Tuesday, July 10, 2018

North Wing 17M, N959RR: Fatal accident occurred July 09, 2018 in Section, Jackson County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N959RR

Location: Section, AL
Accident Number: ERA18LA188
Date & Time: 07/09/2018, 1845 CDT
Registration: N959RR
Aircraft: NORTHWING 17
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 9, 2018, about 1845 central daylight time, an experimental light sport Northwing 17-M, N959RR, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees and impacted the ground while landing at the pilot's private residence near Section, Alabama. The private pilot was fatally injured. The weight-shift-control trike was operated by the pilot as a personal flight and was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed at 1830.

A witness reported that the pilot took off in the from the his private grass runway and flew west, then turned back towards the property for landing. During the attempted landing, at touchdown, the trike appeared to bounce several times and skipped along the runway; the trike then made a right turn and struck a tree before rolling over and impacting terrain.

The tandem, two passenger, weight-shift-control trike was manufactured in 2005 and was equipped with a Rotax 503, 50 horsepower 2 cycle engine.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate, with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued in June 2000.

An FAA inspector conducted a post-accident examination of the trike that revealed the fuselage and wings were damaged during impact. There were ground scars immediately adjacent to the wreckage and tree branches spread around the vicinity. In addition, there was tall grass wrapped around the landing gear wheels and tire marks leading off the runway into the unmowed grass bordering the grass runway

The trike was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: NORTHWING
Registration: N959RR
Model/Series: 17 M
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K4A6
Observation Time: 0015 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Section, AL
Destination: Section, AL 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 34.522222, -85.986389

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. 



SECTION, AL: Rodney Lynn Cagle, age 54, passed away July 9, 2018 from injuries received in a weight-shift-control trike.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bronalee Cagle and nephew, Jason Cagle. 

Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Cagle; step-son Luke McGrady; mother Nelda Gray; brother Roger Lee (Joy) Cagle; half-brother Freddy Lynn Sledge; nieces Amanda Dobbins and Allison Casperson; and a host of friends. 

Memorial services will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 in the Bryant Chapel of Moore Funeral Home at 8:00 PM EDT with Brother Matthew Logan officiating.  The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 6:00 PM EDT. 

Please leave your thoughts and prayers at www.moorefuneralhometrenton.com


Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Bryant, AL.





JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - One person died as the result of a plane crash in Jackson County. 

The Jackson County Sheriff says that a call came in around 7 p.m. on Monday concerning a small plane crash in the Macedonia community on County Road 411. 

The pilot has been identified as 54-year-old Rodney Cagle of Macedonia.

Authorities found a North Wing 17M weight-shift-control experimental aircraft that had crashed between two houses. 

First responders say the pilot was still strapped into the aircraft and was alive when they found him, but died shortly after.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wbrc.com




JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — The Federal Aviation Administration states a Jackson County resident died Monday at about 7 p..m. near 845 County Road 411 after his aircraft crashed into a wooded area.

Rodney Cagle, 54, is the victim who died in the crash, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says crews responded to the scene of a small plane wreck July 9 in Macedonia. Harnen adds Cagle flew the apparatus around his home when he crashed it after an attempt to land.

The Federal Aviation Administration states the experimental aircraft was a North Wing 17M weight-shift-control. Only the pilot was on board.

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

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



A Jackson County man died while practicing plane landings at his home Monday evening.

Rodney Cagle, 54, crashed his plane just off County Road 411 in the Macedonia community around 7 p.m. Monday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said Cagle was practicing landing his plane at his home when he crashed between his home and a neighbor's home. Cagle died at the scene, Harnen said.

The Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the crash scene Tuesday morning to investigate what may have caused it, Harnen said.

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

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