Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, KDK Associates Inc., N8675N: Accident occurred December 15, 2015 near McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI), Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

KDK ASSOCIATES INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8675N

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA071 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Brunswick, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32, registration: N8675N
Injuries: 2 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 15, 2015, at 1050 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-32-300, N8675N, made a forced landing about .1-mile north of Malcolm McKinnon Airport (SSI), Brunswick, Georgia, after a catastrophic engine failure. The pilot and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane landed on the roof of a home and collided with trees which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident. No flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (CRG), Jacksonville, Florida, about 1020 and was destined for the Rock Hill/York County/Bryant Field (UZA), Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector performed an on-scene examination of the airplane and reported that the No. 4 cylinder had "blown off" and there was a large amount of oil observed.

The aircraft and engine were recovered for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11

The unidentified men were thankful they escaped the crash relatively unscathed, Glynn County aviation officials told First Coast News.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — A small plane landed on the roof of a house in St. Simons Island Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The pilot and passenger on board the Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six were taken to a local hospital to be checked out for minor injuries after the crash landing onto a home near Circle Drive and Florida Street before 11 a.m.

"They were conscious and moving around. They were obviously beat up," said James Burnsted, who along with his dad climbed ladders to help the crew get down.

The plane took off from Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport and was headed for the Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia.

FAA is investigating with the National Transportation and Safety Board.

The unidentified men were thankful they escaped the crash relatively unscathed, Glynn County aviation officials told First Coast News.

Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.firstcoastnews.com

ST. SIMONS ISLAND | Two people aboard a single-engine plane that crashed Tuesday morning onto a house near the island’s airport climbed down a ladder provided by the homeowner and suffered only minor injuries, officials said.

The Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, which originated in Jacksonville, crashed about 11 a.m. after its occupants called air traffic controllers in Florida and reported engine trouble, said Tommy Dixon, an assistant chief with the Glynn County Fire Department.

“They lost contact with them temporarily,’’ Dixon said at the home on Circle Drive where the plane crashed a short distance from McKinnon St. Simons Airport’s main runway.

“They did a good job of putting it down,’’ Dixon said. “It may not look like it right now, but they did.”

According to its tail registration number, the plane is a Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six aircraft. It is registered to KDK Associates on Coquina Drive in Jacksonville. That is a consulting company owned by Allison and Keith Kennedy, but it is not known if they were the two people aboard the plane. Those people were taken to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick hospital with minor injuries that Dixon described as scrapes and bruises.

The plane sat diagonally on the roof with the nose near the ridge of the roof and the tail near the edge. The fuselage sat over a big hole that had been gouged through it.

Dixon said the homeowners were evacuated immediately. Other officials said fuel had leaked into the house.

The homeowners, Joanne and Wilfred McGuin were three houses away waiting for someone to bring belongings from their house and, Joanne McGuin said, food for their dogs, Kate and Bubbles.

Wilfred McGuin said he was working in the yard at the side of his house when the plane crashed over his head.

“It came down over the top of me,’’ and clipped a tree limb that fell very close to him, he said.

“I heard a big crash. I thought it was the rest of the limb on the roof,’’ Wilfred McGuin said.

Then he looked up and saw the plane and saw two men get onto the roof, he said.

He put up a ladder for them and they climbed down, McGuin said.

Joanne McQuin said she was outside on a deck when she heard the crash.

“There was no motor,’’ so there was no sound until the crash, she said.

“It looked like it went right across the top and hit our bedroom,’’ Joanne McGuin said.

The nose of the plane was pointed to the northwest, but a piece of the plane lay underneath a tree to the north of the house where it had clipped a topmost limb and broken it.

With the volatile aircraft fuel leaking into the house, two Glynn County fire trucks were standing by.

The Glynn County Airport Commission was awaiting permission from the FAA to have the plane lifted from the house.

Source:  http://jacksonville.com 

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