Monday, July 13, 2020

Golden Circle Air T-Bird Tandem TBT-06, N50JH: Fatal accident occurred July 11, 2020 in Grosse Ile, Wayne County, Michigan

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. 

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Detroit, Michigan

Location: Grosse Ile, MI
Accident Number: CEN20LA272
Date & Time: 07/11/2020, 1647 EDT
Registration: N50JH
Aircraft: Golden Circle Air T-Bird
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 11, 2020, about 1647 eastern daylight time, a Golden Circle Air T-Bird Tandem TBT-06, N50JH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Gross Ile., Michigan. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness told Federal Aviation Administration inspectors, who responded to the accident site, that he observed the airplane taxi out from between the hangars at Gross Ile Municipal Airport (ONZ) and take off to the south on taxiway C. About 1/3 of the way down the taxiway, the airplane lifted off and struck a taxiway light on the west (right) side of the taxiway at taxiway E. The pilot applied rudder into the wind and disappeared from sight.

Another witnesses near the accident site saw the airplane flying 200 to 300 ft over a residential area. He said the wind was getting stronger and it appeared the pilot was having difficulty gaining altitude and maintaining stability. "The motor also sounded like it was straining and at one point went full throttle," he wrote.

The airplane struck a tree and crashed in the 27000 block of Loma Circle, about 1/2-mile south of ONZ. FAA inspectors examined the wreckage and reported that the pilot's control stick was dislodged and was found on the floor of the airplane. The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Golden Circle Air
Registration: N50JH
Model/Series: T-Bird TBT-06
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ONZ, 590 ft msl
Observation Time: 1655 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 9500 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Grosse Ile, MI (ONZ)
Destination: Grosse Ile, MI (ONZ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: (est)

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Jeffrey Dean Oliver
August 15 , 1964 - July 11 , 2020

OLIVER, Jeffrey D., age 55, of Lincoln Park, July 11, 2020. Beloved husband of Tammie Oliver. Loving father of Joshua (Holly Johnston) Oliver, Jessica (Adel Almuhtar) Oliver, Faith Oliver and Samantha Oliver. Dearest grandfather of Isabella, Jayce, Zakaria and Mia. Dear son of Shelby Turner. He is also survived by his brothers Todd Oliver and his son Joseph Oliver, Rick (Michelle) Oliver, his niece Angel, his nephew Ricky and his in-laws Wayne Tackett, Greg, Bobbi and Becky Salisbury and many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his father Pete Stevens.

A 57-year-old Lincoln Park man involved in a plane crash on Grosse Ile is dead, leaving officials with the task of figuring out if he died from the impact or if he died from a medical condition while flying, causing the crash.

Grosse Ile first responders responded to the 27000 block of Loma Circle at about 5 p.m. Saturday after receiving several reports that an airplane had crashed in the residential neighborhood, located near the south end of the island.

Officials found a ultralight aircraft overturned at the base of a tree in the backyard of a residence, according to a statement released by the Grosse Ile Police Department on Sunday.

The pilot, identified as Jeffrey Dean Oliver, had been ejected from the aircraft and was receiving CPR from a resident when rescue personnel arrived. Oliver was rushed to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be performed by the Wayne County Medical Examiner to determine whether the cause of death was the result of injuries sustained in the crash or a "medical condition that occurred while in flight," according to the statement released by police.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

GROSSE ILE, Michigan – Police have provided new details following the death of a man after a plane crashed on Grosse Ile Saturday.

Officials say at around 4:47 p.m. an airplane crashed in a residential neighborhood in the 27000 block of Loma Circle. Police and fire personnel discovered a ultralight aircraft overturned at the base of a tree in the backyard of a residence, officials said.

Police say the pilot, 57-year-old Jeffrey Dean Oliver of Lincoln Park, was ejected from the plane. The man was receiving CPR when officials arrived on the scene.

Oliver was then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officials are investigating whether his death was caused by injuries sustained during the crash or a medical condition that may have occurred during the flight. The Wayne County Medical Examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating.

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