Sunday, February 17, 2019

Helicopter crew helped find man hiding in Camarillo backyard


A Ventura County Sheriff's helicopter crew helped locate a suspect who fled on foot in Camarillo Sunday morning. 


A misdemeanor warrant arrest in Camarillo Sunday morning triggered a pursuit that drew a helicopter crew to help find the man, officials said.

The incident unfolded around 9:30 a.m. at the park-and-ride lot off Pleasant Valley Road, on the south side of Highway 101, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, which provides police services in Camarillo.

When a deputy made contact with an individual wanted on a misdemeanor warrant, the man ran off, officials said, triggering a brief foot pursuit. He ran across Pleasant Valley Road and through a Mobil gas station, authorities said, then hopped over a fence into a backyard on Cottage Grove Avenue. There, he hid in some bushes, according to sheriff's officials.

The sheriff's Copter 3 air unit flew in to search from the sky, locating the wanted man in the backyard. A K-9 police dog unit also responded but was not used, officials said.

Deputies arrested the man without incident on the misdemeanor warrant. The Star generally does not name people arrested solely on suspicion of misdemeanor violations.

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

The warning label on laser said ‘Never aim at aircraft.’ Florida man ignored it, cops say

A Clearwater man was charged with felony misuse of a laser lighting device after deputies say he pointed the red light at an airborne Sheriff’s Office helicopter February  17th, 2019.




Brian Harting 
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office 

 

The warning was clear: “Never aim at aircraft.”

One Florida man learned the hard way that it wasn’t there for decoration.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that Brian Harting, 48, was charged with a felony after using his red laser to point at a helicopter.

According to the sheriff’s office, a helicopter was in the air about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when it spotted a controlled fire in unincorporated Clearwater. The pilot circled the area while patrol units responded to check on the fire.

“While the helicopter was in-flight, a subject standing in a backyard of a residence, southwest of the controlled fire, shined a red laser lighting device at the aircraft three times,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Video from the helicopter shows what appears to be the shadow of a man in a backyard. The light can also be seen in the video.

The Flight Unit was able to direct patrol deputies to a home in unincorporated Clearwater, the sheriff’s office said.

Harting “admitted to illuminating helicopter with the laser lighting device and stated he was unaware it was illegal,” according to the news release.

Florida law says “any person who knowingly and willfully shines, points, or focuses the beam of a laser lighting device on an individual operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft,” can be charged with a third degree felony.

Story, photo and video: https://www.miamiherald.com

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna R172K Hawk XP, N736QV; accident occurred January 25, 2018 at Portland-Troutdale Airport (KTTD), Multnomah County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N736QV

Location: Troutdale, OR
Accident Number: GAA19CA134
Date & Time: 01/25/2019, 1615 PST
Registration: N736QV
Aircraft: Cessna R172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The solo student pilot reported that, after completing touch and go maneuvers in the pattern with her flight instructor, the flight instructor deplaned. The student then completed three more touch and goes but on the final landing, the airplane touched down nose first and bounced. She attempted to go around but the airplane bounced again, and the propeller struck the runway. She maneuvered the airplane back to the ramp without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount frame, mounts and nose landing gear tunnel.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 76, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/18/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 133 hours (Total, all aircraft), 85 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N736QV
Model/Series: R172 K
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: R1722713
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/15/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3605.4 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 195 hp
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: KTTD, 29 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 286°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.78 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Portland, OR (TTD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Troutdale, OR (TTD)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1552 PST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Portland-Troutdale (TTD)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 38 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5399 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  45.549444, -122.401389 (est)

System / Components Malfunction / Failure (Non-Power): Cessna 172RG Cutlass RG, N9415B, accident occurred January 21, 2018 at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (KMRB), Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N9415B

Location: Martinsburg, WV
Accident Number: ERA18LA067
Date & Time: 01/21/2018, 1304 EST
Registration: N9415B
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Sys/Comp malf/fail (non-power)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On January 21, 2018, at 1304 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172RG airplane, N9415B, sustained substantial damage while landing at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB), Martinsburg, West Virginia. The flight instructor and the private pilot were not injured. The airplane was registered to Dulles Aviation, Manassas, Virginia, and operated by Av-Ed Flight School, Leesburg, Virginia, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), Leesburg, Virginia, about 1130.

The flight instructor stated that the purpose of the flight was to practice commercial pilot maneuvers and landings. The flight was normal, and they had completed about six short and soft-field takeoffs and landings without incident. On the seventh landing, after the private pilot extended the landing gear, the gear down-and-locked light did not illuminate. A visual check revealed that the nose gear was extended but the main gear was trailing and not fully extended. The flight instructor said they used the manual emergency gear handle to try and pump the main gear down, but there was not enough hydraulic pressure in the system to extend the gear. The flight instructor then landed the airplane with the nose wheel still extended. He said he was able to keep the airplane straight for about 600 ft, but the airplane's left wing dropped resulting in substantial damage to the wing and elevator. After exiting the airplane, hydraulic fluid was observed pooling under the airplane and along the side of the empennage. The hydraulic reservoir was empty.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that an O-ring had failed internally inside the right gear actuator and it was leaking hydraulic fluid. Since the landing gear is extended/retracted by hydraulic pressure, the leak prevented the system from having adequate pressure for the electric pump and the manual gear handle to extend the gear.

At 1306, the weather conditions reported at MRB were calm wind, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 3,900 ft, overcast clouds at 7,500 ft, temperature 13° C, dewpoint 5° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.12 inches of mercury. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Private
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   4056 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18 hours (Total, this make and model), 1919 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N9415B
Model/Series: 172RG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 172RG0816
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/22/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3054.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360 F
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
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: MRB, 564 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1306 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Martinsburg, WV (MRB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Martinsburg, WV (MRB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace:  Unknown

Airport Information

Airport: Eastern West Virginia Regional (MRB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 564 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8815 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Precautionary Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.402222, -77.983056 (est)

Airborne X-Series Redback: Accident occurred October 07, 2018 near Lakewood Airport (78AA), North Pole, Alaska

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

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


Location: North Pole, AK
Accident Number: ANC19LA004
Date & Time: 10/07/2018, 1500 AKD
Registration: UNREG
Aircraft:  AIRBORNE X-Series
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 7, 2018, about 1500 Alaska daylight time, an unregistered weight-shift controlled, Airborne X-series Redback "Trike" aircraft, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control and impact with terrain shortly after takeoff from Lakewood Airport (78AA), North Pole, Alaska. The student pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 visual flight rules (VFR) flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

According to the student pilot, the flight was his first flight in the unregistered trike and he had received no flight training in the aircraft prior to the accident but had downloaded and the read the aircraft's manuals. After applying full power and reaching an airspeed of about 30 knots he pushed forward on the control bar to initiate the liftoff. Shortly after liftoff, the aircraft turned right, felt like it" stalled" and impacted the ground resulting in substantial damage to the carriage keel and wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported that he believed the trike was an ultralight aircraft. According to the trike's operating manual, the aircraft specifications exceeded the maximum takeoff weight, fuel capacity, and seat limitations stated in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 103 for ultralight aircraft. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIRBORNE
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: X-Series
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
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:

Frontier Airlines, Airbus A321-200, N702FR: Incident occurred November 01, 2018 at Long Island MacArthur Airport (KISP), Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County, New York

https://registry.faa.gov/N702FR

A leak from an air conditioner unit caused the sickening fumes that forced a Frontier Airlines flight to declare an emergency and return to Long Island MacArthur Airport just 15 minutes after taking off last November, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bound for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Flight 1851 with 218 people aboard landed safely at about 12:25 p.m. on Nov. 1 after fumes circulated in the cockpit, where the pilots donned oxygen masks, and in the galley area, the investigation found.

“On takeoff, strong odor occurred in the cabin, passengers and crew members started covering their noses,” a Frontier Airlines employee told investigators according to FAA records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

One flight attendant became nauseous and vomited in the lavatory; several passengers also felt nauseous, the records said. “We were met by airport firefighters, airport staff and police upon arrival,” another employee told investigators. The stricken flight attendant was hospitalized; a co-worker and several passengers were evaluated by emergency medical technicians, the airline workers added.

Frontier Airlines did not respond to requests for comment. FAA policies preclude comment on such reports.

Airlines must inform the federal watchdog when fumes are detected, an FAA spokesman said by email. “The FAA believes that the cabin environment in the vast majority of commercial flights is safe,” he said. In 2015, for example, only about 98 “fume events” were reported, out of the millions of U.S. flights that year, he said. 

Still, problems with the “environmental control system” that shields passengers and crew from the brutal cold and low atmospheric pressure at high altitudes, are not uncommon.

Air conditioning is a crucial part of environmental control systems. Problems with those systems ranked sixth out of 24,409 system component failures or malfunctions found from January 1993 through January 2011, said a report by the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

There were 1,619 environmental control system problems, the 2014 report said. The top categories were: propulsion systems, 3,240; monitoring and management, 2,661; landing gear, 2,155; electrical power, 1,933; and control surface, 1,817.

When fumes enter cabins, “The most common cause is a contaminant in the bleed air system, and it’s fairly common,” said Kevin R. Kuhlmann, an aviation and aerospace science professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

For decades, he said, jets have used these “bleed” systems to funnel air rushing into engine compressors, before it reaches the fuel, into the air conditioning. The systems have “probably been used ever since jet engines were invented,” Kuhlmann said.

While newer aircraft are starting to use different systems, the cost of retrofitting jets would be prohibitive, he said.

Chad Kendall, assistant professor of aeronautics at Florida’s Jacksonville University, said: “A captain’s responsibility is the safety of their crew and passengers and this captain made the right decision to return to the departure airport.”

Frontier’s Airbus 321 resumed flying one day after mechanics fixed the air conditioning — without incident, FAA records show.

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

Snohomish County Airport / Paine Field (KPAE) neighbors clash over security risks: Legal fight between a corporate hangar and a historic aircraft museum led to soaring costs

MUKILTEO — After two pilots landed a corporate Learjet at Paine Field and started their post-flight routine one summer day in 2017, they were surprised when a man walked up to the aircraft’s open door and asked if he could come inside.

The stranger had strolled onto Everett Hangar’s property without permission. He identified himself as a guest of the Historic Flight Foundation museum next door but wore no identifying badge, the pilots later recalled. One of the pilots asked him to leave.

“The man, however, pressed me several more times to board the aircraft, and I repeatedly and politely told him it was not a public aircraft he could view and that he was trespassing,” the pilot said, in a sworn court statement.

The pilots grew concerned the man might become physically aggressive, though he eventually left.

The encounter from the August before last was part of a running dispute between the private hangar and the neighboring museum. They both lease land from Paine Field. The conflict underscores some of the difficulties vintage airplanes and corporate jets have had co-existing on the west edge of Snohomish County’s airport.

By that point, Everett Hangar, the museum and its affiliates had been clashing in court for years.

The corporate hangar exclusively serves Weidner Property Management, a Kirkland-based company that develops townhomes throughout the western U.S. and Canada. Its facility, just off Mukilteo Speedway, is sandwiched between two lots. One hosts the museum and the other is undeveloped; both neighboring land parcels are leased to a company controlled by Historic Flight founder John Sessions.

In 2014, Everett Hangar sued in Snohomish County Superior Court, claiming that public events at the museum had blocked its access to the property and created unreasonable risks, among other allegations. A later suit in King County Superior Court challenged Everett Hangar over the rules for managing the adjoining properties. Much of the legal back-and-forth deals with the intricacies of airport covenants, conditions and restrictions.

Everett Hangar prevailed in both cases in the state Court of Appeals earlier this year, though not all of its claims were borne out.

The claims that have stood up in court have largely involved patrons wandering over from the museum or an undeveloped lot used for parking, where there was an open gate and no security personnel. Those lapses violated the requirements set out for the museum in a court injunction.

In 2017, a Snohomish County Superior Court judge found the nonprofit museum and a company involved with managing its building in contempt of the injunction. The judge imposed $35,000 in penalties for seven violations.

While the museum had taken steps to prevent violations, the judge said “they are plainly insufficient.”

The contempt order is a tiny fraction of the expense.

Each side has enlisted major Seattle law firms. Legal costs have run into the millions of dollars.

Everett Hangar has been awarded more than $1.6 million in legal fees, including interest, from the two separate court cases and appeals. Davis Wright Tremaine represents Everett Hangar.

The court-awarded fees don’t count what Sessions has paid attorneys from Perkins Coie and Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson.



Opened in 2010, the Historic Flight Foundation houses immaculately restored fighters, passenger planes and other aircraft in flying condition. Together, they showcase aviation history from the late 1920s through the late 1950s, spanning Charles Lindbergh’s solo Atlantic flight to the development of the Boeing 707.

Sessions had been able to fly the planes in the collection, but had a setback last summer while piloting a 1930s biplane at the Abbotsford International Airshow in British Columbia. Sessions crashed shortly after takeoff with four spectators on board. The passengers survived, apparently without grave injuries, but Sessions’ left foot was severed below the knee. He’s learned to walk with a prosthesis and soon hopes to resume jogging.

As the legal fight has worn on, Historic Flight’s activities at Paine Field have shrunk.

The nonprofit last year stopped hosting its Vintage Aircraft Weekend over the Labor Day holiday weekend, an event that attracted 70 airplanes a year earlier.

Political leaders have clipped more ambitious plans as well.

In 2014, Sessions pitched an idea to expand his attraction into a hub of up to a half-dozen buildings for restoring, displaying and studying vintage aircraft. The county would have had to provide the space for free, or at a nominal fee, for the possibility of adding another attraction of global renown. After two years, a majority of the County Council turned down the proposal, reasoning the land could be put to better use at market rate for manufacturing and more contemporary aviation businesses.

Paine Field is a magnet for aviation tourism. It hosts The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour and the late Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. The Museum of Flight maintains its Restoration Center and Reserve Collection there.

After the county rejected his expansion plan, Sessions began exploring other alternatives in the region. The Historic Flight Foundation is now working with Felts Field in Spokane on building a second location, an art deco-style hangar expected to be ready later this year.

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

Federal Aviation Administration fast-tracks Gillette-Campbell County Airport (KGCC) project

GILLETTE (WNE) —If all goes according to plan, the Gillette-Campbell County Airport will be able to complete a five-year project in only one year, thanks to the federal government.

The project involves relocating two taxiways and connecting two other taxiways to make the airport more secure. Campbell County Commissioners approved the grant application at their meeting. If the airport gets the grant, the FAA would pay $5 million of the project’s $5.3 million cost. The state would kick in $200,000, and the county would be responsible for $133,333.

The FAA wants to increase security and reduce the probability of attacks at airports, airport director Jay Lundell said. One of the solutions is to limit direct access from the apron, where the planes are parked, to the runways.

At the Gillette-Campbell County Airport, one of the taxiways provides that direct access from the apron to the runway, while another taxiway doesn’t intersect the runway, which makes it difficult for airplanes to maneuver when they land. Those two taxiways will be relocated to correct the problem, and two others will be connected.

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

Cirrus SR20: Accident occurred June 13, 2019 in Yeosu, Korea

NTSB Identification: ANC19WA025
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Yeosu, Korea, Republic Of
Aircraft: CIRRUS SR20, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Korea has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a CIRRUS SR20 airplane that occurred on June 13, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Korea's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Korea.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Piper PA-31T1 Cheyenne I, registered to and operated by T-210 Holdings LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight, N47GW: Fatal accident occurred July 13, 2017 near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (KTYR), Smith County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dallas, Texas
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida 
Pratt & Whitney; Quebec

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N47GW 

Location: Tyler, TX
Accident Number: CEN17FA266
Date & Time: 07/13/2017, 0810 CDT
Registration: N47GW
Aircraft: PIPER PA31T
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On July 13, 2017, about 0810 central daylight time, a Piper, PA-31T airplane, N47GW, impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR), Tyler, Texas. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by T-210 Holdings, LLC, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the airplane was on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident, and was en route to Midland Airpark (MDD), Midland, Texas.

The tower controller stated that, after the airplane was cleared for takeoff from runway 17, it appeared to have a shallower-than-normal climb. The controller then saw the airplane bank left, before descending and impacting terrain off airport property. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 62
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/17/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 17590 hours (Total, all aircraft) 

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single- and multi-engine land and instrument airplane. He held type ratings for Boeing 737 and Falcon 10 airplanes. He also held a mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings. His Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first-class medical certificate was issued on January 17, 2017, with the limitation that he, must wear corrective lenses. At the time of the medical exam, the pilot reported 17,590 total flight hours and 120 hours in the previous six months.

The operator reported that the pilot routinely flew to MDD, that he also flew a business jet, and that this was first solo flight since receiving a checkout in the accident airplane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N47GW
Model/Series: PA31T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 31T-8104030
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/17/2017, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 5685.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: P&W CANADA
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-60A
Registered Owner: T-210 HOLDINGS LLC
Rated Power: 1127 hp
Operator: T-210 HOLDINGS LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

The accident airplane was a Piper Cheyenne, PA-31T, which is a low-wing, twin-engine airplane, with retractable, conventional landing gear, powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT-6A turboprop engines and Hartzell full-feathering propellers.

The airplane was on a progressive maintenance inspection program. A review of the airplane's maintenance records revealed an "event one" inspection was completed on March 17, 2017. The left engine's power section was disassembled due to metal in the oil and was repaired under a work order , on March 2, 2017, at 5,698.9 hours total time. The right engine's power section was also found to have metal in the oil and was repaired on March 2, 2017, at 5,609.5 hours total time and 2,888.0 hours since overhaul.

The airplane was filled with 245 gallons of Jet-A fuel, before departure.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Visual Conditions:  
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTYR
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 0753 CDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 120°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Tyler, TX (KTYR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Midland Airpark, TX (KMDD)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

At 0753, the automated weather observation station (AWOS) located at TYR, recorded: wind from 120° at 4 knots, 10 miles visibility, a clear sky, temperature 79° F, dew point 74° F, and an altimeter setting of 29.97 inches of mercury. 

Airport Information

Airport: Tyler-Pounds Regional (KTYR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 544 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4849 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

TYR) is a publicly owned, open to the public, tower-controlled airport, located 3 miles west of Tyler, Texas. TYR has three asphalt runways: Runway 17/35, is 4,849 ft by 150 ft. The airport is at an elevation of 544.1 ft. 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.344167, -95.405833 

The on-site examination of the wreckage and ground scars revealed the airplane impacted the bank of a small pond about 1/2 mile from the end of runway 17. There was not a post-crash fire and fuel was present at the site. The airplane came to rest on its right side, on the edge of the pond; the front of the cabin displayed heavy impact damage. Both wings separated from the fuselage; the right wing was in the pond and just beyond the main wreckage, and the left wing was located under the main wreckage. The right engine separated from the nacelle and was located beside the right side of the wreckage; the four-bladed propeller remained attached to the engine. The left engine came to rest in front of the wreckage and its propeller was separated at the propeller shaft.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure facility, for further examination. by the NTSB Investigator-in-Charge and technical representatives from the engine and airframe manufacturers.

The left wing displayed substantial impact damage. The outboard 1/3 of the wing was impact-separated from the inboard portion. The aileron and outboard half of the flap were also impact-separated. The aileron control cable was secure to the bell crank and continuous to the wing root area. The balance cable was secure to the bell crank and continuous to the center fuselage area where it displayed an overload separation. The flap actuator showed about 1/2 thread, consistent with a retracted position.

The left main landing gear was retracted. The left fuel valve was found in the open position. The cross-feed valve was found in the off position.

The right wing was largely intact with both the aileron and flap in place. The aileron control cable was secure to the bellcrank and continuous to the wing root area where it had been cut for transport. The balance cable was secure to the bellcrank and continuous to the left side of the middle attach fitting, where it was overload separated.

The right main landing gear was retracted in the wheel well but not secured by the up-lock. The flap actuator displayed about 1/2 thread, consistent with a retracted position. The aileron trim drum inner shaft aft extension was about 1/2 thread, consistent with a tab position of full up about 15°.

The right fuel valve was found in the open position.

The horizontal stabilizer and elevator displayed substantial impact damage and were separated for transport. The elevator control cables were secure to the elevator bellcrank and continuous to the elevator sector in the cockpit. The elevator trim drum displayed 3 threads aft extension of the inner shaft consistent with a setting of about 3° degrees trailing edge down, (nose up), pitch trim.

The rudder was secure and free to move through full travel. The rudder cables had been cut for recovery transport forward of the rudder sector but were continuous to the forward cockpit. The rudder trim drum inner shaft forward extension had about 9.5 threads showing, consistent with a neutral setting.

The fuselage had substantial impact damage to the nose and cockpit areas. The engine control levers were found in the forward positions. The rudder trim was set at the neutral position. The landing gear lever was in the retracted position. The flap lever was in the full up (retracted) position. Both handles were broken from the pilot's control wheel.

The fuel controls were both in the "ON" position and the cross feed was in the "OFF" position and corresponded to the positions at the fuel valves.

No airframe anomalies were noted that would have precluded normal operation.

Left Engine

The left engine's four-bladed propeller shaft had fractured, separating the propeller from the engine. The blades exhibited twisting, polishing, and bend signatures.

The exhaust duct displayed compressional bending and was torn from impact with terrain. The left exhaust stack was impact separated from the exhaust duct. The gas generator case displayed compressional bending.

The engine was separated at the "C" flange to expose the hot section components. The downstream face of the compressor turbine disc and blades exhibited rotational scoring from contact with the power turbine vane. The upstream side of the compressor turbine blades displayed rotational scoring from contact with the compressor turbine vane. The power turbine vane and baffle exhibited rubs on the upstream side from contact with the compressor turbine disc. The downstream side of the vane and the baffle exhibited rotational scoring from contact with the power turbine disc. The power turbine disc and blades exhibited rotational scoring on the upstream and downstream sides from contact with the adjacent static components.

Several first stage compressor blades exhibited impact damage.

Right Engine

The right engine's four-bladed propeller remained attached to the propeller shaft. The blades exhibited varying degrees of bends.

The exhaust duct displayed compressional bending due to impact with the terrain. The left exhaust stack was bent and distorted. The gas generator case displayed compressional bending. The inlet case struts were all fractured.

The engine was separated at the "C" flange to expose the hot section components. The downstream face of the compressor turbine disc and blades exhibited rotational scoring from contact with its respective adjacent static components. The upstream face of the compressor turbine disc and blades were unremarkable. The power turbine vane and baffle exhibited rubbing on the upstream side from contact with compressor turbine disc. The downstream side vane and baffle exhibited static impact marks from contact with the power turbine disc and blades. The power turbine disc and blades exhibited impact marks on the upstream and downstream side from contact with the adjacent static components. Several blades were fractured and displaced forward in the disc fixings.

The accessory gearbox was manually rotated by hand, and mechanical continuity was established through the gears.

The wire bundles on the engines were in poor condition, with bare metal showing in some sections.

Several components were removed from the right engine and shipped to P&W Canada for testing under the observation and guidance of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. The fuel control unit, the fuel pump, propeller governor, and over-speed governor were tested and disassembled.

Testing of the fuel pump indicated that the pump performance was satisfactory. Observations recorded during testing of the overspeed governor indicated that the speed pick-up voltage was below the test point minimum limit;. however, the tests on the components did not identify any abnormalities that would have explained a loss of engine power. 

Medical And Pathological Information

The office of The Forensic Medical of Texas, P.A., Tyler, Texas, conducted an autopsy on the pilot. The cause of death was determined to be "blunt impact injures."

The FAA's Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, conducted toxicological testing on the pilot. The specimens were not tested for cyanide and carbon monoxide. The test was positive for fexofenadine and azacyclonol.

Fexofenadine is a non-sedating antihistamine and is used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, and is available as a prescription and over-the-counter medication. It is not considered impairing. Azacyclonol is a metabolite of fexofenadine.

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA266
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Tyler, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31T1, registration: N47GW
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July13, 2017 about 0810 central daylight time, a Piper Cheyenne, PA-31T airplane, N47GW, impacted terrain near Tyler, Texas. The airline transport rated pilot and sole passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by T-210 Holdings, LLC, Dover, Delaware under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and the airplane was an instrument flight plan. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident, and was enroute to Midland, Texas.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after departure, the airplane descended into terrain. 

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed the airplane impacted an open field surrounded by trees. The wreckage was located on the edge of a small pond about one-half mile from the end of runway 17. There was not a post-crash fire; however, fuel was found at the site.

After the initial on-site documentation of the wreckage, the airplane was recovered to a secure facility, for further examination.



Bobby Walls

Trevor Morris

Bobby Walls and family


Trevor Morris






TYLER, TX (KLTV) -  Officials have released the identity of the pilot in a fatal plane crash Thursday morning.

William Robert Walls III, 62, of Huntsville, and Trevor Morris, 39, of Murchison were killed when the plane they were in crashed shortly after take-off from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The Texas Department of Public Safety released the identity of the men Friday morning.

City officials say the Piper PA-31, private twin-engine plane, went down after 8 a.m., Thursday. 

According to Preston Burton, President of Burton Oil Service Operations, and part owner of the plane, Walls was piloting the plane that was carrying Morris, the Vice President of Burton Oil Services, to Midland. 

Walls was a member of The Ark Church in Conroe. KLTV reached out to members of the church for comment. Out of respect for the family, they declined to comment Thursday but said he was a beloved member. 

Walls was a retired Southwest Airlines pilot.

Sgt. Jean Dark, Public Information Officer for DPS says the crash remains under investigation by officials from the NTSB and the FAA. 

NTSB says the plane will be moved sometime Friday afternoon.

A prayer vigil will be held tonight at Rock Hill Baptist Church at 7 p.m. for both Walls and Morris.  The church is located at 20022 SH 31 East in Brownsboro.

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Two people are confirmed dead following a plane crash Thursday morning near the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

According to friends and family, the pilot of the plane was retired Southwest Airlines pilot, Bobby Walls, 62, of Huntsville. According to his Facebook page, he worked for the airline for 23 years. Walls is a 1977 graduate of Baylor University.

The passenger in the plane crash has been identified as 39-year-old Trevor Morris, Pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro. The other victim has not been formally identified at this time.

Morris was the lead Pastor at the church, having previously served as a missionary in Ecuador. He was also a husband and father of five.

Morris' LinkedIn page also says he is the General Manager at Burton Oil Service Operations in Tyler.

First Responders located private twin-engine plane was located after it went down near the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, shortly after 8:00 a.m. According to the FAA, the plane is a 1981 Piper PA-31. It is registered to a T-210 Holdings in Dover, Delaware. 

City officials tell KETK the plane originally left from Tyler Thursday morning. The aircraft was headed to Midland, Texas.

The Tyler Police Department, Tyler and Dixie Fire Departments, Smith County Sheriff's Office and Smith County Emergency Services District all assisted in the search. ETMC Air 1 was also called in to help Tyler Fire with rescue efforts.

Witnesses describe the pandemonium during the crash.

"I heard the engine rev up," Fred Wuolschleger said. "The RPMs, which they normally do when they take off, and all of a sudden...Nothing. When the RPM dropped, that's when I heard the boom."

The Texas Department of Public Safety has taken over the investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration is also sending a crew to assess the wreckage.

The City of Tyler's Realtime Flight Information shows departures from the airport were not affected by the crash.

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport manager Davis Dickson said they prepare for emergency situations like this.

"There's a system we have in the airport where they can alert all the airport staff, police and fire immediately through our cell phones and we go into response mode, depending on the alert level in a crash scene, which would be an alert three," Dickson said.


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Trevor Morris, standing in center, is surrounded by members of his family. Morris died in a plane crash July 13th in Tyler, Texas


Two people died Thursday when a plane went down shortly after take off from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

One of the deceased, Trevor Morris, was the pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro.

Morris was a passenger on the small twin-engine plane that went down about 8:15 a.m. in a pasture near the airport. The plane was headed to Midland.

Morris was the vice president for Burton Oil Services Operations based out of Tyler. The company traveled to Midland frequently for business.

Morris' family and church was notified early Thursday of the crash.

Aaron Greenwood, music and worship pastor of UHBC, said the family and church was mourning the loss of their beloved leader.

Morris is the son of Calvin and Diana Morris of Brownsboro. Diana is a longtime teacher with Brownsboro Elementary School.

Morris is survived by his wife Nafisa, his four sons and one daughter. The family called Murchison home after previously spending time as a missionary in Ecuador.

According to reports, the pilot was also killed in the crash. The pilot's name has not been released.

The plane was located a mile south of Pleasant Retreat Road by officers searching the area after reports of the aircraft going down. The Tyler Police Department said the wreckage was difficult to locate because there was no smoke or flames coming from the crash site.

Tyler Police Department spokesman Don Martin said first responders worked to extract the plane's occupants amid heavy fumes of gasoline around the plane.

The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration to determine what caused the plane to go down.


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One of the two people who died in a plane crash near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport early Thursday was an East Texas pastor, according to an official with his church. 

Trevor Morris, lead pastor with Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, was on board the small twin-engine plane that went down about 8:15 a.m., said Aaron Greenwood, worship pastor for the church. 

Morris' best friend heard about the crash, traveled to the site and confirmed Morris was in the plane, Greenwood said. 

Morris was lead pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church and was a general manager for an oil services company. He traveled to Midland frequently for his job and it was where he was headed when the plane went down, Greenwood said.

He said Morris' family has been notified and the church is also mourning the loss. 

The pilot also was killed when the plane crashed in a pasture near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The pilot's name has not been released. 

The plane was located 1 mile south of Pleasant Retreat Road by officers searching the area after reports of it going down. 

Tyler Police Department Spokesman Don Martin said the wreckage was difficult to locate because there was no smoke or flames coming from crash area.

"Officers went deep into the fields and eventually located the plane in a pasture," Martin said.

First responders worked to extract the plane's occupants amid heavy fumes of gasoline around the plane, Martin said. 

Fred Wullschleger, a witness to the crash, said he was on a morning walk with his dog when he heard the plane take off.

"I heard the plane rev up and then all the sudden it just quit and then boom, that's when he hit the ground," Wullschleger said. 

Emergency crews from agencies including the Tyler Police Department, Tyler Fire Department, Smith County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety responded after receiving reports of the downed aircraft. 

Air traffic to and from the airport was not affected by the incident. 
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit are claiming gross negligence caused a Tyler plane crash that killed a pilot and an East Texas pastor.

The lawsuit was filed by Preston Burton on behalf of Pastor Trevor Morris’ estate and surviving family members, including his parents, his widow and five children.

Morris, 39, of Murchison, and pilot William Robert Walls III, 62, of Huntsville, were killed in July 2017 when the plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

The lawsuit names three East Texas companies as defendants: First AV Group of Henderson County, Flare Air of Rusk County, and East Texas H.S.I. of Smith County, as well the Sonja Lynne Walls on behalf of William Walls’ estate.

The lawsuits seeks a jury trial and damages in excess of $1 million.

According to the lawsuit, the plane’s right engine failed during take-off, forcing Walls to take emergency action. “Walls was beyond the point where he could about the takeoff so he needed to proceed with take off, get the aircraft under control, and land so as to assess the situation,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that under proper procedures a competent pilot would be able to control the plane through takeoff and landing with one engine. But according to the lawsuit, “Walls failed to properly control the aircraft and crashed into a nearby field.”

The lawsuit shows First AV Group and Flare Air hired Walls to pilot the Piper PA-31. It alleges both companies knew Walls was “inexperienced with this aircraft” and “despite this, they approved Walls to pilot the aircraft.”

The lawsuit also claims First AV Group and Flare Air contracted with East Texas H.S.I to provide maintenance and inspections of the plane that crashed.

The lawsuit claims the defendants failed to control the aircraft, failed to react properly to an emergency, failed to properly operate the plane, failed to retain a competent pilot and failed to properly inspect and maintain the plane.

Burton is president of Burton Oil Service Operations and part owner of the plane. Morris was the Vice President of Burton Oil Services. Morris was flying from Tyler to Midland on business at the time of the crash. Morris was a pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro.

Walls was a member of The Ark Church in Conroe and a retired Southwest Airlines pilot.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kltv.com




TYLER, TEXASX (KLTV) - The plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit are claiming gross negligence caused a Tyler plane crash that killed a pilot and an East Texas pastor.

The lawsuit was filed by Preston Burton on behalf of Pastor Trevor Morris’ estate and surviving family members, including his parents, his widow and five children.

Morris, 39, of Murchison, and pilot William Robert Walls III, 62, of Huntsville, were killed in July 2017 when the plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

The lawsuit names three East Texas companies as defendants: First AV Group of Henderson County, Flare Air of Rusk County, and East Texas H.S.I. of Smith County, as well the Sonja Lynne Walls on behalf of William Walls’ estate.

The lawsuits seeks a jury trial and damages in excess of $1 million.

According to the lawsuit, the plane’s right engine failed during take-off, forcing Walls to take emergency action. “Walls was beyond the point where he could about the takeoff so he needed to proceed with take off, get the aircraft under control, and land so as to assess the situation,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that under proper procedures a competent pilot would be able to control the plane through takeoff and landing with one engine. But according to the lawsuit, “Walls failed to properly control the aircraft and crashed into a nearby field.”

The lawsuit shows First AV Group and Flare Air hired Walls to pilot the Piper PA-31. It alleges both companies knew Walls was “inexperienced with this aircraft” and “despite this, they approved Walls to pilot the aircraft.”

The lawsuit also claims First AV Group and Flare Air contracted with East Texas H.S.I to provide maintenance and inspections of the plane that crashed.

The lawsuit claims the defendants failed to control the aircraft, failed to react properly to an emergency, failed to properly operate the plane, failed to retain a competent pilot and failed to properly inspect and maintain the plane.

Burton is president of Burton Oil Service Operations and part owner of the plane. Morris was the Vice President of Burton Oil Services. Morris was flying from Tyler to Midland on business at the time of the crash. Morris was a pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro.

Walls was a member of The Ark Church in Conroe and a retired Southwest Airlines pilot.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kltv.com

Bobby Walls

Trevor Morris

Bobby Walls and family


Trevor Morris










Trevor Morris, standing in center, is surrounded by members of his family. Morris died in a plane crash July 13th in Tyler, Texas


NTSB Identification: CEN17FA266
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Tyler, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31T1, registration: N47GW
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July13, 2017 about 0810 central daylight time, a Piper Cheyenne, PA-31T airplane, N47GW, impacted terrain near Tyler, Texas. The airline transport rated pilot and sole passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by T-210 Holdings, LLC, Dover, Delaware under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and the airplane was an instrument flight plan. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident, and was enroute to Midland, Texas.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after departure, the airplane descended into terrain. 

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed the airplane impacted an open field surrounded by trees. The wreckage was located on the edge of a small pond about one-half mile from the end of runway 17. There was not a post-crash fire; however, fuel was found at the site.

After the initial on-site documentation of the wreckage, the airplane was recovered to a secure facility, for further examination.