Sunday, April 30, 2017

Champion 7KCAB Citabria, registered to Professional Pilot Resources LLC and operated by Flying Tiger Aviation LLC, N1899G: Fatal accident occurred April 30, 2017 in Collinston, Morehouse Parish, Louisiana

 Gary Wood Cumbey, 54, of Paragould, Arkansas 
Flight Instructor, Ag Pilot, Army Aviation Officer

Angel E. Torres of Yuma, Arizona
July 14, 1994 - April 30, 2017 

Angel was a Commercial Pilot who loved the nature of flying. He always expressed how everything looked better from the sky. He was passionate about it, and shared the beauty of flying with plenty of people. He loved the community, and always looked for a way to give back. 

Becoming an Agriculture Pilot was next in the list. He was very excited to start his Ag training at Flying Tiger Aviation in Bastrop, Louisiana, and then be back to begin his career in the field. 
 
The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lycoming Engines; Arlington, Texas
Flying Tiger Aviation; Bastrop, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N1899G





Location: Collinston, LA

Accident Number: CEN17FA169
Date & Time: 04/30/2017, 1635 CDT
Registration: N1899G
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7KCAB
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On April 30, 2017, about 1635 central daylight time, a Champion 7KCAB airplane, N1899G, impacted terrain after striking a power line near Collinston, Louisiana. The flight instructor and the commercial pilot receiving instruction were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Professional Pilot Resources LLC, and operated by Flying Tiger Aviation LLC, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the aerial application training flight, which departed without a flight plan from Morehouse Memorial Airport (BQP), Bastrop, Louisiana, about 1620.


A witness noticed the airplane approach from the north and circle a field near his home. The airplane then descended and made a low altitude pass from south to north along the east edge of the field. As the airplane flew by, the engine sounded "good and strong." As the airplane approached a power line at the end of the field, it pitched to a nose-up attitude, and the witness observed a "shower of sparks" followed by the airplane impacting the ground in a nose-down attitude.


The manager of the Flying Tigers Aviation flight school stated that the field where the accident occurred, which was adjacent to a prison, was not a designated practice field.


PERSONNEL INFORMATION


The flight instructor, age 54, held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, and instrument airplane ratings. On November 15, 2016, he was issued a second-class medical certificate with a limitation to have glasses available for near vision. He obtained a flight instructor certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating on April 1, 2017; at that time, he reported a total flight experience of 3,114 hours of which 1,795 hours were in airplanes. According to the manager of Flying Tigers Aviation, the flight instructor was a previous US Army helicopter pilot and an experienced aerial application pilot. His logbook was not available for review.


The commercial pilot, age 22, held a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. On April 3, 2017, he was issued a first-class medical certificate with no limitations. According to his logbook, he had accumulated 650 total hours of flight experience.


During the 2 weeks before the accident, the flight instructor and the commercial pilot flew together on 11 training flights in the airplane, accumulating 14.5 flight hours. These flights were part of an aerial application initial training course at the flight school.


AIRCRAFT INFORMATION


The airplane was manufactured in 1968 and was equipped with a Lycoming IO-320-E2A engine, serial number L-3761-55A, and a McCauley two-blade, all-metal propeller. The airplane underwent an annual inspection on July 11, 2016, and a 100-hour inspection on April 6, 2017. At the time of the accident, the airframe had accumulated 9,135 hours, and the time since engine overhaul was 2,079 hours.


METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION


At 1635, the weather observation station at BQP, located about 5 miles northwest of the accident site, reported the following conditions: wind 220° at 8 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 17°C, dew point 12°C, and altimeter setting 29.80 inches of mercury.





WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION


Examination revealed that the airplane struck a rural power line, which ran parallel to a county road. The airplane dragged the power line by its landing gear about 120 ft and came to rest inverted in a cornfield.


The flight control surfaces remained attached to their respective airframe surfaces, and flight control continuity was confirmed. The fuel system was intact with fuel observed at the inlet and outlet points of all components. Fuel was observed draining out of the fuel injector when the fuel lines were removed, and all fuel injector nozzles were unobstructed. The throttle plate was in the open position.


The engine was rotated by hand from the front crankshaft. Thumb suction and compression were observed at all cylinders with normal valve train and crankshaft continuity. The engine fuel pump was actuated and exhibited normal suction and compression of fuel. The left magneto displayed no external damage; when rotated by hand, the impulse coupling was heard snapping, and spark was observed at all spark plug outlet wires. The right magneto was intact with no damage observed. The right magneto was operated using an electrical drill, and spark was observed at all spark plug outlet wires.


MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION


The Morehouse Parish Coroner's Office, Bastrop, Louisiana, performed autopsies on the flight instructor and the commercial pilot and attributed their deaths to multiple blunt force injuries. The FAA's Bioaeronautical Research Sciences Laboratory in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicology tests on the flight instructor and commercial pilot. The results were negative for all tests conducted.


TESTS AND RESEARCH


An Apple iPhone6 was found at the accident site and sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Laboratory for download. The iPhone was not used to make a text message or voice call during the accident flight, and there were no videos or photos taken during the accident flight. 


Flight Instructor Information


Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial

Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/15/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/01/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3114 hours (Total, all aircraft), 200 hours (Total, this make and model)

Pilot Information


Certificate: Commercial

Age: 22, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/03/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/28/2015
Flight Time:   650 hours (Total, all aircraft), 15 hours (Total, this make and model), 560 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 103 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 34 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: CHAMPION

Registration: N1899G
Model/Series: 7KCAB NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 100
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/11/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 59 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9135 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: IO320-E2A
Registered Owner: Professional Pilot Resources LLC
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Flying Tiger Aviation LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBQP, 167 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1635 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 341°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: BASTROP, LA (BQP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: BASTROP, LA (BQP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1620 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G




Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal

Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  32.684444, -91.851944

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA169
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Collinston, LA
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7KCAB, registration: N1899G
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 April 30, 2017, at 1635 central daylight time, a Champion 7KCAB airplane, N1899G, impacted terrain following a power line strike near Collinston, Louisiana. The flight instructor and commercial pilot were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Professional Pilot Resources LLC and operated by Flying Tiger Aviation LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local aerial application training flight, which departed without a flight plan from Morehouse Memorial Airport (BQP), Bastrop, Louisiana.


A witness noticed the airplane approach from the north and circle a cornfield near his home. The airplane made a low altitude pass from south to north along the east edge of the field. Approaching a power line, the witness noticed the airplane pitch up and saw a "shower of sparks", followed by ground impact with a near vertical nose down attitude.



Angel E. Torres has reached blue skies, and is now flying eternally over his loved ones. Angel was born on July 14th of 1994 in Yuma, AZ. Son of Veronica and Abelardo Torres Sr., and brother to Yulissa and Abelardo Jr.. 

He was a loving, respectful and selfless young man, who under his young age managed to accomplish countless goals he dreamed of. With his smile and warm heart, he captivated people’s heart. Angel became well known for his capability to express the art that he knew so well, and was eager to share his passion with everyone. He was a Pilot. 

Angel was a Commercial Pilot who loved the nature of flying. He always expressed how everything looked better from the sky. He was passionate about it, and shared the beauty of flying with plenty of people. He loved the community, and always looked for a way to give back. 

Becoming an Agriculture Pilot was next in the list. He was very excited to start his Ag training at Flying Tiger Aviation in Bastrop, Louisiana, and then be back to begin his career in the field. 

On Sunday, April 30th 2017, Angel and his flight instructor were both killed while doing training in Collinston, Louisiana. 

“The Torres family has lost their Angel. He was something special to us, he lived life to the fullest, and for him, the sky was the limit. He never gave up on his dreams, and all he asked for was support. We all knew risks of a pilot, but we knew how much he loved to do it.” He always stated, “I want to die doing what I love most, and that is flying.” Our hearts are aching for his loss. He was a great son, brother, and best friend to us. He will forever be remembered for whom he was. Te queremos mucho, y te mandamos un beso y un fuerte abrazo hasta el cielo. Estamos muy orgullosos de tus logros, y savemos que eras feliz asiendo lo que mas te gustava. Ahora abre tus alas, y sigue volando eternamente.” 

Love you, 
Tu Mami, Papi, Sis y Bro.

http://www.desertvalleymortuary.com




The names of the two victims of a Sunday afternoon plane crash in Collinston were released Monday after notification of next of kin.


Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs confirmed Gary Wood Cumbey, 54, of Paragould, Arkansas, a flight instructor, and commercial pilot Angel Eloy Torres, 22, of Yuma, Arizona, died in the crash.


Both pilots were in good standing with the Federal Aviation Administration and had a commercial rating.


On Sunday, Tubbs said the sheriff's office received a call about the crash at approximately 4:40 p.m. It occurred near the Morehouse Parish Detention Center in a field off of John Crymes Road in Collinston.


Deputies arrived at the scene to find both the pilot of the private plane and a passenger dead, Tubbs said.


The National Transportation Safety Board is reporting a crash time of 4:35 p.m. and said the two people who died were the only occupants of the plane.


The plane involved in the crash was an American Champion 7KCAB Citabria. According to the FAA registry, the plane was a fixed-wing single-engine manufactured in 1968. It was registered to Professional Pilot Resources LLC at the Morehouse Memorial Airport and in use at Flying Tiger Aviation, also located at the airport.  Investigators from the FAA and NTSB arrived in Morehouse Parish on Monday to determine the cause of the crash.



Story and video:  http://www.thenewsstar.com

Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs says the victims have been identified as 54-year-old Gary Wood Cumbey of Paragould, Arkansas and 22-year-old Angel Eloy Torres of Yuma, Arizona.

"Yesterday, around 4:30, we got a call about a plane down by the prison," Tubbs says. "Deputies arrived within minutes... Unfortunately when we arrived, both the pilot and passenger were deceased."

Tubbs and officials with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) say eyewitness accounts are helping their investigation into what happened.

"They were making a south to north pass of the edge of the field back there," says George Waddell with the FAA. "It appears they caught the power line."

They say the plane, a 1968 American Champion Citabria, hit the power lines near the Morehouse Detention Center around 4:40 p.m. It then nosedived into a nearby field.

"The type of aircraft they were using for the training is a low mass, it's on the lighter side," says Waddell. "It didn't have enough inertia to break through the power line. So it just kind of caught them and pulled them down."

The FAA and NTSB say the definite cause of the crash won't be determined until the investigation is over. It could be a year before anyone knows what really happened to Cumbey and Torres.

Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs says the victims have been identified as 54-year-old Gary Wood Cumbey of Paragould, Arkansas and 22-year-old Angel Eloy Torres of Yuma, Arizona.

Federal investigators working to determine what caused a fatal plane crash in Morehouse Parish.

Authorities say the plane hit a power line on John Crimes Road Sunday afternoon and then crashed into a field nearby. The crash claimed the lives of two people, who have not yet been identified.

It knocked out the power at Morehouse Parish Detention Center, which has since been restored.

A team of federal investigators is investigating the scene.


Source:   http://www.knoe.com

Sunday afternoon at approximately 4:40 P.M. Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s officials received a report of a small plane that had crashed into a field near John Crymes Road and Patey Road in Morehouse Parish. 

The Champion 7KCAB Citabria plane struck power lines that provide power to the Morehouse Parish Detention Center on Patey Road, causing the center to lose power. 

Both occupants of the aircraft were confirmed dead by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office.

As of early Monday morning, the names of the two occupants had not been released. 

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and are expected to conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash. Power has been restored to the Detention Center.

Original article can be found here: http://www.weeklycitizen.com

COLLINSTON, Louisiana - The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating after a private plane crashed near Collinston on Sunday afternoon.

The Sheriff tells KTVE/KARD that the plane crashed in a field near the Morehouse Parish Detention Center around 4:40 Sunday afternoon.

The Sheriff also confirms that 2 people have died as a result of the crash.

We do not know if they were the only 2 people on board at the time.

The crash also knocked out power at the prison.

The names of the two killed will not be released until the Sheriff's Office notifies their families.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to conduct an investigation this week into the crash.

Story and video:    http://www.myarklamiss.com

MOREHOUSE PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A private plane crashed in Collinston in Morehouse Parish Sunday afternoon, killing the two people who were on board.

The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's office confirmed that a plane crashed in a field near the Morehouse Parish Detention Center around 4:40 Sunday afternoon, knocking out power to the prison.

The Sheriff said a National Transportation Safety Board investigation is underway to determine why the plane crashed.

Story and video:   http://www.knoe.com

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