Tallahassee, FL -- February 6, 2012 - 3:45pm by Deneige Broom
A federal board has finished its preliminary report about the plane crash in Quincy, killing a man.
The National Transportation Safety Board says the flight was heading to Craig Field in Jacksonville, FL but there wasn't a flight plan filed.
Jerry Golden was flying the Cessna 150G when it crashed.
NTSB has not cited a cause of the crash.
It does mention fog began rolling into the area around the time the plane took off.
Below is the full preliminary report from NTSB.
"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.
On January 22, 2012, about 2015 eastern standard time, a Cessna 150G, N73JK, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain shortly after taking off from Quincy Municipal Airport (2J9), Quincy, Florida. The certificated private pilot was fatally injured. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight to Craig Field (CRG), Jacksonville, Florida. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to a witness who was also a pilot, he heard the accident airplane land after sunset, about 1830, and it subsequently taxied to the fuel pump for refueling. The witness, who was mostly working in his hangar while the airplane was on the ground, did not speak with the accident pilot. However, shortly before the airplane departed, the witness noted that fog was beginning to roll onto the airport, and noted that his in-hangar weather station indicated a temperature of 19 degrees C and a dew point of 18 degrees C. The witness later heard the airplane start up and taxi for a takeoff from runway 14. During the taxi and takeoff, the witness heard the engine operate "normally." It was only later, after the witness heard sirens, that he realized that the airplane had crashed.
The airplane came to rest upside down, about 0.8 statute miles northeast of the airport, in the vicinity of 30 degrees, 36.24 minutes north latitude, 084 degrees 32.81 minutes west longitude. The airplane was located at the edge of a clearing, at the end of an approximately 250-foot, 20-degree descending wreckage path through trees, that headed about 310 degrees magnetic. Initial tree cuts were consistent with an approximately 45-degree, right-wing-down attitude.
No preexisting mechanical anomalies were noted with the airplane. All flight control surfaces were located at the accident scene. The right wing was separated from the fuselage about midway along the wreckage path. Right wing control continuity was confirmed from the aileron, to where the aileron control cables exhibited separation signatures consistent with overload. Flight control continuity within the main wreckage was confirmed from the cockpit to the overloaded right aileron control cables, as well as all remaining flight control surfaces.
The propeller, which was found separated from the engine crankshaft flange, exhibited s-bending on one blade, while the other blade was bent 90 degrees aft, about midspan, and was further wrinkled near the tip. Numerous tree branches along the wreckage path exhibited approximately 45-degree cuts.
The engine was impact-damaged, with the carburetor and air box separated, and could not be rotated. Blue-colored fuel, that was clear and absent of debris, was found in the fuel lines. The gascolater was clean with a small amount of debris on the fuel screen. Both magnetos were sparked on all terminals, spark plug electrodes exhibited light gray deposits, and suction was produced from the wet vacuum pump when its drive shaft was rotated.
Weather observations were not recorded at the airport. However, weather was recorded about 20 minutes before the accident at an airport approximately 16 nautical miles to the southeast, and about 140 feet lower in elevation. The observation at that time included a scattered cloud layer at 100 feet above the ground (agl) and an overcast cloud layer at 400 feet agl."
Quincy, FL -- January 23, 2012 - 6:20pm by Deneige Broom
Less than 24 hours after a Cessna 150 went down in Gadsden County, FL, pieces are still scattered among the trees and branches.
Now the question is why it happened. A volunteer employee at the Quincy Airport told investigators he saw a similar plane gassing up just before 7:30 Sunday night and it left about 30 minutes later.
By 8:30 p.m., a search effort was underway when witnesses say they heard a crash.
About a quarter of a mile away from the airport, they found the wreckage.
The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says 61-year-old Jerry Golden from Mississippi was flying that plane before he died.
Monday afternoon, The National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the site and began investigating.
"We're documenting things," said Paul Cox from NTSB. "We're moving from outside the area, to inside the area, to inside the cockpit."
NTSB combed through the dense woods, taking pictures and trying to solve the puzzle.
Investigators aren't sure if there was any radio contact from Golden before or after he took off from the airport, or if the weather played a factor.
"What we're trying to do is document the perishable information and that's the information that will change once the plane is moved," continued Cox. "We're going to be looking at the man, the machine and the environment so you put all that together."
NTSB says a preliminary crash report should be ready in the next 10 days.
A final report from Washington could take as long as nine months to a year to complete.
Quincy, FL -- January 23, 2012 - 2:20pm -
Gadsden County officials are investigating a plane crash that left the pilot dead. It happened near Quincy Municipal Airport. GCSO has identified the pilot as Jerry Golden, a 61-year-old man. Golden was from Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Quincy, FL -- January 23, 2012 - Noon -
Gadsden County officials are investigating a plane crash that left the pilot dead. It happened near Quincy Municipal Airport.
Gadsden County Sheriff officials confirmed for us that the man flying this plane last night is from Mississippi. They say the family has been notified, but they're still withholding the man's identity until they reach a few more people.
Deputies are waiting on the National Transportation safety board that will assess how the incident happened.
The plane took off from the Quincy Municipal Airport last night around 8pm, moments later residents reported seeing and hearing a plane crash.
Quincy, FL -- January 22, 2012 1:44 AM
Gadsden County Sheriff Officials confirmed the man died after his plane crashed around 8 p.m. Sunday evening.
It all happened in a forest between the Quincy Municipal Airport and Ball Farm Rd.
Deputies aren't sure how it happened. Their investigation is on-going at this time.
Quincy, FL -- January 22, 2012 10:27 PM
Officials have located the plane. A man is inside. No word on his condition. The next of kin has not been notified.
Quincy, FL -- January 22, 2012 9:59PM
Quincy Fire Department and the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office responded to a plane crash off of SR 12. Residents in two houses near the airport reported they heard a loud noise that sounded like a plane crash. GCSO scoured the woods adjacent to the airport, but found nothing. They want to fly a plane or helicopter over to search, the foggy weather is preventing them from doing so. We have a reporter on scene. We will bring you more details as they become available.