Saturday, October 06, 2018

North American Navion A, N969TR: Accident occurred October 05, 2018 in Stonewall, Clarke 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: Stonewall, MS
Accident Number: ERA19LA008
Date & Time: 10/05/2018, 1445 CDT
Registration: N969TR
Aircraft: North American NAVION A
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 5, 2018, about 1445 central daylight time, a North American Navion A, N969TR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a highway after a total loss of engine power near Stonewall, Mississippi. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to the pilot and was being operated as Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Key Field Airport (MEI), Meridian, Mississippi, at 1438, and was destined for Jack Edwards National Airport (JKA), Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The pilot stated that he departed with full main and auxiliary fuel tanks, and obtained flight following towards JKA. While flying at 3,500 ft, heading 158° with the fuel selector on main, and the mixture full rich, the engine sputtered. He informed an air traffic controller that he wanted to return to MEI and turned back toward the airport, but the engine then stopped producing power. The pilot informed the controller that the airplane was unable to reach MEI and asked for the nearest airport, which the controller told him was 6 miles away. He told the controller that he was unable to land there. The pilot elected to land on highway 45S and set up for an emergency landing to the south. Because there were cars on the road and the airplane was flying faster than the cars, the pilot bleed off airspeed; however, he slowed too much and the airplane landed hard on the highway. The landing gear collapsed, and the airplane slid about 200 ft and came to rest upright in the right lane. The pilot stated that he did not switch fuel tanks after the engine lost power.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. Around the time of the accident, he reported about 565 hours of total flight experience.

At 1458, the weather conditions reported at MEI, which was located about 15 miles north-northeast of the accident site, included wind from 180° at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 4,800 ft, broken clouds at 8,000 ft, temperature 33° C, dew point 20° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: North American
Registration: N969TR
Model/Series: NAVION A No Series
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MEI, 298 ft msl
Observation Time: 1458 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Meridian, MS (MEI)
Destination:  Gulf Shores, AL (JKA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.131667, -88.793333 (est)

Hello my friends!

Thank you for the outpouring of love, concern, prayers and thanks-giving following my crash landing today! I am truly blessed to have friends like you! My engine cut out at 3,000 ft on way to Gulf Shores, by the grace of God, I was able to safely land on side of Hwy 45 near Quitman. My airplane is pretty much destroyed, but I am safe and thankful! I don't yet know what could have caused the engine to seize and stop producing power, but the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause. I'm thankful to be alive and well, thankful for the love everyone has shown me, and thankful for you! The favor of God is with me today and has been for a long time! In Christ love, I sincerely thank you for your text, your messages, your calls, your concern, your good wishes, your prayers and your friendship!

Everyday above ground is a good reason to celebrate and be thankful!

Thank you again and best wishes!


Boyd Williams Real Estate Company

CLARKE COUNTY, Mississippi (WTOK) - A plane crash landed on Highway 45 in Clarke County about 4 p.m. Friday. The pilot is okay, and he told his story to Newscenter 11.

Boyd Williams was flying to Gulf Shores Friday evening for a weekend trip when his engine failed mid-flight.

"I called to turn around and tell them it was running rough, and seconds later it stopped completely," said Williams.

Williams had to think fast. So he tried to make an emergency landing on Highway 45 near the Clarke County line.

"I was trying to bleed-off airspeed to let them pass, but I had to take the side of road instead and avoid any cars coming in," said Williams.

Boyd's daughter Hannah works at Meridian Aviation. She says her heart sank when she heard the initial call.

"I heard the tower radio up, and they said one of our local Navions went down, and I knew my dad had just took off," said Hannah. "I just said bye to him a few minutes before."

Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Boyd managed to escape without any cuts or bruises.

"We would like to commend him on the job because there were cars, there were vehicles and traffic on the road at the time he was trying to land and you heard what he said," said Sgt. Andy West with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "He did a great job avoiding that traffic and preventing further injuries."

For the Williams family, this was the scariest moment of their lives.

"I was crying. I felt sick to my stomach, but I was just praying. We were all praying that he was ok," said Hannah. "When I got here and found out that he was ok, that was just the best feeling in the world. It went from the worst feeling in the world to the best feeling in the world."

And as for Boyd, he says this will not slow down his passion to fly again.

"I'm just happy to be here. I'm thankful to be in one piece," said Boyd Williams. "Thankful nobody on the road was hurt. Thankful that both of my children came here and we're sharing another day together."

5:33 p.m. The plane is in the process of being moved. Law enforcement will escort the plane as it's towed to Lauderdale County.

Pilot Boyd Williams was able to land the plane safely. His two daughters came out to check on him once they heard it was his plane that crashed.

"I'm just happy to be here. I'm thankful to be in one piece," said Williams. Thankful nobody on the road was hurt. Thankful both of my children came here, and we're sharing another day together."​


A plane crash landed on Highway 45 in Clarke County about 4 p.m. Friday.

The plane is registered to Boyd Williams Real Estate. The pilot tells Newscenter 11 he is okay. Traffic is moving slowly around the aircraft.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. single engine airplane thank goodness it was daylight.

  2. Pretty much destroyed? That thing could be flying again before the new year.

  3. Nations, built like Sherman tanks. They might not be as fast as a Beech Bonanza, but they are safer.

  4. For another .50 he could have put the gear down but hey he got a photo for his Facebook page.


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