Sunday, January 05, 2020

Van's RV-6, N420PW: Fatal accident occurred January 05, 2020 at Cullman Regional Airport (KCMD), Alabama



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft while departing, crashed midfield under unknown circumstances.

https://registry.faa.gov/N420PW 

Date: 05-JAN-20
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N420PW
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: CULLMAN
State: ALABAMA

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


40-year-old Tyler Wesley Walker and 10-year-old Brooklyn Walker 


CULLMAN, Alabama (WBRC) - The investigation is underway into the death of a Cullman county man and his ten-year-old daughter.

On Sunday, Tyler Walker and his daughter Brooklyn were both killed after his experimental plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Monday federal investigators were at the airport. The investigation will take time. We know that from past experiences with the National Transportation and Safety Board.

But the family member and others believe there might have been issues with his experimental plane that lead to the deadly crash.

40-Year-old Tyler Wesley Walker and his ten-year-old daughter both loved to fly. Walker’s experimental plane, which he built himself, crashed quickly after takeoff.

“The FAA is here. The NTSB is here. I don’t know how long it take for them to complete their investigation, the processes they have to go through now,” says Ben Harrison, the Cullman Regional Airport General Manager.

Walker grew up at the airport. His father’s home is walking distance from the airfield. Walker was an experienced pilot.

Walker’s brother-in-law, DJ Smithson, says a witness, another pilot, talked about hearing a pop and then an explosion before the crash.

The Walkers’ deaths have shaken the community where they were well known.

“It’s scary. It’s a shocking thing for everyone. It’s something nobody wants to stand up here and talk about. It’s something no one wants to deal with. It’s terrible,” continued Harrison.

Smithson says the experimental plane does not glide much at all. So, when power was lost, it fell quickly.

He doubts Walker had much time to react. Harrison hopes answers are found soon.

“When something like this happens, it’s the human factor. They are from here. A lot of people know them. They are good friends. They are good people,” says Harrison.

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


Brooklyn Walker

Tyler Walker


Van's RV-6, N420PW




LATEST 7 P.M. CULLMAN, Alabama – A father and daughter were killed in a plane crash at Cullman Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon, according to the Cullman County Coroner.

The coroner said Tyler Wesley Walker, 40 of Vinemont, and Brooklyn Walker, 10 of Vinemont, were the victims.

LATEST 5 P.M. — CULLMAN, Alabama (WIAT) —  In another brief news conference, Folsom Field Airport General Manager Ben Harrison reported the plane crash that left two people dead happened around 12:45 p.m.

During the investigation, it was revealed that the crash did not happen on the runway at the airport. The plane landed near the runway in a grassy area.

Officials at the scene are not releasing the names of the victims involved in the accident. And they have not given an update as to how the accident was caused.

The runway at the regional airport is open at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be taking over the investigation and will give another update Monday, January 6th.

CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — Authorities are investigating a plane crash that occurred Sunday afternoon at Folsom Field Airport in Cullman.

Authorities believe the accident happened between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Two people were killed in the plane crash, Cullman Regional Airport General Manager  Ben Harrison reported in a brief news conference.

At this time, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, Cullman County EMA, and Vinemont Fire Department are among agencies assisting in the plane crash investigation.

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


Update: 7:02 p.m.: The Cullman County Coroner identified the plane crash victims as Tyler Wesley Walker, 40, and his daughter Brooklyn Walker, 10.

Update: 5:30 p.m.: The Cullman Regional Airport General Manager Ben Harrison says two people were killed in the plane crash. No information about the victims will be released at this time. The crash location is off a runaway, and the nearest runway has reopened. NTSB investigators are expected on site Monday, and an update is expected at 12:00 p.m. Monday.

Cullman County EMA Director, Philly Little confirms there has been a plane crash Saturday afternoon at the Cullman Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration has released a statement: "A Vans RV-6 crashed off the end of Runway 2 during departure from Cullman Regional Airport-Folsom Field, Vinemont, Alabama, today at 12:30 p.m. CST"

Cullman Regional Airport General Manager says a press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration will continue to investigate the scene and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wvtm13.com



Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick has identified the two victims as Tyler Wesley Walker, 40, and his daughter, 10-year-old Brooklyn Walker, of Vinemont.

Statement from Arlene Salac with the Federal Aviation Administration:

“A Vans RV-6 crashed off the end of Runway 2 during departure from Cullman Regional Airport-Folsom Field, Vinemont, Alabama, today at 12:30 p.m. CST. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.”

Cullman Regional Airport General Manager Ben Harrison has confirmed two people died in a plane crash at the airport Sunday.

Harrison said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified. 

The Cullman Police Department, Cullman Sheriff’s Office and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are on the scene.

A press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m.

VINEMONT, Alabama – Multiple agencies are responding to a plane crash at Cullman Regional Airport. Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper reported two fatalities.

Original article ➤ https://www.cullmantribune.com



Cullman County Coroner has identified the two plane crash victims as Tyler Wesley Walker (40) and his daughter Brooklyn Walker (10) of Vinemont.

There wasn’t much that Tyler and Brooklyn loved more than to fly. As shown in their time in the air, they both lived life to the fullest and loved their family. Tyler was certainly an incredible father going above and beyond for his daughter, a fifth grader at East Elementary, who perished with him in today’s crash.

Please keep the Walker family in your prayers during this tragic time.

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








VINEMONT, Alabama (WBMA) -- The Cullman County EMA confirmed that there's a plane crash at the Cullman Regional Airport.

Cullman Regional Airport General Manager Ben Harrison confirmed two people died in the small plane crash at the airport Sunday, shortly after 12:30 p.m.


The victims names were not immediately released.


In a news conference Cullman Regional Airport General Manager Ben Harrison said "it's a sad day for the flying community."

Harrison said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are handling the investigation, which is standard procedure. Those federal agencies are expected to hold another news conference at noon on Monday, January 6th.


Story and video ➤ https://abc3340.com

2 comments:

  1. I sobbed reading this loss. My worst fear and nightmare as a pilot.

    Brooklyn - wow, what a beautiful, precious young lady in those cute unicorn leggings.

    I can't imagine the heartbreaking pain Mrs. Walker must be feeling at this very moment with the loss of her beloved husband and sweet, amazing daughter.

    Mrs. Walker, I am so sorry that you are experiencing the deepest sadness a mother and wife can, and will carry you and your family in my heart.

    ...Treasure your family and try to enjoy each day with them...

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  2. I cried too reading this.
    I've owned 6 planes including an RV-6.
    I loved every one of them.
    I took my daughter in every one of them.
    I need to quit and just enjoy the lucky happy memories.
    So, so sad about your loss.

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