Updated 01/11/22 with corrected incident date (Saturday, January 8, 2022)
For those who have not been following the New Melle 411 Facebook page, here is a post from the New Melle Fire Protection District and the Plane Helicopter Crash Accidents Incidents regarding the plane crash near New Melle on Friday night.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Additional information will be provided in the coming days.
[Saturday, January 8, 2022] at 1937 hours the New Melle Fire Protection District received a call that an aircraft was in distress in the area of HWY D and HWY Z. While in route we began to receive reports that witnesses heard what sounded like an aircraft "going down" in the area of HWY F and Callaway Ridge Drive.
Crews from Wentzville Fire Protection District, Augusta, MO Community Volunteer Fire Department, Wright City Fire Protection District, Cottleville Fire Protection District, St. Charles County Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Charles County Regional Emergency Management as well as St. Charles County Ambulance District assembled at the intersection of HWY F and Rugged Acres Drive to set up a command post and begin search operations.
The search was difficult due to weather conditions, limited visibility and difficult terrain. Search patterns were selected using witness reports and flight path information received from various sources.
The aircraft was a small twin-engine propeller aircraft that had left Spirit of St. Louis Airport with two souls on board and reached 8000 feet before experiencing trouble. The aircraft then appeared to turn back toward the airport before descending rapidly.
Crews used UTV's, drones, and searched on foot hoping to locate the aircraft and survivors, knowing that it appeared there was no fire after the crash. Crews located the aircraft at 2202 hours in a wooded area just off Rugged Acres Drive. The debris field was large and, after a brief search, it became evident that the crash was not survivable.
St. Charles County Police secured the area and remained on the scene until investigators from the FAA and NTSB could arrive in the morning.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families after this tragic event. #communityFIRST
From the Plane Helicopter Crash Accidents Incidents Facebook page.
Time: c. 19:18
Beechcraft 58 Baron
Owner/operator: Kalitta Charters LLC opf. AirNet II
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: about 2.5 mi S of New Melle, MO - United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport: Saint Louis-Spirit of St. Louis Airport, MO (SUS/KSUS)
Destination airport: Denver-Centennial Airport, CO (APA/KAPA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A Kalitta Charters LLC Beechcraft 58 Baron, operating for AirNet II and performing flight USC247 (call sign Starcheck 247) impacted wooded terrain approx. 2.5 mi south of New Melle, Missouri, which is about 12 mi West of SUS Airport.
The two people on board were fatally injured.
The aircraft had departed from runway 26L at KSUS, the flight path was erratic and included unusually slow climb groundspeeds. About 9 minutes after takeoff, the terminal maneuver was an uncontrolled descent from 8,000'. The final data point included an extrapolated descent rate of 29,000 feet per minute.
SPECI KSUS 090107Z 19007KT 2SM BR OVC010 07/06 A2996 (time 0107Z [19:07 local] wind 190 degrees at 7 knots; visibility 2 statute miles; sky overcast 1000']