Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Veteran's Day history: WWII aviator's story a hero's tale (with video)

“He’s not at the top of the ladder, but he’s climbing.” — Quote at the bottom of Guy Brown Jr.’s yearbook photo.


While bombing a Japanese port on July 28, 1945, Vicksburg's Guy Brown and his TBM Avenger crew were lost to history. But aviation enthusiasts and a historic World War II aircraft brought Brown's story back to life.



Names are carved on a cold stone. Each name has a story behind it. But when the people who know those stories die, the stories are lost. History fades. Time marches on. And the names become only a barren list like from a phone book.

On the World War II Memorial in Vicksburg there is a name of a forgotten hero — Guy McElroy Brown Jr.

Brown died a week-and-a-half before the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. His parents, who were broken-hearted, died five years later, 10 days apart. With their passing, Brown’s story faded away. He became another name on a list.

That is until Clinton Body Shop owner John Mosley bought a World War II U.S. Navy bomber called a TBM Avenger. When Mosley decided to paint the plane like one flown by a Mississippi pilot, his discovered Guy Brown’s name. And thanks to exhaustive online research done by Anne Claire Fordice, Brown's incredible but short life revealed itself like invisible ink rubbed with an onion.

Brown, born on June 15, 1917, was the only child of Guy M. Brown Sr. and Clara Boyd Brown. He grew up in a modest home on Claremont Street in Vicksburg.

Gifted athletically and academically — and possessing Hollywood good looks — he was elected president of his junior class at Carr Central High School. 

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, Guy did what every red-blooded American did — he enlisted in the military. Soon he was training in Pensacola, Florida, to become a naval aviator. He’d be the pilot and crew chief for the Navy’s latest bomber, the TBM Avenger, named for what would be its primary mission — to avenge the deaths at Pearl Harbor.

All the while, his mother kept a diary of his service on a tongue-and-groove wall in their basement. He repeatedly flew his plane and its crew into the hellfire of Japanese antiaircraft fire. Two Distinguished Flying Crosses proved he had the right stuff. His parents were rightfully proud.

While serving on the aircraft carrier USS Shangri La, Brown proved himself to not only be an expert pilot but also a light-hearted prankster. According to his wingman and friend, Dean Boyers, when in port Brown would be the first to pick up the dates and the last to board the ship. When he’d come aboard, he’d flip up his sleeping shipmates' bunks and then use his athleticism to escape, laughing all the way.

On July 28, 1945, Brown made his final flight. His torpedo group was tasked with removing antiaircraft artillery in a Japanese harbor. He scored a direct hit on his target, but at an altitude between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, a Japanese antiaircraft shell hit its mark, too. Guy’s wingman saw Brown’s plane and her crew of three plummet into the sea in two pieces. Charles Edward Smith Jr. and William Harry Winn were also on board. There were no survivors.

Mosley visited Brown’s old home and met the owners, who were out in the yard. When he told them Brown’s story, they said, “Well, that makes sense. We have a diary from the war on our wall.”  

Fellow aviation enthusiast Dan Fordice arranged to have that part of the wall cut out and replaced. The wall diary that his mother so lovingly and then tragically kept now sits in the Southern Heritage Aviation Foundation museum at the Vicksburg-Tallulah airport. It’s worthy of seeing.

Brown’s story lives on thanks to John Mosley’s decision to buy a classic warbird. It also lives on because of the hard work of the Fordices. As long as Mosley’s TBM Avenger takes flight, Brown won’t be just another name on a stone.

Story and video ➤ http://www.clarionledger.com

Canadair Challenger 601-3A (CL-600-2B16) , N902BW, Goodfriend Aviation LLC: Incident occurred October 25, 2017 at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (KBHM), Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aircraft on taxi, went off the taxiway into the grass.

Goodfriend Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N902BW

Date: 25-OCT-17
Time: 15:21:00Z
Regis#: N902BW
Aircraft Make: CANADIAR
Aircraft Model: CL600
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: BIRMINGHAM
State: ALABAMA

Cessna 172, N62354, Aerosim Flight Academy: Incident occurred November 06, 2017 at Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Seminole County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft on landing went off the side of the runway into the grass.

Aerosim Academy Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N62354

Date: 06-NOV-17
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: N62354
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Flight Number: CONN208
City: SANFORD
State: FLORIDA

Beech 58 Baron, N21DA: Incident occurred November 07, 2017 at Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (KSBY), Maryland -and- Incident occurred October 04, 2012 at Chesterfield County Airport (KFCI), Richmond, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aircraft on taxi, went off the side of the taxiway and struck a taxiway light. 

Baron 21DA LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N21DA

Date: 07-NOV-17
Time: 18:21:00Z
Regis#: N21DA
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: SALISBURY
State: MARYLAND



Incident occurred October 04, 2012 at Chesterfield County Airport (KFCI), Richmond, Virginia

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A small, private plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Chesterfield County Airport after its landing gear wouldn't immediately go down.

The pilot of the Beechcraft Baron model plane ultimately manually cranked down the landing gear for a safe arrival around noon Thursday.

The plane, owned by Midlothian's Delta Airport Consultants, departed from Charlotte, N.C. just before 11 a.m. Thursday. The contract pilot and one passenger were headed to West Virginia, but ran into an issue mid-flight when the control switch to the landing gear wasn't activating

"The pilot has an emergency procedure checklist. He pulled that out, and we reviewed that," said Chesterfield County Airport chief mechanic Tony Nunes.

Fire and EMS crews readied themselves on the tarmac, for any outcome. Emergency vehicles, including some loaded with extinguishing foam were called to the scene.

"In a situation of an aircraft landing, with the fuel that is on board, if it does catch fire, it's going to need a lot of foam to be able to extinguish it." said Chesterfield Fire Lt. Jason Elmore.

The pilot successfully manually cranked the landing gear down and after nearly an hour of uncertainty, the plane carrying coasted easily down the runway.

"This has happened several times in the past. Some have been good outcomes… some have been not so good outcomes, as far as actual crashes," said Lt. Elmore.

The owners of the 1978 plane say it's never before had an issue with landing.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.nbc12.com

Piper PA-24 Comanche, N7364P: Incident occurred November 07, 2017 at Muskegon County Airport (KMKG), Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7364P

Date: 07-NOV-17
Time: 22:35:00Z
Regis#: N7364P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MUSKEGON
State: MICHIGAN

Bell 206B, N93PH, Provine Helicopter Service Inc: Accident occurred November 07, 2017 in Rolling Fork, Sharkey County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Rotorcraft during aerial application operation, force landed.

Provine Helicopter Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N93PH

Date: 07-NOV-17
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N93PH
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: ROLLING FORK
State: MISSISSIPPI

Cessna 441, N11MM, Abbott Air Inc: Incident occurred November 06, 2017 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Spring, Harris County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aircraft on taxi, went off the taxiway.

Abbott Air Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N11MM

Date: 06-NOV-17
Time: 22:16:00Z
Regis#: N11MM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C441
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

JetBlue, Airbus A320-232, N729JB: Incident occurred November 07, 2017 at Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC), Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Flight JBU532: Aircraft on final, sustained birdstrike damage to right wing leading edge. No injuries. Landed without incident.

JetBlue Airways Corporation:  http://registry.faa.gov/N729JB

Date: 08-NOV-17
Time: 01:05:00Z
Regis#: N729JB
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Aircraft Operator: JETBLUE
Flight Number: JBU532
City: SALT LAKE CITY
State: UTAH

Hawaiian Airlines, Airbus A330-243, N375HA: Incident occurred November 07, 2017 at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), King County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Flight HAL8075: Aircraft on landing rollout, engine sustained minor damage from engine fire. Fire dissipated. No injuries. 


http://registry.faa.gov/N375HA


Date: 08-NOV-17

Time: 05:05:00Z
Regis#: N375HA
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A330
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: HAWAIIAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: HAL8075
City: SEATTLE
State: WASHINGTON 




A dramatic scene played out at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle Tuesday night when a plane's engine caught fire as it was landing. It was caught on video by people in a nearby terminal.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it was Hawaiian Airlines Flight 875, a ferry flight from Paine Field, Washington to SeaTac Washington.

CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV explains that a ferry flight  means only a flight crew was on board.

Hawaiian Airlines told CBS News the plane "experienced a left engine issue on final approach at SEA tonight. A left engine fire reported upon landing was extinguished by the aircraft fire extinguishing system and local fire officials."

The FAA offered a different account, telling CBS News the aircraft "experienced a right engine flyer fire upon landing. The fire had already been extinguished by the time Fire crews arrived at the aircraft."

There were no reports of any injuries.

A SeaTac spokesperson told CBS News the plane was an Airbus A330.

There were no issues or alarms when the aircraft was in the air, the spokesperson said, so it's believed the problem was a compressor stall -- similar to a car backfiring, and that it happened on the ground after the plane landed.

The FAA says it will investigate.

Story, video,  photo gallery, comments: https://www.cbsnews.com

Hughes 369D, N138WH, Winco Inc: Fatal accident occurred November 07, 2017 in Sulphur, Louisiana

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

Winco Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N138WH

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA026
14 CFR Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 07, 2017 in Sulphur, LA
Aircraft: HUGHES 369D, registration: N138WH
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Uninjured.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On November 7, 2017, at 0934 central standard time, a Hughes 369D helicopter, N138WH, was not damaged when its external cargo long line severed after contacting a shield wire suspended between power transmission towers located near Sulphur, Louisiana. The two linemen who were being hoisted on the long line were fatally injured when they fell about 100 ft to the ground. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Winco, Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 as an external load flight without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that departed at 0932 from a temporary landing zone located near the accident site.

According to the power company, the purpose of the flight was to install guard ropes between the deenergized power transmission lines before the existing shield wire from the nearby transmission tower was unsecured. The east/west power transmission lines crossed perpendicular over North Claiborne Street. There were three sets of bundled conductors (northern, center, and southern). The pilot reported that following a preflight safety briefing he and one of the linemen discussed the expected work tasks. The pilot stated that following his discussion with the lineman he brought the helicopter into a hover above the linemen to allow them to hook onto the external cargo long line. He then repositioned the helicopter to allow the linemen to work on the center conductor bundle. The pilot reported that after the linemen had tied-off the guard rope to the center conductor bundle, he repositioned the helicopter to allow work on the northern conductor bundle. The pilot reported that he saw one of the linemen grab hold of the conductor, and at the same time he also observed the long line in contact with the shield wire. The pilot stated that the long line severed as he turned the helicopter into the wind and attempted to coax the linemen away from the northern conductors. The pilot reported that immediately before the long line severed he observed one of the linemen tugging at the conductor in an attempt to reposition the guard rope perpendicular to the conductors. After the long line severed, he returned to the landing zone and made an uneventful landing. The pilot did not report any malfunction or failures with the helicopter that would have prevented normal operation. According to postaccident measurements made by local law enforcement and witness video footage of the flight, the 60 ft long unsheathed long line separated about midspan while it was in contact with the braided steel shield wire suspended between power transmission towers.

The nearest aviation weather reporting station was located about 9 nautical miles south of the accident site at Southland Field Airport (UXL), Sulphur, Louisiana. At 0935, the UXL automated surface observing system reported: wind from 210 degrees at 8 knots; visibility 10 miles; broken ceilings at 1,400 ft above ground level (agl), 2,400 ft agl, and 3,000 ft agl; temperature 27°C; dew point 23°C; and an altimeter setting of 30.11 inches of mercury.




LAKE CHARLES, La. (KLFY)-UPDATE:The two men have been identified as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26, both from California.

ORIGINAL STORY: At approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road in Sulphur in reference to two men who had fallen from a helicopter.

When deputies arrived they discovered two men, both in their 20’s and both from California, dead.

During further investigation, it was learned the two men were working on the electrical lines in the area from a helicopter.

It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter.

Both men were pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene.

Foul play is not suspected, the deaths appear to be accidental.  Next of kin has not been notified so their names have not been released.


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




SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Two contractors from California died after falling from a helicopter in Sulphur around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

The two men, both in their 20s and from California, were working on electrical lines from a helicopter in the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

"It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter," Myers said.

Myers said that the deaths appear to be accidental and that foul play is not suspected.

The men's next of kin have not yet been notified.

Story and photo gallery ➤ http://www.kplctv.com

FedEx Seals Turboprop Deal Amid Strength in Airfreight Market: Delivery giant to buy up to 50 turboprop planes from European aircraft maker ATR



FedEx Corp.’s new order for regional cargo planes is a testament to the impact online commerce is having on distribution channels.

FedEx will buy up to 50 turboprop planes from ATR in a deal valued at $1.3 billion at list price, the WSJ’s Robert Wall reports, giving the European aircraft maker a foundation for what it hopes will be a growing market for smaller freighters.

Such aircraft don’t usually command much investment in express networks, but FedEx suggests the cargo version of the ATR 72-600 plane will fill an important role in a changing delivery market. 

The new design allows FedEx to carry larger and heavier shipments than usual in the regional service, a boost for freight business and for the bigger goods that online sales are pushing into distribution networks. 

The new turboprops will help FedEx sell customers on moving goods by air, an option that’s faster but more expensive than using a truck but cheaper than adding more distribution centers.



The Wall Street Journal
By Robert Wall
Nov. 8, 2017 6:07 a.m. ET

FedEx Corp. is renewing part of its fleet of smaller cargo planes in a deal valued at $1.3 billion at list price, amid an improved outlook for the global airfreight market.

FedEx will buy up to 50 turboprop planes from European aircraft maker ATR—a joint venture between Airbus SE ,  the world’s No. 2 plane maker behind Boeing Co. , and Italy’s Leonardo SpA—the Toulouse, France-based plane maker said Wednesday. The deal comprises a firm order for 30 planes and options for 20 more, and represents a boost for ATR in the U.S., the world’s largest single aviation market.

The delivery giant typically uses such turboprop planes—which are slower and burn less fuel than their jet counterparts—to transport packages between smaller cities and larger airports where its big Boeing and Airbus jets operate.

The prospects for the airfreight market have improved in recent months after a prolonged slump. WorldACD, which tracks the sector, said air-cargo growth in September, the last month for which figures are available, grew above 5% year-over-year for the 13th consecutive month.

FedEx said in its latest quarterly earnings that sales at its air-shipping Express division benefited from higher rates to ship U.S. domestic packages and strong international package growth.

Though turboprop freight planes are typically modified passenger models, FedEx in this case opted for a new design. The plane is based on the European plane maker’s 78-seat ATR 72-600 model, which features a new cockpit and more powerful engines than earlier versions.

FedEx Express Chief Executive David L. Cunningham said in a statement that the company “worked with ATR to develop this new aircraft, which include special features to help us grow our business, especially in the airfreight market where shipments are larger and heavier.”

FedEx is expected to get the first planes in 2020. The aircraft typically can carry around 8.3 tons of cargo, though delivery companies are usually more focused on volume than weight.

“Our bet is that the freighter market is going to become much more active than it has been,” ATR Chief Executive Christian Scherer said in an interview. Though much of the global demand will likely remain for converted planes, he said FedEx’s endorsement could generate greater appetite for new planes as well as spur a general increase in demand for freight planes.

ATR and Canada’s Bombardier Inc. are the world’s leading producers of turboprop planes. Brazilian plane maker Embraer SA in September said it had opened talks with potential airline customers to gauge whether to re-enter the market for such planes, after exiting it years ago to focus on jet-powered regional planes and private jets.

The FedEx deal also is an important vote of confidence for ATR in the U.S., which it has coveted for years. Passenger carrying turboprops fell out of favor in the U.S. because passengers generally preferred jets they viewed as more comfortable and modern.

But ATR is starting to see demand rebound in the U.S. In addition to the FedEx deal, the plane maker has said it had won a preliminary 20-passenger-aircraft deal with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Silver Airways Corp.

“We have been absent in the U.S. for many, many years and this marks our return,” Mr. Scherer said.

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

Piper PA-32-300, N47831, A W Stiles Contractors Inc: Fatal accident occurred November 07, 2017 near Warren County Memorial Airport (KRNC), McMinnville, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aircraft crashed onto a field. The two (2) souls on board were fatally injured.

A W Stiles Contractors Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N47831

Date: 08-NOV-17
Time: 01:09:00Z
Regis#: N47831
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: MCMINNVILLE
State: TENNESSEE

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




A Warren County official says there "did not appear to be survivors" after a plane carrying two people crashed Tuesday night in Warren County.

According to a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, a Piper PA-32 aircraft crashed into a field off Highway 287 and Sherell Road as it was attempting to land at Warren County Memorial Airport in McMinnville.

"Fire substantially damaged the aircraft," Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen reported in a statement to USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee.

Chuck Haston, 911 director for Warren County, said the first call about the crash came in at 6:46 p.m. Dispatchers also received a call from Memphis air traffic control "that they had possibly lost contact with an aircraft in the vicinity," Haston said.

"Due to the condition of the aircraft, it didn't appear as though anyone had survived," Haston said, adding that the 911 center had not yet received official word on the occupants' conditions.

Authorities in Warren County will release the identities and conditions of the two individuals on board, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash as the FAA also investigates.

Haston said the Warren County Sheriff's Office has taken over securing the scene until FAA arrives, which will likely be in the morning.

No one from the sheriff's office was available to provide information Tuesday night.

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




MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. - A plane carrying two people crashed in Warren County.

According to the FAA, a Piper PA-32 aircraft crashed into a field off Tennessee Highway 287 and Sherell Road.

The aircraft was trying to land at Warren County Memorial Airport around 7 p.m.

The plane was substantially damaged by fire during the crash.

Officials said two people were on board. However, their names and conditions were not released.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident. 

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



WARREN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A plane crashed into a field while trying to land at the Warren County Memorial Airport Tuesday night.

Sheriff Jackie Matheny told News 2 both people on board died. Their names were not released.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it happened at 7 p.m. off Tennessee Highway 287 and Sherell Road.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

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




UPDATE: Warren County officials have confirmed two people were killed in a small plane crash Tuesday evening.

The FAA said a Piper PA-32 aircraft crash into a field just off Tennessee Highway 287 and Sherell Road at about 7 p.m. while attempting to land at Warren County Memorial Airport in McMinnville.

There were only two occupants on board, both of whom were killed in the crash.

As of 10:25 p.m., first responders were still on scene investigating.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.




WARREN COUNTY, Tenn. (WZTV) - The Federal Aviation Administration said a plane with two people on board crashed in Warren County Tuesday evening.

The FAA said a Piper PA-32 aircraft crashed into a field just off Tennessee Highway 287 and Sherell Road at about 7 p.m. while attempting to land at Warren County Memorial Airport in McMinnville.

The FAA said fire substantially damaged the plane. The conditions of the two people on board have not yet been released.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://fox17.com