Civil Air Patrol Mission Pilot Crashes Plane in Georgia

Cessna TR182, N6123T
Cessna TR182, N6123T

By Anonymous | AuxBeacon News Contributor

[Editor’s Note: We received an anonymous tip regarding this event. Thank you for your contribution.]

On May 25, 2019, about 0923 eastern daylight time, a Cessna TR182, N6123T, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during a visual approach to McKinnon St Simons Island Airport (SSI), St Simons Island, Georgia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight was filed for the flight that originated from Savannah/Hilton Head Island Airport (SAV), Savannah, Georgia, about 0859.

The wreckage came to rest nose down in an approximate 3-ft crater, oriented about a heading of 210° magnetic and most of it was consumed by postcrash fire. No debris path was observed, with the exception of two tree strikes immediately above the wreckage. The engine and forward fuselage remained in the crater.

CAP Capt Roger H. Crane

CAP Capt Roger H. Crane

According to Col Andrea Van Buren, Georgia Wing Commander, Captain Roger H. Crane joined the Civil Air Patrol in March 2007 and is a well-known, highly regarded mission pilot and certified flight instructor. Capt Crane holds an extensive number of CAP qualifications, including mission pilot, transport mission pilot, mission check pilot, instructor pilot, orientation pilot and instrument pilot. He is also a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFI-I). He also has served as Logistics Officer, Operations Officer, and Standardization/Evaluation Officer for Savannah Composite Squadron.

Crane, age 80, held a commercial pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate, with a rating for airplane single-engine and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on March 1, 2017. At that time, the pilot reported a total flight experience of 4,600 hours. The pilot also had a Basic Medical date of February 27, 2018.

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2 Comments on "Civil Air Patrol Mission Pilot Crashes Plane in Georgia"

  1. I’m dealing with far too many idiots on CAPTalk lately and the current topic is Civil Air Patrol “resiliency”. Why might that be?

    Would it be accurate to say that Civil Air Patrol’s Roger Crane killed himself alone in an airplane?

    Would it be accurate to say that Civil Air Patrol’s Mark Biron killed himself alone in an airplane?

    Would it be accurate to say that Civil Air Patrol’s Doug Demarest killed himself alone in an airplane?

    Would it be accurate to say that Civil Air Patrol commanders Tonya Boylan and Rex Glasgow killed themselves?

    Would it be accurate to say that we have abusive egoists in Civil Air Patrol who attempt to slap down accurate criticism while hypocritically offering their own SPAM-my brand of it?

    How the hell is Joe Knight III allowed to present anything about Civil Air Patrol on the news these days? How hard up are we?
    [link redacted]

    Ned Lee understands this but only on the cadet side? C’mon! No-one can be that blind and that big a filthy toady. I don’t care, I am poking this bear because if we don’t it will continue to overrun us.

    “So, for the cadet side of the house, we have at least some data that suggests that suicide is a very real problem for youth in our age cohort. And is undoubtedly affecting our cadets.”
    – Ned Lee

    Cadets? Idiot. What about all the dead senior bodies and the people in positions of power because they abused them, defamed them and covered the fallen bodies with dirt?

    It takes the inflated ego of fearless Jeff O’Hara to slam NHQ people like Ned Lee.

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