Sunday, December 20, 2015

Beech C24R Sierra, N2074P, Bryant and Bryant Aviation Inc: Fatal accident occurred December 20, 2015 in Winder, Barrow County, Georgia


NTSB Identification: ERA16FA075 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 20, 2015 in Winder, GA
Aircraft: BEECH C24R, registration: N2074P
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 20, 2015, about 1430 eastern standard time, a Beech C24R, N2074P, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain in Winder, Georgia. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane took off from Jackson County Airport (19A), Jefferson, Georgia at 1359 eastern standard time. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight to Barrow County Airport (WDR), Winder, Georgia. The airplane was owned by Bryant and Bryant Aviation Inc. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the flight originated at Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field, (LZU) Lawrenceville, Georgia, earlier during the day of the accident and flew to 19A, where the pilot made one practice approach and then flew towards his intended destination of WDR.

Several witnesses observed the airplane flying overhead and watched as it contacted the tops trees adjacent to a fairway at a golf course. They stated the left wing was low and the airplane was losing altitude "very quickly." Also, the airplane impacted nose first and flipped 180 degrees, facing in the opposite direction. In addition, one witness stated the engine was sputtering prior to impact.

Examination of the airplane at the accident site revealed that the landing gear was down, and the flaps were in the full up position. The propeller showed no signs of power, no twisting gouges or nicks were present on any of the blades. Two propeller blades were bent aft near the hub and one propeller blade was straight. There was no smell of fuel on scene, however the left fuel tank was breached in several areas and the right tank was dented. Both fuel tanks were empty upon further examination. During the initial examination of the engine and airframe, there were no anomalies noted. Cable continuity was established to all flight control surfaces from the cockpit.

According to FAA records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land, airplane multi-engine land, and instrument airplane, which was issued on October 23, 2014. He also held an FAA third-class medical certificate, issued February 4, 2015. At the time of the medical examination, the pilot reported 7,000 total hours of flight experience.

The four-seat, low-wing, tricycle gear airplane, serial number MC608, was manufactured in 1978. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-360-A1B6, 200-horsepower engine, equipped with a three-bladed McCauley propeller, Model B3D36C429. Review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on June 10, 2015. At that time, the airframe had accumulated about 3,926 total hours of operation and the engine had accumulated 477 hours since major overhaul.

The airframe and engine were retained for further examination.
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Billy K. Bryant, who died in a plane crash Sunday, received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in November for 50 years of safe flying. Officials haven’t said what caused him to crash. 

The man killed in a Barrow County plane crash Sunday has been identified as a celebrated 81-year-old Dacula pilot.

Billy K. Bryant died after his small aircraft went down on a golf course at The Georgia Club country club in Statham, authorities said Monday. The incident comes a month after Bryant was awarded the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, which the Federal Aviation Administration gives to aviators who have maintained safe operations for more than 50 years.

There’s been no word on what might’ve caused the plane to go down.

Lt. Scott Dakin, spokesman for the Barrow emergency services department, said 911 calls about the crash came in at 2:30 p.m.

“Upon arrival of Fire Personnel and Deputies we found a plane on the ground near the 3rd hole of one of the courses,” Dakin said in an email Monday. “It was a small plane with the pilot deceased on the scene. There was no fire involved.”

The FAA is handling the investigation.

Authorities haven’t said where Bryant, who was reportedly alone, was headed.

The 81-year-old was a volunteer for Angel Flight Soars, Inc., a Chamblee-based organization that arranges free flights for people in need of travel for medical care. He started volunteering in 2006.

“His compassion and dedication to helping patients is beyond generous,” the group said in a Facebook post highlighting Bryant’s award from the FAA in November. “What an honor it is to have such an incredible member of aviation as part of our family.”

Bryant was awarded the master pilot award on Nov. 7 during a breakfast program hosted by the Gwinnett Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 690.

In an email Monday morning, the organization notified members of his death.

“Unfortunately I must report that the pilot killed in that crash was Billy Bryant,” the note said. “Please keep Glenda and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers.”


STATHAM - A small, single-engine plane crashed on the fairway of the third hole at the Georgia Club Sunday afternoon. 

Two golfers rendered aid, but the pilot, who’s name has not been released, was deceased at the scene, according to Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith.

“We think, preliminary, he was probably trying to find somewhere to land on the fairway,” Smith said. “The witnesses didn’t say a whole lot other than they were pretty shook up.”

Law enforcement and fire fighters from Barrow County and Oconee County arrived at the private club and neighborhoods on Highway 316 shortly after 2:30 p.m.

“Our guys found the plane just as it was,” Lt. Scott Dakin, Barrow County Emergency Services public information officer, said. “There was no fire involved, there was just a small fuel leak and the pilot was deceased.”

The investigation was then turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. Details about the pilot, the plane’s flight plan and what led to the crash were not released.

“Once we assess what’s going on and the people in the plane, you don’t touch it and you leave it for the FAA,” Dakin said. “They want as much intact as possible.”

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BARROW COUNTY, GA - A pilot died Sunday after crashing his small plane onto a golf course in Barrow County.

Emergency responders from Barrow and Oconee Counties responded to The Georgia Club located in Statham, GA. near Chancellor's Drive around 2:30pm Sunday. 

Two witnesses told investigators they were playing golf when the plane clipped some trees and then fell to the ground.  The impact scattered debris over a wide area of the course.  Those witnesses tried to help the pilot, but he died at the scene. 

Barrow County authorities described the plane as a small, two to three seat model with a single engine. 

The Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation into the crash. 

Authorities have not released the pilot's name, but people who live in The Georgia Club said he was a member. 


The pilot of a small plane died Sunday afternoon after crashing onto the golf course at a Barrow County country club, authorities said.

Barrow County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Dakin said the crash happened around 2:30 p.m. at The Georgia Club, a golf community off Ga. 316 near Statham. The plane crashed on the third hole, crossing over the fairway before landing in the woodline.

Golfers were on the course but no injuries were reported, Dakin said.

The pilot, whose identity has not been released, was the only person on the plane, Dakin said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters identified the plane as a Beechcraft BE24.

“The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident,” Peters said in an email.

Why the plane was in the area was unclear. Athens-Ben Epps Airport is about 20 miles east of the crash scene, and the Gwinnett County Airport at Briscoe Field is about 25 miles west.


BARROW COUNTY, Ga. — The Barrow County Sheriff's Office confirmed a plane crashed at the Georgia Club on Chancellors Drive in Statham.

The Sheriff's Office says the plane crashed on hole number three.

According to the Barrow County Sheriff, the plane's pilot was killed in the crash.

Investigators say no one else was in the plane or on the golf course at the time of the crash.


STATHAM, Ga. -- Barrow County officials have confirmed that a plane crash has left one person dead.

The incident happened near the Georgia Club golf course in Statham, Ga.

A preliminary report from Sheriff Jud Smith was that the only occupant of the plane, the pilot, has been confirmed dead.

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BARROW COUNTY, GA (CBS46) - One person is dead after a plane crashed into a golf course near the Georgia Club subdivision in Barrow County Sunday afternoon, according to Lt. Scott Dankin with Barrow County Fire. 

Dankin said the crash occurred at the Georgia Club subdivision in Statham, GA, near Chancellor's Drive. Dankin said as for 2:30 p.m. there were no details regarding possible injuries or fatalities. 

They launched their response around 2:30 Sunday afternoon, according to a tweet from the group.


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