Monday, November 15, 2021

Cessna 150H, N6714S: Accident occurred November 14, 2021 in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Pocono Mountains Flying Club Inc

Location: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 
Accident Number: ERA22LA060
Date and Time: November 14, 2021, 18:59 Local
Registration: N6714S
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On November 14, 2021, about 1859 eastern standard time, a Cessna 150H, N6714S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. The private pilot and one passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot was on a personal cross-country flight with his daughter from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) to Mount Pocono Regional Airport (MPO), Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. After takeoff from AVP, the pilot requested VFR flight following to MPO. The pilot turned to the southeast and checked in on the departure control frequency. About 6 miles south-southeast of AVP, radar and radio contact were lost. A search was initiated and the wreckage was found about 0203 the next morning in a wooded area in the Pennsylvania State Game Lands no. 91. The pilot and his daughter were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration traveled to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The wings, fuselage, and empennage sustained substantial damage. There was no fire.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N6714S
Model/Series: 150 H
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAVP, 962 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4100 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Destination: Mount Pocono, PA (MPO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 41.23846,-75.6895 (est)

TANNERSVILLE, Pennsylvania (WBRE/WYOU) — In November of 2021, a plane crashed in Luzerne County. The father and daughter on board were found injured, but alive thanks to an iPad.

Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with the family as they see the first responders who saved them for the first time since the crash.

Angela white could ride a bike, climb monkey bars, and even waterski. Until November 14, 2021, when she went for a flight with her dad, Chris White.

“I was worshiping the lord here, as the plane was going down and I had no idea,” said Sharon White, wife and mother.

Chris and Angela flew into a snowstorm and the plane went down in a wooded area of Luzerne County.

“I saw the snow blindness and that, just like, oh. I shut the lights off. I focused on the altitude indicator. I don’t remember anything about flying the airplane into the trees,” said Chris White, father and pilot.

“My legs were inside the plane still, but I got half out of the airplane and was holding her because I wanted to keep her warm,” said Chris White.

“When I called 911, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Young with the Civil Air Patrol had already known for two hours that the plane had crashed,” mother, Sharon White recalled.

Their family didn’t know if they were dead or alive, so they turned to God for answers.

“I saw the search and rescue crew and just find God. I pray that they would find and direct the efforts of these people to find where they are,” said Christopher White Jr., brother.

First responders combed through treacherous terrain for hours, attempting to locate Chris White and his daughter Angela.

“After trying to find some information about the plane locally, we drove to Wilkes-Barre praying those words that the rescuers would find Chris and Angela and the Lord answered those prayers,” said Sharon White.

All that was left to do was wait.

“We had to sit and wait. That was probably the hardest part. Knowing they were alive but sitting there with their hands tied, not being able to do a single thing,” said Lindsey Smith.

“We were all over the mountain there. And for the longest time, we were just standing there, standing there waiting, and then the coordinates came in from the iPad, and Sgt. Richards and I got it and said let’s go and we went in for it,” said Assistant Chief Jim Serafin, Bear Creek Fire Department.

They thought it was a recovery mission and that they were looking for bodies.

“I ran through the brush, breaking stuff and I heard Angela moan. The first thought that went through my head was, ‘is she alive?’ And then I heard Mr. White say it will be ok honey, just be calm,” explained Sgt. John G. Richards, PSP.

They were alive hours after the crash in 20-degree weather with snow coming down.

“The firefighters showed up. I said, ‘Hey guys, they have hypothermia, does anyone have blankets?’ And everyone went, Sgt., we thought it was a recovery, we didn’t bring anything. And I’m like take your coats off,” Sgt. Richards said.

So they did and four volunteer firefighters laid on top of the victims, giving them their body heat until the rest of the team could make a path out of the woods.

Chris had several broken bones and a concussion among other injuries, but is back home and walking. A portion of Angela’s spine was shattered. This week, doctors told the White family, Angela is developing scoliosis and may never walk again.

But, if there’s one thing we know about Angela it’s that she’s resilient.

“You know you don’t give up. You don’t give up. My team did not give up,” stressed Assistant Chief Serafin.

This little girl will raise her hands, she would say I’m alive, and then she said Jesus is alive and so I don’t know what happened to that little girl that night but I know her faith is stronger from that night,” Sharon White stated.

Sgt. Richards and Serafin were reunited with the family Wednesday for the first time since the plane crash and it was a whirlwind of emotions.

“It’s just an amazing feeling seeing them here. You get so many calls, you don’t know the outcomes. This is a miracle, it’s a miracle, said Assistant Chief Serafin.

“We are tremendously grateful. That night. Never quitting. Never giving up, until they found Chris and Angela. If they had quit, Angela and Chris would not be here,” said Sharon White.

Not only did the Bear Creek Fire Department play a huge role in saving Angela and Chris’ lives, but they also gifted her a brand new iPad which she uses every day.

The White family may not know what’s in store, but if they’ve learned anything, it’s that their faith is stronger than any obstacle.

The public is invited to attend a church service, in honor of the White family. It will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Christian Life Assembly in Stroudsburg.

 Chris White and his 13-year-old daughter Angela.

TANNERSVILLE, Pennsylvania — We are learning more about the father and daughter who survived a plane crash in Luzerne County.

Chris White from Tannersville crash-landed the plane he was flying with his 13-year-old daughter in Bear Creek Township on Sunday Night.

Both survived the crash but not without injury. It's why the family has started a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills.

Investigators called the outcome of this plane crash a miracle after Chris White and his 13-year-old daughter Angela from Tannersville survived it.

The small plane Chris was flying went down on Sunday night in Bear Creek Township.

In a statement sent to Newswatch 16, the family says, in part, "We would like to thank all those involved in the rescue and ongoing medical care of Chris and Angela. We firmly believe their survival is a miracle, guided by the hand of God. Please continue to pray for healing."

Rescuers were able to find the location of the iPad Angela had. White and his daughter were huddled together trying to keep warm when they were found.

While the two survived, they didn't walk away unscathed. Both needed medical attention.

Angela had to have surgery and it's possible more procedures will be needed in the future.

The family set up a GoFundMe page to help offset costs.

So far, more than $12,000 of the $20,000 goal has been donated.

The FAA and the NTSB are still investigating the cause of the crash.

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