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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203339
Last updated: 19 January 2019
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Time:07:17 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C340 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 340
Owner/operator:Aviation Transportation LLC
Registration: N247AT
C/n / msn: 3400214
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bartow Municipal Airport (KBOW), Bartow, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Bartow Muni (KBOW)
Destination airport:Key West Int’l (KEYW)
The aircraft impacted terrain during a takeoff attempt at Bartow Municipal Airport (KBOW), Bartow, Florida. The airplane was partially consumed by the post-impact fire and the five occupants onboard received fatal injuries. Weather (fog) may have been a factor to the accident.

On board were the pilot (70), his 2 daughters (24 and 26), the husband of one daughter (27), and a family friend, a woman of 32.

KBOW 241215Z AUTO 00000KT M1/4SM FG OVC003 12/ A3018 RMK AO2
KBOW 241155Z AUTO 00000KT M1/4SM FG OVC003 13/ A3018 RMK AO2
KBOW 241135Z AUTO 00000KT M1/4SM FG OVC003 13/ A3017 RMK AO2
KBOW 241115Z AUTO 00000KT 7SM BKN004 BKN038 13/ A3017 RMK AO2
KBOW 241055Z AUTO 00000KT 7SM CLR 14/ A3016 RMK AO2

NTSB preliminary report / CEN18FA061:
Link of the complete report below.
On December 24, 2017, at 0717 eastern standard time, a Cessna 340 airplane, N247AT, impacted terrain after departure from Bartow Municipal Airport (BOW), Bartow, Florida. The private pilot and four passengers were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Aviation Transportation LLC, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed. The flight was departing at the time of the accident and was en route to Key West International Airport (EYW), Key West, Florida.

According to two BOW fixed base operator (FBO) employees, about 0630 the pilot requested that the airplane be towed from the pilot's hangar to the ramp. The pilot wanted a tow because he didn't want to taxi next to the other hangars with the reduced visibility due to the dense fog. The five occupants boarded the plane inside the hangar and remained inside the airplane during the tow. The pilot then very slowly taxied the airplane from the ramp to the end of runway 9L where the engine run-up was completed. The employees then heard the airplane takeoff and proceed to the east. They could not see the airplane because of the dense fog and low visibility, but they heard an explosion on the east side of the airport. They drove to the explosion and found the main wreckage on fire and no occupants were immediately noticeable.

Another witness, who is a helicopter pilot, observed the airplane taxiing to the runway and about 12 minutes later heard the airplane takeoff. He recorded a video of the airplane taxiing in the dense fog. During the takeoff, he heard a 'pop' and 3 seconds later heard the explosion near the end of runway 9L. He and a colleague drove to the accident site where they found the wreckage on fire and saw the FBO employees nearby. He estimated that the runway visual range was 600 to 800 ft due to the fog.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that the main wreckage came to rest on the northeast side of runway 9L.

At 0715, the automated weather observation station at BOW recorded calm wind, visibility less than ¼ statue mile, fog, overcast cloud layer at 300 ft, temperature 56°F, altimeter setting 30.18 inches of mercury. The weather conditions had been the same since 0635.

The pilot filed an IFR flight plan on a Garmin GPS device and received an IFR clearance from Tampa Air Traffic Control Tower. The pilot did not request a weather briefing from Flight Service. The BOW air traffic control tower was closed at the time of the accident.

The wreckage has been moved to a secure storage facility and retained for further examination.


NTSB preliminary report:


Revision history:

24-Dec-2017 15:54 Geno Added
24-Dec-2017 16:46 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Dec-2017 16:55 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
24-Dec-2017 17:18 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
24-Dec-2017 17:18 Iceman 29 Updated [Photo, ]
24-Dec-2017 17:26 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
24-Dec-2017 21:28 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Dec-2017 23:46 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Jan-2018 01:31 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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