Friday, October 12, 2018

Stolp SA300 Starduster Too, N503CM: Accident occurred October 12, 2018 near Maidment Field Airport (7MS3), Byhalia, Marshall 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:


Location: Byhalia, MS
Accident Number: ERA19LA016
Date & Time: 10/12/2018, 1345 CDT
Registration: N503CM
Aircraft: SA300 Starduster
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 12, 2018, about 1345 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built SA300 Starduster, N503CM, was substantially damaged when it struck trees during final approach to land at Maidment Field Airport (7MS3), Byhalia, Mississippi. The private pilot was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated about 1315. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to practice landings on runway 35 at 7MS3. He flew to Coldwater, Mississippi, and noted that the air was "quite turbulent," which he did not notice on the ground. On the way back, the pilot entered the downwind leg of the traffic pattern to land on runway 35 and began a constant radius descending turn to the final leg of the traffic pattern. He noticed that the airplane was "too low" and applied engine power to maintain level flight. The airplane leveled off and the pilot continued the approach to the runway. As the airplane approached the tree line, which was 100 ft prior to the approach end of the runway, the airplane "suddenly sank" and impacted the trees before he could arrest the descent.

The airplane came to rest inverted in a wooded area. The wings, fuselage, and empennage were substantially damaged in the accident sequence.

After the accident, the pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation prior to the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SA300
Registration: N503CM
Model/Series: Starduster
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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: OLV, 402 ft msl
Observation Time: 1350 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Byhalia, MS (7MS3)
Destination: Byhalia, MS (7MS3)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 34.710833, -89.719167 (est)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Mississippi - A Mississippi pilot is recovering after the single-engine plane he was flying crashed Friday afternoon.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, the plane crashed on a private runway on Tate Marshall Road near Highway 309.

"The pilot was actually the one who called 911," said Major Kelly McMillen.

Investigators said the crash was reported around 2:00 p.m. When emergency responders arrived on the scene the plane was reportedly upside down. The pilot was said to be trapped underneath.

Major McMillen told Local 24 firefighters were able to lift the plane to get the pilot out.

"He was communicating with us," he said. "As far as his condition, he was alert, but I don't know as far as symptoms, he was banged up pretty good."

The name of the pilot is known but is not being released at this time.

Neighbors Local 24 spoke to said they heard a loud popping sound before the crash.

"He flies a lot," said neighbor Brenda Walker. "We see him go into the gas station a lot. He has a wife. We're praying for him and his family."

The pilot was flown by helicopter to Regional One in Memphis.

Fire departments from Holly Springs, Byhalia, Watson, and Independence responded to the crash. Both the Tate County and Marshall County Sheriff's Departments also responded.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will come out to the scene to investigate Monday.

Original article can be found here ➤

MARSHALL CONTY, Mississippi - A man was rescued after crashing his plane in Marshall County. 

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Tate Marshall Road and Wall Hill Road, according to the Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Office. 

Investigators said only one person was inside the plane when it crashed down, and that man was rescued and flown to a hospital. 

According to Marshall County officials, the man was traveling in a single-engine aircraft and is "lucky to be alive." 

"The most important thing is that this man is still alive. Thank god he his," said Kelley McMillen of the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. "Once you see the plane, you'll understand why I say this." 

Deputies told FOX13 the man made the 9-1-1 call and his crash was discovered by a MediVac helicopter passing through the area.  

"They were actually heading to Oxford when they detected the crash," McMillen said. "They actually made the scene, landed and assisted us with getting the individual out of the plane." 

Neighbors in the area like Randy King told FOX13 they're happy the pilot is going to make it.

"I feel like he was blessed because in the place crash, normally the worst scenario does happen," King said.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been brought in to investigate the crash. That investigation will begin Monday. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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