NTSB releases report on Guntersville pilot's deadly Florida crash

NTSB releases report on Guntersville pilot's deadly Florida crash

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Guntersville Airport manager Bob Martin confirmed that William Greenhaw was found dead in his plane's wreckage north of Cross City, Florida on the morning of Dec. 22, 2017.

The FAA issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT) for a Beechcraft BE-35 aircraft that did not arrive when expected at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida on Dec. 22.

According to Guntersville Airport manager Bob Martin, federal investigators contacted the airport Dec. 21 to say they've been searching for a plane all day with no success.

Guntersville Airport officials said the plane was piloted by William Greenhaw. Airport officials also say they were contacted that morning and were told that possible wreckage may have been found in North Central Florida.

Officials tell us the Greenhaw's last communication with his son was a text message and in the message, Greenhaw told his son that he was having headwinds and he would be late arriving.

The aircraft reportedly took off Dec. 20 afternoon heading for Melbourne, Florida but never arrived.

The FAA says the aircraft departed from Guntersville Municipal Airport in Alabama on December 20. The pilot was the only person on board. A concerned family member reported that the BE-35 did not arrive, and the FAA issued the ALNOT to alert airports, public safety agencies and search and rescue officials to begin looking for the aircraft.

Greenhaw did not file a flight plan, so air traffic control did not provide service for the flight.

The FAA does not search for aircraft, local authorities and search and rescue officials conduct the search.

Friends say Greenhaw was in excellent health for his age and was well known in the aviation community in the Guntersville area.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on Jan. 5, 2018. It reads as follows:

On December 20, 2017, about 1900 eastern standard time, a Beech G35, N354WD, was destroyed when it impacted wooded terrain, while maneuvering near Cross City, Florida. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the planned flight to Melbourne International Airport (MLB), Melbourne, Florida. The flight originated from Guntersville Municipal Airport (8A1), Guntersville, Alabama, about 1530 eastern standard time.

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