Archive for Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Preliminary report released in April 22 fatality plane crash investigation

May 3, 2011


The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released a preliminary report detailing the April 22 airplane accident that killed four Scott City residents.

According to the report, the aircraft, a Beechcraft 58 Baron, crashed into the ground just after noon. The pilot was attempting a common training practice known as a missed approach maneuver at the Philip Billard Municipal Airport in Topeka when the accident occurred. The family, Amy and Richard Dylan Spencer and their daughters Ansley and Chase, were killed in the crash. The airplane was destroyed.

The report also states that Dylan, who was piloting the aircraft, had filed an instrument flight rules flight plan in accordance with the overcast weather conditions that Friday morning.

Two pilot witnesses at the municipal airport reported seeing the aircraft about 200 to 300 feet above the runway with its landing gear extended. When the plane neared the runway’s end the landing gear was retracted and the aircraft began a slow ascent.

The NTSB said during the missed approach the plane entered a steep left turn and collided with the ground. Numerous people reported hearing the crash and seeing an explosion but there were no eyewitnesses to the actual impact.

There were no reported distress calls issued by the pilot before the incident.

The airplane wreckage was located in Jefferson County about four miles northeast of the airport.


greenworld 6 years, 10 months ago

If it was attempting to land at Billiards airport, isnt that in Shawnee Co?? Good Lord, how far did they fly to make it to Jefferson Co?? I didnt think Jeff Co picks up on the North side of the highway down by Rees Fruit farm but I could be mistaken.

Bobo Fleming 6 years, 10 months ago

Not wise to practice missed approaches with family in the plane. Stall speed much higher when at steep angle than flying level. Too bad. Liked to fly. Always made me nervous to have wife and kids in the plane.

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