Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Small Stations Go Big During Breaking News: Beechcraft B200 Super King Air, N52SZ, fatal accident occurred October 30, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas

Many stations in small-and mid-sized markets can step up their game when national news breaks in their backyard.

When a gunman opened fire Oct. 1 in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., KVAL had only two reporters in the rural town. ABC affiliate KEZI had just one. The vast majority of staff and resources for the two Eugene stations, as well as others in the closest TV market (DMA No. 120), were 72 miles north.  They sent staff to the hospital and blood bank in addition to the school, while reporters on their own had TVU backpacks and sent content back. The stations dealt with rumors and national media requests, not to mention the aftermath of a tragedy in their backyard, but they nonetheless produced wall-to-wall coverage.

“One thing we do not have is a small-market attitude here,” said JR Jackson, KVAL Eugene general manager. “We don’t think of ourselves as a small-market team.”

During a breaking news story, small-market stations may not have 100 producers on scene or dozens of satellite trucks, said Mike Boring, KEZI Eugene general manager, but they do have teams that are family-oriented. People go the extra mile, whether it be sales people bringing lunch to the newsroom and making calls or the morning anchor who was still reporting late in the evening Oct. 1 despite a 5 a.m. broadcast that morning and another one the next morning.  “We bring excellence every day and execute as if we were on the national stage every day,” Boring said. He added that the Heartland Media-owned station’s goal is to always be ingrained in the fabric of the community. 

“It’s about knowing the community and the people in it and having the right resources so when something like this happens, you have the trust of viewers and the trust of authorities and strong relationships,” he said. “All of that happens long before incidents like this happen, so when a tragedy happens we have all of that built up so we’re able to execute to the very best of our ability for the viewers.”

They know the feeling at KWCH in Wichita, Kansas (DMA No. 65). The station won a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award earlier this year for its breaking news coverage of a plane crash last October. Down several crews covering the World Series in Kansas City and located farther away from the airport than the other station, the Schurz-owned CBS affiliate initially scrambled a bit and had to use the tower cam for early footage.

Read more here:  http://www.broadcastingcable.com

WICHITA, Kansas --  Four people have died after a plane crashed into a building near Mid-Continent airport.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at the FlightSafety Building, 1851 Airport Road, around 9:45 a.m. Thursday,  October 30, 2014.

Witnesses called 911 after seeing smoke in the area. Pictures sent in to Eyewitness News appear smoke and flames were showing from a building in the area.

The FAA released a statement saying the pilot of a Beechcraft B200 Super King Air reported losing engine power just after takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Radio traffic between air traffic control and the flight indicates the plane lost the left engine, and was returning to the airport before the crash. The plane crashed into the building on airport road while attempting to return to the runway.

The plane was en route to Mena, Ark.

The pilot, one of the four fatalities, has been identified at 53-year-old Mark Goldstein. He was a former air traffic controller.

Three other people inside the north end of the building were also killed in the crash, Fire Chief Ron Blackwell said. Five people were taken to a Wichita hospital for treatment. One is listed in serious condition, and four others were treated and released. The four deceased were the four originally unaccounted for.

City of Wichita officials have confirmed three of the victims are from the Wichita area and one is from another country. Three were found inside a flight simulator and one - presumed to be the pilot - was found on the roof. The names and ages of the victims have not been released. Investigators are still working to notify the family members of the victims.

Wichita Police want anyone who believes their family members are involved in this morning's plane crash to meet with authorities at 1951 S. Airport Rd. Family members can also call 316-946-4710 for more information.

Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said crews have cleared three of the four flight simulator rooms. The final room is not stable enough for crews to enter the area.

Blackwell said there were about 100 people inside the building at the time. Firefighters had to evacuate the building because of deteriorating conditions. The building sustained serious damage, and the roof and walls collapsed. No firefighters have been injured.

Blackwell said it is believed bodies are still inside the building.

"There are portions of the aircraft on the roof and on the ground," Blackwell said.

Deputy Chief John Speer said this is not an intentional event.

"We feel confident calling this an aviation accident," Speer said.

The FlightSafety facility supports training activities and houses flight safety instructors, simulator operators, staff and clients.

The aviation training company released a statement on its website saying, "All of us at FlightSafety International are greatly saddened by the tragic accident that occurred at Wichita Mid Continent Airport impacting our Cessna Learning Center. We are continuing to work with authorities to assist them in their investigation and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our Clients & Teammates. No further details are available at this time."

Responding agencies included the Wichita Fire Department, Wichita Police Department, Mid-Continent Public Safety Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and the FBI. FAA investigators and the National Transportation Safety Board is at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Read more here:  http://www.kwch.com


NTSB Identification: CEN15FA034

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 30, 2014 in Wichita, KS
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY B200, registration: N52SZ
Injuries: 4 Fatal,2 Serious,4 Minor.

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. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 30, 2014, at 0948 central daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company King Air B200, N52SZ, impacted the Flight Safety International (FSI) building located on the airport after departure from the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (KICT), Wichita, Kansas. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. Three building occupants were fatally injured, 2 occupants sustained serious injuries and four occupants sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by Gilleland Aviation, Inc., Georgetown, Texas, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed. The flight originated at 0947 and was en route to the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport (KMEZ), Mena, Arkansas.

According to the air traffic control (ATC) recordings, at 0947:06, the airplane departed runway 1R and was instructed by the controller to fly runway heading. At 0948:17, the pilot declared an emergency and stated that he "lost the left engine."

According to witnesses on the ground, after the airplane departed runway 1R, a left turn was initiated and the airplane's altitude was estimated less than 150 feet above the ground. One witness observed the airplane shortly after it became airborne and heard a reduction in power on one engine before it entered the left turn. Another witness saw the airplane from about 20 yards away. He said the airplane was in a left turn and approached the hangars east of FSI, then the wings were level as it flew west toward FSI. The airplane's landing gear were "down and locked", the flaps were extended, the rudder was neutral, and the right engine was at full power. The witness did not see the left engine. The airplane then disappeared from his view and he heard the sound of an impact. Another witness observed the airplane in its final seconds before it impacted the FSI building. He said the airplane was on a heading of 240 degrees and was in a "gradual" descending left turn. He thought the airplane was going to land on the west runway, but then it collided with the northeast corner of the FSI building. The witness said the landing gear were extended and both propellers were rotating, but he could not determine at what power setting. He said the airplane's left engine struck the building first just below the roof line, followed by the outboard section of the left wing. When the wing impacted the building it separated and the airplane rolled to about 70 degrees bank angle. The nose of the airplane struck the roof of the building and the airplane slid for about 20-30 feet before the tail section came over the top of the airplane followed by a large explosion. A postimpact fire ensued.

Surveillance video from the surrounding buildings was obtained and will be reviewed.

The airplane was equipped with a Fairchild Model A100S cockpit voice recorder (CVR). The unit was removed from the wreckage and sent to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vehicle Recorder Laboratory for download.

The airplane was equipped with two Sandel ST3400 Terrain Awareness and Warning System / Radio Magnetic Indicator (TAWS/RMI) units. These units were retained by the NTSB and will be examined for recorded flight data.

At 0953, the automated weather observation at KICT reported wind from 350 degrees and 16 knots, 10 miles of visibility, a few clouds at 15,000 feet, temperature 59° Fahrenheit (F), dew point 37° F, and altimeter setting 30.12 inches of mercury.

The wreckage has been retained for further examination.

Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office: FAA Wichita FSDO-64