NTSB investigates cause of fatal small plane crash at Westside Airport

JACKSONVILLE, Florida –National Transportation Safety Board investigators on Monday collected items from the site of a fatal small plane crash at an airport in Jacksonville’s Westside and are working to determine the cause of the crash.

The pilot and the passenger on the plane died. News4JAX aviation expert Ed Booth said the NTSB would review the pilot’s background.

“They will look at their credentials, their recent experience, if they are up to date to fly the aircraft under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations,” Booth said.

As for the plane, investigators will examine the engine, logbooks for the maintenance history and any other information that may explain the cause of the crash.

Booth pointed out that up to 80% of all small plane crashes are due to loss of control.

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“In all likelihood, it will be the loss of control of the plane by the pilot. There may be contributing factors such as engine failure, but this unfortunately remains the cause of most small aircraft crashes like this, commonly referred to as pilot error, ”Booth said.

According to FlightAware, the pilot took off at 10:41 a.m. from Herlong Leisure Airport. The plane traveled northeast, then north before turning back to the airport.

Next, shows FlightAware, the plane circled a few short circles and then crashed within a mile of the airport. The flight lasted 22 minutes.

Flight records also show the plane flew nine days before the crash on December 17. He lasted 18 minutes and covered a total of 23 miles.

Little is known about the two people on the plane, but we do know that the plane was registered with a company called Sterling Silver Flyers LLC in Montana.

As every second before the accident is investigated, some information may never be known. The aircraft’s gauge from altitude was not working, the data showed. It displays zero for the entire flight.

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It will be difficult to understand what, if anything, was said by the pilot prior to the crash, as there is no FAA control tower at Herlong Leisure Airport, only a published frequency. so that the pilots can talk to each other. This is not uncommon for small airports.

The investigation could last up to two years.

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