On October 21, 2000, about 1050 eastern daylight time, a Craig R. Merrill Luton Beta, N545CM, registered to an individual, crashed during landing at Ridgeland Airport, Ridgeland, South Carolina, while on a Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft received substantial damage and the private-rated pilot received minor injuries. The flight originated from Ridgeland, South Carolina, the same day, about 1040. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated that after a short local flight, he returned to the airport and entered the pattern for a landing on runway 3. On final approach he set the attitude for landing and the aircraft settled quicker and faster than he anticipated. When the aircraft touched down, it bounced and went to the right. He attempted to apply engine power but it was too late. The aircraft went down the embankment on the right side of the runway and crashed, coming to rest inverted.