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Waco YMF-F5C, Oakwood Group LLC, N56ED: Accident occurred May 19, 2016 near Des Moines International Airport (KDSM), Iowa

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA196
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 19, 2016 in West Des Moines, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/06/2016
Aircraft: WACO CLASSIC AIRCRAFT CORP YMF, registration: N56ED
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While approaching the airport for landing at the conclusion of a local flight, the airplane's engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot selected a field as a forced landing site, but noted a "ravine" in the middle of the field. Although the pilot attempted to "bounce" the airplane over the ravine during the landing, the airplane impacted the ravine wall and was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane, and that the loss of engine power was due to fuel starvation, because he forgot to open the left fuel tank shut-off valve.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's mismanagement of the airplane's fuel supply, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

On May 19, 2016, about 1830 central daylight time, a Waco YMF airplane, N56ED, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near West Des Moines, Iowa. The pilot received serious injuries and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane sustained damage to the firewall, lower forward fuselage, landing gear, and both lower wings. The aircraft was registered to Oakwood Group, LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Des Moines International Airport, Des Moines, Iowa, about 1810.

The pilot reported that when returning from a local flight the airplane's engine lost all power about 2-3 miles from the airport. The pilot executed a forced landing to a grass field; however, the field had a "ravine" running through it and he attempted to bounce the airplane over the ravine during the landing. The airplane did not clear the ravine and struck the ravine wall. The pilot reported that the loss of engine power was due to fuel starvation because he forgot to open the left fuel tank shut off valve. He reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane.

Oakwood Group LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N56ED

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA196
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 19, 2016 in West Des Moines, IA
Aircraft: WACO CLASSIC AIRCRAFT CORP YMF, registration: N56ED
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 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 May 19, 2016, about 1930 central daylight time, a Waco YMF airplane, N56ED, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near West Des Moines, Iowa. The pilot received serious injuries and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane sustained damage to the firewall, lower forward fuselage, landing gear, and both lower wings. The aircraft was registered to Oakwood Group, LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Des Moines International Airport, Des Moines, Iowa, about 1900.


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa —TMZ is reporting that law enforcement has told them Adam Kenworthy and his 65-year-old father were the ones involved in the plane crash in West Des Moines. 

TMZ reports Adam Kenworthy is the boyfriend of Real Housewives of New York star Carole Radziwill. He's appearing on the season that's currently airing on the Bravo network.

Radziwill told TMZ that "Adam was released from the hospital a few hours after the crash, and his mom says he suffered a few abrasions but will be fine."

West Des Moines police confirmed the pilot was David Kenworthy, 65, of Des Moines, and the passenger was Adam Kenworthy, 30, of New York.  The plane is owned by Oakwood Group LLC, which lists David Kenworthy as its main contact.

The biplane crashed into a hill Thursday after it tried to make an emergency landing in the 3000 block of Southeast Army Post Road around 7:30 p.m. The front end of the aircraft was destroyed.

The initial crash report released Friday morning from the FAA shows that the aircraft N5SED "crashed under unknown circumstances."

The report shows one person suffered serious injuries and the other minor.  Both men were able to walk away from the crash and were taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

First responders said the strip of flat land likely saved their lives. A 65-year-old man was flying the plane while his 30-year-old son was in the passenger seat.

The aircraft left the Des Moines Airport and was shortly thereafter declared an aircraft emergency. The passenger used his cellphone to alert the control tower they were making an emergency landing.

They made their descent attempting to land on a strip of open land but crashed into a small hillside.

Federal authorities, the FAA, and National Transportation Safety Board started their investigation Friday morning.

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






















Authorities released the names of the two men who were injured when a small, recreational-use plane crashed Thursday night south of West Des Moines.

David Kenworthy, 64, of Des Moines, piloted the plane, according to a release from the West Des Moines Emergency Medical Services. His son Adam Kenworthy, 30, of New York was a passenger.

TMZ reported that Adam Kenworthy is the boyfriend of reality television personality Carole Radziwill, who stars in "The Real Housewives of New York City."

The elder Kenworthy suffered serious injuries and his son's injuries were moderate, said EMS spokesman Dave Edgar. Radziwill told TMZ that her boyfriend was released from the hospital a few hours after the crash.

The Waco YMF-F5C plane had an open cockpit and crashed at about 7:30 p.m. on a hill near the 3000 block of Southeast Army Post Road.

Officials believe a problem with the single-engine plane's power caused the need for an emergency landing about 10 minutes after it took off from Des Moines International Airport. The Kenworthys took off for a sightseeing trip around the area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Authorities were notified of the crash first by the airport, and then by Adam Kenworthy, who called 911 using his cellphone.

The men were conscious and talking when emergency responders arrived on the scene, according to a news release.

Both were transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

West Des Moines Police will monitor the area through Saturday, when the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will begin the investigation.

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

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