Crash at GNV


#1

A twin engine plane has gone down in the early morning hours at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), N6718KW. Just came across the news radio, no other info yet.

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?regsearch=N681KW&distinct_entry=true

http://thesky973.com/pages/3277449.php


#2

FlightAware Flight Tracker N681KW Partenavia SPA P.68C was based in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands.

GAINESVILLE, FL (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration says three people were killed when their twin-engine plane crashed near the Gainesville airport.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the crash occurred about 2:45 a.m. Friday when the plane was cleared for an instrument landing at the airport and visibility was limited.

The wreckage of the plane was found short of the runway at about 7:40 a.m.

The victims’ identities weren’t immediately known. The aircraft was a Partenavia P.68C and was registered to Robert Valle of St. Croix. The FAA says the plane was flying in from Key West. A man who answered the phone at Air Key West, a charter company whose Web site lists Valle as director of operations, declined to comment Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate the crash.


#3

What I find sad about this one is there is a 24 hour staffed ARFF fire station on the field with a 24 hour FBO. Tower closes around 21:30 and reopens around 05:30 for first airline flight. To bad someone did not realize the aircraft did not make it to the FBO ramp and notified the ARFF personel. Might of made a difference in saving someone. I would assume that close to touchdown they would be on local frequency.

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20081107/news/811070977


#4

Pilot Fatigue

2:45 Am