Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Maule MT-7-235, N899ZZ: Fatal accident occurred March 23, 2020

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina


Aircraft crashed in the water under unknown circumstances.


Carolina Training and Safety LLC 

https://registry.faa.gov/N899ZZ


Date: 24-MAR-20
Time: 05:00:00Z
Regis#: N899Z
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: MT7
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BEAUFORT
State: NORTH CAROLINA

This is a graphic of the combined search patterns conducted by Coast Guard assets March 24th, 2020, during a search for two missing persons after their aircraft was reported to have gone down 13 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet, North Carolina. Coast Guard watchstanders were initially notified of the incident by Air Traffic Control Cherry Point, who reported that an aircraft had dropped from their radar. 


EMERALD ISLE — A public affairs officer at the United States Coast Guard 5th District office in Portsmouth, Virginia, said Wednesday morning that searchers identified a debris field they believe is from a Maule MT-7-235 aircraft that crashed in the ocean with two people onboard Monday night.

Petty Officer Shannon Kearney said the debris field and crash site are 13 miles south of Bogue Inlet, off Emerald Isle.

She said the Coast Guard’s search and rescue effort, suspended late Tuesday, will resume if any new information warrants it.

Petty Officer Kearney said the airplane took off from Orangeburg, South Carolina, bound for Beaufort. She did not know when the plane left South Carolina or when it was expected to land in Beaufort.

The people onboard the plane have not been identified.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders were initially notified by Air Traffic Control Cherry Point that an aircraft reportedly dropped from its radar Monday at about 11 p.m.

The Coast Guard said crews yesterday searched a combined 676.3 square miles over air, sea and land.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating 

(Previous report)

EMERALD ISLE — The U.S. Coast Guard announced about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday it had suspended its search for two missing people involved in a reported Maule M-7-235 crash in the ocean about 12 miles from Bogue Inlet.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders were initially notified by Air Traffic Control Cherry Point that an aircraft reportedly dropped from their radar Monday at about 11 p.m.

The Coast Guard said crews searched a combined 676.3 square miles over air, sea and land.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the accident, and the search has been suspended pending the development of new information.

(Previous report)

EMERALD ISLE — Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for survivors of a Monday evening plane crash near Emerald Isle.

According to the Tuesday morning release, a Maule M-7-235 reportedly crashed southeast of Bogue Inlet, near Emerald Isle around 11 p.m. Two people were reportedly on board.

The release from the Coast Guard states watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a call from air traffic control at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point after the Cessna dropped off radar 12 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet at approximately 11 p.m. Monday.

The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Marine Corps Air Station Elizabeth City, a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City, a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle and Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal.

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, officials said they were “still searching.”

Emerald Isle Town Manager Matt Zapp said the Coast Guard was in charge of all search and rescue efforts related to the crash.

“None of our team are involved,” he said. “It was well off the coast, 12 miles, so it’s a Coast Guard issue.”

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


EMERALD ISLE, Carteret County — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two missing people involved in a Maule MT-7-235 airplane crash near Bogue Inlet.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders were initially notified of the incident by Air Traffic Control Cherry Point that an aircraft reportedly dropped from their radar on Monday evening.

Coast Guard personnel say they searched a combined total of 676.3 square miles over air, sea, and land.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the incident, and the search has been suspended pending the development of new information.

Previous Story:

Coast Guard crews are searching for survivors after a Maule MT-7-235 airplane crashed southeast of Bogue Inlet, near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, late Monday evening.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a call from Air Traffic Control Cherry Point at approximately 11:00 p.m. that an aircraft had dropped from their radar 12 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet. The aircraft had two people onboard, according to officials.

Officials say the plane was traveling to Beaufort from Orangeburg, South Carolina. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Coast Guard says this is a search and rescue effort, not a search and recovery.

“Six hundred and seventy-six square miles have been searched unsuccessfully, unfortunately," explains Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffrey McConnell. "But, we still have the helicopter and the Nathan Bruckenthal are still on scene continuing the search for survivors at this point.”

McConnell says there is no information on the names of the two people who were aboard the plane or the flying conditions at the time of the crash.

The Coast Guard has launched crews onboard the following assets to search:
  • an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City,
  • a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City,
  • a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Station Emerald Isle,
  • Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal.
Original article can be found here ➤ https://wcti12.com

2 comments:

  1. It appears that Richard Nickel, one of the owners of Carolina Bridge Company, was one of the victims of this crash. I can find no pilot certificate for him so there must have been another soul on board with a rating.

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  2. Bad news ... I have met Richards dad a few times a few years ago.

    Just speculation ... we will probably never know ... loss of vacuum pump or attitude indicator leading to spacial disorientation or maybe just spacial disorientation.

    RIP and may the family members find peace.

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