Saturday, January 5, 2019

Cessna 172K Hawk SP II, N1095V: Fatal accident occurred December 29, 2018 near Howard Nixon Memorial Airport (50G), Chesaning, Michigan



William "Bill" Charles Burns
June 9, 1935 - December 29, 2018

William "Bill" Charles Burns, age 83 of Vernon, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel with burial to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Vernon. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm.

Bill was born on June 9, 1935 in Saginaw County to the late George and Lucy (Richardson) Burns. He served his country faithfully in the United States Army, being honorably discharged in 1957. He had attended Bluffton college in Ohio in his early years. Bill married Linda Jane Teichman on June 29, 1989 while flying in a plane over Vernon.

Bill was a machinist and a foreman for Simplicity, working over 30 years there before retiring in 1997. Over the years while working for Simplicity, Bill would own the Tasty Freeze in Durand, a small convenient store as well as other enterprises.

Bill loved to fly. He obtained his pilot's license in 1952 when he was 17 and has been an instructor since the early 70's. He also enjoyed motorcycles and traveling. He loved his family dearly and would do anything for anyone.

Mr. Burns is survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda, the mother of 2 of the 5 children: Brenda Lee Burns, Bill (Lesley) Burns, Jr., Scott Derald Burns, Mark William Burns, Julieann Katherine (Andrew Konen) Burns; 6 grandchildren: Angela Burns, Jennifer Burns, Ashlyn Burns, Cameron Burns, Tyler Burns, Eriella Burns; 1 great grandson, Liam Wallace; his 1st wife and the mother of 3 of his children, Rosemarie (Behnke) Rulason; brother, Thomas (Marci) Burns; 3 sisters: Marylee Humphrey, Rosie (Eugene) Culp, Connie (Charles) Stroub; 3 sisters-in-law, Wanda Burns, Vicki Grumley,and Patti (Matt) Hoddy; 4 brothers-in-law: Wayne Robinson, Dick Perkins, Dave (Robert Fields) Teichman and Lee (Kim) Teichman and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-parents: George (Billy) Burns, Lucy (Ellsworth) Osborn; 4 sisters: Lucy Ann Levay, Donna Perkins, JoAnn Chandler, Ruth Robinson; 3 brothers: Lewis Burns, Dick Burns and Arthur Burns.

Memorial contributions given in Bill's name are suggested to the Owosso Airport Association or the Corunna Educational Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

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.

Fly Ride

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The Saginaw County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim that was killed in a small plane crash in Chesaning.

Deputies from the sheriff's office arrived at Showboat Park about 10:23 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 to investigate.

The plane struck a building during the crash.

Witnesses told deputies the engine cut out and the plane came nearly  straight down.

The plane is owned by Fly Ride in Owosso.

The sheriff's office identified the pilot as William Charles Burns, an 83-year-old man from Vernon.

"Just last week he did a little jump in the air, clicked his heels, and that was Bill," said Richard Mussom.

Burns was a pilot, an instructor, and a friend. He had a passion for flying planes.

The Owosso Airport was a second home to him.

"He taught me how to fly," Mussom said. "I spent a lot of hours with Bill. He was a true gentleman. A friend and somebody you enjoyed flying with."

"Even if he wasn't going to fly, he was out here in the morning just to see what was going on," said Richard Sack.

Saturday morning, Burns flew his plane for the final time.

"We happened to be out on the taxiway when Bill took off," Sack said. "I had a student and we watched Bill take off and little did we know this was the last time we'd see Bill."

The aviation community was hit hard by the news of Burns' death.

But his friends at Owosso Airport will continue remembering and honoring him as a great pilot.

Burns was the only person inside the plane.

At this time, the sheriff's office is preserving the scene until the FAA is able to send investigators to access the crash.

Agents are furloughed until the government shutdown ends. The sheriff's office is using extra manpower to keep the crash site secure.

"Because of the government shutdown the FAA said, 'don't touch anything. Guard the scene,'" Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel said.

That's what deputies from the sheriff's office have been doing around the clock. The crash investigation is at a standstill until dollars from the feds start flowing again.

"It puts a little more strain and stress on our agency because we have a task to do. We must provide protection from the scene and make sure that the scene doesn't get contaminated so that all the evidence is preserved and protected," Federspiel said.

The sheriff said shutdown or no shutdown, it doesn't change his deputies' will to do their job 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

"There are some people who have been called in to do some overtime. Deputies that won't be spending their New Year's Eve the way they thought they would or New Year's Day. But that's just the nature of the business that we're in," Federspiel said.

He said his department was allowed to remove Burns' body from the scene.

Federspiel said it will be Wednesday at the earliest before he will hear from FAA officials again.

In the meantime, he will work to find a way for Saginaw County to get reimbursed for performing the work the federal government is responsible for.

"It would be nice if they would. Obviously that's the right thing to do. So hopefully they will," Federspiel said.

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





Police have identified the victim that was killed in small plane crash in Chesaning.

Saginaw County Deputies arrived at Showboat Park at about 10:23 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29.

The plane struck a building during the crash.

Witnesses told deputies that the engine cut out and the plane came nearly  straight down.

The plane is owned by Fly Ride in Owosso.

The sheriff's office identified him as William Charles Burns, an 83-year-old man from Vernon.

"Just last week he did a little jump in the air, clicked his heels, and that was bill," said Richard Mussom.

Burn was a pilot, an instructor, and a friend. He had a passion for flying planes.

The Owosso Airport was a second home.

"He taught me how to fly," Mussom said. "I spent a lot of hours with Bill. He was a true gentleman. A friend and somebody you enjoyed flying with."

"Even if he wasn't going to fly, he was out here in the morning just to see what was going on," said Richard Sack.

Saturday morning, Burn flew his plane for the final time.

"We happened to be out on the taxi way when Bill took off," Sack said. "I had a student and we watched Bill take off and little did we know this was the last time we'd see Bill."

The aviation community is hit hard by the news of Burn's death.

But his friends at the Owosso Airport will continue remembering and honoring him as a great pilot.

Lt. Gomez with the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office said with the government shut down in place, FAA has been contacted and said it will have a plan in place for what it can do.

Burns was the only person inside the plane.

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the plane came straight down just because the engine quit. Lower the nose to maintain airspeed and find a spot to set it down. Unless it happened on takeoff and he was very low but you still lower the nose to maintain control, rather than stalling and spinning out of control. RIP fellow aviator.