Monday, October 15, 2018

Piper PA-28 Cherokee, N180QT: Fatal accident occurred October 13, 2018 near Cartersville Airport (KVPC), Paulding County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cartersville, GA
Accident Number: CEN19FA005
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1430 EDT
Registration: N180QT
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018 about 1430 eastern daylight time (CDT), a Piper PA-28-180, N180QT, was destroyed when it impacted terrain in Cartersville, Georgia. The airplane departed from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida, enroute to Tom B David Field Airport (CZL), Calhoun, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan had been filed.

The initial point of impact was located on the embankment of a ravine, next to a high-tension power line right of way. The aircraft struck the ground at an approximate 90ยบ nose-down flight attitude. Prior to impacting the ground, the airplane impacted the outboard bundle of high-tension wires and branches of a tree. The initial impact point on the north side embankment contained pieces of the propeller spinner and windscreen. The main wreckage, consisting of the engine, wings, fuselage and empennage, came to rest at the bottom of the embankment in a muddy ravine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N180QT
Model/Series: PA28 180
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:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVPC, 763 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  34.078889, -84.861111

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Paul Louis Deep

This is Paul Deep. Family says the Clay County, Florida, father and Navy veteran was killed when his plane crashed on the way to Georgia this weekend.

A Clay County father was killed in a plane crash in Georgia, according to family.

Investigators are working to determine what caused a Piper PA-28 Cherokee to crash just south of Cartersville, Georgia, on Saturday.

Family tells Action News Jax that Paul Deep was on his way to see family.

The night before, Deep was at American Legion Post 250 in Middleburg, cooking for the members.

“He was super excited for his adventure the next day, to go see his great-grandson and surprise them with a visit,” Peggy Newsome said.

Newsome said Deep, a Navy veteran, was a mentor to her and touched many lives in the community.

He was known to many from his restaurant, Aerial's, and the hardware store off County Road 218.

Joshua Skipper said his first memories of Deep are from working at the hardware store.

“He was always real hard on me, made sure I was a hard worker,” Skipper said.

Years later, he said he started competing with Deep in barbecue cook-offs.

“The whole hog was his thing,” he said. “He would sleep right there in a reclining chair and put the wood on the fire all night long.”

This November would’ve been Deep’s 30th year competing in the Big Pig Jig, a barbeque cooking contest.

Skipper said he still plans to compete to pay tribute to Deep.

Members of the American Legion Post say they are also working on a way to honor him.

"He encouraged the best in people," Newsome said. "That’s how he touched so many people."

Original article ➤

Florida resident, Paul Deep, right, reportedly was the victim of a fatal airplane crash on October 13th in north Paulding County.

A Clay County father, restaurant owner and Navy veteran died Saturday when his plane crashed south of Cartersville, Georgia. 

Paul Louis Deep, 70, was flying from Gainesville to Calhoun, Ga., to visit family before his Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed, according to family members.

“He texted me an hour before his estimated arrival and told me it was a beautiful day for flying,” said Laura Deep Whitehead, one of his two adopted daughters. “He said the skies were so clear he could see all the way to Calhoun.”

Whitehead, who was adopted by Deep with her older sister Christina, said the incident was surprising since Deep always put safety first when it came to flying.

“My father never took chances,” added Whitehead. “He always checked the weather and if he didn’t like what he saw, he’d wait.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash to determine its cause, and in the meantime, Whitehead said family members will celebrate the life of their beloved “Grampie.”

“He was one of the hardest-working and most generous men I knew,” Whitehead said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.”

Deep was also known for his love for food. He owned Aerial’s Steak & Seafood restaurant in Middleburg, and he frequented the American Legion Post 250, where he cooked for members the night before the crash.

“He was super excited for his adventure the next day,” said Peggy Newsome, who was with Deep at Post 250. “To go see his great-grandson and surprise them with a visit.”

Whitehead said Deep initially called her husband to let him know he was visiting, but Whitehead was the one who answered.

“I saw my husband’s phone ringing and I just so happened to pick up,” Whitehead said. “I’m glad we had the chance to talk one last time.”

Besides Aerial’s, Deep owned C & L Hardware for over 20 years before the store burned down in 2007. Deep’s wife, Valeria, passed away Oct. 14, 2005, after battling breast cancer.

Original article can be found here ➤

ATLANTA -- Deputies confirm one person is dead after a plane crash in Paulding County.

Paulding County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Ashley Henson said the airplane was a single engine aircraft and that the crash itself happened near the Bartow County line.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Jim Peters, the crash was discovered around 6 p.m. - about one mile south of Cartersville and 20 minutes off the nearest major highway.

“Responders did have a difficult time getting to the actual site," Paulding County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jamie Winkles said. "We were able to get the victim out. It’s real hilly, muddy - it’s rough terrain.”

Winkles said Greystone Power got a call around 3 p.m. about property damage - something going on with the power lines.

"Then, a subcontractor for Georgia Power discovered the plane crash and called Paulding County about 5:30," he said.

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee had taken off from Gainesville Regional Airport in Florida. It was heading for Tom B. David Field in Calhoun, Georgia when it crashed according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Federal authorities haven't released any other details on the crash or the victim in the aircraft as the investigations by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still ongoing.

But Winkles did say that there was no sign of fire on the plane when crews found it.

For now, deputies have set up a perimeter around the scene to keep passersby out since the rural section where the plane crashed is popular among ATV riders.

Original article can be found here ➤

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