Holidays Saw 12 Fatal GA Accidents
Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker (right) said last week that,
during the recent 12-day holiday period between December 22, 2006
and January 2, 2007, he dispatched regional air safety
investigators to 12 fatal general aviation accidents. These
accidents resulted in a total of 31 fatalities.
The status of three of the investigations are described,
unedited, below. Accidents previously reported on ANN are
On December 25, 2006, at 2030 eastern standard time, a Cessna
414A (N62950) registered to ATA of Broward Corporation and operated
by a private pilot as a Part 91 personal flight, collided with trees during an instrument
approach into Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (LZU),
Lawrenceville, Georgia. Instrument meteorological
conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument
flight rules flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed by
impact forces, and the private pilot and two passengers were
fatally injured. The flight originated from Palm Beach County
Glades Airport, Pahokee, Florida, on December 25, 2006, at
According to Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center personnel,
the pilot was given the current weather information before
attempting his first instrument approach into LZU: winds calm,
The wreckage was located 1,100 feet left of the runway 25
centerline. Examination of the crash site revealed that the
airplane collided with trees and impacted an asphalt conveyor
machine. The crash debris extended 426 feet along on a 290-degree
The investigator-in-charge is Eric Alleyne from the Safety
Board's Southeastern Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia. The case
number is ATL07FA030.
On December 26, 2006, at 1555
eastern standard time, a Cessna 414 (N400CS, file photo of type at
right) operated by Flight Source LLC, was destroyed when it impacted terrain at John Murtha Johnstown-
Cambria County Airport (JST), Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
The certificated commercial pilot and the flight nurse were fatally
injured. The flight was operating on an instrument flight rules
flight plan between Morgantown Municipal-Walter L. Bill Hart Field
(MGW), Morgantown, West Virginia, and Teterboro Airport (TEB),
Teterboro, New Jersey. The positioning flight was being conducted
under Part 91.
According to preliminary air traffic control information, the
airplane was en route at 7,000 feet when the pilot advised the
Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center that she had encountered
icing, and wanted to divert to Johnstown. The pilot subsequently
flew the Instrument Landing System approach to Runway 33. After
descending below a 500-foot overcast cloud layer, the pilot
attempted to land on runway 33, but then aborted the landing. The
airplane was then observed to climb to an estimated 300 feet, bank
to the right, and nose over into the ground near the center of the
The investigator-in-charge is Paul Cox from the Safety Board's
Northeastern Regional Office in Ashburn, Virginia. The case number
Mt. Gilead, Ohio
On December 27, 2006, at 1426 eastern standard time, a Mooney
M-20F airplane (N9596M) collided with terrain following a loss of
control during a local flight over Mt. Gilead, Ohio. The airline
transport rated pilot-in-command and the certified flight
instructor on board were fatally injured. The airplane was
substantially damaged. The Part 91 familiarization/training flight
was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight
plan. The flight originated from the Knox County Airport, Mt.
Vernon, Ohio, about 1245.
The pilot-in-command purchased the airplane on December 11,
2006, and was obtaining instruction in the airplane for insurance
purposes. The accident occurred during his first flight in the
airplane. Witnesses reported seeing and hearing the airplane flying
from east to west before the accident. They reported seeing the
airplane in a nose-up attitude before the nose dropped and the
airplane descended to impact with terrain in a heavily wooded area.
One witness reported seeing the airplane "twist" before its
The investigator-in-charge of this investigation is Pam Sullivan
from the Safety Board's North Central Regional Office in West
Chicago, Illinois. The NTSB's case number is CHI07FA048.
The other nine accidents that occurred during this 12-day period
are listed below.
December 22, 2006 - Charleston, South
Carolina: A twin-engine Cessna 340A (N808RA) airplane
crashed on IFR flight. All four people on board were killed. The
investigator-in- charge is Eric Alleyne from the Safety Board's
Southeastern Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia. The case number
- December 22, 2006 - Greenhead, Florida. A
twin-engine Cessna 421 airplane (N70BC) impacted terrain after
encountering severe weather. All five people on board were killed.
The investigator-in-charge is John Lovell from the Safety Board's
Southeastern Regional Office in Miami, Florida. The case number is
- December 22, 2006 -- Chattanooga,
Tennessee. A Beech A36 Bonanza airplane (N3704B)
impacted trees and terrain while being vectored on a missed
approach north of the Lovell Field Airport near Chattanooga,
Tennessee. The CFR Part 91 personal flight was conducted under
night visual meteorological conditions. The pilot and three
passengers were killed. The investigator-in-charge of this
investigation is Ed Malinowski from the Safety Board's North
Central Regional Office in West Chicago, Illinois. The case number
- December 23, 2006 - Payson, Arizona.
A Cirrus SR22 airplane (N457S), missing since December 18, 2006,
was discovered in mountainous terrain. Evidence indicates a
high-speed impact into a cliff. The pilot and sole occupant was
killed. The investigator-in-charge is Tealeye Cornejo from the
Safety Board's Southwestern Regional Office in Gardena, California.
The case number is LAX07FA062.
- December 23, 2006 - Bridgeport, California. A
Piper PA 28-140 airplane (N8001H) impacted mountainous terrain
during a VFR flight from Yerington, Nevada to Santa Monica,
California. Both people on board were killed. The
investigator-in-charge is Howard Plagens from the Safety Board's
Southwestern Regional Office in Gardena, California. The case
number is LAX07FA061.
- December 26, 2006 - Jasper, Tennessee. A
Rockwell 114 airplane (N55MB) crashed near the Marion County
airport. Of the four people on board, 2 were killed and 2 were
seriously injured. The investigator-in-charge is Tim Sorenson from
the Safety Board's North Central Regional Office in West Chicago,
Illinois. The case number is CHI07FA046.
- January 1, 2007 -- Charlotte, North Carolina.
A Cessna 182 (N7090S) impacted a residential area about one mile
north of the Charlotte International Airport while performing an
instrument approach in instrument conditions. All four people on
board were killed. The investigator-in-charge is Jill Andrews from
the Safety Board's Northeastern Regional Office in Ashburn,
Virginia. The case number is NYC07FA052.
- January 2, 2007 -- Washington, Indiana. A
twin-engine Beech BE-58 Baron (N678DC) crashed under unknown
circumstances in clear weather. The pilot and sole occupant was
killed. The investigator-in-charge is Tim Sorenson from the Safety
Board's North Central Regional Office in West Chicago, Illinois.
The case number is CHI07FA052.
- January 2, 2007 -- Armstrong, Texas. A Cessna
172 airplane (N394OR) crashed while descending to a lower altitude
after the pilot reported encountering instrument conditions during
a night cross country flight. All three persons on board were
killed. The investigator-in-charge is Bill Gamble from the Safety
Board's South Central Regional Office in Arlington, Texas. The case
number is DFW07FA049.