Sunday, November 12, 2017

Leza-Lockwood Air Cam, N57BG: Accident occurred November 12, 2017 at Staniel Cay Airport (MYES),  Exuma, Bahamas

Anthony Wiley Loughran: 

Exuma – Authorities are investigating a plane crash that has left two persons with injuries, on Sunday 12th November, 2017.

Reports are that shortly before 10am, Police on Staniel Cay, Exuma received a report that a plane had crashed at the airport. Upon arrival at that location, Officers discovered that a 2004 Leza-Lockwood Air Cam experimental aircraft, registration N57BG, had crashed into an eastern chain link fence as it attempted to land.

The male pilot and his female passenger, both US Citizens, were treated at the local clinic for their injuries. The passenger was discharged however, the pilot is expected to be flown into New Providence for further medical attention.

This matter will be referred to the Department Civil Aviation for further investigation.

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Two people were injured after a plane crash in Exuma on Sunday morning.

According to reports, shortly before 10am, police in Staniel Cay, Exuma received a report that a plane had crashed at the airport.

On arrival at the scene, officers discovered that a two-seater aircraft had crashed into an eastern chain link fence as it attempted to land.

The male pilot and his female passenger, both US citizens, were treated at the local clinic for their injuries.

The passenger was discharged, however the pilot is expected to be flown into New Providence for further medical attention.

This matter will be referred to the Department of Civil Aviation for further investigation.

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A husband and wife from North Carolina survived a plane crash shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday in Staniel Cay, Exuma, police said.

According to reports, the pilot and passenger were flying in a two-seater, open cockpit aircraft that crashed into an eastern chain link fence as it attempted to land at Staniel Cay Airport.

Superintendent Bradley Sands, officer in charge of Exuma, said the woman sustained minor injuries to the head, and the man sustained injuries to the neck and leg.

The woman was discharged, but her husband was expected to be flown to New Providence for further medical attention.

Sands said the plane received extensive damage to both wings and the tail.

The aircraft was removed from the runway yesterday and was not a threat to any inbound or outgoing aircraft, police said.

The matter was referred to the Department of Civil Aviation for further investigation.

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Commercial Pilot Jim Elensky: Haines City’s next police chief defined by his work

HAINES CITY, FLORIDA — For most people, their occupation doesn’t define who they are.

That’s not the case with Jim Elensky.

Born the only child to James and Shirley Elensky on June 21, 1967, in Buffalo, N.Y., James Robert Elensky has few passions and hobbies. The ones he does have, however, he pursues to the fullest.

“I had a passion for aviation early on and for law enforcement,” Elensky, 50, said. “I knew people in both fields.”

The soon-to-be police chief of the Haines City Police Department first took flying lessons at age 15 and earned his solo flight license on his 16th birthday. By 17, he earned a private license and soon was working as a commercial pilot for a corporation.

“When I was in New York, I was flying professionally, but I missed that enforcement and started riding with deputies,” Elensky said.

Not thrilled with the cold weather in Upstate New York, Elensky came to Florida in the late 1980s and took his first job in law enforcement as a deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in January 1988. In August that year, he transferred to Polk County, where he would spend the next 25 years.

“It was this county that first took notice of my pilot’s license,” Elensky said. “I’m a strong believer in never forgetting where you came from. Some people as they move up, they forget about responding to calls and making contact with the residents, and that’s the backbone of any organization.”

Up, up and up

As a young deputy at the Sheriff’s Office, Elensky was given the keys to a Navajo Panther airplane, which at the time, was utilized by the Board of County Commissioners and law enforcement for investigations in and out of state. Elensky said the only people who flew the plane were he and one civilian pilot.

“Jim is a guy that if he was given an assignment, you can count on him completing it and completing it in the right way,” said Paul Baggett, a retired major with the Sheriff’s Office. “He goes the extra step and stays until the job is done.”

By 1999, Elensky had worked up the ranks to sergeant. Five years later, he was promoted to lieutenant, and by February 2007, Elensky had become a captain. As captain, Elensky was put over the bureau of criminal investigations, which included homicide, sex crimes, forensics and crime-scene investigation.

“My goal when I got to investigations was that I wanted to bring the homicide clearance rate to 100 percent,” he said. “It took us 16 months to get there, and in most cases, we started from ground zero. Most of our cases were ‘who done it?’”

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said the 100 percent clearance rate is a trend that the Sheriff’s Office has continued for more than eight years.

“He started the trend when he was the captain,” Judd said of Elensky. “He didn’t stop until the crime was solved. He certainly did a good job over criminal investigations, but he did a great job no matter where we put him. He’s an honest man, a hard-working man and a true professional. I’m sure he already is, but he’ll do a great job in Haines City.”

Elensky left the Sheriff’s Office in April 2013 to be with a close friend named Linda Cloud, who he said had become like an aunt to him. After Cloud lost her husband to a suicide, Elensky said he kept her company. In 2010, she had been diagnosed with dementia and died in 2015 at 78.

“While she was of sound mind and body, she asked me that she never be put in a nursing home,” Elensky said. “I kept that promise to her, and I probably wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I didn’t. She was great to me for many, many years. And the sheriff, who was a great man to work for, he understood.”

His return

After about four years, Elensky decided to make his return to law enforcement and was hired by the Haines City Police Department as deputy chief in March. The new venture to Haines City was a reunion of sorts for Elensky, who worked with then City Manager Rick Sloan and Chief Gary Hester at the Sheriff’s Office. Elensky became interim chief when Hester’s resignation became official Sept. 30 and will be pinned as chief on Dec. 6.

“Jim is a talented guy,” Sloan said. “Not only is he a pilot who can fly just about anything, he has a great investigative mind. He has connections all throughout the county to go with 25 years of experience.”

Elensky also recalled working with Vice Mayor Morris West when he was Haines City’s police chief and Mayor Roy Tyler, who gave Elensky firearm training when he was a young deputy with the Sheriff’s Office.

″(Sloan) was one of my mentors at the Sheriff’s Office,” Elensky said. “He knew my work ethic, and the deputy chief position in Haines City became open, so I applied. Gary Hester was also with the Sheriff’s Office, so both my boss and city manager knew what I was capable of.”

One of the challenges that Elensky has seen going from a larger agency like the Sheriff’s Office to a municipal one that oversees about 23,000 residents is that he’s used to having more resources. When something happens outside the city limits, there’s little he can do to help. Elensky said he gets all the assistance he needs from his former employer, the Sheriff’s Office. Despite the smaller group, Elensky said he’s been surrounded by a quality staff, former chief and supportive commission.

“Hester was at the SO when I got promoted to captain and he was a mentor too, in a way,” Elensky said. “What I like about him today is the fact that he has so much knowledge in all aspects of county government. He provided that to me on a daily basis.”

One elected official has already taken notice of Elensky’s impact in Haines City.

“He’s a low-key deputy chief as he always gives credit to the rest of his team,” City Commissioner Anne Huffman said. “There’s something about him where he just shows empathy to victims’ families. You can see that he genuinely cares and this is not just a job. He’s full of ‘we’ and ‘us’ and ‘our’ and I just like that about him.”

Huffman said Elensky has gone above and beyond when it comes to making sure Bethune Academy students are safe when they walk through some of the rougher areas of town on their way to and from school. Huffman said one of the funnier stories about Elensky is that there was a pit bull in the neighborhood that everyone feared and the owner could barely keep on a leash, but the deputy chief walked right up and petted the dog.

“People respect him, but there’s a human side to him, too,” she said. “He’s one of those people who gets the job done without having to be a robo-cop. We’re lucky to have him, and I hope we have him for many, many years.”

‘Dogs and fast cars’

As for Elensky, community policing is something he takes very seriously. Elensky said that can be defined in many ways, but it’s not just about putting “bad guys in jail” to him, it’s about reaching the at-risk youth and empowering communities by working with its pillars.

“He looks out for the people he oversees,” Baggett said. “He’s a person who comes off as someone with a thick exterior, but he really cares about people and he cares about the community. He actually walks the walk, and he’s just an all-around good guy with a love for dogs and fast cars.”

As for the fast cars, he’s also pre-ordered a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which comes out in January. Elensky currently drives a Jeep Cherokee SRT.

As for dogs, Elensky said he always has two. Currently, he has a Jack Russell terrier named Jack and a German shepherd named Nyla.

“I’ve always loved dogs,” he said. “They’re always happy, so when you’ve had a bad day, they’re there just excited to see you.”

When it comes to policing, Sloan said Elensky has already solved a homicide case that had been unsolved for about a year. Elensky, who works hard to stay in shape, said he plans on working another 10 years in law enforcement if he’s able. Elensky said his dedication to his job is the reason he never considered marriage or a family, but he has no regrets.

“Law enforcement and marriage don’t seem to have a real good track record, based on my experience, but there’s some (who made it),” Elensky said. “I’d like to work until I’m 60. This job, it does define me.”

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Critics raise privacy concerns as Ontario eyes use of highway-patrol drones

Adam Sax's Oakville, Ont.-based company Sky Guys is among dozens of firms selected by the provincial government to work toward a technology that could help enforce traffic laws along highways.

Imagine unmanned aircraft flying along the highway, using powerful cameras to keep an eye on drivers and making sure they're following the rules.

That possible future is one step closer with an agreement recently announced between the Ontario government and a Toronto-area technology company.

The government support could lead to drones monitoring sections of highway as soon as next year, raising concerns about privacy and intrusion into the personal lives of citizens.

The Sky Guys was one of a dozen companies or consortiums chosen by the provincial government to work toward a technology that could help enforce the rules of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes. The use of these lanes is now monitored by the Ontario Provincial Police and provincial statistics show that between 5 percent and 10 percent of the people using the lanes are scofflaws.

Adam Sax, president of Oakville-based The Sky Guys, said that drone technology is more nimble and efficient than simply mounting cameras along the highway.

"In order to have static cameras, you need to have lots of them," he said in an interview from Miami. "When you have a [flying] platform … it reduces the cost dramatically."

The solution his company is working on is a drone Mr. Sax described as being nearly four metres across, with a range of 1,500 kilometres. It takes off and lands vertically and can stay aloft for 24 hours, he said.

According to Mr. Sax, the technology will be good enough to read the windshield sticker some solo drivers use to buy their way into the carpool lanes. The drones would fly themselves, he explained, although a person would monitor them from a distance and be ready to take control if necessary.

"The feasibility is there … in terms of the technology, we're almost there," Mr. Sax said.

Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth, was unavailable to comment Friday. His office issued a statement in which he characterized the government's investment as a way to use "innovative technologies to solve everyday problems."

He added that "all solutions developed will need to adhere to the relevant regulations, including privacy regulations."

The statement acknowledges the hurdles that remain.

Under current Transport Canada regulations, drones are not permitted to fly out of visual range of their operator.

And Sky Guys, which says its software will obscure identifying details, would have to reassure those concerned about a flying camera capable of seeing into their vehicle.

"It's nobody's business who is driving with whom, at what time of day," said Ann Cavoukian, the former information and privacy commissioner of Ontario, who now heads the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University.

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Columbus Blue Jackets: Aircraft issues cause delay in flight to Detroit, Michigan

DETROIT — The Blue Jackets flew to Detroit on Saturday morning because of mechanical issues with their airplane after Friday night’s home game.

The team’s plane was preparing for takeoff when the decision not to fly was made. The change of plans was helpful, if anything, forwards Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson said.

“It changes up the routine a little bit,” Atkinson said. “I think it’s good for the team.”

The Jackets had a flight from Carolina to Chicago grounded last season. Before flying charter, the Jackets used to have their own private plane.

“Never had an issue with that old bird,” Foligno said. “Scared the hell out of you, but it was Mr. Reliable.”

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Letter: Penticton Airport (CYYF) road a disgrace

A letter from a Penticton resident on the poor condition of Airport Road has provoked a response from the City of Penticton.

In his letter (published in the Nov. 10 Western News), Donald Deeprose called the road “an utter disgrace to our fair city,” pointing out the lack of street lights, patching and faded yellow center line.

“It is surely a white-knuckle experience driving to and from the airport at night and much, much more-so on a rainy night when the center line can’t be seen at all and oncoming headlights are blinding,” wrote Deeprose, who suggested the road needed to be upgraded, by whichever level of government responsible, before a serious accident.

Mitch Moroziuk, director of operations for Penticton, points out that neither the city nor the province has responsibility; the road falls under federal jurisdiction.

The road lies within the boundary of the airport, Moroziuk writes, and is the responsibility of Transport Canada.

Moroziuk said he has spoken with the airport manager Kerri Haybittle-Raffel about the concerns and forwarded her Deeprose’s email.

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The road leading into the Penticton airport is an utter disgrace to our fair city.

With no street lights, changing surface coloration due to patching, no white curb lines, and only a very faded yellow center line — it is surely a white-knuckle experience driving to and from the airport at night and much, much more-so on a rainy night when the centre line can’t be seen at all and oncoming headlights are blinding.

The level of government that has jurisdiction over Penticton’s airport road must upgrade this disgraceful roadway as soon as possible before a serious accident occurs.

Donald F. Deeprose

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Embraer ERJ-190-100 ECJ, N527AH: Incident occurred November 12, 2017 at McCarran International Airport (KLAS), Las Vegas, Nevada

Lineage Asset Company LLC:

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — A Embraer ERJ-190-100 ECJ headed to New York City diverted to McCarran International Airport on Sunday afternoon after reporting possible electrical trouble.

The Embraer Lineage 1000 with 14 passengers and crew aboard had taken off from Deer Valley, Ariz., and requested to land around 2:35 p.m., according to McCarran spokesman Paul Bobson.

The flight landed safely just after 3 p.m.

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A Embraer ERJ-190-100 ECJ plane heading from Deer Valley, Arizona to Laguardia Airport in New York had to make an emergency landing at McCarran International Airport around 3:02 p.m. Sunday.

The plane encountered a potential electrical emergency, according to McCarran officials. 

14 people were on board the 21-seat plane. 

The tail number was N527AH.

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Emirates Airline Orders 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners: Boeing bested Airbus; Emirates says deal is valued at $15.1 billion

The Wall Street Journal
By Robert Wall and  Nicolas Parasie
Updated Nov. 12, 2017 9:58 a.m. ET

DUBAI—Emirates Airline on Sunday renewed its aircraft buying spree, committing to purchase $15.1 billion worth of Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners.

Boeing bested Airbus in the competition to sell Emirates Airline, the world’s largest carrier by international traffic, new twin-engine long-haul planes. Emirates will buy 40 of Boeing’s new 787-10, the largest model in the family of Dreamliner composite airliners, with deliveries planned to start in 2022.

The deal, announced by Emirates Airline on home turf at the Dubai Air Show, is a painful loss for Airbus which once had sold the carrier 70 of its rival A350 before the carrier canceled the deal three years ago after the European plane maker redesigned the plane.

Emirates Airline Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the 787 was “the better option” for the airline.

Sheikh Ahmed earlier this month signaled he was also in talks with Airbus about placing another order for A380 superjumbos. Airbus officials were waiting in the hallways at the air show to for their own deal announcement, only to be snubbed. An Airbus spokesman said the carrier wouldn’t comment on the status of talks with customers.

The Boeing deal is a bet by Emirates Airline its business model of shuttling passengers between North America and Europe to Asia via Dubai will persist. It comes as Emirates is grappling with changes in its core market. Three years of relatively low oil prices have weighed on business class demand.

Bookings this year also were hit by a U.S. travel bans against passengers from some Middle East countries, which were set aside by U.S. courts, and after American authorities temporarily imposed restriction on the use of laptops and similar electronic devices on U.S.-bound flights over terrorism concerns.

The airline last week reported half-year net profit more than doubled amid signs travel demand was recovering and bolstered by favorable currency exchange rates. The carrier warned, though, that margins remain under pressure.

Sheikh Ahmed aid the order signaled “confidence” in the country’s growth.

Emirates also is the biggest buyer of Boeing 777s planes, the largest twin-engine airliner. The airline Sunday unveiled a new first class for those planes featuring six separate suites. The upgrade will also feature on the new Boeing 777X—an upgrade of the current plane model—Emirates expects to receive in 2020. That plane will also introduce a new business class for the airline known for its splashy amenities, Emirates Airline President Tim Clark said Sunday.

The first class suites also will eventually feature on the Airbus A380s, though reconfiguring the massive double-decker is taking some more time. Emirates Airline will shrink the first class to 11 suites from 14 seats.

Boeing also snagged a deal for five 787-8 planes, a smaller version of the Dreamliner, from Azerbaijan Airlines. The order is valued at about $1.9 billion at list price, though buyers typically get discounts. It includes a plan by the carrier to acquire two large freight planes, either cargo models of Boeing’s 777 or 747 planes.

Airbus, which so far this year has booked less than half the orders Boeing has secured, ended the first day of the Dubai Air Show without announcing any new deals.

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Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N3371W: Fatal accident occurred November 12, 2017 in Fountain Run, Monroe County, Kentucky

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Scott Thomas Foster:

Location:  Fountain Run, KY
Accident Number:  ERA18FA022
Date & Time: 11/12/2017, 1410 CST
Registration: N3371W
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32-260
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November12, 2017, at 1410 central standard time, a Piper PA-32-260, N3371W, was destroyed during an in-flight break-up and collision with trees and terrain following a loss of control while maneuvering near Fountain Run, Kentucky. The private pilot/owner and three passengers were fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that departed Everett-Stewart Regional Airport (UCY), Union City, Tennessee, at 1303, and was destined for Lake Cumberland Regional Airport (SME), Somerset, Kentucky. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot and his passengers were returning from a hunting trip. Preliminary radar and voice information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed the airplane contacted the Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and was receiving flight following services. The airplane was in cruise flight travelling eastbound about 5,500 feet for about 30 minutes before the radar track depicted a slight turn to a northeasterly heading. At 1356, the radar track indicated a climb to between 7,000 and 7,500 feet and a series of left and right turns while maintaining a generally northeast track. Shortly thereafter, the radar track depicted an erratic series of left, right, and 180-degree turns before a sharp right turn. From that point, the radar target descended from about 7,000 feet to 2,800 feet over a 30-second span, before radar contact was lost in the area of the accident site.

One witness near the accident site described seeing the airplane "in a nosedive" before he lost sight of it behind trees.

The pilot/owner held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land. The pilot did not possess an instrument rating.

His most recent FAA third class medical certificate was issued on October 17, 2014. A review of the pilot's logbook revealed the pilot had logged 251 total hours of flight experience, of which 246 were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 1965, and had accrued 2,776.97 total aircraft hours. The most recent annual inspection was completed October 10, 2017, at 2,771.94 total aircraft hours.

The 1415 weather observation at Glasgow Municipal Airport (GLW), 15 miles north of the accident site, included a broken ceiling at 500 ft, an overcast ceiling at 1,300 ft and 10 miles visibility. The wind was from 210°at 4 knots. The temperature was 11°C, the dew point was 11°C, and the altimeter setting was 30.25 inches of mercury.

A preliminary review of high-resolution weather data by an NTSB meteorologist suggested a solid cloud layer between 2,000 feet and 8,000 feet mean sea level (msl) in the area surrounding the accident site.

The ceiling at SME at the estimated time of arrival was 600 feet overcast.

The pilot did not file a flight plan nor obtain a weather briefing from Lockheed Flight Services or through the Direct User Access Terminal Service prior to departure.

The wreckage was examined at the accident site on November 13, 2017. There was an odor of fuel, and all major components of the airplane were accounted for at the scene except for the left aileron balance weight, left tip tank, the stabilator trim tab, and about 6 feet of the right wing and right aileron. Parts associated with the rudder and right wing were located about .75 miles prior to the main wreckage. The entire wreckage path was oriented about 240°magnetic, and the main wreckage path was approximately 100 ft in length.

The initial impact point was in treetops approximately 60 ft high, and the main wreckage came to rest wedged in between tree trunks. The cockpit, cabin area, and empennage were destroyed by impact. Pieces of angularly-cut wood were entangled with the wreckage.

The engine was separated from the airframe and marked the end of the debris path. The propeller was separated from the engine, and came to rest 25 feet prior to the engine. The propeller blades displayed similar "S" bending, trailing-edge gouges, and chordwise scratching.

The airplane was fragmented and scattered along the length of the wreckage path. Control continuity to the wings, rudder, and elevator was confirmed through the control cables and bellcranks to the cockpit area. Separations in the control cabling displayed signatures consistent with cuts by recovery personnel or overload separation.

The engine crankshaft was rotated by hand through the vacuum pump drive pad. Continuity was confirmed through the accessory section to the valve train and crankshaft. Compression was confirmed on all cylinders using the thumb method. The magnetos were intact in their mounts. Once removed, they produced spark at all terminal leads when tested.

The vacuum pump rotated smoothly, and the when disassembled, the rotor and vanes were intact.

The carburetor and fuel pump were destroyed by impact.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N3371W
Model/Series: PA 32-260 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: GLW, 716 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 500 ft agl
Visibility 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Union City, TN (UCY)
Destination: Somerset, KY (SME)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 36.773333, -85.992222 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

Honorable Scott T. Foster 
Second to his passion for his family, were his passions for flying, hunting, restoring cars, woodworking, movies, and traveling. Scott was a member of the Kentucky and Tennessee Bar Associations, and the National Rifle Association.

Noah Thomas Foster
Noah had an appreciation and love for flying, whether it was a radio controlled airplane or “wheels up” in the sky. 

Quinton Douglas Whitaker
Doug was a man of God who touched the lives of many people with his life. He was an Attorney, Police Chaplain, and Air Force Veteran. 

Dr. Kyle Patrick Stewart
More than having DMD behind his name, Kyle was a loving, outgoing and kind hearted individual with the ability to love others unconditionally. Kyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and friends as well as traveling the world. With his passion for outdoors he became an avid waterfowl hunter.  As a Dentist, Dr. Stewart was considerate, compassionate, caring and treated his patients with dignity, professionalism and respect.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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