Monday, June 18, 2018

Raytheon (Beech) A36 Bonanza, N174DM: Accident occurred June 17, 2018 near Gaston's Airport (3M0), Lakeview, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock 

Flygare LLC: 

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA361
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Lakeview, AR
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY A36, registration: N174DM

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed in a field. 

Date: 17-JUN-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N174DM
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. - A small single engine aircraft crash-landed at the Gaston's Fly-In Landing Strip on Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

On board were three people, all from out of state. 

The co-pilot reported he sustained a minor injury. 

Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.

The pilot, Eric Neff, stated he was doing a fly over at Gaston's to check the condition of the landing strip.

The engine lost power after attempting to bank. 

Neff said he attempted to land on the field, but saw pedestrians were walking across the landing strip in the path of the plane.

The plane ultimately came down and landed on its belly in a hay field near the landing strip. 

The aircraft was a 1996 A-36 model single engine fixed-wing registered to Flygare LLC of Norfolk, Virginia.

The incident was referred to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation.

Original article can be found here:

In Memoriam: James Doyle “J.D.” Parker

James Doyle Parker
October 22, 1926 – June 13, 2018

James Doyle “J.D.” Parker, 91, of Smackover, passed away, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born October 22, 1926 to N.E. and Nona Sarah Clark Parker in Smackover, Arkansas.

J.D. was a retired General Building Contractor, and a veteran of the United States Army. He was a Mason with the #718 Lodge in Norphlet, a member of the American Legion and retired from the Smackover Volunteer Fire Department. He became a pilot at the age of 45 and owned a private plane. His wife Betty attended ground school with him to be his navigator. Even though Betty could take care of the navigation, she was not always with him, so J.D. might not always land on the runway. One time he landed on the unfinished bypass in Smackover and once in a pasture, but he always landed safely. Every Sunday the private pilots would meet at his hangar for the weekly meeting of the Sunday Caucus.

Preceding him in death are his parents, wife of 70 ½ years, Betty White Parker; and sister, Lorene Parker Swim of Hot Springs.

Survivors include one sister-in-law, Charlotte Edwards (Don) of Cape Girardeau, MO; numerous nieces and nephews, friends, neighbors, and many other “adopted” neighborhood children who spent many hours playing on the bag swing zip line, scooter and carpenter toys that “Uncle Doyle” built for them to play on. He repaired bicycles and loaned tools to all in the neighborhood.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Smackover with Dr. Walter Smith officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Smackover Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

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