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, registered to and operated by Provine Helicopter Service Inc: Accident occurred November 07, 2017 in Rolling Fork, Sharkey County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

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

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

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA029
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 07, 2017 in Rolling Fork, MS
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration: N93PH
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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, about 0930 central standard time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N93PH, landed hard after experiencing an unexpected "yaw" near Rolling Fork, Mississippi. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom, and the pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to, and operated by, Provine Helicopter Service Inc., as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from a nearby staging area about 0900.

The pilot reported that he was spraying a bayou when he felt the helicopter yaw. He climbed over the surrounding trees, but the helicopter didn't have enough power to sustain flight; therefore, he landed it in a field below. The helicopter landed hard and the main rotor blades severed the tailboom before the helicopter came to rest on its right side. 

The helicopter has been moved to a secure location for further examination.

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

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 Engines; Atlanta, Georgia
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida 

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report
National Transportation Safety Board
Accident Number: ERA18FA016
Date & Time: 11/07/2017, 1845 CST
Registration: N47831
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal
Location: Morrison, TN 

On November 7, 2017, about 1845 central standard time, a Piper PA-32-300, N47831, was destroyed after it impacted terrain near Morrison, Tennessee. The flight instructor and a private pilot were fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Monroe County Aeroplex Airport (MVC), Monroeville, Alabama, about 1625. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and was destined for Warren County Memorial Airport (RNC), McMinnville, Tennessee.

According to preliminary air traffic control data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the controller cleared the airplane for the RNAV Runway 23 approach to RNC and switched the airplane to the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). A radar target identified as the accident airplane executed a missed approach and requested a clearance to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (SRB), Sparta, Tennessee. The controller radar identified the airplane, issued a climb to 5,000 ft, a clearance to SRB, and issued the weather for SRB. The radar target reached 5,000 ft and turned toward SRB. Then, one of the pilots declared a "Mayday" and the radar target was observed in a rapid descent before radar contact was lost.

According to witnesses, the engine was "loud" and they reported hearing it "throttle up" before they heard the impact.

According to FAA records, the flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane multiengine land, airplane single-engine land, glider, rotorcraft-gyroplane, and instrument airplane. In addition, he held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine, glider, rotorcraft-gyroplane, and instrument airplane. He received a BasicMed certificate on June 22, 2017. According to the flight log found in the airplane, the flight instructor had accumulated about 2 hours of flight time in the accident airplane since October 6, 2017.

According to FAA records, the private pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The private pilot was issued a third-class medical certificate on November 3, 2016. At that time, he reported 16 hours of total flight time, of which the 16 hours were within the previous 6 months of the medical examination. According to a flight log found in the wreckage, the private pilot had accumulated about 24 hours of flight time in the accident airplane since October 6, 2017.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1978. In addition, it was powered by a Lycoming IO-540 series, 300-horsepower engine that was equipped with a Hartzell constant-speed propeller. According to airplane maintenance logbooks, the most recent annual inspection was completed on May 1, 2017, at a total time of 4,133 hours and a Hobbs time of 1549.3 hours. According to a flight log located in the main wreckage, at the time of departure, the airplane Hobbs indicated 1781.3 hours.

The main wreckage was located in a soy bean field at an elevation of 1,030 ft above mean sea level. The airplane impacted the field and came to rest about 100 ft beyond the initial impact point on a 040° heading. A 2.5 ft indent was noted in the field at the initial impact point. All major components of the airplane were located in the vicinity of the main wreckage.

The wreckage came to rest upright and was partially consumed by postimpact fire. Flight control continuity was confirmed from all flight control surfaces to the flight controls in the cockpit through cuts made to facilitate recovery. The right wing exhibited leading edge damage and sections were consumed by postimpact fire. The inboard section of the right flap remained attached to the right wing. The outboard right aileron remained attached to the right wing at the outboard hinge. The remainder of the right aileron was consumed by fire. The left wing was impact separated at the spar box and remained attached at the forward fuselage attach point. The leading edge exhibited impact damage and skin separation. Thermal damage was noted on the inboard approximate 5-ft section of the left wing. The outboard approximate 8-ft section of the left wing was impact separated and located in the vicinity of the main wreckage. The vertical stabilizer remained attached to the fuselage. The rudder remained attached to the vertical stabilizer. The stabilator remained attached at all attach points. The right side of the stabilator was deformed in the positive direction. The trim tab remained attached to the stabilator at all attach points. The trim tab control was measured and corresponded to the near full nose up position.

The propeller remained attached to the crankshaft flange. All three propeller blades remained attached to the hub. There was leading edge damage noted along all of the blades

The engine remained attached to the firewall, but was removed to facilitate examination. Engine crankshaft continuity was confirmed from the propeller flange to the accessory section of the engine. All cylinders remained attached to the crankcase and thumb compression and suction was observed on all cylinders. The rocker box covers were removed and no anomalies were noted with the valve springs and rocker arms. Valvetrain continuity was confirmed when the crankshaft was rotated through 360-degrees of motion. The vacuum pump was removed and disassembled. The vanes and rotor remained intact. The composite vacuum drive was consumed by post impact fire. Both magnetos remained attached to the engine. However, both magnetos were partially consumed by fire. The oil filter was removed and disassembled. The filter was charred and absent of metallic debris. The oil suction screen was removed from the engine and free of debris.

The 1845 recorded weather observation at RNC, which was about 5 miles northeast of the accident location, included wind from 350° at 6 knots, visibility 2 1/2 miles, mist, overcast clouds at 500 ft above ground level, temperature 12° C, dew point 11° C; and an altimeter setting of 30.09 inches of mercury.

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



McMinnville, TN resident and Warren County, TN native Tommy Stiles, age 49, was born July 9, 1968 and died suddenly November 7, 2017.

The President of A.W. Stiles Contractors and a member of the Church of Christ, he was the son of A.W. "Catman" Stiles of McMinnville and Barbara Stiles of Spencer, TN.

He was married on December 15, 1994 to Christie Lorance Stiles of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Kathryn and Caroline Stiles both of McMinnville; brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Velma Stiles of Rock Island, TN; nephew, Lee Stiles and wife Brittany of McMinnville; three nieces, Amanda Sain and husband Jared of McMinnville, Adry Snow of Chattanooga, TN and Aryn Snow of Nashville, TN; great-nieces and great-nephews, Eli Sain, Isaac Sain, Lacy Sain, Sawyer Stiles and Knox Stiles; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Barbara Lorance of McMinnville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lori and Chris Snow of McMinnville; and special survivors, Rage Softball Teams and A.W. Stiles Contractors Family.

When a life is missed this much, one knows how much it was cherished, and Tommy was definitely cherished by so many. He never wanted anyone to go without a home or without love. He's now in his eternal home after many years of hope, prayer, love, and fellowship. II Timothy 4:7-8 states, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” After fighting his fight and finishing his race, the Lord called on him and Tommy answered. He will be greatly missed by all of those who loved him and knew him. After his many years of faithfully worshipping God, caring for and encouraging others, growing as a person, loving and teaching all those around him, learning as much as he could, and of course fishing and flying, he's finally in his eternal abode. "Home is where the heart is" is a very popular saying and his heart is with God now. We know he’s in Heaven teaching kids how to play softball, how to fish and fly planes, and teaching others everything else he knows. Although he will be dearly missed, we know God has received a good one.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Central Church of Christ with Doug Downs and Matthew Bouldin to officiate. Interment will follow in Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at High's.

Memorial contributions may be made to McMinnville Special Games or Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com.


Two people were killed Tuesday night when their plane crashed in a bean field on Sherrell Road in the Jacksboro community.

“It sounded like a 500-pound bomb going off,” said James Ledbetter who heard the explosion from his nearby home. “He throttled it, then let off and throttled it again.”

Law enforcement officials have positively identified the victims as Tommy Stiles of McMinnville and flight instructor Larry Barnes of Spencer. The Piper Saratoga in which they were flying was registered to A.W. Stiles Construction.

Calls began flooding into 911 just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after area residents reported hearing the plane fly over, throttle up and then down before hearing a loud explosion. 

“I did not see it actually hit the ground since I was a field over, but we were standing on the back porch and we heard the engine sputtering and cutting in and out,” said eyewitness Shelby Hillis. “You could see the plane going up and down, really unsteady, but he was obviously trying to get it steady. Not even two minutes later it was nose diving straight toward the ground and the whole sky lit up orange and I called 911.”

She added, “It was so sad knowing we could do nothing to help.”

Witness descriptions tend to confirm telemetry captured by aviation monitoring which shows a large fluctuation in engine speed and altitude over the last few minutes of the flight as the plane got as low as 1,800 feet before ascending to 4,500 feet four minutes before the fatal plummet. The last two minutes of telemetry data show the plane picking up speed and losing altitude before it disappeared from the radar.

When first-responders arrived at the location off Sherrell Road, they found the burning wreckage in the middle of a muddy soybean field and a two-foot-deep crater a few feet from where the remains of the aircraft were burning. 

Both occupants were dead at the scene. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were on hand Wednesday conducting their probe.

“We will be taking the aircraft back to a secure facility to continue our investigation once we are through investigating and photographing the scene,” said Heidi Moats, air safety investigator with the NTSB, noting a preliminary report regarding the accident will be available in about 10 days.

The doomed flight took off from Monroeville, Ala., at 4:24 p.m. and was supposed to arrive at Warren County Memorial Airport at 6:19 p.m., according to its flight plan. The two sidestepped a large thunderstorm in central Alabama on their way north.

However, the plane flew into more rainy conditions as it neared Warren County from the south.

Sometime around 6:30 p.m. the aircraft scrapped its approach to Warren County Memorial Airport and radioed it wanted to try a landing at Upper Cumberland Airport near Sparta. Flight experts say Upper Cumberland has better equipment for an approach using instruments. 

Visibility was practically zero around the time of the crash with rain and a ceiling less than 500 feet, meaning they would have to approach any landing from a cloud bank without benefit of visual cues.

The flight data revealed the aircraft, minutes before its crash, did a U-turn somewhere near Warren County Airport. It appears the U-turn was north of the airport, meaning the plane had passed it.

“That’s indicative of disorientation,” said Robert Kapz, a licensed pilot who investigates causes of aircraft crashes for a safety watchdog group, noting the telemetry data showing erratic moves in the last minute of the flight supports the theory the aircraft may have become lost in the dark sky.

Kapz pointed out Stiles held a private pilot’s license earned in March of this year and would not be permitted to fly under such conditions while Barnes was a licensed instructor and, while the conditions were poor for flying, would be allowed to operate the aircraft. It is not known who was in control of the aircraft at the time of the crash.

The crash happened about four miles southwest of Warren County Airport just as the plane made a turn to the north. It is not known if their plan in the final moments was to try another approach to Warren County Airport or head to Sparta.

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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