Friday, August 2, 2019

Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II FT, C-GAFT: Accident occurred July 17, 2019 in Sequatchie, Tennessee


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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf




Location: Sequatchie, TN
Accident Number: ANC19LA036 
Date & Time: 07/17/2019, 1523 CDT
Registration: C-GAFT
Aircraft: Stoddard Hamilton GLASAIR II
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 17, 2019, about 1523 central daylight time, a Fred Burr Glasair II FT experimental amateur built airplane, C-GAFT, made an emergency off-airport landing following a complete loss of engine power about 30 miles northwest of Sequatchie, Tennessee. The pilot sustained serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to the pilot and was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Cleveland, Tennessee, about 1500.

According to the pilot, while in level cruise flight the electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) and electrical system failed, followed by a complete loss of engine power. He added that, he went through the airplane's checklists and systems, but was unable to restore engine power. He attempted to glide to a nearby airstrip but was unable and selected a field for an emergency landing. During the approach to the off-airport field, the airspeed diminished, and the airplane stalled prior to touchdown. Subsequently, the airplane landed hard, bounced, and nosed over.

The airplane has been recovered and a detailed inspection is pending.

The airplane is equipped with a Lycoming IO-320-E2D engine.




Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stoddard Hamilton
Registration: C-GAFT
Model/Series: GLASAIR II FT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:Yes 
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: KCQN, 690 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 17 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Cleveland, TN (RZR)
Destination:




Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 35.518611, -85.433611 (est)



CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — The FAA is investigating a plane crash on Cagle Mountain Wednesday evening that injured a pilot.

Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger said the plane crashed in a cow pasture at the end of White Oak Swamp Road.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the pilot, Murray Alan Marien of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada, was the only person on board the Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II FT aircraft.

Sheriff Swanger said Marien was flying back from Georgia when he stopped for fuel at the Cleveland airport, and said he was forced to make an emergency landing in a field due to engine failure shortly after takeoff.

The sheriff said the plane flipped several times. After the crash, the United States Air Force picked up an emergency locator transmitter signal over emergency radio frequencies.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and sheriff's office was notified of the signal coordinates, with lieutenant Brad Lund responding via a Jet Ranger helicopter.

Lund found Marien next to the crashed plane injured and lying on his back, saying he directed other first responders to the crash site.

The sheriff's office said Marien was alert and conscious, and tried to give them an idea of what happened. 

"His words to us were that he had lost all power and that basically he was trying to look for a place to land and try to set it down, and I mean as you can see we're standing in a cow pasture here that's not level, and he actually flipped the plane several times," said Swanger.

LIFE FORCE flew Marien to Erlanger Hospital and he is listed to be in fair condition.

Marien's family released a statement on Thursday: 

As we reflect on the recent events from yesterday and focus on Murray’s recovery, we would like to thank all the members of the first responder agencies who assisted with locating and treating Murray after the plane crash. From the United States Air Force identifying the crash site from the coordinates of the emergency transmitter beacon and notifying the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department to search the area to LIFE FORCE and Erlanger staff for stabilizing and treating Murray’s injuries. We are so grateful for the immediate response from all those involved and for the area residents keeping him in their thoughts and prayers. 

The FAA is investigating the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is working to determine the official cause.

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



DUNLAP, Tennessee  —  NewsChannel 9 has confirmed that the pilot's name is Murray Marien, who is from Canada.

In an email, Erlanger spokeswoman Jennifer Tittsworth tells NewsChannel 9 that Marien is now in fair condition.

She also released a statement from Marien's family:

"As we reflect on the recent events from yesterday and focus on Murray’s recovery, we would like to thank all the members of the first responder agencies who assisted with locating and treating Murray after the plane crash. From the United States Air Force identifying the crash site from the coordinates of the emergency transmitter beacon and notifying the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department to search the area to LIFE FORCE and Erlanger staff for stabilizing and treating Murray’s injuries. We are so grateful for the immediate response from all those involved and for the area residents keeping him in their thoughts and prayers."

UPDATE (Thursday morning):

According to the Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry, the plane that crashed in Sequatchie Co. last night is registered to Murray Marien from Saskatchewan, Canada.

It's unclear whether that is the identity of the pilot. 

Sheriff Coy Swanger says the wreckage has now been removed from the site, where the FAA and NTSB will go over it later on Thursday. The pilot told the Sheriff he experienced a loss of power and had to bring the plane down.

Authorities plan to release the pilot's identity later on Thursday.

UPDATE 11 P.M:

Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger says one man was flying the plane when it crashed into this cow pasture around 3:45 this afternoon.

No one else was on board.

We don’t know the pilot’s condition at this this time, but we do know he was airlifted to Erlanger.

The Sequatchie County Sheriff says when they arrive on scene, the pilot was conscious and speaking to them.

Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger says the pilot took off from Gainesville, Georgia and stopped in Cleveland, Tennessee to get gas.

His final destination was in Wisconsin.

After his pit stop, the plane started malfunctioning.

The pilot has not been identified.

But we do know, he’s not from the area, the sheriff says he’s Canadian.

The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to the crash by the United States Military.

They picked up an emergency beacon signal with a GPS coordinate.

The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office will be handling the investigation with assistance from the NTSB and the FAA.

The FAA released a statement on the crash: "A Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II FT crashed in Sequatchie County, Tenn., this evening. Only the pilot was aboard, local authorities will release the name and medical condition. The FAA will investigate, and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the accident. Check with local authorities for information about the location of the accident and how they located the aircraft."

PREVIOUSLY:

Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger confirmed a private plane has crashed in Dunlap on Wednesday.

The pilot, a man in his mid-to-late 50s or 60s, was the only person on the plane, according to Swanger.

Swanger says the pilot is in "good spirits."

The crashed happened on White Oak Swamp Road.

The pilot has been taken on Life Force to Erlanger for medical attention.

No other injuries have been confirmed.

Story and video ➤ https://newschannel9.com




UPDATE: The pilot in the Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II FT crash has been identified as Murray Alan Marien of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada.

Marien's family released a statement:

As we reflect on the recent events from yesterday and focus on Murray’s recovery, we would like to thank all the members of the first responder agencies who assisted with locating and treating Murray after the plane crash. From the United States Air Force identifying the crash site from the coordinates of the emergency transmitter beacon and notifying the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department to search the area to LIFE FORCE and Erlanger staff for stabilizing and treating Murray’s injuries. We are so grateful for the immediate response from all those involved and for the area residents keeping him in their thoughts and prayers. 

Marien is said to be in fair condition in a local hospital.

As for how first responders found the aircraft Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger said they got a call from the US Military. 

"We got a phone call from the United States Military that they had intercepted an emergency beacon and gave us a GPS coordinate,” said Swanger.

Marien was alert and conscious when they responded to the crash and tried to give them an idea of what happened.

"His words to us were that he had lost all power and that basically he was trying to look for a place to land and try to set it down, and I mean as you can see we're standing in a cow pasture here that's not level, and he actually flipped the plane several times," said Swanger. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken over the investigation. 

PREVIOUS STORY: The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office is investigating a plane crash on Cagle Mountain Wednesday evening.

Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger tells Channel 3, the plane crashed in a cow pasture at the end of White Oak Swamp Road.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says the pilot was the only person on board the Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II FT.

Sheriff Swanger says the pilot is from Canada and was flying back from Georgia. 

Sheriff Swanger says the pilot stopped for fuel at the Cleveland airport and said he was forced to make an emergency landing in a field, due to engine failure shortly after takeoff.

The sheriff says the plane flipped several times.

The pilot, whose name has not been released, was flown to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is unknown at this time.

The FAA will investigate the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the cause of the crash.

The FAA is expected to start its investigation on Thursday.

Story and video ➤ https://www.wrcbtv.com

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