Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Aviat A-1C-180 Husky, N272WY, Inspire Aviation LLC: Accident occurred July 04, 2017 in Dillwyn, Buckingham County, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

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

Inspire Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N272WY

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA229
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 2017 in Dillwyn, VA
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1C-180, registration: N272WY
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 July 4, 2017, at 1224 eastern daylight time, an Aviat Aircraft Inc. A-1C-180, N272WY, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain in Dillwyn, Virginia. The private pilot was seriously injured, and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local, personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed.

According to a witness, the pilot was attempting to land the airplane on a grass field. Three attempts were made, and the airplane touched down on the third attempt. The pilot then executed a go-around, and the airplane climbed, turned to the right, and stalled. The airplane then collided with terrain in a cornfield adjacent to the grass field.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration reported that the airplane came to rest in a steep, nose-low position in the cornfield. There was no fire. The airplane was recovered to a hangar for a further examination by the FAA.

The inspector reported that the field where the pilot was attempting to land was a grass strip designed for radio-controlled aircraft. The strip was oriented to the northeast/southwest and was about 665 ft in length.

Justin Knight, CEO of Apple Hospitality REIT Inc. 

Justin Glade Knight, the Chesterfield County man injured in a Tuesday plane crash in Buckingham County, is the president and CEO of Apple Hospitality REIT Inc., a Richmond-based real estate investment trust.

A Wednesday statement released by the company stated that Knight "sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries" in the crash.

Knight was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville after the small plane he was flying crashed in a cornfield in Buckingham County. His 11-year-old son was also in the plane and was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

While Knight recovers, Krissy Gathright, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Bryan Peery, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will share responsibilities and oversight of Apple Hospitality, according to the company's statement.

The U.Va. Medical Center said Knight was in fair condition at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Knight was appointed to the position of CEO of the company in 2014. He has served on the company's board of directors since 2015. Knight joined the company in 2000. Apple Hospitality REIT owns one of the largest portfolios of upscale service hotels in the United States, owning 235 hotels across 33 states.

The 44-year-old Midlothian man also serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Utah, and is married with four children.

Knight is the son of Glade M. Knight, the company’s executive chairman and founder, and the brother of Nelson G. Knight, the company’s executive vice president and chief investment officer.

Glade Knight also founded Apple Ten and served as chairman and CEO of that company until its merger with Apple Hospitality in September 2016. He is the largest shareholder among directors and company officers of Apple Hospitality, owning 10.2 million shares or 4.6 percent of common stock, according to the company's May 18 proxy statement.

Justin Knight, also one of the top 10 shareholders among directors and officers, owns 1.3 million shares, according to the public filing.

Apple Hospitality's stock, APLE, closed at $18.72, down 31 cents.

“We greatly appreciate the concern for Justin’s well-being and the outpouring of support following yesterday’s accident,” Glade Knight said in the statement. “We feel very fortunate that the injuries he sustained were not more serious and we look forward to his full recovery.”


BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. — A pilot suffered life-threatening injuries and a passenger was hurt their Richmond-based plane crashed Tuesday afternoon in Buckingham County.

Virginia State Police were called to the scene at 12:24 p.m.

“An Aviat A-1C-180 aircraft stalled out causing it to crash land in a cornfield in the 100 block of Mountain View Lane,” a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. “The plane had taken off from a private landing strip on Alcoma Road in Buckingham County and was flying locally when the crash occurred.”

The pilot has been identified as Justin G. Knight of Midlothian. He was flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville and is being treated for life-threatening injuries. Knight’s 11-year-old son, the second passenger, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The plane was registered to Richmond-based Inspire Aviation LLC, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

While Virginia State Police are investigating the crash, the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.


One person suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash of a small-single-engine fixed-wing plane crash Tuesday shortly after 12:20 p.m. in the 100 block of Mountain View Lane off of Rock Mill Road near Enonville in Buckingham County.

According to Virginia State Police Trooper Rick Chambliss, who was on scene with volunteer firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel, the occupants of the aircraft were Justin Knight and his son, Bowen A. Knight. Bowen A. Knight only suffered minor injuries in the crash, which occurred in a cornfield near a residence.

Virginia State Police are investigating the incident, according to a press release from agency spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

“The pilot was flown to U.Va. Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries,” Geller said, referring to Justin.

“The  Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have both been notified. The crash remains under investigation at this time,” Geller said.



Bobo Knight said...

Hi i am the pilots son and my name is Bowen A. Knight

Bobo Knight said...

Not brenton