Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cessna 182P Skylane, N9434M; accident occurred June 22, 2016 in Humansville, Polk County, Missouri -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Kansas City FSDO-63

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA229
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Humansville, MO
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N9434M
Injuries: 2 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 June 22, 2016, about 1130 central daylight time, a Cessna 182P airplane, N9434M, conducted a forced landing near Humansville, Missouri. The commercial rated pilot and passenger sustained no injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an air race. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight. The cross-country flight departed the Dexter B Florence Memorial Field Airport, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and was en route to the Skyhaven Airport, Warrensburg, Missouri.

The flight was part of the Air Race Classic competition. The pilot reported that while in cruise flight at 500 feet above ground level, the engine began to surge and lost partial power. She began flying towards the closest airport and attempted to restore engine power. The engine was not responsive and she elected to conduct a forced landing to a field.

An initial examination of the airplane found substantial damage to the fuselage. The airplane and engine were retained for further examination.

HUMANSVILLE, Mo. (KY3) - A small plane crash-landed in northwestern Polk County late Wednesday morning during an all-female cross-country race. The pilot, Susan Larson, 65, of Santa Fe, N.M., called 9-1-1 shortly before noon to say she made an emergency landing with her co-pilot, Amy Ecclesine, 60, of Berkeley, Cal.

The women were flying from Arkadelphia, Ark., to Warrensburg, Mo., the next stop in the race, when they had engine trouble. The pilot said she first thought she could make it to an airport in Stockton but then decided she couldn't make it and landed in a hay field.

The Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal says the Cessna 182 was one of the airplanes racing in the 40th Annual Air Race Classic, which departed from Prescott, Arizona, on Tuesday morning. Race spokeswoman Dianna Stanger says preparations were being made Wednesday afternoon to remove the damaged aircraft from the field.

The race covers more than 2,700 miles across 12 states over four days and ends at 5 p.m. Friday in Daytona Beach, Florida. Stanger says there have been no fatal crashes in the event's four decades.

The website for the Air Race Classic,, says the race started with 55 teams with 130 pilots. Several of the planes are Cessna 182 models.

Emergency responders say the women walked away from the Cessna Skylane 182P after the landing. A trooper said they "don't have a scratch on them" and they refused ambulance service.

Witnesses saw the plane circling around after the engine failed. The land owner was able to track them down and found they were okay.

The location is near Double J Indoor Arena, off East 344th Road near Highway M, a couple of miles southwest of Humansville.

The land owner wouldn't let reporters and videographers near the landing site, which is shielded from a road by trees, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol said it couldn't share its photos because the women demanded that they not be released.

Here's a profile of the women from the Air Race Classic's website:

This is the ninth Air Race Classic for Susan Larson (Santa Fe, NM). A Commercial pilot, single-engine land and helicopter, Susan has a helicopter flight instructor certificate, a tailwheel endorsement and 3,850 hours under her belt. Susan is a past president of the 99s and a member of the Rio Grande Norte chapter.

The mother of a daughter who is a pilot, Susan flies the ARC, “For the estrogen rush at each flyby, and to update my skill set, particularly my decision-making. Bonding with my co-pilot is an added bonus.” She added, “Since my first ARC in 1986, the many races have become just one Great Race in my dreams. And I'm still trying to win that Great Race.”

Susan is former owner/operator of a helicopter charter and tour company, former owner and manager of a pallet company and a former certified public accountant. The past 30 years have brought her much joy, an in-depth STEM (science, technology, science and math) education, deep friendships, scenery beyond description, a strong bond with a Cessna 182 and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Amy Ecclesine (Berkeley, CA) is flying the ARC for the fourth time. She is a Private pilot, single-engine land, with 700 hours in her logbook. Said Amy, “Racing is the ultimate continuous improvement to my piloting skills; it's a thrill, and I get to see part of the country I might never see from a single engine plane. And the accomplished women's company is wonderful.”

One memorable race experience involved ordering pizza delivered to their hotel and sharing it with their baby birds after a close encounter with a tornado. Amy is a program leader for the radiation protection group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Before that, she worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where she met Susan. Amy has run more than 80 triathlons and enjoys snorkeling, singing, dancing, motorcycling, skiing and open-water swimming – anything involving speed. She is a member of the Bay Cities chapter of the 99s.

End of team profile from website

Original article can be found here:

HUMANSVILLE, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol confirms a small plane has crashed in Polk County, Missouri and the pilot was able to walk to a nearby house for help.

The crash was reported about 11:30 a.m. near the Polk-Cedar County line, near the Double J Arena southwest of Humansville.

The two females, ages 60 and 65, were able to walk away from the crash unharmed.

They're from New Mexico and were traveling from Arkadelphia, Ark. to Warrensburg, Mo.

The pilot tried to make it to a nearby airport but was unsuccessful and put the plane down in a field, on its top.

Trooper Josh White, from the Missouri State Highway Patrol said, "We had several reports of an aircraft circling in the area, it was stalling, engine cutting out, then disappearing behind a tree line." 

The FAA is investigating.

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A pilot and a passenger walked away with minor injuries after their aircraft crashed near Double J Arena southwest of Humansville around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol Master Sgt. Gary Riggs, the pilot, a 65-year-old female, and her passenger, a 60-year-old female, both of Santa Fe, N.M.

Sgt. Jason Pace of the Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed the plane was en route to Warrensburg from Arkadelphia, Ark. when it went down.

It appears the crash was caused by engine trouble, Riggs said. Both people declined medical treatment at the scene.

"The landowner (where the plane crashed) heard the plane cutting out, and he knew it was going down," Riggs said. 

The plane landed just 1/4 mile inside Polk County at the Polk/Cedar county line.

The aircraft is a Cessna 182 four-passenger single engine plane. Riggs said the highway patrol has contacted the FAA regarding the crash. 

Humansville Rural Fire Protection District, Humansville Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded, with the highway patrol leading the investigation.

According to the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal, the pair was part of the 40th Annual Air Race Classic, a cross-country all-female air race. Participants were scheduled to land in Warrensburg today.  

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1 comment:

Bonanza Babe said...

Good job by the pilot ! All these women are top notch aviators. Had engine failure myself in the 2006 race - I'm feeling your pain, ladies...