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NTSB Reports Six Airplane Accidents


June 16, 2009

After more research, The Transylvania Times has found two more accident reports on the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Web Site than the four that were reported initially in the June 11 edition.

Six accidents, not including last Monday's, have occurred in the county since the airport opened in 1998. The report on last week's accident is not expected until at least six months.

The following is a summary of the six reported accidents:

• On Jan. 27, 1999, a single-engine Piper plane crashed in downtown Brevard, killing the pilot, after hitting trees.

The pilot, the sole person on board, was flying from Andrews, N.C., when around 5:30 p.m. he told the Atlanta Traffic Control Center that he had low fuel.

He was given alternate airports in the area for an emergency landing but circled for more than two hours.

The pilot, an Aquone, N.C. resident, failed to find any of the airports and headed for Brevard.

At about 10 p.m., while on a descent toward Brevard, the plane struck several trees and a power line. It crashed in Grove Circle, with debris hitting a mini-van and a house. The propeller assembly landed in the house's living room. No one in the house was hurt.

The accident happened at night, but the weather conditions were calm. No mechanical failure was reported

• On March 10, 2001, a single-engine Cessna crashed, receiving substantial damage, with four people aboard. All four received serious injuries. One of the four died on March 16.

The NTSB report said the plane had taken off earlier in the day from Tulsa, Okla. Just before 1 p.m., witnesses saw the plane attempt to land at the Transylvania County Airport.

The plane landed fast about three-quarters of the way down the runway, bounced and started to go around.

Power was applied, witnesses said, and the airplane became airborne, but hit the trees lining the end of the runway and came to rest in a cornfield.

The weather didn't appear to be a factor.

• On April 8, 2001, a single-engine Cessna crashed, receiving significant damage, while landing at the county airport.

The pilot, the sole person on board, wasn't injured. The pilot, a Sapphire resident, had taken off from Charleston, S.C., at about 12:30 p.m.

At about 2:30 p.m., the pilot said he was facing a 90-degree crosswind when attempting to land.

As the plane drifted to the left side of the runway, the pilot said he tried to control it by moving the right rudder, which caused the plane to experience a "ground loop."

• Around 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2002, a single-engine Cessna crashed into a ditch during an aborted take off from the county airport.

The three people on board reported serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The plane was substantially damaged.

The Birmingham, Ala., pilot was heading there when the accident happened.

There was no evidence of engine malfunction.

• On July 10, 2005, a single-engine Cessna crashed shortly after taking off from the county airport on its way to Greenville, S.C.

The pilot, a Greenville resident, died in the accident, while the plane's only passenger, the pilot's brother, was seriously injured.

The plane was completely destroyed in a fire.

The accident happened at about 2:40 p.m. The passenger reported the plane lost power after take off.

The plane crashed roughly 200 feet from the Old Hendersonville Highway.

• On May 27, 2006 a single-engine Beech ran off the end of the runway during landing.

The plane received substantial damage, but the Tennessee man and wife in the plane reported only minor injuries.

The female pilot said that when she landed on the runway half way down it and applied the brakes, the plane skidded and went into a ditch and the end of the runway.

Derek McKissock compiled the report findings.


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