Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N737EZ: Fatal accident occurred January 12,2016 near Fox Stephens Field - Gilmer Municipal Airport ( KJXI) Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA083 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Gilmer, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N737EZ
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Uninjured.

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 January 13, 2016, about 0105 central standard time, a Cessna 172N, N737EZ, was located in a wooded area about 0.5 nautical miles south/southwest of runway 36 at Fox Stephens Field - Gilmer Municipal Airport (JXI), Gilmer, Texas. The airplane was found by a Texas Department of Public Safety Officer during a search with the Gilmer Police Department for an airplane that was reported by a family member to be overdue. The private non-instrument rated pilot was fatally injured and a passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane received substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan nor receiving any air traffic control services. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed from Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport, Sulphur Springs, Texas on January 12, 2016 about 1915 and was returning to JXI.

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An East Texas woman is sharing her story of survival.

Pamela Lucky survived a plane crash Tuesday in Upshur County that killed her husband and stranded her for hours. 

She invited our cameras into her hospital room to tell us about her husband and the reason she knew she had to survive. 

“I held his hand until they found us. Five hours it took them to find us and I never left his side. I held his hand. I talked to him the whole time because that was my baby. My baby," Lucky said.

Lucky said she still struggles to remember all of the details of the plane crash. But some moments she said she'll never forget.

"Every time I close my eyes I see a picture of him. Because this man loved me with everything he had," she said.

Lucky said she and her husband Samuel spent the day in Sulphur Springs with family. 

She said at least once a month they would take a trip in his Cessna 172 Skyhawk. 

They were just a quarter mile away from the Gilmer Municipal Airport runway before the crash. 

"We were making a loop around the airport and it happened so fast neither one of us had time to say anything. He didn't know what happened I didn't know what happened," Lucky said.

Lucky said she was able to get out her seatbelt, hopeful that she could call for help. 

"Is it going to kill me because I'm falling real far? But I didn't care I wanted to call 911 so I could find the phone and get help for him," Lucky said.

Lucky said  they would have been married for two years this Valentine’s Day.

"I was his sweetheart. And he wanted everybody to know that I was his sweetheart that's why we got married on Feb. 14," Lucky said.

While she's grateful to be among friends and family, she said that "If I could change places with him I would, because he was just that kind of man."

She believes her love for him and their family gave her the strength she needed to survive the unthinkable. 

"I really thought I was going to die out there, I really did. But I knew he didn't want me out there," Lucky said.

The cause of the plane crash has not been determined.

A preliminary report from the NTSB could be available as early as next week.

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UPSHUR COUNTY (KYTX) - One person is dead and another person was hospitalized after the plane they were on went down in Upshur County. 

DPS identified the pilot as 73-year-old Samuel Oliver Lucky of Gladewater. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 57-year-old Pamela Rickman Lucky also of Gladewater was sent to ETMC in Tyler in ICU where her condition has been upgraded to fair.

According to DPS Troopers on the scene, Gilmer Police heard a woman screaming when they drove by the area. Pamela’s screams led them to the crash site around 1:30 a.m. It’s been determined Pamela had been sitting stuck in the plane for hours in the cold before she was found.

Troopers determined the plane went down around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday after it was overdue at Fox Stephens Airport Gilmer Airport.

The single-engine Cessna 172 went down in a field off of Hwy 271 near Eagle Road, just south of Gilmer, according to DPS officials. The plane is registered out of Gregg County, according to FAA records.

The FAA had notified Upshur County of a missing plane earlier Tuesday evening that had left the airport in Sulphur Springs en route to Gilmer that had not shown up.

The National Transportation Safety Board has also been notified of the crash and will lead the investigation.
In September 2013, Pilot Samuel Oliver received top honors when he was recognized by the FAA for exceeding safety standards.


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