Saturday, February 25, 2017

Plane crash survivors reunite with first responders: Cessna 150F, N7948F; accident occurred October 16, 2016 near Berry Hill Airport (7GA7), Stockbridge, Henry County, Georgia

Jamie Thompson and his granddaughter, London Buckley

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - A pilot and his granddaughter are reuniting for the first time with the first responders who saved their lives after a plane crash.

Jamie Thompson and his granddaughter, London Buckley, were injured when their plane went down near Berry Hill Airport in Stockbridge last October.

Both were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The family dog died in the crash.

London was expected to be in the hospital for months, but was released in just two weeks.

Now, the grandfather and granddaughter are meeting face-to-face with the people who helped them after the crash.

"Being able to see that we actually made a difference in the lives of two people that were seriously injured that day is a huge morale booster," Henry County Fire Lt. Eric Shelley said.

There were lots of handshakes, hugs and pictures as the survivors and first responders met Saturday afternoon.

Shelley put together the event because he said in his 20 years with the department, this was only his second plane crash.

"It was definitely one of those scenes that you will remember for the rest of your life, because it's not something you get everyday," he said.

London said after recovering from the crash, she is enjoying playing outside.

She also had one piece of advice for anyone who would listen: "Just don't get in a plane crash."

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The  National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

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.

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