Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Beechcraft C24R Sierra, N5246M: Accident occurred September 13, 2021 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

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

Aircraft crashed into a marsh on takeoff.  

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Date: 13-SEP-21
Time: 15:10:00Z
Regis#: N5246M
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: C24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida – Three people were injured Monday morning when a single-engine plane crashed into a marsh about 30 feet away from a runway at Northeast Florida Regional Airport, authorities said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Beechcraft C24R Sierra crashed into the marsh and flipped over while the pilot was trying to take off from the airport located just north of St. Augustine on U.S. Highway 1 about 10:10 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the airplane “failed to gain enough altitude for takeoff.”

James Langford told News4Jax he was outside his house when he heard a plane trying to rev and then a plop.

“I listen to the planes land and take off all the time. I knew this one didn’t make it,” he said. “I ran downstairs, came out here, and sure enough a plane in the marsh.”

Langford said he saw a man standing in the marsh grass next to the plane.

“I noticed that he was talking to somebody in the plane, so I knew there was somebody in the plane besides him,” Langford said. “They didn’t seem to be getting out. I knew it was more serious.”

The FAA said three people were on board. According to FHP, the pilot, a 67-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach man, was seriously injured, while the passengers — a 22-year-old West Palm Beach woman and a 23-year-old man from Holliston, Massachusetts — suffered minor injuries.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue was among the agencies that responded to the scene. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating. The FAA said the NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.

The flight school that owns the plane declined to comment, saying it’s waiting on the results of the investigation.

According to News4Jax records, this was the third incident involving a plane at that airport this summer. A Cessna 152 crashed and burned on a runway on June 29. The FAA said a flight instructor and passenger aboard both died.

On July 17, a small plane was damaged when its landing gear collapsed. No one was hurt in that incident.

1 comment:

  1. If that thing ended up a few more feet in any direction that likely would have been a drowning death crash of all three.