Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Grumman American AA-1B, N8866L: Fatal accident occurred August 29, 2017 near Portland Municipal Airport (1M5), Sumner County, Tennessee

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee
Lycoming; Atlanta, Georgia

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N8866L

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA299
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Portland, TN
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA1, registration: N8866L
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 August 29, 2017 about 1957 central daylight time, a Grumman AA-1B, N8866L, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain while on approach to the Portland Municipal Airport (1M5), Portland, Tennessee. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Lebanon Municipal Airport (M54), Lebanon, Tennessee about 1940. The airplane was owned and operated by the private pilot as a personal flight in accordance with the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Several witnesses stated they saw the airplane on approach coming in low, contact some tree tops and impact the ground.

The debris path was approximately 200 ft long from initial tree impact to the main wreckage on a heading of 060° magnetic. The accident site was about 2,500 ft from the runway threshold and 200 ft to the left of centerline. The airplane contacted tree tops about 60 ft above the ground. It then traveled approximately 225 ft, and impacted terrain. The right wing separated and came to rest beside the main wreckage. A ground scar consistent with the engine and propeller was observed about 85 ft from the initial tree strike. The airplane cartwheeled and came to rest upright on the landing gear, on a heading of 240° magnetic. Flight control continuity was established to all flight controls.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. He held an FAA third-class medical certificate, issued September 23, 2015. At the time of the medical examination the pilot reported 450 total hours of flight experience.

According to the aircraft log book, the last annual inspection was performed on November 11, 2016. At that time, the airframe had accumulated a total time of 1744.5 hours, and the engine total time was 2722.5 hours, with 522.5 hours since overhaul. The airplane was issued an airworthiness certificate on October 20, 1976. The airplane was powered by a Lycoming O-320-A2B, 150 horsepower engine and driving a two-bladed Sensenich propeller. At the time of the accident, the recorded tachometer time was 1786.4.

The airplane was retained for further investigation. 

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


Harold "Ray" McKissack 



Harold "Ray" McKissack, age 67, of Hendersonville, passed away Aug. 29, 2017.

Mr. McKissack was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lola Godsey McKissack; brother, Billy McKissack.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Pace McKissack; daughters, Angie (Brent) Cotten and Amanda (Kevin) Swinger; sister, Clara (Charles) Tidwell; grandchildren, Morgan Cotten, Anna Cotten, Ike Swinger, Zane Swinger and Chaz Swinger; great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Cotten; many members of the Pace Family along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Ray was born on June 12, 1950 in Winston County, Alabama. He met the love of his life at church in the Spring of 1965 and later married her on November 23, 1967. They had two daughters, Amanda and Angie. He loved his family and they adored him.

In addition to his family, Ray loved the Lord and his church. He was proud to be a Christian and loved sharing his faith with others. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville (The Mike Brown Class).

He lived life to the fullest with a passion for playing guitars, flying airplanes and watching Alabama football. He was an avid guitar player and received his first guitar as a gift from his Grandpa Godsey at the age of 8. He loved gospel music and could often be found picking and singing with friends and family. His flying career began in his early 30's. He has been in the air ever since. He especially loved flying with his grandkids, nephew and airport buddies. In the Fall if he wasn't picking or flying he could be found watching the game with Elaine who traditionally wore her "Bama Jamas" for good luck.

Funeral Services were held on Sunday, Sept. 3rd at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, with Dr. Bruce Chesser officiating. Interment was at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

Visitation with the family began at the funeral home on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 3 from 1 p.m. until service time at the First Baptist Church.

Pallbearers were Kevin Swinger, Brent Cotten, Ike Swinger, Zane Swinger, Chaz Swinger, Kevin Tidwell, Brian Tidwell and Brian Harrell. Honorary Pallbearers were friends at Portland Municipal Airport along with The Mike Brown Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to First Baptist Hendersonville Benevolence Fund.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Hendersonville, 108 Monthaven Blvd., Hendersonville, TN 37075, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com.





Raferal Johnson
Nashville, TN


Raferal Johnson, age 33, passed away on August 29, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Theresa Johnson-Harris. He is survived by his son Jeremiah Johnson, his grandparents, Walter and Annie Marie Johnson, his great-grandmother, Caroline Reynolds and a host of relatives and friends. Services will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Ebenezer Community Church, 2624 Morena Street, Nashville, TN 37208. Visitation will occur from 11:00am - 12:00pm with funeral services to follow.



PORTLAND, Tenn. — Two Middle Tennessee men are dead after their plane crashed Tuesday night as they approached a runway.

The Grumman American AA-1B crashed roughly 2,500 feet from the end of Runway 1 at the Portland Municipal Airport around 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Portland Police Department Assistant Chief Dewel Scruggs said the aircraft hit a tree before crashing into a field on Airport Road near the airport.

The two passengers were ejected from the plane upon impact. Harold Ray Mckissack, 67, of Hendersonville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe he was the plane's pilot.

The second occupant, Raferal Johnson, 33, of Nashville, was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he later died.

The flight originated in Lebanon, Tenn. a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. 

Passenger's family mourns loss

As an FAA investigator began examining the site of the crash Wednesday morning, Annie Johnson approached the wreckage.

She had received a call around 9:15 p.m. the night before saying her grandson, Raferal Johnson, whom she raised, was in life-threatening condition. Annie Johnson and family members were able to make it to the hospital before he succumbed to his injuries, she said.

"We prayed, and then he took his last breath," said Raferal Johnson's cousin Dontaria Summers, who stopped by the wreckage Wednesday morning with her grandmother as they attempted to retrieve his truck from the airport.

Annie Johnson said her grandson and Mckissack had just been flying around in the area, as they sometimes did.

The two men were business partners in a local trucking company, she said, where Raferal Johnson had become a partial owner after driving for 14 years.

Raferal Johnson leaves behind a 3-year-old son.

Ryan Rhodes, manager of the Portland Municipal Airport, said he still knew little about what led to the fatal crash as the men approached the runway.

"We really don't know very much," Rhodes said.

The Portland Municipal Airport is located at 601 Airport Road, off of Highway 52 West.

The FAA will investigate and work with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine a probable cause of the crash.

Neighbors say plane was silent

For 32 years, Patty Greer has lived across from the Airport Road field where the plane crashed Tuesday night.

She has long been accustomed to the sound of planes flying overhead, not infrequently having to adjust the photos on her walls when someone’s private jet flies in.

“For all those years, I’ve known when a plane is coming in or going out,” Greer said Wednesday, standing in her doorway surveying the wrecked aircraft across the road.

But when the plane crashed the night before, she didn’t hear anything flying overhead. There was only a loud bang, something she thought was lightning at first.

She and her soon-to-be daughter-in-law went to the door.

“I looked out and seen the plane and all the tree limbs in the road,” Greer recalled. “I thought, ‘Oh Lord, that plane hit the tree, then went down.’”

The tree the plane struck was to the right of Greer’s home.

A next-door neighbor ran down the driveway toward the plane.

“What she seen was pretty gruesome,” Greer said.

Firetrucks, volunteer firefighters’ vehicles, ambulances and police cars soon lined the residential street by the airport. Police vehicles returned again Wednesday to continue the investigation.

The plane hit treetops about 100 yards from nearby houses, about 2000 yards short of the end of the runway, NTSB spokesperson Peter Knudson said. Due to rain moving into the area, the wreckage will be moved to a secure location as NTSB investigators continue to document the evidence. 

"We won’t get to probable cause until the end of the investigation, right now we're still documenting," Knudson said. "We have a lot more work to do before we can analyze the information to come to a conclusion on the cause of the crash."

Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.tennessean.com




PORTLAND, TN (WSMV) -  Police have identified the two people who were killed in a plane crash near the Portland Municipal Airport on Tuesday.

The FAA said the Grumman American AA-1B aircraft crashed about 2,500 feet from the end of the runway around 7:20 p.m.

Portland Police Chief Anthony Heavner said the plane crashed after hitting a tree while attempting to land.

The two people who were on board were both thrown from the aircraft upon impact.

Harold Ray Mckissack, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim, 33-year-old Raferal Johnson, died late Tuesday night after being flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

A News 4 viewer said he heard a noise that sounded like an engine backfiring and saw the plane turn around before it crashed.

Heavner said the crash is certainly unusual and was very devastating.

"Anytime you have something tragic like this happen ... it's a sad day ... we just want to wish the families of those involved comfort at this time," Heavner said.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.wrcbtv.com





PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two people died after a plane crashed at the Portland Municipal Airport in Sumner County Tuesday night.

Officials said the plane took off from Lebanon before it hit a tree on the side of the ride and lost control just before 8 p.m. as it was coming in to the airport just off Highway 52 West.

Authorities said both occupants, identified as Harold Mckissack of Hendersonville and Raferal Johnson of Nashville, were thrown from the plane upon impact.

Mckissack, 67, died at the scene. Johnson, 33, was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died just before midnight.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the plane as a Grumman American AA-1B, saying it went down about 2,000 feet from the runway. The wreckage was removed on Wednesday.

The FAA is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident. Authorities said there are a number of witnesses and the NTSB is working to meet with them for statements.


The investigation is ongoing. The preliminary report is expected to be complete in about two weeks.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://wkrn.com





PORTLAND, Tenn. - A second person has died after a small plane crashed in Portland.  

The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Portland Municipal Airport. 

Portland's Police Chief said the Grumman American AA-1B was preparing to land when it experienced a problem, hit a tree, and crashed about 2,500 feet from the end of Runway 1.

Two men were on board at the time, and both were ejected from the plane upon impact. Reports stated 61-year-old Harold Ray Mckissack, of Hendersonville, was found dead at the scene.

Authorities said the second occupant, identified as 33-year-old Raferal Johnson, of Nashville, was found injured. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFight. Authorities said they were notified around 11:58 p.m. Tuesday that Johnson had also passed away.

The FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating.

Story, video and photo gallery   http://www.newschannel5.com











PORTLAND, TN (WSMV) -  Police have identified the two people who were killed in a plane crash near the Portland Municipal Airport on Tuesday.

The FAA said the Grumman American AA-1B aircraft crashed about 2,500 feet from the end of the runway around 7:20 p.m.

Portland Police Chief Anthony Heavner said the plane crashed after hitting a tree while attempting to land.

The two people who were on board were both thrown from the aircraft upon impact.

Harold Ray McKissack, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim, 33-year-old Raferal Johnson, died late Tuesday night after being flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Johnson’s grandmother told News 4 he loved planes and flying. He leaves behind a 3-year-old son.

McKissack also leaves behind a family in Hendersonville.

A News 4 viewer said he heard a noise that sounded like an engine backfiring and saw the plane turn around before it crashed.

Heavner said the crash is certainly unusual and was very devastating.

"Anytime you have something tragic like this happen ... it's a sad day ... we just want to wish the families of those involved comfort at this time," Heavner said.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.


Story and video: http://www.wsmv.com

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