Sunday, September 13, 2020

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 11-SEP-20
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N74HS
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

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 ...