Sunday, September 13, 2020

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N74HS: Fatal accident occurred September 11, 2020 near McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (KMKL), Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee

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 Entities:  
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee
Continental Aerospace; Mobile, Alabama 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Location: Jackson, TN
Accident Number: ERA20LA313
Date & Time: 09/11/2020, 0252 CDT
Registration: N74HS
Aircraft: Beech A36
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 11, 2020, about 0252 central daylight time, a Beech A36, N74HS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near McKellar-Spies Regional Airport (MKL), Jackson, Tennessee. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Review of a surveillance video at Dickson Municipal Airport (M02), Dickson, Tennessee, revealed that the accident airplane arrived on September 10, 2020 about 2041. The airplane taxied to the fuel farm. The pilot exited the airplane and walked to the fuel pump. He then returned to the airplane and taxied to the parking area. The fuel farm was operated by the fixed-base operator and the pump was locked for the night. The next morning the airplane taxied to the fuel farm and the pilot did not exit the airplane. The engine remained running for 3 minutes before the airplane departed the airport about 0206.

Review of preliminary air traffic control information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that about 0248 the pilot requested a deviation to MKL from air traffic control. He advised the controller that he was experiencing a fuel issue and needed to land. The controller provided a heading towards MKL and asked the pilot to report when he had the airport in sight. The pilot turned to the assigned heading, started a descent, and cancelled his visual flight rules flight plan. No further communications were received from the pilot. The FAA subsequently issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT), and the airplane was located later that morning about 1.5 miles west of MKL in a wooded area.

Examination of the airplane by two FAA inspectors revealed that all major components of the airplane were located at the accident site. The engine, cockpit and a portion of the right wing had separated from the airframe during impact with trees and terrain. There was no odor of fuel at the accident site. No fuel was found in the intact left-wing fuel tank. The right-wing sustained substantial damage and the fuel tank was breached. The fuel inlet line attached to the manifold valve was removed and was absent of fuel. A trace amount of fuel was found in the engine driven fuel pump inlet line.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N74HS
Model/Series: A36 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: MKL, 422 ft msl
Observation Time:0253 CDT 
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Dickson, TN (M02)
Destination: Jackson, TN (MKL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 35.584444, -88.940000 (est)

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

Bryan Jackson, MD

Dr. Bryan Scott Jackson, 47, died Friday when his private plane crashed just east of Jackson, TN on his way home alone from Dickson.

Bryan was born in Memphis and graduated from Bartlett High School in 1990. He graduated from Christian Brothers University in 1994 and, pursuing the interest in medicine that he had from a young age, attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he received his degree as a Medical Doctor in 1999. He was on staff at St. Francis Hospital Bartlett for 15 years, where he had previously served as Chief of Surgery and was named Physician of the Year in 2016.

When he wasn’t on duty, Bryan enjoyed spending time with his large family in Bartlett and on Greer’s Ferry Lake in Arkansas where they often gathered to ski and swim. 

Bryan was a spiritual man who often prayed with his patients, asked family to pray for his strength and endurance when he was facing a difficult surgery and delivered eulogies for his grandparents, Harold and Margarette King. 

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his parents, Jim and Shirley Jackson; brother, Kevin Jackson; nephews Parker, Caden and Braylin Jackson; his aunt, Brenda Pilant (Doug) and uncle, Brad King (Vicky) all of Bartlett and many members of his extended family in TN and TX.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday, Sept. 17th at Ellendale Baptist Church at 3861 Broadway Rd. in Bartlett. Dr. Jackson’s Funeral Service will also be at Ellendale Baptist on Friday, Sept 18th at 1:00pm.

The family requests that attendees wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines due to Covid19.

The service will be live-streamed beginning at 12:45pm on the “Ellendale Baptist Church YouTube Channel” (

In lieu of flowers, you may send a memorial contribution to the Dr. Bryan Jackson Scholarship Fund at Bartlett City Schools, 5705 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN 38134.

To leave an online remembrance, go to www.brenttaylorfuneraldirectors/obituaries/memorywall.

Brent Taylor, Paul B. McCarver Funeral Directors
901 707-8115

Bryan Jackson, surgeon with Memphis Surgical Specialists, died early Friday, September 11th, 2020, in a plane crash about a mile from the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport where he intended to make an emergency landing.

“He was having problems, either mechanical or medical,” said Tom Mapes, public information office with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Jackson had turned the runway lights on McKellar-Sipes in preparation for landing. The plane crashed in a wooded area in the community of Huntersville around 2:30 a.m., Mapes said.

The plane was a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Jackson, the pilot, was the only person onboard. He took off from Dixon Municipal Airport in Dickson, Tennessee, and was headed to Charles W. Baker Airport in Millington, according to the FAA, which is investigating with the National Transportation Safety Board.

“Bryan was respected by patients, staff and colleagues for being a talented surgeon and tireless clinician who worked hard for patients,” said Dr. Clay Jackson, who is not related.

“He will be sorely missed.”

Jackson grew up in Bartlett and attended Christian Brothers University. He earned his medical degree and completed surgery residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science in Memphis.

His mother, Shirley Jackson, is a member of the Bartlett City Schools board of education.


  1. FlightAware track log shows what appears to be a 5 minute period of gliding flight to maximize altitude & distance, turning toward McKellar-Sipes.

    So unfortunate to run out of altitude in sight of the field.


    2. ^^^^ Correction:

    3. Talk about unlucky timing... If the engine failure or mechanical issue had happened just 1-2 minutes prior, he would have likely made the glide.

      RIP Dr Jackson

    4. And he might have made a survivable off field landing if it had been daylight. Farm fields all around, most unfortunate timing and time of night to have trouble.

  2. Really sad. He nailed the glidespeed, direct to airport, prob ground speed only around 70 mph at the end.

    During the day he might have found a better field when realized couldn't make it, but at night, the old joke about turning off the landing light...

  3. Where this happened during the day then it's a completely different ballgame. The pilot had about 8 years of flying experience. He nailed the glide speed. Made direct course for an airport. Maintained good control to the end. Where he had daylight to actually see what he was doing, then he certainly would've brought it in for a reasonably safe landing. Really a shame this happened in the middle of the night.

  4. personal limits after 1000 hours of left seat time in the past 4 years. Night, IMC, mountains. Pick one, never two.

  5. the 180 degree directional turn resulted in 1,500 feet lost alt and precious 90 secs of the last 300 secs recorded flight.

  6. Straight ahead I-40 an option at 0220 hours ...

  7. Prelim shows he ran out of fuel. Landed at airport, pumps were already off for the night, then took off a few hours later and ran out of fuel.

    1. Makes no sense that he flew out from M02 on locked pumps but would not stop for 24 hour fuel service that was available on the way at Jackson/KMKL. M02 to his home airport Charles W. Baker is 132 nautical miles.

      Must have relied on tank gauge readings instead of making a stick-check at M02. What was he doing for the 5 hours on the ground at M02?

    2. Humphreys/0M5 has 24 hour fuel, 15 miles West of M02.

  8. So simple fuel starvation? insane. As a personal limit after 2200 local if I am still in the air on a long x-country I land at:
    1) An airport I landed before with a self serve I know is in good condition and an FBO I have the code to access to after hours.
    2) A class B, C or D that has a 24 hrs FBO and maybe will pay $$$ but my life is more precious.

  9. a very frequent flyer between DICKSON, TN & JACKSON, TN

  10. We will never know, but remember when Flying to set cardinal rules, there are some things you do and some things you don't do. Period!