14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Rowdy, KY
Aircraft: GULFSTREAM AMERICAN CORP AA-5A, registration: N26886
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On May 21, 2015, about 1854 eastern daylight time, a Gulfstream American Corp AA-5A, N26886, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Rowdy, Kentucky. The private pilot was fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed Aiken Municipal Airport (AIK), Aiken, South Carolina, at an unknown time, and was destined for Wendell H Ford Airport (CPF), Hazard, Kentucky. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
The owner of the accident airplane stated that he had spoken with the accident pilot about the flight to CPF earlier in the day, and that they had discussed the weather conditions. According to Lockheed Martin Flight Service, there were no records of the pilot having obtained a weather briefing through a Flight Service Station or through the DUAT service. There were also no records of the pilot having contacted any Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities during the flight.
Preliminary radar information obtained from the FAA showed a target approaching CPF from the south at an altitude of about 8,300 feet, beginning about 1830, displaying the standard visual flight rules (VFR) transponder code of 1200. The target passed west of CPF about 1844, and continued north before beginning a descending right turn toward the southwest about 1846. About 1849, the target began a series of turns about 1 mile east of CPF, with altitudes varying between 7,400 to 6,700 feet. The last two radar returns were at 1853:38 and 1854:02, with altitudes of 6,800 feet and 0 feet, respectively. The last radar return was located about 550 feet southwest of the accident site.
The accident site was located about 1 nautical mile east of CPF in heavily wooded, mountainous terrain. The initial impact point was identified as a tree, past which the wreckage path extended on a heading of about 084 degrees. Along the wreckage path, several angularly-cut tree branches were identified that exhibited paint transfer consistent with propeller contact. The main wreckage came to rest about 70 feet past the initial impact point, and was destroyed by impact. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the scene. The engine was separated from the airframe and heavily impact-damaged. Both propeller blades exhibited significant s-bending, leading edge gouging, and chordwise scratching.
The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration third class medical certificate was issued in July 2014. Review of the pilot's logbook indicated that he had accumulated about 220 total hours of flight experience. The pilot did not possess an instrument rating.
The airplane was manufactured in 1979, and was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series, 150 hp reciprocating engine. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on August 1, 2014, at a total aircraft time of 2,136.75 hours.
The 1905 weather observation at CPF included wind from 330 degrees at 4 knots, 3 miles visibility, drizzle, broken clouds at 800 feet, broken clouds at 1,200 feet, overcast clouds at 2,000 feet, temperature 11 degrees C, dew point 11 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.08 inches of mercury.
WRIGHT-HANGER AVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N26886
LOST CREEK, Ky (WYMT) - UPDATE: An official with Perry County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in Thursday's plane crash as Robert Bookman, 59, of Grovetown, GA.
The National Transportation Safety Board plans to release a preliminary report on the crash within a week.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are trying to figure out what caused a plane crash Thursday night in the Lost Creek Community of Perry County.
One man, the pilot, is dead. Investigators are not releasing his name but Wendell Ford Airport Manager Jeff Hylton believes he knows the man that died.
Friday's blue skies were ideal for flying but Thursday's rain was a different story.
"At about the time of the accident, we had had some rain showers move through the area. The visibility was probably two to four miles," said Hylton.
Hylton said those conditions might have led to the crash that left one man dead.
"I imagine that he was trying to get down to the surface of the runway and at some point, he just lost control of the airplane," said Hylton.
That is what investigators are now tasked with figuring out. Local, state and even federal agents descended on the scene Friday to look for clues along Lost Creek Road.
Senior Air Safety Investigator Brian Rayner tells WYMT the search has already yielded some results.
"We were able to recover the pilot's log book. So I will have an opportunity to review that here on scene and going forward, we hope to recover the maintenance records for the airplane," said Rayner.
Crews will also examine the engine and look at weather conditions at the time of the crash.
Martie Miller lives around the corner from where the plane went down.
"I just did not like what I saw. So I just turned around and went back home," said Miller.
He said things like this like just do not happen in their community.
"Just really nobody knew he was out there and he had been in here four or five times previously. I think he was just meeting somebody here and I did not realize until his friend showed up here to check on him and see where he was," said Hylton.
He believes the man came from Georgia or South Carolina.
The NTSB plans to release a preliminary report on the crash within a week.
LOST CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. - One person died in a plane crash near the Perry-Breathitt County line Thursday night.
The scene is not far from the Wendell Ford Airport.
The small plane went down in the Lower Lost Creek area around 6:30 p.m.
We do not know a whole lot at this point about the moments before the crash and what might have caused it. However, WYMT was on scene with investigators since right after the crash happened, as they combed through the wreckage, and tried to figure out what caused the plane to go down.
Police and firefighters from several agencies are gathering as much information as they can about this deadly crash and are also taking precautions to make sure fuel spilled from the plane does not catch fire.
Silas Miller lives nearby and rushed to the wreckage when he heard the plane go down.
Miller said, "It's just a mangled mess, it is spread out for about probably 30 yards, just sheets of metal".
Pieces of the aircraft were visible in trees and on the ground, but investigators are not sure if clipping a branch is what caused the plane to crash.
Perry County Deputy Coroner John Collett added, "Right now we are waiting for NTSB and FAA to show up at the scene. Kentucky State Police are going to secure the scene for the evening. We have one confirmed dead at this time. But we are reserving any more information and will release it as follows".
Three boys say they were playing outside when they saw the plane streak through the sky with smoke behind it.
Colin, Jackson, and Ace Miller witnessed the crash. They said, "It was a white plane with a black stripe down it. We were down there shooting ball and it came down through the air and zigzagged and spun in circles and hit the bank".
FAA investigators are expected to arrive here Friday morning.
Until FAA gets to the scene, we probably will not know who the victim was, how many victims there are, and what kind of plane it was.
Firefighters do not think the plane was carrying more than 40 gallons of fuel, so it was a small plane.
Police are on scene of a plane crash in Perry County in the Lower Lost Creek community near the Breathitt County line.
We have confirmed that the wreckage has been found and at least one person is dead. Two deputy coroners and emergency crews are responding to the scene.
The scene of the crash is near the Wendell Ford Airport, but officials at the airport would not comment at this time. The accident happened some time around 7:00 p.m. We do not have any information on the type of plane and how many people were aboard.
Perry County 911 dispatchers tell us that the 8000 block of Lost Creek Road and Gearl Valley Drive in Barger Bottom will be closed until further notice due to the crash.