Sunday, April 14, 2019

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, personal flight conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91, N4890L: Fatal accident occurred April 13, 2019 in Lake, Scott County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lake, MS
Accident Number: CEN19FA120
Date & Time: 04/13/2019, 0015 CDT
Registration: N4890L
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On April 13,2019, about 0015 central daylight time (CDT), a Piper PA28-180 airplane, N4890L, registered to the pilot, was destroyed when it impacted terrain following an in-flight breakup near Lake, Mississippi. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries. Dark night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the area with thunderstorms, lightning, and rain. No flight plan was filed. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The flight originated at 1106 from the Picayune Municipal Airport (MJD), Picayune, Mississippi, and its intended destination was the Ackerman Choctaw Airport (9M4), Ackerman, Mississippi.

According to a family member, the pilot was flying from MJD after work that day, and returning home to 9M4. About 0015, a resident near the accident location called 911 after being awakened by the sound of an airplane and a loud "bang." The resident also stated that there were strong winds, rain, and thunderstorms in the area. Search operations ensued, and the wreckage was located early in the morning in a soy field, adjacent to heavily wooded terrain.

At 0009, preliminary radar information showed the airplane track, heading northeast at 7,700 ft MSL. At 0013, the airplane's altitude increased to 8,500 ft MSL. About 50 seconds later, the last radar return was recorded at 8,400 ft MSL. There were no radio communications or distress calls heard from the pilot on any ATC frequencies.

Initial examination of the main wreckage showed that the airplane impacted the ground at a high speed, near vertical condition. The front of the airplane, engine, and propeller, were buried about 4-feet into the ground. There was no post-impact fire. The outboard sections of both the left and right wings, about 6-ft in length (including the ailerons), and portions of the empennage, were not present with the main wreckage. A search of the surrounding area was conducted for the missing parts. Both six-foot sections of the wings, ailerons, parts of the horizontal stabilator, and vertical stabilizer were located. The debris path of the parts was oriented in a mostly straight line, leading to the main wreckage. The distance of the farthest part (left aileron) was about 1/4 mile from the main wreckage. The left and right wing sections were about 900 feet from the main wreckage, and the left and right horizontal stabilator was about 600-feet from the main wreckage.

All airframe components were found and the wreckage was examined in a secure hangar. Flight control continuity was confirmed to all flight control surfaces, and initial examination of the engine did not reveal any anomalies other than impact damage. The propeller blades were bent and twisted.

The closest weather reporting locations to the accident site consisted of Key Field Airport (MEI), Meridian, MS, located 31 miles east at an elevation of 298 feet, and Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAC), Jackson, MS, located 36 miles west of the accident site at an elevation of 346 feet. The following conditions were reported:

JAC special weather observation at 0010 CDT, automated, wind from 070° at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles with thunderstorm in the vicinity and light rain, ceiling broken at 3,800 ft agl, broken at 4,900 ft, temperature 17° C, dew point 14° C, altimeter 29.98 inches of mercury (Hg). Remarks: automated observation system, lightning distant southeast through west, hourly precipitation 0.01 inches, temperature 16.7° C, dew point 13.9° C.

MEI special weather observation at 0042 CDT, automated, wind from 360° at 4 knots, visibility 10 miles with thunderstorm in the vicinity, ceiling overcast at 2,900 ft agl, temperature 18° C, dew point 16° C, altimeter 29.99 inches of Hg. Remarks: automated observation system, lightning distant southeast, temperature 17.8° C, dew point 15.6° C. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N4890L
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: MEI, 346 ft msl
Observation Time: 0042 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 31 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Picayune, MS (MJD)
Destination: Ackerman, MS (9M4) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.340000, -89.364444

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Walter Brent Stanford, Jr.

Walter Brent Stanford, Jr. passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Lake, Mississippi. He was 33 years old. He was born March 5, 1986, in Grenada, Mississippi, to Walter Brent Stanford, Sr. and Charlene (Tate) Scott. Brent was employed as a surveyor.

Services will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019, 12:00 p.m., at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel, in Ackerman, MS. Visitation will be held Friday, April 19, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. till service time, also at Coleman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Bethsaida Cemetery near French Camp, MS.

Brent is survived by his wife, Kylie(Ganann)Stanford of Ackerman, MS, 2 sons, Knox Brenten Stanford and Kandler Ganann Stanford, of Ackerman, MS, 1 daughter, Bella Vance Stanford of Ackerman, MS, his father, Walter Brent Stanford, Sr. and wife Priscilla, mother, Charlene(Tate)Scott, 2 brothers, David Cross, Thomas Nichols and wife Audrey, 3 sisters, Danielle Walls(Rick), Britnee Hedges(John), and Katherine Fielder.

Brent was preceded in death by 2 grandfathers, Vaughn Bridges and James Stanford, and 1 grandmother, Bonnie Bridges.

LAKE, Mississippi (WLBT) - One man is dead after crashing his plane into a field near Ole Sawmill Road in Lake, Mississippi.

The accident happened around midnight Friday, April 12th.

The man has been identified as 33-year-old Walter Brent Stanford, Jr. of Ackerman.

According to Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee, neighbors in the area heard the crash Friday night, but were unsure as to what it was.

The small, two-seat plane was not found until Saturday morning. Stanford was the only person inside.

The pilot’s body has been taken in for autopsy.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are on the scene trying to discover what caused the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. The man that passed away was my Brother-in-law his full name was Walter Brent Stanford Jr he was 33 not 53. He was loved by so many .

  2. @JLH

    Very sorry for your, and your family's loss.

    May he RIP.