Monday, January 06, 2020

Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah, N9593U: Accident occurred January 05, 2020 in Rutherford County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte

NTSB Identification: ERA20CA065
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 5, 2020 in Rutherfordton, NC
Aircraft: American Aviation AA5, registration: N9593U

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 05-JAN-20
Time: 22:25:00Z
Regis#: N9593U
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model: AA5
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (WLOS) — A plane that crashed Sunday in Rutherford County was part of Young Eagles, an introduction to flight program created by a non-profit to promote aviation among young people.

It was supposed to be fun, just another quick trip out of Hendersonville Airport and back.

But the plane ride for three juveniles went terribly wrong.

911 caller: An airplane just crashed in my backyard.

Dispatcher: OK. An airplane crashed?

911 caller: Yes, or a helicopter just crashed in my backyard.

Rutherford county 911 first got word of the emergency late Sunday afternoon.

Dispatcher: Did it drop straight out of the air or did it look like it was trying to land?

911 caller: It kind of looked like it was trying to land, trying to land, but it was in trouble or something.

Neighbors rushed to the scene in the heavily wooded area.

"We did what we could to keep them from bleeding, tore the windshield off the best we could," a nearby resident Frank Moore said.

The Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah came to rest on its belly, wedged between trees with its propeller showing little sign of damage.

"The airplane was not running when it hit the ground," Dave Bolser, of the Western North Carolina Pilot's Association, said. "If the engine's running and the prop hits the dirt, it bends it in all different kinds of ways."

Anton Pretorious, Bolser's friend and fellow member of the Western North Carolina Pilot's Association, piloted the Grumman.

Bolser said for any aviator who loses power, trying to restart the engine is obviously job one. But, if that fails, setting up for the best glide path is key. Bolser believes Pretorious did just that.

"An airplane that size, with four passengers, goes down in the trees, usually it doesn't end that well," Bolser said. "He's a good pilot. He flew, I believe he flew that airplane so that when it went into the trees it was as soft as he could put that in the trees."

"He's trained to do what he did. And, to land that airplane the way he did, it just proves that he flew the plane until it wouldn't fly anymore, which is basically what a good pilot does."

Rutherford County Emergency Management officials said the FAA completed its inspection of the aircraft Monday morning and will continue to handle the investigation. Officials also said the wreckage will be removed from the woods tomorrow.

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, North Carolina (WSPA) – Four people were taken to the hospital after a small plane crashed in Rutherford County, Sunday afternoon.

According to the Rutherford County Director of Emergency Management Frankie Hamrick, the crash happened around 5:00pm along Polk County Line Road.

Hamrick said four people were onboard the plane including an adult pilot and three juveniles.

All four people were taken to Mission Hospital with minor injuries.

Officials said the plane was flying out of Hendersonville Airport on a demonstration flight.

The FAA has been called to the scene of the crash and are expected to arrive Monday morning.

A witness, Tyler Cook, told 7 News that he saw the plane spiral down into the woods.

Cook said he along with several others rushed to the crashed plane which he said was around a mile into the woods.

Full audio interview with Tyler Cook ➤

RUTHERFORD COUNTY — A small plane crashed along Polk County Line Road in Rutherford County Sunday afternoon and all four passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Polk County emergency crews were along with Rutherford County responded to the scene. 

Rutherford County Director of Emergency Management Frankie Hamrick said the crash happened around 5 p.m. Sunday and all four people on board the plane, including an adult pilot and three juveniles were taken to Mission Hospital with minor injuries. 

One of the victims was initially taken to St. Luke’s Hospital but was later transferred to Mission Hospital. 

Polk County Emergency Management Director Bobby Arledge said Monday morning that the crash was very close to the Polk County line so emergency crews from Polk County responded. He said the crash occurred off Polk County Line Road with the Polk County line being on the left of the crash and Rutherford County line on the right. Arledge said the plane was a 4-seater, small plane that crashed into trees about a mile into the woods. He said there was not a lot of damage to the plane and UTVs carried the passengers out, which included three juveniles under the age of 16 and an adult pilot. The Sunny View and Mill Spring Fire Departments responded, as well as the Polk County Rescue Squad, Polk County EMS and the Polk County Emergency Management Department. 

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, North Carolina (FOX Carolina) - Rutherford County crews say a pilot and three children suffered minor injuries after a small plane crashed on game land Sunday night.

FOX Carolina initially confirmed with dispatchers that the single-engine aircraft reportedly crashed near Polk County Line Road and Franks Ridge Drive around 5 p.m. We were not made aware of how many potential passengers were on board at the time.

Sheriff Chris Francis later told us injuries were reported, but no deaths.

The Federal Aviation Administration later confirmed the plane was a Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah. The investigation is ongoing and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause for the crash.

Our crew on scene got more details from Rutherford County Emergency Management Director Edward Hamrick. He told us the aircraft was flying out of Henderson County as part of an exhibition flight for the juveniles on board. Crews were first called around 5 p.m., and the plane crashed on game land, about 50 feet away from a ravine near an old logging road.

Hamrick says crews handled the scene within 45 minutes and would clear out shortly after 7 p.m. There was no fire on the scene, but a small fuel leak was quickly contained.  Hamrick notes the Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation in the morning.

Original article can be found here ➤