Saturday, November 10, 2018

Piper PA-28-236 Dakota, N91770: Fatal accident occurred November 09, 2018 near Guthrie County Regional Airport (KGCT), Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Crashed due to unknown circumstances.


https://registry.faa.gov/N91770

Date: 09-NOV-18
Time: 23:27:00Z
Regis#: N91770
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 236
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: GUTHRIE CENTER
State: IOWA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



Ed Anderson

Samantha Clark

Patrick Kellen

Tyler Douvia



GUTHRIE CENTER — Plymouth County is mourning the loss of four residents after a single-engine aircraft crashed outside Guthrie Center, Friday, November 9th.

Aircraft tail number N91770, a Piper PA-28-236 Dakota, was traveling from Le Mars toward Osceola when Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 5:08 p.m. from Des Moines Air Traffic Control, requesting an emergency landing at the Guthrie Center Airport.


“Des Moines Traffic Control advised the pilot had suffered a heart attack and a student pilot would be attempting an emergency landing,” Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright said in the press release.


The pilot, Edward Ralph Anderson, 49, of Le Mars, had flown for roughly 20 years, safely delivering people to their destination.


“He loved flying,” Le Mars Airport Manager Tom Mullally said of his longtime friend and colleague. “It hits (the aviation community) the hardest, but we have a strong community bond and we support each other in times like this and our hearts go out to the family.”


Traveling with Anderson was Patrick Kellen, 36, Samantha Clark, 15, both of Le Mars, and Tyler Douvia, 28, of Merrill.


“We’re all related,” explained Patrick’s father Del Kellen. “Tyler was Pat’s first cousin, Sam was Pat’s daughter. Three from the same family.”


“I know Tyler, Pat and Sammy will never be forgotten and always remembered and missed,” added Deanna Douvia, Tyler’s mother, in a post on Facebook. “They were all too young and taken before their time.”


The Douvia and Kellen families also mourn Anderson’s loss.


“I also had the pleasure to know Ed Anderson and what a wonderful man he was,” Deanna said. “My heart goes out to his family also but know his heart of gold will never be forgotten.”


Mullally shared how Anderson inspired him to go after his instrument license, which would allow him to fly up in the clouds and through bad weather.


“Recently, he got his instrument license and him doing so inspired me to get my instrument license,” Mullally said. “He was my safety pilot. We were both going to get our instrument licenses, our commercials, then go on to take some charter flights.”


According to authorities, Guthrie Fire and Rescue and Panora Rescue were dispatched to Guthrie Center Airport, but the aircraft never arrived, dropping off radar approximately four miles southwest of the airport.


“The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office launched an extensive search and rescue mission to locate the aircraft,” Arganbright stated. “The sheriff’s office utilized the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Panora Police Department, Stuart Police Department, Guthrie County Emergency Management, Guthrie Center Fire and Rescue, Panora Fire and Rescue, and numerous other law enforcement, fire, and rescue agencies.”


After being notified of the distress call, family members raced to aid in the search for the missing plane. Hundreds of volunteers also assisted in the search effort, from adding boots on the ground to businesses donating food and other supplies.


“We had a couple hundred volunteers out there looking until 3:30 in the morning,” Del said. “First thing in the morning, another couple hundred showed up again and we found them right away.”


With the search effort broadcasted on local media, area families opened their doors to volunteers doing the long hours of the search in the bitter cold.


“They helped us a lot,” shared Lori Kellen, Patrick’s mother, of an interaction she had with a family in Guthrie County during the search. “They had no clue who we were, but they opened their home to us, they knew why we were there.”


During the search, Guthrie County law enforcement kept in constant contact with the family.


“I’d like to thank the Guthrie Center police,” said Deanna. “They were very good to us, very informative. They told us what they could while they were out there searching.”


At approximately 6:31 a.m., Saturday, someone reported the crashed aircraft, authorities said.


“A Guthrie County citizen reported a small plane crash in a cow pasture southwest of the intersection of 265th and Maple Avenue,” the sheriff’s office release stated. “The plane was identified as tail #91770. The plane impacted very hard and all occupants were deceased at the scene.”


While family and friends gathered at the Kellen Ponderosa, outside of Le Mars on County Road K-49, to offer moral support over the weekend, the Le Mars community rallied to show support, via phone calls and social media posts.


“Our families were out here for us when we got home, had stuff ready for everything,” Del explained.


“I’ve received a lot of phone calls of support and condolences,” Deanna added.


Le Mars Community High School also opened their doors Saturday morning until 3 p.m., offering counseling services to students impacted by the loss of their classmate.


Guthrie County authorities revealed the deceased were transported to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office while the crash site was secured pending an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.


Funeral services for the deceased are being organized through Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars.


Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.lemarssentinel.com




Edward R. “Ed” Anderson, 49, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 passed away while piloting a friend's plane. The accident occurred near Guthrie Center, Iowa due to an unexpected medical situation. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars in Le Mars. Rev. Merrill Muller will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2018 with the family present from 5-7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. 

Edward Ralph Anderson was born March 5, 1969, in Des Moines, Iowa to Jim and Roxie (White) Anderson. He was named after both of his grandfathers. He lived most of his life in Le Mars. 

Following the completion of high school at Le Mars Community, he attended WITCC in Sioux City, IA. He graduated from WITCC completing training in two careers. Following graduation he was employed by Interstates Electric & Engineering, Langel's Electric for almost 25 years, and the last five years for Thompson's Electric in Sioux City. Most of his work was covering the Le Mars and surrounding area. He made every effort to do his upmost work satisfaction for his customers. Customers enjoyed the fact that they could call him directly.

Ed has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Le Mars and in recent years with the Merrill First United Methodist Church of Merrill, IA. Ed was a member of the IBEW Local 231 of Sioux City Electrical Workers. He was also a long time member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. As an EAA member he was also certified in the Young Eagles Program providing first flight for many youth. 

Ed enjoyed many hobbies. Motorcycling included many family trips to the Black Hills. He did considerable design and customizing of his cycles. One of his favorites was a 1989 Harley Soft Tail. His customized bike was photographed for the front cover of Popular Mechanics Magazine, issued in November 1998. 

In 1993 he became a licensed airplane pilot. At first he partnered in a plane ownership. In recent years he was the owner of a Challenger Light Sport. He was recognized by many as they would see him flying nightly above Le Mars with his flashing LED lights. He would rent other planes for the very long trips. He had acquired over 2300 hours flight time on more than 26 different aircraft. This past summer he passed all the exams for certification as an Aircraft Instrument Pilot. He was currently working on further certification for a Commercial License.

Ed was known as a very busy man but never hesitated to help others. No one would be left stranded along the road. He greeted everyone with a friendly smile. He had a kind heart caring for animals. Ed passed away November 9 while piloting a friend's plane in Iowa. The accident occurred due to an unexpected medical situation.

He is survived by his parents, Jim and Roxie Anderson; significant other, Christine Rasmussen; sister, Marlene Sale (Devin) and their children Bradley James, Austin Ryan and Nicole Amber from Carmel, IN.; two aunts, Arlene Engh and Norma Anderson as well as many cousins. 

Ed was preceded in death by his grandparents Matilda and Ralph White and Nellie and Ed Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Siouxland Humane Society, Sioux City, IA.

https://mauerjohnsonfh.com


Samantha “Sami” M. Clark, 15, of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 from injuries sustained in an airplane accident near Guthrie Center, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Parish-St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the church with a Scriptural Prayer service at 7 p.m. There will be also be one hour of visitation before the funeral at the church on Friday. 

Samantha Marie Clark was born on February 14, 2003 in Cherokee, Iowa to David Paul Clark and Tonia Elizabeth Hinspeter. She attended Kluckhohn Elementary School. Sami was currently a sophomore at Le Mars Community High School. 

At school, Sami participated in volleyball, track, softball and was an A student on the Honor Roll. Away from school, Sami was adventurous and loved to hunt with her dad, Patrick. She loved her siblings and cared for each one. Sami was a best friend to everyone she knew. Sami was a happy go-lucky goofball who had to make everyone laugh. She was selfless and would do anything for friends and family. Sami was a 15 year old who had maturity beyond her age but still knew how to enjoy life as a teenager. 

Sami will be dearly missed by her mother, Tonia Kellen of Le Mars, IA; father, David Clark of Holstein, IA; a sister, Tessa; brothers, Konnor and Kassel Kellen at home and Devin (Destiny) O’Tool of Sac City, IA; grandparents, Lyle Jr. and Patti Hinspeter of Cleghorn, IA, Cindy Barry of Holstein, IA and Del and Lori Kellen of Le Mars, IA; great-grandparents, Donald and Mary Jane Kellen of Le Mars, IA; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her dad, Patrick John Kellen; great-grandparents, Darrel and Cloette Schroeder, John and Viola Barry, Arthur and Doris Clark, Glenn and Arliss Todd, Elmer Tharpe, Florence Tharpe, Lyle Sr. and Margaret Hinspeter; grandfathers, Douglas Barry and Paul Clark; cousin, Tyler Douvia; and a close friend, Daisy Pippett.

A memorial fund has been established at American Bank in Le Mars. 

https://mauerjohnsonfh.com

Patrick Kellen, 36, of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 from injuries sustained in an airplane accident near Guthrie Center, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Parish-St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the church with a Scriptural Prayer service at 7 p.m. There will be also be one hour of visitation before the funeral at the church on Friday. 

Patrick John Kellen was born on September 26, 1982 in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Del and Lori (Schroeder) Kellen. He graduated from Le Mars Community High School in Le Mars in 2001. He later attended Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon and graduated with an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Truck and Diesel Technology. 

On January 4, 2009, Patrick and Tonia Hinspeter were united in marriage in Tampa Bay, Florida aboard the Carnival Legend. They made their home in Le Mars. Patrick worked as a contractor for his parents at Kellen Excavating. He operated multiple pieces of heavy equipment. Pat also helped his father obtain work for the company. 

Patrick was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish in Le Mars. He was a member of the Le Mars Sportsman’s Club, Powder Players Snowmobile Club and participated in a men’s basketball league. He also rode in RAGBRAI (Registers’ Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). 

Patrick worked hard but played harder. He had an adventurous spirit that led him to all kinds of hunting along with taking pilot lessons. He was always on the move doing something with his family and friends. Patrick was a wonderful father and always included his children in his adventures. Cracking jokes and playing pranks were his specialties. No matter where Pat traveled, he left a lasting impression. Everyone that knew him has some crazy story to tell. Pat knew no fear. 

Grateful to have shared his life is his wife, Tonia; his children, Tessa, Konnor and Kassel all of Le Mars, IA; parents, Del and Lori Kellen of Le Mars, IA; grandparents, Donald and Mary Jane Kellen of Le Mars, IA; sisters, Cassie (Seth) Delutri of Granger, IA and MacKenzie (Dalton) Brady of Ankeny, IA; brothers, Justin (Erica) Kellen of Merrill, IA and Derek (Chelsea) Kellen of Le Mars, IA; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Samantha Clark; grandparents, Darrel and Cloette Schroeder; cousins, Tyler Douvia and Jashua Clark. 

https://mauerjohnsonfh.com


Tyler Douvia, 28, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 from injuries sustained in an airplane accident near Guthrie Center, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Parish-St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the church with a Scriptural Prayer service at 7 p.m. There will be also be one hour of visitation before the funeral at the church on Friday. 

Tyler Lee Douvia was born on April 20, 1990 in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Darrell and Deanna (Kellen) Douvia. He grew up in Remsen, Iowa and attended grade school at Remsen Union Schools and later graduated from Remsen Union High School in 2009.

Following his education, Tyler went to work for his uncle Del Kellen at Kellen Excavation in Le Mars. His work focused mainly in the shop and in the iron yard. Most recently, Tyler and his fiancé, Rachel Kinney were going to manage the Koch Apple Orchard which they renamed the Le Mars Apple Orchard in Le Mars.

Tyler was a member of the Northwest Iowa Demo Derby Party and the Powder Players Snowmobile Club. Along with derby cars and snowmobiling, Tyler enjoyed deer hunting and boating at Storm Lake, Iowa. He also liked to work on restoring cars. To his family and friends, Tyler was a prankster. He loved to pull practical jokes on everyone he loved. He was an amazing brother and son and a loving and caring father. 

He will be dearly missed by his mother, Deanna Douvia of Le Mars, IA; father, Darrell Douvia of Remsen, IA; fiancĂ©, Rachel Kinney of Le Mars, IA; his daughter, Addelyn Douvia of Le Mars, IA; step-children, Kaiden and Mercedeez Hurley of Rockwell, IA; grandparents, Donald and Mary Jane Kellen of Le Mars, IA and Dwayne Douvia of Remsen, IA; sisters, Trisha (Nick) Harms, Anna Douvia and Katie Douvia; a brother, Travis (Lexi) Douvia; Godson’s, Kohen Douvia and Karter Harms all of Le Mars, IA; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Darlene Douvia; uncle, Loren Clark; cousins, Samantha Clark, Patrick Kellen, Jashua Clark and Madison Fuller. 

A memorial fund in Tyler’s name has been set up at Iowa State Bank in Le Mars. 

https://mauerjohnsonfh.com


The Rev. Merrill Muller was shocked by the news. 

Edward Anderson, a fellow pilot who attended the pastor's church in Merrill, suffered a heart attack while in flight from Le Mars in northwest Iowa to Osceola in southern Iowa, authorities said. When wreckage of the plane was found Saturday in rural Guthrie County, deputies recovered the bodies of Anderson and three passengers. 

"He loved flying so much," Muller, who will officiate Anderson's funeral services, said Monday, recalling the Le Mars resident's smile. "He always seemed to be smiling."

Anderson, 49, was flying three passengers — Samantha Clark, 15, and her stepfather, Patrick Kellen, 36, both of Le Mars; and Kellen's cousin, Tyler Douvia, 28, of Merrill — to a hunting trip, friends said. 

When Anderson suffered a heart attack, Des Moines air-traffic control requested an emergency landing for the 1979 Piper Dakota, a single-engine aircraft, authorities said. A student pilot was to attempt an emergency landing at an airport east of Guthrie Center.

In a message on Facebook, Patrick Kellen's younger brother, Derek Kellen, described learning of the crash as unbelievable. His brother was the student pilot, he said. 

Samantha Clark was Patrick Kellen's stepdaughter, but he "treated her like his own," his brother said. The Kellen brothers and Tyler Douvia, their cousin, worked at Kellen Excavation, which is owned by the brothers' father, he said. 

Tom Mullally, manager of Le Mars Municipal Airport, has said it was a coincidence a student pilot on board. A close friend of Anderson, he called the crash heartbreaking.

In a brief interview, the pilot's father, James Anderson, said his son was a pilot for more than 15 years. Shocked by the news, he said Saturday his son loved to be in the air.

Some family members on Monday could not be reached by the Des Moines Register; others declined to comment. Condolences began filling social media when the news broke, with family and friends sharing photographs of the four killed. 

"I have no words," one person wrote on Facebook. "We are saddened by this tragedy."

"God decided that he needed four new angels," another said.

A woman who wrote a condolence for Anderson told him to "fly high where you are!"

Muller expected at least a couple hundred people to attend Anderson’s funeral services. Having grown up in Le Mars, Anderson was well-known in the community, he said.

Through his pastor, James Anderson thanked the 150 or so people who helped in the extensive search for the aircraft after it disappeared from radar about four miles southwest of the Guthrie County airport. The county sheriff’s office was assisted by more than a dozen police, fire and rescue agencies.

The plane was found more than 13 hours later when a resident reported a small-plane crash Saturday morning in a cattle pasture southwest of 265th Street and Maple Avenue. Authorities there found the plane, which the sheriff's office said “impacted very hard” and scattered in pieces.
A single-engine plane crashed in rural Guthrie County on Friday, claiming four lives.

The official cause of the crash may not be known for a year, a spokesman with the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates aviation accidents that result in injury or death, told the Register. A preliminary report was expected to be completed within a week.

The aircraft was manufactured in 1979 and was based in El Salvador until 1991, according to Aircraft Ownership Solutions' online advertisement for the $114,900 plane.

The Friday plane crash was the deadliest in Iowa since Feb. 16, 2007, when a Cessna 240A carrying a pilot and three passengers crashed on approach to Council Bluffs Municipal Airport during adverse winter weather, killing all four on board, according to data kept by the NTSB.

Before that, the last time four people died in an aviation incident in Iowa was Dec. 17, 2003, when a Piper PA-32 crashed into a cornfield in Brooklyn. The NTSB determined the pilot's inadequate planning and lack of an instrument rating contributed.

Muller, the Merrill pastor, said Anderson received his instrument rating about four weeks ago, flying a minimum of 200 hours and passing a variety of tests. Muller, a pilot himself, called it "quite an achievement." Anderson was proud of his efforts.

"It was really special to him," he said.

Original article ➤ https://www.desmoinesregister.com



Four people were killed in a plane crash Friday in Guthrie County after the pilot had a heart attack, the deadliest aviation incident in Iowa since 2007, authorities said. 

The Guthrie County Sheriff's Office was called at about 5 p.m. from Des Moines air-traffic control requesting an emergency landing for a single-engine aircraft at the airport east of Guthrie Center. The plane, a 1979 Piper Dakota, never arrived.

Air-traffic control told local authorities the pilot, Edward Ralph Anderson, 49, of Le Mars, suffered a heart attack and that a student pilot would attempt an emergency landing of the plane, which had two additional passengers.

The plane left Le Mars in northwest Iowa at 4:15 p.m. and was traveling to Osceola, Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright said. Traffic control reported the aircraft disappearing from radar about 4 miles southwest of the Guthrie County airport.

The sheriff's office launched an extensive search for the aircraft, using the assistance of more than a dozen police, fire and rescue agencies. More than 13 hours later, on Saturday morning, a resident reported a small-plane crash in a cow pasture southwest of the intersection of 265th Street and Maple Avenue in Guthrie County. 

There, authorities found the wreckage of the plane, which the sheriff's office said "impacted very hard." Pieces of the aircraft were scattered nearby. 

The others killed were identified Saturday as 36-year-old Patrick Kellen and 15-year-old Samantha Clark, both of Le Mars, and Tyler Douvia, 28, of Merrill. 

The plane crash is the deadliest in Iowa since Feb. 16, 2007, when a Cessna 240A carrying a pilot and three passengers crashed on approach to Council Bluffs Municipal Airport during adverse winter weather, killing all four on board, according to data kept by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In a brief interview, the Le Mars pilot's father, James Anderson, said his son was a pilot for more than 15 years. His son was flying the three people to a hunting trip, he said. 

"My son really enjoyed flying," James Anderson, shocked by the news, said Saturday. 

Tom Mullally, manager of Le Mars Municipal Airport for 18 years, said Edward Anderson was a good friend of his. He said he watched the plane take off Friday and that it was a coincidence there was a student pilot on board.

"What happened is just heartbreaking," said Mullally, who joined the search efforts when news spread of the missing aircraft. 

The bodies of the four were transported to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office. The crash site was secured pending an NTSB investigation.

Original article ➤ https://www.desmoinesregister.com





GUTHRIE COUNTY, Iowa (KCCI) — Four people died in a small-plane crash in west-central Iowa after a student pilot attempted an emergency landing, Guthrie County authorities said.

Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright said in a news release that Des Moines Air Traffic Control requested an emergency landing around 5 p.m. Friday for a single-engine aircraft at the Guthrie Center Airport.

The pilot had suffered a heart attack and a student pilot would be attempting the emergency landing, officials said. There were four people in the aircraft.

Emergency response personnel from Guthrie Center and Panora were sent to the airport, but the plane never arrived. Des Moines Traffic Control reported that the aircraft dropped off radar approximately 4 miles southwest of the Guthrie Center Airport.

The aircraft left Le Mars at 4:15 p.m. Friday, traveling to Osceola, Arganbright said.

The Le Mars Municipal Airport director confirmed that there were three men and a 15-year-old girl on board on their way to a hunting trip.

The victims have been identified as Edward Ralph Anderson, 49, who was the pilot, Patrick Kellen, 36, Samantha Clark, 15, all of Le Mars, and Tyler Douvia, 28, of Merrill.

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office launched an extensive search and rescue mission to find the aircraft.

A Guthrie County resident reported the small-plane crash at approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday in a cow pasture southwest of the intersection of 265th Street and Maple Avenue.

All occupants of the plane died at the scene, authorities said.

The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner’s office. The crash site is being secured pending an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Emergency response personnel said the search was difficult because the plane went missing as the sun went down. Pitch-black conditions limited their visibility, especially in forested areas of the rural county.

The Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Panora Police Department, the Stuart Police Department, Guthrie County Emergency Management, Guthrie Center Fire and Rescue, Panora Fire and Rescue and numerous other law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies assisted in the search.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kcci.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"I would love to die like my grandpa in his sleep, not like the passengers in his plane screaming and cursing".

Hope in not too bad a taste but this old joke seems to actually be true here. Sadly reality isn't that comedic. RIP.