Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Aeronca 7AC Champion, N1478E: Fatal accident occurred August 29, 2022 and Incident occurred November 04, 2016

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee 

August 29, 2022:  Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a pasture near Colonel Tommy C. Stiner Airport (KJAU), Jacksboro, Campbell County, Tennessee. 

Date: 29-AUG-22
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N1478E
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 7AC
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal 
Pax: 0
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
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 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.

JACKSBORO, Tennessee (WATE) — The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a plane crash in Jacksboro. Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton confirms the crash was fatal.

The crash took place at the Campbell County Airport, also known as the Col. Tommy C. Stiner Airfield, a sheriff’s office spokesperson said.

According to preliminary information from the National Transportation Security Board, an Aeronca 7AC Champion airplane crashed around 12:15 p.m. on Monday. The plane was taking off from the airport according to the mayor.

The pilot who died in the crash was identified as Jimmy Cole.

The airport is expected to be shut down for some time. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

“We are prayerful for the family of the pilot and we hope to have more information at the conclusion of the FAA and NTSB investigations,” said Morton.

An NTSB investigator is expected to be on the scene late Monday or early Tuesday to document the scene and begin the investigation. A typical NTSB investigation can take 12-24 months to complete and determine a cause, a spokesperson said.

The sheriff’s office is still working to learn more about the crash and keep the site unchanged until the NTSB arrives. WATE 6 On Your Side has a crew on the scene.

Morton added that this is the first crash to happen at the airport since the 1960s.

According to the airport’s website, it is used in a variety of ways, including personal travel on smaller aircraft, business travel, and recreational flying.

November 2016

AIRCRAFT:    1946 Aeronca 7AC, N1478E s/n 7AC 5041                           

ENGINE -      Continental A65-8  s/n  1119918        

PROPELLER –  Sensinich Wood Prop  s/n  AH4029   

estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information:

ENGINE:   TT   UNKNOWN  SMOH 323.9   as of 11/4/2016     
Last Overhauled in 1993

AIRFRAME:     2404.1 TT   as of 11/04/2016
Times are estimated from log entries

OTHER EQUIPMENT:   No Avionics               

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft broke loose from tie down and struck two other aircraft       

 DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Left/right wings and wing tips damaged, elevators damage  See attached photos  Hidden damage unknown.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Brookhaven Airport,  Brookhaven NY

REMARKS:    Sold AS IS/WHERE IS.  Suggest visual inspection,  Log books prior to 1974 not available.

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  1. Sympathy to pilot’s loved ones…and I sure hope it was better maintained in 2022 (per that tail wheel assembly) than it was in 2016.

    1. Wonder how much of that damage was repaired?

    2. It had hae gone through the annual inspection after the insurance company bought it. Sounds like a fuel issue on takeoff, but information is pretty poor.