Friday, June 17, 2016

Mooney M20J 201, N9139U: Accident occurred June 17, 2016 at Reedsburg Municipal Airport (C35), Sauk County, Wisconsin 

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA323
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 17, 2016 in Reedsburg, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: MOONEY M20, registration: N9139U
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

In a telephone interview with the NTSB Investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot stated that the airplane touched down midfield, and he knew he was going to overrun the runway. He attempted to abort the landing, however the airplane over ran the runway and impacted the airport perimeter fence.

A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the fuselage. 

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. 

After multiple requests, the pilot did not return the National Transportation Safety Board Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report as requested.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's long landing and failure to stop the airplane on the runway, resulting in an overrun, impact with a fence, and substantial damage to the airplane.

No one was injured when a plane crashed at the Reedsburg Municipal Airport just after 11 a.m. on June 17.

According to a preliminary investigation, the aircraft overshot the runway and rolled through a fence, crossed the street and came to rest on a grassy spot near the Lakeside Foods Distribution Center at Zinga Avenue and Veterans Drive. Reedsburg Area Ambulance was called to the scene but the two occupants didn’t require medical attention, said Reedsburg Police Chief Tim Becker.

The single-engine plane was piloted by Donald G. Kargel, 72, and Mary J. Kargel, 70, was a passenger. Both are from Stillwater, Minnesota.

Investigators said Kargel was attempting to land the aircraft, but was traveling too fast and tried to accelerate to take off again before running out of runway and crashing through a fence.

Becker said it’s fortunate the plane didn’t strike nearby electrical boxes, especially since it was leaking fuel. One wing appeared to be only a few feet from the boxes.

It also rolled through a quiet street, which reduced the risk of injuries to the aircraft passengers, motorists and pedestrians.

Reedsburg Salvage arrived to haul the plane up onto a flatbed and carry it back onto the airport. The Reedsburg Fire Department sprayed water to wash away remaining fuel and help workers move the craft.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and Reedsburg Public Works also assisted at the scene.

Traffic was momentarily diverted while law enforcement assessed the situation. In addition, the FAA was contacted to investigate the incident, Becker said.

This isn’t the first time a plane has crashed in Reedsburg. Becker said there have been fatal accidents in the past. Fortunately crashes are rare and this time no one was hurt, he said.

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A private airplane landed at Reedsburg Municipal Airport early Friday at a speed too fast to stop and too slow to regain flight, causing it to run off the end of the runway and through an eight-foot chain-link fence.

The plane crossed the street and stopped in a grassy area next to a grocery store, near the intersection of Zinga and Veterans drives, Reedsburg Police Chief Timothy Becker said.

The single-prop plane was piloted by Donald G. Kargel, 72, of Stillwater, Minnesota, Becker said.

“He was trying to land, realized too late he was running out of runway and tried to accelerate but he was going too slow to pull up,” said Becker.

Neither Kargel nor his passenger, Mary J. Kargel, 70, was injured.

Four fence posts and the fence were flattened, Becker said. Kargel, who has a valid pilot’s license, had landed a plane at the Reedsburg airport in the past, he said.

The plane, with one wheel and landing gear broken off but wings intact, was towed back through the fence and onto the airport property.


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