Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N3619M; accident occurred November 29, 2018 at Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS), Burlington, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N3619M

Location: Burlington, WA
Accident Number: GAA19CA080
Date & Time: 11/29/2018, 1200 PST
Registration: N3619M
Aircraft: Piper PA 12
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while landing with a crosswind, after touchdown, the tailwheel-equipped airplane drifted left. He then applied opposite rudder and brake, but the airplane continued left, exited the runway, and struck a runway sign.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 320° at 8 knots. The pilot landed on runway 29. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/21/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/16/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1975 hours (Total, all aircraft), 22 hours (Total, this make and model), 1750 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3619M
Model/Series: PA 12 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 12-2517
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/05/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBVS, 140 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 136°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1200 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.7 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bellingham, WA (BLI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Burlington, WA (BVS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1130 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: SKAGIT RGNL (BVS)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 145 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5478 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  48.469444, -122.420556 (est)

Aerodynamic Stall / Spin: Beech A36 Bonanza, N6650M, accident occurred December 11, 2018 near Hartford Municipal Airport (KHXF), Washington County, Wisconsin

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf



Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N6650M

Location: Hartford, WI
Accident Number: GAA19CA096
Date & Time: 12/11/2018, 1800 C ST
Registration: N6650M
Aircraft: Beech 36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The pilot in the retractable-landing gear-equipped airplane reported that, during an instrument flight rules night flight, he initiated an approach in instrument meteorological conditions. During the approach, he saw that rime ice had accumulated on the left wing. He continued the approach, extended the landing gear, and then configured the flaps for landing.

The pilot attempted to level off at 1,620 ft, although the minimum descent altitude was 1,600 ft, but the airplane stalled. He applied forward pressure on the yoke to lower the nose and applied full throttle. He recalled that the airplane was extremely slow to respond and that it was "flying on the ragged edge of stall." The airplane exited the clouds, and he could see the airport, but the airplane impacted a field about 2.4 nautical miles short of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with terrain during landing in icing conditions.

Findings

Aircraft
Angle of attack - Capability exceeded (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Conducive to structural icing - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-IFR final approach
Structural icing
Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/31/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/22/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2158 hours (Total, all aircraft), 97 hours (Total, this make and model), 2102 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 110 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N6650M 
Model/Series: 36 A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: E-1518
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/07/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3545 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-B112B
Registered Owner: Hangar50 Llc
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Hangar50 Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KETB, 884 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0015 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 58°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 80°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Kalamazoo, MS (AZO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR/IFR
Destination: Hartford, WI (HXF)
Type of Clearance: IFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1630 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Hartford Muni (HXF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1070 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29
IFR Approach: RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.330278, -88.326111 (est)

Diamond DA-20C-1 Eclipse, N346MA: Accident occurred December 19, 2018 near McCormick County Airport (S19), South Carolina and Incident occurred November 06, 2016 at Athens / Ben Epps Airport (KAHN), Clarke County, Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; West Columbia, South Carolina
Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, Alabama 
Falcon Aviation Maintenance; Newnan, Georgia 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N346MA

Location: McCormick, SC 
Accident Number: ERA19LA074
Date & Time: 12/19/2018, 1420 EST
Registration: N346MA
Aircraft: Diamond DA20
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

On December 19, 2018, about 1420 eastern standard time, a Diamond DA20, N346MA, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power in McCormick, South Carolina. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the post maintenance test flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airplane was owned and operated by Falcon Aviation Academy. The flight departed McCormick County Airport (S19), McCormick South Carolina about 1400, destined for Newnan Coweta County Airport (CCO), Atlanta, Georgia.

On the day prior to the accident, another pilot performed a precautionary landing at S19 due to a loss of engine power. According to the accident pilot, who also held a mechanic certificate, he was dispatched to S19 to diagnose and repair the airplane on the accident day. After checking the oil quantity, he started and ran the engine, which was "not running smoothly." He connected test equipment to the fuel injected engine and determined that the unmetered fuel pressure was above the manufacturer specified limits at 1,000 RPM, and the metered fuel pressure was below the specified limits at full power. He then iteratively replaced the fuel servo, the engine driven fuel pump, and the fuel distribution manifold. After replacing the fuel distribution manifold, he was able to adjust both fuel pressures to within the specified limits. He was then able to run the engine satisfactorily at idle, during a normal run-up, and at full power. He asked a coworker to check his work, which was found satisfactory with no fuel leaks observed.

Prior to takeoff, the pilot performed a preflight inspection and sumped each fuel drain three times to ensure there was no debris or contamination and found none. He checked the fuel quantity and noted that the single tank was about ¾ full. He started the engine and performed a normal run-up before back taxiing for a full-length departure from runway 36.

The pilot initially remained in the traffic pattern until he was satisfied that the engine was performing normally. He then began to climb and proceed toward CCO. At an altitude of between about 3,000 to 3,500 feet, the engine lost partial power. The engine speed reduced from about 2,500 to 1,000 RPM and would not respond to throttle input. The pilot ensured that the mixture was rich and the fuel boost pump was on, and attempted to adjust the throttle but was unsuccessful. He turned the airplane back toward S19 and prepared for an emergency landing. While on a final leg to runway 36, he realized that he would be unable to reach the runway and attempted to land in a clearing about 1 mile southwest of S19. During the attempted landing the airplane struck trees.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left wing was completely separated from the fuselage at the root. A large section of roof and canopy was fragmented.

The engine was subsequently examined at the manufacturer's facility under oversight of the NTSB. The engine was installed on a test stand and found to run very rough and would not idle. The engine would remain running only when the test stand fuel boost pressure was increased beyond the normal values. The throttle body was removed from the engine and tested on a production test bench, where the fuel flow parameter was below the acceptable range at all throttle positions. The throttle body was disassembled and a piece of green debris about 1/16" square was found in the metering plug orifice and obstructed about 90% of the orifice area. The debris was removed, the throttle body was reassembled and reinstalled on the engine. All subsequent engine test runs appeared normal.

An examination of the fuel manifold valve that was removed from the airplane on the day before the accident revealed several pieces of debris on the downstream side of the manifold filter screen. The debris appeared to be identical in color to the debris found in the accident throttle body, however, the particle size was much smaller.

The debris found in the throttle body was sent to the NTSB materials lab for further examination.

According to aircraft maintenance records, the most recent 100-hour inspection was performed on December 3, 2018, at which time the airplane had accrued a total 10,663 hours, and the engine had accrued 1,931 hours since overhaul. The engine accrued about 59 hours since that inspection.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine and multiengine land. His most recent second-class medical certificate was issued on October 10, 2017. The pilot reported 212 hours of total flight experience of which about 45 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Diamond
Registration: N346MA
Model/Series: DA20 C1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Falcon Aviation Academy Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGRD, 631 ft msl
Observation Time: 1356 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3400 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: McCormick, SC (S19)
Destination: Atlanta, GA (CCO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.885556, -82.277500 (est)


MCCORMICK COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A small plane has gone down in McCormick County. The plane went down in a small wooded area off the side of Hwy. 28 S near Georgia-Pacific Corporation.


According to the McCormick County Sheriff’s Office, the plane went down at around 2:30 p.m. 


Two people were inside and both escaped with no injuries. 


The pilot says they took off from the nearby McCormick County, headed to Newnan Coweta County Airport and experienced a mechanical failure not long after takeoff. He tried to get the plane back to the airport, but couldn’t make it. He tried to land the plane in a flat driveway next to the lumber yard, but didn’t make it, hitting the treeline instead.


The National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the scene and will begin their investigation Thursday morning.


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




MCCORMICK COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- According to officials, the small plane that crashed in McCormick County was en route to Newman, Georgia.

Shortly after takeoff, the plane developed mechanical issues. The pilot turned back to the airport but was unable to reach the runway in time.

The plane crashed on the Georgia Pacific Wood Mill property and was extremely damaged.

The two people on board were not severely injured but they are being treated by EMS.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was a Diamond DA-20C-1 Eclipse.

The Federal Aviation Administration says they will complete an investigation.

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





McCORMICK COUNTY (WJBF) - Emergency crews responded to the scene of a small plane crash in McCormick County, Wednesday.

According to the EMA office, the plane came down around 2:30 p.m. with two people on board.

The prop plane crashed on Highway 28 near the wood yard of Georgia Pacific Corporation—no injuries were reported.

Investigators tell us the plane went down due to mechanical issues.


National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the scene on Thursday.


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


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

November 06, 2016: Aircraft on landing, nose wheel collapsed.

Date: 06-NOV-16
Time: 15:57:00Z
Regis#: N346MA
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ATHENS
State: Georgia

Cessna 172M, N12991: Incident occurred December 18, 2018 in Gaffney, Cherokee County, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

Made a precautionary landing in a field.


United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service Federal Excess Personal Property
South Carolina Forestry Commission

https://registry.faa.gov/N12991


Date: 18-DEC-18
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N12991
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: USDA FOREST SERVICE
City: GAFFNEY
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Dassault Falcon 2000EX, N131A: Incident occurred December 18, 2018 near Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Struck a bird.


Des Capital Holdings LLC


https://registry.faa.gov/N131A


Date: 19-DEC-18
Time: 00:50:00Z
Regis#: N131A
Aircraft Make: DASSAULT
Aircraft Model: FALCON 2000EX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: DALLAS
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-28-140, N98334: Incident occurred December 18, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Landed in a field.


https://registry.faa.gov/N98334


Date: 18-DEC-18
Time: 21:11:00Z
Regis#: N98334
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 140
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT WORTH
State: TEXAS

Azalea Saberwing, N203SW: Fatal accident occurred December 18, 2018 near Cook County Airport (15J), Adel, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia
Lycoming; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf



https://registry.faa.gov/N203SW

Location: Adel, GA
Accident Number: ERA19FA068
Date & Time: 12/18/2018, 1500 EST
Registration: N203SW
Aircraft: Saberwing Saberwing
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 18, 2019, about 1500 eastern standard daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Saberwing, N203SW, was destroyed during an inflight breakup near Adel, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight originated from Cook County Airport (15J), Adel, Georgia at 1100.

According to a witness the pilot was flying in the airport traffic pattern before departing the area. Another witness, located about 9 miles west of 15J, arrived home and saw airplane parts scattered in his yard. He called the local authorities and when they arrived, they confirmed the registration number on the vertical stabilizer belong to the accident airplane. No radio communications were received from the pilot prior to the accident.

The pilot, age 56, held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. On his most recent application for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate, dated November 30, 2019, he reported his flight experience included 1,100 total and 120 hours in last six months. The pilot held a third-class medical certificate with a limitation requiring the use of corrective lenses.

The experimental amateur-built airplane was completed in 2016, and was designated serial number 003. It was powered by a Lycoming XIO-360-MIB series 180-horsepower engine and equipped with a Sensenich propeller. Review of the airplane's maintenance records revealed the airplane's most recent condition inspection was completed on July 15, 2018. The recorded tachometer time was 101 hours. The tachometer was not located and the airframe hours at the time of the accident could not be determined.

At 1515, the recorded weather at Moultrie Municipal Airport (MGR), Moultrie, Georgia, located 14 miles west of the accident site, included wind from 210° at 3 kts, 10 statute miles visibility, and clear skies. The temperature was 18°C, the dew point was 2° C, and the altimeter setting was 30.07 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was scattered over a large swamp that included a heavily wooded area. The wreckage debris field was about 6,000 ft in length, oriented toward 343° true. The cockpit with the engine still attached to the engine mounts came to rest at the end of the debris path. At the beginning of the debris field, the vertical stabilizer was located split into 2 pieces, in the yard of the witness. The next part that was located was the rudder which was separated from the vertical stabilizer. The entire horizontal assembly was then located, with both elevators still attached. The left flap assembly was located next along the debris path left of the debris field. The right wing assembly was located on the right side of the debris path. The right wing assembly consisted of the aileron, flap and landing gear assembly. The wing was broken away from the fuselage at the wing root forward main spar. The entire aft spar was still attached to the right wing. The upper attachment fittings that connect the spar to the wing were broken. The fuselage was broken into two sections, the aft section which consisted of the entire empennage was located forward of the right wing. Forward of the empennage along the end of the debris path the forward cockpit was located. The engine remained attached to the motor mounts and attached to the firewall of the cockpit section. All three propeller blades were broken at the propeller hub. All of the propeller blades had scoring and impact marks throughout the span of the blades. The left wing was not located during the initial search.

The wreckage was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Saberwing
Registration: N203SW
Model/Series: Saberwing
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMGR, 283 ft msl
Observation Time: 2015 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Adel, GA (15J)
Destination: Adel, GA (15J) 

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 31.103611, -83.553056 (est)

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.



Larry Bothof

COOK COUNTY, Ga. (WALB) - Investigators in Cook County are still looking for answers after the body of 65-year-old Larry Bothof who was pulled from the wreckage of a small civilian plane earlier this week.  

We are told from representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board, or the NTSB, are still in the area, gathering parts, and continuing their investigation.

They are working alongside the Federal Aviation Administration to find out what exactly happened Tuesday that led to this crash.

We are also told that these agencies are requiring an in-depth examination from the Cook County coroner, about Buthof's death. 

The coroner shared that he does not have any information for release at this time.

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



COOK CO., GA (WALB) - The body of a pilot in a Cook County plane crash was found Wednesday morning, according to officials.

Larry Bothof, 56, of Colquitt County, was identified after his body was recovered at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The body, initially found at 9:30 a.m., was found submerged in 7-8 feet of water, according to Brent Exum, Cook County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

Valdosta Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) and Valdosta Sports assisted in recovering the body and the body was taken to the coroner.

The plane, a single engine fixed wing air raid, belonged to Bothof.

Officials found the plane has lost parts early Tuesday. 

A missing persons report was filed Berlin, which helped identify the pilot. 

The area where parts are being recovered is over a mile long, Exum said.

Most everything in the recovery area, Exum pointed out, is full of water up to 20 feet deep.

Another wreckage area was found Wednesday morning, Exum said.

The plane left Cook County Airport where it was housed, according to Exum.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are working with law enforcement to find what they can in the investigation.

The investigation is wrapping up for the most part, Exum said.

COOK CO., GA (WALB) - Law enforcement agencies are investigating after a small civilian aircraft crashed in Cook County on Tuesday.

According to Public Information Officer Capt. Brent Exum with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency 911 received a call from a resident on Arthur Tillman Road who said he found items on his property that appeared to be from a plane.

The sheriff’s office, Cook County Emergency Management, Georgia State Patrol, fire personnel and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources all responded to the scene.

Exum said the plane that crashed had left the Adel Airport earlier Tuesday with a single pilot on board.

The crash happened in a slough, completely covered in water from recent rains, explained Exum.

Exum said attempts to reach the aircraft and the pilot continue with the assistance of the GSP Aviation Unit, but they have so far been unsuccessful due to the terrain and light restrictions.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and is headed to the location, according to Exum. 

The sheriff’s office is requesting that residents avoid the location around Arthur Tillman and Pike Creek Road until further notice in order to allow rescue efforts to continue.

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


The command center near the scene of the crash.


COOK COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Authorities have confirmed that one person is dead following a plane crash in Cook County.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office says around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, they received a call from a homeowner reporting that they'd found a piece of debris that appeared to be from a plane. During the call, the homeowner located another piece of the aircraft with a tail number on it, which was then matched to a missing persons report out of Berlin, Georgia.

The missing persons report was for the owner of the plane, 56-year-old Larry D. Bothos, of Colquitt County. Bothos was reported missing on Tuesday after he didn’t show up for an afternoon appointment.

Officials say Bothos was a frequent flyer at the Cook County airport and had a hangar there.

Authorities responded to the scene and confirmed that the wreckage was indeed that of Bothos' plane. The debris field spanned approximately 2 miles in a wooded area west of Adel.

Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities located Bothos' body.

Authorities say Bothos was piloting the plane and was the only person aboard the Saberwing experimental aircraft when it went down in an area near Arthur Tillman Road.

Bothos' body has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon for an autopsy.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

COOK COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused a plane to crash in Cook County.

The FAA released the following statement on Wednesday:

"A Saberwing experimental aircraft crashed in a wooded area in Cook County, GA. Only the pilot was onboard. Local authorities will release the pilot's name and medical condition. The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident."

It is not clear at this time exactly when the plane crashed.

We're hearing that the plane went down in a rural area west of Adel near Arthur Tillman Road, which has since been shut down to allow officials to investigate.

A command center is currently set up near the scene along Pike Creek Road between McConnell Bridge Road and Quillie Jones Road.

Multiple agencies are on the scene including the FAA, the Cook County Sheriff's Office, the Valdosta Police Department, Cook County Fire Rescue and Tift County Fire Rescue.

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