PARIS, IL. (ECWd) -
In an effort to revealed every detail of the secret airplane crash that happened last summer/fall 2014 at the Edgar County Airport, we have more information to provide today, and will continue digging into this until we have reached the truth in this incident:
February 28, 2014 - Glen Hutchings issued Bill of Sale to Jerry Newlin (this info comes from the FAA Aircraft Registration desk - Chicago) July 4, 2014 - we have enough information to know the plane flew on this night to view the fireworks show in Paris July 31, 2014 - this is the last recorded date any fuel was purchased under this aircraft number We have reason to believe the aircraft crashed within a day or two of this fuel purchase August 19, 2014 - this is the date the FAA issued a Registration Certificate for this aircraft in Jerry Newlin's name March 30, 2015 - this aircraft was De-registered and is stated to have been exported to Bolivia, South America
Federal Aviation Rules for Registration
FAR 47.41(a): The registration is terminated upon sale of aircraft, and it is a federal crime to operate an unregistered aircraft.
(a) Each Certificate of Aircraft Registration, AC Form 8050-3, issued by the FAA under this subpart is effective, unless registration has ended by reason of having been revoked, canceled, expired, or the ownership is transferred, until the date upon which one of the following events occurs:
I don't think it can get any clearer than that.
Additionally, Glen Hutchins was obligated under federal law to return the Registration Certificate within 21 days of the transfer of ownership (which this ownership was transferred on February 28, 2014).
(b) The Certificate of Aircraft Registration, with the reverse side completed, must be returned to the Registry—
(3) Within 21 days of the termination of the registration, by the holder of the Certificate of Aircraft Registration in all other cases mentioned in paragraph (a) of this section, except in the case of expired certificates, the holder must destroy the expired certificate.
We can "assume" this happened since the FAA has a copy of the Bill of Sale - but we are still attempting to obtain a copy of the returned Certificate of registration.
We can also "assume" that this aircraft was not submitted for a new Certificate of Registration until sometime after the aircraft crashed, due to the complete secrecy surrounding the date, time, pilot, passenger, and reason(s) for the aircraft to crash at the Edgar County Airport.
If this is presumed to be the case, was the insurance company aware this aircraft was not registered at the date of the crash?
The bottom line in this situation is that this is a public airport, the aircraft was based at this airport, the crash happened at a public airport, and the public has a right to know the factors and other information surrounding this crash.