Friday, July 02, 2021

Beech 35-33 Debonair, N302Z: Fatal accident occurred July 02, 2021 in Roff, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma

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 traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Location: Roff, OK 
Accident Number: CEN21FA300
Date & Time: July 2, 2021, 02:25 Local
Registration: N302Z
Aircraft: Beech 35-33 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 2, 2021, about 0225 central daylight time, a Beech 35-33 airplane, N302Z, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Roff, Oklahoma. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Radar data indicated that the airplane conducted three flights the evening of the accident. The first flight departed the Ada Regional Airport (ADH), Ada, Oklahoma, at 2015; the airplane climbed to 3,000 ft and slowly descended until it arrived at the Ardmore Municipal Airport (ADM), Ardmore, Oklahoma, about 2035. The second flight departed ADM at about 2200 and flew toward ADH, but the airplane
made several circles southwest of the airport and then returned to ADM. It landed about 2253.

A few hours later, at 0211, the airplane departed ADM a second time, en route to ADH. The airplane’s altitude varied between 1,000 and 2,000 ft; at one point the airplane climbed to 3,000 ft before it descended back down. Its ground speed fluctuated between 80 and 160 mph; however, most of the flight was around 100 mph. Shortly before the flight track ended, the airplane track indicated a left turn. The airplane’s ground speed decreased from 93 mph to 74 mph before it increased again. The last radar data point was about 0.20 miles northwest of the accident site; the airplane remained in a left turn at 102 mph.

The airplane impacted trees on a remote ranch about 12 nautical miles southwest of ADH. The airplane was destroyed from impacting the trees and terrain. There were no witnesses to the accident. However, the ranch owner heard a loud noise and went outside. He did not observe anything abnormal but noted the weather conditions were “very foggy and misty, with low visibility.” 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N302Z
Model/Series: 35-33 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Unknown 
Condition of Light: NightDark
Observation Facility, Elevation: ADH,1015 ft msl 
Observation Time: 02:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -5.6°C /-5.6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 300 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 9000 ft AGL
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ardmore, OK (ADM)
Destination: Roff, OK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 34.61,96.78

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

Derrick Lee Sutherland
Ada, Oklahoma
January 30, 1986 - July 2, 2021

Derrick Lee Sutherland, 35, of Ada, Oklahoma passed away Friday, July 2nd, 2021 in Roff, Oklahoma.

Derrick graced this world with his presence on January 30, 1986 in Montrose, Colorado to Rick Sutherland and Julie Cox. Derrick lived in Colorado until the age of 5 and moved to Oklahoma.

Derrick met the love of his life, Chanda Sutherland and married April 10, 2009 at Fossil Creek Ranch in Fitzhugh, Oklahoma. They have three children Savannah, Briar and Brilee.

Derrick was self-employed, creating Sutherland Trucking with his wife by his side. They ventured from gravel hauling into the business it is today and will continue to be, heavy hauling specialist. On most days you would find Derrick behind the wheel and Chanda chasing down High Maintenance and his "Hoes".

Derrick's hero was his dad, Derrick strove to be just like him in so many ways. To know Derrick was an honor and privilege. He lived with passion and loved with his whole heart. Most of all, Derrick loved and cherished his family.

Derrick was a pusher. It was a push to be better than yesterday, a push to learn more, a push to laugh when you are pissed off at the world. He pushed even when people doubted him. Derrick never sat around without dreaming, talking and planning his next adventure. He turned all those dreams, talks and plans into reality for him and his family. His hobbies turned into his life adventures. Boating, Snowmobiling, Side by sides and flying were the things he enjoyed the most with family and friends when he had down time from trucking.

Derrick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pearl and Oneita Sutherland, Aunt's Shirley Woods and Mikki Curtis and an Uncle, Larry Sutherland and Cousins Trent, Garrett and Tony.

He is survived by his wife Chanda, their three children Savannah, Briar and Brilee, Father Rick Sutherland and wife Stephanie, Stepdad Jeff Curtis, Mother Julie Cox and husband Wallace, Brothers Brandon Sutherland and wife Lindsey, Lane Sutherland and Sean Sutherland, Sister Jaylyn Invison and husband Jeff. Nephews Dax, Cooper and Knox. Nieces Katy and Joelea, Grandparents Larry Reeves and wife Jamie, "Papa" Rocky Sanders and Patricia Steffan as well as many other Aunts, Uncles and Cousins with many more friends and family who are near and dear to his heart.

Services will be held Monday July 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Crosspointe Church in Ada, Oklahoma with Pastor Jacob Towes officiating.

Pallbarers will be Briar Sutherland, Brandon Sutherland, Lane Sutherland, Sean Sutherland, Brian Sutherland, Blake Smith and Justin Czajkowski, John Thomson, Roy Deaton, Buster Fore, Brandon Langford, Chris Woods

Honorary Pallbearers will be Trenton Sutherland and Dakota Abbott, who will always be by his side.

We would love to acknowledge the love and support from Larry Woods and The Woods Dirt Construction Family and employee's.

Dakota Wayne Abbott
Ada, Oklahoma
January 11, 1991 - July 2, 2021

Dakota was born in Ada, OK on January 11, 1991 to Jeffery and Shaena Abbott. He lived in Ada his entire life, graduating from Byng High School, then going on to ECU on a baseball scholarship, and later attending Murray State.

On June 13, 2015 he married the love of his life, Carley in Fitzhugh, OKlahoma. They had two beautiful boys: Caden Wayne (5yrs) and Dayton Lee (6mo).

Dakota was a self-employed truck driver, owning and operating Abbott Trucking LLC for 5 years. He recently started attending H2O Church in 2021 with his family.

To know Dakota was an honor. Dakota loved and he loved big. He cherished his family above anything. Caden is the true definition of a daddy's boy. He thinks his daddy walked the moon. There weren't many places you would see Dakota that Caden wouldn't be with him. Dakota always told Dayton "I can't wait till you get big enough to be right in the middle of everything with your brother". Dakota had many hobbies. Next to his wife and boys he loved his pride and joy, his semi. There wasn't a semi he didn't stop to admire, none were better than his of course. He loved music and often shared his new music finds. He loved his jeep, riding fourwheelers and baseball. You could say his only poor choice in life was being a Yankees fan. Oh he loved to aggravate. He loved to play jokes on everyone and make us smile. Carley would often ask "can I mow?"  Where he would give his Dakota look and reply "you know I like to mow!" On the weekends you could find him camping and spending time on his new boat with family and friends. Dakota dreamed of starting his own business and accomplished just that! Dakota loved kids and you could always count on hearing "Kota come play with us" at any gatherings. He had a heart of gold and did not meet a stranger. He never hesitated to give spare change or help someone on the side of the road. I think we can all agree the world would be a much better place if we loved like Dakota. He will truly be missed.

Dakota was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred Abbott, Linda Abbott, and Ly-Van-Duc, and two cousins, Marty Wilson and Tiffany Barton.

He is survived by his wife, Carley Abbott of the home, two sons, Caden and Dayton of the home, father, Jeffrey Abbott and significant other Christine Pangle, mother Shaena Abbott, one sister, Layna Taylor and husband Garrett, two nephews, Gavin Dean and Rhett Taylor, one niece, Kennedi Cavers, grandparents Keith and Kay Byerly, and Mike and Laquita Spencer, aunts and uncles Khini and Floyd Brown, Hollie and Chris Jackson, Mylinda and Lance Bowen, and Cindy and Jerry Newcomb, cousins Kaleb and Tasha, and their kids Kamell, Kase, and Kimber, Christian and Colby Jackson, and Koby and Katelynn Bowen, as well as numerous loved cousins and countless friends.

A family visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Estes-Phillips Funeral Home in Ada, Oklahoma.

A funeral service for Dakota will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 8th, 2021 at the Konawa P.A.C. Auditorium in Konawa, Oklahoma with Bro. Zac Christian officiating. Interment will follow at Walton Cemetery in Sasakwa, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be Kaleb Stewart, Christian Jackson, Garrett Taylor, Terry Owen, Brock Kinnamon, and Casey Hawkins.

Honorary Pallbearers will be David Griffin, Jake Kiker & Derrick Sutherland, who we have saved a seat for.

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Oklahoma — Two people were killed in a plane crash early Friday morning in Pontotoc County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported just after 3:30 a.m. just south of 25539 CR 3500, three miles east of Roff, in Pontotoc County.

According to the OHP, a Beech 35-33 Debonair was piloted by 35-year-old Derrick L. Sutherland, of Ada. Sutherland was pronounced dead at the scene by Pontotoc County EMS.

His passenger, 30-year-old Dakota Abbott, also of Ada, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pontotoc County EMS.

According to the OHP, the aircraft was flying northbound from Ardmore to Ada. The final investigation is still being performed by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, troopers said.

FITZHUGH, Oklahoma (KXII) - Two Ada men were killed in a plane crash overnight in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma troopers said Derrick Sutherland, 35, was piloting a  Beech 35-33 Debonair with passenger Dakota Abbott, 30, on board when they crashed into a pasture just south of 25539 County Road 3500 three miles east of Roff around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said the plane left Ardmore at approximately 1:50 a.m. Friday.

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


  1. instructional flight and or building night IFR time? Four legs, leg 1 starting 1:15:55Z Ada and landing 1:36:29Z ... see next 3 @ ending at 7:24:07Z

  2. Neither. One PPL and a non-pilot passenger on a short trip and trying to make it back.

  3. NTSB final report cites pilot error, of course, but notes that the PIC had 30 hours??