Monday, July 12, 2021

Cessna 150F, N8172S: Accident occurred July 10, 2021 near Carl Folsom Airport (14J), Elba, Coffee County, Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft departed, experienced engine issues and attempted to return to airport and crashed into trees. 

Date: 11-JUL-21
Time: 01:34:00Z
Regis#: N8172S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: ELBA

Elba Fire Department

Saturday evening, July 10, 2021, at approximately 8:15 pm Elba Fire Department was dispatched to the area of the Carl Folsom Airport in Elba in reference to a small plane that had crashed with two pilots on board. Truck 2, Engine 3, Truck 6, and ATV 1 all responded. Within a couple minutes firefighters in the area were on scene POV and command was established. After obtaining more information from the caller (the instructor pilot), Elba PD advised that the aircraft was in a heavily wooded area a certain direction off of the airport. Fire and Elba PD units on scene started working to determine the location of the aircraft and occupants through information relayed by the caller and witness statements. Dale County Air 1 was enroute as they had been notified by the 911 caller.

Fire Command made contact with Flatiron (Fort Rucker’s medevac helicopter) and requested they respond as well as New Brockton Volunteer Fire Department for manpower in preparation that the rescue/recovery operations had to all be performed on foot. The 911 caller was able to send their current location to our 911 dispatchers who relayed it to Fire Command. Elba Fire ATV 1 with a firefighter and a crew from Enterprise Rescue Inc. was deployed into the wooded area of the crash as Dale County Air 1 and Flatiron arrived overhead and began locating and circling the crash site. ATV 1 made contact with the patients. 

With the help of air units overhead directing them, they removed the patients from the crash site out to the airport to awaiting ambulances where they were determined to be relatively uninjured. Flatiron sat down on the runway and stood by in case either pilot needed air transport to a hospital for injuries before being released to return to service due to no injuries reported. Units started being released by Command as the incident scaled back. Fire units returned into the crash site to fully secure the aircraft and obtain information. The FAA and NTSB were contacted and the scene was turned over to their agencies. 

Local agencies that responded were Elba Fire, New Brockton Fire, Elba PD, Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, ALEA Troopers, Enterprise Rescue, Dale County Sheriff’s Office Air 1, Flatiron, Coffee County E911, and Coffee County EMA. 

Elba PD, Enterprise PD, Dale County SO, and Flatiron Base handled all communications for the incident and did so phenomenally! In particular, our two dispatchers at Elba PD last night fielded all of the calls, provided all information, contacted all additional resources, and relayed all information coming in, among other things. They did so without a single hiccup and did a fantastic job. 
The event last night was a perfect example of teamwork and coordination. Multiple agencies from multiple areas responded without hesitation which made for a successful outcome. 

Truly a great job to everyone involved and thank you for your help!

Elba Fire Department


  1. The possible, seldom possible, usually impossible, turn. The laws of physics don't apply to me, I'm an instructor.

  2. very recent transfer.
    Date: 28-Jun-2021 Owner: REYNOLDS DAVID HAYS JEFFERY Location: ARITON AL Status Assigned
    Certificate Issue Date 2021-06-26
    Airworthiness Date 1965-08-10
    Last Action Date 2021-06-26

  3. 2 adults, Cessna 150, short runway, possibly flaps on takeoff?