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Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu off Naples

Date & Time: Dec 19, 2020 at 1220 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N662TC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Sarasota - Key West
MSN:
46-8508095
YOM:
1985
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Sarasota-Bradenton Airport at 1140LT and continued to the south heading 178° at an altitude of 6,725 feet. While flying along the coast, the pilot encountered an unexpected situation and apparently decided to divert to Naples Airport. Eventually, he ditched the aircraft near the Naples' Pier and the aircraft came to rest less than 500 metres offshore. Both occupants were slightly injured while the aircraft later sank.

Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu in Naples: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 19, 2002 at 0958 LT
Registration:
N9127L
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Naples – Saint Petersburg
MSN:
46-08102
YOM:
1987
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
3000
Aircraft flight hours:
4643
Circumstances:
An annual inspection had been completed on the airplane the same day, and on its first flight after the annual inspection, as the airplane was departing from runway 05, at Naples Municipal Airport, witnesses said the engine ceased operating. They also said that the propeller was rotating either slowly or had stopped, and they then observed the airplane enter a steep turn, followed by an abrupt and uncontrolled nose-low descent and subsequent impact with the ground. The airplane came to rest in a nose-low, near vertical position, suspended at its tail section by a fence and some trees along the eastern perimeter of the airport. It had incurred substantial damage and the pilot and two passengers who were onboard the airplane were fatally injured. Postaccident examination of the airframe, flight controls and the engine did not reveal any mechanical failure or malfunction. The flaps were found to have been set to 10 degrees, and the propeller showed little or no evidence of rotation at impact. The FAA Toxicology Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicological studies on specimens obtained from the pilot and the results showed that diphenhydramine was found to be present in urine, and 0.139 (ug/ml, ug/g) diphenhydramine was detected in blood. Diphenhydramine, commonly known by the trade name Benadryl, is an over-the-counter antihistamine with sedative side effects, and is commonly used to treat allergy symptoms. Published research (Weiler et. al. Effects of Fexofenadine, Diphenhydramine, and Alcohol on Driving Performance. Annals of Internal Medicine 2000; 132:354-363), has noted the effect of a maximal over the counter dose of diphenhydramine to be worse than the effect of a 0.10% blood alcohol level on certain measures of simulated driving performance. The level of diphenydramine in the blood of the pilot was consistent with recent use of more than a typical maximum single over-the-counter dose of the medication.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed above the stall speed while maneuvering to land after the engine ceased operating for undetermined reasons, which resulted in a stall/spin, an uncontrolled descent, and an impact with the ground.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas TC-47J near Naples

Date & Time: Sep 10, 1985
Operator:
Registration:
N846MB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Naples - Naples
MSN:
33305/16557
YOM:
1945
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While engaged in a mosquito control flight, the right engine failed. The crew attempted an emergency landing when the aircraft crash landed east of Naples. Both crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Registration to be confirmed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure in flight for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in Addison: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 18, 1984 at 1452 LT
Registration:
N121BT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Addison - Naples
MSN:
421C-0806
YOM:
1979
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1620
Circumstances:
Approximately 7 minutes after takeoff (at 1441), the pilot declared an emergency and said the left engine had lost power. He feathered the engine, diverted back toward the airport and descended to VFR conditions below the clouds. At 1448, the pilot said he had the airport in sight and turned onto a left downwind for runway 15. Reportedly, he extended the landing gear and began a left turn toward the runway. Reportedly, the aircraft was too close in and/or the pilot chose to make a right turn away from the airport to land. Witnesses lost sight of the aircraft during the turn due to low clouds or obstructions. The pilot lost sight of the airport for a short time, then relocated it, but said he had his 'hands full.' Shortly thereafter, the aircraft entered a steep descent, hit the edge (roof) of a building, crashed into a utility pole and the ground and burned. There was evidence the aircraft was inverted just before impact. An exam of the left engine revealed evidence the #6 connecting rod had failed from oil exhaustion. Only one cup of oil was found in the engine and it had a history of high oil consumption. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power (total) - mech failure/malf
Phase of operation: climb - to cruise
Findings
1. (f) aircraft preflight - inadequate - pilot in command
2. (f) operation with known deficiencies in equipment - performed - pilot in command
3. (f) fluid, oil - starvation
4. Propeller feathering - performed
5. Initiated
6. Precautionary landing - initiated
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Occurrence #2: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: descent - normal
Findings
7. (c) emergency procedure - improper - pilot in command
8. (c) gear extension - premature - pilot in command
9. (c) airspeed (vmc) - not maintained - pilot in command
10. (c) aircraft handling - not maintained - pilot in command
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Occurrence #3: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Findings
11. Object - building (non residential)
12. Object - utility pole
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Occurrence #4: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 402C in Naples: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 7, 1984 at 2110 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N89PB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Naples - Tampa
MSN:
402C-0650
YOM:
1982
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2639
Captain / Total hours on type:
412.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1495
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff, both engines lost power and a wheels up landing was made in an open field. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire. An investigation revealed that the aircraft had been refuel with Jet-A fuel rather than 100 low lead avgas. The lineman had inadvertently used the Jet-A fuel truck which was identical to the Avgas truck except for a decal, appx 4' by 16', which identified the type of fuel. The lineman stated that his training consisted of approximately 30 minutes of reading the company maintenance manual on how to refuel the different company aircraft, then was given on-the-job training for a brief time. When he went to refuel N89PB prior to the accident flight, he went to the parking space where the Avgas truck was normally parked, but on that occasion, the Jet-A fuel truck was there.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power (total) - nonmechanical
Phase of operation: climb - to cruise
Findings
1. (c) fluid, fuel grade - improper
2. (c) maintenance, service of aircraft/equipment - improper - ground personnel
3. (f) habit interference - ground personnel
4. (f) inadequate surveillance, inadequate procedure - company/operator mgmt
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Occurrence #2: forced landing
Phase of operation: landing - flare/touchdown
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Occurrence #3: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: landing - flare/touchdown
Findings
5. Terrain condition - rough/uneven
6. Wheels up landing - performed - pilot in command
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 560F in Naples

Date & Time: Nov 18, 1980 at 1420 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N444R
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
560-1185-43
YOM:
1962
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Naples, the twin engine airplane struck trees and crashed, bursting into flames. The pilot, sole on board, escaped and was not recovered. The aircraft was destroyed by fire.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees during initial climb after the pilot selected an unsuitable terrain. Injury index presumed. Suspected drug operation.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Naples

Date & Time: Nov 5, 1980 at 1440 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N9044Y
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
31-64
YOM:
1968
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances near Naples while engaged in a contraband flight. The pilot, sole on board, was not recovered. The airplane was destroyed in the accident.
Probable cause:
Due to lack of evidences, the exact cause of the accident could not be determined.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo near Naples

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N101MC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
31-219
YOM:
1964
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After being stolen for an illegal mission, the twin engine airplane crash landed near Naples. The pilot selected an unsuitable terrain and the gear collapsed upon landing. The aircraft was then destroyed by a deliberate fire.
Probable cause:
Gear collapsed upon landing after the pilot selected an unsuitable terrain. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Stolen aircraft,
- Illegal flight,
- Found on 20JUL1979,
- Destroyed by deliberate fire.
Final Report:

Crash of a Dassault Falcon 20C in Naples

Date & Time: Nov 12, 1976 at 0857 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N27R
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Naples - Winston Salem
MSN:
303
YOM:
1974
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3826
Captain / Total hours on type:
768.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Naples Airport, while initial climb, the airplane collided with a flock of seagulls that entered the engines. Both engines' compressors stalled, the airplane lost speed then stalled and crashed in an open field located past the runway end. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and all 11 occupants were seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Bird strike during initial climb. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Inadequate preflight preparation,
- Failed to follow approved procedures,
- Failure to provide adequate directives, manual, equipment,
- Failure to notify of unsafe conditions / and or failure to mark obstruction,
- Bird ingestion,
- Forced landing off airport on land,
- Passengers not briefed,
- Emergency card instructions not correct for exits.
Final Report: