Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beech 95-C55, N3717Q, D & D Inc: Accident occurred June 09, 2017 in Calaveras County, California

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama

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

D & D Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N3717Q

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA125 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 09, 2017 in Mountain Ranch, CA
Aircraft: BEECH 95 C55, registration: N3717Q
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 June 9, 2017, at an unknown time, a Beech 95-C55, N3717Q, impact heavily forested terrain near Mountain Ranch, California. The pilot/owner operated the airplane as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area of the accident site and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed Del Mar Farms Airport (CN99), Patterson, California, at 1355 and was destined for Columbia Airport (O22), Columbia, California. 

A family concerned ALNOT (Alert Notification) was issued when the pilot did not arrive at Columbia Airport. They estimated the flight to be about 20 minutes.

The airplane was located by the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department on June 13, 2017. 

The airplane came to rest inverted on a 65-degree slope, and was fragmented. The debris field extended from the top of the hill down toward a dry creek bed, with vegetation in the immediate vicinity of the empennage a brown discoloration consistent with fuel blight. The right engine remained with the main wreckage at the top of the hill. The left engine and fragments of the left wing were downhill, and the outboard two-feet of the left-wing tip were about 10 feet east of the wing and engine.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

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.

LEROY DEL DON JR.
February 5, 1942 - June13, 2017


LeRoy Del Don Jr. was born February 5th 1942 in Modesto, CA to his parents, LeRoy Sr. and Elizabeth Mae Del Don. LeRoy married Sandy Del Don in 1960. They had three children, Lee, Lesa and Dalton.

LeRoy followed in his father's footsteps and was a well respected farmer on the Westside for the past 60 years. He made fond memories with great friends while enjoying his life-long passion of flying.

LeRoy was always known for bringing a smile to one's face and living life to its fullest. Nothing made LeRoy more proud than his family.

LeRoy is survived by his loving wife Sandy, his oldest son Lee (Debra), daughter Lesa Del Don, youngest son Dalton (Carli), sister Carol Goldberg (Neil) of Kirkland, WA, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy Sr. and Elizabeth Mae Del Don.

A celebration of life will be held between 4-8pm on June 24th at Sky Trek Aviation, located at the Modesto Airport.


LeRoy Del Don
 
 



A pilot who was reported missing after his plane took off from an airstrip in Patterson was found dead Tuesday, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
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Leroy Del Don, 75, was found in the wreckage of a twin-engine Beechcraft plane in a mountainous location in the Calaveras County town of Mountain Ranch.

While Del Don and the plane that was found have not been positively identified, “circumstantial evidence indicated that the wreckage was that of the missing Beechcraft,” the sheriff's office said.

Del Don was reported missing Friday evening by a family member after he didn’t arrived at Columbia Airport with his personal aircraft, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office.

Del Don planned to fly directly to Columbia Airport, which he has done numerous times, and get into a vehicle waiting for him at the hangar and drive to Pinecrest.

When Del Don didn't arrive in Pinecrest as planned, his wife became worried and had a friend check the hanger, where they found the vehicle, but Del Don's plane wasn't there, the sheriff's office said.

A search team reported seeing plane debris around noon Tuesday. The aircraft was found about a mile from the crash site, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said. The plane appeared to have crashed into one or more trees before coming stopping on a steep hillside.

The crash was discovered about a mile south of Del Don’s last known radar point.

Del Don had extensive flying experience and had been flying for more than 40 years. He was a flight instructor and had no known medical issues.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

Investigators are still at the scene and will work with the National Transportation Safety Board when officials arrive Wednesday.

No other details were released.

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



SAN ANDREAS — Wreckage of a small plane was found, as was a body, located one mile south of the last known radar point of missing pilot LeRoy Del Don, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said.

It was announced late Tuesday that a search team had reported finding possible aircraft debris about noon earlier in the day.

The area of the site was described by authorities as being densely wooded and steep, and the aircraft, they said, appeared to have collided with one or more trees before coming to rest on a steep hillside. The plane was last spotted on radar west of remote Mountain Ranch in Calaveras County.

Due to the condition of the wreckage, deputies could not positively identify either the aircraft or the occupant as being the missing Beechcraft and Del Don.

Circumstantial evidence, however, indicated that the wreckage was that of the missing aircraft, authorities said.

Del Don, 75, departed alone in a 1967 Beechcraft Baron — a twin-engine propeller-driven plane — about 2 p.m. Friday from a private airstrip near Westley in Stanislaus County.

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Del Don is described as being an experienced pilot and flight instructor with no known medical issues who has flown to Columbia numerous times. He was expected to drive a vehicle waiting for him in an airport hanger to Pinecrest, according to The Modesto Bee.

When he did not arrive in Pinecrest as planned Friday evening, his wife became worried and had a friend check the Columbia hangar. The plane was not there, but the vehicle was, The Bee reported.

An investigation is underway.

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





Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office:   Update June 02, 2017

The search for Leroy Del Don is ongoing. Search and Rescue teams from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, and Amador County Sheriff's Office, as well as aircraft from the California Highway Patrol and Civil Air Patrol have been extensively searching the area and will continue throughout the day. 

The search is taking place in Calaveras County.

If you have information or questions call Calaveras Sheriff's Office at 209-754-6500.

Original Post-   Late Friday evening, 75 year old Leroy Del Don was reported missing by a family member after he departed from an airstrip near Patterson in his personal airplane and failed to arrive at Columbia Airport.

The Sheriff's Office was told Leroy has extensive flying experience and has been flying for over 40 years. He is a flight instructor and has no known medical issues.

Leroy was going to fly directly to Columbia Airport, which he has done numerous times, and then drive to Pinecrest in a vehicle that was waiting for him in the hangar.

His plane is a twin engine 1967 Beechcraft Baron 55, beige in color with an orange stripe on the tail. When Leroy did not arrive in Pinecrest as planned, his wife became worried and had a friend check the hangar at Columbia Airport for the plane. The plane was not there, however the vehicle was.

Leroy Del Don's airplane was last tracked by Air Force Rescue to a mountainous location in Calaveras County. The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team are assisting the Calaveras Sheriff's Office with their search efforts.

If anyone has seen Leroy or the plane described, please call the Calaveras Sheriff's Office at 209-754-6500.

Leroy is 5'11" tall, 187 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. 


PATTERSON, Calif. (KCRA) — A pilot was reported missing after his plane took off from an airstrip in Patterson and didn't arrive at an Tuolumne County airport, sheriff's officials said. 

Leroy Del Don, 75, was reported missing Friday evening by a family member after he departed from an airstrip near Patterson in his personal plan and never arrived at Columbia Airport, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office.

Del Don's airplane, a beige twin-engine 1967 Beechcraft Baron 55, was last tracked by Air Force rescue to a mountainous location in the Calaveras County town of Mountain Ranch before disappearing from radar, investigators said.

Del Don planned to fly directly to Columbia Airport, which he has done numerous times, and get into a vehicle waiting for him at the hangar and drive to Pinecrest.

When Del Don didn't arrive in Pinecrest as planned, his wife became worried and had a friend check the hanger, where they found the vehicle, but Del Don's plane wasn't there, the sheriff's office said.

Del Don has extensive flying experience and has been flying for more than 40 years. He is a flight instructor and has no known medical issues.

The sheriff's offices from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties are working together in the search for Del Don.

He is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 187 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes, deputies said.

Anyone with information about Del Don's plane is asked to call the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office at 209-754-6500.


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

The search continues for a man who flew out from a private airstrip near Grayson on Friday afternoon but did not arrive at his destination, the Columbia Airport. 

Search and rescue teams from the sheriff’s offices in Calaveras, Tuolumne and Amador counties, as well as aircraft from the California Highway Patrol and Civil Air Patrol, are searching a rural area of Calaveras County, that Sheriff’s Office reported Monday morning.

Late Friday evening, 75-year-old Leroy Del Don, a farmer on Stanislaus County’s West Side, was reported missing. He was going to fly directly to Columbia Airport, which he has done numerous times, and then drive to Pinecrest in a vehicle that was waiting for him in the Columbia hanger, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

When he did not arrive in Pinecrest as planned, his wife became worried and had a friend check the Columbia hanger. The plane was not there, but the vehicle was.

The plane is a twin-engine, propeller-driven 1967 Beechcraft Baron. It is beige with brown and orange striping and the tail number N3717Q.

The aircraft appears to have traveled over Columbia Airport and through Calaveras County before disappearing from radar west of Mountain Ranch, according to the Calaveras Sheriff’s Office.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office was told that Del Don has extensive flying experience and has been flying for over 40 years. He is a flight instructor and has no known medical issues.

Anyone who heard or saw the plane or a similar plane during Friday afternoon is urged to contact the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office at 209-754-6500 and speak with dispatch.

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

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