Gregory A. Feith is a former Senior Air Safety Investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. During his time at the NTSB, Greg Feith worked as an Air Safety Investigator Field Unit Supervisor, Regional Director and Senior Air Safety Investigator. He was also the U.S. accredited representative and team leader of 6 American
1996 – Laurel Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazine for “Outstanding Operations” for leadership during the conduct of the Valujet Airlines investigation ValuJet Flight 592 in the Florida Everglades.
2001 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Distinguished Alumni Award.
2003 – SAFE Association, Michael R. Grost Award.
2015 – Nominated for induction to the Living Legends of Aviation.
2016 – Inducted in to the Living Legends of Aviation.
investigators who climbed Mt. Illimani to an elevation of 21,223 feet MSL, to conduct the on-scene Aircraft Crash Investigation and wreckage examination of Eastern Air Lines Flight 980, a Boeing 727. This is the highest Aircraft Accident site in commercial aviation history. Greg Feith was one the Investigator in Charge (IIC) of the NTSB “Go-Team” from 1993 to 2001. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Pan Am Flight 103 – American Airlines Flight 1420
Korean Air Flight 801 – Eastern AirLines Flight 980
Swissair Flight 111
SilkAir Flight 185
American Eagle Flight 4184
ValuJet Flight 592
DECEMBER 19 MARKS THE ANNIVERSARY OF SILKAIR FLIGHT 185
Carrying 97 passengers and a crew of seven, the Boeing 737 departed Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s runway 25R at 15:37 local time (08:37 UTC) for a planned 80-minute flight to Singapore Changi Airport, with captain Tsu Way Ming (朱卫民), 41, of Singapore, a former A-4 Skyhawk pilot, at the controls along with first officer Duncan Ward, 23, of New Zealand. Generally fair weather was expected for the route, except for some thunderstorms near Singkep Island, 120 km (75 mi) south of Singapore.
Flight 185 remained level at FL350 until it started a rapid and nearly vertical dive around 16:12. While descending through 12,000 ft (3,700 m), parts of the aircraft, including a great extent of the tail section, started to separate from the aircraft’s fuselage due to high forces arising from the nearly supersonic dive. Seconds later, the aircraft impacted the Musi River, near Palembang, Sumatra, killing all 104 people on board. The time it took the aircraft to dive from cruise altitude to the river was less than one minute. The plane was travelling faster than the speed of sound for a few seconds before impact. Parts of the wreckage were embedded 15 feet into the riverbed.
The aircraft broke into pieces before impact, with the debris spread over several kilometres, though most of the wreckage was concentrated in a single 60-metre (200 ft) by 80-metre (260 ft) area at the river bottom. No complete body, body part or limb was found, as the entire aircraft and passengers disintegrated upon impact. Only six positive identifications were later obtained from the few recovered human remains.