Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Bellanca 7GCAA Citabria, registered to Hedge Hoppers LLC and was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, N7665S: Fatal accident occurred May 07, 2019 in Schlater, Leflore 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
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
American Chanpion; Watertown, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Schlater, MS
Accident Number: CEN19FA138
Date & Time: 05/07/2019, 1945 CDT
Registration: N7665S
Aircraft: Champion 7GCAA
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 7, 2019, about 1945 central daylight time, a Champion 7GCAA airplane, N7665S, impacted terrain during a takeoff from a private airstrip near Schlater, Mississippi. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial wing and fuselage damage. The airplane was registered to Hedge Hoppers LLC and was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight was originating from the private airstrip at the time of the accident.

According to initial information from a witness at the airstrip, the airplane was departing to the north on the airstrip's north/south runway. The airplane lifted off the ground about 1,500 ft down the runway and flew about another 500 ft before it pitched up. The airplane was about 100 ft above the ground when it was observed in a left bank towards the west and it came around to the east. The airplane was not climbing, it had a slow sink, the nose broke down, and the airplane subsequently impacted terrain in a dive. He did not hear any anomalies in the engine sound.

The 27-year-old pilot held a Federal Aviation Administration commercial pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. He held a second-class medical certificate dated March 7, 2019. The medical certificate was issued with no limitations. On the application for that medical certificate, the pilot reported that he had accumulated 250 hours of total flight time and 100 hours in the six months before the medical examination.

N7665S was a 1976 model Champion 7GCAA, production built, dual strutted high-wing airplane with serial number 331-76. The airplane was designed with a fabric covered steel-tube fuselage and a fabric covered wing. The airplane had fixed landing gear and could accommodate a pilot and a single passenger. The airplane had accumulated a total time of 2,300.8 hours at the last annual inspection dated May 2, 2018 and its tachometer indicated 1,040.0 hours. The engine was a Lycoming IO-320-E2A, serial number L-4984-55A, and it was overhauled on January 11, 2019 and mounted on the airplane with tachometer indication of 1,082.9 hours.

At 1953, the recorded weather at the Greenwood-Leflore Airport, near Greenwood, Mississippi, was: Wind calm, visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 23° C; dew point 19° C; altimeter 30.00 inches of mercury. According to a witness at the airstrip, there was a light wind from the south present at the time of the accident.

According to aerial images on Google maps, the prepared runway surface was about 1,700 ft long by about 18 ft wide. The runway orientation was about 359°.

The airplane came to rest on its nose on a heading about 100°, about 175 ft north of the runway's prepared surface on a grass overrun. A postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed that the engine was embedded in terrain and the outboard section of one propeller blade was visible. First responders cut through airframe items to include the aileron balance cable. The left aileron cable exhibited a separation with a broom straw appearance consistent with overload. All other flight control cables were traced back to the cockpit flight controls from their respective flight control surfaces. The front control stick and an attached section of its stick socket separated from its stick socket assembly. Both stick socket separation surfaces of the casting exhibited a dull grainy appearance consistent with overload. The ground under both wings leading edges exhibited depressions consistent with the structure and shape of the leading-edge structures. The fuel tanks contained a liquid consistent with fuel. No blighting was observed on the grass around the wings. The hour meter indicated 681.5 hours and the tachometer indicated 1,138.1 hours. No preimpact anomalies were found with the airframe that could be associated with a preexisting condition.

The Leflore County Coroner was requested to conduct an autopsy on the pilot and to take toxicological samples.

Due to adverse weather moving in the area during the postaccident examination, the recovery company was asked to recover the airframe and engine to a secured location where a subsequent detailed examination will be conducted on the engine.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N7665S
Model/Series: 7GCAA No Series
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: KGWO, 133 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Schlater, MS (Pvt)

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: 33.626944, -90.374444

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Gary Mark Bright, Jr.

Gary Mark Bright, Jr.,27, who resided in Greenwood, Mississippi, passed away May 7, 2019, in Schlater, Mississippi. Funeral services are 11 A.M. Monday, May13 at North Greenwood Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Phillips officiating. Interment is in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Visitation is from 9-11 A.M. Monday in the church parlor. He is survived by his parents; Gary Mark Bright and Jo Cook Bright, his sister; Lauren Rebecca Bright all of Greenwood, his paternal grandmother Leah Steffen Bright, of Gore Springs, MS, his maternal grandmother Mavis Rebecca Cook  of Florence, SC, four aunts; Gail Bright Lamb, Ginger Cook Littleton (Larry) of Stone Mountain, GA, Cindy Cook Williams (David) of Birmingham, AL, and Tammy Cook Pierce (Mike) of Greenwood, MS, and an uncle; Robert Ellis Cook of Florence, SC.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather; Milton Byron Bright and his maternal grandfather; Fred Francis Cook, Jr.

Mark was born and raised in Greenwood and was a 2009 graduate of Pillow Academy. At an early age, Mark developed a love for soccer and attended Holmes Community College, where he was a member of the soccer team. Mark graduated from Mississippi Delta Community College.

Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing and many other outdoor activities. Recently, his passion was flying and had just received his commercial pilot license. He was deeply committed to his job at D&T Farms.

Mark rarely met a stranger, had many friends and was loved by all. Those who knew Mark lost a shining light in their life.

Pallbearers will be Tucker Arnold, Tyler Chamblee, Michael Fancher, Austin Howell, James Morgan, Cody Oxner, Boyd Patterson and Elliott Thornburg.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Justin Bright, Reed Hargrove, Parker Harris, Michael Huoni, Gage Long, James Howard Lott, Clayton Martin, Jackson Pannell, Ellis Rustom and Brewer Upshaw.

Memorials can be made to Leflore Humane Society.

Original article ➤

Gary Mark Bright, Jr.

Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders identified the victim Mark Bright, who she said was the pilot of the small plane. 

Update 05/07/19 10 p.m.

Leflore County Coroner Debra Sanders confirmed one man has died following the small plane crash. 

The call came into the Leflore County Sheriff's Department at 7:44 p.m. Investigators are still on the scene at Schlater Flying Service, located on County Road 112. 

LEFLORE COUNTY, Mississippi  - A small plane crashed in Leflore County Tuesday night, according to Leflore County officials and Grenada County Sheriff Alton Strider. 

We're told the plane went down in Schlater, which is near Tallahatchie County.

Deputies are on the scene of the crash.

Grenada County officials said they received a distressed call five miles from the county airport which could have been from the small plane that crashed in Leflore County.

Strider said they are checking to make sure there wasn’t a crash in their county.

Original article can be found here ➤

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