Witnesses Say SR22 Was In Pattern To Land
A North Carolina homebuilder was lost Thursday in a possible
stall-spin accident near Weddington.
The Wilmington Star-News reports the Cirrus SR22 GTS, N615WM,
piloted by Wesley Ward Manning Jr, 51, was in the pattern at Aero
Plantation Airport (NC21) and on approach to land when the accident
occurred at approximately 1615 EDT.
According to witness reports, the aircraft (file photo of type
shown below) was flying several hundred feet above nearby homes
when its left wing dropped sharply, possibly while turning base,
and impacted wooded terrain in a nose-down attitude.
Others who witnessed the accident say the aircraft's engine
sputtered before it crashed. Weather was reportedly clear at the
time, with a northerly wind at about 10 knots, gusting to 20.
Manning, who was the sole person onboard, had taken off from
Pilots Ridge Air Strip (03NC) about 150 miles southeast of
Those who knew Manning said he was an extremely safety-conscious
aviator. "We’re just wondering how something like that could
have happened to him," said Bill Sansone, who has a hangar at
Pilots Ridge. "It’s just a sad day for us."
Investigators with the FAA and NTSB were due on scene Thursday.
Cirrus also planned to send representatives to the scene, according
to The Charlotte Observer.
Manning was CEO of Manning Companies, a Weddington-based
residential and commercial building and development firm.
SR22 Description: SR-22
Date: 03/20/2008 Time: 2000
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: WAXHAW State: NC Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA UNDER UNKNOWN
CIRCUMSTANCES, WAXHAW, NC
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: EQY 202000Z AUTO 31011G20KT 10SM CLR 10/M06 A3007
Activity: Pleasure Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: CHARLOTTE, NC
Entry date: 03/21/2008