Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gordon Pegazair P 100, N129LZ: Fatal accident occurred December 02, 2016 in Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Indianapolis FSDO-11 

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA046
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 02, 2016 in Mt Vernon, IN
Aircraft: Gordon PEGAZAIR P 100, registration: N129LZ
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 December 2, 2016, about 1237 central standard time, a Gordon Pegazair P 100, N129LZ (deregistered N-number), impacted a field near Mt Vernon, Indiana. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from Carmi Municipal Airport (CUL), Carmi, Illinois about 1150.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Duane Daws
November 08, 1952 - December 02, 2016

Duane Alan Daws, 64, of Mt. Vernon, IN lost his life Friday, December 2, 2016, doing what he loved most, flying. He was born November 8, 1952 to Edwin Lee Daws and Lois Daws Blackburn.

Duane retired from CountryMark Refinery. His life passions were found in flying, skydiving, hang gliding, motorcycles, scuba diving, wind surfing, snowboarding, water skiing, and horseback riding, to name a few. Duane loved sharing these passions with others and was known to take many people for flights and parachute jumps.

Duane’s goal in life was to experience life to the fullest, to live each day with total involvement. He believed that life needs to be challenged at all levels; the mental, the spiritual, and the physical. He actively pursued life because he was not afraid to fail.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his daughters, Heather (Matt) Pugh of Princeton, IN and Hana Daws (fiancé Austin Denning) of Chandler, IN; his mother, Lois Daws Blackburn; siblings, Luonna (Steve) Uhde, Wayne Eddie (Donna) Daws, Nancy (Tom) Rivers, Mike Summers, Melinda Summers, and Melissa Summers; grandchildren, Adriana and Madalynn Pugh; the mother of his children, Lisa Thomson; along with aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Private funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion Owen Dunn, Post #5, 203 Walnut St., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 3:30 pm until 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or the Carmi Municipal Airport in Memory of Duane Daws, 1379 County Road 1500 N, Carmi, IL 62821

Duane Daws

POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) -   One Tri-State man says his friend who died in a plane crash on Friday taught him how to live life to the fullest.

According to the coroner's office, 64-year-old Duane Daws of Mt. Vernon was the only person on board when his aircraft took a nosedive and crashed in a field off Gun Club Road.

The FAA and NTSB are still trying to figure out what caused the crash. Meanwhile, his loved ones are left mourning and remembering the good times they shared with Daws.

Duane Daws' friend, Neal Schroeder, says they met years ago and formed a strong bond. Neal says he learned a lot from his friend who put 110 percent into everything he did.

Now, he's dealing with losing Duane, who died doing what he loved.

"There's a litany of people out there today who are still, like me, in mourning."

The news that Neal Schroeder's good friend, Duane Daws, died in a crash hit him hard. Neal says they were partners in crime. They were so close that Duane was in his wedding years ago.

They flew planes together for 20 years. Neal says there was so much more to him than that.

"There wasn't anything he wasn't good at and didn't excel at 200%."

From parachuting, skydiving, snorkeling, and canoeing, Neal says Duane gave everything his all. On Friday, he drove by that crash not knowing his friend was involved.

Neal says Duane was a good pilot with 30 years of flying under his belt.

According to the coroner's office, Daws was the only person on board when the aircraft took a nosedive and crashed in a field off Gun Club Road.

Afterward, his loved ones posted online and shared their memories amid their shock.

Neal says what he'll remember most about his Daws is his ability to enjoy every single moment.

"There's nothing more noble than dying doing what you love. If he were to chose, how he wanted to exit this world, that would've been it. So, there's a lot of peace in that."

There is no word on when a memorial and a funeral will be held. We will keep you updated once we find out that information.

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Investigators are working to figure out what caused a fatal plane crash in Posey County.

Authorities say 64-year-old Duane Daws crashed around noon, near Highway 62 and Gun Club Road.

The sheriff’s office says it was a small plane the crashed into a field.

Daws was the only person on board.

Authorities are now trying to figure out what caused the crash.

Indiana State Police were on scene investigating, with the FAA and NTSB.

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One person died after a small aircraft crashed in Posey County, according to Indiana State Police officials.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Ringle said a small aircraft crashed about a half of a mile south of Indiana 62 and 500 feet west of Gun Club Road. Emergency crews were notified of the crash at about 12:15 p.m. Friday.

The pilot, identified Friday night as 64-year-old Duane Daws of Mount Vernon, was the only person in the plane.

The type of plane is still unknown as of Friday afternoon.

"It was damaged to the point where — unless you know aircraft — you're not going to even remotely identify it," Ringle said.

Ringle said the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive Friday evening to the crash site.



The Posey County Coroner has identified the victim in as 64-year-old Duane Daws of Mt. Vernon.


Indiana State Police say a small aircraft has crashed south of S.R. 62 and east of Gun Club Road in Posey County.

Posey County Coroner Jay Price says the pilot of a single-engine fixed plane died in the crash just after noon. The pilot's identity has not been released. 

Authorities are in the early stages of determining how it went down. Price says the single-engine fixed aircraft went down in the field just south of Highway 62. We still have no official word yet on the type of plane it was, where it took off from, or where it was headed. Gun Club Rd. was blocked off since first responders arrived. Price says dispatchers didn't receive any calls from the pilot before it crashed.

"There's nothing that we have found on that. Nothing came in to our 911 center. Witnesses that had seen the plane go down said it just took a nose dive in to the field,” he says.

Authorities say the FAA and NTSB are on their way to the scene. Gun Club Rd. will be closed off for several hours.

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POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) - The name of the pilot who died in a plane crash in Posey County has been released.

According to the coroner's office, Duane Daws, 64-year-old, of Mt. Vernon, was the only person on board when the aircraft took a nosedive and crashed in a field off Gun Club Road.

The FAA and NTSB are trying to figure out what caused the plane to crash.

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Gordon Alexander said...

I built that plane and sold it to Duane. It is like a kick in the stomach to see this. I wondered why I hadn't heard from him in awhile.

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