Sunday, July 07, 2013

Flight Design Gmbh CTLS, N549LS: Accident occurred July 07, 2013 in Sandwich, Illinois

NTSB Identification: CEN13LA398 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 07, 2013 in
Sandwich , IL
Aircraft: Flight Design GmbH CTLS, registration: N549LS
Injuries: 2 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 7, 2013, at 1050 central daylight time, a Flight Design GmbH model CTLS light-sport airplane, N549LS, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Sandwich, Illinois. The commercial pilot and his passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, while on a visual flight rules flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the pleasure flight that departed Creve Coeur Airport (1H0), near St. Louis, Missouri, about 0915.

The pilot reported that as the flight was descending through 4,700 feet mean sea level the engine began to run rough and that the engine monitoring system indicated that there was neither fuel flow nor pressure. The pilot noted that he still had about 16 gallons of automobile fuel distributed between his two wing tanks. He requested vectors from air traffic control to the nearest airport; however, the airplane was unable to reach an airfield and a forced landing was made into a planted cornfield. The nose and main landing gear collapsed during the forced landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the forward fuselage.

The nearest aviation weather reporting station was located at Aurora Municipal Airport (KARR), Sugar Grove, Illinois, about 13 miles northeast of the accident site. At 1052, the KARR automated surface observing system reported the following weather conditions: wind 210 degrees true at 10 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 27 degrees Celsius, dew point 19 degrees Celsius, altimeter setting 30.02 inches of mercury.


An 86-year-old man and his 83-year-old female passenger, both of Mundelein, were injured Sunday morning when the small plane he was piloting made and emergency landing in a Kendall County cornfield.

One person suffered minor injuries when a two-person propeller plane bound for Waukegan had to make an emergency landing west of Plano this morning, according to police.

Kendall County sheriff's officers were called to an area west of Cook Road near Sedgewick Road in unincorporated Kendall County about 10:53 a.m., following a report of a possible airplane accident, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The pilot had reported engine trouble, an FAA spokesman said.

When emergency crews arrived, they found that a single-engine Flight Design CTLS  plane had made an emergency landing, according to the release. The plane landed in a field in the area, said FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro.

One of the two people on board suffered minor injuries and was taken to Valley West Hospital for treatment. The other person was taken to the same hospital, but as a precaution, police said.

The airplane had taken off from a small airport near St. Louis and was headed to Waukegan, officials said. The plane is registered to a man in Mundelein, according to FAA records.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.