Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mooney M20C Ranger, N6870N, Robert W. Brinkley, DO, Inc., PC: Accident occurred April 21, 2016 near William R. Pogue Municipal Airport (KOWP), Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma


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

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA164
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Sand Springs, OK
Aircraft: MOONEY M20C, registration: N6870N
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 April 21, 2016, about 1148 central daylight time, a Mooney M20C single-engine airplane, N6870N, was substantially damaged after it impacted trees and terrain during initial climb near William R. Pogue Municipal Airport (OWP), Sand Springs, Oklahoma. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to Robert W Brinkley, DO, Inc., PC; Tulsa, Oklahoma and was operated by a private individual, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a flight plan had not been filed. At the time of the accident the airplane was departing OWP for a flight to Ponca City Regional Airport (PNC), Ponca City, Oklahoma.

The pilot reported that immediately after take-off to the north, the engine coughed and he had a complete loss of engine power. The pilot quickly made a "mayday" emergency radio call. The airplane descended and impacted trees less than a mile to the northeast from OWP. The airplane came to rest inverted and the impacts resulted in substantial damage to both wings, both ailerons, the fuselage, the empennage, and the tail surfaces. Several witnesses heard the radio call and responded to the scene. Emergency medical personnel arrived and extricated the pilot from the wreckage.

The closest official weather reporting station was at KTUL, Tulsa, Oklahoma; located 13 miles east from the accident location, At 1153 the automated surface observation system at KTUL reported wind from 320 degrees at 11 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 4,000 feet above ground level (agl), few clouds at 25,000 feet agl, temperature 21 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 10 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.97 inches of mercury.

SAND SPRINGS — A man was injured Thursday after a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from William R. Pogue Municipal Airport, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

The single-engine aircraft crashed upside down in a heavily wooded area north of the airport moments after taking off, said trooper Jim Armstrong noting the landing gear was still down when it happened.

The pilot was trapped inside the plane about 40 minutes, until rescue crews could cut down several trees and branches in order to extricate him, Armstrong said.

He was taken by ambulance to the airport, then by helicopter to an area hospital. He was listed in good condition on Thursday afternoon, Armstrong said.

He said the pilot's injuries could have been much worse considering the plane crashed upside down among trees.

The pilot was the only person on board, Armstrong said.

The plane is a Mooney M20C Ranger registered to a Tulsa physician.

Authorities received a call about the crash about 11:40 a.m. and arrived at the scene about 15 minutes later, Armstrong said.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City were en route to take over the investigation of the crash from the OHP, Armstrong said.

Authorities had the site of the crash cordoned off from the public about a half-mile away on rural 138th West Avenue.

The airport is located a few miles northwest of Sand Springs, in Osage County.

Original article can be found here:

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. – A single engine aircraft was forced to land among the trees just north of the William R. Pogue Airport Thursday afternoon.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the pilot of the aircraft was alert and transported to a nearby hospital but is in fair condition. 

According to OHP, the plane went down in a wooded area near 138th West Avenue, north of the airport.

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