Monday, July 11, 2022

Kolb Firestar II, N6136Y: Fatal accident occurred July 08, 2022 and Incident occurred July 20, 2018

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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Read, Leah

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Location: Cleveland, Georgia
Accident Number: ERA22LA301
Date and Time: July 8, 2022, 13:05 Local
Registration: N6136Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 8, 2022, at 1305 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Kolb Firestar II airplane, N6136Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Cleveland, Georgia. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot/owner held a sport pilot certificate and was based at the Mountain Airpark (OGE5), Cleveland, Georgia. A review of airpark surveillance video revealed that as the airplane began its initial climb, the pitch angle increased, and the airplane entered a steep left bank turn. The airplane turned left about 180 degrees and descended behind trees. The airplane collided with a hangar then terrain before it came to rest in the driveway of a personal residence. There was no post-impact fire.

The airplane wreckage was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GEIST DONALD R
Registration: N6136Y
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: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AJR, 1447 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cleveland, GA 
Destination: Cleveland, GA

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: 34.561763,-83.713513

July 08, 2022:  Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances at Mountain Airpark (0GE5), Cleveland, White County, Georgia.  

Date: 08-JUL-22
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N6136Y
Aircraft Make: KOLB
Aircraft Model: FIRESTAR II
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No

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

The White County Coroner’s Office has identified the pilot who was fatally injured in an ultralight plane crash as Lee Olson of Gainesville. Olson, 79, died early Sunday, two days after crashing at Mountain Air Park southeast of Cleveland.

First responders were dispatched Friday afternoon to the crash site at the private grass field located southeast of Cleveland.

“Witnesses stated that the aircraft took off and made a hard left bank and came down,” said White County Public Safety Director David Murphy. “As the aircraft came down it struck the roof of a building and crashed into the adjacent driveway.”

A medical helicopter flew the injured Olson to the trauma unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville where he later died.

The coroner’s office sent Olson’s body to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur for an autopsy to determine his exact cause of death. “We don’t have the official cause of death but it’s believed everything was from the injuries sustained in the crash,” says Deputy Coroner Patrick Ward.

The crash caused a fuel leak that White County firefighters had to contain.

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

July 20, 2018:  While parked and hand propped, lost control and pilot injured 
at Mountain Airpark (0GE5), Cleveland, White County, Georgia.  

Date: 20-JUL-18
Time: 16:12:00Z
Regis#: N6136Y
Aircraft Model: KOLB FIRESTAR II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91

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