NTSB Identification: ERA14FA044
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Kenansville, NC
Aircraft: FOCKE-WULF FWP 149D, registration: N132FW
Injuries: 1 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 November17, 2013, about 0555 eastern standard time, a Focke-Wulf FWP 149D, N132FW, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while on approach to Duplin County Airport (DPL), Kenansville, North Carolina. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was not filed. The airplane departed the Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ), Jacksonville, North Carolina, at 0543.
According to a lineman at OAJ, on the morning of the accident at 0535, he noticed an airplane taxing on the ramp. He was able to see the aircraft beacon and a silhouette of the airplane but was unable to see the registration number. Shortly thereafter, he heard the airplane takeoff and head towards the west. He recalled that the weather at the time was very foggy. A review of the airports entry card activity report revealed that the pilot had accessed the ramp area at 0525 on November 17, 2013.
A family member of the pilot reported the airplane overdue to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the morning of November 18, 2013, after becoming concerned when the airplane and pilot had not arrived at the intended destination. The FAA subsequently issued an Alert Notification (ALNOT). On the evening of November 18, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety personnel reported locating the wreckage of a downed airplane. The airplane was located 3/4 of a mile northeast of runway 23 in a heavily wooded area. The debris path was on a 230 degree magnetic heading and 100 yards in length. All flight control surfaces were located at the accident site. The wreckage was removed for further examination.
Radar data was reviewed from the New River Marine Corps Air Station (NCA), Jacksonville, North Carolina. It revealed that on November 17, 2013, between the hours of 0525 local until 0555 local a primary target was observed 1 mile north of OAJ tracking northwest bound towards DPL. The primary target appeared on the scope at 0543:52. No secondary target was observed. Radar was lost at 0546:27 and then reappeared at 0546:45. The target was again lost 8 miles northwest of OAJ or 20 miles northwest of NCA at 0547:57, and the target did not reappear. The airplane was not transmitting a mode C signal during the flight.
At 0555, the DPL automated weather observation station reported the following weather conditions: wind calm, visibility 1/2 mile with fog, and cloud conditions were overcast at 100 feet above ground level (agl), temperature 12 degrees Celsius, dew point 12 degrees Celsius, altimeter setting 30.17 inches of mercury.
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