NTSB Identification: CEN16FA024
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Pottsville, AR
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY A36, registration: N3BE
Injuries: 4 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 October 29, 2015, at 0754 central daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company A36 airplane, N3BE, impacted terrain after departing from the Russellville Regional Airport (RUE), Russellville, Arkansas. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Valley Motors Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan with a destination of McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), Knoxville, Tennessee. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.
An airport surveillance video camera recorded the airplane depart from Runway 07 at RUE, which has a field elevation of 404 feet mean sea level (MSL). The airplane subsequently impacted tree tops in a rural wooded area about 1 mile off the departure end of Runway 07, at an elevation about 620 feet MSL. A post-impact fire consumed the majority of the airplane.
At 0753, the weather observation station at RUE reported the following conditions: wind calm, visibility 4 miles, overcast clouds at 200 feet above ground level with mist, temperature 12 degrees C, dew point 11 degrees C, and altimeter setting 29.92 inches of mercury.
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Wesley Harris, Julie Harris Lefevre and Robert Harris.
Crash victims named
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
The Arkansas State Medical Examiner confirmed on Tuesday the identities of the four victims in the Oct. 29 plane crash in Pope County.
A press release issued by the Pope County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday identified the victims as Phillip Cowger, 65, who was the pilot, and three passengers: Robert Harris, 48, Wesley Harris, 43, and Julie Harris Lefevre, 41.
Cowger's funeral is scheduled for today. Funeral services for Robert Harris, Wesley Harris and Lefevre took place Tuesday.
Although the victims were previously named by various media outlets, family and friends, they were not officially confirmed prior to Tuesday.
The deceased were all on board a single-engine aircraft that took off from the Russellville Regional Airport at approximately 7:54 a.m. on Oct. 29, bound for Nashville, Tenn. The plane impacted hilly terrain three miles east of the Russellville airport. After the impact, a fire broke out and consumed all but about a third of the aircraft.
A 911 call was placed at 8:14 a.m. Authorities arrived on the scene at 8:24 a.m. All four occupants from the plane were recovered, and all were deceased when authorities located them.
Philip Bost Cowger
Philip Bost Cowger age 65 of Dardanelle died Thursday, October 29, 2015. He was born March 31, 1950 to the late John Philip and Sarah Frances Bost Cowger. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dardanelle, a 1968 graduate of Dardanelle High School and a 1974 graduate of Henderson State University with a B.A. Degree in Business. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Cowger of Dardanelle; two daughters, Scarlet Cowger Evans (Danial) of Morrilton, Sarah Cowger of Plano, Texas; one brother, John W. Cowger (Cathey) of El Dorado; one nephew, Alan Cowger; one niece, Amber Cowger both of El Dorado; two grandchildren, Guyler and Xander Evans of Morrilton.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00P.M., Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Jim Benfer officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, 1:00P.M. to 2:00P.m. at the chapel prior to the service.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Newell Carter, Doyle McIntyre, Leslie Teaff, Paul Horney, Andy Berkmeyer, Bob Burris, Dwight Talbert, River Valley Pilot Association.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 188, Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834.
Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home and River Valley Cremations in Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com.
Philip Bost Cowger: http://www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com
Robert and Wes Harris along with Julie Harris Lefevre will each be memorialized at 1st United Methodist Church. The siblings as well as the pilot Phillip Cowger died in the crash shortly after taking off from Russellville airport.
Julie Harris Lefevre: http://www.humphreyfuneral.com/Julie Lefevre
Wes Harris: http://www.humphreyfuneral.com/Wes Harris
Robert Griffin Harris: http://www.humphreyfuneral.com/Robert Harris