Details released about Florence doctor’s plane crash

Dr. John Jobe
Dr. John Jobe Florence Morning News

A preliminary investigation found the single-engine aircraft that crashed and killed a Florence doctor on Aug. 23 in Arkansas had no fuel left in the engine or propeller damage upon impact.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary findings late last week involving the Beechcraft Bonanza that Dr. John Jobe piloted for nearly five hours before it crashed 2,200 feet from a runway at South Arkansas Regional Airport near El Dorado, Ark.

A colleague of Jobe’s told the Morning News that the Florence pathologist and aviation enthusiast was flying west for a two-week vacation.

The report said the plane crashed in a near vertical altitude and came to rest inverted, or upside down. A portion of the left wing was separated by a tree strike. Landing gear was extended for the nose and left wing, but gear on the right wing remained in its well.

“The fuel distribution manifold on top of the engine was intact,” the NTSB report said. “The cover was removed and no fuel was observed within the assembly. The blades were predominately straight with no apparent evidence of rotation at impact. The spinner nose cone was crushed and also had no apparent evidence of twisting.”

NTSB senior air safety investigator John Brannen noted winds were at 17 knots with gusts up to 25 knots, and visibility was 10 miles with scattered clouds at 1,900 feet at 11:51 a.m. CDT, the time of the crash.

The report found no structural issues with the plane, which was built in 1963.