Wreckage Of B1900 Spotted In Water
Coast Guard crews continued their search Tuesday for the pilot
of a Beech 1900 turboprop that went down in the ocean early Monday
near Kauai, HI -- but high winds and rough seas continued to make
that search difficult.
The Associated Press reports the twin-engine commuter plane,
owned by Alpine Air, took off from Honolulu at 0445 Monday morning,
bound for Lihue with 4,200 lbs of mail onboard.
No distress call was received before the plane crashed,
according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor, and weather does not appear
to have been a factor.
Boaters from Coast Guard Station Kauai located wreckage from the
plane four hours after radar last picked up the aircraft, said
Kevin Conroy, a search and rescue controller with the Coast Guard's
Joint Rescue Coordination Center.
"We have narrowed down the search area to a compact debris field
and will work as quickly as possible," Conroy said. Radar returns
indicate the plane dropped 2,200 feet in a matter of seconds.
Rescuers have located a piece of the plane's cabin door, as well
as a part of the aircraft's nose and a shoe. They've also found a
liferaft, though it's unclear whether it had been inflated.
Alpine Air did not release the missing pilot's identity, reports
KGMB-9, saying only he was an experienced surfer who is used to
being in the ocean.
Make/Model: B190 Description: 1900
Date: 01/14/2008 Time: 1508
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: LIHUE State: HI Country:
N410UB, AN ALPINE AIR BEECH 1900C AIRCRAFT, CRASHED UNDER
CIRCUMSTANCES INTO THE OCEAN WHILE ON VISUAL APPROACH, THE
ONE PERSON ON
BOARD IS MISSING AND ASSUMED FATAL, 7 MILES SOUTH OF
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
0 Unk: 0
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: 1453Z 03023G27 10SM SCT041 OVC055 20/13 A3013
Activity: Business Phase:
Approach Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: HONOLULU, HI
Entry date: 01/15/2008