Timothy Gifford Obituary: Killed In Airplane Crash

Timothy Gifford Obituary, a Former Firefighter, got killed in Airplane Crash at Marietta, Orient, Ohio, after leaving Columbus. 

Timothy was a former Firefighter from the Columbus Division of Fire. He joined the Fire Division in 2006 and retired in May. 

Gifford had also served on the division’s heavy rescue squad. During his career, he rescued Monica Durban, who suffered traumatic brain injuries and was in a coma for six weeks after a car struck in 2008.

In 2016, Durban credited Gifford for saving her life, as he was the first to reach the crash scene. 

Timothy Gifford Obituary: Killed In Airplane Crash Marietta, Orient Ohio

Forty-nine years old Timothy Gifford Obituary was a native of Orient, Ohio. On Tuesday, October 18, Timothy took off in a small Airplane from Columbus to pick up  Lee Rector and his partner, Wayne Waldeck, at the Wood County Airport.

Likewise, Gifford received his license in 2019 and had a medical assessment in March that stated he must wear glasses when flying.

Timothy Gifford Obituary: Killed In Airplane Crash
Timothy Gifford Obituary: Killed In Airplane Crash in Marietta, Orient Ohio (Source: The Columbus Dispatch)

As the plane reached Marietta, it crashed into the Pioneer Buick GMC dealership parking lot on Pike Street. Ohio State Highway Patrol said a preliminary investigation shows the aircraft was a 1974 Beechcraft King Air E90.

The plane had departed about 30 minutes earlier from John Glenn International Airport in Ohio to Parkersburg Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, three miles northeast of the crash scene.

No one on the ground was injured. There is damage to multiple vehicles and buildings at the dealership. Aaron McCarter, an aviation accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the two pilots on board died in the crash.

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Who Died In The Plane Crash? 

Ohio State Highway Patrol has claimed there were corpses of two people at the crash scene.

They identified that the bodies were of  Parkersburg, West Virginia native Forty-Five years old Eric Seevers and another was of Orient native Forty-nine years old Timothy Gifford Obituary.

Timothy Gifford Obituary: Killed In Airplane Crash
A plane crash caused Damage to multiple vehicles and buildings at the dealership (Source: WKBN)

Per the Federal Aviation Administration records review, both pilots had aviation licenses. Eric Seevers received his license on June 18, and timothy received his pilot license in 2019. Eric retired from the Fire Department in May after serving for 15 years.

In addition, Lee and his partner Wayne Waldeck claimed they had flown before with these two pilots. Those flights were smooth and safe.

They added they never had any fear flying with Seevers and Gifford. Nevertheless, they had expressed their deep condolence for the pilot’s death. 

Moreover, regarding Eric Seevers, his friend Ronnie McCoy has described Seevers as a devoted Father, accomplished musician, and a good friend. 

Details About The Aeroplane crash

The twin-engine 1974 Beechcroft King Air E90 plane took off from John Glenn Columbus International Airport around 6:40 am on Tuesday.

Around 7:10 am Tuesday, McCarter said the plane, about three miles northeast of the airport, made contact with air traffic controllers in Parkersburg and was cleared to land.

About 40 seconds later, the plane made a very steep angle descent and crashed into the parking lot of a car dealership in Marietta, McCarter said.

Likewise, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) administration claimed that the plane did not exhibit signs of distress before crashing and that no distress calls were sent by the pilots inside.

NTSB, Federal Aviation Administration, and the patrols are now investigating the cause of the Plane crash.

However, a final report on the main cause of a plane crash might take Nine to Twelve months. 

Moreover, a preliminary crash report will be published within around ten days. 

Read More: Eric Seevers Obituary: A Parkersburg Man Killed In Airplane Crash Marietta Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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