Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cirrus SR22T, N1703, Weaver Aircraft: Fatal accident occurred January 26, 2016 near Greene County - Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport (I19) , Xenia, Ohio

Weaver Aircraft LLC: 

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA095 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in Xenia, OH
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22T, registration: N1703
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 January 26, 2016, about 1800 eastern standard time, a Cirrus Design Corp SR22 single engine airplane, N1703, registered to Weaver LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during final approach to runway 25 at the Greene County - Lewis A Jackson Regional Airport (I19), Xenia, Ohio. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed in the area during the approach. The positioning flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91 and an IFR flight plan was filed. The flight originated about 1700 from the Indianapolis Executive Airport (TYQ), Indianapolis, Indiana, and I19 was its planned destination.

The purpose of the flight was to reposition the airplane to its home base of Xenia, Ohio, after completed maintenance at a repair station. Information provided by the FQAA showed that the pilot filed an IFR flight plan from TYQ, flying at 9,000 feet enroute to I19. After a normal IFR flight from TYQ, the pilot requested and was given clearance to fly the RNAV 7 instrument approach to I19. The airplane broke out of the cloud base, and the pilot canceled his IFR clearance. An airport employee, who witnessed the airplane flying on a downwind beneath the cloud base, stated that the airplane appeared to be setting up for a circling VMC approach to runway 25. The airport employee was in proximity to the I19 Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) weather information screen. He reported that the screen showed a 1,700 cloud ceiling, with wind from 240 degrees at 9 knots, gusting to 14 knots (gusts variable from 240 to 330 degrees). Several other witnesses who were in vehicles on roadways near the airport reported that they saw the airplane appear to start a left base turn to final and then nose down prior to the runway 25 threshold. 

There were no reported distress calls from the pilot during the flight and the pilot had normal communications with ATC and ground personnel throughout the flight.

The airplane wreckage was found in a lightly wooded ravine about 300 feet short of the runway 25 threshold, approximately on bearing with the runway. Evidence at the accident site were consistent with a nose down impact. The airplane was equipped with a Ballistic Recovery System (BRS). Evidence at the accident site showed that the BRS system was not activated in flight. The charge cartridge for the parachute deployment mechanism was found expended, due to impact forces.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cincinnati FSDO-05

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Joel Lansford’s wedding ring features a message in Hebrew as well as scratches and markings from the Jan. 26 plane crash. 

FAIRBORN — The wife of Joel Lansford, who was killed in a plane crash near the Greene County Airport last month, has misplaced his wedding ring and hopes someone will find it and return it to her.

Julia Ann Lansford, 24, believes she lost the ring Feb. 4 while flying back from Texas where her husband’s body was laid to rest in a family plot.

Lansford’s friend tells us Julia was on a Delta Airlines flight from Houston to Cincinnati, and from there she drove back to Fairborn.

The ring features a message in Hebrew and bears scratches and markings from the Jan. 26 plane crash.

Joel Lansford, 33, was killed while piloting a Cirrus SR22T that crashed into a hillside in the early evening near the Greene County Airport.

Lansford is survived by his wife, Julia Ann, and their 17-month-old identical twins Adam and Seth.

The Cedarville University graduate was an Ohio National Guard veteran and corporate pilot. At the time of his death, he was working to become a missionary helicopter pilot in Papua New Guinea.

If you know the whereabouts of the ring, call the NewsCenter 7 newsroom at (937) 225-2329.

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Joel and Julia Ann and their twin boys.

GREENE COUNTY — Friends of a Fairborn pilot who died in a plane crash last week are organizing community to help care for his wife and two children. 

Joel Lansford, 33, of Fairborn, served in the Ohio Army National Guard. Chris Collins, who severed with him in Afghanistan, said Collins enjoyed helping others. Lansford would play piano in their chapel services. Collins said he was in disbelief when he learned his friend was in a plane crash.

“I remember waking up at six o’clock in the morning and sharing the report on Facebook,” Collins said. “I knew it was his part of town but I didn’t want to believe it.”

Lansford was the only occupant in the Cirrus SR22T when it crashed into a hillside at Greene County-Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport on Jan. 26. Collins said he was devastated when he learned his friend died, but he is happy he was able to do what he loved.

“He was always studying how to either fly them or fix them,” Collins said. “When he came home he was doing both of those things.”

Caleb Weller, who worked on service projects with Lansford focused on agriculture in Israel, created a fundraiser online to help support Lansford’s wife and two children.

“I don’t want to see his family have any concerns this year,” Weller said. “So I wanted people to rally around her as a community and help her out.”

Donations are being accepted until the end of February. To donate visit

National Transportation Safety Board officials said Wednesday that a preliminary report on the crash could be released this week.


This is an undated photo of Joel Lansford sitting in the cockpit of the same plane he was flying when he crashed January 26, 2016. 
 Joel Lansford

 Joel Lansford

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