Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (2023)

Case No. 22-CVS-446

Defendant Dillon’s Aviation is vicariously liable, by operation of law, for Mr. Rawls’ act or omissions in the following respects:

a. Mr. Rawls failed to fly the subject aircraft safely;

b. Mr. Rawls failed to maintain control over the subject aircraft;

c. Mr. Rawls improperly flew into IFR conditions;

d. Mr. Rawls failed to properly avoid restricted airspace, leading to an erratic and irregular flight path;

e. Mr. Rawls improperly relied on a co-pilot with inadequate training and experience to fly around the restrict airspace, and to fly in the weather conditions that were present on the day of the subject flight;

f. Mr. Rawls’ training of Jeffery Worthington Rawls during the subject flight diverted Mr. Rawls’s attention from flying the aircraft safely;

g. Mr. Rawls failed to maintain adequate communication with air traffic control;

h. Mr. Rawls failed to conduct a proper weight and balance evaluation prior to take off;

i. Mr. Rawls’ negligent piloting led to his subsequent spatial disorientation; and

j. Mr. Rawls failed to properly and safely operate the aircraft, resulting in a crash.

Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (1)

The families of four people — including three teens — who died in a February plane crash off the North Carolina coast are suing the companies that owned the plane and employed the pilot, who also died. The suit claims the pilot failed to properly fly the single-engine plane in weather conditions with limited visibility, making the firms liable.

All eight people aboard the Pilatus PC-12/47 died when it descended into the Atlantic Ocean off the Outer Banks. Four teenagers and two adults on the plane were returning from a hunting trip. The two others were the pilot and his adult son, who was a student pilot, the suit said.

The wrongful death suit was filed Tuesday in Carteret County against EDP Management Group LLC and Green Assets, both of Wilmington, and Dillon’s Aviation of Greenville.

The plane took off February 13 in the early afternoon from Hyde County Airport, which is on the mainland near the Pamlico Sound. The plane's destination was southwest across the sound to Beaufort, which is along the southern edge of the Outer Banks in Carteret County.

The suit alleges that pilot Ernest "Teen" Rawls failed to maintain control over the plane and improperly flew into weather conditions with limited visibility that required the use of instrumentation.

The suit also asserts that Rawls failed to maintain adequate communication with air traffic control and failed to avoid restricted military airspace, “leading to an erratic and irregular flight path.”

The suit alleges that Rawls improperly relied on a co-pilot with “inadequate training and experience” to fly around the restricted airspace and in those weather conditions. Rawls’ son, Jeffrey Rawls, reportedly, had 20 hours of flight experience, the suit stated.

The suit also claims that Rawls failed to conduct a proper weight and balance evaluation before taking off.

A person who answered the phone at a number for Green Assets said the company was declining comment. The website for Green Assets listed Hunter Parks, one of the people who died in the crash, as its founder and chairman. His family is not among those who sued.

Email and phone messages seeking comment from Dillon’s Aviation and EDP Management Group were not immediately returned.

In late February, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary accident report that the pilot had made no distress calls and no declarations of an emergency.

The airplane had reached 4,700 feet (1,430 meters) and was climbing quickly, the NTSB's report stated. There was no response to calls from an air traffic controller, and radar contact was lost.

A final report from the NTSB has not been issued.

Andrew Robb, a Kansas City-based aviation attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the four families, said by phone that the plane's lack of distress calls and climbing altitude were hallmarks of a pilot becoming spatially disoriented.

“If there was a problem with the mechanics or the electronics or something on that airplane that caused this 3,000-foot ascent, you would think that the pilot would have made some kind of communication,” Robb said.

The lawsuit was filed by the families of passengers Noah Styron, 15; Michael Shepherd, 15; Jacob Taylor, 16; and Stephanie Fulcher, 42.

Others who were onboard included Parks, 45, and Jonathan Kole McInnis, 15.

Rawls and his son lived in Greenville, authorities said in February. Fulcher, Parks and the four teens lived in Carteret County. The mostly rural county is home to older fishing villages as well as touristy areas that include Emerald Isle and Cape Lookout National Seashore.

The four teenagers went to East Carteret High School, which has about 600 students.

Charlie Snow, a close friend of the pilot, told The Associated Press in February that Rawls had previously flown for Snow’s company, Outer Banks Airlines, and was highly trained and extremely capable.

“If anybody could get out of something, if it was possible to get out of it, he could have done it,” Snow said.

Together, Ernest Durwood (Teen) Rawls and his son, Jeffrey Worthington Rawls left our world for a better place, to be with God. Teen & Jeffrey passed away on February 13, 2022 in an airplane accident off the coast of North Carolina.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 19th at 11:00 AM at Reimage Church in Greenville, NC. Prior to the celebration, a visitation will take place at the church, beginning at 10:00 AM.

Teen was born in Greenville, NC on August 6, 1954. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Wilmer Rawls and Pauline Worthington Rawls of Greenville, NC. He is survived by his wife, Karen Murray Rawls of Greenville, NC; daughter, Brittany Rawls Jones; son-in-law, Robert Blake Jones; granddaughter, Charlie Kay Frances Jones of Raleigh, NC; brother, Jeffrey Dwight Rawls; sister-in-law, Molly Grogan Rawls of Winston Salem, NC; and sister, Linda Rawls Leach of Kansas City, MO. He was greatly loved and respected by family and friends. His unwavering faith in God left a huge imprint on our hearts.

Jeffrey Worthington Rawls was born in Greenville, NC on July 6, 1993. He is survived by his mother, Karen Murray Rawls of Greenville; sister, Brittany Rawls Jones; brother-in-law, Robert Blake Jones; and niece, Charlie Kay Frances Jones of Raleigh, NC. Jeffrey was a much beloved son, brother and friend. A graduate of NC State University, he enjoyed, among many activities with his father; baseball, music and flying airplanes.

Teen and Jeffrey shared the love of God and a devotion to serving others. Most of all they shared a unique sense of humor, an infectious laugh and the endless desire to spread joy among us all.

In lieu of gifts and flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Reimage Church on their website, Reimage.ccbchurch.com, towards the Teen and Jeffrey Rawls Fund. All gifts will be used to sponsor causes they believed in and were near and dear to their hearts.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory.

Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (2)

Ernest Durwood Rawls

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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.

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The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Hartzell Propellers; Piqua, Ohio

Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada; Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada

Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board; Payerne, Switzerland

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; Stans, Switzerland

Location: Beaufort, North Carolina

Accident Number: ERA22LA120

Date and Time: February 13, 2022, 14:02 Local

Registration: N79NX

Aircraft: PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD PC-12/47E

Injuries: 8 Fatal

Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 13, 2022, about 1402 eastern standard time, a Pilatus PC-12, N79NX, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Beaufort, North Carolina. The commercial pilot, student pilot, and 6 passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane departed Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV), Greenville, North Carolina, about 1235, and landed at Hyde County Airport (7W6), Engelhard, North Carolina, at 1255. Then, the airplane departed runway 29 from 7W6, about 1335.

After departure, the pilot contacted air traffic control, reported they were going to level off at 3,500 ft mean sea level (msl), and requested visual flight rules (VFR) flight following as well as an instrument flight rules (IFR) clearance into Michael J. Smith Field Airport (MRH), Beaufort, North Carolina. At 1338, the controller advised the pilot that nearby restricted airspace was active, and the pilot confirmed that they would remain clear of the airspace and fly to the east. At 1341, the controller called the pilot and indicated that they were about to enter the restricted airspace. After multiple calls with no response from the pilot, the controllerinstructed the military aircraft in the restricted airspace to remain above 4,000 ft msl. At 1349, the pilot called the controller and requested the RNAV approach to runway 26 but was denied the request because of the active restricted airspace. Furthermore, the controller queried the pilot as to why he did not respond to the earlier radio calls, and the pilot responded that he “was trying to get out” and was unable to receive the radio transmissions. The controller offered an approach to runway 8 or runway 3, and the pilot chose runway 8.

At 1352, the controller reported that the restricted airspace was not active anymore and asked if the pilot wanted the RNAV approach to runway 26 instead. The pilot responded that he would appreciate that, and the controller cleared the pilot direct to CIGOR, the initial approach fix for the RNAV 26 approach. At 1355, the controller called the airplane and asked to verify if they were direct to CIGOR because the airplane was still on a southwesterly heading. The pilot responded “roger” and the controller said the airplane could proceed direct to CIGOR, to cross the waypoint at or above 1,900 ft msl and was cleared for the runway 26 RNAV approach. The pilot read back the instructions correctly and then at 1358, the controller contacted the airplane and issued a heading to CIGOR, but then indicated the airplane was “correcting now.” At 1358:46, the controller called the pilot and issued the local altimeter setting because the airplane was at 1,700 ft msl and was supposed to maintain 1,900 ft msl. The pilot read back the altimeter setting correctly, and that was the last transmission from the airplane.

At 1401, the controller called the airplane and asked what altitude it was at because the airplane was at 4,700 ft msl and climbing quickly. There was no response. Radar contact was lost with the airplane at 1402 and an ALNOT was issued at 1429. Throughout thecommunication with air traffic control, there were no distress calls or a declaration of emergency from the airplane.

The airplane impacted the Atlantic Ocean and was located by the US Coast Guard 3 miles offshore in about 60 ft of water. Dive crews recovered an ELT and a Light Data Recorder (LDR). The LDR was sent to the NTSB Recorders Laboratory for data download.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot seated in the left seat held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane multiengine land, airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. In addition, he held a ground instructor certificate and held a mechanic certificate for airframe and powerplant. His most recent second-class medical certificate was issued June 28, 2021. At that time, he reported 3,000 hours of flight experience.

According to FAA airman records, the passenger seated in the right seat held a student pilot certificate. His most recent third-class medical certificate was issued on July 6, 2021, and at that time he reported 20 hours of flight experience.

An examination of the wreckage is pending recovery.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD

Registration: N79NX

Model/Series: PC-12/47E

Aircraft Category: Airplane

Amateur Built:

Operator:

Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: IMC

Condition of Light: Day

Observation Facility, Elevation: MRH,8 ft msl

Observation Time: 13:58 Local

Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C /6°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 18 knots, 20°

Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 900 ft AGL

Visibility: 10 miles

Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None

Departure Point: Engelhard, NC (7W6)

Destination: Beaufort, NC (MRH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal

Aircraft Damage: Destroyed

Passenger Injuries: 6 Fatal

Aircraft Fire: Unknown

Ground Injuries: N/A

Aircraft Explosion: Unknown

Total Injuries: 8 Fatal

Latitude, Longitude: 34.81355,-76.2871

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (3)

Ernest "Teen" Durwood Rawls

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Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (4)

Jonathan "Kole" McInnis

May 1, 2006 ~ February 13, 2022 (age 15)

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One boy's short journey home from what most would call the hunting trip of a lifetime was one of many for Kole. Sadly, this ended in a horrific tragedy and an enormous loss that has rocked our State and the Down East community to the core. Although we are heartbroken beyond measure, this journey was only one of many of an incredible multitude of journeys that Kole took in his short life. It is these that will have a lasting effect on us as we move forward.

Jonathan “Kole” McInnis, 15, of Sea Level, passed away tragically alongside seven others including his mother, her long-time boyfriend, three of Kole’s lifelong friends and Kole’s favorite pilot “Mr. Teen” and son who were returning from a prosperous youth and veteran duck hunting weekend on February 13, 2022.

Kole was the most beautiful tow-head baby boy born, yes with a headful of cotton-white hair, on May 1, 2006, at Carteret General Hospital, to Jon Kyley McInnis and Stephanie Ann Fulcher. Kole was a sophomore at East Carteret High School and was a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). He was a member of Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church. After Kole placed his faith in Christ, he was baptized by his grandfather, Rev. Terry D. McInnis on February 2, 2020, at Woodville Baptist Church.

At the early age of 3 ½, Kole quickly learned his way around the controls in the cab of his father’s CAT-excavator loading dump trucks with dirt and debris from around their Sea Level property. Into his teens, Kole’s work ethic was further exhibited on many job sites with his father’s Carteret county-based tree service. Many of said trees made their way to his grandaddy’s workshop where alongside his daddy, at the sawmill, they began crafting 12’ pilings for their future home site in Beaufort to be constructed in 2022.

Work and no play was not Kole’s motto. Kole’s travels took him on a near worldwide tour with once in a lifetime experiences including extreme firearm training in Las Vegas, The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, competing in his first mud run and mining for gold in Alaska, manatees in Florida, swimming with dolphins in the Andros, Bahamas and most recently researching his heritage while visiting Scotland, Ireland, and France.

Alongside his mother, Stephanie and her boyfriend, Hunter Parks, Kole took his seat every duck season in a “tricked out” duck blind at Lake Mattamuskeet waiting for the perfect flock so that he could do as told and “shoot ‘em in the face”. During deer season, he was often found cruising around the farm at Green Hill in Hyde County in the well-known mini truck. His summers were salty and spent fishing the Newport River, on the Core Banks of NC and exploring the ICW out of Boca Raton, FL.

Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (5)

While Kole thrived in the great outdoors, he was also well versed in historical events concerning World War II. He was an expert on all types of tanks, planes, and weapons, and he loved antique rifles and pistols. He put this expertise to work as a self-proclaimed expert gamer often competing with other gamers from around the world, all hours of the night. His electronics fascination was not limited to video games. At such a young age, Kole was quite the expert at playing the stock market as well. When he did come up for air, he and his dad loved cooking steaks and twice baked potatoes, a recipe he was proud to share from his FOODS I course at East Carteret High School.

Although the aforementioned life experiences may not sound like it, Kole was a minimalist. Unlike many teens, he was not impressed with name brand clothing, shoes, or accessories. In fact, he wasn’t impressed with shoes at all. He was, however, impressed by his friends and his family. Kole loved big. He had a soft spot for the underdog. He was funny, appreciative, and kind. Our lives will never be the same here on earth without him, but rest assured he is having the time of his life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Until we meet again Kole…

Kole was preceded in death by his beloved cousin, Sarah James Fulcher.

He is survived by his father, Jon Kyley McInnis of Newport; paternal grandparents, Rev. Terry and Ronda McInnis of Newport; maternal grandparents, Harry Michael and Ann Fulcher of Atlantic; aunts and uncles, Buddy and Angie Goodwin of Cedar Island, Brian and Candy Moore of Newport, James and Brooke Fulcher of Beaufort; cousins, Riley Goodwin, Bodie Goodwin, Hunter Moore, Emma Grace Moore, Sawyer Fulcher, Sullivan Fulcher, Samuel Fulcher, Sailor Fulcher; and his beloved pets, Bullet the fierce feline, Jax his 150 lb. German Shepard, and his lap dogs, Christmas and Tubby.

A Celebration of Life Service for both Kole and Stephanie will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 13th, at the Fulcher Home at 772 Seashore Dr., Atlantic, North Carolina 28511. The family will receive friends following the service. A private interment will take place at Over the Brook Cemetery in Atlantic at a later date. For those unable to attend, the service can be viewed through their obituary pages on Munden Funeral Home’s website. The service will remain on the website for 90 days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Kole to the Carteret County School Foundation, C/O “Down East Boys Scholarship”, 107 Safrit Dr. Beaufort, North Carolina 28516.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, North Carolina.

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Jacob "Jake" Nolan Taylor

December 21, 2005 ~ February 13, 2022 (age 16)

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Nothing could have ever prepared us for the tragedy that ensued on Sunday, February 13, 2022, a day that will forever be remembered as a devastating loss for the entire Down East community. Today and forever more we will mourn the loss of Jacob “Jake” Nolan Taylor, who unexpectedly lost his life alongside seven others who were returning from a youth and veteran duck hunting weekend. Jake spent his final days surrounded by his dearest lifelong friends, doing exactly what he loved.

Jake was born at Carteret General Hospital on December 21, 2005, to Billy Taylor and Andrea Guthrie. He was Life Scout of Boy Scout Troop 252 of Davis. Jake was a sophomore at East Carteret High School where he was a member of the soccer team and the FFA. He attended Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized by Pastor Adam Self in 2020.

Jake was a young man with innumerable talents and endless ideas, whose soul was bursting with creativity from the moment he could talk. Jake had a passion and talent for just about every artistic medium you could think of. Whether he was inventing new comic book characters, making stop-motion animations, writing award-winning poetry, or learning to play the banjo, you could always trust that he would discover a new way to impress you. Jake was the king of competition and never shied away from a challenge. You could always find him playing cards with his Gammy and Pa, dominating at corn hole, or beating everyone in a board game he created.

Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (7)

Jake’s ambition and hard-working nature were evident to everyone who met him. No dream was ever too big for him to tackle. When he wasn’t Facetiming his best friends or exercising for soccer, Jake could be found working on his strategy for becoming a world-famous Youtuber, planning his dual animation studio and light-bulb company “Jake Industries,” or figuring out just how he could get his hands on a catamaran to sail to Florida. Jake’s happy place was the outdoors, no matter the time of year. In the summer, he loved basking in the sun, whether he be at the beach, by the pool, or mowing lawns with his aunt Bean. In the fall, he could be found in a deer blind, out in the woods with friends, or on Boy Scout camping trips with his dad.

Anyone who was lucky enough to meet Jake will tell you how struck they were by his unadulterated kindness. A million words could be written to describe just how genuine Jake was, but they could never come close to capturing how truly pure his heart was. Whether you met him for five minutes or knew him for fifteen years, he was sure to touch your life in a profound way. Jake was never afraid to tell you how much he loved you and would never let you forget how effortlessly funny he was.

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He is survived by his mother and step-father, Andrea Guthrie and Gene Guthrie of Atlantic, as well as his father and step-mother, Billy Taylor and Judy Willis of Atlantic; his sisters, Avery Taylor and fiancé Zane Weekman of Buies Creek, Robin Malcolm and Samantha Salter of Moncks Corner; his brothers, Dustin Taylor and wife Suzanne of Greenville, Bailey Willis of the home; maternal grandparents, Lennie and Andy Saunders of Atlantic; paternal grandmother, Susan Salter of Atlantic; aunts, Jennifer “Bean” Stinnett and husband Richie, and Jamie Taylor; and cousins, Jordan Stinnett, Shannon Baker, Gregory Taylor and wife Morgan.

Jake was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Everette Salter.

Our family would like to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love, support, and sympathy from the community as we navigate this extremely difficult time.

Jake’s funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Adam Self, Pastor Nelson Koonce, and Mrs. Roxie Gardner. The family will receive friends after the service. The service will be live streamed at Atlantic Elementary School Auditorium and will also be available on Jake's obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jake's memory to Friends of Scouting, P.O. Box 822, Williston, NC 28589 or the Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church, P.O Box 194, Atlantic, North Carolina 28511.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, North Carolina.

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Michael Daily Shepherd

August 10, 2006 ~ February 13, 2022 (age 15)

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Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of Michael “Daily” Shepherd. Sunday, February 13, 2022, is the day we were impacted with the tragic and unexpected loss for the Down East Community. Daily, along with seven others, including three lifelong friends, Noah Styron, Jake Taylor, and Kole McInnis, lost their lives as they returned from an amazing youth and veteran duck hunting weekend.

A celebration of Daily’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Atlantic Missionary Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Nelson Koonce. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. prior to the service. The service will be live streamed at Atlantic Elementary School Auditorium and will also be available on Daily’s obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website. In honor of Daily, the family invites you to wear camo to show your support and love.

Michael, or Daily, as he was known to all, was born on August 10, 2006, in Morehead City, North Carolina to Mark Shepherd and Taryn Willis Shepherd. Daily was 15 years old and was a sophomore at East Carteret High School.

Daily loved being outdoors and would take every opportunity to be on the water fishing or out hunting. Riding four wheelers was always a fun time which he enjoyed with his friends. As like most teenagers, Daily could often be found hanging out with his friends. Daily had an incredible creative ability that he applied to making boats and to his artistry work. His talent was acknowledged with numerous 1st place awards for the Core Sound Decoy Festival Poster Contest for the Down East Schools.

Always wearing a smile, Daily brightened the room with his presence. He loved his family and friends who will forever cherish his memory.

He is survived by his mother, Taryn Willis Shepherd of Atlantic; father, Mark Shepherd of Sea Level; maternal grandfather, Michael Willis of Atlantic; paternal grandfather, Keith Mason of Sea Level; paternal great grandmother, Clara Mason of Stacy; maternal aunt, Patience Willis of Atlantic; maternal special aunt, Mary Ann Nichols of Beaufort; paternal aunt, Tammy Guthrie of Sea Level; paternal great aunt, Mary Sue Hancock and husband Woody of Sea Level; maternal uncle, Chris Goodwin of Cedar Island; paternal uncle, Buddy Guthrie and wife Susie of Williston; maternal cousin, Jackson Goodwin; paternal cousins, Luke Salter, Hope Wade, Maggie Guthrie, Ashlyn Guthrie, Tanner Wade and Parker Wade; girlfriend, Ariana Christensen; special friend, Tristen Hall; and furry friend, his dog, Amos.

Daily was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Amy Willis; paternal grandmother, Bonnie Mason; maternal great grandparents, Linda Goodwin and Frances Willis.

The family would like to thank the community for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.

As an expression of sympathy, flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center in c/o Core Sound Family Fund, P.O. Box 556, Harkers Island, North Carolina 28531.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, North Carolina.

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Noah Lee Styron

May 28, 2006 ~ February 13, 2022 (age 15)

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Sunday, February 13, 2022, is a day that will forever be etched in our minds and hearts. On this day we experienced the tragic and unexpected loss of Noah Lee Styron; our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, neighbor, classmate, and friend to all. In what will forever be known as a horrific tragedy for Down East, Noah lost his life with seven others, including three dear lifelong friends as they returned from an amazing youth and veteran duck hunting weekend. We are so very grateful that his last memories were with people he loved, doing what he loved.

Noah was born May 28, 2006. Noah was a sophomore at East Carteret High School. He was a member of the school’s chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA). He attended Cedar Island United Methodist Church.

He was a young man with many plans and projects, always dreaming of his next overhaul. His love for his family and friends was deep and genuine, as well as for anyone he ever met. Noah preferred a simple life, loving to fix just about anything over making a new purchase. He beat to his own tune, never stressing over trying to make an impression, yet walking through life making a lasting impression on all those he met on his brief yet powerful journey. He was a role model to anyone who was blessed to know him. He was admired for his brilliant mechanical abilities and his engineering skills which were skilled well beyond his years. There never seemed to be an undertaking or an order too tall for him to accomplish. For even at times, he could be found sewing up his favorite hunting coats with his sister’s help.

Noah was an experienced waterman with knowledge of the local waterways well beyond his years. His true passions were hunting, fishing, everything outdoors, fishing for anything with Granddaddy, being on the water with Zack Davis on the Addie Dallas, crabbing with his “Uncle As”, riding dirt bikes with his brothers, and of course being an avid sportsman. He was a skilled mullet fisherman, once catching over 100 lbs. by himself in his own little boat during his Uncle Johnny’s mullet tournament. He was a certified welder with the unique talent of fabricating just about anything. Such inventions included installing a tip muffler from a diesel truck onto his dirt bike and modifying several riding lawn mowers into high-speed racing machines and even using them for launching his boats.

He earned the ECHS Welding II award his freshman year. While attending Down East Middle School he also earned NC state recognition as an accomplished Young Author with his poem, Mullet Fishing. Noah was never at a loss of words, as evidenced by his many stretched out stories and “tales of a Down East boy.” During his years at Atlantic Elementary he earned the admiration of not only his teachers but his classmates who are forever faithfully intertwined with him.

He is survived by his parents, Charles and Amber Styron of the home; siblings, Carter, Sabrina, and Levi, all of the home; his Lab, Addy B; maternal grandparents, Cathie and Aron Styron Jr. of Cedar Island; paternal grandparents, Mary Styron of Cedar Island, Theresa and Andy Taylor of Sea Level; paternal great grandparents, Richard and Jo Ann Styron, Phyllis Gillikin; aunts, Amanda Styron, Melissa Gillikin, and Vada Styron; uncles, Aron Styron III (Faith Ann), Shane Styron (Jennifer), Richard C. Styron (Kelly), Joshua Austin, and Fred Styron. He is also survived by cousins, Juliana Inman, Ilyse Vogel, Anderson Styron, Daylen Piner, Darren Piner, Adam Styron, Chassidy Styron, Lilyanna Styron, Emily Davis, Richard C. Styron Jr, Drake Styron, and Skylar Styron. He also is survived by his built-in “big brother” Bodie Finn Goodwin, as well as many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Richard A. Styron, Jr. and great uncle Johnny Styron.

Noah’s funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 20th at Cedar Island United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Nelson Koonce. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday, February 19th at Cedar Island United Methodist Church. The service will be live streamed at Atlantic Elementary School Auditorium and will also be available on Noah’s obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website. A private interment will take place at a later date at the Ronald and Becky Goodwin Memorial Family Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center in c/o Core Sound Family Fund, P.O. Box 556, Harkers Island, North Carolina 28531.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, North Carolina.

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Stephanie Anne Fulcher

February 4, 1980 ~ February 13, 2022 (age 42)

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It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce the passing of Stephanie Anne Fulcher on February 13, 2022, at the age of 42. She went to her heavenly home along with her precious son Kole, her soulmate Hunter, Pilot Teen, his son Jeffrey, and 3 boys she loved like her own Noah, Jake and Daily.

Steph was born on February 4, 1980, to Mike and Anne Fulcher. The last of 3 children, she was the baby and brought so much joy to their lives. After getting her BSN RN from UNCW Stephanie started her career at Carteret Health Care. When the opportunity came for her to join her sister at work at Carteret Children's Clinic, she did not hesitate to make the change. Steph loved working with her sister and loved taking care of children. She was known to answer calls and make house calls for friends, families and even strangers.

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Steph’s life changed forever when she and Kyley welcomed the most beautiful white-haired boy into this world on May 1, 2006. Jonathan Kole showed her what true love really was. Her whole world was centered around Kole, supporting, and encouraging him in everything he did. She loved playing ball with Kole in the yard, throwing him birthday parties, having sleepovers, trips to Battleworks, listening to his extraordinary knowledge of war and old guns and just watching him grow. She loved being able to take Kole on trips and show him the world, especially their recent trip to Scotland. She would look at Kole all the time and say, “He sure is pretty to me.”

Many thought Steph would never leave Down East, much less the Country. But all that changed when she met her soulmate Hunter Parks. For the past 11 years Steph and Hunter traveled the world including Africa, Spain, Poland, Germany, Amsterdam, France, England, Scotland, and many other beautiful places. They were truly a match made in Heaven. Through all her travels, her favorite place was always Home. She loved sitting on her back porch swing listening to music, riding the farm on the ATV, shelling the banks with her friends, boat riding, fishing, puzzles, board games, baking, reading, and watching “Her Ducks.” She was an avid hunter and spent a lot of her time in the deer stand or the duck blind. She loved sharing her love of the outdoors with her friends and family. She was always smiling.

In 2018, Stephanie and Hunter created Another Perspective and started the Sarah James Redfish Tournament to honor her niece, Sarah James Fulcher. It succeeded far beyond their expectations, Steph was so proud of what they had done to honor her precious niece.

Stephanie’s caring spirit and generous heart could be felt by everyone she met. She inspired others around her to succeed and pursue their dreams. Steph’s life would seem short to many but those blessed to know her and love her, know her impact on our hearts and her impact on this world far exceed the quantity of time that she lived on this Earth. She will live on forever in our hearts.

Stephanie is survived by her parents, Harry Michael and Anne Fulcher; brother, James Fulcher (Brooke); sister, Angie Goodwin (Buddy); nieces, Riley Goodwin (Cameron Whitlow), Saylor Fulcher, and Emma Moore; nephews, Bodie Goodwin, Sawyer, Sullivan and Samuel Fulcher, Hunter Moore; and best friend, Bean.

Along with her son, Kole, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harry and Lucille Fulcher, Carl and Bobbie Pollard; and niece, Sarah James Fulcher.

A Celebration of Life Service for both Stephanie and Kole will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 13th, at the Fulcher Home at 772 Seashore Dr., Atlantic, NC 28511. The family will receive friends following the service. A private interment will take place at Over the Brook Cemetery in Atlantic. For those unable to attend, the service can be viewed through their obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website. The service will remain on the Funeral Home website for 90 days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stephanie’s memory to Another Perspective PO Box 10415 Wilmington, North Carolina 28404.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (11)

Douglas Hunter Parks

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They’ll come this day to remember.

But more to celebrate the life and times of Douglas Hunter Parks, the 45-year-old entrepreneur, passionate conservationist, wildlife enthusiast and born-again Christian.

“At the end of duck season, you got an extra week for kids and military veterans,” Greg Parks was saying about his nephew. “That was the hunt they were on and coming back from on that Sunday.”

Hunter Parks was among seven passengers aboard the Pilatus PC-12/47 aircraft owned by Parks that left Hyde County on Feb. 13 headed toward Beaufort, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The plane crashed within three or four miles of Drum Inlet in Carteret County.

Parks’ longtime girlfriend, Stephanie Ann McInnis Fulcher, 42, and her 15-year-old son Jonathan Kole McInnis, both of Sea Level, also died in the crash, according to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

The others who died were Ernest Durwood Rawls, 67, the pilot; Jeffrey Worthington Rawls, 28, the pilot’s son; Noah Lee Styron, 15; Michael Daily Shepard, 15; and Jacob Nolan Taylor, 16, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said.

A friend you could count on

Hunter Parks was a vivacious kid who grew up in the Summertime neighborhood off Morganton Road hanging out with friends to include Leighton Bostic, Jim Soffe, Richard Fox, Jason Stancil, Neil Davis and Brian Armstrong.

They were your typical kids riding their bicycles, skateboarding and shooting their BB guns and “occasionally, we got into some trouble,” Armstrong recalls. Nothing serious, mind you. Just boys being boys and developing friendships along life’s way.

“Hunter was the friend I could call on if I ever needed help, and without fail, he would show up,” Armstrong says. “And believe me, I called on him several times over the years, and he was there. Hunter was there for all of his close friends. And we, his friends, were there for him as well. Hunter was loyal almost to a fault, but he expected the same in return.”

And, Armstrong will tell you, Hunter Parks was a man of his word.

“When he told you he would do something or be somewhere,” Armstrong says, “you better believe he would follow through, and then some.”

Hunter Parks would gain new friends at N.C. State University in the mid-1990s, particularly with fraternity brothers of Sigma Chi.

He was smart.

He had visions of better tomorrows.

He wasn’t afraid of the risk for the greater reward or the greater good.

“He charted his own course,” Armstrong says, “and was dedicated, persistent and determined in whatever venture he undertook.”

And no businesses were more important to him than Mattamuskeet Ventures, of which he was a partner on family-owned land, and Green Assets, the Wilmington-based company that Parks founded for forest carbon production credit transfers.

A love of the land

He loved the land, something he inherited from his grandfather, the late Jack Parks, and his father, Chip Parks, who died at age 62 on Oct. 17, 2005. And Hunter Parks loved sharing his passion for hunting and the outdoors with others.

“It's my understanding that there are a few weekends each hunting season that are designated as ‘Youth Weekends,’” Armstrong says. “During these weekends, Hunter would host kids and their parents at his hunting club in Hyde County and would guide their hunts. Most of the time he did not even fire a shot or even carry his shotgun, as the part he loved most was watching the smile on the kids’ faces after they bagged their first-ever duck.”

And Hunter Parks found the perfect complement to his life more than 10 years ago in Stephanie Fulcher.

“She was truly one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Armstrong says. “She was a perfect match for Hunter, and we often joked that she was the female version of Hunter. He absolutely adored her and during the time they were together was the happiest I’d ever seen Hunter. He was at his best while they were together. Kole was just an all-around good kid. Hunter immediately took to him and they had an incredible bond. Kole had a big, bright future ahead of him.”

Epilogue

Will Graham will deliver the eulogy for the celebration of Hunter Parks’ life scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Carolina Barn, 7765 McCormick Bridge Road, in Spring Lake. He is the oldest son of Franklin Graham and grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham.

Will Graham knew Hunter Parks well, and no better than that Nov. 17, 2017, day at a small church in Fairfield near Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County.

“Hunter was saved by Will Graham on Nov. 17, 2017,” Toliver Parks says about the hour when his brother rededicated his life to “his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

No need for neck-ties this day.

Come in your blue jeans, your khakis, your boots.

“Hunter Parks-type attire,” Toliver Parks says with a smile.

Hunter Parks would have it no other way.

Pilatus PC-12/47E, N79NX: Fatal accident occurred February 13, 2022 in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina (12)

Ernest Durwood Rawls

FAQs

How many Pilatus have crashed? ›

According to information taken from the official FAA website, which covers flight data in the United States and Canada, between April 26, 1990 and December 24, 2019, only 63 PC-12 accidents were recorded, with only one resulting in death and three with injured people.

Why did the plane crash in nc? ›

The lawsuit states that the pilot failed to maintain control of the plane and failed to avoid a restricted airspace, which led to “an erratic and irregular flight path.”

What caused the Snodgrass crash? ›

Contributing to the accident was his failure to perform an adequate preflight inspection and flight control check before takeoff." The 72-year-old Snodgrass was often called the real-life "Maverick," because he was reportedly the inspiration for the character Tom Cruise plays in "Top Gun."

How much is a Pilatus PC-12? ›

List price for a new PC-12NG is $4.05 million, however Pilatus says that a typically equipped executive version will cost around $4.8 million. The PC-12 platform has already proven itself to be one of the most popular turboprops, with more than 1,400 PC-12s flying today.

How much do PC-12 pilots make? ›

PAY and BENEFITS: Tradewind First Officers start between $34,000 and $45,000 BASE salary based on flight experience, with upgrade expected when reaching 1200 hours (Part 135 minimums) All Captains start at $60,000 BASE salary and receive an annual pay raise of $5,000.

Is a Pilatus PC-12 safe? ›

Pilatus opted for the PT6 and has demonstrated that this single-engine is a well thought-through, economical and exceptionally safe option. Statistical data reveals that the safety record of the PC-12 with the PT6 exceeds other single-engine aircraft by far, outperforming even twin-engine turboprops.

What state has the most plane crashes? ›

More than 80% of Alaskan communities are inaccessible by the state's road network. Many rural communities rely on airplanes to transport people and deliver mail. Alaska is plagued with 42% of the deadly plane crashes involving commuter, air taxi, and charter flights–nationwide.

What is the most common reason for a plane to crash? ›

Pilot Error – Pilot error is the most common cause of aviation accidents.

Who owned the plane that crashed in NC? ›

Officials say two people were on board the plane which was owned by Mountain Flyers Flying Club, a not-for-profit organization based at Asheville Regional Airport. Officials with Bradley County Emergency Management Agency told WTVC those two people were killed in the crash.

What is a banana pass? ›

Summary: A high-paced, messy relay race in which players pass a banana using their feet and the last person must eat the mushy fruit. Ages: 10 and up.

What happened to Capt Dale Snodgrass? ›

On July 24, 2021, Snodgrass was killed when his SIAI-Marchetti SM. 1019 crashed while taking off at the Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport in Lewiston, Idaho. Snodgrass was the sole occupant of the aircraft. The NTSB has cited the pilot's failure to remove the flight control lock as the probable cause of the crash.

What was Snodgrass flying when he crashed? ›

Snodgrass was the only person aboard the single-engine, high-wing, tailwheel SIAI-Marchetti SM. 1019B when it crashed shortly after becoming airborne. Snodgrass was a well-known and respected aviator with 7,800 fighter hours, 1,200 carrier landings, and 5,000 hours of time in type in the F–14.

Is Pilatus a good plane? ›

The Pilatus PC-24 is a great aircraft, capable of flying the widest variety of missions of any business jet to an array of landing spots with comfort and speed. The airplane can cruise up to 440 KTAS and land at less than 100 KTAS.

How much does a PC-12 cost per hour? ›

Based on 450 annual owner-operated hours and $7.00-per-gallon fuel cost, the PILATUS PC-12 NG has total variable costs of $462,150.00, total fixed costs of $197,995.00, and an annual budget of $660,145.00. This breaks down to $1,466.99 per hour.

Do you need a type rating to fly a PC-12? ›

While the PC-12 does not require a type rating, and the FAA requires no practical test standards specific to the PC-12, the course is conducted in a type rating-like manner that makes it a truly invaluable and exciting experience for the pilot.

What is the highest salary of an pilot? ›

What is the highest salary for a Pilot in India? Highest salary that a Pilot can earn is ₹85.0 Lakhs per year (₹7.1L per month). How does Pilot Salary in India change with experience? An Entry Level Pilot with less than three years of experience earns an average salary of ₹15.6 Lakhs per year.

How much do the best pilots get paid? ›

The most experienced pilots (top 10%) can expect to make an average of $279,000 annually while those just starting out can expect to make in the range of $79,000 per year.

What is the highest paid salary for a pilot? ›

How Much Does a Pilot Make? Pilots made a median salary of $130,440 in 2020. The best-paid 25 percent made $208,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $90,470.

What is the safest turboprop? ›

Pilatus PC-12 NGX

Powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 Turboprop Engine, one of the safest engines in the world, it is used at the 65% power setting.

Is a Pilatus hard to fly? ›

The airplane is built like a tank and is surprisingly easy to fly, especially for a larger turboprop: there is no prop lever, the fuel is either on or off, and the airplane can happily fly at 220 knots or 100 knots indicated.

What is the safest single engine plane? ›

7 Best Single-Engine Airplanes to Own Right Now
  1. Diamond DA40 NG. When it comes to safety, the DA40 NG (the “NG” stands for “next generation”) is just about the best single-engine plane to own. ...
  2. Beechcraft G36 Bonanza. ...
  3. Cessna 172. ...
  4. Mooney M20 Acclaim Ultra. ...
  5. Pilatus PC-12 NG. ...
  6. Piper M350. ...
  7. Cirrus SR22T.
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What airline has the most crashed planes? ›

Which Airline Has Had the Most Crashes? American Airlines and Air France have both had the most plane crashes, with 11 each. China Airlines and Korean Air have both had 9 accidents, while Pakistan International Airlines has had 8, and United Airlines has had 7 accidents.

Which aircraft has the most crashes? ›

The Cessna 152 was involved in nearly 800 more crashes than any other aircraft. In terms of fatalities, Boeing aircraft occupy four of the top five – the Boeing 737-200 has killed the most people at 906 deaths, followed by the original Boeing 737, the Boeing 777-206 and the Boeing MD-82.

What part of the plane is most likely to survive crash? ›

When looking at what seats gave you the best chance of surviving a crash, the middle seats in the plane's rear came out the best with a 28% fatality rate. The worst seats were on either side of the aisle in the middle of the aircraft, with a 44% fatality rate.

Are planes safer than cars? ›

In absolute numbers, driving is more dangerous, with more than 5 million accidents compared to 20 accidents in flying. A more direct comparison per 100 million miles pits driving's 1.27 fatalities and 80 injuries against flying's lack of deaths and almost no injuries, which again shows air travel to be safer.

What country has the most plane crashes? ›

Although the United States is ranked among the 20 countries with the highest quality of air infrastructure, the U.S. reports the highest number of civil airliner accidents worldwide.

How long does it take for a plane to crash? ›

The reality is that it takes, on average, just 90 seconds for a fire to burn through the plane's aluminum fuselage and consume everything and everyone in it. If that sounds scary, it should; you need to be motivated to get your rear end out of the plane!

Were any bodies found from flight 592? ›

Crash debris haunted investigators for months as they recovered fragments of both plane and passengers from the “River of Grass.” To this day, no complete body of any of the passengers has ever been found.

Did they find the bodies of the plane crash? ›

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers searching a mountainside in Nepal on Monday recovered the bodies of 21 of the 22 people who were on board a plane that crashed a day earlier, officials said.

How many Yellowjackets survived the plane crash? ›

Steven Krueger as Ben Scott, the assistant coach of the Yellowjackets soccer team. In the plane crash, Ben loses one of his legs. While being taken care of by Misty, Ben has to simultaneously deal with both his injury and the fact that he is the only adult who survived the crash. Warren Kole as Jeff Sadecki.

Why put a pin in a banana? ›

Instead of creating damage to the banana peel, the trick is to have the blade go through the banana while pinning it in place. At the final moment of the entire process, the banana will smell and taste as if it had never been peeled.

Why do people put foil on the end of bananas? ›

Bananas, like many fruits, release ethylene gas naturally, which controls enzymatic browning and ripening of not just itself, but other fruits nearby. Much of that offgassing takes place at the stem—or the crown—of the banana. By wrapping the crown of a bunch, you slow down the ripening process a bit.

Is 2 bananas a day fine? ›

One to two bananas per day is considered a moderate intake for most healthy people. Be sure to eat this fruit as part of a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients your body needs.

Who was real Top Gun? ›

The real TOPGUN, which the Navy started in 1969 in order to reduce combat losses in Vietnam, originally was based at what was then known as Naval Air Station Miramar in California, the setting for the first "Top Gun" film.

Is maverick based on a real person? ›

Cast. Tom Cruise as LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a US Navy pilot. The character was loosely based on Duke Cunningham and his accomplishments during the Vietnam War. Kelly McGillis as Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, instructor of Top Gun and Maverick's love interest.

Where did Dale Snodgrass go to college? ›

Dale was raised in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York and attended the University of Minnesota as an NROTC Midshipman setting records as an All-American swimmer. He graduated in August 1972 and was commissioned an Ensign.

Did the pilots survive Delta 191? ›

The crew consisted of three flight crew members, and eight cabin crew members. Of the 11 crew members, only three flight attendants survived the crash. The captain, Edward N. (Ted) Connors Jr., (57), had been a Delta Air Lines employee since 1954.

Why did so many dc10s crash? ›

A design flaw in the original cargo doors caused a poor safety record in early operations. Following the American Airlines Flight 191 crash (the deadliest aviation accident in US history), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all U.S. DC-10s in June 1979.

Did the plane take off in the Munich air disaster? ›

The first two attempts to take off from Munich airport were aborted; following a third attempt, the plane crashed. The eight players who perished were Geoff Bent (aged 25), Roger Byrne (28), Eddie Colman (21), Duncan Edwards (21), Mark Jones (24), David Pegg (22), Tommy Taylor (26) and Liam Whelan (22).

Who is the deadliest pilot in the world? ›

1. Erich „Bubi“ Hartmann. Erich Hartmann is the most successful fighter pilot of all times – with 352 kills. A number that will never be surpassed.

What pilot has the most kills? ›

Erich Hartmann, with 352 official kills the highest scoring fighter pilot of all time. Ilmari Juutilainen, a Finnish flying ace with Brewster BW-364 "Orange 4" on 26 June 1942 during the Continuation War.

Is Pilatus a good plane? ›

The Pilatus PC-24 is a great aircraft, capable of flying the widest variety of missions of any business jet to an array of landing spots with comfort and speed. The airplane can cruise up to 440 KTAS and land at less than 100 KTAS.

What is the deadliest airline crash? ›

Resulting in 583 fatalities, the disaster is the deadliest accident in aviation history.
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Tenerife airport disaster.
Accident
Date27 March 1977
SummaryRunway collision in fog
SiteLos Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Ciudad de La Laguna Airport) Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain 28°28′53.94″N 16°20′18.24″W
Total fatalities583
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What do pilots fear most? ›

“For the most part, pilots fear those things they cannot control,” Smith wrote. “We are less afraid of committing a fatal error than of finding ourselves victimised by somebody else's error or else at the mercy of forces impervious to our skills or expertise.”

Who is the No 1 pilot in the world? ›

Charles Yeager

Charles Yeager was a former fighter pilot and officer in the United States Air Force. Yeager is widely regarded as the best pilot in the world, with a vast list of achievements to support that claim. He was the first pilot ever to travel faster than the speed of sound, attaining Mach 1.07 in 1947.

What pilot kills the most air to air? ›

Luftwaffe fighter pilot Erich Hartmann was exceedingly good at aerial combat. While serving in Germany's Luftwaffe in World War II, Erich Hartmann flew more than 1,400 missions in the Messerschmitt Bf 109, enabling him to score an astonishing 352 kills.

How much do US fighter pilots get paid? ›

Average U.S. Air Force Pilot yearly pay in the United States is approximately $78,408, which is 44% above the national average.

Who was the most feared fighter pilot? ›

Erich Hartmann

Who was the most feared German pilot? ›

Erich Hartmann became Germany's top ace in just three short years with more than 350 aerial victories. His streak remains the deadliest in history. Wikimedia CommonsErich Hartmann in 1943. Erich Hartmann took pride in his skills as a fighter pilot for the German Luftwaffe in World War II — as well he should have.

Is a Pilatus hard to fly? ›

The airplane is built like a tank and is surprisingly easy to fly, especially for a larger turboprop: there is no prop lever, the fuel is either on or off, and the airplane can happily fly at 220 knots or 100 knots indicated.

Does a PC-12 require 2 pilots? ›

The PC-12 has a reduced approach speed when compared to the B250, allowing for a shorter runway approach, a wider range of potential landing sites, and lower fuel consumption. Both aircraft can be piloted in a SINGLE-PILOT regime, where only one pilot is necessary to operate the plane.

Does the PC-12 have a lavatory? ›

Notably the Pilatus PC-12 and the new Pilatus PC-24 jet have a forward lavatory so that the rear weight allowances can be used for cargo. Their new jet has a streamlined and very modern-looking lavatory with rumors of a removable aft-lav option.

Which aircraft has the most accidents? ›

The Cessna 152 was involved in nearly 800 more crashes than any other aircraft. In terms of fatalities, Boeing aircraft occupy four of the top five – the Boeing 737-200 has killed the most people at 906 deaths, followed by the original Boeing 737, the Boeing 777-206 and the Boeing MD-82.

Which airline has never had a plane crash? ›

Qantas. Australia's Qantas Airways is often regarded as the safest airline in the world and was even referenced in the 1988 film Rain Man as having never had an aircraft crash.

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