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 Post subject: Caravan Crash - Wichita Nov/06/12
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:07 am 
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A FedEx pilot is dead after a plane crash south of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The Sedgwick County sheriff's department identified the pilot as 52-year-old Brian P Quinn of Lawrence. He was the only person aboard the Cessna Caravan.

Around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, an eyewitness saw the single engine plane flying about 200-300 feet off the ground with a stalled propeller. Seconds later, it landed in an open field near 47th Street south between Tyler & Maize Road.

"I just hauled down there to see if I could help him. But I don’t think I could have helped him," said eyewitness Ricky Thome.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says the FedEx plane was experiencing mechanical trouble and was in communication with the airport shortly after take-off.

The pilot was planning to turn around and return to Mid-Continent but didn't make it.

A 52-year-old Lawrence man was killed when the Federal Express cargo plane he was flying went down shortly after takeoff from Mid-Continent Airport on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 7:46 a.m. in the 9800 block of West 47th Street South, according to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.
The pilot, confirmed by authorities as Brian Quinn, reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Mid-Continent for a flight to Garden City, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinari said. Quinn was attempting to return to the airport when the plane went down about two miles south of the airport.
The 1991 single-engine turboprop Cessna Caravan came to rest in a tree row north of 47th Street South between Maize and Tyler, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Capt. Annette Haga said.

The plane “had apparently landed prior to hitting the tree row but did collide with the tree row,” Haga said in a media briefing near the scene of the crash. “There is not debris through the field.”

While there was a report of a fire in the area of the crash at the time the plane went down, Haga said, “we do not have an engulfed airplane.”
Quinn was the sole occupant aboard the plane, Haga said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It did have cargo on board, but I have no idea how much,” she said.

In communication with air traffic controllers, the pilot called Mayday and said he had engine trouble and oil on the windshield, which made it difficult to see, according to a tape of the communication posted on LiveATC.net.

He asked a controller for a check of the winds, and seconds later said he was going down in a grass field a mile and a half south of the airport.
The FAA was on scene Tuesday, Molinari said, but the National Transportation and Safety Board will be the lead agency in the investigation.
The Caravan is one of the safest general aviation airplanes in operation, said David Dewhirst, head of airplane management company Sabris Corp.
In the past 10 years, there have been seven accidents due to engine failures, none of them fatal.
During that time, the Caravan has been involved in a total of 61 accidents, seven of them fatal. All fatalities were due to pilot error, Dewhirst said his research shows. This was the first fatality from engine failure during that time, according to his data

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Prayers go out to the family...


 
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 Post subject: Re: Caravan Crash - Wichita Nov/06/12
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:31 pm 
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The assumption with this post is that the fatality is a result of an engine failure. As of now, this is a premature statement...


 
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 Post subject: Re: Caravan Crash - Wichita Nov/06/12
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:46 pm 
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dustoff17 wrote:
The assumption with this post is that the fatality is a result of an engine failure. As of now, this is a premature statement...


http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief ... 1157&key=1

The engine examination revealed a failure of the engine gas generator initiating from a compressor turbine blade separation. The compressor turbine wheel, power turbine shaft housing, and oil-cooler/heat-exchanger were retained for additional metallurgical examination.


 
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 Post subject: Re: Caravan Crash - Wichita Nov/06/12
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:59 am 
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Feeder Pilot wrote:
dustoff17 wrote:
The assumption with this post is that the fatality is a result of an engine failure. As of now, this is a premature statement...


http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief ... 1157&key=1

The engine examination revealed a failure of the engine gas generator initiating from a compressor turbine blade separation. The compressor turbine wheel, power turbine shaft housing, and oil-cooler/heat-exchanger were retained for additional metallurgical examination.

I stand corrected; you are technically correct. Let's wait for the cause of the "failure" and then we can discuss this a little further. I should have been more specific in my post,


 
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