Saturday, December 11, 2021

Van's RV-3, N9YY: Fatal accident occurred December 11, 2021 near Bermuda Dunes Airport (KUDD), Riverside County, California

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

James A. Wallace


Location: Bermuda Dunes, California
Accident Number: WPR22LA061
Date and Time: December 11, 2021, 12:30 Local 
Registration: N9YY
Aircraft: MOUL WILLIS RV-3 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 11, 2021, about 1230 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built RV-3 airplane, N9YY, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Bermuda Dunes, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to a friend, the pilot planned a local flight with the intention to overfly the pilot’s home, which was located about 2.7 miles southwest of the Bermuda Dunes Airport (UDD), Palm Springs, California.

A witness located about a mile west of the accident site observed the airplane in a descending right turn, about a few hundred feet from her location. She recalled seeing the propeller wind-milling. A second witness, who was located about .3 miles north of the accident site, stated that he observed the airplane flying in a normal level attitude as it travelled from north to south at a very low altitude. He observed the airplane roll until one wing pointed straight up and the other point straight down. The airplane then descended in a steep nose down angle. Both witnesses lost sight of the airplane as it descended behind buildings.

The airplane came to rest upright in a residential driveway about 1.3 miles southwest of UDD, and about 1.4 miles northeast of the pilot’s residence. The first point of probable impact was a palm tree about 40 feet in height, located adjacent to a private home, and about 50 north of the airplane. Debris from the palm tree was scattered about the site leading to the airplane. All major components of the airplane were in the debris area of about 30 feet by 30 feet.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MOUL WILLIS 
Registration: N9YY
Model/Series: RV-3 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PSP, 476 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD) 
Destination: Bermuda Dunes, CA 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.740161,-116.29579 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.




The pilot of a small plane has died after crashing into a neighborhood in Bermuda Dunes Saturday afternoon.

The coroner's office identified the pilot as James Wallace, 83, of Palm Desert. He was pronounced dead at Desert Medical Center in Palm Springs Saturday evening.

Now, friends and family of Wallace are mourning his passing and holding on to his legacy. Wallace became a pilot so young, friends of Wallace said his mom was scared when she found out he got his license.

“He was a real pilot. He was just one of these guys that when you think of a pilot, you know, confident," said Wallace's friend of seven years, Frank Barbec.

Both men are members of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1116.

“Any given weekend, and in the morning, I could hear his plane rumbling up the taxiway, and it was very distinctive, so I could tell it was him," said Barbec. "So he would come and he'd flip his plane around, and we'd sit at this table and talk about anything. Mostly about his kids that are pilots. He was just so so proud of them.”

Now, that same table served as a gathering place for those who knew Wallace to remember his legacy. Part of that legacy was constantly sharing his love for flying through the Young Eagle Rallies, which is a program that takes kids interested in aviation on a flight for no charge.

“Who knows how many of those kids that he flew those Young Eagle flights for went on to be pilots. We'll probably never know," said Barbec.

Elizabeth Witte met Wallace through the same chapter as Barbec.

“As a plane crash survivor, it was hard," said Witte. "You know you ask questions, why wasn't it me? Or why did he have to go? And it's tough to have to think about.”

Witte only knew him for a short time but was left with a lasting impact.

“When I look at him, that's like, that's who I want to be at 83," said Witte. "You know, it's just I want to be that person who's smiling and still has his plane who's like- I would say, the plane was the love of his life.” 

A man who bravely risked it all for the love of living life at full throttle.

“He absolutely loved it and I think I can be pretty confident in saying this, and that if I were to ask him right now if he were to go in this way, that he'd be okay with that," said Barbec.

Wallace had plans to see his granddaughter graduate as a pilot from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University next weekend.

As of now, the cause of the plane crash is still under investigation.


 




Cirrus SR20 G3, N910WM: Incident occurred December 11, 2021 at Lake City Gateway Airport (KLCQ), Columbia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft landed and veered off the runway into a ditch. 

WJM Aviation LLC 


Date: 11-DEC-21
Time: 17:07:00Z
Regis#: N910WM
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Flight Crew 1
Pax 1
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
City: LAKE CITY
State: FLORIDA



Lake City Police Department 

On Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 12:08 P.M., officers from the Lake City Police Department were dispatched to Lake City Gateway Airport (LCQ) to the report of a plane crash.

Upon arrival, officers observed a small single engine plane in the grass on the north side of the runway. Two people were on board at the time of the incident with one reporting minor injuries which were treated on scene by EMS. The 2013 Cirrus SR20 had departed from Jacksonville and had planned on returning to Jacksonville before the incident occurred.

Lake City Gateway Airport officials have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration to assist with the investigation of the incident.

 


LAKE CITY, Florida — Authorities say two people are OK after a plane headed to Jacksonville crashed at the Lake City Gateway Airport Saturday afternoon.

Officers from the Lake City Police Department responded to the report of a plane crash at the airport at 12:08 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers found a single-engine plane in the grass on the north side of the runway. 

Two people were on board at the time of the incident. One person suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene by EMS, police said.

The Cirrus SR20 had departed from Jacksonville and had planned on returning to Jacksonville before the incident occurred, according to police.

Lake City Gateway Airport officials have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration to assist with the investigation of the incident.

Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian, N744Z: Fatal accident occurred December 10, 2021 in Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida

Cowboy Air

https://registry.faa.gov/N744Z

Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado 
Accident Number: CEN22FA069
Date and Time: December 10, 2021, 18:09 Local
Registration: N744Z
Aircraft: Piper PA46-500TP
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 10, 2021, about 1809 mountain standard time, a Piper PA46-500TP, N744Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

A review of archived Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane departed Cody, Wyoming, about 1705 for the estimated one-hour flight to Steamboat Springs/Bob Adams Field (SBS). FAA air traffic control (ATC) data showed that the pilot was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan and was cleared by ATC to conduct the RNAV (GPS)-E instrument approach procedure at SBS about 1757.

For terrain clearance, the procedure required the airplane to cross the final approach fix PEXSA at or above 9,700 ft mean sea level (MSL) and WAKOR, the next waypoint located 2.2 nm from runway 32 threshold, at or above 8,740ft MSL. The ADS-B data showed that the accident airplane crossed PEXSA about 9,100 ft MSL and WAKOR about 8,200 ft MSL respectively.

The procedure allowed for a descent to the minimum descent altitude of 8,140 ft MSL or 1,258 ft above ground level (AGL) after passing WAKOR. The missed approach point for the procedure was the runway 32 approach end and required a climbing left turn to 11,300 ft MSL and proceeding direct to the HABRO waypoint to enter a holding pattern.

Immediately after passing WAKOR, the airplane made a left turn as shown in figure 2 and descended to an altitude of about 7,850 ft MSL. The airplane subsequently began to climb and the last ADS-B data point recorded at 1808:49 indicated an altitude of about 8,125 ft MSL and was located about 3.5 miles north of the accident site.

The airplane first impacted Emerald Mountain about 8,172 ft MSL on a heading of about 164° as evidenced by broken and cut tree branches. After the initial impact, the airplane bounced and came to rest about 8,216 ft MSL, and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, tail, and both wings. 

The METAR at the time of the accident indicated a cloud ceiling of 1,200 ft above ground level (AGL) and 1sm visibility. The instrument approach procedure for a category A aircraft required 1 ¼ sm flight visibility for landing and 1 ½ sm for category B aircraft.

A detailed wreckage examination is pending.




Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N744Z
Model/Series: PA46-500TP 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSBS,6879 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -9°C /-9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1200 ft AGL 
Visibility: 1 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Cody, WY
Destination: Steamboat Springs, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 40.459893,-106.85728 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Dr. Clinton Devin
~


A 46-year-old Steamboat Springs man died Friday evening after his plane crashed at the top of Emerald Mountain, according to officials.

Dr. Clint Devin, an orthopedic surgeon with Steamboat Orthopedic and Spine Institute, was the pilot and sole occupant of a small aircraft. On approach to Steamboat Springs Airport, Denver Air Center lost contact with Devin at around 6 p.m., Routt County Undersheriff Doug Scherar said Saturday morning.

The air center contacted the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, which was able to track the plane to the area of Emerald Mountain, west of downtown Steamboat. Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers used snowmobiles to access the top of Emerald and located the plane. Devin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Devin’s family has been notified, according to Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg. He is survived by his wife, Jessica Devin, an endocrinologist who practices in Steamboat, and their two sons.

Dr. Jon Hamilton, a primary care physician at UC Health Yampa Valley Medical Center, said in his three years of friendship with Devin, the two shared memories of flying together, talking about aircrafts and helping each other’s patients through medical issues.

“I trust him enough to take care of my family; he’s very good at what he did and very good with people,” Hamilton said. “He’s definitely a true loss to the community.”

Hamilton described Devin as both an excellent physician and a kind man who made patients feel at ease.

“(Devin) had a very personable nature that served him well and served his patients well,” Hamilton said.

Devin took care of Hamilton’s son through several medical procedures, which Hamilton said strengthened the relationship between his and Devin’s family.

“I did call him with concern for a very dear patient of mine on a Saturday,” Hamilton said. “He took care of them on a Saturday, when he didn’t have to, and that just speaks to his nature and how he was.”

Before joining SOSI, Devin was the head of spine trauma at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and an adjunct associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He grew up in Laramie, Wyoming.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash in the next several weeks, Scherar said.

Backcountry access on Emerald is closed until further notice, but normal downhill operations at Howelsen Hill Ski Area are open, Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Director Angela Cosby said.

Swearingen SA-226AT Merlin IV, N54GP: Fatal accident occurred December 10, 2021 near Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (KMHT), New Hampshire

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; Portland, Maine 
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona 
Hartzell Propeller; Piqua, Ohio

Castle Aviation


Location: Bedford, New Hampshire
Accident Number: ERA22FA086
Date and Time: December 10, 2021, 23:30 Local
Registration: N54GP
Aircraft: Swearingen SA226 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi and commuter - Non-scheduled

On December 10, 2021, about 2330 eastern standard time, a Swearingen SA-226AT, N54GP, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Bedford, New Hampshire. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand cargo flight.

According to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane was on the instrument landing system approach to runway 6 at Manchester Boston Regional Airport (MHT), Manchester, New Hampshire. During the approach, the pilot reported an engine failure at 2330:42 but did not specify which engine. Radio and radar contact were lost at 2330:51, when the airplane was about 1/4 mile from the runway.

The wreckage was located on a river sand jetty, oriented north, and a post-crash fire consumed the cockpit, cabin, and both wings. No debris path was observed. A crater about 6 ft long, 3 ft wide, and 2 ft deep was observed at the beginning of the sand jetty. The left aileron was recovered in the water near the crater. The empennage was located just beyond the crater. The empennage remained intact, with the elevator and rudder attached and undamaged except for the right elevator tip. The right wingtip was located near the empennage and an outboard left-wing section was located 60 ft left of the main wreckage. Three landing gear were located near the main wreckage and the radome was located at the end of the sand jetty, in water. Elevator control continuity was confirmed from the elevator to the cockpit area. Rudder control continuity was confirmed from the rudder to the cabin area. No aileron cables were identified.

The left engine was located in the main wreckage. The left propeller had separated and was partially embedded in mud to the left of the left engine. All three blades remained attached to the hub and did not exhibit rotational damage. The right engine was located forward and left of the main wreckage. The right propeller remained attached to the right engine and all three propeller blade roots remained
attached to the hub and were charred. The right propeller blades appeared to be at or near the feathered position. 

Both engines and propellers were retained for further examination. A copy of residential security camera video which recorded a portion of the airplane’s approach was obtained for further examination.



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Swearingen
Registration: N54GP
Model/Series: SA226 AT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter air carrier (135)
Operator Designator Code: CSJA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: MHT,221 ft msl 
Observation Time: 23:21 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C /-5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1700 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Caldwell, NJ (CDW)
Destination: Bedford, NH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.926696,-71.45179 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.



Emanuel "Manny" Vomvolakis
~


Vomvolakis, Emanuel A. "Manny" Linden Age 23, died in an airplane crash in Bedford New Hampshire on Friday December 10, 2021. A memorial service will be held 11 AM Friday, December 17, 2021 at Sharp Funeral Homes. Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton, MI 48430 with Pastor Scott Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Thursday and 10 AM - 11 AM Friday at the funeral home. A reception will follow at Tyrone Hills. Manny was born August 19, 1998 in Grand Blanc, MI the son of Anthony Vomvolakis and Cindy Frohriep. He was a 2016 graduate of Linden High School. He loved living on the lake and earned his boater safety as soon as he was able. He loved boating and taking off on the jet ski any time he could. Manny spent his younger years playing hockey as a goalie. He loved the sport and the many teams and teammates he played with over the years. Manny was an old soul and was very passionate about aviation and flying. He earned his Private Pilot license at age 17 and went on to become a commercial pilot after attending ATP Flight School in Mesa AZ. Manny flew for the pure love of flying and accomplished and experienced so much during his short time on this earth. He managed to fly many different types of aircraft and was lucky to travel all over the country and Canada. His stories of his adventures were always entertaining and he would talk for as long as anyone would listen about all things aviation. He also was known for the big smile that he always had for everyone and everything. Especially if he was around an airplane. He will be greatly missed by his mother and step-father, Cindy and Jack Frohriep; father, Anthony Vomvolakis; half-sister, Paisley; grandparents, Robert and Della Poirier; his close aunt Chari and uncle Jeff Soja, Mitchell and Zachary. Manny was also blessed with a very large family including the extended Poirier family, the extended Frohriep family and the extended Vomvolakis family. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Emmanuel and Mary Vomvolakis. Tributes may be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fly High Manny Memorial Fund which is being established in his honor to give scholarships to aspiring aviators at www.cfgf.org/flyhighmanny

Emanuel A. "Manny" Vomvolakis
1998 - 2021
~

BEDFORD, New Hampshire – A Michigan man piloting a small aircraft bringing medical supplies to Manchester from New Jersey perished in a fiery crash late Friday.

First responders from Manchester arrived at the scene of the crash in the woods next to the Merrimack River after receiving an initial call for a plane crash in the area of 69 Olmstead Avenue in Manchester at about 11:35 p.m.

Crews arrived on the scene to a brush fire in the woods in the area of 114 Technology Drive and the heavy odor of fuel.

The first of several 911 calls came in at 11:36 p.m. to Bedford Communications Center at 11:36 p.m. reporting a plane crash on the shore of the Merrimack River in the vicinity of 14 Technology Drive. 

Fire crews searched the woods and worked to extinguish the burning brush and trees as rescuers worked to make their way to the crash site.  

Remnants of the aircraft were located on the shore of the river and partially submerged. Manchester firefighters launched boats to deploy oil booms to prevent oil from flowing downriver.

Bedford Police on Saturday morning identified the pilot as Emanuel Vomvolakis, 23, of Linden, Michigan, although positive identification will be confirmed following an autopsy by the Chief Medical Examiner, Bedford police said. 

The aircraft was transporting medical supplies but crashed shortly after the pilot reported engine trouble minutes before the scheduled landing.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration the Swearingen SA-226AT Merlin IV crashed in the Merrimack River just outside Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire at 11:30 p.m. Friday. 

The aircraft, operated by Castle Air, experienced engine failure on final approach.

The flight took off from Essex County Airport in Fairfield, New Jersey.

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

The pilot was the sole occupant.

The public is asked to avoid the Bedford Heritage Trail in the area of 14 Technology Drive at this time.




Beechcraft V35 Bonanza, N5704V: Fatal accident occurred December 10, 2021 in Crab Orchard, Lincoln County, Kentucky

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; Louisville, Kentucky
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Ron Eldridge Properties LLC


Location: Crab Orchard, Kentucky
Accident Number: ERA22FA085
Date and Time: December 10, 2021, 16:51 Local 
Registration: N5704V
Aircraft: Beech V35 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 10, 2021, about 1651 eastern standard time, a Beech V35, N5704V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Crab Orchard, Kentucky. The private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The visual flight rules cross-country flight originated at Okeechobee County Airport (OBE), Okeechobee, Florida, on the morning of the accident with intermediate stops at Flagler Executive Airport (FIN), Palm Coast, Florida, and Baxley Municipal Airport (BHC), Baxley, Georgia. The pilot purchased 46 gallons of 100LL aviation fuel at OBE and the passenger purchased 25 gallons of fuel at BHC. Both fuel purchases were from self-service pumps and no other services were requested. The accident flight departed BHC about 1426, destined for Stuart Powell Field Airport (DVK), Danville, Kentucky, which was the pilot’s home airport.

According to preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data, the flight approached an area about 14 nautical miles southeast of DKV at an altitude about 300-400 ft above ground level (agl). The airplane then proceeded north for about 1 mile and began a left 270° turn to the east, followed by a right turn until the airplane was heading north. The airplane then pitched up, gaining about 500 ft, as it approached rapidly rising terrain. The last two data points indicated a descent, the last data point was located about 275 ft south of the accident site.

The accident site consisted of a heavily-wooded area on rising terrain. The landowner was home at the time and heard the airplane prior to the accident. He reported that he heard the airplane coming down, and the engine was “very loud, getting louder, and running at high speed” with no interruption until he heard the “boom” from the ground impact. He never saw the airplane in flight.

Initial examination of the accident site and wreckage revealed that all major structural components of the airplane were accounted for at the scene. The airplane struck the top of a 50-ft-tall oak tree before colliding with terrain. The measured descent angle from the tree breaks to the initial impact crater was about 75° nose down. There was no fire.

The pilot, who owned the airplane, did not possess an instrument rating. According to his pilot logbook, he accumulated about 965 hours of flight time, including 24 hours during the 90 days prior to the accident.

The closest airport with weather reporting capability was DVK, which was located about 13 miles from the accident site. The reported weather at DVK at 1655, included a 500-ft ceiling and 10 miles visibility.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N5704V
Model/Series: V35
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
IMC Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDVK, 1024 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Baxley, GA (BHC)
Destination: Danville, KY (DVK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.429529,-84.560773 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

 Ronald Eldrige
~

Lowell “Nick” Strong
~


Nicholasville residents Ronald Eldrige, 61, and Lowell “Nick” Strong, 63, have been identified as the victims of deadly plane crash in Lincoln County.

At around 5 p.m. Friday evening, police were called out to the crash site of a small fixed-wing, single-engine personal aircraft in a wooded area near Crab Orchard. According to Donnie Gilliam, Lincoln County emergency management director, both men were already deceased when first responders arrived.

The bodies are currently undergoing autopsies at the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort. According to Gilliam, the incident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.


LINCOLN COUNTY, Kentucky - The victims of a deadly small plane crash in Lincoln County have been identified.

Kentucky State Police said 61-year-old Ronald Eldridge and 63-year-old Lowell Strong, both of Nicholasville, died in the crash.

“Jessamine County sustained a tremendous blow today with the loss of Ron Eldridge and Nick Strong,” said Jessamine County Judge Executive David West. “These gentlemen not only operated businesses here but also gave back by serving on numerous boards, committees and charities. We have lost two true community servants. Their families are in our prayers.”

The bodies will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Officer in Frankfort for autopsies.


CRAB ORCHARD, Kentucky – A small private plane with two people on board crashed in a wooded area in Lincoln County on Friday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The names of the occupants weren’t immediately available.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Beechcraft V35 Bonanza is registered to Ron Eldridge Properties LLC out of Nicholasville.

According to the flight tracking website, FlightAware, the plane took off at 11:03 a.m. Friday from Okeechobee County, Florida.  The site says the plane was tracked over Baxley, Georgia at 2:26 p.m., and was last seen outside Danville, Kentucky at 4:51 p.m.

A Boyle County dispatcher says the plane was apparently trying to land at the Danville-Boyle County Airport at the time of the crash, not far from Crab Orchard in Lincoln County.

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

Incident occurred December 10, 2021 at Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Kentucky – Landing gear issues caused some anxious moments Friday evening for an airplane carrying 11 passengers into Blue Grass Airport.

According to the Lexington Fire Department, the call started at about 4:40 p.m. when emergency responders were alerted to the plane, which was about 25 minutes away, with landing gear issues. Firefighter s said they were told the plane had enough fuel to stay up two hours.

When the plane got to Blue Grass Airport, it still did not know the status of its landing gear and did low passes at the airport so crews on the ground could try to see whether the wheels were down. Because of approaching darkness it still was difficult to see for certain whether the wheels were down.

Crews in the air and on the ground decided to attempt the landing with the idea the gear was in place. the plane landed safely at about 5:35 p.m.

Police and fire crews had blocked or diverted some car traffic in the area in case of an emergency.