Wednesday, January 08, 2014

FK Lightplanes FK-9 ELA SW, N611SP: Incident occurred May 17, 2018 near Purdue University Airport (KLAF), Tippecanoe County, Indiana and Accident occurred January 01, 2014 in Canton, Cherokee County, Georgia

A Purdue plane made an emergency landing in a field near Shadeland Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries.

A two-seater plane was forced to make an emergency landing near Shadeland at approximately 4:52 p.m. Thursday, according to authorities. 

The Purdue plane was being flown as part of the Able Flight program operated out of the Purdue Airport, according to a University spokesman. 

It had taken off with the intent of completing routine flying patterns and was on its way back to the airport when the plane experienced an engine failure, the Purdue spokesman said. 

The Able Flight program provides people with disabilities the opportunity to acquire their light sport pilots license, according to a press release. The intensive program requires students to fly with a Purdue flight instructor up to three times per day. 

Deputy Ryne Shoemaker said the instructor was piloting at the time of the emergency landing. 

The most recent reports indicate the two passengers suffered no injuries.

After being cleared by medical staff on scene, the University spokesman said the two will be transported back to the Purdue airport. The plane will remain on sight until the Federal Aviation Administration conducts its investigation. At which point, it, too, will be transported back to the airport. 

A representative with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department said the Purdue Police Department will take the lead in the investigation.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Losing power thousands of feet in the air might be a cause for concern, but two people inside a single-engine plane safely landed on terra firma southwest of the Purdue Airport.

The plane is a university plane, and it lost power about 4:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the sheriff's office.

The plane's pilot glided the aircraft to a recently planted bean field north of Tippecanoe County Road 300 South and west of Shadeland, according to the sheriff's office.

Neither of the two people in the plane suffered any injuries in the emergency landing.

After an initial inspection of the plane, it did not appear to be damaged, according to the sheriff's office.

Purdue's Hanger 6 investigators are heading up the probe and will contact the necessary agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original article can be found here ➤

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Emergency crews were called to a field near Shadeland Thursday afternoon for a report of a small plane making an emergency landing. 

It happened around 4:45 p.m.

Initial reports indicated there were minor injuries. Deputies with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office who were on scene said there were no injuries.

Deputies said an instructor and student out of the Purdue University Airport were on board.

They believe something went wrong with the engine and the plane just started to glide. The instructor was able to step in and make a quick decision.

"She didn't think that the aircraft could make it back to the airport, so she found a safe field to land it. Nobody was injured and there was no damage done," said Deputy Ryne Shoemaker.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called in to continue the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hapeville, Georgia
Commission of Aircraft Accident Investigation; Warszawa
Austrian Civil Aviation Safety Investigation; Vienna
Rotax - Technical Advisor to Austria; Vernon, BC

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Canton, GA
Accident Number: ERA14LA089
Date & Time: 01/04/2014, 1530 EST
Registration: N611SP
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, while in cruise flight, the engine experienced a partial power loss. The airplane was unable to maintain altitude, so the pilot chose to perform an off-airport landing to an open field. During the landing roll, the airplane encountered a berm, became airborne, and then landed hard.

Examination of the engine revealed that the carburetor float chamber vent lines had been incorrectly routed to the air filter. The engine manufacturer’s installation manual cautioned that the float chamber vent lines must not be routed into the slipstream or down the firewall because “pressure differences between the intake pressure in the carburetor chambers may lead to engine malfunction due to incorrect fuel supply.” Therefore, it is likely that the incorrectly installed vent line resulted in back pressure to the float bowl that exceeded the normal operating range, which would have affected the engine’s fuel-air mixture and led to the partial loss of engine power.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A partial loss of engine power during cruise flight due to an overly lean fuel-air mixture, which resulted from an incorrectly installed float chamber vent line and led to a subsequent off-airport landing.


Engine (reciprocating) - Incorrect service/maintenance (Cause)

Personnel issues
Installation - Maintenance personnel (Cause)

Environmental issues
Rough terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information


On January 4, 2014, about 1530 eastern standard time, a FK Lightplanes FK9, light-sport airplane, N611SP, was substantially damaged following a partial loss of engine power while in cruise flight near Canton, Georgia. The pilot subsequently made an off airport forced landing to an open field. The certificated private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight destined for Cobb County Airport – McCollum Field (RYY), Kennesaw, Georgia. The fight originated from Mustang Field Airport (0GA1), Hartwell, Georgia, about 1500. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

According to the pilot, while in cruise flight the fuel pressure gauge indicated a decrease in fuel pressure from 5.4 gallons per hour (gph) to 0.1 gph and the rpm subsequently decreased. After activating the auxiliary fuel pump, he was able to restart the engine; however, only partial power was restored. Unable to maintain altitude, an off airport emergency landing was performed to a nearby field. Upon landing the airplane encountered a berm, became airborne, and landed hard, which resulted in the left main landing gear and nose landing gear to separating from the airplane.


The pilot, age 30, held a private and sport pilot certificate for airplane single-engine land, and a third-class medical certificated issued December 10, 2012. The pilot reported 83.7 total flight hours with 16.8 of those hours in the accident aircraft make and model.


The two-seat, high-wing, fixed-gear airplane was built in 2010. It was powered by a Rotax 912ULS 100-hp engine and was driven by a Warpdrive DUC 3-blade fixed-pitch propeller. The most recent condition inspection was completed on March 5, 2013 with a recorded aircraft time in service of 503.0 hours. According to the pilot, at the time of the accident, the aircraft had accumulated 590.9 total hours.


The recorded weather at Cherokee County Airport (CNI), Canton, Georgia, which was located 8 miles to the northwest of the accident location, included overcast clouds at 1500 feet above ground level, wind from 090 degrees at 9 knots, temperature 2 degrees C, and dew point -11 degrees C.


Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that it came to rest with the left wing contacting the ground and the firewall was damaged. The left wing fuel tank had an undetermined amount of fuel and the right wing fuel tank was devoid of fuel. Initial examination of the engine revealed compression on all cylinders and the automotive fuel, that was located throughout the fuel system, was free of debris.

Examination of the engine by a representative from the engine manufacturer, with FAA oversight, revealed that the engine remained attached to the airframe and that the spark plugs appeared "normal" in appearance. The electric fuel pump was tested and was operational, fuel was present in the fuel bowls, and the airframe fuel vent tube was observed with no blockage noted. The engine was started and operated at normal power settings utilizing the fuel from the aircraft, with no abnormalities noted. Further examination revealed that the float chamber vent lines had been routed from the carburetor into the air filter. The engine did not have, nor was it required to have, carburetor heat and utilized radiant heating from the engine to minimize carburetor icing possibilities.


Rotax Installation Manual

A review of the Rotax installation manual for the 912 Series engine, Chapter 15.1 "Requirements on the carburetor" provided a caution message which stated in part, "The float chamber venting lines have to be routed into a ram-air and vacuum free zone or into the airbox…these lines must not be routed into the slipstream or down the firewall. Pressure differences between intake pressure in the carburetor chambers may lead to engine malfunction due to incorrect fuel supply."

According to a representative from the engine manufacturer, the routing of the carburetor venting line to the air filters influenced the fuel-air mixture of the engine and, in certain flight conditions, the engine may experience a lack of fuel due in part to the back pressure in the float bowl exceeding the normal operating range.

FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin

A review of FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin, CE-09-35, dated June 30, 2009, revealed that the temperature and dew point at CNI was not conducive to carburetor icing.

History of Flight

Loss of engine power (partial)

Off-field or emergency landing

Landing-landing roll
Landing gear collapse (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 30
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/10/2012
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 83.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 16.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 45.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: FK LIGHTPLANES
Registration: N611SP
Model/Series: FK9 ELA SW
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 09-419
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/05/2013, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1144 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 61 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 591 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: BLALOCK WESLEY F
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:  Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCNI, 1219 ft msl
Observation Time: 1535 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 307°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Thin Overcast / 1500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -11°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 90°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hartwell, GA (0GA1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Atlanta, GA (RYY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 1219 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough; Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.230833, -84.295278 (est)

A small airplane headed for McCollum Field in Kennesaw had to make an emergency landing Saturday afternoon at about 4 p.m. on the land of Canton resident Phil Cochran. Both occupants of the plane survived the landing. Above: Phil takes his grandson, Sage, 4, to look at the plane before it get hauled off today. 

A small airplane headed toward McCollum Field in Kennesaw had to make an emergency landing Saturday afternoon at about 4 p.m. on a pasture owned by Phil Cochran. Both passengers in the plane survived the landing. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, but information on the preliminary findings won’t be released, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the agency. Above: Cochran takes his grandson Sage, 4, to look at the plane.

CANTON — An east Cherokee County farmer says two men are lucky to be alive after crash-landing a small passenger plane in his cow pasture Saturday afternoon. 

The two-seater private plane went down at about 4 p.m. on Phil Cochran’s farm off Wyatt Road, where it was believed to be trying to make an emergency landing, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Warren Cleary, the pilot, and his passenger weren’t injured, authorities said.

Cochran came home a few minutes after the crash and found the men seemingly unscathed by the plane, which had been headed for Kennesaw.

“They were very shaken up but had no injuries whatsoever,” he said. “I’m just so thankful that no one got hurt or killed.”

The plane was flying to the Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field from the Hartwell area, near the Georgia-South Carolina line, when it started to have engine trouble, said Jon Hansen of Hansen Air Group, which rented the plane to Cleary.

“The engine quit on him,” Hansen said. “He said it was making some power but it wasn’t running real smooth. It wasn’t enough to keep him in the air.”

When the engine started to fail, Hansen said Cleary considered going to the Cherokee County Airport in Ball Ground. But he decided he couldn’t make it and started to look for somewhere to land, Hansen said.

“The closer he got toward (Ball Ground) all he saw was woods and he spotted that farmer’s cow pasture,” he said. “He said he thought he’d just put it down.”

The landing might have been smoother if Cochran’s pasture hadn’t been terraced years ago for water runoff. Hansen said the plane hit the edge of one of the soil terraces as Cleary was trying to land.

“It threw him back in the air,” he said. “When he came down, he came down hard.”

Even with the force of the crash, Hansen said the plane only had damage to its landing gear.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, but information on the preliminary findings won’t be released, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Further information was also not available on Cleary and his passenger, who police said did not tell Cochran their names or phone numbers and left just after the crash.

Cochran said one of the men told him they had been near Hartwell having lunch earlier Saturday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Cochran said the plane was still lying in the cow pasture, as FAA investigators continued their work. He said he hoped it could be moved Wednesday and wouldn’t leave too much damage to the pasture.

But whatever condition the plane left his land in, Cochran said he’s just glad the men were OK.

“They’re blessed human beings to walk away from it,” he said. “Very blessed people.”