Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Criquet Storch FI-156, N429BB: Fatal accident occurred May 30, 2016 in Fordsville, Kentucky


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Louisville FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA201
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 2016 in Fordsville, KY
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 May 30, 2016, at an unknown time, an experimental amateur-built Storch FI-156 airplane, N429BB, crashed in a wooded area near Fordsville, Kentucky. The private pilot, the sole occupant was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed by impact and a postcrash fire. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as a Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed on that day, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated about 1130 central daylight time, from Rough River State Park Airport (2I3), Falls of Rough, Kentucky.

According to a friend of the accident pilot, since purchasing the airplane 2 days prior, the pilot flew it on several flights, including a flight earlier in the day from Owensboro-Daviess County Airport (OWB), Owensboro, Kentucky to 2I3, landing there about 0945. After landing, he and the pilot ate at a local restaurant and then prepared to depart from 2I3. The friend reported hearing an engine run-up before takeoff, and noted that the magneto drops were normal and the engine was "running strong." After takeoff he watched as the pilot turned to a heading of 315 degrees (normal) and lost sight of the airplane when it was about 1.5 miles away.

The pilot's friend indicated that the pilot might have intended to fly to a nearby ultralight airstrip, or return to OWB. The pilot's friend then departed 2I3 in his airplane, and attempted to contact the pilot via radio, but the pilot did not reply to any of his transmissions. He proceeded to the Ohio County Airport (JQD), Hartford, Kentucky and landed uneventfully. He later contacted law enforcement because the pilot had not returned to OWB, and met with law enforcement later that evening. The following day he performed an air search himself but did not locate the wreckage. Personnel of the Civil Air Patrol were also involved in a search for the missing airplane; the wreckage was located on the afternoon of June 1st.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

HANCOCK, Co., Ky.(WHAS 11)--An autopsy will be performed to positively identify a body pulled from a plane that crashed near Fordsville in Hancock County.

It's believed to be 70-year-old Robert Dalzell of Owensboro.

The pilot went missing on May 30 shortly after take off.

The Kentucky Army National Guard spotted scorched marks a few miles from the Falls of Rough Airport in Grayson County.

Investigators located the debris from the downed plane.

WHAS11's John Humphress went to the heavily wooded area where the wreckage was discovered.

The property owner just returned from out of town.

Kentucky State Police say while they could not positively identify the body as Dalzell however, authorities have notified the pilot's family of their investigation.

Story and video:  http://www.whas11.com

Robert C. Dalzall Jr. 
(Image Source: Kentucky State Police) 

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – The plane of missing Owensboro pilot Robert Dalzell Jr. was located on Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.

Lt. Col. Greg Bell found the plane in a heavily wooded area seven miles from the Falls of Rough Airport, but Dalzell Jr. has not been located at this time.

Kentucky State Police and Civil Air Patrol have been looking for Dalzell since Monday after he departed from the airport at 11:20 a.m. and never returned.

Officials give update on missing Owensboro plane found on Wednesday

KSP said his last cell phone activity ping was at 11:32 a.m. Monday.

Dalzell Jr. is a white male, 5’05”, 175 pounds and has grey hair and Hazel eyes.

He was last seen flying a 2012 Green Aero Criquet Bogota fixed wing plane with the tail number of N429BB.

Story and video:  http://www.whas11.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police say they are searching for a missing Owensboro pilot.

According to a KSP news release, 70-year-old Robert C. Dalzall Jr. left the Owensboro Regional Airport Monday around 9:10 a.m. Officials say he successfully landed at the Falls of Rough airport, located in Grayson County, at 9:45 a.m. According to Kentucky State Police, Dalzall left the Falls of Rough airport at 11:20 a.m. and did not return to the Owensboro airport.

KSP says Dalzall's last cell phone activity ping was Monday at 11:31 a.m., within five miles of the Fall of Rough airport.

Officials describe Dalzall as a white male. He is five feet, five inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has grey hair and hazel eyes.

Police say he was flying a 2012 Green Aero Criquet Bogota fixed wing plane. The plane's tail number is N429BB.

The Civil Air Patrol currently has two airplanes conducting a search from Owensboro to Falls of Rough.

Original article can be found here: http://www.wdrb.com

GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. —Kentucky State Police and Civil Air Patrol are looking for a missing Owensboro pilot and airplane last seen Monday morning in Grayson County.

Troopers said Robert C. Dalzall Jr., 70, left Owensboro Regional Airport on Monday at 9:10 a.m. and landed at the Falls of Rough airport, in Grayson County, at 9:45 a.m.

Police said Dalzall left the Falls of Rough airport at 11:20 a.m. and never returned to the Owensboro airport.

KSP said his last cellphone activity ping was 11:32 a.m. Monday within five miles of Falls of Rough airport.

Dalzall was flying a 2012 green Aero Criquet Bogota fixed wing plane with tail number N429BB.

He is 5 feet 5 inches tall, 175 pounds with grey hair and hazel eyes.

Two Civil Air Patrol planes are searching from Owensboro to Falls of Rough.

Officials ask those who are in the Falls of Rough area to be extra vigilant.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.wlky.com

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