Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Grumman American AA-5B Tiger, N424WB: Accident occurred January 21, 2020 near Tallahassee International Airport (KTLH), Leon County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 21-JAN-20

Time: 18:29:00Z
Regis#: N424WB
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model: AA5
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (WCTV) -- WCTV is working to learn more about a small plane crash that happened just south of the Tallahassee International Airport Tuesday afternoon.

The type of plane that crashed was a Grumman American AA-5B Tiger.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation into the crash; a team from the FAA was scheduled to be on site Wednesday gathering any evidence.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration website, the owner of the plane is Adam Korinek, who is from Winter Haven, Florida. It is not known if he was on the plane at the time of the crash; the Federal Aviation Administration says it does not release names of people aboard aircraft.

The flight was not scheduled to land in Tallahassee and did not depart from TLH, but the pilot tried to divert to the airport after engine trouble. The Federal Aviation Administration has told WCTV it does not yet know where the plane came from or where it was headed.

Two people were taken to the hospital as a result of the crash.

Edward Kirkland has lived in the area since 1986; he did not hear the plane crash, but told WCTV it's not the first one near his home.

Kirkland said there was another plane crash about 20 years ago that left two people dead.

WCTV was not allowed on scene of the Tuesday's crash, but based on pictures provided by the City of Tallahassee, Kirkland described where he believes it was.

"It looked like it was right in the edge of the woods. There's a big sandpit down here, and it looked like he was trying to make it to the sandpit to me," Kirkland said. "I wouldn't guarantee that, but if I was flying and I seen an opening, I'd be trying to get to it too. Just looking at the pictures it seemed like he just made it into the trees, and he missed a big pine tree."

Kirkland said he hears many small planes, and often worries about them.

"Sometimes they come by, these little small planes, they spit and sputter, I don't know if they're backfiring or what they're doing, but you wonder when you hear it, you think, 'are they going to make it to the airport?' Basically, after seeing two crash, or even just one crash down here," he said.

The Tallahassee International Airport told WCTV the crash has nothing to do with the localizer that was damaged last Monday. That damage is located on the east-west runway, and this plane was attempting to land on the north-south runway. Additionally, the localizer would not have been needed on Tuesday because of the clear weather.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small plane crashed Tuesday in a wooded area south of Tallahassee International Airport, injuring the pilot and a passenger.

A Grumman American AA-5B Tiger aircraft reported engine trouble shortly before 5 p.m. and tried to reach the airport for an unscheduled landing.

But the plane dropped below the tree line south of the airport less than 10 minutes later, said Jim Durwin, deputy director of aviation at the airport.

“Emergency responders initiated search protocols and ultimately located the aircraft approximately four miles south of the airport in the National Forest adjacent to L.L. Wallace Road,” Durwin said.

Both occupants were injured but “alert and conscious,” Durwin said. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to arrive and take over the scene, said Deputy Dave Teems, spokesman for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

Airport officials did not have the plane’s itinerary.

“They did not take off from Tallahassee,” Durwin said. “They were not destined for Tallahassee. They were diverted to Tallahassee due to their in-flight emergency.”

Original article can be found here ➤

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