Monday, May 28, 2012

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza, N6658R and Piper PA28, N23SC: Accident occurred May 28, 2012 in Sumerduck, Virginia

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NTSB Identification: ERA12RA367A 
Accident occurred Monday, May 28, 2012 in Sumerduck, VA
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N6658R
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.


NTSB Identification: ERA12RA367B
Accident occurred Monday, May 28, 2012 in Sumerduck, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N23SC
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.


This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 28, 2012, about 1604 eastern daylight time, a Beech V35B, N6658R, and a Piper PA-28-140, N23SC, collided in flight in the vicinity of Sumerduck, Virginia. The Beech was destroyed, and the pilot and flight instructor were fatally injured; the Piper was substantially damaged, and the pilot was seriously injured. Neither of the local flights was operating on a flight plan, and both were being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The Beech departed Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, Warrenton, Virginia, on a flight review for the private pilot, and the Piper departed Culpeper Regional Airport, Culpeper, Virginia, on a personal flight.

The pilot/owner of the Beech was an employee of the NTSB, and the pilot/owner of the Piper was an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Under the provisions of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and by mutual agreement, the United States delegated the accident investigation to the government of Canada. The NTSB designated an accredited representative to the investigation on behalf of the United States, and the FAA designated an advisor to the accredited representative.

The investigation is being conducted by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada under its statutes. Further information may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Place du Centre
200 Promenade du Portage, 4th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1K8

Tel: 1 (800) 387-3557
Fax: 1 (819) 997-2239
Email: airops@tsb.gc.ca
Web: http://www.tsb.gc.ca

Occurrence Number: A12H0001

This report is for informational purposes only, and only contains information released by or provided to the government of Canada.



 
Investigator Brad Vardy inspects the Piper PA-28 that collided with another plane Monday near Sumerduck.
 Credit TSB-Canada 

 
The Piper owned by Broad Run resident Thomas R. Proven, who survived Monday's midair plane collision near Sumerduck. 
Credit TSB-Canada



Authorities have identified the two men who were killed in a mid-air plane crash in Fauquier County over the Memorial Day weekend. 

 The victims are identified as Paul Gardella, Jr., 57, of Burke, Va. and James M. Duncan, 60, of Bethesda.

Duncan was the pilot of the plane. He works for National Transportation Safety Board.

The mid-air collision involved a Piper PA-28 and a Beech Bonanza near Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Virginia.

The pilot of the PA-28, 70-year-old Thomas R. Proven, of Broad Run, was transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, where he was still being treated on Tuesday afternoon.

Proven is an inspector with the FAA.

Canadian officials are taking over the investigation into a deadly Memorial Day mid-air collision because the planes involved were owned by federal aviation and transportation employees, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

 

Paul Gardella was killed in the plane crash.
 (Photo courtesy www.aviationadventures.com)







BEALETON, Va. -  Canadian officials are taking over the investigation into a deadly Memorial Day mid-air collision because the planes involved were owned by federal aviation and transportation officials.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that one of its employees owned the six-seat Beechcraft BE-25 in which two people were killed in the collision in Fauquier County. The medical examiner's office has yet to identify the two victims.

The pilot of the other plane -- a Piper PA-28 -- is an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration. Seventy-year-old Thomas Proven was listed in good condition at a local hospital Tuesday. He declined interview requests.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman and FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta requested that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada conduct this investigation.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says one of the planes caught fire after Monday's collision. The planes went down about a mile apart, and debris was scattered between the two crash sites.

Authorities say they recovered two bodies from a six-seat aircraft. The pilot of the second plane, 70-year-old Thomas R. Proven, of Broad Run, was transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.

Mary Washington Healthcare spokeswoman Debbie McInnis said Proven was listed in good condition on Tuesday afternoon, but could not elaborate on the extent of his injuries. She said Proven has declined interview requests.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown says a Piper PA-28 operated by the injured pilot appeared to be headed to the Warrenton-Fauquier airport. State police said the plane departed from Culpeper Regional Airport.

Investigators from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Fauquier resident Debbie Underwood told The Free Lance-Star that she and her daughter were enjoying Memorial Day with family when she saw the planes crash into each other.

"They looked like they were going to do an aerial," said Underwood, who frequently sees small planes from the nearby Flying Circus doing stunts.

Bill Iames was in his garage when he heard a bang and "looked out the window and saw smoke coming up" from a wooded area across the road. He and others ran to the crash scene but the plane was a crumpled mass of burning debris.

"You couldn't even tell it was a plane," Iames said.


One of the planes involved in a mid-air collision Monday afternoon in southern Fauquier County is owned by the Provens from Broad Run.


Survivor of midair plane crash identified


The Virginia State Police identified the survivor of Monday’s midair plane crash as 70-year-old Thomas R. Proven of Broad Run.

Proven was flying a 1965 Piper and crash-landed in a field near the spot where the other plane crashed in a ball of fire, killing both on board. Their bodies were taken to the medical examiner in Manassas. Their identities have not yet been confirmed, according to Corrine Geller with the state police. Proven was taken to Mary Washington Hospital.

The state police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash, which happened just after 4 p.m. on a clear day in southern Fauquier.

Fauquier resident Debbie Underwood and her daughter Tina Cleveland were enjoying Memorial Day with family when they saw the planes crash into each other.

“They looked like they were going to do an aerial,” said Underwood, who added that they frequently see small planes from the nearby Flying Circus doing stunts.

She and others watched as the planes collided and one went down in a ball of fire near Underwood’s home on Union Church Road. They heard two explosions after the midair crash.

A neighbor, Bill Iames, was in his garage when the crash happened. “I heard a bang, looked out the window and saw smoke coming up” from a wooded area across the road. He and others ran to the crash scene but the plane was a crumpled mass of burning debris. “You couldn’t even tell it was a plane.”

Police say the plane that crashed was destroyed by fire.

The crash happened at about 4 p.m. Monday in the area of Silver Hill Union Church roads. Police said the crash scene is secluded and difficult to access.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown told the Associated Press that both planes were small, private aircraft. She told the AP that the plane operated by the pilot who was injured appeared to be inbound for the Warrenton-Fauquier airport.

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FAA IDENTIFICATION
  Regis#: 6658R        Make/Model: BE35      Description: 35 Bonanza
  Date: 05/28/2012     Time: 1600

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Fatal     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

LOCATION
  City: WARRENTON   State: VA   Country: US

DESCRIPTION
  AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER AIRCRAFT IN FLIGHT. WARRENTON, VA

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   2
                 # Crew:   0     Fat:   2     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    


OTHER DATA
  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER


  FAA FSDO: WASHINGTON IAD, DC  (EA27)            Entry date: 05/29/2012 



FAA IDENTIFICATION
  Regis#: 23SC        Make/Model: PA28      Description: PA-28 CHEROKEE, ARROW, WARRIOR, ACHER, D
  Date: 05/28/2012     Time: 1600

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Minor     Mid Air: Y    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

LOCATION
  City: WARRENTON   State: VA   Country: US

DESCRIPTION
  AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER AIRCRAFT WHILE IN FLIGHT. WARRENTON, VA

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   1     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    


OTHER DATA
  Activity: Pleasure      Phase: Approach      Operation: OTHER


  FAA FSDO: WASHINGTON IAD, DC  (EA27)            Entry date: 05/29/2012