Monday, January 07, 2019

Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking, N8849V: Fatal accident occurred January 07, 2019 in Soddy-Daisy, Hamilton County, Tennessee

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Soddy-Daisy, TN
Accident Number: ERA19LA080
Date & Time: 01/07/2019, 1334 EST
Registration: N8849V
Aircraft: Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 7, 2019, about 1334 eastern standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N5624S, was substantially damaged when it impacted Lake Chickamaugua, while maneuvering near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. The commercial pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the commercial pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight that originated from Dallas Bay Sky Park (1A0), Chattanooga, Tennessee, about 1330.

A witness stated that he was in his study at his residence, watching the accident airplane fly over the lake. He noted that the airplane appeared to do a tight U-turn at a low altitude, about two or three treetop lengths above the water, which he initially thought might have been aerobatics. The airplane then spiraled straight down counterclockwise and impacted the lake. The witness then contacted emergency services and assisted local responders in finding the wreckage.

The airframe was recovered from the lake and retained for further examination; however, the engine and propeller were not recovered. Additionally, a GoPro camera was mounted on the right horizontal stabilizer and data from the camera was forwarded to the National Transportation Safety Board Vehicle Recorders Division, Washington, DC, for examination.

The four-seat, low-wing, fixed tricycle-gear airplane, was manufactured in 1971. It was powered by a Continental IO-520, 300-hp engine equipped with a constant speed propeller. Review of the maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on June 1, 2018. At that time, the airframe and engine had accrued 2,156 total hours since new.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multiengine land, helicopter, instrument airplane and instrument helicopter. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration second-class medical certificate was issued on February 1, 2018. At that time, the pilot reported a total flight experience of 3,800 hours.

Lovell Field (CHA), Chattanooga, Tennessee was located about 19 miles southwest of the accident site. The recorded weather at CHA, at 1353, was: wind from 180° at 11 knots; visibility 10 miles; scattered clouds at 5,000 ft; broken ceiling at 25,000 ft; temperature 4° C; dew point -14° C; altimeter 30.41 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bellanca
Registration: N8849V
Model/Series: 1730 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: CHA, 682 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.41 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Chattanooga, TN (1A0)
Destination: Chattanooga, TN (1A0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.328611, -85.055556

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

 Frank Davey and Lynda Marinello

Private contractors on Friday recover the wreckage of a Bellanca 17-30A Viking that crashed in Chickamauga Lake on January 7th, 2019.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Public Relations Division

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea and John Scruggs, one of 10 divers on the department's forensic dive team, talk about challenges and equipment being used to search on Chickamauga Lake for a missing pilot and parts of his plane following a crash on Monday.

This underwater remotely-operated vehicle is among equipment being used in the search for a missing pilot and his plane after a crash Monday on Chickamauga Lake.

John Scruggs, one of 10 divers on the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office forensic dive team, describes how dry suits work that are being used by divers in the search for a missing pilot and his plane on Chickamauga Lake.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office forensic divers wearing dry suits don helmets like this to enables them to breathe, stay as warm as possible and talk to others while conducting searches under water.

Frank William Davey

DECEMBER 26, 1951 ~ JANUARY 10, 2019 (AGE 67)

Capt. Frank William Davey, 67, of Soddy Daisy, died January 7, 2019 while piloting his private plane. Frank was born December 26, 1951 in Nashville, the son of the late William Norman Davey and Ellen Schoen Bergan. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Ellen Wittkamper. He is survived by his adoring wife of 48 years, Janet Vickery Davey, a precious daughter, Laura (Tony) Willingham, a beloved son, William Stuart (Elizabeth) Davey, grandchildren, Emma Cate Willingham, Garrett Sharp Willingham, Benjamin William Davey and Caroline Elizabeth Davey as well as a host of nephews, extended family and friends.

Frank was a 1970 graduate of Tyner High School, a 1974 graduate of University of North Carolina ~ Chapel Hill, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree on an ROTC scholarship. He then went on to complete a Master’s in education from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. In 1974, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and proceeded to flight school in Pensacola, Florida where he obtained his gold Naval Aviator wings in 1976. He was stationed primarily in MCAS Tustin, CA where he flew the CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter and also spent time in Japan and Korea. He flew as a test pilot at Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation flying aerospace helicopters in Grand Prairie, TX and also served the FAA as an air traffic controller, serving at the DFW and ATL centers before retiring. 

Frank taught school at Notre Dame High School for most of his teaching career but also at Sale Creek High School and Sequatchie County High School and several branches of Chattanooga State as an adjunct professor. He was very involved in youth sports where he coached soccer and baseball. He also served as an official for TSSAA in football, volleyball and for nearly 25 years as a baseball umpire.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 4-8pm at Lane Funeral Home ~ Ashland Terrace. Also from 11am-12pm, January 16, 2019 with Funeral Service to follow at Hixson Presbyterian Church with Rev. Robert Johnson and Rev. Steve Boon officiating. Procession will follow for a 1:30 interment at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415.

Lynda Marie Vartan Marinello

Chattanooga, TN - Lynda Marie Vartan Marinello of Chattanooga, TN., formerly of East Rutherford and Carlstadt, NJ passed away suddenly on January 7, 2019. She was born October 2, 1963 in Kearny, NJ. Lynda was a graduate of Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford and Farleigh Dickenson University in Rutherford where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelors of Arts in History. She devoted her life to teaching and mentoring youths of all ages in both New Jersey and Tennessee. While teaching at Notre Dame High School in Tennessee she received the Heart of Notre Dame Award. She is survived by her husband Chris, son Christopher and daughter Dr. Alaina Marinello. Also survived by her parents Richard and Virginia Vartan, her sister Paula (Mark) Presto, nephews Nicholas and Anthony and niece Jenna, sister Michelle (Ron) Novis, nephew David and her beloved dog Samson. She was a beautiful person both inside and out. She will be missed by all who knew and love her. Cremation was at Lanes Funeral in Chattanooga, TN. There will be a memorial mass Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, Home Avenue, Rutherford, NJ.

The family of a woman killed in last year's fatal Chickamauga Lake plane crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the deceased pilot's estate.

Multiple people reported seeing a low-flying plane on the afternoon of Jan. 7. One man said he saw the plane go down near Camp Vesper Point in north Soddy-Daisy. After four days of searching, the aircraft was located in about 35 feet of water near an inlet on a property in the 3000 block of Lee Pike. Two victims — retired U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Frank Davey and Lynda Marinello — were recovered. They had been killed on impact.

After an initial delay due to a partial government shutdown, the National Transportation Safety Board — the federal agency that investigates all civil aviation crashes — released its preliminary report the following month.

The report detailed a general overview of what happened but gave no definitive answers about what caused the crash. A final report could take up to two years to complete.

During the preliminary investigation, a witness told federal investigators that the aircraft made a U-turn at low altitude before plummeting into Chickamauga Lake. That was when the plane spiraled down counterclockwise and struck the lake.

At the time of the crash, a local resident told the Times Free Press he saw the crash and called 911.

"I was looking out of the window and it looked like it did a tight loop and it started to spiral down," said the man, who declined to give his name. "I thought it was doing an acrobatic [maneuver] and lost control. Then I saw the crash. I could see the splash on the other side of the cliff."

Marinello's husband, Christopher Marinello, claims Davey was reckless in attempting the maneuver, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. His negligence and and recklessness is what led to the crash, the Marinello family alleges.

Davey held a commercial pilot certificate with 3,800 hours of flight experience, according to the NTSB.

But Marinello's family claims Davey wasn't flying the plane at its proper angle, which resulted in a stall and subsequent spin. They also allege he failed to maintain adequate airspeed and proper altitude that would allow for recovery from the maneuver he was attempting.

The Marinellos also point out that Davey did not file a fight plan. That isn't unusual for local flights, an NTSB spokesman told the Times Free Press. Flight plans are usually filed for flights that cover longer distances.

Davey family spokesman Richard L. Cox Sr., Davey's childhood best friend, called the lawsuit a legal move to keep the case open past the one-year statute of limitations, which would have expired the same day it was filed.

"To date the NTSB has not issued a final report to the family," Cox told the Times Free Press in an email. "[T]his is an [on]going investigation and we were informed by the NTSB it could take up to two years to receive the final report, after which the family will be notified first for a debriefing."

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  1. The Family has disclosed the Aircraft originated from Dallas Bay. Some of the Family has been involved in the search.

  2. At least the remains were recovered and the families can now have closure. I'm wondering if the pilot suffered some sort of medical event that caused it to go out of control. Looking at the pics of the damage it hit the water at high speed. RIP