Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Brantly B-2B, N383ES: Fatal accident occurred July 24, 2020 in Monrovia, Morgan County, Indiana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Plainfield, Indiana

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


Location: Monrovia, IN
Accident Number:CEN20LA304
Date & Time: 07/24/2020, 1316 EDT
Registration: N383ES
Aircraft:Brantly B2B
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test

On July 24, 2020, about 1316 eastern daylight time, a Brantly B2B helicopter, N383ES, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Monrovia, Indiana. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 maintenance test flight.

A witness stated the pilot was performing post 100-hour interval and annual inspection and maintenance flights. The pilot completed three or four short flights around the pilot's property before taking off and traveling southerly at an altitude of about 20 ft above ground level. The witness stated that it looked like the helicopter was exiting translational lift when the helicopter dipped and turned right abruptly and hit the ground. A post-crash fire started immediately.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Brantly
Registration: N383ES
Model/Series: B2B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Monrovia, IN (PVT)
Destination: Monrovia, IN (PVT)

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: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:

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.

Gerald "Gary" Goldsberry

Gerald "Gary" Goldsberry 75, of Mooresville, passed away on July 24, 2020. He was born on November 7, 1944 in Lebanon, Indiana, son of Everett Goldsberry.

He was retired from the sign making business, having owned Visual Sign Company in Indianapolis for over three decades. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was a flight instructor and an advocate for rotorcraft. He was an active member and Past President of the Popular Rotorcraft Association. He hated cats...

He is survived by his loving wife Sue Goldsberry; daughters Lynn Goldsberry, Shelly Romero; Sue's children, Janie Baschwit, Brent Alexander, Mike Alexander, Joe Alexander; several grandchildren and great grandchildren and former business partner Kay Goldsberry.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30th from 12pm until 6pm with services beginning at 6pm at Carlisle Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Mooresville. Please visit www.carlislebranson.com to sign the online guestbook or to share a memory.

Thursday, July 30, 2020
12:00PM - 6:00PM
Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory
39 E High St
Mooresville, IN 46158

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory
39 E High St
Mooresville, IN 46158

Final Resting Place
Morgan County Crematory
39 E. High St.
Mooresville, IN 46158


MONROVIA, Indiana — The Morgan County Sheriff's Office says a 75-year-old pilot died after a helicopter crash Friday. 

The sheriff's office was dispatched to a residence in Monrovia around 1:15 p.m. Friday for reports of a helicopter crash. 

During the investigation, authorities learned that the pilot, Gerald Goldsberry, was conducting an annual service of the Brantly B-2B helicopter. 

As Goldsberry was taking off from his residence when he lost control of the helicopter, causing the crash. 

Goldsberry was airlifted to a nearby hospital and where he was later pronounced dead. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board and continuing the investigation. 


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