Saturday, October 25, 2014

Accident occurred October 25, 2014 near Cherokee County Airport (KJSO), Jacksonville, Texas

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Emergency crews are responding to a plane crash in Cherokee County on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a twin-engine aircraft carrying four people crashed on County Road 1314 near Farm to Market 768, about four miles east of the Cherokee County airport.

One person was taken to ETMC in Jacksonville while another was flown to ETMC in Tyler. The condition of the other two occupants is unknown.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot reported a problem with the right engine and made a forced landing near the Cherokee County airport.

Federal Aviation Administration officials will be on scene later on Saturday to investigate.

We will provide updates as they become available.

Cessna 310R, Owls Roost Flying Club, N310WL: Body washes up in James Cistern, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Eleuthera, Bahamas -  Police on Friday afternoon, October 24, 2014, at about 4pm were alerted to the presence of a dead body on the seashore of James' Cistern in the vicinity of the Eleuthera Bible Center, strapped in an aircraft seat.  

EMS responded to the scene where the male was pronounced dead by the local doctor.

The body was that of a Caucasian male, who was later identified as being an American pilot of private Cessna 310 aircraft (registration:  N310WL) that had crashed. 

The man, whose identity we are not publishing at this time, was also a homeowner and resident of Wykee Estates, Eleuthera and reported to be a retired ex-military pilot who had been associated with the island for more than 40 years.

Officials indicate that the plane approached Governor's Harbor Airport (GHB) sometime around 8:30am and attempted to land, but encountered poor visibility and bad weather. 

The local Air Traffic Controllers reportedly directed him to the North Eleuthera Airport, however the control tower eventually lost communication with the aircraft some time later.

What is unclear at this time is what happened after the tower lost contact with the plane.  

We have from reliable sources, that Police on Eleuthera were only aware of this pilot and his plane, after his body washed ashore in James Cistern later that afternoon, about 8 hours after his attempt to land at Governor's Harbour.

Other sources indicated that weather in North Eleuthera on Friday morning was no better at the time of the landing attempt, and other aircraft reportedly landed at GHB that morning with no incident.

Police on Friday night flew the body of the deceased to New Providence where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.  

The Bahamas Flight Standard Inspectorate will continue investigation in the cause of the crash.

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