Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fantasy Allegro 2000, N5020X: Fatal accident occurred August 14, 2019 in Deep Gap, Watauga County, North Carolina

Danny Dunn

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Boone, NC
Accident Number: ERA19LA247
Date & Time: 08/14/2019, 0845 EDT
Registration: N5020X
Aircraft:Fantasy Air ALLEGRO
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 14, 2019, about 0845 eastern daylight time, a Fantasy Air Allegro 2000, N5020X, impacted trees and the ground while in the traffic pattern at the pilot's private airstrip near Boone, North Carolina. The private pilot was fatally injured. The privately owned and operated airplane was destroyed by a postcrash fire. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The last departure location and time of departure were not determined.

The pilot informed a Master Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol before being transported for medical care that he was "circling to land and the engine bogged down." A witness also reported to the trooper seeing the airplane circling, then heard a loud "boom" sound. The airplane crashed in a wooded area about 360 ft north-northeast of the eastern edge of the grass runway.

The wreckage and engine will be examined at a later date. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Fantasy Air
Registration: N5020X
Model/Series: ALLEGRO 2000
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: KHKY, 1190 ft msl
Observation Time: 0845 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 100 ft agl
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:
Destination: Boone, NC

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 36.273611, -81.577778

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DEEP GAP — A 67-year-old man died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem on Aug. 14 after he was in an airplane that crashed in Deep Gap.

Danny Dunn, of 3935 Hardin Road, was the pilot of the aircraft and the only one in the plane, according to Watauga County Sheriff's Office Major Kelly Redmon. Dunn was conscious and alert when he was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist, but did have life-threatening injuries at the time. A Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center spokesperson confirmed the death of Dunn at 9:30 p.m. 

Deep Gap Volunteer Fire, Watauga Rescue Squad, Watauga Medics, Watauga County Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 8:57 a.m. 911 call in the 3900 block of Hardin Road, according to Redmon.

Redmon said witnesses stated that the aircraft had taken off from a private airstrip located at Dunn’s address — approximately 100 yards from the crash — about 20 minutes prior to the crash. Witnesses also reported that the plane had circled several times then crashed, Redmon said. The plane caught fire upon impact.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, Dunn has two individual planes listed — a 1973 Aero Commander and a 2005 Allegro 2000. 

Dunn had crawled free from the wreckage and was located some distance away in a steep area, according to Redmon. Dunn was transported to a makeshift landing zone in Wilkes County to be flown to Wake Forest Baptist.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol was securing the scene. The FAA had arrived on scene around 1:30 p.m.

"Everybody on the scene did a great job. The cooperation between agencies was phenomenal,” Redmon said. "I think the people of Watauga County would be proud of how quick the response was and how well it went."

Original article ➤

WATAUGA COUNTY, North Carolina - Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed in a plane crash Wednesday morning in a wooded area of Watauga County.

The crash happened just after 8:40 a.m. near Deep Gap on Hardin Road, about 10 miles northeast of Boone, according to officials.

Deputies told Channel 9's Dave Faherty the pilot crawled from the wreckage and was found some distance away from the plane. Troopers identified him as 67-year-old Danny Dunn and said he suffered burns to more than 70% of his body.

Dunn was then flown to Baptist Hospital. He later died.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Dunn had taken off from his small airstrip in front of his home Wednesday morning, which is a few hundred yards from where the plane went down and caught fire.

Nearby neighbors said Dunn flew for about 10 minutes before the crash.

“He just seemed like he went up and down, you know. He didn’t seem like he had good control of it,” said neighbor Bobby Seatz.

Another neighbor said something didn’t seem right just from the sound of the plane.

“It was making a loud noise. We thought it was a single prop. We were talking about it me and my cousin, man it sounded pretty loud and kind of abnormal,” said neighbor Treas Hanifan.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the wooded area where the plane went down but the tree canopy was so dense, we could not see the wreckage from the air.

Officials have not said what led to the crash, which is under investigation. The pilot was the only person on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

The pilot of a single engine plane that crashed Wednesday morning in the Deep Gap community died Wednesday night at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, said Watauga County Emergency Management Coordinator Taylor Marsh.

He was Danny Dunn, 67, of Hardin Road in Deep Gap. Dunn was former owner of Wilkes Raceway Park, now called Wilkesboro Dragway, on Dragstrip Road in the Mount Pleasant community. He lived near and owned the airstrip he took off from Wednesday morning.

According to a statement from the Watauga Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said a small plane flown by Dunn crashed in woods about 20 minutes after it took off from a private airstrip at 3935 Hardin Road. The Watauga County Communications Center received a call about the crash at 8:57 a.m.

According to the statement, witnesses said the plane circled several times before it crashed about 100 yards away from where it took off. Media reports also quoted witnesses as saying the plane sounded like it might have had engine problems.

The plane caught fire after it crashed and Dunn had crawled free from the wreckage when he was found. He was severely burned, according to emergency personnel. No one else was in the plane.

Dunn was transported to the Mount Pleasant Elementary School playground, where an AirCare helicopter landed at 9:34 a.m. and flew him to Wake Forest Baptist.

The Watauga County Emergency Medical Services, Watauga County Rescue Squad, Deep Gap Fire Department, Watauga Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Highway Patrol and Watauga Emergency Management responded. The Federal Aviation Administration was expected to arrive later Wednesday.

Hardin Road connects with U.S. 421 near Parkway Elementary School on the south and with Castle Ford Road on the north.

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