Sunday, July 07, 2019

Grob G103 Twin Astir, N106NS: Fatal accident occurred July 06, 2019 in Brandon, Rankin County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Brandon, MS
Accident Number: CEN19FA211
Date & Time: 07/06/2019, 1330 CDT
Registration: N106NS
Aircraft: Grob G103
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 6, 2019, about 1330 central daylight time, a Grob G103 glider, N106NS, impacted terrain during an off-field landing near Brandon, Mississippi. The pilot and sole occupant received fatal injuries and the glider was substantially damaged. The glider was registered to the Central Mississippi Soaring Society, LLC and operated by a private individual. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. The flight originated from the Woodbridge airport (6MS1) about 1315 and was en route to the Harrell Field airport (MS08).

According to the tow pilot, the purpose was to move two gliders from 6MS1 where the gliders are hangared, to MS08, where the flights are typically conducted. He towed the first glider to 2,000 ft agl southeast of 6MS1, where the glider released from the tow plane. The tow pilot then returned to 6MS1 for the second glider. The glider pilot previously stated to the tow pilot that he would release at 3,000 ft agl. The tow pilot added that the second tow was slow due to the glider's weight, high temperature, and high-density altitude at the time. About 2,100 agl, the glider released from the tow plane. The tow pilot stated that this was in same area that the first glider released. He didn't see or hear from the glider pilot again.

The pilot in the first glider reported that he heard the accident pilot on the radio, stating that, 'he was getting low, and would probably have to land out'.

The wreckage was located in a fenced field about two-and-half miles southeast of 6MS1, and about 6 miles southwest of MS08. The glider was examined on site, and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The glider came to rest inverted, about 150 ft beyond an oak tree that was in the field. A piece of the glider's right-wing skin was found in a branch of the oak tree, about 25 to 30 ft up from the ground. Several small branches and leaves were on the ground, just beneath the branch. Additionally, there were several impact signatures on parts of the branch near the wing skin; the signatures and ground scars are consistent with the glider colliding with tree, before impacting terrain.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grob
Registration: N106NS
Model/Series: G103 TWIN ASTIR
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built:No 
Operator: Central Ms Soaring Society Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMBO
Observation Time: 1315 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Brandon, MS (6MS1)
Destination: Pisgah, MS (MS08) 

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: 32.427500, -89.940278

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UPDATE: 7/6/2019 5:23 P.M. The man killed in the glider has been identified as 66-year-old James Gately. The crash happened around 1:40 p.m. Deputies say the plane was upside down, and the pilot was trapped. 

The pilot died on scene. 

Deputies will secure the scene until National Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation.

UPDATE: 7/6/2019 3:31 P.M. The Rankin County coroner confirms the pilot has died in the glider crash.

A glider has crashed in Rankin County.

Medical units and sheriff’s deputies have responded to Kitty Hawk Circle.

Story and video ➤

RANKIN COUNTY, Mississippi (WLBT) - One person has died after an airplane glider crashed in Rankin County.

It happened Saturday afternoon near Kitty Hawk Circle in northern Rankin County.

According to Sheriff Bryan Bailey initial reports said that plane had gone down behind houses and that the pilot inside was entrapped.

When deputies arrived on scene they found that the pilot was deceased.

He has been identified as 65-year-old James Gately from Covington, Louisiana.

The National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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