Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cessna 175 Skylark, N6649E: Fatal accident occurred June 08, 2016 in Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

SHEPARD GROUP LLC
C/O MASTERS AIR 
http://registry.faa.gov/N6649E 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Little Rock FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA210
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 08, 2016 in Pine Bluff, AR
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N6649E
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 8, 2016, about 1700 central daylight time, a Cessna 175 airplane, N6649E, nosed over during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The private pilot was fatally injured and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged during the nose over. The airplane was owned by Shepard Group LLC and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from the Star City Municipal Airport, near Star City, Arkansas and was destined for the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport (MEZ), near Mena, Arkansas.

According to preliminary information, residents near the accident site saw the airplane overhead. They heard the airplane engine sputtering and saw it descending. A witness drove out and saw the airplane inverted and called 911.

The pilot held a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. He also held a FAA third-class medical certificate that was issued on February 26, 2016, with a limitation that he must wear corrective lenses. Copies of pilot logbook excerpts obtained by the FAA did not have the pilot's recorded flight experience totalized. However, the pilot reported on his application for his medical certificate that he accumulated 147 hours of total flight time with 0 hours in the six months preceding his medical. The medical indicated the pilot was 76 inches tall. An endorsement in the pilot logbook excerpts showed that the pilot completed a flight review on April 21, 2016.

N6649E, a Cessna 175, Skylark, serial number 56149, was an externally braced high-wing, propeller-driven, fixed landing gear, semi-monocoque design, four-seat airplane. A 175-horsepower, geared, six-cylinder, air cooled, horizontally opposed, carbureted, Continental GO-300-A engine, marked with serial number 6208-9-A, powered the airplane. The propeller was a two-bladed, all-metal, fixed pitch, McCauley model 1B175/MFC8460, with serial number 70765.

Copies of airplane logbook excerpts obtained by the FAA showed that an annual inspection was completed on October 6, 2015. An endorsement in the logbooks indicated the airplane had accumulated 2,247.2 hours of total time and the tachometer indicated 0.0 hours at the date of the annual inspection.

Fueling records indicated the airplane was serviced with 17.0 gallons of 100 low lead aviation fuel at MEZ on June 6, 2016, and was topped off with 14.5 gallons of 100 low lead aviation fuel at MEZ on June 7, 2016.

At 1653, the recorded weather at the Grider Field Airport, near Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was: Wind 110 degrees at 6 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 31 degrees C; dew point 19 degrees C; altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury.

The airplane was found inverted about three miles and 210 degrees from the intersection of Sulphur Springs Road and Samuel Road in an area of rolling land with clear-cut tree stumps present. The first found witness mark was a ground scar consistent with a width of a landing gear tire, which was observed next to a tree stump. That tree stump had an indented witness mark. The inverted wreckage was found about 40 feet and 120 degrees from that stump. A ground scar depression consistent with the shape of the cowling was observed about 20 feet from that stump in the same direction to the wreckage.

A FAA inspector found the fuel selector handle in the BOTH tank position shortly after arriving at the accident site and moved it to the OFF position. A subsequent on-scene examination of the wreckage was conducted. Flight control cables were traced from the cockpit controls to their respective flight control surfaces and flight control cable continuity was established. The wing flaps were found in the 10-degree extended position and flap control cable continuity was established. Measurement of the elevator trim actuator extension was 1.25 inches, which was consistent with a neutral elevator trim tab position. Engine controls were moved in the cockpit and engine cable continuity was established when their opposite ends moved respectively. The carburetor was found separated from its engine mounting surface. The propeller remained attached to the engine's propeller flange and the propeller did not exhibit any leading edge nicks. The vacuum pump separated from its mounting pad. The fuel line to the carburetor was separated at its carburetor inlet fitting. The carburetor, below the fuel inlet fitting area, was discolored consistent with the color of sooting. The carburetor was disassembled and its floats were found loose in the float chamber, where the float's attaching solder had a shiny appearance consistent with being melted. The firewall fuel strainer was deformed and discolored consistent with the color of sooting. The strainer's screen was found unobstructed and its glass bowl was found broken.

The fuel tank selector valve was removed and it operated normally in all its positions. Both the left and right fuel tanks inflated when shop air was applied to the respective fuel tank's line coming from the fuel tank selector valve. Fuel was noted exiting from left tank's vent tube when the shop air was applied to the left fuel tank's line. Shop air was applied to the fuel strainer's fuel line coming from the fuel tank selector valve and air was observed exiting from the fuel strainer.

The airplane was placed in an upright position, defueled, and disassembled. The right fuel tank contained less than a quart of blue colored fluid and the left fuel tank contained approximately 11 gallons of blue colored fluid, which tested negative for water contamination. During disassembly, the left fuel tank vent cross over nipple was found to be obstructed. The left fuel tank filler neck cap was an unvented type cap. The front seats remained attached to their seat tracks with their locking pins engaged in their tracks. Removed engine spark plugs were "worn out normal/severe" when compared to the Champion Check-A-Plug chart. A borescope examination of the cylinders revealed that all valves were intact and with normal combustion signatures. A liquid consistent with oil was observed on the oil dipstick when it was removed from its holder. There were no installed shoulder harnesses observed in the airplane.

An autopsy will be conducted on the pilot and toxicological samples taken for examination at the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute.

The Cessna 175 did not have shoulder harnesses installed and was not required to have them installed at the time it was certified.



Polk County surveyor and Christian School founder Phillip Sloan, 66, of Mena, was killed in a small plane crash in Jefferson County on Wednesday, June 8, The crash was reported at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday according to Arkansas State Police. Sloan was pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m. by a deputy coroner. Also in the plane was Ross Goodner, 19, of Boles in Scott County.


Goodner was injured in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was said to be stable. Sloan was piloting the small, single-engine when it crashed in a clear-cut area. The Federal Aviation Administration will coordinate an investigation to determine the cause of the crash according to Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler. Around 200 people attended Sloan’s funeral held at First Baptist Church on Monday.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The names have been released of the victims in a Wednesday evening plane crash in Jefferson County.

A news release issued Thursday by the Arkansas State Police (ASP) says a Polk County man died when the aircraft he was piloting went down in a wooded area near the Grant County line.

He's been identified as Phillip Sloan, 66, of Mena. A passenger in the aircraft survived. The ASP says Ross Goodner, 19, of Boles (Scott County) was injured in the crash and taken from the scene by ambulance to a Pine Bluff hospital.

ASP troopers were dispatched to the scene on a call of a downed aircraft at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The initial report indicated the aircraft was a small single-engine plane.

The Arkansas State Police secured the crash scene, which is located inside a clear-cut area of the timberland.

The Federal Aviation Administration will coordinate the investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.fox16.com

An area fire department official confirms the pilot was killed in the crash, while a passenger was taken to an area hospital.


JEFFERSON COUNTY (KATV) — A Polk County man died and another man was injured after a plane crash in Jefferson County Wednesday evening.

Arkansas State Troopers responded to a call of a downed aircraft at approximately 5 p.m. on June 8.

Authorities pronounced 66-year-old Phillip Sloan, of Mena, dead at the scene. Sloan was piloting the single-engine aircraft when it went down near Sand Creek Road in the southwestern part of the county, near the Grant County line.

A passenger, 19-year-old Ross Goodner, of Boles, was injured in the crash and was taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was notified and will investigate what caused the crash.

Original article can be found here:  http://katv.com



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The names have been released of the victims in a Wednesday evening plane crash in Jefferson County.

A news release issued Thursday by the Arkansas State Police (ASP) says a Polk County man died when the aircraft he was piloting went down in a wooded area near the Grant County line.

He's been identified as Phillip Sloan, 66, of Mena. A passenger in the aircraft survived. The ASP says Ross Goodner, 19, of Boles (Scott County) was injured in the crash and taken from the scene by ambulance to a Pine Bluff hospital.

ASP troopers were dispatched to the scene on a call of a downed aircraft at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The initial report indicated the aircraft was a small single-engine plane.

The Arkansas State Police secured the crash scene, which is located inside a clear-cut area of the timberland.

The Federal Aviation Administration will coordinate the investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

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

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