Friday, November 30, 2018

Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+, N525EG: Fatal accident occurred November 30, 2018 in Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana 

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

EstoAir LLC

Date: 30-NOV-18
Time: 16:28:00Z
Regis#: N525EG
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 525A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN

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Andrew Dale Davis 

Wreckage from a fatal plane crash in Southern Indiana last week began to emerge Monday as investigators continued to search for evidence.

Several massive bags filled with twisted and scorched metal were seen outside of a wooded area where the jet crashed Friday near Memphis, Indiana. Other parts, which had loose wires poking out of sharp edges of airline aluminum, were left uncovered. 

An ATV was also seen dragging an entire cart of twisted metal up a hill, the entry point to a roughly 300-yard area that investigators are examining for the wreckage. 

The crash killed the pilot, Andrew Davis, as well as architect Wayne Estopinal and marketing executive Sandra Johnson who were traveling to Chicago. Investigators are still determining what caused the Cessna Citation 525 to crash just a few minutes after taking off from Clark Regional Airport. 

It appears the jet hit the ground at a relatively high angle and relatively high speed, said Bill Waldock, professor of safety science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. He reviewed photos from the scene and told the Courier Journal that it does not appear that it was an in-flight breakup. 

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board had left the scene already, said Indiana State Trooper Phil D'Angelo, who was on scene Monday. ISP spokesman Jerry Goodin did not return a request for comment left Monday afternoon.  

On Friday morning, air traffic control chatter around the time of the crash appears to show a normal takeoff for the Cessna. But a few minutes later, a Louisville air controller is heard asking the plane to call back. There was no answer. 

The plane crashed in a wooded area 16 miles north of Louisville. 

All three victims were mourned in the following days. 

On Sunday, members of Northside Christian Church in New Albany rallied around Davis' family and his wife, Erica. 

"Just the fact that they came to church after a tragedy like this shows that they know where Andrew is now," executive pastor Sam Thomas told the Courier Journal.

Johnson, 54, was a marketing executive based in TEG's Shreveport, Louisiana, office. A friend, Kasey DeLucia, said Johnson "filled the world with laughter and kindness."

Estopinal helped design the University of Louisville sports facilities and also brought the Louisville City FC soccer team to town. 

“He’s responsible for bringing something here in Louisville City FC that has become part of thousands of people’s lives,” former LouCity spokesman Jonathan Lintner said. “He had left his mark on Louisville and the region even before that, but with that team, that’s a heck of a legacy.”

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A funeral mass for Robert Wayne Estopinal, 63, of Jeffersonville, Indiana will be held at 11 AM on Monday, December 10, 2018 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 315 E. Chestnut Street in Jeffersonville, with burial to follow in Walnut Ridge Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Sunday December 9, 2018 from 11-8 PM at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Pkwy in Jeffersonville and prior to the service on Monday from 10-11 AM at the church.  A Celebration of Wayne’s Life including live music and memories from his close friends and colleagues will be held on Sunday at 4:30 PM at Scott Funeral Home.  Wayne passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018.  

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Wayne Estopinal; his parents, Robert Jules Estopinal and Martha Jane Bennett Driver; grandparents, Edna Harrell Bennett and Wentworth (Buttons) Bennett; and a brother, Mark Bennett Estopinal.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 40 years, Thresa Taylor Estopinal; a daughter, Ashley Nicole Estopinal; a son, Andrew Wayne Estopinal; a brother, Steven Wentworth Driver (Linda Jackson); a niece, Kendra Bennett Driver; and a nephew, Gregory Wentworth Driver.

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Plane crash victims Wayne Estopinal, Sandy Johnson and Andrew Davis.

Andrew Dale Davis, the pilot killed in a small jet crash in Southern Indiana last week, was conscientious about safety and had a clean flight record free of any accidents or enforcement actions, according to fellow pilots and Federal Aviation Administration records.

Davis, 32, was flying two passengers Friday when the Cessna 525A crashed minutes after takeoff from Clark Regional Airport. Flight tracking site FlightAware shows it was at about 6,000 feet when it suddenly changed course and then disappeared from radar.

Davis was a corporate pilot at TEG Architects. He was flying Wayne Estopinal, 63, the head of the Jeffersonville firm and a founder of the Louisville City FC soccer team, and TEG vice president Sandra Holland Johnson, 54, of Shreveport, Louisiana. All three were killed.

Workers Monday were hauling parts of the demolished plane from a densely wooded area west of unincorporated Memphis, about 16 miles north of Louisville.

Pilots, safety experts and others have cautioned against early speculation about the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will spend months studying the crash before determining a likely cause.

The FAA said Monday that it had no records of accidents, incidents or enforcement actions related to Davis.

Davis had been with TEG Architects since February 2018, according to the company. Before that, he had worked as a corporate pilot at Soin International and Muncie Aviation Co., according to TEG.

Davis graduated in 2008 from Indiana State University with a bachelor's degree in aerospace administration and professional aviation flight technology, the university confirmed Monday.

At TEG, Davis worked alongside Mike Vollmer, the company's other corporate pilot.

The two had previously worked together at Soin. When Davis switched to TEG, he encouraged Vollmer to join him at the Jeffersonville architectural firm. Soin did not immediately responded to questions emailed Monday afternoon.

"He was a relentless father and husband," Vollmer said of Davis. "Everything he did focused around his family and his faith."

Vollmer said Davis was easy to get along with and was always telling stories. "I used to joke with him that he wasn’t old enough to have that many stories," he said.

He said Davis was always focused on safety and procedure. "He had checklists for checklists." 

Vollmer said the Cessna 525A had recently been in for minor routine maintenance. He said he and Davis in November held a safety training "stand-down" and had invited other tenants at Clark Regional to join.

Paul Lucas, a TEG pilot from 2007 to 2014, said he flew the Cessna for more than five years, beginning when it was delivered new from the factory in 2009. He said the plane had two crew seats and seven seats for passengers.

He said the corporate jet "has a history of being a very safe, reliable aircraft."

Lucas stressed that he has been gone from the company for four years but said the plane was reliable and doesn’t remember significant problems.

Estopinal, himself a private pilot, was focused on safety, Lucas said.

"He was a hard-charging guy, but when it came to airplanes, we were in charge," Lucas said. "He got the things that sometimes as a corporate pilot are difficult to convey to your management team."

Lucas spoke reverently of Estopinal, praising his former boss for giving him an opportunity to be chief pilot at age 24.

"I swore I would never let that man and his family down," Lucas said.

Lucas said he used to fly 300 to 400 hours per year in the Cessna 525A. He said the typical flight was within about 600 miles of Clark County, although "we had the airplane all over the country, all four corners of continental U.S."

Lucas said there's a "natural human reaction to try to rationalize" what could have happened in the crash but he said he hopes people will wait to speculate and allow investigators to do their jobs.

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Sandra Holland Johnson, the vice president of locally owned TEG Architects and one of three victims in Friday's tragic plane crash in Southern Indiana, was remembered as a caring friend and an energetic person with a zest for life.

Johnson, 54, was a marketing executive based in TEG's Shreveport, Louisiana, office. She was aboard the flight that also killed the pilot, 32-year-old Andrew Davis, and prominent architect Wayne Estopinal, president of the Jeffersonville, Indiana-based company and a founding member of Louisville City FC. 

The small corporate jet owned by a subsidiary company of TEG, Estoair LLC, crashed after takeoff at a Southern Indiana airport. The craft scorched a path through dense woods in western Clark County, Indiana, about 16 miles north of Louisville. 

The cause of the crash, just minutes after the Cessna Citation took off with no indications of problems from Clark Regional Airport, is still under investigation. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board responded to the scene Friday afternoon and had worked through the night to examine the wreckage, located off Crone Road, west of unincorporated Memphis.

Johnson was a native of Shreveport and had worked for TEG since the late 1990s. Facebook accounts showed that Estopinal and Johnson traveled together previously and had taken a trip together to London last summer.

A photo posted by Estopinal from overseas dated July 4 shows the two toasting with sparkling white wine flutes on what appears to be a balcony overlooking the Thames River.

"Enjoying London! Great times! Love being here with Sandy!" Estopinal wrote in the caption. Several friends, including Jeffersonville lawyer Larry Wilder, wrote back to joke with Estopinal and to cheer the getaway.

Johnson's work centered on developing leads for the company with health care clients. The firm did several projects in Louisiana and Texas, and recently designed new Norton Cancer Center in eastern Jefferson County.

Johnson, the mother of two sons, was involved in the National Association of Women in Construction, Greater Shreveport Leadership Program, Rotary International, Rescue Mission and Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. 

Johnson was part of a "small group of friends who enjoy running, cycling and working out," according to a profile on her in the May 2016 issue of Shreveport's City Life magazine. She was also involved in the Society of Marketing Professional Services. 

Michelle Skupin, senior director of marketing and communications at RetailMeNot in Austin, Texas, said Saturday morning that she's still trying to process the shock over Johnson's death. The two met at a Society for Marketing Professional Services conference in Denver a decade ago and became fast friends.

Johnson was "caring and beautiful inside and out," Skupin wrote in an email. "I was always impressed with her dedication to her work and her family. Sandy lived life to the fullest, and her enthusiasm and energy were infectious." 

Another friend, Kasey DeLucia, director of corporate marketing at DKS Associates in Portland, Oregon, said she hopes people remember Johnson as the "beautiful amazing and strong woman she was." 

She added: "It’s hard for me to adequately convey what an incredibly funny, kind and bright light she was to all of those lucky enough to be in her presence. I want the world to know we lost a woman that filled the world with laughter and kindness."

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Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis with his wife Erica and their children.

Andrew and Erica Davis

Andrew Davis
Associate – Corporate Pilot
September 2018

Andrew, a seasoned pilot, will also join the firm to provide support for the firm’s aviation needs. He obtained a B.S. in Professional Aviation Flight Technology, as well as a B.S. in Aerospace Administration from Indiana State University.  His past experience as a lead captain and corporate pilot at Soin International and Muncie Aviation Company will allow the firm to provide exceptional customer service for our clients across the nation.

The pilot killed in a small jet crash in Southern Indiana with two others had just started working for the architectural firm that owned the plane.

Andrew Davis, 32, was the pilot of the small plane that crashed on its way to Chicago from Clark Regional Airport. Passengers Wayne Estopinal and Sandra Holland Johnson were also killed. 

The Sellersburg resident was an associate corporate pilot at TEG Architects, a firm led by Estopinal. He joined the firm in September, according to a news release on the company's website. 

He was married and had two young children, according to a Facebook post by a friend. 

Earlier this year Andrew Davis traveled on a mission trip to Salcedo, Dominican Republic, with a group from the New Albany-based Northside Christian Church, according to a post on his Facebook page. 

Davis was part of a team of 300 people that helped build homes and host sports camps, among other activities. According to a Facebook post by his wife, his project was to help build a house in four days.  

Her Facebook page is filled with loving pictures and videos of her husband and children and odes to his support. In October, she wrote: 

"He brings balance to my life, what more could I ask for. He is a rare kind."

And in September: "I'll fly with you till the ends of the Earth."

Davis graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in professional aviation flight technology and aerospace administration. Previously, he was a lead captain and corporate pilot at Soin International and Muncie Aviation Co., according to TEG.

He was taking Estopinal — an influential local figure who helped design University of Louisville sports facilities and bring Louisville City FC to the city — and Johnson to Chicago's Midway International Airport from Clark County Regional Airport.

The plane, which was based in Clark County, never made it. Some six minutes after taking off, the plane turned back for the airport shortly before crashing near Memphis, Indiana. There were no survivors.

It still isn't clear why the plane went down. Air traffic control chatter around the time of the crash appears to show a normal takeoff for the Cessna from Clark County Regional Airport. A few minutes later, though, a Louisville air controller is heard asking the plane to call back. Only silence followed.

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Sandy Johnson and Wayne Estopinal

Ball State Board of Trustees member Wayne Estopinal talks with other board members during a committee meeting on Friday on Ball State's campus.

A Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ crashed about 15 miles north of the Louisville International Airport Friday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Authorities said the aircraft was flying "to Chicago Midway Airport when it disappeared from air traffic radar."

Police agencies in Clark County, Indiana, were alerted to the crash near Borden, Indiana, at about 11:30 a.m. Clark County authorities confirmed that a flight left the Clark County Airport in Sellersburg, Indiana, at about 11:24 a.m. en route to Chicago with three people aboard, including the pilot. The Indiana State Police confirmed that those three people are dead.

The I-Team has learned the plane apparently took off about 90 minutes late and reached an altitude of several thousand feet before the crash. The weather in the area was misty and overcast Friday morning. The area that the plane went down in is densely wooded, making it difficult for authorities to reach by any method except foot.

"Our whole house shook," said Breanna Beswick, who lives near the crash site. "We have trails in our backyard so we were just, like, walking around, trying to see what was going on, if we could see anything."

Wayne Estopinal, CEO of TEG Architects, is among the dead, the ABC7 I-Team has confirmed. A man who answered the phone at one of the company's offices confirmed that Estopinal was on the way to Chicago. The company declined to confirm the identities of the other people on the flight.

FlightAware shows the tail number of the aircraft to be N525EG, which is registered to another company owned by Estopinal. Estopinal did have his pilot's license, but it was unclear if he was the one flying the plane.

Estopinal, 63, was an alumnus of Ball State University and sat on its board of trustees, according to his professional biography. The school released a statement upon Estopinal's death calling him "an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the university." Estopinal was reportedly coming to Chicago for a Ball State-related event, the I-Team has learned.

He also founded several professional soccer teams, including the Louisville City Football Club. Brad Estes, president of the soccer club, and John Neace, principal owner, released statements upon Estopinal's identification as a victim of the crash.

"We at LouCity are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of club founder Wayne Estopinal," Estes said. "We would not be the club we are today without his innovation, leadership, and hard work, and his contributions to the community are something for which we are incredibly grateful. Our hearts are with Wayne's family and loved ones at this time."

"Greater Louisville lost a great corporate citizen today. Wayne was very active in the soccer community and will be missed by us all. We mourn this inexpressible loss and today acknowledge his contribution to Louisville City FC and the entire Louisville soccer community," Neace said.

No information on memorial or funeral services for Estopinal was available.

Local authorities handed the crash investigation over to Federal Aviation Administration investigators and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel speaks to members of the media.

Major James Haehl, Chief Detective to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Ball State Board of Trustees member Wayne Estopinal talks with other board members during a committee meeting on Friday on Ball State's campus.

MUNCIE, Indiana — Architect R. Wayne Estopinal, who just this week was appointed by the governor to another term on the board of trustees at Ball State University, his alma mater, died Friday in a plane crash in southern Indiana.

A proud Cardinal, he was en route to Chicago for a Ball State alumni event Friday night and a gala on Saturday.

Estopinal had served on the board since 2011 and had earned two bachelor's degrees from Ball State in 1979 — one in architecture and one in environmental design. 

The soccer club for which Estopinal was a founder, Louisville City FC, confirmed his death.

He was on board a Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ that crashed in rural Clark County just outside of Louisville around 11:30 a.m. Emergency responders arrived at a rural wooded area to find a debris field from the reported crash.

The flight was en route to Chicago, where Ball State is being recognized this weekend, at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, as the Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation’s Institution of the Year.

Three people were aboard the flight, including the pilot, according to state police. None survived.

Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns, board of trustees' Chairman Rick Hall, other trustees and senior administration staff from the university were among a large Ball State contingent in Chicago for an alumni event Friday night. The Indiana Society of Chicago's gala is Saturday.

"He was an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the university," Mearns and Hall said in a statement. "As we mourn this loss to our Ball State family, we ask that you keep Wayne’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

"He was a good friend of mine," said Tom Bracken, a fellow trustee. "He was a good friend of Ball State. ... It's a tremendous loss for all of us."

During Estopinal's tenure on the board, Ball State stopped burning coal, banned smoking on campus, took over governance of distressed Muncie Community Schools and hired two presidents: Paul Ferguson and current President Geoffrey S. Mearns.

Estopinal chaired the search committee that led to the hiring of Ferguson, then-president of the University of Maine, a fact that made Estopinal proud of BSU.

Ball State's ability to hire "the sitting president of a land grant university says a lot about this university," he told The Star Press in 2014.

"I can't wait to see what you do," Estopinal told new Muncie school board members appointed by trustees earlier this year to replace an elected school board.

He had an ability to see and express the funny side of things, which helped lighten up what traditionally had been pretty humorless trustee meetings.

Estopinal cooperated with The Star Press on news coverage of Ball State, though he kept the hiring of Ferguson a secret until the moment Ferguson walked on stage during an announcement at Sursa Performance Hall. Estopinal had stressed the importance to committee members of keeping the names of candidates for the presidency confidential.

It always seemed like Estopinal — a frequent air traveler because of his business — was at an airport when the newspaper called for comment.

During an interview in 2016, he was asked to respond to criticism that board of trustee actions were almost always unanimous.

"Much of the controversy or dissenting commentary occurs in executive session," Estopinal told The Star Press. "We don't vote in executive session but we have that robust discussion privately and everyone presents their position. I am one of the most dissenting voices on the board. At times, that puts me at odds with the other trustees, but I don't worry about that because ... I am the one who has to look back on my service and say I put my viewpoint forward. I am not anyone's yes man."

He saw nothing to be gained by airing dissenting opinions in public. "We're not running for office," he went on. "We don't have to create sound bites. I don't think that serves much of a purpose."

Estopinal was president of TEG Architects, a firm that specializes in providing architectural, planning, virtual reality imaging and interior design services to national clients, according to a biography provided by Ball State. The firm is based in Jeffersonville, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky and Shreveport, Louisiana.

He of course voiced his opinion and asked questions at public trustee meetings about the design of numerous construction projects undertaken by Ball State in the past eight years.

For example, at a meeting during which drawings were revealed for a multi-million-dollar makeover of the front of Emens Auditorium, he said, "I would like to see (architectural consultant) MSKTD look at the facade, and look at the facade of Sursa (Performance Hall), and get other contextual clues from around it. I think possibly it could be a little more transparent, because the idea is, from the street we should show the entrance, the excitement, the gatherings inside."

The university's geothermal heat pump system, which replaced an old coal-burning plant, uses the Earth's ability to store heat in the ground. It uses the Earth as either a heat source, when operating in heating mode, or a heat sink, when operating in cooling mode. The ground in Muncie a few feet below the surface has a stable temperature of 55 degrees.

In addition to being an active Ball State alumnus, Estopinal was deeply involved in his hometown community, serving on the Louisville Sports Commission Board of Directors, Louisville Zoo Foundation Board of Directors, Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors, Community Bankshares of Indiana Board of Directors and the Your Community Bank Board of Directors.

His specialty was health care construction, but his lasting contributions include founding the Louisville City FC soccer franchise and designing the University of Louisville’s Lynn Stadium. 

Estopinal spearheaded efforts to move a United Soccer League franchise from Orlando, Florida, to Louisville in 2014, after that team was displaced by a Major League Soccer franchise. While retaining his minority stake in the Orlando ownership group, Estopinal took charge of the startup Louisville effort.

His personal interests included distance running, soccer and inspiring in others a passion for excellence.

Estopinal’s new term on Ball State's board of trustees would have lasted until Dec. 31, 2022.

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