Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rans S-18 Stinger: Fatal accident occurred September 28, 2015 in Shattuck, Ellis County, Oklahoma

NTSB Identification: CEN15LA432
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 28, 2015 in Shattuck, OK
Aircraft: RANS S18, registration: None
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 September 28, 2015, about 1925 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Rans S18 airplane, sustained substantial damage when it impacted a field 2 miles east of Shattuck, Oklahoma. The pilot, the sole occupant, received fatal injuries. The unregistered airplane was owned and operated by the non-certificated pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed about 1923 from a grass airstrip located approximately .5 miles from the accident site, and was en route to Gage Airport (GAG), Gage, Oklahoma, located 5 miles northeast of the accident site. 

At 1853, the surface weather observation at GAG was: wind 140 degrees at 4 kts; 10 miles visibility; sky clear; temperature 28 degrees C; dew point 12 degrees C; altimeter 29.90 inches of mercury.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:     FAA Oklahoma City FSDO-15

David William Kelln was born June 8, 1978 in Canadian, Texas, as the third child of Mark and Mary Kelln. He was the middle child with older siblings, Audra and Matthew, and younger brothers, Joseph and Micah. He departed this life to his heavenly reward on September 28, 2015, near Shattuck, Oklahoma, as the result of an airplane crash, but doing what he loved to do.

Growing up, David was certainly all boy. Never one to hang around the house, he was an outdoor kind of guy, and that was evident from an early age. He was full of vigor and curiosity, he was full of life. And why wouldn’t he be? He grew up on Wolf Creek, where there was fish to catch, things to explore, tunnels to dig, and forts to build. A wonderful environment for a young boy’s imagination and curiosity to think of a million things to do. And he had plenty of playmates. In addition to his four siblings, he had seven first cousins, all living in Shattuck. Twelve Kelln cousins, seven boys and five girls, and all about the same age. Life was wonderful. For a short time, the family lived in Tonkawa, Oklahoma and Ellinwood, Kansas.

As a student at Shattuck High, he participated in the normal school activities. He was an excellent athlete and participated in all of the sports. But, even then, he was more interested in working. In addition to helping his Dad on their own place, he was worked for area farmers and he even worked nights at Humalfa while he was still in high school. He had to be busy. He had to be doing something. He had a natural curiosity and a need to know how things worked and, to compliment that, he had an innate ability to figure it out.

He graduated with the Shattuck High School Class of 1997 and promptly entered the work force. It was not long before his talents as a welder and metal fabricator began to fully bloom. With a welding rod in his hand, he was truly an artist. He could run any piece of equipment and fix just about anything. After working for several people he opened his own shop, Dave’s Welding and Trailer Sales. It was here that he developed a reputation for high quality work and developed many friends through his business.

In 2003, David and Amy Cummings were married and to this union two children were born, a daughter, Alexis Jurhee, and a son, Luke William.

He is survived by Amy, daughter, Lexi, and son, Luke; his parents Mark and Mary Kelln; sister Audra Kelln-Tomlinson; brother, Matthew; brother Micah, and his wife, Angela. He is also survived by six nieces and two nephews, many of whom he served as a father figure. He is also survived by several uncles and aunts, cousins and many friends.

David was preceded in death by his grandparents Sam and Betty Barton and C.Q. Kelln and William and Maxine Hopson. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexi and Luke Kelln Education Fund in care of Mason Funeral Home, P.O. Box 695, Shattuck, OK 73858. 

Source:  http://www.masonfuneralservice.com


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A Shattuck man died when his ultralight aircraft crashed east of Shattuck on Monday night, said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

David W. Kelln, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash from head and internal trunk injuries, the OHP said.

Kelln was flying a Rans S-18 Stinger aircraft going southwest when, for an unknown reason, the aircraft "descended into the ground," the OHP said.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. on a county road two miles east of Shattuck.

The OHP said the Federal Aviation Administration would continue an investigation into the accident.

The crash was initially investigated by OHP troper Cody Rehder, assisted at the scene by the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, Shattuck Police Department, Fire and Rescue and EMS.

Source:  http://www.woodwardnews.net

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