Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Cessna 195, N597K: Accident occurred January 31, 2022 near Flagler Executive Airport (KFIN), Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida

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

Location: Palm Coast, Florida 
Accident Number: ERA22LA112
Date and Time: January 31, 2022, 13:00 Local
Registration: N597K
Aircraft: Cessna 195 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 31, 2022, about 1300 eastern standard time, a Cessna 195 airplane, N597K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Palm Coast, Florida. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane departed Spruce Creek Airport (7FL6), Daytona Beach, Florida about 1238, destined for Flagler Executive Airport (FIN), Palm Coast, Florida.

The pilot stated that, prior to the flight, he performed a normal preflight and flight planning for the flight from 7FL6 to FIN. The pilot advised that he did not take on any fuel as he had enough for the intended flight. After boarding the airplane, the pilot started the engine. The start was normal, and the pilot monitored all the instruments, and everything was normal.

He taxied to runway 24 for takeoff, and while short of the runway he ran the engine at idle for about 5 minutes and verified all instruments and everything was normal. Upon entering the runway for takeoff, a complete run-up procedure was performed, and no abnormality was observed. He took off, and upon reaching 1,000 feet above mean sea level configured the airplane for cruise.

He stated that he observed all instruments, and everything was normal. Then, about 5 miles south of FIN, the engine quit. The engine did windmill, but it had no power. An attempt to restart was performed without success. The pilot informed air traffic control (ATC) of what had occurred and declared an emergency. He informed ATC that he would be landing on Interstate 95 (I-95).

While approaching and setting up for landing on I-95, the pilot-rated passenger informed the pilot that he had a semi-trailer truck on his right-side, so the pilot tried to maneuver to his left as much as possible. The right wing then contacted the truck, at which point the pilot lost control. The airplane cartwheeled and came to rest inverted off the right side of I-95.

Both the pilot and the passenger egressed with minor injuries.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N597K
Model/Series: 195 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
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: KFIN,33 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Daytona Beach, FL (7FL6)
Destination: Palm Coast, FL (FIN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.465151,-81.207648 (est)

A small plane tried to make an emergency landing on Interstate 95 in Flagler County on Monday, but clipped a truck and crashed into some trees, injuring the two people onboard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred about 12:52 p.m. along the northbound lanes near mile marker 279, approximately halfway between Old Dixie Highway and State Road 100 exits, according to the FHP and the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, which assisted. 

A small plane tried to make an emergency landing Monday on Interstate 95 in Flagler County, but clipped a truck and crashed into some trees, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Two people aboard suffered minor injuries, FHP stated. The crash occurred approximately halfway between the Old Dixie Highway and State Road 100 exits.

The plane had departed from the New Smyrna Beach area and was flying to the Flagler Executive Airport, according to the FHP.

The single-engine plane lost all power for reasons which are still being investigated, FHP stated.

The pilot was trying to land in the northbound lanes of I-95 but one of the plane's wings collided with a tractor trailer, FHP said. The plane then crashed into some trees.

A plane which crashed along northbound Interstate 95 south of State Road 100 on Monday in Flagler County is removed.  Two people aboard the plane suffered minor injuries.

The plane ended up upside down against the trees and near the highway, according to a picture in a tweet by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. Two lanes of the interstate were closed as first responders worked the crash scene, according to the tweet.

The pilot and co-pilot suffered minor injuries but were able to get out of the plane on their own, according to the FHP. 

The registered owner of the aircraft is Daniel Paul Kriedeman, who lives near Port Orange, according to FAA records.  

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office 911 operators received numerous calls about the plane crash from drivers on the interstate. One of those callers was Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood who said in a phone interview he was driving north to South Carolina to attend the funeral of his only sibling, Beth Ann Scannell, who died on Jan. 21 at the age of 54, following a battle with ALS.

Chitwood said he noticed the plane over the highway.

“It was so damn low,” Chitwood said.

He said he lost sight of the plane as it flew beyond a bend in the highway. 

But then he drove up on the crash scene.

“It was surreal,” Chitwood said. “I just can’t believe those guys survived."

Chitwood said he was one of a number of motorists who stopped to help. He said one person was out of the plane, but Chitwood and others helped pull the pilot out.

Traffic was still backed up on I-95 northbound at around 4:30 p.m. The sheriff's office and FHP were still on the scene and a small crane was being used to try and lift the plane. It was hauled away at around 5:20 p.m. on the back of a flatbed truck.

The plane is a Cessna 195 manufactured in 1949, according to the FAA.

Federal authorities were contacted to continue the investigation, according to the FHP.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigates airplane crashes.


  1. Clipped a semi and the round engine got separated before coming to rest.

    1. this 1949 Cessna 195 is fitted with the impressive 42-inch diameter, 300 hp Jacobs R-755A2 radial.