Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cessna 340A, Ninerxray Inc., N6239X: Fatal accident occurred March 18, 2016 at Peter O. Knight Airport (KTPF), Davis Islands, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida

NTSB Identification: ERA16FA133 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 18, 2016 in Tampa, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 340A, registration: N6239X
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 March 18, 2016, at 1130 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 340A, N6239X, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during an initial climb following a takeoff at Peter O. Knight Airport (TPF), Tampa, Florida. The airline transport pilot and the private pilot were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. An instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. The personal flight, to Pensacola International Airport (PNS) Pensacola, Florida, was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

TPF had two runways, runway 4/22, which was 3,580 feet long and 100 feet wide, and runway 18/36, which was 2,687 feet long and 75 feet wide. The runways intersected near their northern ends. There was shipping channel just east of, and parallel to runway 18/36.

Wind, recorded at the airport at 1135, was from 210 degrees true at 9 knots. However, a temporary flight restriction (TFR) was in effect at the time of the accident due to an airshow at nearby MacDill Air Force Base. The TFR extended in a 5-nautical-mile radius from the center of the base, from the surface to 15,000 feet unless authorized by air traffic control. The TFR extended over the southern ends of both runways at TPF. Multiple sources indicated that while the twin-engine Cessna 340 was taking off from runway 4, a single-engine Cessna 172M, N61801, was taking off from runway 36.

The airport did not have an operating control tower, and the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) was not recorded, nor was it required to be.

There were two pilots in the Cessna 172; the pilot in command (PIC) who had just passed his private pilot check ride at TPF, and a pilot-rated passenger, who had also been the PIC's flight instructor. The Cessna 172 was departing for its home airport following the check ride. In separate written statements, both pilots stated that the PIC made an advisory radio call indicating they would be taking off from runway 36. They also stated that they did not hear any other airplane on the frequency, with the PIC noting that they monitored frequency 122.725 [the CTAF frequency] from the taxi start point in front of the fixed base operator (FBO) to runway 36.

There was also a radio at the FBO, and a witness who was there at the time of the accident stated that he heard a radio call from the Cessna 340, and about 10-15 seconds later, heard what he thought could have been a call from the Cessna 172, but it wasn't as clear, partly because he was speaking to someone else at the time.

Airport and cross-channel security cameras captured the latter part of the accident flight. They partially showed the Cessna 340 taking off from runway 4 and the Cessna 172 taking off from runway 36.

The airport security camera was pointed such that the intersections of runways 4 and 36 were in the upper left quadrant of the video. The video initially showed the Cessna 172 on its takeoff roll. It lifted off the runway well before the runway intersection, continued a slow climb straight ahead, and gradually disappeared toward the upper left portion of the video.

When the video initially showed the Cessna 340, it was already about 20 feet above runway 4. It then made a hard left turn and appeared to pass behind the Cessna 172, still in a left turn, but climbing. It then appeared to briefly parallel the course of the Cessna 172, but the left-turn bank angle continued to increase, and the airplane's nose dropped. The airplane then descended, impacting the ground in an inverted, extremely nose-low attitude. During the impact sequence, the airplane burst into flames.

There was also a camera at a berth on the opposite (eastern) side of the shipping channel. The camera was pointing northward, up the shipping channel. However, the left side of the video also included part of the airport where runways 4 and 36 intersected.

In the recording, the Cessna 172 was first seen coming into view airborne off runway 36, and climbing straight out over the runway. As it neared the intersection, the Cessna 340 came into view, just lifting off from runway 4 and almost immediately beginning a hard left turn. The Cessna 340 continued the turn, passing behind the Cessna 172 while climbing and closing on the Cessna 172's right side. It almost reached Cessna 172's altitude, but continued the left turn onto its back, and descended into the ground. A fireball then erupted that initially extended well below and in front of the Cessna 172.

The Cessna 172 pilot-rated passenger, in the right seat, stated that as his airplane climbed through about 200 feet, he heard another airplane. He looked out the right window and saw the Cessna 340 almost directly below, "stall and crash." The PIC of the Cessna 172, in the left seat, stated that he heard but did not see what he thought was a twin engine airplane, then saw a fireball at the departure end of the runway he just departed.

The videos also recorded a boat heading north, mid-channel, in the waterway next to runway 36 when the accident occurred. A witness on the boat heard "screaming engine noise," which caused him to look toward the two airplanes. He saw that the "twin engine plane was behind and below the single engine plane." The twin engine airplane was in a left turn; it then caught a wing and slammed into the ground, with an "instantaneous" explosion.

The Cessna 340 impacted flat terrain about 40 feet to right of, and 250 feet from the departure end of runway 36, in the vicinity of 27 degrees, 55.16 minutes north latitude, 082 degrees, 26.87 degrees west longitude. The airplane was mostly destroyed in a post impact fire, and initial ground scars indicated an approximate heading of 010 degrees magnetic. Ground scars were consistent with the airplane having impacted at a high descent angle and inverted. However, the main wreckage came to rest right side up.

The fire consumed the majority of fuselage, from the nose of the airplane to the beginning of the empennage. Both wings were also substantially consumed by fire. The engines had separated from the wings, with the right engine found between the beginning of the wreckage path and the main wreckage, and the left engine found on top of the right wing.

Remnants of all flight control surfaces were found at the scene, but flight control continuity could only be confirmed between the wings and center cabin, and the tail and center cabin due to the extent of fire damage.

Both propellers were found broken off from their respective engines, and both sets of propellers exhibited blade leading edge burnishing, and bending and twisting. Engine crankshaft continuity was confirmed on both engines, as was compression. Significant thermal and impact damage was noted, but no preexisting anomalies were found that would have precluded normal operation.

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Louis Caporicci

Kevin Correna

They were best friends, business partners and Air Force Academy roommates. 

And Friday morning, Louis Caporicci and Kevin Carreno perished together in a fire after authorities said a small plane crashed while taking off at Peter O. Knight Airport on Tampa’s Davis Islands, a close friend of Caporicci confirmed Sunday.

The twin-engine Cessna 310 was engulfed in flames as firefighters were called to the scene, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. Officials expect to release a preliminary report in 10 days or less, but a complete investigation could last a year.

Friends recalled two people who faithfully served their country, their communities and loved their families. Friends and family members posted condolences on social media sites. Family members of both men declined comment Sunday,

John Alvarez, a close friend of the 55-year-old Caporicci, said that the two men were aboard the Cessna.

State business records show that Carreno, 55, was the registered agent and Caporicci was the manager of a company called Peritas Partners, located at 3001 Executive Drive, Suite 335, Clearwater.

The two men have a long history together, Alvarez said.

They were “classmates and roommates at the Air Force Academy,” said Alvarez, a retired Air Force colonel who lost his left leg during a mission in Ecuador. “Kevin was definitely his best friend and most recently his business partner,” Alvarez said. “Lou and I served together and worked together when he was with Commuter Air and I consider him a brother.”

Caporicci was a retired Air Force colonel who flew air rescue and special ops missions all over the world and last served at U.S. Special Operations Command, responsible for wargaming, experimentation and concept development.

Alvarez said that Caporicci recruited him away from the Joint Special Operations University at Socom.

“He also was active in our local chapter of the Air Commando Association,” Alvarez said. “I’m the local chapter president and along with our other local retired Pave Low crews are taking care of his families needs.”

Among his many other military experiences, Caporicci flew MH-53 helicopters, known as Pavelows.

He also served with Special Operations Command Europe (Soceur), where he was instrumental in handling special operations issues in Bosnia, according to a former commanding officer, retired Army colonel Mark Rosengard.

“He was a great guy,” said Rosengard, who saw the aftermath of the accident from the window of his office on Harbour Island. “He was a great family man and a good friend.”

Caporicci was Rosengard’s deputy at Soceur in 2004 and was played a big role.

“He was a terrific guy, a great communicator,” Rosengard said. “He was capable of very detailed planning.”

Because of his skills, Caporicci was sent on a temporary special operations assignment in Sarajevo, but did such a good job the tour was extended.

“We needed to have a leader,” said Rosengard. “We had a cell forwarded in Sarajevo, and needed to send someone that was capable, He did a superlative job, managing a very amorphous task.”

Because much of the mission remains classified, Rosengard couldn’t go into too many details. But he said that Caporicci dealt with a lot of senior military leaders “and had to make them comfortable about what special operators were prepared to do, and how they executed their missions. He was great. He was super at that. Super at a lot of things, and that solved a great many problems for what was a turbulent time in Soceur.”

It was Caporicci’s job to make problems non-problems, said Rosengard. “He was a no-worry” officer who commanders thought of “as an unspeakable value. A treasure. His wife Val is a super lady, his daughters are beautiful and it is a loss. We lost a treasure there.”

Stu Bradin, a retired Army colonel who replaced Caporicci at Soceur, also valued the man.

“There is nobody who didn’t like him, which is why we called him ‘Sweet Lou’, said Stu Bradin, a retired Army colonel who knew Caporicci for more than a decade.

Bradin took over for Caporicci as the deputy director of plans for Special Operations Command Europe sometime around 2003.

He was an avid private pilot and flew the MH-53 Pavelow helicopter for Air Force Special Operations Command, said Bradin.

“He was just a good man,” said Bradin. “Funny as hell and if he couldn’t do something, he was very straight up and tell you, so there were no delusions of grandeur. He was just a good egg.”

According to his Linkedin page, Carreno was General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer at International Assets Advisory and was also servicing a three-year term as a director for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Board of Governors.

On Facebook, Sam Ayers recalled Carreno as a loving family man.

“Kevin Carreno was a good man, and a good husband and father,” Ayers wrote. “I know personally that he loved and cared for his family in a way that is rare by today’s standards. I will miss Kevin but know for a fact that he is with the Lord and is waiting for us to join him there. My heart bleeds for LeAnn and the Carreno family. Know that we love you all and are very sad for your loss.”

Also on Facebook, Lisa Lovelace Smith recalled both men.

“83’ Air Force Academy Brothers! RIP Kevin and Lou, You both will be missed!,” she wrote. “Both were Godly Men, Family Men, Military Men! Oh how we loved them! Both Private Pilots that flew everywhere together. So the only positive thing I can think about their deaths is that they died “together” doing one of their most Favorite Hobbies in the whole wide world “Flying”! Now I believe they are Flying in Heaven! I believe if we just look up in the sky they are Flying High with God on their Wings. But I tell you the hole that they have left for us back on earth hurts. Ricard and I were “just” their friends and it hurts. ... please be in prayer for their families as I can only imagine the pain that both families are feeling. I ask if and when you go to church ask your Church family to pray for these two sweet and loving families. Thank You!”

The airport was closed after the crash and reopened Saturday evening.

The plane was engulfed in flames when firefighters were called to the scene, and was completely destroyed in the crash. The names of the two dead people, who were taking off from the airport and headed to Pensacola, had not been released by Tampa police.

Paul Cox, a senior air safety investigator with the NTSB, said he expected a preliminary report on the crash would be released in 10 days or less, but the full investigation could take up to one year to complete.

“At this point we’re just gathering the facts,” he said.

Another plane was taking off at about the same time as the Cessna 310, but investigators don’t know if it had any role in the crash, or if that plane’s pilot saw anything significant, Cox said.

“Whether the accident occurred coincidental or as a cause of, I don’t know yet,” he said. “You can’t just jump to a conclusion right at the beginning.”

Original article can be found here:

TAMPA — Another plane took off at the same time as the twin-engine Cessna that crashed and burned killing two people at Peter O. Knight Airport, officials confirmed Saturday.

The Cessna 340 went down at about 11:30 a.m. Friday and was engulfed by flames when rescuers arrived on scene. Eyewitnesses said they saw another plane, but National Transportation Safety investigators were still determining the crash's cause on Saturday.

"There's evidence that there are two airplanes taking off approximately at the same time," said NTSB investigator Paul Cox during a news conference at the airport. "However, whether the accident occurred coincidental, or as a cause of, I don't know yet and that's one of the reason that we're here … you can't just jump to a conclusion right at the beginning."

Cox said his team has identified the other pilot was and would eventually interview him or her. Cox also said surveillance video from the airport captured the crash, but added his office would not immediately release the video.

Tampa police said Saturday the Medical Examiner's Office would have to positively identify the victims before their names were released.

The plane that crashed was headed to Pensacola. Peter O. Knight will be closed until further notice, a Tampa International Airport spokeswoman said Saturday.

Cox said his investigation was held up due the possibility of lightning Saturday afternoon, but once the weather cleared he would analyze the crash scene. He said Saturday's focus would be on assessing the wreckage.

After his crew photographs, measures and examines the remaining charred parts, the plane will be stored at a facility in Jacksonville, Cox said. The NTSB will release a preliminary report in the next 10 days.

Original article can be found here:

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A routine flight ended in a fiery crash just moments after takeoff at the Peter O. Knight Airport  on Davis Islands at around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The crash left two people dead after the plane fell from the sky. The plane was headed to Pensacola but never even had the chance to leave the airport’s perimeter.

Witnesses told News Channel 8 the pilot had to take evasive action and did his best not to hit another plane that was taking off at the same time. Officials have not confirmed a second plane involved in the incident.

The Cessna 340 burst into a ball of flames and witnesses could only watch in disbelief.

“We saw the plane turn over and went directly into the ground and just blew up into flames almost immediately,” Tony Soletti said. “We just got back on a flight last night so when you see a plane go down instantaneously and there are no survivors and it’s something you don’t see again.”

Soletti was right outside the airport with his two sons. One of them called 911. “It was pretty scary because I’ve never seen something so horrible happen before,” his son, Brock, said.

As the investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board shifts into high gear, the tight-knit community of pilots at Peter O. Knight is speechless.

“You know, it’s tragic,” pilot Al Swan said. “We almost don’t even believe it when it happens. We know many of the people that fly around here.”

Swan has flown of the airport for 20 years. Before that, he flew in the Vietnam War.

He says for him and other pilots at Peter O. Knight, it’s all about safety. “What I do, every other year, I go to a flight proficiency course,” he said.

Swan also checks out everything before he takes off on any trip. He, like everyone else, can’t understand why this happened.

“Why does it happen to them and not somebody else?” he asked. “We’ll never know that either.”

Pilots told News Channel 8 there is no tower at the airport and the pilots talk to each other to make sure to keep a safe distance.

Peter O. Knight was closed immediately after the crash. There’s no word on when it will reopen. The airport is located at 825 Severn Ave. in Tampa.

Officials have yet to release the names of the two people killed.

Original article can be found here:

Two people were killed in a fire after a small plane crashed Friday morning while taking off at Peter O. Knight Airport on Tampa’s Davis Islands, authorities said.

Officials did not identify the bodies found in the wreckage but said they were the pilot and a passenger and that the plane was headed to Pensacola when it crashed right after departure.

The twin-engine Cessna 310 was engulfed in flames as firefighters were called to the scene, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

“The airplane is totally destroyed and was completely engulfed in flames upon arrival, the first arriving units,” said Tampa Fire Rescue District Chief Mark Bogush, who didn’t know if anything was onboard the plane other than the people who died. “We did not dig through the wreckage. That was left intact for the FAA.”

At a news conference, officials could not confirm how the plane caught fire. It was also not known if a second plane was involved.

Bogush said the firefighters received the first call around 11:30 a.m. A fireboat rescue unit training in the Tampa port area arrived in about four minutes and was able to direct firefighters who arrived about two minutes later, he said.

“It was not a very large fire at the time, very easy to get under control,” Bogush said.

Firefighters found the two deceased people inside the plane.

Wreckage could be seen next to Runway 18, which runs north and south at the north end of the airport along Seddon Channel.

Before firefighters arrived, a large plume of black smoke was seen rising from the small airport, a few miles south of downtown Tampa.

The airport was closed due to the crash, according to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

- Original article can be found here:

TAMPA — Two people are dead after a small plane crashed at 11:33 a.m. Friday on the northeast runway at Peter O. Knight Airport on David Islands. 

Rescue crews on scene believe the incident occurred during takeoff and may have involved another plane, though that is unconfirmed. The second plane was "unscathed," an officer said at the scene. Both planes were believed to have taken off at the same time.

Smoke from the plane could be seen from downtown Tampa. The plane sat in several pieces, completely destroyed.

Fire and rescue crews put out the fire around 11:55 am. Some responding fire trucks began leaving the scene shortly after.

The site of the crash was right across the street from were a plane crashed into a house in 2006. That home was later rebuilt on the television show "Extreme Home Makeover."

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn arrived on scene shortly after the incident. A briefing is underway now.

Original article can be found here:

Two people were killed in plane crash at Peter O. Knight Airport, Tampa Fire Rescue said in a press conference Friday afternoon.

Tampa Fire Rescue says it received a call about the plane crash around 11:33 a.m. Their first unit, a fire boat conducting training in the area, arrived at the scene about four minutes later, and confirmed the crash.

Initial reports were that two planes collided, but FAA investigators are still trying to determine what happened.

Tampa Police says the plane, a twin-engine Cessna, was departing at the time of the crash.

The FAA and NTSB are being brought in to investigate.

Peter O. Knight Airport is five minutes from downtown Tampa.

Original article can be found here:

A Tampa airport has reopened about 24 hours after two people were killed when a plane crashed shortly after takeoff Friday.

Peter O. Knight Airport closed around 11:45 a.m. Friday after a twin-engine Cessna 340 bound for Pensacola crashed. The pilot and a passenger were killed in the crash.

The airport, operated by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, was closed for more than 24 hours as authorities investigated the crash. The airport reopened around 8 p.m. Saturday.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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