Sunday, November 21, 2021

Cessna 210K Centurion, N5779J: Accident occurred November 21, 2021 near Bibb County Airport (0A8), Alabama

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: ERA22LA071 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida 

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed in a field. 

Beavers Air LLC

Date: 21-NOV-21
Time: 14:26:00Z
Regis#: N5779J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

A single-engine plane has crashed along U.S. Highway 5, 1 mile South of the Highway 5 and University Blvd intersection of Brent, at Dowdle Drive. The aircraft is a Cessna 210K Centurion according to aircraft registration records and is owned by an LLC with an address in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

Brent Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and there appears to have been no fire from the looks of photos that have been provided by our reporter. A witness on the ground said he heard the aircraft sputtering when it flew over the Sawmeal restaurant. The pilot was attempting a landing to the North on Highway 5. The injured pilot exited the aircraft under his own ability but has been transported for medical observation.

The pilot filed a flight plan and departed the Tuscaloosa airport at 8:04 a.m. this morning destined for Baker, Florida, a flight that should have taken one hour.  His flight plan shows that he reached an altitude of 6600 ft before beginning a rapid descent some 17 minutes later. The crash site is 5.2 miles from the runway of the Bibb County Airport.

The pilot is reported to have told first responders that his engine lost oil pressure and he was attempting to land on Highway 5.

BIBB COUNTY, Alabama — One person was injured after a small plane crash Sunday morning, according to Bibb County EMA Director Kirk Smith.

Smith says the crash occurred around 8 a.m. Sunday when the plane made an emergency landing on Highway 5.

The pilot of the plane was taken to DCH Hospital with minor injures.

Officials are on the scene waiting for the National Transportation Safety Board to arrive.

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