Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Cirrus SR22 G5 Carbon, N701BT: Incident occurred October 16, 2022 at Boscobel Airport (KOVS), Grant County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft on landing experienced a gust wind and was pushed off the runway into the grass damaging landing gear. 

MJN Aviation LLC


Date: 16-OCT-22
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N701BT
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BOSCOBEL
State: WISCONSIN

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N2476Y: Fatal accident occurred October 16, 2022 at Statesboro–Bulloch County Airport (KTBR), Georgia

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

Aircraft landed, taxied to the ramp, pilot exited and was struck by the propeller. 

American Aviation Inc


Date: 17-OCT-22
Time: 00:19:00Z
Regis#: N2476Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: STATESBORO
State: GEORGIA

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. 

Arion Lightning LS-1, N326AL: Accident occurred July 10, 2022 at Indiana County Airport (KIDI), Pennsylvania

Pilot files suit after crash destroyed his plane and left him blind in one eye


PITTSBURGH – A severely injured pilot has launched litigation against a trio of entities he says are responsible for the crash and destruction of his airplane, along with the litany of injuries he suffered in the crash, including blindness in one eye.

Kevin Labuda of Irwin filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 14 versus West Penn Allegheny Foundation, LLC of Pittsburgh, Robert Ploskunak of New Kensington and Metro Aviation, Inc. of Shreveport, La.

“Plaintiff owns an Arion Lightning LS1 airplane, with Registration No. N326AL. At approximately 10:20 a.m. on the morning of July 10, 2022, plaintiff departed Rostraver Airport in Monongahela, Pennsylvania en route to Jimmy Stewart Airport in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to attend the Jimmy Stewart Airshow (JSA). Approximately 15 miles southwest of JSA, plaintiff first announced his intention to land on JSA Runway 11 on Frequency 122.8 Mhz Common Traffic Advisory Frequency,” the suit says.

“Plaintiff further announced his intention to land on JSA Runway 11 via CTAF at the following intervals: Approximately 10 miles southwest of JSA and approximately five miles southwest of JSA. Plaintiff again announced his intention to land on JSA Runway 11 at approximately two and a half miles southwest of JSA, stating he intended to cross midfield for the left downwind on JSA Runway 11. Around the same time, defendant Ploskunak, who was piloting the helicopter, announced his intention to land on JSA Runway 11 at approximately two and a half miles southwest of JSA.”

The suit adds the plaintiff continued his landing pattern and again announced his intention to cross midfield for the left downwind on JSA Runway 11 – and since the plaintiff could not see the helicopter as he approached Runway 11, the plaintiff called out for the helicopter’s location.

“Defendant Ploskunak responded by stating the helicopter was on the right base for Runway 1 and stated that the helicopter was No. 2 to land on Runway 11 behind plaintiff. Plaintiff then announced his turn to final for JSA Runway 11. As plaintiff descended toward Runway 11 at 50 knots, defendant Ploskunak negligently, carelessly and recklessly maneuvered the helicopter across plaintiff’s known landing pattern in such a way as to leave wake turbulence (a.k.a. “prop wash”), which caused plaintiff to lose control of the plane. Said prop wash caused plaintiff’s plane to invert and crash into the ground. During the crash, plaintiff’s head struck the canopy as his plane skidded to a stop off the runway, where emergency crew were needed to lift the plane in order for plaintiff to escape,” the suit states.

“Plaintiff sustained serious bodily injury from the crash and was transported to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Plaintiff’s plane was completely destroyed in the crash. As a direct and proximate result of the crash, plaintiff sustained the following painful and physical injuries: Head trauma, concussion, loss of vision in his left eye, intense headaches, cuts, scrapes, lacerations and bruises to arms and legs, chest contusions and chest pain, and injuries to the bones, muscles, tendons and soft tissues of his body.”

For counts of negligence, vicarious liability, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of the jurisdictional limits of compulsory arbitration, together with interest on all sums due, costs and such other relief this Court deems just and appropriate.

The plaintiff is represented by John J. Zagari, Michael J. Zagari and Allen P. Page IV of Zagari & Associates, in Pittsburgh.

The defendants have not yet obtained legal counsel.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-22-012849


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): Gretz, Robert

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Daniel Welms;  Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Location: Indiana, Pennsylvania
Accident Number: ERA22LA304
Date and Time: July 10, 2022, 10:50 Local
Registration: N326AL
Aircraft: Arion Lightning 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Arion 
Registration: N326AL
Model/Series: Lightning LS1 
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: KIDI, 1419 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Rostraver, PA (FWQ)
Destination: Indiana, PA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.631061,-79.101526 (est)

Aircraft encountered rotorwash while landing, crashed and came to rest upside down. 

Date: 10-JUL-22
Time: 14:58:00Z
Regis#: N326AL
Aircraft Make: ARION AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: LIGHTNING LS-1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: INDIANA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six B, N600JG: Fatal accident occurred October 18, 2022 in Brentwood, Williamson County, Tennessee

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

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed in a residential area.

https://registry.faa.gov/N600JG

Date: 18-OCT-22
Time: 09:35:00Z
Regis#: N600JG
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal 
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: BRENTWOOD
State: TENNESSEE

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.


Christopher Wiltcher



BRENTWOOD, Tennessee  (WSMV) - The Brentwood Police Department responded to a downed aircraft in Brentwood on Tuesday morning.

BPD confirmed a man died when a small plane crashed on Old Smyrna Road. The pilot’s family identified him as 62-year-old Christopher Wiltcher.

The area will be closed from Jones Parkway to Edmondson Pike to traffic for members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to investigate the incident.

The FAA reported the plane was a Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six B and Wiltcher was flying alone. The plane took off from Springfield-Robertson County Airport in Springfield, Tennessee and was headed for Fayetteville Municipal Airport in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

In an audio recording obtained by WSMV 4, Wiltcher can be heard telling an air traffic controller he was having engine problems. He requested an emergency landing at John C. Tune Airport, before asking to land at Nashville International Airport.

Wiltcher can be heard asking the air traffic controller to tell his family he loves them. WSMV 4 News has chosen not to air the recording.

Brentwood officials also confirmed the plane took out multiple power lines when it came down, causing several outages in the area. Those have since been restored.

“When we got up of course we had power but around 7:40, all of our power went out,” said neighbor Ray Mercer. “Just a few minutes later, we heard all the sirens come by. First it was an emergency vehicle, fire department, then all the cops coming by.”

The road will remain closed until the wreckage is cleared. The NTSB will begin its crash investigation on Wednesday.

Wiltcher’s family said Wednesday morning he was a traveling OBGYN who had been practicing for over 30 years. He has been flying since he was 15 and flew for leisure.



Beechcraft E90 King Air, N515GK: Fatal accident occurred October 18, 2022 in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: ERA23FA024

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia

Aircraft crashed into car dealership under unknown circumstances.  

Avintel Management LLC


Date: 18-OCT-22
Time: 09:01:00Z
Regis#: N515GK
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: E-90
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: PARKERSBURG
State: WEST VIRGINIA

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.


Eric Scott Seevers 



By Phillip Hickman

I lost one of the brightest stars in my universe Tuesday morning.  Even though we were often at odds due to our inherited stubborn natures, I never stopped loving and supporting him, even from a distance at times.  I was so very proud of him and his accomplishments.  My world has forever changed.

Eric Scott Seevers departed this earth on October 18, 2022.  He was born February 13, 1977, the youngest son of Lewis D. and Kathy S. Seevers of Parkersburg, WV.

He attended Emerson Elementary, Van Devender Jr. High School, and Parkersburg High School, where he excelled at skipping class and getting into trouble.  His love of learning came later.  It was in Jr. High he discovered a love of playing music after attending a Kiss concert with his sister Christie and her friend Brenda and decided to learn to play guitar.  It turned out he was a natural at it and went on to form and play in several local heavy metal bands, Loaded, Liecus, and Social 66, for example.  He later played bass in an 80′s cover band and guitar in a Kiss tribute band (complete with stage make-up and costumes).  He kicked butt doing it.

Despite being a multi-talented songwriter ex/musician, he would go on to become a financial advisor for Mass Mutual.  It was during his time at Mass Mutual that he discovered another passion; becoming a pilot.  He worked hard and studied even harder to pass all the requirements to become a Citation CE500 Captain.  He even bought a plane and started a flying school, giving lessons out of Wood County Airport to share his love of flying.

He told his kids they could do anything they put their minds to, and he was living proof of it.  Eric was a true rockstar to the people that knew and loved him.  He gave his all to everything he did, whether it was being a rocker, a financial advisor, a pilot, a father/son/brother/husband, or a friend.

He will be eternally missed by his wife Francella Quesada Castro; his son Tucker Stephens (Selena); his two daughters Cadence A. (Trenton) and Kambria L. Seevers, all of Parkersburg; his paternal grandmother Thelma J. Seevers of Vienna; his sister Christie Seevers of Parkersburg; his brother Kyle Seevers (Loretta) of Valdosta, GA; his niece Alex Seevers of Valdosta, GA; his nephew Michael Seevers (Jasmin) of Fort Stewart, Hinesville, GA; four great-nephews in Georgia; and grandson Michael Dowler of Parkersburg.

There will be no funeral service, but a celebration of life for friends and family will be held at a later date.  Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.



Tim Gifford

Firefighter Tim Gifford and Monica Durban during a ceremony in August 2016. Gifford saved Durban after she was involved in a vehicle crash in 2008.

Tim Gifford


 Eric Seevers

“[He was everything] from an accomplished musician, to a pilot, to a devoted father, but most importantly a good friend,” said Ronnie McCoy, a friend of two decades.
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MARIETTA, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the names of the two men who were killed when a private plane crashed at a car dealership parking lot in Marietta Tuesday morning. 

The occupants were identified as 49-year-old Timothy F. Gifford of Orient, Ohio and 45-year-old Eric S. Seevers of Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Gifford was a firefighter with the Columbus Division of Fire and retired in May, according to Battalion Chief Jeffrey Geitter.

The crash happened at approximately 7:15 a.m. at the Pioneer Buick GMC dealership on Pike Street. The plane involved was a Beechcraft E90 King Air. 

Marietta police told 10TV that the plane took off from John Glenn Columbus International Airport at 6:40 a.m.

Officers with the Marietta Police Department arrived at the scene and saw heavy fire and smoke in the area. Other emergency crews responded and the fire was put out. 

No one who was on the ground was reportedly injured. OSHP said multiple vehicles and buildings at the dealership were damaged from the crash. 

The crash remains under investigation.







MARIETTA, Ohio (WCMH) — Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the moment a plane crashed into the parking lot of a Marietta, Ohio car dealership Tuesday morning, killing two people.

The video shows the plane, which flew out of John Glenn International in Columbus, falling straight down out of the sky before exploding into a fireball, killing 49-year-old Timothy F. Gifford, of Orient, and Eric S. Seevers, 45, of West Virginia.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the plane was a Beechcraft E90 King Air. A spokesperson with John Glenn International Airport said the plane took off from its runways at 6:39 a.m.  The plane was heading for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport in Parkersburg, West Virginia, before crashing around 30 minutes later.

Dr. Shawn Pruchnicki, a former plane accident investigator who is now a professor at Ohio State University’s Center for Aviation Studies, points out the glow on the plane as it comes down and the smoke trail shows the plane was on fire in the air. He also said the angle of the plane means it was not in control.

“There’s several reasons why an airplane might do something like this and all of those will have to be examined, right?” Pruchnicki said. “Aircraft malfunction, pilot incapacitation. The fact the aircraft is on fire prior to impact can also lead down a certain path on why the airplane might have eventually become out of control.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. As of Tuesday evening, no cause for the crash has been released.