Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA106
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Winder, GA
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N24695
Injuries: 2 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 February 16, 2017, about 1400 eastern standard time, a Beech C23, N24695, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain after takeoff from Barrow County Airport (WDR), Winder, Georgia. The flight instructor and student pilot were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight, conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

No one witnessed the airplane takeoff. Review of security camera video indicated that prior to the accident flight, the flight instructor and student pilot walked out to the airplane about 1317.

About 1357, a pilot who was inbound to WDR while approximately 5 miles north of the airport, heard a pilot transmit that they were departing Runway 31. The pilot looked for the departing airplane but never saw it. He then landed on Runway 31, and taxied to the ramp.

At approximately 1400, a witness observed the airplane pass from left to right in front of her, as she was traveling on Highway 82. At the time, she was passing the northwest corner of WDR. The airplane seemed to be flying low and fast, and as it went over the highway it began to nose down, then leveled out, and "tilt to the right about 1/4 or less." The witness then lost sight of the airplane due to trees. She then thought she saw "a small puff of gray to the outside edge of the tree line" when she looked back. She later realized that this may have been the trees moving as the airplane struck them. Also,, just past the trees to the inside of the tree line, she thought she saw a runway but later realized that it was an access road to the airport. She did not hear any sounds associated with the airplane, as she had her radio on in the vehicle.

The accident site was located on the southwest side of Runway 31, next to the airport security fence, along a tree line next to an open field. Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane struck trees while traveling on an approximate magnetic heading of 146°, and had broken into several pieces. Evidence of propeller strike marks were observed on several trees, along with cut and separated branches.

Examination of the wreckage revealed that the wing flaps were in the up position. The magnetos switch was in the "BOTH" position. The electric fuel boost pump was off. The fuel selector valve was in the "R TANK" position, and there was no evidence of blockage in the valve or fuel lines. The throttle and mixture controls were full forward, and the carburetor heat knob was in the off position. Control continuity was established from the ailerons, stabilator, and rudder, to the breaks in the system, and from the breaks in the system, to the flight controls in the cockpit. There was no evidence of any inflight structural failure.

Examination of the propeller and engine revealed that the propeller displayed evidence of S-bending, and chordwise scratching. There was no evidence of any type of blockage in the engine intake or exhaust systems. There was oil in the galleries and rocker boxes. Drivetrain continuity was established from the propeller to the back of the engine, thumb compression and suction was established on all four cylinders, and all the intake and exhaust valves functioned. Both magnetos produced spark on all towers, and the spark plug electrodes appeared normal. Fuel was present in the fuel line to the carburetor and fuel was present in the carburetor float bowl.

At 1345, the reported weather at WDR, included wind from 320° at 8 knots, gusting to 14 knots, temperature 14° C, dew point -09° C, and an altimeter setting of 29.95 inches of mercury.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and pilot records, the flight instructor held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multiengine land, and commercial privileges for airplane single-engine land. He also held a flight instructor certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. His most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was issued on September 12, 2016. He reported that he had accrued 1,650 total hours of flight experience, 1,452 hours as pilot-in-command, 518 of which was as a flight instructor.

According to FAA and pilot records, the student pilot held a student pilot certificate. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on January 30, 2017. He had accrued approximately 8 hours of flight experience.

According to FAA and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 1973. Its most recent annual inspection was completed on October 3, 2016. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accrued 2,680 total hours of operation.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

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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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