Friday, April 17, 2020

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N66FN: Accident occurred April 16, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

Aircraft made an emergency landing on a highway and gear collapsed.

Mel Aviation LLC

Date: 16-APR-20

Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N66FN
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - I-75 northbound reopened Thursday night following the crash of a small plane near Ronald Reagan Highway.

The Beechcraft A36 Bonanza was moved to the ramp from I-75 north to Galbraith Road so it remains closed.

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the expressway around 11:20 a.m., according to Cincinnati Police Lt. Chris Ruehmer.

Police say the pilot has been identified as John Bennett, 61, of Indianapolis. He was able to get out of the plane safely.

He remained on the scene to help with the investigation, according to Cincinnati police.

They say Bennett lost power to the plane’s single-engine.

There was no fire, just significant structural damage to the plane, Lt. Ruehmer said.

It did not hit any vehicles on I-75.Traffic on northbound I-75 was diverted at Ronald Reagan Highway for more than six hours.

“It was like out of the blue. We did not expect that,” witness Mikel Emery said. “The plane was coming through the trees. He hit the pole, spent out of control, and hit the highway wall across the highway.”

Emery’s family initially feared for their lives, “We thought it was over because we were so close,”.

Lt. Ruehmer says he was told the pilot was coming from Indianapolis and he was taking his plane to Lunken Airport for maintenance.

The plane is owned by Mel Aviation LLC out of Indianapolis, according to the FAA.

Police say it’s a 1996 Beechcraft Bonanza A36 that seats six.

Aviation expert Jay Ratliff told FOX19 NOW the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, will conduct an investigation that will likely take months to complete.

“They’ll be looking at the fuel, to see if there were any fuel contaminants, along with the mechanical situation of the aircraft. And again, It’s going to take a great deal of time for them to determine what took place,” Ratliff said.

During the investigation, they will also take a long look at the pilot himself.

“They’ll basically have medical tests to make sure the pilot was not under the influence of any medication or anything like that that might have impaired his ability to fly," Ratliff said.

UPDATE: After shutdowns lasting more than eight hours, all lanes of I-75 reopened at approximately 7:40 p.m. Thursday.

CINCINNATI — Police said it's very fortunate the pilot of a small airplane was able to safely crash-land it on northbound Interstate 75 Thursday morning.

The pilot, a man in his 60s, was the only person on board, police said. He was not injured when he made an emergency landing near Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway just before noon. No one on the ground was hurt, either. But the highway was closed for eight hours until FAA investigators allowed the plane to be lifted onto a flatbed and carted away.

Lt. Steve Saunders said the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza probably had engine trouble and started to come down unexpectedly. The pilot was able to land without crashing into any drivers and come to a stop nose-first against a concrete barrier.

“I think we’re very fortunate that because of the stay-at-home order, the traffic volume on I-75 that would typically be very, very high was lower than normal especially during the height of the day, and that may have made the situation a little more advantageous for the pilot to bring the plane down on a major highway like I-75," Saunders said.

The plane was registered to Mel Aviation LLC of Indianapolis. The pilot's name has not been disclosed. It was not clear where the pilot took off or where he was headed.

Northbound I-75 finally reopened about 7:40 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

1 comment:

  1. Great outcome with zero safe options for put down. Obstacles galore!