Monday, January 27, 2020

Bushby Mustang II, Unregistered: Fatal accident occurred January 25, 2020 near Big 'T' Airport (64GA), Senoia, Coweta County, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Location: Senoia, GA
Accident Number: ERA20FA086
Date & Time: 01/25/2020, 1715 EST
Registration: UNREG
Aircraft: MUSTANG II
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 25, 2020, about 1715 eastern standard time, an unregistered experimental, amateur-built Mustang II, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Big 'T' Airport (64GA), Senoia, Georgia. The airline transport pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed 64GA about 1655.

According to witnesses and video recorded from a witness, the airplane had been flying over the local area for about 15 minutes when it then performed a barrel roll. Shortly after the barrel roll, the canopy opened and struck the vertical stabilizer and right horizontal stabilizer. The airplane subsequently descended nose-down and impacted terrain about .5 mile south of 64GA.

The owner of the airplane stated that he purchased it from a Canadian citizen about 1 week prior to the accident. The owner further stated that the accident pilot was a good friend and fellow airline pilot. The accident pilot accompanied the owner to receive the airplane. The owner only had about 15 minutes of experience in the airplane and the accident pilot had about 55 hours of experience in the same make and model as the accident airplane. The owner further stated that the canopy latch was not intuitive, and the accident pilot had to show him how to operate it. A knob had to be rotated approximately 180° clockwise to secure the latch, and then rotated 180° counterclockwise to release the latch. The accident pilot was allowed to use the airplane when he wanted, and the accident flight was a local pleasure flight.

The pilot's most recent Federal Aviation Administration first class medical certificate was issued on October 24, 2019. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 11,000 hours.

The two-seat, low-wing, fixed tailwheel airplane was assembled from a kit in 1980. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-360, 180 horsepower engine, equipped with a two-blade, constant-speed Hartzell propeller. Review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed in Canada on May 29, 2019. At that time, the airframe had accrued a total time of 1,379.5 hours and the engine had 0 hours since major overhaul.

The wreckage came to rest nose down in a wooded area. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident scene, with the exception of the canopy, vertical stabilizer, and outboard section of the right horizontal stabilizer, which were located about .25 mile north of the main wreckage. The propeller separated from the engine, but both blades remained in the hub. One propeller blade exhibited tip curling, chordwise scratching, and leading edge gouging. The other propeller blade exhibited s-bending near the tip.

The canopy latch was retained for further examination. Additionally, the witness video was forwarded to the National Transportation Safety Board Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, Washington, DC for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MUSTANG
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FFC, 807 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Senoia, GA (64GA)
Destination: Senoia, GA (64GA) 

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: 33.290000, -84.540833

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Nathan Rivers Sorenson
10/29/06 - 1/25/20

Our beloved Nathan Rivers "departed the fixed outbound" to Heaven on January 25th, hand in hand with his Twin Tigers team member, "Little" Mark Nowosielski (43), in a heartbreaking aviation accident. Nathan loved Fortnite, Minecraft, Lindsey Stirling music, his 4-wheeler & his hoverboard, and fall because he could share his awesome Nerf birthday parties with as many friends as possible. He loved Lego minifig hunting with surrogate aunts and siblings. He loved to fly with his dad, and especially loved spending time with his vast extended family & friends. He had a deep connection to all animals, domesticated or wild. His instant connection was infectious. He planned to be a famous youtuber sharing games and aviation together. Nathan grew up developing the Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team with his dad. In his 13 years of travel he touched over 30 states & millions of people. He loved sharing his passion for aviation. While he loved traveling and being with people, there was no place like home. Nathan is survived by his parents Mark & Brooke Sorenson (b. Warble, '96 Hershey High School graduate), his older brother Brandon (Amire) and 2 nephews, various grandparents in PA, MN, GA and FL, many Warble and Sorenson family members, and more friends than there are stars in the sky. A joint celebration of life ceremony is being held on 2/15/2020 at Peach State Airport (GA2) in Williamson, GA 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate in honor of both Mark and Nathan to your local cat shelter. Fly high, our little boy. Mommy & Daddy love you so much. Waiting for our eternal hug. You are more alive than ever.

SENOIA, Georgia (CBS46) -- Two people have died in a small plane crash in Senoia, Georgia Saturday evening.

The FAA said the aircraft was a Bushby Mustang II and that it went down about a half-mile from Big T Airport in Senoia.

Coweta County confirmed the plane went down near Highway 16 East and Kessle Hurst Road in Senoia.

The county coroner confirms Mark Nowosielski, 43, and Nathan Sorenson, 13, were both killed. 

According to the website AirShowNews, Mark Nowosielski was one half of the award-winning Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team, and a long-time member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team. His full time job was as a Boeing 737 pilot for Southwest Airlines.

Nathan Sorenson is the son of Mark Sorenson, owner and lead pilot of the Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team. 

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COWETA COUNTY, Georgia — Authorities have released the names of a man and teen killed in a Coweta County plane crash on Saturday afternoon.

The coroner confirmed to 11Alive that the Bushby Mustang II aircraft that crashed not far from Big T Airport was piloted by Mark Nowosielski of Ocala, Florida. His passenger was 13-year-old Nathan Sorenson from Senoia, Georgia.

Authorities said the two weren't related but were friends. Federal Aviation Administration records also show that the only person listed under the pilot's name had been issued certificates for airline transport and flight instruction as recently as July 2019.

All lanes were blocked on Georgia Route 16 at Tinsley Way after the crash and the roadway remained shut down for hours. The FAA confirmed the aircraft was a Mustang 2 and that it crashed into a wooded area on the road's edge.

Not far away, workers at the "Wings on Wheels" food truck thought they heard the aircraft moments before it went down. Desirae Walker said they're used to feeling their trailer shake because of aircraft - but this was different.

"I heard something rattle and planes aren't supposed to rattle," she said.

A short time later, she said she heard several emergency vehicles coming from many different directions.

The National Transportation Safety Board has since joined the investigation and will search for the cause of the crash. 

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