Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cessna 150F, N7948F: Accident occurred October 16, 2016 near Berry Hill Airport (7GA7), Stockbridge, Henry County, Georgia

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA015
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 16, 2016 in Stockbridge, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N7948F
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 16, 2016, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150F airplane, N7948F, impacted a field after takeoff from Berry Hill Airport (7GA7), Stockbridge, Georgia. The private pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight.

Shortly after takeoff from runway 11, the airplane cleared a line of trees 75 to 100 feet tall, approximately 500 feet from the departure end of the runway, then went into a steep nose down descent and struck the ground at a nearly vertical attitude less than 800 feet from the runway.

The airplane was secured for additional investigation.

Family members aren’t sure what happened Sunday to cause a plane crash in Stockbridge that left a man and his granddaughter seriously injured, but they are thankful their relatives are alive.

Jamie Thompson and his 8-year-old granddaughter London were headed back to Cherokee County when Thompson’s Cessna 150 crashed into trees while trying to land in a field near Millers Mill Road, the Henry County Fire Department said.

Thompson, an experienced pilot, took London out for trips all the time, wife Jennifer told Channel 2 Action News.

“They do everything together when she’s here and when he’s home from work,” she said.

Thompson did all he could to save his granddaughter before first responders arrived, Channel 2 reported.

“He was trapped inside the plane and he was twisted because he was trying to get her out,” Jennifer Thompson told the station.

Corey Smith witnessed the crash and rushed to save them, Jennifer Thompson said.

London was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with broken bones in her lower body, Channel 2 reported. She is now in a wheelchair.

Thompson was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital for broken bones and head injuries. He was released Monday.

The family said neither remembers what happened after the crash, Channel 2 reported. Relatives said the family dog was killed in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the incident.


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash that injured two people Sunday afternoon in Henry County.

It happened off Millers Mill Road near Stockbridge around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Henry County Police Captain Joey Smith said a man in his 40s was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital by ambulance.  An 8-year-old girl was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Both suffered serious injuries, but according to officials, they are expected to survive.  Police have not released the victims' names.

The plane took off from Berry Hill Airport just before the crash.

"It did not get airborne until it got well down the runway here, which I thought was a little peculiar and once he got into the air, the engine did not sound right to me," said Steve Seal who watched the plane leave the runway.

People who frequent the small airport said Sunday they are glad the two victims did not fare worse.

"My prayers are for them, you know.  That's tough," said Gregg Harless. "I hope it'll be a situation where they have an opportunity to go fly again."

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Officials have confirmed that a man and young child were injured Sunday afternoon in a plane crash in Henry County.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Millers Mill Road in the Stockbridge area and involved a Cessna 150 aircraft.

Officials said both a man in his 40s and an 8-year-old girl received serious injuries.  The man has been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Child was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Officials confirm that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the accident.

At this time, the cause of the accident is not clear.


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