Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cessna 172C, N288GB: Accident occurred June 29, 2016 in Gray, Jones County, Georgia

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Atlanta, Georgia 
  
http://registry.faa.gov/N288GB

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA277 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Gray, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N288GB
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The commercial pilot, his passenger, and his 80- to 100-lb dog were on a cross-country flight and had just leveled off at 2,500 ft when the engine suddenly stopped producing power. The pilot was unable to restart the engine and made a forced landing to a field. During the landing, the airplane struck a tree and a fence, which resulted in substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage, and wings. 

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the right fuel tank had 15 gallons of fuel in it and that the left tank was empty. The fuel selector valve was found between the "left" and "both" tank positions. The front right seat had been removed before the flight to accommodate the pilot's dog, who sat on the floor during the flight. The pilot said he departed with the fuel selector valve in the "both" position, but during the flight, the dog must have inadvertently moved the valve's handle toward the "left" tank position, which resulted in the loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. A functional check of the fuel selector valve revealed no mechanical issues, and the valve seated securely into each detent. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical deficiencies with the engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's failure to properly manage the available fuel supply, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA277
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Gray, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N288GB
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.


The commercial pilot, his passenger, and his 80 to 100 lb dog, were on a cross country flight and had just leveled off at 2,500 ft when the engine suddenly stopped producing power. The pilot was unable to re-start the engine and made a forced landing to a field. During the landing the airplane struck a tree and a fence resulting in substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage, and wings. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the right fuel tank had 15 gallons of fuel in it and the left tank was empty. The fuel selector valve was found between the "left" and "both" tank positions. The front right seat had been removed prior to the flight to accommodate the pilot's dog, who sat on the floor during the flight. The pilot said he departed with the fuel selector valve in the "both" position but during the flight the dog must have inadvertently moved the valve's handle toward the "left" tank position, which resulted in the loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion. A functional check of the fuel selector valve revealed no mechanical issues and the valve seated securely into each detent. The pilot reported there were no mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation of the engine at the time of the accident.




A small plane crashed in Jones County on Friday afternoon.

A private plane carrying two passengers and a dog crashed in Jones County on the Otis Redding “Big O” Ranch about 3:45 p.m., said Sheriff Butch Reese with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office. No significant injuries were reported.

The four-seat Cessna 172 clipped two trees while preparing to land at Macon Downtown Airport about 20 miles away. The plane was flying from Tennessee, Reese said. 

Patrick McLaughlin, 45, the pilot, and passenger, Linda Hedgepeth, 48, were traveling to the area to visit family, said Captain Jimmy Black with the sheriff’s office.

While no injuries were reported, both passengers were taken to Medical Center, Navicent Health, for evaluation.

When medical personnel and police arrived on scene, Hedgepeth was out of the plane and walking, while McLaughlin was “still dazed” in the cockpit, Reese said.

The pilot told officers he believed the plane was beginning to lose power during the flight.

The dog was uninjured and being cared for at the sheriff’s office.

Source: http://www.macon.com

A plane crashed at the Big O Ranch in Jones County at about 3:45 p.m. Friday, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Butch Reece says two people and a dog were on board. The couple was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff. 

The dog was taken to the Sheriff's office.

The Redding family was not harmed, Sheriff Reece said.

The plane was from out of the state. Reese said and apparently headed to Macon. Sheriff Reece says the pilot thinks it may have been an electrical issue that caused the crash.

"The pilot told us he thought it was losing power. He didn't know if it was fuel. They fueled up in Jasper, Tennessee according to the female coming into Macon for an event. I think they have local connections or might have lived here in Macon. We're unsure right now because they were both quite groggy," says Sheriff Reece.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the plane crash. WMAZ spoke to the family that lives on the Otis Redding Ranch, but they declined to comment on the plane crash.

Story and video:  http://www.13wmaz.com

JONES COUNTY, Ga. (WGXA) -- A small plane crashed Friday afternoon at Otis Redding's Big "O" Ranch.

Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece said 45-year-old Patrick McLaughlin and 48-year-old Melinda Hedgepeth were flying from Tennessee to Macon in a private Cessna-172C when the aircraft started to lose power.

When the couple attempted to land the plane, it clipped a tree and spun into a number of cedar trees.

No one was hurt in the crash. Reece said the female passenger was able to walk away from the accident and that the male pilot was dazed but appeared to be okay.

A dog was also in the plane and will be kept overnight at an animal hospital for minor injuries. Reece said the dog is expected to recover.

The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to investigate the crash.

Source: http://wgxa.tv

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