Monday, January 7, 2019

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

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

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office 
January 11th at 5:49 PM 

Aircraft from Lake Chickamauga Recovered

Hamilton County, Tennessee – Private Contractors working on behalf of the insurance company responsible for the recovery of the aircraft that crashed in Lake Chickamauga on January 7th, 2019 have successfully recovered the plane.

The aircraft was ferried to an undisclosed, secure location on Lake Chickamauga where it was unloaded and reloaded onto a flatbed truck. It will now travel to a secure location where the National Transportation Safety Board personnel will review the wreckage.

This incident remains an active and ongoing investigation. No additional details are available at this time.

Any questions regarding the wreckage, its location, or the amount of time necessary to review the wreckage should be directed to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Due to the fact the aircraft was brought to a secure location inaccessible to local media, the HCSO Public Relations Division has provided the images for story documentation purposes. Please attribute the pictures to the HCSO Public Relations Division.

 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.

Search crews identified several "areas of interest" late Wednesday evening and continued searching those areas Thursday morning, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea said. By about 3 p.m., the aircraft was located near the area where witnesses said it went down — in front of Camp Vesper Point — Monday afternoon. It was in about 35 feet of water.

The victims' families identified them as retired U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Frank Davey and Lynda Marinello. Both were teachers at Notre Dame High School for several years and the two families became close friends.

"The [Davey] family is saddened to learn of the death of Lynda, which brings us further grief in addition to losing Frank," Richard L. Cox Sr., Davey's childhood best friend, said in the statement Thursday.

Both families thanked the multiple agencies involved in the search, including the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Tennessee Valley Authority, Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin County Emergency Services, Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department and Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Services.

"Truly you are our heroes," Cox wrote.

Both victims' remains were taken to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office, which will be in charge of positively confirming the identity of each victim.

Search crews used side-scan sonar to locate an anomaly on the lake floor, and divers then confirmed the wreckage, according to the sheriff's office.

The damaged aircraft remains submerged. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office personnel will determine how to best recover it in the coming days.

A timeline for recovery has not yet been determined, a news release states, and that timeline will greatly depend on the weather, water conditions, the time required to assess the wreckage and what resources are available to lift the plane from the lake.

But once it's been removed from the water, the plane will be taken to a secure site for further investigation.

The sheriff's office will work in collaboration with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the crash, a news release states.

However, the NTSB is delaying accident investigations and hearings as the partial government shutdown continues.

NTSB representatives have not answered phone calls or responded to emails. A recorded message for the media relations office said all media personnel had been furloughed and nobody would respond until the shutdown ends. The message suggested leaving a voicemail, but the mailbox was full.

"The HCSO would like to offer our prayers and condolences to the family of the victims as they continue through the difficult grieving process," reads a statement from Sheriff Jim Hammond.

Davey's family has said he will be interred at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.

Marinello will be honored from 2-5 p.m. Saturday in a "celebration of life" at The Urban Lawn, 306 W. Main St., said her daughter, Alaina Marinello, in a statement. The Marinello family welcomes all of her former students, friends, colleagues, "and anyone else who had the pleasure to meet her."

"For those attending we ask you to come as we all remember her-colorful and vibrant: no somber (all black) attire, plenty of color and glitter," Alaina Marinello said. "We aim to celebrate her and she would have wanted everyone to feel comfortable and fabulous."

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