Georgia Businessman Fatally Injured In DA40 Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 10.31.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.31.14 **
** Airborne 10.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.29.14 **
** Airborne 10.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.27.14 **

Thu, Dec 13, 2012

Georgia Businessman Fatally Injured In DA40 Accident

Airplane Went Down Shortly After Takeoff From Valdosta Regional Airport (KVLD)

A pilot described as a prominent businessman in Wayne County, GA, was fatally injured when his Diamond DA40 went down Monday night in Lowndes County, GA.

Rick Poppell, 52, was the only person on board the airplane at the time of the accident. According to the FAA, Poppell had called on his cell phone to report trouble with the airplane just after 2030 EDT. The airplane disappeared from radar shortly after that call was completed.

The Press Sentinel of Jessup, GA, reports that as many as 50 people were involved in the search and rescue effort, which located the wreckage of the airplane about 1115 EST Tuesday morning. The plane went down in an area described as "rugged" about 20 miles south of Valdosta. Rescuers reportedly had trouble reaching the accident site, and Poppell was pronounced dead at the scene by Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson.

Poppell had been active in Republican Party politics for several years, assisting in the elections of both Governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal. He had opened Poppell's Produce, a wholesale vegetable distributor, in 1991.

He is survived by his wife Cathy and four children.

(Diamond DA40 image from file. Not accident airplane)

FMI: www.ntsb.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.31.14: SpaceShipTwo Lost, GAMA's 3Q/14 Report, AEA Counters FAA

Also: More TFRs, Pelton on Aviation Outreach, Type Clubs Speak Out, NGPA Leader Lost, KICT King Air Accident In a statement posted on the Virgin Galactic website, the company said:>[...]

SpaceShipTwo Suffers An 'In Flight Anomaly'

Two Pilots On Board, Witnesses Report Seeing One Parachute Virgin Galactic says that SpaceShipTwo suffered a serious 'in flight anomaly' during a test flight Friday.>[...]

Airborne 10.31.14: SpaceShipTwo Lost, GAMA's 3Q/14 Report, AEA Counters FAA

Also: More TFRs, Pelton on Aviation Outreach, Type Clubs Speak Out, NGPA Leader Lost, KICT King Air Accident In a statement posted on the Virgin Galactic website, the company said:>[...]

Airborne 10.29.14: Antares Launch Failure, GAMA Responds, Another 'Roadable'???

Also: Dragon Returns, Quadcopter Flown At Airliner?, Classic Aero-TV: Redhawk, Diesel Flt School Airplanes, WWII Bomber Found The unmanned Antares rocket built by Orbital Science C>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.01.14)

Craig Baker's F-105 Site A well done site featuring all things Thunderchief. Great combat stories, photos, audio and video clips.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC