baron, N959CM: Fatal accident occurred October 31, 2019 near Ocala International Airport (KOCF), Marion County, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Textron; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N959CM

Location: Ocala, FL
Accident Number: ERA20FA022
Date & Time: 10/31/2019, 1130 EDT
Registration: N959CM
Aircraft: Beech 58
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test

On October 31, 2019, at 1130 eastern daylight time, a Beechcraft BE-58, N959CM, was destroyed after it impacted a vehicle and terrain shortly after takeoff from Ocala International Airport-Jim Taylor Field (OCF), Ocala, Florida. The private pilot and a passenger were fatally injured; one occupant in the vehicle was seriously injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 post-maintenance test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed OCF at 1128.

According to witnesses, the pilot and a passenger intended to fly a multi-leg cross-country flight to Yuba County Airport (MYV), Marysville, California, and they flew from Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), Punta Gorda, Florida to OCF the day before the accident. The passenger reported that during the flight to OCF the right engine fuel flow meter consistently fluctuated from zero to high; however, the engine's performance and all other indications appeared normal. An airframe and powerplant mechanic at OCF examined the airplane and subsequently removed the fuel flow transducer from both engines and reinstalled them on the opposing engine to determine if there was an instrument indication problem or an actual fuel flow issue. The pilot and mechanic performed several post-maintenance engine run-ups with no apparent anomalies and then intended to conduct a test flight.

At 1111, an airport security camera recorded the airplane on the ramp in front of a hangar next to the fuel farm with both engines operating. The airplane then taxied to runway 18. About 1128, the airplane departed runway 18, turned left and exited the camera view as it flew in an easterly direction.

The OCF air traffic controller reported the airplane appeared lower and slower than expected, and that he had instructed the pilot to proceed westbound. The controller queried the pilot regarding the airplane's heading, the pilot responded they were heading to the west as instructed, and the controller advised that the airplane was flying eastbound. The controller instructed the pilot to proceed westbound. The airplane continued to fly to the east and the pilot advised the controller that they needed to return to the airport. No additional details for the reason of their request to return to the airport was communicated and no emergency was declared.

Several witnesses near the accident site reported that the airplane was flying southeast at a lower altitude than normal. The airplane continued a "shallow" left turn to the north, towards OCF. The airplane's wings were wobbling after it completed the turn north, then it leveled off briefly before "nose diving" towards the ground where it impacted a six-lane asphalt highway and struck two vehicles before coming to rest. Additional witnesses reported that the airplane was spinning to the left as it descended.

Video recovered from a nearby vehicle equipped with a camera showed the airplane approach from the southeast in a left spinning descent as it impacted the highway. The airplane stuck the road in a nose and right wing low attitude. During the impact, the fuselage struck a vehicle that was travelling in the westbound lanes. The airplane then skidded across the eastbound lanes, struck a concrete curb, then spun around towards the south as it exploded and became engulfed in flames.

The airplane came to rest in a vacant lot, about 2 miles from the approach end of runway 18.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane multiengine land, airplane single engine land, airplane single engine sea, instrument airplane. According to the pilot's logbook, the pilot had accumulated about 7,800 hours of total flight experience and completed a flight review on October 4, 2019. On February 19, 2019, he was issued a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third class medical certificate with a limitation; must wear corrective lenses.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate in the normal category on September 5, 1996. The airplane was an all-metal, six-seat, multiengine airplane equipped with two Continental IO-550-C31B, 300-horsepower engines that each drove a McCauley 3-blade constant-speed propeller.

At 1140, the weather conditions reported at OCF included clear sky, wind from 200° at 7 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 2,200 ft, temperature 29°C, dew point 24°C, and an altimeter setting was 30.06 inches of mercury.

The first impact site on the highway exhibited a complete imprint of the airplane that consisted of gouges and scrapes that formed an outline of the nose, left and right wings, left and right engines, fuselage and empennage.

The right engine impact point showed the outline of the engine and propeller spinner in addition to three distinct sequential gouges consistent with propeller blade impact gouges outboard of the engine.

The left engine impact point showed one 3 ft gouge adjacent to where the left propeller spinner impacted.

The wreckage was examined at the accident site, and all major components and flight control surfaces were accounted for at the scene.

The fuselage, cockpit and instrumentation were consumed by postimpact fire. The throttle quadrant exhibited severe thermal damage. All six of the engine power, propeller and mixture controls were located in their most aft position.

The flight controls in the cockpit and all flight control surface attachment points remained attached. Flight control cable continuity of the ailerons, elevator and rudder was established from each of the respective control surfaces to the cockpit. The flaps remained attached to the wings and were in the retracted position and the cockpit flap control was found in the up position.

The fuel selector handles, and fuel selector valves for their respective engines/fuel tanks were found in the on position. Both fuel tanks were breached during the impact

The main landing gear was found in the up and stowed position. The landing gear control in the cockpit was damaged by impact and fire and its position could not be determined.

The left engine was attached to all its mounts and found attached to the left wing in an upright position. It exhibited impact and postimpact fire damage. All cylinders remained attached to the crankcase. The engine could not be rotated by hand. The spinner remained attached to the flange and was crushed and split open on the bottom side where it rested on the ground. The top of the spinner was relatively intact. The three-blade propeller hub was fractured by impact forces. Two of the blades detached from the hub. The remaining blade was discovered in a near neutral position and it exhibited, several gouges, leading edge scrapes and was curled inward.

The right engine detached from the firewall and was discovered 3 ft forward of the right wing in an upside-down position. It exhibited impact and postimpact fire damage. All cylinders remained attached to the crankcase. The engine could not be rotated by hand. The spinner was torn from the flange in multiple locations and was partially connected. The three-blade propeller hub assembly was severely fractured by impact forces. Two of the blades detached from the hub. The remaining blade exhibited bending and twisting deformation as well as chordwise scraping and leading edge damage.

The four remaining propeller blades were recovered at the scene in various locations around the wreckage site with one of the blades striking a vehicle. One of the blades exhibited little damage and was relatively free of leading edge damage or gouging. The remaining blades showed bending, twisting deformation, scraping and leading edge gouges.

The airplane was recovered and retained for additional examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N959CM
Model/Series: 58 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Caribbean World Resorts Ltd
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: OCF, 89 ft msl
Observation Time: 1140 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ocala, FL (OCF)
Destination: Ocala, FL (OCF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 29.141667, -82.194167

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 


Christopher Michael


Peter Morrow


The Beechcraft 58 Baron plane that clipped a vehicle, crashed and burned along State Road 200 last Thursday had flown into Ocala the day before and underwent maintenance checks.

Information about the plane and its arrival at the Ocala International Airport was gathered by Ocala Police Department Detective Michael Coughlin, who interviewed several people at the airport about the plane.

Police were told that 73-year-old Peter Morrow, the pilot, and 50-year-old Christopher Belcher, a mechanic, were in the plane when it left the airport, according to an OPD report.

Coughlin interviewed a friend of the pilot, who said he and Morrow arrived in Ocala around noon on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from Punta Gorda. The friend said they were flying to California and had stopped in Ocala “to dodge some weather,” the report said.

While on their way to Ocala, the friend said, there was an issue with the right engine fuel flow sensor. They decided to check the problem in Ocala; but on the way, he said, the plane had no sign of a mechanical issue.

In Ocala, the friend said they requested to have the plane go to a maintenance hangar and have the mechanic, Belcher, inspect it.

Morrow and Belcher made “numerous ground tests on the plane, by bringing the plane up to top engine speed while on the ground and still could not duplicate the issue, so they went on a maintenance flight,” according to the OPD report.

In another interview, Coughlin learned that Belcher was an experienced mechanic, had many certifications and was an airplane inspector.

The air traffic control manager told Coughlin that Morrow left the airport on Runway 18 with Belcher on a maintenance flight. The controller said it was common for maintenance flights to fly west to avoid urban areas.

The report said plane took off around 11:30 a.m.

The controller said it appeared to be losing its course and began drifting east. A message from the tower was sent to the aircraft, telling Morrow to travel west. The report said Morrow told the tower they needed to return to the airport but the plane crashed within 10 seconds.

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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.

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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 LiveATC.net, 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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