Sunday, April 30, 2017

Champion 7KCAB Citabria, N1899G: Fatal accident occurred April 30, 2017 in Collinston, Morehouse Parish, Louisiana

The NTSB 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 Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Registered to Professional Pilot Resources LLC and operated by Flying Tiger Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N1899G

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.


Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.





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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