Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Beechcraft G58 Baron, N325GC: Fatal accident occurred January 04, 2021 in Cash, Craighead County, Arkansas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Hartzell Propeller; Piqua, Ohio

Location: Cash, AR 
Accident Number: CEN21LA107
Date & Time: January 4, 2021, 09:33 Local 
Registration: N325GC
Aircraft: HAWKER BEECHCRAFT CORP G58
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 4, 2021, about 0933 central standard time, a Hawker Beechcraft Corporation G58 airplane, N325GC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Cash, Arkansas. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to flight track data, the airplane departed from the Jonesboro Municipal Airport (JBR), Jonesboro, Arkansas at 0927. After departure, the airplane flew southwest, climbed to about 2,300 ft msl, and then started to descend. The flight continued to track southwest until about 0932, when it turned right, and flew west-north-west briefly, until flight track data was lost about 0933. The location of the loss of flight track data coincided with the accident site location.

The airplane impacted a muddy rice field about 16 miles southwest of JBR. The airplane was destroyed from a postimpact fire. Two Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspectors and an air safety investigator from Textron Aviation traveled to the accident site to conduct documentation activities. The wreckage was recovered from the accident site for a future examination of the airframe, engines, and propellers.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HAWKER BEECHCRAFT CORP
Registration: N325GC
Model/Series: G58 NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KM19,0 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:08 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 0.5 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Jonesboro, AR (JBR) 
Destination: Conway, AR (CXW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.7068,-90.945032 (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.

Sean Wesley Stem


POINSETT COUNTY, Arkansas (KAIT) - Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder releases the names of the two people killed in a Monday plane crash.

The pilot Sean Wesley Stem, 52, and passenger Nickoles Lee Warren, 41, both of Jonesboro, died in the crash.

The dispatch center received a call that a plane had gone down in the northwestern part of the county around 9:44 a.m., January 4, Molder said.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene where they found a twin-engine plane in a field off Flag Slough Lane between Grubbs and Weiner.

“The response was amazing as far as the emergency responders. They came and we were able to get here quickly. They responded to the scene and were a big help to us while we were investigating the scene,” said Molder.

Molder said the bodies have been sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock and the victims’ families have been notified.

“They are in our prayers,” he added.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have also both been notified, he said.

“The FAA will identify the aircraft type when investigators locate the identification plate,” said Elizabeth Isham Cory, public affairs specialist for the FAA. “Local authorities will release the names and medical conditions of the aircraft’s occupants.”

She said the FAA and NTSB will investigate the cause of the crash, with the NTSB providing updates as they become available.

According to the FAA preliminary accident and incident report, the Beechcraft G58 was still in its takeoff phase from Jonesboro when it “crashed under unknown circumstances and caught fire.” The pilot and one passenger perished.

Brock Davis was hunting in the area when he saw the plane having issues.

“I was in the duck woods hunting and there was a, what I thought was a single prop plane, going really low over the trees and it sounded like it was too low and it was really loud,” he said. “Something was wrong with one of the engines. Thirty seconds later, I couldn’t see it anymore I heard it, disappear, and saw black smoke billowing for 10 or 15 minutes.”

“You know, I would just like to say, pray for the family and the people affected. It was a very sad deal and I hope you know that safety, new safety precautions come from this.”

12 comments:

  1. approx 15 miles SW of JBR

    Mon 10:27:00 Departure (KJBR) @ Monday 09:27:00 CST
    Mon 10:27:51 35.8148 -90.6899 ↙ 244° Level
    Mon 10:27:54 35.7672 -90.7772 ↙ 244° 109 125 2,200 Level
    Mon 10:28:55 35.7525 -90.8100 ↙ 241° 110 127 2,300 -98 Descending
    Mon 10:29:56 35.7431 -90.8450 ← 252° 109 125 2,000 -393 Descending
    Mon 10:30:57 35.7258 -90.8808 ↙ 239° 109 125 1,500 -443 Descending
    Mon 10:31:58 35.7114 -90.9069 ↙ 236° 106 122 1,100 -344 Descending
    Mon 10:32:59 35.7103 -90.9392 ← 268° 91 105 800 -295 Descending
    Mon 10:34:06 35.6873 -90.9958 ↙ 243°

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    1. gretnbear..
      Those times listed from flightaware are Eastern time, and need to be adjusted to local time. "NTSB estimates that the plane crashed at about 9:27 a.m. CST"

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    2. Does down arrow mean it crash?

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    3. The arrows represent direction of flight.

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  2. KAIT8 reported 'According to the FAA’s preliminary accident and incident report, the Beechcraft G58 was still in its takeoff phase from Jonesboro when it “crashed under unknown circumstances and caught fire.” The pilot and one passenger perished.

    Brock Davis was hunting in the area when he saw the plane having issues.

    “I was in the duck woods hunting and there was a, what I thought was a single prop plane, going really low over the trees and it sounded like it was too low and it was really loud,” he said. “Something was wrong with one of the engines. Thirty seconds later, I couldn’t see it anymore I heard it, disappear, and saw black smoke billowing for 10 or 15 minutes.”

    “You know, I would just like to say, pray for the family and the people affected. It was a very sad deal and I hope you know that safety, new safety precautions come from this.” '

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  3. What was the weather at the time?

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    1. 08:53 CST KJBR METAR:
      KJBR 041453Z AUTO 00000KT 6SM BR CLR 04/03 A3006
      09:53 CST KJBR METAR:
      KJBR 041553Z AUTO 27005KT 10SM CLR 07/04 A3006

      From full day archive (times in CST, except for METARs):
      https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/cgi-bin/request/asos.py?station=JBR&data=all&year1=2021&month1=1&day1=4&year2=2021&month2=1&day2=5&tz=America%2FChicago&format=onlycomma&latlon=no&elev=no&missing=M&trace=T&direct=no&report_type=1&report_type=2

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  4. Could've used the ILS at KPTK - a 13 mile Uber ride to Y47.

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    1. Your comment to use the Pontiac Airport was obviously intended for the Michigan N8347P thread.

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  5. At this point this reads like a failure to maintain Vmc.

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  6. in a recent sale ad for the the 2007 BEECHCRAFT G58 BARON R/N: N325GC was listed with G1000 Avionics.
    FlightSafety offers a Beechcraft Baron Training Program using "Simulators (FTDs) outfitted with Garmin 430/530 or Garmin 1000 (with Synthetic vision) avionics for the most realistic training experience possible." FTD provides good aerodynamic modeling for control inputs, systems accuracy and exterior visuals. Replication of emergencies when attempted at the limits of aircraft performance or pilot proficiency in an actual aircraft has proven dangerous, and sometimes fatal. Thus flight simulators and flight training devices have become the norm in enabling pilots to face emergency situations and practice their responses. Regulatory requirements, insurance demands, and pilot training costs have also contributed to the use of simulators by all facets of aviation including the airlines, corporate flight departments, and the GA community. But the bottom line is that simulator training enhances safety.

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