July 13, 2012 - On Sunday a six seat Piper Lance
PA-32R aircraft crashed after encountering
thunderstorms killing all onboard. The Piper,
N4386F had departed Western Carolina Regional
Airport (KRHP) Andrews, North Carolina about
1:17 PM with three passengers onboard. The
flight was to land at University Oxford Airport,
The identities of the victims have been reported
as pilot, Dr. James Joseph Bartley, Jr., and his
passengers, wife Terry H. Bartley, 55; and their
youngest daughter, 20 year old Caroline Bartley,
a student at the University of Mississippi.
Bartley was a practicing podiatrist in Columbus,
Georgia. He and his family were flying from
their vacation home in North Carolina to return
their daughter back to the University of
Mississippi. Bartley was a licensed private
pilot with an instrument airplane rating.
Ralph Lauderdale, Prentiss Emergency Management
Agency Director, said that it appears that
Bartley encountered pop-up thunderstorms at his
cruising attitude of 8,000 feet and that the
aircraft may have been damaged in-flight.