Alcorn fatal air crash report still to come

By Lena Mitchell | NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A year after a fatal airplane crash that killed two people in the Hatchie Bottom area of Alcorn County, the final report from the National Transportation Safety Board has not been submitted.
NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said the final report on the Oct. 26, 2010, crash could take 12 to 18 months to be completed, then would be presented.
“Whether recommendations are issued out of the report is something the board would determine, and all of that would be posted on the website,” Holloway said.
The crash claimed the lives of Atlanta businessman James “Jim” Judson Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth “Beth” Judson, who were returning home to Atlanta from Olive Branch when their Beechcraft Bonanza six-passenger plane crashed.
A preliminary report issued by NTSB investigator Brian Rayner indicated weather was a primary cause of the accident.
An NTSB meteorologist found that radar data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration showed a line of thunderstorms crossed the airplane’s route of flight in the vicinity of the crash site at the time of the accident.
Judson had filed his flight plan from Olive Branch to Dekalb-Peachtree Airport near Atlanta before taking off from the Olive Branch Airport about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26, 2010.
In a recorded conversation Judson had with an airport staff member, Judson said he was aware of the bad weather conditions in the area, but he was trying to get away before being held up by the weather.
The accident happened off Alcorn County Road 561, three miles south of Highway 2. After the victims, engine and a wing section were found at the crash site, other pieces of the wrecked plane were found as far as 20 miles away from that location in the weeks that followed.
The largest and most significant section that included the cabin roof, side and tail section with the plane’s GPS system was found in late January by hunters in a remote area in the vicinity of Eaton Farm, the initial crash site.
When Rayner submits his final report to the five-member NTSB, it will issue findings of the probable cause of the crash.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com