Tuesday, December 25, 2018

BRM Aero Bristell NG 5, N587BL: Fatal accident occurred December 22, 2018 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL), Polk County, Florida

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LAKELAND — A student pilot died Saturday morning after his plane crashed on his third touch-and-go landing at Lakeland Linder International Airport.

According to Lakeland Police reports, Gary Alan Mansell, 64, of 3316 Ranchdale Drive, Plant City, was doing touch-and-go landings at the airport at 10:12 a.m. when his plane took a hard left and crashed into the ground, bursting into flames.

The crash occurred in a grass area in front of the Sun n’ Fun Expo Campus, at 4175 Medulla Road. Mansell was flying a BRM Aero Bristell NG 5 plane.

The Lakeland Fire Department Aircraft Rescue Firefighting vehicle arrived within minutes and extinguished the fire, said Gary Gross, spokesman for LPD.

Manse ll was deceased at the scene, said Gross. The Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to confirm cause of death and rule out a medical emergency.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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

A 64-year-old student pilot died in a crash landing at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Saturday morning, according to the Lakeland Police Department.

Gary Alan Mansell of Plant City was the only person aboard the small plane.

At 10:12 a.m., according to spokesman Gary Gross, Mansell was executing a touch-and-go landing, during which the plane lands on a runway and takes off again without coming to a full stop.

The pilot touched down successfully twice, but on the third attempt, his plane turned sharply to the left and crashed into the grass next to the Sun 'n Fun aviation education campus by the runway.

On impact, the BRM Aero Bristell NG 5 plane burst into flames, according to police.

"It's a tragedy for all involved," Gross said.

Firefighters responded and put out the flames within five minutes, but Mansell died at the scene.

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

LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - The pilot of a plane that crashed at Lakeland Linder Airport Saturday morning was doing a maneuver called touch-and-go before the crash.

That crash took the 64-year-old student pilot’s life.

It happened just after 10 o'clock Saturday morning.

We don't have too many details about what specifically caused Gary Alan Mansell, 64, to crash his single-engine sport on the grassy grounds of the sun and fun expo, causing it to burst into flames right off the runway.

"It's just a loss for everybody involved,” commented Gary Gross of the Lakeland Police Department. "On the third touch and go, the airplane ended up doing a hard landing, and caught on fire."

Mansell was doing touch-and-go landings, a common maneuver that involves landing on a runway and taking off again without coming to a full stop.

Fire rescue responded in just over two minutes and had the fire out within minutes.

Officials say the plant city resident kept his BRM Aero Bristell NG 5 plane in Lakeland. They are unaware if he notified air traffic control of any issues.

NTSB will be investigating to determine the cause of the accident.

"At this point in time we will impound the airplane and they'll take over the investigation to determine the cause of the accident," Gross said.

Because we're in the midst of a partial government shutdown, there was concern the investigation could be delayed by the NTSB.

During the shutdown of 2013, the government agency was only able to launch investigations into major accidents involving significant casualties.

No word yet though if this shutdown, that started last night, has delayed this investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.fox13news.com

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