Tue, Jan 31, 2012
Pilot Fatally Injured When The Plane Went Down In Ocala,
An NTSB official said in a media briefing Sunday that the
landing gear on a Cessna 340 which went down Friday near Ocala
International Airport was nearly fully retracted, and the gear
handle was in the up position.
The accident fatally injured the pilot, P. Allen Golson, who had
recently been appointed as the head of Ocala Health Systems. His
wife, the only passenger in the plane, sustained
non-life-threatening injuries, but was transported to a local
The Ocala Star-Banner reports on its website Ocala.com that
Golson's plane went down Friday just after noon in a field half a
mile from the airport. Golson had reportedly been cleared for his
approach, but had not been given final clearance to land.
NTSB senior air safety investigator Ralph Hicks told reporters
that the 340's gear handle was in the up position, and the gear was
almost fully retracted. He would not speculate on whether Golson
was executing a missed approach. He said the early investigation
showed no "obvious signs of failure" in either of the airplanes
Hicks said that the FAA reports that Golson had bought the plane
in December, and had recorded 15 hours in it prior to the accident.
He had owned a similar aircraft prior to purchasing the 340.
The NTSB's official preliminary report is due out in about a
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