Listen to the audio from the pilot and the tower in the video above
UPDATE From The NTSB, Preliminary Report:
On December 4, 2017, about 1802 central standard time, a Beech C90 airplane, N500KR, impacted terrain near the Chicago/Rockford International Airport (RFD), near Rockford, Illinois. The private pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage damage during the impact. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight requested a local instrument flight rules clearance (IFR) near RFD. The flight originated from the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, near Orlando, Florida, about 1342 and was destined for RFD.
According to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane’s pilot requested and was given an IFR clearance as the airplane was nearing RFD. The pilot was cleared to perform a visual approach to runway 19. As the airplane approached the airport, the pilot requested the runway lights for runway 25 be turned on. The airplane was subsequently given a clearance to land on runway 25. The airplane was observed impacting terrain before the threshold for runway 25.
At 1754, the recorded weather at RFD was: Wind 190° at 18 kts gusting to 25 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition overcast clouds at 3,800 ft; temperature 16° C; dew point 9° C; altimeter 29.49 inches of mercury. Remarks: Peak winds 190° at 27 kts at 1731.
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Operating Certificate(s) Held:
Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
KRFD, 743 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
1 Nautical Miles
16°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
18 knots/ 25 knots, 190°
Overcast / 3800 ft agl
29.49 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
ORLANDO, FL (ISM)
Rockford, IL (RFD)
Wreckage and Impact Information
1 Serious, 2 Minor
2 Serious, 2 Minor
42.203056, -89.082500 (est)
The FAA has released preliminary information on the airplane crash. (See below) There is no official updates on the victims conditions yet.
Officials have released the name: Edward Noakes III
He is the person mentioned below.
The aircraft is which is a Beechcraft King Air 90 (twin-turboprop) Fixed wing multi engine (9 seats / 2 engines) with a serial number of LJ-708. The airplane was manufactured in 1977.
It is registered to a Rockford man, on 11/16/2016 via the FAA. His profession according to online records show him as a local Endodontist. He holds the following Licenses:
- Pilot : Private – Airplane Single Engine Land
- Pilot : Private – Airplane Multiengine Land
- Pilot : Private – Instrument Airplane
The aircraft is registered to him. It is NOT yet confirmed if he was on the aircraft at the time of the crash. Note: We will not be releasing any names, until officials release the names.
When they were coming to Rockford, The pilot requested a “Priority” because of a mechanical issue. They lost their fuel transfer pump.
As they were coming in to land, they crashed into a tree, the airport fence and came to a rest on the airport property just East of the runway. Along Falcon rd, North of the control tower. The tail section of the aircraft was damaged. There were no reports of fire.
4 people were injured. 1 of them serious. 2 people had to be cut out of the airplane. 2 people were able to escape. One of them was unconscious. One of the victims is a female in her late teens, who was reported to have been ejected from the airplane.
The weather is extremely windy. But officials will not say if that had any factor in the crash at this time. The NTSB is investigating the accident.
Credit: George Bower
MABAS has been toned out for this. Numerous emergency personnel en route
UPDATE: The passenger aircraft was inbound to KRFD airport, there were 4 people injured, one with life threatening injuries.
2 People had to be extricated from the plane. 2 people were able to escape.
The aircraft is on the East side of the airport on the Airport property. It appears the aircraft landed short of the runway, crashed through the airport fence and came to a rest just East of runway 25 on the East side of the airport on Falcon rd.
The aircraft was a Beechcraft King Air
More updates will be posted as they become available.
Around 6 pm tonight numerous emergency personnel were dispatched for an airplane crash at the airport.
Reports of an airplane missing the runway and crashed near Falcon rd.
Details are minimal, the plane is inside the airport fence line.
Notes: According to the original scanner traffic they said 5 people were on board. Also it was originally reported the owner was a medical supply company, but that was older information. And a Rockford man now owns the airplane according to the FAA.