Tuesday, October 10, 2017

One year after plane crash, many reasons to celebrate: Vans RV-10, N100UK; accident occurred October 07, 2016 in Bath, Virginia

BATH CO., Va. (WDBJ7) - There was a surprise event for a woman in Hot Springs Saturday. She survived a plane crash last year in Bath County, and said she wanted to revisit the place and thank her rescuers, but her friend -- and the pilot of the plane -- had arranged a reunion of all those who helped. Plus he had an extra surprise. 

A year ago today, on a foggy afternoon, the weather closed in on a small plane.

Paul Furlow said, "And I could see the mountain. And I was climbing, climbing, climbing. And there just wasn't anything I could do about it."

Paul Furlow and Siri Anseth survived the crash, and were rescued from the mountainside.

Sgt. Kyle Moore with Virginia State Police said, "I've never seen two people so happy to see police officers in my life."

And now they've come to visit with the folks that brought them out.

Siri Anseth said, "I had to see the area, I had to meet the people, had to see everybody, wonderful people, to give thanks, you know."

So they got to sit and exchange memories. Siri doesn't remember the crash itself well. Paul was curious to see pictures and learn how they were brought out of the rough terrain.

Anseth said, "If I said it once, I said it a thousand times: I don't know how they got us out of there."

There was a barbeque lunch, and speeches, including one extra special one from Paul, who after thanking all those present, turned to Siri and asked her to marry him.

Anseth said, "So if I wasn't in shock enough from meeting everybody and giving thanks, then having the love of my life propose. [It was a] beautiful ending to a beautiful day."

Furlow said, "And I hope to have the next 30-odd years with her, you know?"

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

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

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


NTSB Identification: ERA17CA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 07, 2016 in Ashwood, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/22/2017
Aircraft: ALGIMANTAS JONUSAS RV-10, registration: N100UK
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The noninstrument-rated private pilot obtained weather information from an on-line flight planning website. Before departure, he also telephoned his destination airport and "determined the weather was all OK." He then took off and climbed to 5,500 ft mean sea level for the cruise portion of his flight. He advised that he also checked and monitored weather while en route but that the "fog and clouds came down really thick," so he decided to divert to the nearest airport. While flying toward his diversion airport, the visibility deteriorated and a "TERRAIN ALERT" warning illuminated on his GPS display. He attempted to pull up twice but impacted trees and terrain on the side of a mountain. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured during the impact, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. Review of weather observations indicated that an extensive area of low clouds and a large area of marginal visual flight rules (MVFR) conditions existed over the pilot's planned route. Low instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions prevailed at the diversion airport and near the accident site with visibility less than 1/4 mile in heavy rain and overcast ceilings at 100 ft. The MVFR-to-IFR weather conditions had been forecast, and AIRMETs warning of IFR and mountain obscuration conditions had been issued.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The noninstrument-rated pilot's inadequate preflight and in-flight weather planning and continued flight into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in impact with trees and terrain.

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