Monday, January 27, 2020

Bushby Mustang II, Unregistered: Fatal accident occurred January 25, 2020 near Big 'T' Airport (64GA), Senoia, Coweta County, Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

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

Location: Senoia, GA
Accident Number: ERA20FA086
Date & Time: 01/25/2020, 1715 EST
Registration: UNREG
Aircraft: MUSTANG II
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 25, 2020, about 1715 eastern standard time, an unregistered experimental, amateur-built Mustang II, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Big 'T' Airport (64GA), Senoia, Georgia. The airline transport pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed 64GA about 1655.

According to witnesses and video recorded from a witness, the airplane had been flying over the local area for about 15 minutes when it then performed a barrel roll. Shortly after the barrel roll, the canopy opened and struck the vertical stabilizer and right horizontal stabilizer. The airplane subsequently descended nose-down and impacted terrain about .5 mile south of 64GA.

The owner of the airplane stated that he purchased it from a Canadian citizen about 1 week prior to the accident. The owner further stated that the accident pilot was a good friend and fellow airline pilot. The accident pilot accompanied the owner to receive the airplane. The owner only had about 15 minutes of experience in the airplane and the accident pilot had about 55 hours of experience in the same make and model as the accident airplane. The owner further stated that the canopy latch was not intuitive, and the accident pilot had to show him how to operate it. A knob had to be rotated approximately 180° clockwise to secure the latch, and then rotated 180° counterclockwise to release the latch. The accident pilot was allowed to use the airplane when he wanted, and the accident flight was a local pleasure flight.

The pilot's most recent Federal Aviation Administration first class medical certificate was issued on October 24, 2019. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 11,000 hours.

The two-seat, low-wing, fixed tailwheel airplane was assembled from a kit in 1980. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-360, 180 horsepower engine, equipped with a two-blade, constant-speed Hartzell propeller. Review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed in Canada on May 29, 2019. At that time, the airframe had accrued a total time of 1,379.5 hours and the engine had 0 hours since major overhaul.

The wreckage came to rest nose down in a wooded area. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident scene, with the exception of the canopy, vertical stabilizer, and outboard section of the right horizontal stabilizer, which were located about .25 mile north of the main wreckage. The propeller separated from the engine, but both blades remained in the hub. One propeller blade exhibited tip curling, chordwise scratching, and leading edge gouging. The other propeller blade exhibited s-bending near the tip.

The canopy latch was retained for further examination. Additionally, the witness video was forwarded to the National Transportation Safety Board Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, Washington, DC for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MUSTANG
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FFC, 807 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Senoia, GA (64GA)
Destination: Senoia, GA (64GA) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 33.290000, -84.540833

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. 


Nathan Rivers Sorenson
10/29/06 - 1/25/20

Our beloved Nathan Rivers "departed the fixed outbound" to Heaven on January 25th, hand in hand with his Twin Tigers team member, "Little" Mark Nowosielski (43), in a heartbreaking aviation accident. Nathan loved Fortnite, Minecraft, Lindsey Stirling music, his 4-wheeler & his hoverboard, and fall because he could share his awesome Nerf birthday parties with as many friends as possible. He loved Lego minifig hunting with surrogate aunts and siblings. He loved to fly with his dad, and especially loved spending time with his vast extended family & friends. He had a deep connection to all animals, domesticated or wild. His instant connection was infectious. He planned to be a famous youtuber sharing games and aviation together. Nathan grew up developing the Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team with his dad. In his 13 years of travel he touched over 30 states & millions of people. He loved sharing his passion for aviation. While he loved traveling and being with people, there was no place like home. Nathan is survived by his parents Mark & Brooke Sorenson (b. Warble, '96 Hershey High School graduate), his older brother Brandon (Amire) and 2 nephews, various grandparents in PA, MN, GA and FL, many Warble and Sorenson family members, and more friends than there are stars in the sky. A joint celebration of life ceremony is being held on 2/15/2020 at Peach State Airport (GA2) in Williamson, GA 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate in honor of both Mark and Nathan to your local cat shelter. Fly high, our little boy. Mommy & Daddy love you so much. Waiting for our eternal hug. You are more alive than ever.











SENOIA, Georgia (CBS46) -- Two people have died in a small plane crash in Senoia, Georgia Saturday evening.

The FAA said the aircraft was a Bushby Mustang II and that it went down about a half-mile from Big T Airport in Senoia.

Coweta County confirmed the plane went down near Highway 16 East and Kessle Hurst Road in Senoia.

The county coroner confirms Mark Nowosielski, 43, and Nathan Sorenson, 13, were both killed. 

According to the website AirShowNews, Mark Nowosielski was one half of the award-winning Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team, and a long-time member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team. His full time job was as a Boeing 737 pilot for Southwest Airlines.

Nathan Sorenson is the son of Mark Sorenson, owner and lead pilot of the Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.cbs46.com





COWETA COUNTY, Georgia — Authorities have released the names of a man and teen killed in a Coweta County plane crash on Saturday afternoon.

The coroner confirmed to 11Alive that the Bushby Mustang II aircraft that crashed not far from Big T Airport was piloted by Mark Nowosielski of Ocala, Florida. His passenger was 13-year-old Nathan Sorenson from Senoia, Georgia.

Authorities said the two weren't related but were friends. Federal Aviation Administration records also show that the only person listed under the pilot's name had been issued certificates for airline transport and flight instruction as recently as July 2019.

All lanes were blocked on Georgia Route 16 at Tinsley Way after the crash and the roadway remained shut down for hours. The FAA confirmed the aircraft was a Mustang 2 and that it crashed into a wooded area on the road's edge.

Not far away, workers at the "Wings on Wheels" food truck thought they heard the aircraft moments before it went down. Desirae Walker said they're used to feeling their trailer shake because of aircraft - but this was different.

"I heard something rattle and planes aren't supposed to rattle," she said.

A short time later, she said she heard several emergency vehicles coming from many different directions.

The National Transportation Safety Board has since joined the investigation and will search for the cause of the crash. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.11alive.com

Kitfox S7 Super Sport, N399A: Incident occurred January 25, 2020 at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (KGYR), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft ground looped on landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N399A

Date: 25-JAN-20
Time: 15:55:00Z
Regis#: N399A
Aircraft Make: KITFOX
Aircraft Model: S7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GOODYEAR
State: ARIZONA

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N3672K: Fatal accident occurred January 24, 2020 in Payson, Gila County, Arizona

Blaine Mathews (age 59) died at the scene.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N3672K

Date: 24-JAN-20
Time: 00:10:00Z
Regis#: N3672K
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
City: PAYSON
State: ARIZONA

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. 

Spencer Berns (age 29) survived the accident.


Office of Sheriff of Gila County
Updated Press Release
January 24, 2020

"Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following updated information on a plane crash located southwest of Payson, Arizona in the Mazatzal Mountains.

On January 24, 2020 at approximately 3:12 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an individual reporting their plane had crashed in the Mazatzal Mountains. Three individuals were reported on board at the time of crash. Deputies responded as well as the Arizona Department of Public Safety Helicopter Ranger.

Once the aircraft was located, three individuals were found, two were recovered and airlifted to hospitals in the valley and one was pronounced deceased. The two survivors have been identified as Colten Egbert, age 21, of Mesa and Spencer Berns, age 29, of Mesa. The deceased individual has been identified as Blaine Mathews, age 59, of Mesa.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been contacted and will be conducting an investigation. This is an ongoing investigation and more information may be released as it becomes available.

Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to thank the Department of Public Safety, Native Air, PHI and Life Line Ambulance for their coordinating response.

Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to extend condolences to the families affected by this tragic loss."

Gila County Sheriff's Office


NEAR PAYSON, Arizona - Officials with the Gila County Sheriff's Office say a person is dead, and two people were taken to Valley hospitals following a small plane crash that happened Friday afternoon.

According to a statement released on the department's Facebook page, deputies received a 911 call at around 3:12 p.m. from a person reporting that a plane had crashed in the Mazatzal Mountains area. Deputies, with help from the Helicopter Ranger with DPS, searched for the crash site.

Three people were on board at the time of the crash, and officials with GCSO identified the man who died as 59-year-old Blaine Mathews of Mesa. The survivors were identified as 29-year-old Spencer Berns and 21-year-old Colten Egbert, both of Mesa.

Mathews leaves behind his wife, children and grandchildren. He is remembered as a big family man who would help others in need.

FOX 10 learned from Federal Aviation Administration officials that the plane involved in the crash is a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee. There will be an investigation by Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Crash survivor, Spencer Berns' wife says he has broken bones and an injured spine but is healing up in the hospital.

Shelly Berns says she got a text from Spencer just before 9 a.m. Friday as the group fueled the plane up in Payson. Later that night, she saw video of the accident site on the news.

She says Colten, the pilot, called 911 and Spencer used his Garmin inReach watch to help give dispatch their coordinates via GPS. That's when Gila County Sheriff's deputies and the DPS helicopter ranger helped find the men - airlifting the two to hospitals.

"I'm just kind of numb right now. I don't think it's really hit me yet. My emotions when I got the call that his plane went down, I was a wreck. I'm ready for him to be home out of the hospital and start recovering so we can move past this," she said.

Spencer and Mathews enjoyed spending time together, they'd even go hunting. "There's nothing that you'd ask him that he would ever say no to. He would bend over backward to help anybody," Berns said of Mathews.

Story and video ➤ https://www.fox10phoenix.com


NEAR PAYSON, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) - One man is dead and two others are seriously hurt after a plane went down near Payson on Friday.

Federal investigators say around 3 p.m., a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee went down "under unknown circumstances" in the Mazatzal Mountains, 8 to 10 miles southwest of Payson.

The Gila County Sheriff's Office said 59-year-old Blaine Mathews died at the scene. Colten Egbert, 21, and Spencer Burns, 29, were flown from the wreckage to hospitals in the Phoenix-area. All three men are from Mesa.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Story and video ➤ https://www.azfamily.com

Zenair Zenith STOL CH750, N617E: Accident occurred January 24, 2020 in Lake Havasu, Mohave County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft landed on the water and left float was taking on water.

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https://registry.faa.gov/N617E

Date: 25-JAN-20
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N617E
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: STOL CH750
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LAKE HAVASU CITY
State: ARIZONA




LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona — Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call from an aircraft in the water in Lake Havasu, Friday.

The call was received around 5:45 p.m. reporting the aircraft was between a mile to a mile and a half north of the Colorado River mouth, in the Refuge area, MCSO said.

The Division of Boat Safety, Search and Rescue team and Patrol division responded to the call.

MCSO said the aircraft occupants were hanging onto the plane as the plane was submerging into the water.

No one was injured and the two individuals were taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

MCSO said in a press release that it was a amphibious floatplane and it had not crashed, but attempted to land on the Colorado River.

“While on the water, the plane started to take on water in its float, causing it to submerge underwater,” MCSO said.

The aircraft was recovered from the Colorado River, according to MCSO.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.12news.com




At least two passengers in an airplane that went down over Lake Havasu were ferried to safety Friday evening by emergency first responders.

Well after sundown, Lake Havasu City paramedics waited at the northern docks of Lake Havasu State Park.

In almost complete darkness, they used headlights, strobes and flashlights to guide a rescue watercraft ashore.

At about 5:45 p.m., Havasu fire officials received reports of an aircraft

that landed, for reasons yet unknown, on the northern end of Lake Havasu.

According to Fire Battalion Chief Mike Quijada, the pilot of the plane radioed for assistance, and gave his location to emergency dispatchers.

According to Quijada, however, the fire department’s watercraft was unavailable at the time.

Fire officials received assistance from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in locating the plane and its passengers before it was too late.

A Mohave County watercraft collected two paramedics at Contact Point and traveled to the site of the crash. According to initial reports, two passengers were unharmed.

Information has not yet been made available as to the identities of the aircraft occupants, or the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.havasunews.com

Sikorsky S-76B, N72EX: Fatal accident occurred January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, Los Angeles County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N72EX

Location: Calabasas, CA
Accident Number: DCA20MA059
Date & Time: 01/26/2020, 0945 PST
Registration: N72EX
Aircraft: Sikorsky S76
Injuries: 9 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On January 26, 2020, about 0945 PST, a Sikorsky S76B helicopter, N72EX, crashed into hilly terrain near Calabasas, California. A post impact fire ensued and resulted in a brush fire. The eight passengers and one pilot onboard were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was operated by Island Express Helicopters. Weather at Van Nuys airport, about 14 miles northeast of the site was reported as 1,100 feet overcast with 2 ½ miles visibility. The flight was operated under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 135 under visual flight rules from John Wayne Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, California, to Camarillo Airport (KCMA), Camarillo, California.

An Investigative Webpage is located at https://www.ntsb.gov

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Sikorsky
Registration: N72EX
Model/Series: S76 B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Island Express
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVNY, 900 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1100 ft agl
Visibility:  2.5 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Santa Ana, CA (KSNA)
Destination: Camarillo, CA (KCMA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 8 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 9 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.

Witness photo of accident site and weather conditions. 
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Adam Huray and Carol Hogan, Investigators
National Transportation Safety Board

Carol Hogan, Investigator
National Transportation Safety Board

 
Jennifer Homendy, Board Member
Final Media Brief 
National Transportation Safety Board


B-Roll
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Jennifer Homendy, Board Member
Second Media Brief
National Transportation Safety Board

Bill English, Investigator in Charge 
Aaron Sauer and Josh Lindberg, Investigators 
National Transportation Safety Board

Adam Huray, Investigator
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Carol Hogan, Investigator
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Aaron Sauer and Josh Lindberg, Investigators 
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Mooney M20C, N202GE: Incident occurred January 25, 2020 at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aircraft experienced engine problems and sat aircraft back down on runway with gear up and propeller strike.

https://registry.faa.gov/N202GE

Date: 25-JAN-20
Time: 21:10:00Z
Regis#: N202GE
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Stinson V-77 Vultee, N50249: Fatal accident occurred January 24, 2020 near Auburn Municipal Airport (KAUN), Placer County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N50249

Location: Auburn, CA

Accident Number: WPR20FA077
Date & Time: 01/24/2020, 1000 PST
Registration: N50249
Aircraft: Stinson V77
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 24, 2020, about 1000 Pacific standard time, a Stinson Vultee V-77 airplane, N50249, was destroyed when it collided with terrain about 3/4-mile northeast of Auburn Municipal Airport (AUN), Auburn, California. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured, and the private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The airplane departed AUN about 0945.

Several witnesses reported that they heard the airplane's engine "backfiring" and "stuttering" and subsequently heard the engine quit. Additionally, a witness at the airport, who was monitoring the airport's Unicom frequency, stated that he heard the pilot of the accident airplane make a distress call reporting that he had lost his engine and shortly thereafter heard the pilot radio that he was going down in the trees.

Examination of the wreckage by the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge revealed that the airplane struck tall trees and subsequently came to rest in rocky wooded terrain, located near the top of a hill. All major components of the airplane necessary for flight were located at the accident site. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stinson
Registration: N50249
Model/Series: V77 No Series
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAUN, 1531 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Auburn, CA (AUN)
Destination: Auburn, CA (AUN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 38.959444, -121.065833 (est)

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. 


Rancho Cordova Police Department
Anthony Lawrence Wright Jr., 55


Rancho Cordova Police Department
January 24th

"The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) is deeply saddened to share the tragic and unexpected loss of a member of our team. Today, RCPD Records Officer and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Tony Wright was killed in a plane crash in Auburn, California.

Tony was a 23-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and joined our RCPD team in 2008. He was assigned to RCPD’s Traffic Unit and worked in our Service Center supporting our residents with general inquiries, as well as traffic-related requests.

Tony was 55 years old and leaves behind a wife and family.

We are grieving the loss of a beloved member of our team, and our thoughts and prayers are with Tony’s family and friends."



Placer County Sheriff's Office
January 24th

"Placer County Sheriff’s deputies received a call of a plane crash after 10 a.m. this morning, in the area of Black Oak Golf Course in Auburn. Deputies arrived minutes after the call, and found a mangled non-commercial plane in the yard of a residence near the 13000-block of Dry Creek Road.

Deputies observed fuel leaking from the plane and immediately worked to extract the three people inside. One victim was found deceased at the scene and the second victim was life-flighted to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The third victim was taken to the hospital for moderate to major injuries. The descendants have been identified as: 80-year old Anthony Lawrence Wright Sr. (father) and Anthony Lawrence Wright Jr. (son), both of Meadow Vista. Wright Jr. was a reserve officer and a full-time records officer with the Rancho Cordova Police Department. Investigators with the National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating all other details of the crash, including what type of aircraft was involved, and where it was headed to/coming from.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wright family tonight and the Rancho Cordova Police Department."



AUBURN, California -  The Placer County Sheriff's Office has identified the two men killed following a plane crash near an Auburn golf course. They were father and son.

It was reported around 10AM Friday, January 24, 2020, in the area of Dry Creek Road and Haines Road, near the Black Oak Golf Course. it crashed shortly after take off.

According to the Placer County Sheriff's Office, three people were on-board. The third passenger has moderate to major injuries.

A Placer County Tweet identified the deceased as Anthony Lawrence Wright Sr., 80, and Anthony Lawrence Wright Jr., 55, both of Meadow Vista.

Wright Jr. was a reserve officer and full-time records officer with the Rancho Cordova Police Department.

The Stinson V-77 Vultee crashed in a heavily wooded area very close to homes.

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

Story and video ➤ https://www.kolotv.com

Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N55455: Fatal accident occurred January 25, 2020 near Cannon Creek Airpark (15FL), Lake City, Columbia County, Florida

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Lycoming; Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
Piper; Vero Beach, Florida

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N55455

Location: Lake City, FL
Accident Number: ERA20FA085
Date & Time: 01/25/2020, 0930 EST
Registration: N55455
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 25, 2020, at 0930 eastern standard time, a Piper PA32-260, N55455, was destroyed when it impacted terrain and a house after takeoff from Cannon Creek Airpark (15FL), Lake City, Florida. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight destined for Walk-Air Airport (38XA), Tyler Texas.

A witness stated that the pilot flew to 15FL from 38XA the weekend before the accident. At that time, the pilot said the engine "cut-out" on short final; however, after landing, the pilot performed an engine run-up which was normal. The pilot and the witness subsequently opened the engine cowling and observed an oil leak. The pilot contacted a local mechanic to fix the oil leak. A couple days later, the pilot ran the engine and no oil leaks were noted. The night before the accident flight, the accident pilot and the witness taxied the airplane to the fuel tank and topped off the wing tanks, and left wing tip tank but they did not put fuel in the right wing tip tank because it had a fuel leak.

The next morning, the witness and pilot performed a preflight inspection of the airplane and no anomalies were noted. The witness watched the airplane take off from runway 36 and noticed that the pilot "turned hard left" after the airplane cleared the trees, which was earlier than normal. The witness returned to his vehicle and was getting ready to leave when he heard a loud bang and then saw smoke. He drove over to the smoke and saw that the airplane was completely engulfed in flames.

The airplane came to rest on the side of a house in a subdivision on the west side of the airport on a heading of 215°. A postaccident fire consumed the airplane, and only the tail section remained intact and undamaged by fire. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the scene. Control cable continuity was confirmed to the respective controls. The cockpit, instrument panel, firewall, fuselage, and wings were all destroyed by the fire.

The engine accessory case was consumed by fire; the magnetos, fuel pump, carburetor, vacuum pump, and oil filter were destroyed. The engine crankcase and cylinders were intact. The top spark plugs were removed, and a lighted borescope was used to examine the cylinder walls, exhaust, intake valves and piston heads. No anomalies were noted. The engine was rotated by hand and thumb compression was established on all cylinders. Valve train continuity was established throughout the engine by observing movement of the rocker arms and rear accessory case gears.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot was issued an FAA third class medical certificate on March 20, 2019. She reported 172.5 hours of total flight experience at that time.

The 0953 recorded weather observation at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida, which was located about 35 miles south east of the accident site, included wind 330° at 7 knots, clear skies, and visibility 10 statute miles. The temperature was 13° C, the dew point was 7° C; and the altimeter setting was 30.18 inches of mercury.

The airplane was retained for further investigation. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N55455
Model/Series: PA32 260
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGNV, 123 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lake City, FL (15FL)
Destination: Tyler, TX (38XA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 30.156944, -82.669167

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. 



Salena Short











The pilot of a single-engine plane is dead after crashing into a home on Inwood Court in the Creekside subdivision Saturday morning. The occupants of the home, a woman and her 7-year-old son, were unhurt.

The pilot was Salena Short, according to Bill Jennings, who purchased a home in the Cannon Creek Airpark about three months ago. Short was visiting Jennings from Texas. Jennings said Short's family had been notified of her death.

"In November, Salena sold me a gyrocopter," Jennings said. "We've been friends ever since." 

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Short took off in a single-engine plane from the airpark, crashing into the home of Shane Renee Thomson not long after being airborne. Thomson and her son Ethan, 7, escaped injury. 

Short, who was 61 years old, had flown into Lake City on Tuesday and was returning to her home in Tyler, Texas, on Saturday when she crashed. On Friday, her plane had undergone some maintenance, mainly to clean out its rocker covers; however, the plane was otherwise sound, Jennings said.

Short had a childhood love of flying and when she started dating her future husband, Gary Buster, a pilot himself, she got to experience flying in small planes first hand. It wouldn't be long before she would be piloting planes herself. 

Buster died of a heart attack in July 2018 while visiting London, less than two months after he and Short married. Short used flying to cope with the loss. 

"Oh how I’ve missed flying, truly the best therapy ever for me," she wrote in a Facebook post in November.

Murray Smith, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office public information officer, was at the scene of the crash. He told the Reporter that the National Transportation Safety Board, out of Cocoa Beach, would be leading the investigation, with assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration out of Orlando. The Florida Highway Patrol will also be part of the investigation because the wreckage partly littered a public road. The NTSB arrived on the scene within hours of the accident.

Rhonda and Jack Russell of Lake City were on their way to the home of Thomson, their daughter, to pick up Ethan for a basketball game at Parkview Baptist Saturday morning when they got word a plane had crashed into the house.

“Our daughter said a plane had just hit their house,” Rhonda said at the scene about a half-hour after the crash. “We didn’t know what to expect.”

They got there a few minutes later to find their daughter and grandson outside and unharmed.

“It is a miracle,” Rhonda said.

Shane Renee was standing by the front window of the home when the plane struck and Ethan was playing his keyboard just a few feet away.

“Then all of the sudden it hit,” Rhonda said. “She saw a flash of orange as it exploded.”

The plane struck the roof above a bay window on the front of the home in an apparent glancing blow then disintegrated and burned. 

Shane Renee and Ethan escaped through the garage. “There were flames but they ducked down and got out,” Rhonda said.

On the way out they grabbed Ethan’s toy Chewbacca of Star Wars fame from the laundry room.

“It stunk of smoke,” Rhonda said. “We’re going to get him a new one.”

Shane Renee is upset and Ethan is “pretty scared,” Jack Russell said. “It’s almost like he’s in shock.”

Jack and Rhonda were grateful their daughter and grandson were safe, but their hearts went out to the family of the pilot.

“It’s an awful thing,” Jack said. 

The Red Cross is poised to offer aid to Shane Renee and Ethan but Rhonda said she and Jack were there to take care of them.

Along with all their neighbors.

“They have wonderful neighbors here,” Rhonda said.

The home is damaged with a hole in the roof but appears structurally intact from the outside.

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