Friday, September 07, 2018

Rockwell Commander 114TC, N6064C: Fatal accident occurred September 06, 2018 near Jean Airport (0L7), Clark County, Nevada

David Lynn Morrison

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jean, NV
Accident Number: WPR18FA253
Date & Time: 09/05/2018, 2145 PDT
Registration: N6064C
Aircraft: Commander 114
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 5, 2018, about 2145 Pacific daylight time, a Commander Aircraft Company AC-114TC airplane, N6064C, was destroyed when it impacted terrain about 1 mile north of the Jean Airport (0L7), Jean, Nevada. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The cross-country personal flight departed from an unknown destination at an unknown time. The flight's planned destination was 0L7.

A review of the Nevada's Department of Transportation, traffic camera video, from a camera located just north of Jean, showed the airplane flying across Interstate I-15, on a course consistent with a right base turn to runway 20R at 0L7. Shortly thereafter, the video showed the airplane in a steep nose down attitude before it impacted the ground. A post impact fire ensued.

Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigator-in-charge (IIC), revealed that all major structural components and primary flight controls of the airplane, were located at the accident site.

The site survey of the debris field, with the use of a drone, determined it to be about 280 ft in length. The first point of impact was a large disturbance in the ground which was consistent with the front of the airplane and wings impacting terrain at a steep angle. The main wreckage then skidded about 100 ft to the south before it came to rest inverted. Several parts of the airplane were scattered further south, about 180 ft, of the main wreckage. The wreckage was located about 325 ft east of Interstate I-15.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Commander
Registration: N6064C
Model/Series: 114 TC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: 0L7, 2491 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:
Destination: Jean, NV (0L7) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal

Latitude, Longitude:  35.790833, -115.319444 (est)

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David Lynn Morrison
July 29, 1943 – September 5, 2018

David Lynn Morrison, 75, of Hurricane and Teasdale died in the crash of his private plane, September 5, near Jean, Nevada.  Dave was born July 29, 1943 in Brigham City, to Rodney William and Vernell Petersen Morrison.  He was raised on the family dairy farm in Tremonton and graduated from Bear River High School in 1961.  He attended Utah State University and graduated from Weltech College in 1963. He married his best friend and sweet heart Eloise Shuman, November 29, 1963.

Dave began his career in electronics at Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, Calif.  In 1967, he took a position with Western Telematic, Inc (WTI), in product research and development.  

In 1975, he became corporate president, a position he held until retirement in 2008. Dave successfully turned WTI into a global leader of remote network management. 

Dave and Eloise raised their family in Fountain Valley and Laguna Hills, Calif. where he also served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints & The Boy Scouts of America.   After retiring, he served as President of the Board of Directors for the Sky Ranch Airpark Community in Hurricane, then began farming in Teasdale. He and Eloise served as ordinance workers in the St. George Temple.  He loved playing his guitar with friends, fishing, farming, flying, fixing things and being with his family.

Dave is survived by his wife Eloise and 5 children, Daniel (LesLey Davis) Morrison, Mission Viejo, Calif., Daren (April Stewart) Morrison, Loa, Utah, Deina (Jim) Wakeham, Darci Morrison, and Dustin (Kelly Lynn Roberts) Morrison, all of Huntington Beach, Calif., and 21 grandchildren.  Three brothers also survive, Don Morrison, of Fir Crest, Washington, Richard, Salt Lake City and Douglas, of Puyallup, Washington.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services will be held September 22, in Hurricane at 658 W.  1500 S.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, with services at 11:00 and luncheon to follow.  Burial will be in the Teasdale Cemetery in Wayne County.  Arrangements are under the direction of Eckersell Funeral Home of Rigby, Idaho, assisted by Metcalf Mortuary in St. George. 

Memorial services will be held Sept. 22, 2018, in Hurricane at 658 W. 1500 S. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. and a luncheon to follow. Burial will be in the Teasdale Cemetery in Wayne County, Utah. Arrangements are under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary in St. George and Eckersell Funeral Home in Rigby, Idaho. For online condolences visit

JEAN (KTNV) - The Clark County Fire Department is responding to the scene of a small plane crash just north of the Jean Airport.

Fire department officials say it appears that one person was killed in the crash. The Clark County coroner has identified him as David Lynn Morrison. His age and residence are unknown at this time. 

It is not known where the plane had taken off from and it is not known where it was bound at this time. The plane was registered out of Hurricane, Utah. 

The FAA says that they do not know how many people were on board. The FAA did identify the plane as a single-engine Commander 114TC. 

The crash was reported around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. Interstate 15 northbound was temporarily closed after the crash. 

The FAA and NTSB will take over the investigation.

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JEAN, Nevada (FOX5) One person died in a small plane crash north of the Jean Airport Wednesday night, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

"FAA personnel are in route to the crash site to conduct an investigation," according to Assistant Fire Chief Larry Haydu.

The crash was reported at 9:22 p.m., near the I-15's mile marker 12.

"The origin of the aircraft and its destination are unknown," CCFD said. 

Truck driver Dave Platzer said he witnessed the crash. 

"I saw a big fire bomb and explosion," Platzer said. "I saw the fire and policeman going over there searching for survivors it just looked like a small airplane crash." 

CCFD's "Severe level response" included five engines, one hazmat unit, one heavy rescue, three trucks, four rescues, one EMS coordinator, two battalion chiefs, and a water tender.

NHP said the freeway closed as part of the response, but that it wouldn't be closed for long. 

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