Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beech V35B Bonanza, N2053Y: Fatal accident occurred March 24, 2017 in Union City, Canadian County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA138
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 24, 2017 in Union City, OK
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N2053Y
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 March 24, 2017 about 1520 central daylight time, a Beechcraft V35B, airplane, N2053Y, impacted terrain near Union City, Oklahoma. The private rated pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal fight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and the airplane was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Chickasha Municipal Airport (KCHK), Chickasha, Oklahoma.

A witness reported hearing the airplane and then seeing the airplane descending in a "spin"; the airplane disappeared behind a tree line and a fire erupted. Another witness, who did not see the crash, said they heard the airplane, stating that engine sounded weird, like cutting in and out. The witness added that he heard the crash and saw smoke and fire. 

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed the airplane impacted an open field located in a rural, lightly wooded area. The postcrash fire ignited a brush/grass fire which also consumed sheds located near a local residence. The postcrash fire also consumed much of the airplane. 

A preliminary review of radar data, revealed that the accident flight originated from KCHK about 1510. After departure, the airplane turned to a northerly heading while climbing to 5,500 feet. The radar tracked the airplane northward; before the it slowed and disappeared from the radar. The last radar point at 1519 recorded the airplane at 77 knots and 5,200 feet. 

After the initial on-site documentation of the wreckage, the airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

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

Eric Ryan Hensley (1985 - 2017)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Eric Ryan Hensley on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 31 years of age. He lived in Oklahoma City and worked as a Territory Manager for Appareo Systems. Eric was flying his personal aircraft outside of Oklahoma City on Friday when the plane went down.

Eric was born in Edmond on June 22, 1985. He grew up in Tulsa and attended Jenks High School where he graduated in 2004. Eric attended Oklahoma State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 2007 then earned his Masters of Business Administration at Texas State University in 2009. After graduation Eric lived in Austin, Texas and worked in the Economic Development area of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 he moved to Oklahoma City and began working for Chesapeake Energy as a Landman. After five years with Chesapeake he moved on to pursue his passion, aviation. He earned his private pilot license in 2016 and began working for Appareo Systems.

Eric was a passionate person with a big heart and an even bigger smile. He was kind to everyone he met and always put others first. Eric loved his family fiercely and was a loyal friend that could always be depended on. Eric loved flying, music, playing the guitar, fishing, hunting, and was an Eagle Scout. He was unconditionally generous and believed that God blessed him to be able to bless others.

He and Lara Dawn Upshaw were married on July 19, 2014, and his life was forever changed with the arrival of their daughter, Reese, in October 2016. He loved his baby girl and his wife with every ounce of his soul and it was apparent just by the way he looked at them. Lara and Reese were his two greatest loves and everything he did in life was for them.

Eric will be forever remembered by his loving wife Lara and their infant daughter Reese, by his parents Jerry and Diane Hensley (Tulsa), his sister Sara Andrews and husband Wade and their daughter Saige (Edmond), his grandmothers Carlene Hensley (Miami) and Shirley Guerrieri (Tulsa/Miami), Lara's parents Steve and Opal Upshaw (Bartlesville/Ponca City), and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and close friends.

Eric was preceded in death by his grandfathers Glenn Hensley and Art Guerrieri (Miami).

A memorial service to celebrate Eric's life will be held at Life.Church Broadway and Britton at 9001 N. Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, loved ones may donate a memorial contribution to the charity of your choosing or to the Reese Hensley Scholarship Fund at Regent Bank. (7136 S Yale Ave, STE 100, Tulsa, OK 74136).

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