NTSB cites pilot error in 2011 crash at Eglin

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

“They then saw the airplane descend at a steep angle and impact an aircraft parking apron,” it said.  The report said the Beech C24R’s engine had not been overhauled recently and “another pilot reported that he had engine failure … about 12 months earlier.”

That pilot made a successful forced landing and could not restart the aircraft, the report said. Maintenance personnel were able to start it the next day.

Lewis worked for several years as a biologist at St. Vincent, but most recently worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Maryland.

The four-passenger plane was owned by Eglin and rented to the civilian pilot through the base's Aero Club. Use of the club's planes is open to the general public, provided the pilot has the proper credentials. Both Miles and Lewis were members of the Aero Club.  The club has just one Beechcraft C24R Sierra, base officials confirmed. It was graded airworthy in 190.

The NTSB ID on this investigation is ERA11FA354 on a Beech C24R plane registration number N38029

 



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