Sunday, November 12, 2017

Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N3371W: Fatal accident occurred November 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aircraft crashed into a wooded area. The four (4) souls on board were fatally injured. Subject of an alert notice. Wreckage located near Glasgow,  Barren County, Kentucky


http://registry.faa.gov/N3371W

Date: 12-NOV-17
Time: 20:12:00Z
Regis#: N3371W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: GLASGOW
State: KENTUCKY

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.




PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The sudden loss of four Somerset residents left the Kentucky town in shock.

A plane crash in Barren County on Sunday claimed the lives of attorney Scott Foster, his son, 15-year-old Noah Foster, Dr. Kyle Stewart, a local dentist, and Somerset Police chaplain Doug Whitaker; all were well-known in the Somerset community.

"Each of these individuals were contributing to our community. They were at the age part of our future. Tragically being taken away from us leaves a void in our heart," said Mayor Eddie Girdler.

Noah Foster was a sophomore at Pulaski County High School. Principal Rodney McAninch says Noah had several close friends and was active in the school's technology program.

"Obviously subdued, somber. It's a sad day no doubt about it," McAninch said.

Students are signing messages on a banner that will be given to the Foster family. School officials are also making grief counselors available during this difficult time.

"We had a prayer circle for our students in the gym; the students actually initiated that, and it went very well. We want to make sure we support them as well as we can. At the same time, we feel like we need to give them as normal a day as we can here at school to help them cope with the grieving that's happening."

Whitaker attended Grace Baptist Church in Somerset. The pastor there says many people are wondering why this happened.

"The only answer I know is I don't know. Do I believe there is a why behind this? Yes, I do believe there is. I believe God has a purpose and God has a plan. Why he would take a 40-year-old who has a family who loves him? I don't know," said Pastor Bill Haynes.

The four were returning home from a duck hunting trip when the plane went down. All were supporters of the Lake Cumberland Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Dr. Stewart served on the committee.

"They leave behind an important legacy of care and conservation for their natural resources and taking care of their fellow man," said District Chairman, Jeff Adams. "I think that's a pretty nice legacy to leave behind."

Mayor Girdler says the town will be doing several things to pay honor and respect to the four victims, including lowering the flags to half-staff for three days.

Funeral arrangements are still pending for each victim. Lake Cumberland Funeral Home will handle Scott and Noah Foster's arrangements, Pulaski Funeral Home will handle Doug Whitaker's, and Southern Oaks will handle Kyle Stewart's.

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






Kentucky State Police have identified the four people killed in a single-engine plane crash about 2:20 p.m. Sunday in Barren County.

Scott T. Foster, 41, and his son, Noah Foster, 15, both of Science Hill, and Kyle P. Stewart, 41, and Quinton D. Whitaker, 40, both of Somerset, were killed when the plane went down near Bewleytown Road in a remote area near Fountain Run, according to KSP.

Scott Foster was an attorney with a law office in Somerset, said Stephen Poindexter, a Burkesville attorney.

“Scott was a mentor to many attorneys,” Poindexter said. “He was a very skilled attorney who had innovative trial skills that would really bring a case to life. He will be deeply missed by many lawyers, clients and friends.”

Three of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Another person was taken to The Medical Center at Bowling Green and was pronounced dead there, KSP Post 3 spokesman Trooper Jeremy Hodges said.

“We’ve contacted the Federal Aviation Administration,” Hodges said Sunday. “It may be hours before they get here.”

Due to fading daylight, state police locked down the scene Sunday until the FAA crew arrived, Hodges said.

Troopers and deputies with the Barren County Sheriff’s Office planned to remain on-site until FAA investigators arrived. 

Hodges said Monday morning that FAA investigators were meeting with troopers to discuss what local authorities have learned about the crash and will travel to the crash site later Monday to gather information.

The plane “went through two or three tree tops” before striking a larger tree, Hodges said. A portion of the plane was lodged in the fork of the larger tree with the remainder of the aircraft on the ground. The debris field is about 200 to 250 feet long, Hodges said, and the total scene spans about 500 feet.

First responders used a rope system to descend an earthen embankment to get photos and mark items of evidence. “We’re trying to mark everything now,” Hodges said Sunday evening.


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

Scott T. Foster (left), 41, and his son, 15-year-old Noah Foster (right) were also involved in the plane crash that took place in south-central Kentucky.


GLASGOW, KY (WSMV) - Four people were killed after a single-engine plane crashed in Barren County, Kentucky, Sunday afternoon.

The plane, which was a Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, was headed to Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset, Kentucky, when it went down at 2:21 p.m. near Bewleytown Road in the Fountain Run community. 

According to the Kentucky State Police, it struck multiple tree tops when it crashed. 

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, and a fourth person died after arriving at the Medical Center Hospital in Bowling Green.

The victims have been identified as:

Scott T. Foster, 41, of Science Hill, KY
Kyle P. Stewart, 41, of Somerset, KY
Noah Foster, 15, of Science Hill, KY (biological son of Scott Foster)
Quinton D. Whitaker, 40, of Somerset, KY 

No details have been released about a cause of the crash.

The FAA will arrive to the scene on Monday to assist with the investigation. 

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


The four appeared to be on a duck hunting trip according to Facebook post by Whitaker the day of the plane crash. Noah Foster (top right) can be seen sitting on a boat.


'#TNDucks #Ducks #Cut’em,' he said in the photo post showing that they had checked in at Reelfoot Lake at 7.41am.


BARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WKRN) – Four people were killed in a plane crash near Glasgow, Kentucky Sunday afternoon.

Police say the crash happened somewhere off of Bewleytown Road and Capitol Hill Church Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that a Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six crashed near Glasgow, Ky. just before 2:30 p.m.

FAA officials said the plane’s destination was the Lake Cumberland International Airport in Somerset, Kentucky.

The victims have been identified as Dr. Kyle Stewart, Doug Whitaker, Scott Foster and his fifteen-year-old son, Noah Foster. Friends told WBKO the four were returning from a hunting trip in Tennessee.

Kentucky State Police Public Information Officer Jeremy Hodges described the wreckage as “mangled”. He also said there is a field of debris up to 200 feet wide.

Hodges described the state of the plane, saying it looks to have hit some tree tops before being halted by one of the trees.

A KSP Trooper said that the Barren County Sheriff’s office has secured the scene and will stay there until the NTSB comes Monday to do their investigation.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

In a separate crash in Warren County, Tennessee Tuesday, two men died when their Piper PA-32 also crashed.

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

Whitaker changed his profile picture on November 11 showing him on the duck hunting trip.


GLASGOW, Ky. (AP/ WTVQ) – State Police continue to investigate a small plane crash in south-central Kentucky that killed four people.

The Barren County Coroner has identified the victims as 40-year-old Quinton D. Whitaker of Somerset, 41-year-old Kyle P. Stewart of Somerset, 41-year-old Scott T. Foster and his son, 15-year-old Noah Foster of Science Hill.

The Federal Aviation Administration says in a statement that a Piper PA-32 crashed near Glasgow at 2:21 p.m. CT Sunday.

The FAA says the plane was heading to the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset.

The statement didn’t say where the plane was coming from.

Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Jeremy Hodges tells the Bowling Green Daily News that three people were pronounced dead at the scene and a fourth victim was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Bowling Green.

Hodges says part of the plane was lodged between large branches in a tree. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams says NTSB investigators planned to arrive at the site on Monday.

Original article can be found here ➤  https://www.wtvq.com




GLASGOW, Ky. (LEX 18/AP) - Kentucky State Police say four people have died in the crash of a small plane in south-central Kentucky.
    
The Federal Aviation Administration says in a statement that a Piper PA32 crashed near Glasgow at 2:21 p.m. CT Sunday. The FAA says the plane was heading to the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset. The statement didn't say where the plane was coming from.
    
Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Jeremy Hodges told LEX 18 three people were pronounced dead at the scene and a fourth victim was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Bowling Green. He says the plane crashed after it hit several tree tops in a wooded area. 

KSP released the identities of the deceased as Scott Foster, 41, of Science Hill, his son Noah Foster, 15, of Science Hill, Dr. Kyle Stewart, 41, of Somerset, and Somerset Police chaplain Quinton D. Whitaker, 40.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams says NTSB investigators planned to arrive at the site on Monday.

Story and video:  http://www.lex18.com




GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) —  Authorities say four people have been killed in a plane crash in Kentucky.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports that Kentucky State Police say 41-year-old Kyle P. Stewart, 40-year-old Quinton D. Whitaker, 41-year-old Scott T. Foster and his son, 15-year-old Noah Foster were killed Sunday afternoon when the small plane crashed in Barren County in south-central Kentucky.

KSP Post 3 spokesman Trooper Jeremy Hodges says three people were pronounced dead at the scene, and the fourth person was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Hodges says the plane went through multiple tree tops before striking a larger tree, leaving a debris field about 200 to 250 feet long. The total scene spans around 500 feet.

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



UPDATE: The Barren County Coroner's Office has confirmed the identity of the four people who died in a plane crash near Fountain Run Sunday. 

The names of the deceased have been released by the Kentucky State Police. They are: Scott T. Foster, 41, and his 15-year-old son, Noah,  of Science Hill; Kyle P. Stewart, 41, of Somerset; and Quinton D. Whitaker, 40, of Somerset. 

AUSTIN — Four people have died in a plane crash in Barren County. 

Emergency crews were called to a plane crash at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon in southern Barren County near Tracy.

Some details including the names of the deceased have not been confirmed by authorities, but witnesses said they observed a small plane that appeared to be struggling with control shortly before it crashed in a field on a farm just off Capitol Hill Church Road near Bewleytown Road. 

In a news release issued by the Kentucky State Police on Sunday evening, authorities said the single engine aircraft struck multiple tree tops in a wooded area. 

Misty Keele said she was hunting on property adjacent to the site of the crash when she saw the plane just before it went down. 

She said debris apparently from the plane landed near her. 

"My heart was just pounding," Keele said. 

She was hunting along with Matt Poynter and Gabriel Knudson, both of whom said the plane appeared to be struggling to maintain control before it went down. 

Poynter said at first, he thought the plane was performing tricks as it looked like it barrel rolled just before crashing. 

"But I realized [the pilot] had lost all control," he said. 

Poynter had a photograph on his cell phone of what appeared to be debris from the crash he said had landed close to Keele. 

Knudson said he heard a loud sound like an explosion just before the crash and saw debris falling from the sky. 

"That's one sight you don't ever want to see," he said. 

Kenneth Strode lives near the site of the crash, and said he was cleaning a deer from a recent hunting trip along with a friend when they both heard a loud noise. 

"I thought it was going to take off the top of the house," he said. 

Multiple witnesses said they heard the engine of the plane cut on and off before the crash. 

The site where the remainder of the plane came to rest is several hundred feet from the roadway behind a line of trees near a small creek. 

The KSP and the Federal Aviation Administration were conducting a joint investigation as of Sunday evening. 

Three of the occupants of the plane were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was pronounced dead after being transported to the Medical Center in Bowling Green. 

Original article  ➤  http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com




GLASGOW, Ky. - Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a single-engine plane crash in Barren County, Kentucky killed four people.

Reports stated the plane crashed near Bewleytown Road in the Fountain Run community of Barren County around 2:21 p.m. Sunday.

Details on the crash had not been released; however, authorities confirmed three people died at the scene, and a fourth victim died after being taken to the Medical Center in Bowling Green.

The identities of those killed were released Sunday night. Scott T. Foster, age 41 of Science Hill, Kentucky, and his son, 15-year-old Noah Foster, both died in the crash. Troopers identified the other two victims as 41-year-old Kyle P. Stewart and 40-year-old Quinton D. Whitaker, both of Somerset, Kentucky.

Authorities with the FAA said the plane was a Piper PA32 that was headed to the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset.

Further details were not released as the investigation continued by the FAA and Kentucky State Police. Officials with the NTSB were set to determine the probable cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.newschannel5.com

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like in-flight structural failure.

Anonymous said...

^ That's what I was thinking, too.

Anonymous said...

probably only after loss of control and high G attempt to correct once ground was in sight.

Private pilot in IMC is liklely the cause of the loss of control

Anonymous said...

Article state is was IMC conditions? To early to speculate

Anonymous said...

"probably only after loss of control and high G attempt to correct once ground was in sight."

That goes without saying.

"Private pilot in IMC is liklely the cause of the loss of control"

By PP I assume you mean a non-instrument rated PP.

PP is a license.

An instrument rating allows a pilot to fly by sole reference to the instruments, and without any reference to the ground outside. This rating can be added on to a private pilot certificate or commercial pilot certificate.