Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beechcraft T-34A (A45) Mentor, Anderson Manufacturing, N3434G: Fatal accident occurred February 16, 2017 in Climax, Decatur County, 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
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Anderson Mfg Inc:

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA107
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Climax, GA
Aircraft: BEECH A45, registration: N3434G
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 February 16, 2017, about 1852 eastern standard time, a Beech A45, N3434G, collided with trees and terrain during the final approach to landing at Anderson Airport (GE21), Climax, Georgia. The aerobatic-category airplane was substantially damaged. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to a private company and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local, personal flight that originated about 1830.

According to a friend of the pilot, this was the pilot's first flight in the airplane since an annual inspection that was completed on February 9, 2017. The friend flew the airplane from Florida to Georgia immediately after the annual and reported that there were no mechanical anomalies during the flight.

There were no eyewitnesses to the accident. The airplane came to rest, inverted, on the approach end of runway 18. The unlit, grass runway was part of the pilot's personal property. Oak and pine trees were located at the northern boundary of the runway. An examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane collided with two oak trees on a southerly heading before contacting the ground. The airplane's tail cone remained lodged in one of the trees, and numerous broken tree limbs were found adjacent to the wreckage.

All structure and components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. The landing gear were found in the extended position and the wing flaps were retracted. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the ailerons, elevator, and rudder to the cockpit controls. The right wing was crushed and buckled; its bladder fuel tank was ruptured from impact forces and contained no quantifiable fuel. The left wing fuel tank contained about 11 gallons of blue-colored fuel. The cockpit fuel selector handle was found in the right tank position. The engine's two-blade propeller was minimally damaged, and there was no discernible bending or twisting of the blades.

The pilot, seated in the front cockpit seat, held an private pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. He reported 1,200 hours of total flight time on his latest Federal Aviation Administration second-class medical certificate, dated June 17, 2015.

The single-engine, low wing, tandem-cockpit airplane incorporated a retractable, tricycle landing gear. It was equipped with a Continental IO-470-KCN reciprocating engine rated at 260 horsepower. Examination of maintenance logbooks revealed that the engine accumulated about 1,021 hours since its last major overhaul, which was accomplished in 1983. The airplane, which was stored outside on the pilot's property, has been operated a total of 40 hours during the 11 years prior to the accident.

According to sun and moon data for Climax, Georgia, sunset occurred at 1827 and the end of civil twilight occurred at 1851.

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DECATUR COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- One person is dead following a small plane crash in Decatur County.

The Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin says the crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. Thursday near Vada, Georgia.

Sheriff Griffin says the pilot, identified as 50-year-old Donald Royce Anderson, was the only person on board at the time and was killed in the crash.

Officials say the crash occurred at the end of Anderson's airstrip on Eula Mills Road near Boutwell Road.

The cause of the crash is not known at this time.



Officials have released the identity of the pilot who died in a plane crash in Decatur County Thursday night.

Donald Anderson, 50, died on impact after the single engine prop plane crashed at the end of his personal runway near Vada.

It happened just before 7 p.m. on Eula Mills Road.

Anderson's body has been sent to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy as a standard procedure.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be in Decatur County Friday morning.


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