Thursday, July 13, 2017

Piper PA-31T1 Cheyenne I, N47GW, T-210 Holdings LLC: Fatal accident occurred July 13, 2017 near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (KTYR), Smith County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Worth, Texas 

T-210 Holdings LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N47GW 


NTSB Identification: CEN17FA266
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Tyler, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31T1, registration: N47GW
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 July13, 2017 about 0810 central daylight time, a Piper Cheyenne, PA-31T airplane, N47GW, impacted terrain near Tyler, Texas. The airline transport rated pilot and sole passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by T-210 Holdings, LLC, Dover, Delaware under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business fight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and the airplane was an instrument flight plan. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident, and was enroute to Midland, Texas.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after departure, the airplane descended into terrain. 

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed the airplane impacted an open field surrounded by trees. The wreckage was located on the edge of a small pond about one-half mile from the end of runway 17. There was not a post-crash fire; however, fuel was found at the site.

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 eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


Bobby Walls

Trevor Morris

Bobby Walls and family


Trevor Morris







TYLER, TX (KLTV) -  Officials have released the identity of the pilot in a fatal plane crash Thursday morning.

William Robert Walls III, 62, of Huntsville, and Trevor Morris, 39, of Murchison were killed when the plane they were in crashed shortly after take-off from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The Texas Department of Public Safety released the identity of the men Friday morning.

City officials say the Piper PA-31, private twin-engine plane, went down after 8 a.m., Thursday. 

According to Preston Burton, President of Burton Oil Service Operations, and part owner of the plane, Walls was piloting the plane that was carrying Morris, the Vice President of Burton Oil Services, to Midland. 

Walls was a member of The Ark Church in Conroe. KLTV reached out to members of the church for comment. Out of respect for the family, they declined to comment Thursday but said he was a beloved member. 

Walls was a retired Southwest Airlines pilot.

Sgt. Jean Dark, Public Information Officer for DPS says the crash remains under investigation by officials from the NTSB and the FAA. 

NTSB says the plane will be moved sometime Friday afternoon.

A prayer vigil will be held tonight at Rock Hill Baptist Church at 7 p.m. for both Walls and Morris.  The church is located at 20022 SH 31 East in Brownsboro.

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Two people are confirmed dead following a plane crash Thursday morning near the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

According to friends and family, the pilot of the plane was retired Southwest Airlines pilot, Bobby Walls, 62, of Huntsville. According to his Facebook page, he worked for the airline for 23 years. Walls is a 1977 graduate of Baylor University.

The passenger in the plane crash has been identified as 39-year-old Trevor Morris, Pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro. The other victim has not been formally identified at this time.

Morris was the lead Pastor at the church, having previously served as a missionary in Ecuador. He was also a husband and father of five.

Morris' LinkedIn page also says he is the General Manager at Burton Oil Service Operations in Tyler.

First Responders located private twin-engine plane was located after it went down near the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, shortly after 8:00 a.m. According to the FAA, the plane is a 1981 Piper PA-31. It is registered to a T-210 Holdings in Dover, Delaware. 

City officials tell KETK the plane originally left from Tyler Thursday morning. The aircraft was headed to Midland, Texas.

The Tyler Police Department, Tyler and Dixie Fire Departments, Smith County Sheriff's Office and Smith County Emergency Services District all assisted in the search. ETMC Air 1 was also called in to help Tyler Fire with rescue efforts.

Witnesses describe the pandemonium during the crash.

"I heard the engine rev up," Fred Wuolschleger said. "The RPMs, which they normally do when they take off, and all of a sudden...Nothing. When the RPM dropped, that's when I heard the boom."

The Texas Department of Public Safety has taken over the investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration is also sending a crew to assess the wreckage.

The City of Tyler's Realtime Flight Information shows departures from the airport were not affected by the crash.

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport manager Davis Dickson said they prepare for emergency situations like this.

"There's a system we have in the airport where they can alert all the airport staff, police and fire immediately through our cell phones and we go into response mode, depending on the alert level in a crash scene, which would be an alert three," Dickson said.


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Trevor Morris, standing in center, is surrounded by members of his family. Morris died in a plane crash July 13th in Tyler, Texas



Two people died Thursday when a plane went down shortly after take off from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

One of the deceased, Trevor Morris, was the pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro.

Morris was a passenger on the small twin-engine plane that went down about 8:15 a.m. in a pasture near the airport. The plane was headed to Midland.

Morris was the vice president for Burton Oil Services Operations based out of Tyler. The company traveled to Midland frequently for business.

Morris' family and church was notified early Thursday of the crash.

Aaron Greenwood, music and worship pastor of UHBC, said the family and church was mourning the loss of their beloved leader.

Morris is the son of Calvin and Diana Morris of Brownsboro. Diana is a longtime teacher with Brownsboro Elementary School.

Morris is survived by his wife Nafisa, his four sons and one daughter. The family called Murchison home after previously spending time as a missionary in Ecuador.

According to reports, the pilot was also killed in the crash. The pilot's name has not been released.

The plane was located a mile south of Pleasant Retreat Road by officers searching the area after reports of the aircraft going down. The Tyler Police Department said the wreckage was difficult to locate because there was no smoke or flames coming from the crash site.

Tyler Police Department spokesman Don Martin said first responders worked to extract the plane's occupants amid heavy fumes of gasoline around the plane.

The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration to determine what caused the plane to go down.


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One of the two people who died in a plane crash near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport early Thursday was an East Texas pastor, according to an official with his church. 

Trevor Morris, lead pastor with Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, was on board the small twin-engine plane that went down about 8:15 a.m., said Aaron Greenwood, worship pastor for the church. 

Morris' best friend heard about the crash, traveled to the site and confirmed Morris was in the plane, Greenwood said. 

Morris was lead pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church and was a general manager for an oil services company. He traveled to Midland frequently for his job and it was where he was headed when the plane went down, Greenwood said.

He said Morris' family has been notified and the church is also mourning the loss. 

The pilot also was killed when the plane crashed in a pasture near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The pilot's name has not been released. 

The plane was located 1 mile south of Pleasant Retreat Road by officers searching the area after reports of it going down. 

Tyler Police Department Spokesman Don Martin said the wreckage was difficult to locate because there was no smoke or flames coming from crash area.

"Officers went deep into the fields and eventually located the plane in a pasture," Martin said.

First responders worked to extract the plane's occupants amid heavy fumes of gasoline around the plane, Martin said. 

Fred Wullschleger, a witness to the crash, said he was on a morning walk with his dog when he heard the plane take off.

"I heard the plane rev up and then all the sudden it just quit and then boom, that's when he hit the ground," Wullschleger said. 

Emergency crews from agencies including the Tyler Police Department, Tyler Fire Department, Smith County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety responded after receiving reports of the downed aircraft. 

Air traffic to and from the airport was not affected by the incident. 

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