Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beechcraft C23 Sundowner, N24695: Fatal accident occurred February 16, 2017 near Barrow County Airport (KWDR), Winder, Georgia

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Atlanta, Georgia

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.  The two (2) persons on board were fatally injured.  

Date: 16-FEB-17
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N24695
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE23
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

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Henry "Hank" Ewing and Shannon Ewing died in a plane crash in Barrow County on February 16th.

WINDER, Ga. -- The victims of a deadly plane crash Feb. 16 near Winder have been identified as Hank and Shannon Ewing.

Family members say Hank Ewing was a flight instructor, and had acquired a hangar at the Barrow County airport in December, according to airport manager Wanda Mitchell.  Shannon Ewing, Hank's uncle, had expressed interest in learning to fly, according to family.

Shannon and his nephew reportedly flew Hank's plane Thursday morning, then re-boarded again around lunchtime.  A passerby later spotted the plane's debris early Thursday afternoon. 

The two men were killed when their Beechcraft C23 Sundowner crashed off the end of the runway into pine trees near the road.

It is still unclear who was piloting the plane when it crashed.  The debris was located near the south end of the runway.

Friday morning, planes were taking off above the crash site, just hours after authorities retrieved the remains of the victims on Thursday evening.

Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation. NTSB investigations usually take months to complete, but investigators are expected to release preliminary information soon.

In 2015, a small plane crashed on the Georgia Club Golf Course on Dec. 20, 2015 in Winder. The pilot, 81-year-old Billy Karl Bryant of Dacula, was the only person on the plane and he died. His Beech C24R crashed into trees near the golf course.

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Shannon Ewing was killed in a plane crash February 16th in Winder, Georgia.

Hank Ewing was killed in a plane crash February 16th in Winder Georgia. 

BARROW COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -   Two people have died after a plane crashed at the Barrow County Airport in North Georgia.

Lt. Scott Dakin with Barrow County Emergency Services confirmed to CBS46 that two people died in the plane crash around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The victims have been identified as Shannon Ewing and Henry Ewing. The ages of the deceased are not known at this time.

How the crash happened remains a mystery. Investigators say no one actually saw the plane go down. They're still trying to determine whether the plane crashed during take-off or while trying to land.

Emergency crews say the plane was still on fire when they arrived on the scene.

"When we got here there was just a little bit of fire that had also happened. We were able to extinguish it both passengers on the plane were deceased upon arrival," said Dakin.

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A single-engine, Beech C23 crashed at the end of the runway at the Barrow County Airport in Winder about 2 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.

Bergen said officials do not know whether the plane crashed while taking off or during landing. 

An AirCrane employee saw smoke from the highway and called 911, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Firefighters arrived first, found the crashed plane in the woods off the property and put out a small fire on the four-passenger plane, Barrow County fire Capt. Scott Dankin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Authorities believe the crash happened between noon and 2 p.m., when the 911 call was made.

Dankin said the airport is currently open since the crash site is secure and off the property.

FAA officials will continue an investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

BARROW COUNTY, Ga. - Two people have been killed in a small plane crash, according to the Barrow County Fire Department. 

The crash happened just after 2 p.m. Thursday on the south end of the Barrow County airport. 

The Barrow County sheriff said a driver saw the debris from the plane in the trees and called 911.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said a Beech C23 aircraft crashed off the end of a runway.

It is not clear yet if the plane was taking off or landing when the crash occurred. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause of the accident. 

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BARROW COUNTY, Ga. - Two people are dead after a small plane crash near the Barrow County Airport Thursday afternoon, according to fire officials.

It happened just after 2 p.m. on the backside of the Barrow County Airport located in the 700 block of Highway 82. A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration said a Beech C23 aircraft crashed at the end of Runway 13. Fire officials said the single-engine plane ended up in the wood line, killing both aboard.
The  Federal Aviation Administration said they were not sure if the plane was taking off or landing at the airport at the time of the accident.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The victims have not yet been identified.


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