Monday, August 08, 2022

Diamond DA40 Diamond Star: N723AG: Fatal accident occurred August 07, 2022 at Samuels Field Airport (KBRY), Bardstown, Nelson 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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): McCarter, Lawrence

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

BCCM Aircraft Holdings LLC

Location: Bardstown, Kentucky
Accident Number: ERA22LA362
Date and Time: August 7, 2022, 14:25 Local
Registration: N723AG
Aircraft: Diamond Aircraft DA-40
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 7, 2022, about 1425 eastern daylight time, a Diamond Aircraft DA-40, N723AG, sustained minor damage when it was involved in an accident at Samuels Field Airport (BRY), Bardstown, Kentucky. A passenger was fatally injured, and the private pilot and a second passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, shortly after landing, with light rain in the area, the pilot and passengers decided that the passengers could switch seats, with the aft seat passenger trading places with the front right seat passenger and “they were going to make it quick.” After taxiing to the ramp and turning the airplane around to face the taxiway, the pilot parked and opened the canopy with the engine still operating. As the pilot attempted to shut down the engine by pulling out the mixture control, the right front seat passenger had already exited the airplane onto the right wing, stepped off and “ran” into the propeller that was still operating, resulting in fatal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Diamond Aircraft
Registration: N723AG
Model/Series: DA-40
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BRY, 669 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 350°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1400 ft AGL
Visibility: 4 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bardstown, KY
Destination: Bardstown, KY

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.814333,-85.499639 (est)

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. 

Aircraft landed and taxied to the ramp where a passenger disembarked and made contact with the propeller.

Date: 07-AUG-22
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N723AG
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA40
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 Fatal; 1 No Injuries 
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No

Feleshia Gail Denham

Feleshia Denham, 37, of Glendale, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2022, from injuries sustained in an accident.

She was a native of Elizabethtown and attended Severns Valley Baptist Church. She was a fitness enthusiast and loved attending U of L sporting events. Feleshia was quick witted with a contagious smile, was humble, kind, caring and a fun person to be around. She was a loyal friend, a dedicated wife and a loving mother.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, David and Linda Denham; grandparents-in-law, Doris and Duel Denham; and great-grandmother, Eva Deana Wash.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Chris Denham; a daughter, Emily Denham; her parents, Lisa King of Elizabethtown and Dale (Anita) Wash of Hodgenville; two brothers, Justin Wash and D. J. Wash; a sister, Jessica Wash; her grandmother, Wanda Castle; a brother-in-law, Seth Denham; her mother and father-in-law, Terry and David Tapp; and a host of close friends, who were like family.

The funeral is at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 11, at Severns Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Ray Hicks and Pastor Emory Riley officiating.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity.

Feleshia Gail Denham (left)

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (WDRB) -- A Hardin County woman died Sunday afternoon in an accident involving an aircraft on the ground.

According to Field Houghlin, the Nelson County coroner, the incident took place  just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bardstown Nelson County Airport, commonly referred to as Samuels Field.

Houghlin said 37-year-old Faleshia Denham of Glendale, Kentucky, was a passenger riding in the front seat of the aircraft. While the aircraft was on the ground, Houghlin said she got out of the plane to switch seats with a family member who was riding in the back.

In the process, she accidentally walked into the aircraft's propeller, which was still active, according to Houghlin. She died as a result of her injuries.

Houglin said her cause of death is listed as "blunt force trauma."

Feleshia Gail Denham (right)

A Glendale woman, who friends and family are remembering Monday as a kind, giving and loving person, was killed Sunday in an accident at the airport in Bardstown.

Feleshia Gail Denham, 37, died after being struck by a plane’s front propeller at Samuels Field as she was exiting the plane, Nelson County Coroner Rayfield Houghlin said.

Feleshia Gail Denham (left)

Feleshia Gail Denham (right)

An Elizabethtown woman died in an accident at the Bardstown-Nelson County Airport Sunday afternoon.

At 2:41 p.m. Sunday, first-responders were dispatched to the airport for a reported injury. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, Nelson County EMS and Nelson County Fire responded to the airport on Boston Road.

According to a sheriff’s office press release, the accident involved an airplane piloted by Seth Denham with two passengers. While on the ground, one of the passengers walked into the path of the airplane’s propeller and was struck by it.

Feleshia Denham, 37, of Glendale, died at the scene from her injuries.

She is survived by her husband, Chris Denham and one daughter, Emily Denham.

Pitts S-1S, N49310 and WACO UPF-7 N32141: Incident occurred August 06, 2022 at Van Sant Airport (9N1), Erwinna, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aircraft was landing and clipped N32141. 

Date: 06-AUG-22
Time: 17:46:00Z
Regis#: N49310
Aircraft Make: AEROTEK
Aircraft Model: PITTS SPECIAL S-1S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania 

Aircraft clipped wings with N49310. 

Date: 06-AUG-22
Time: 17:46:00Z
Regis#: N32141
Aircraft Make: WACO
Aircraft Model: UPF-7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

TINICUM TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after two small planes collided in Bucks County on Saturday afternoon.

It happened on the runway at Van Sant Airport in Erwinna section of Tinicum Township around 1:45 p.m.

The collision involved a Pitts and Waco biplane.

The extent of the damage is not known.

Only the pilots were on board and no injuries were reported.