Friday, June 17, 2016

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, N2412D; fatal accident occurred June 16, 2016 near Madison Municipal Airport (KIMS), Jefferson County, Indiana -Kathryn's Report

STEVEN D.  KREUZBURG: http://registry.faa.gov/N2412D

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA220
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Madison, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA 38-112, registration: N2412D
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 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 16, 2016, at 1106 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-38-112, N2412D, collided with powerlines and the terrain following a loss of control shortly after takeoff from the Madison Municipal Airport (IMS), Madison, Indiana. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post impact fire. The aircraft was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The personal flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions and no flight plan was filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident. 

The airplane came to rest in a field ½ mile south of the departure end of runway 21. The wreckage was located under two sets of Duke Energy transmission lines that were about 55 feet apart. The top wooden structure on one of the H-towers was broken and pieces of wood were scattered on the ground near the accident site. A transmission wire on the second set of lines was broken with only a few strands of wire holding the wire intact. The towers were about 80 feet tall. The wreckage was located about 72 feet from the closest tower.
 
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.


Steven Douglas Kreuzburg
April 15, 1939 - June 16, 2016

Let Us Pause To Honor the Memory of Mr. Steven Douglas Kreuzburg 

Mr. Steven Douglas Kreuzburg, age 77, of Madison, Indiana grew up in Baltimore, MD, graduating from Milford Mills High School in Pikesville, MD. He attended Georgia Tech (aeronautical engineering); entered the USAF Aviation Cadet Reserves (‘60-61); graduated from PACE University. Steve provided systems design and development to early adopters of computer technology in the late ‘60s (Readers’ Digest, RCA, etc.) and continued in the technology world focused on the telecom industry. Later in his career, Steve shifted to aviation, working for airline legends Pan American World Airways and Trans World Airlines. In between, Steve drove limos and trucks, co-founded a computer/telephony company, sold synthetic oil, and was a census-taker and E911 Field Checker. He enjoyed many sports, especially tennis, skiing, rock-climbing, mountaineering and paddling, and was an avid aviation enthusiast holding Airframe & Powerplant Certificates and Private Pilot License. Steve enjoyed web site design and created a site to coincide with the Hanover College Duggan Library’s Captain Cook exhibit. He volunteered with the American Red Cross (including after Sept. 11 and hurricane Ivan), and was a volunteer water tester with the Muscatatuck Watershed project. Steven died on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in an airplane crash near Madison, Indiana. 

A LOVING FAMILY 
Steven will be missed by his loving wife, Kim Childs Kreuzburg of Madison, Indiana; his sons, Greg Kreuzburg and Todd Kreuzburg; his siblings, Sandy Rommel, Jimmy, Don, Ken and Janice Kreuzburg; his grandsons, Matt and Dave; his niece and grandniece, Jennifer and Haley Mettrick. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Betty Weigle Kreuzburg, and his brother, Wil Kreuzburg. 

MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Cremation was chosen and other arrangements are undecided at this time.

MEMORIAL EXPRESSIONS 
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's Choice or the Madison Jefferson County Public Library. Cards are available at the funeral home.


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MADISON, Ind. (WHAS11) – The pilot who was killed in a plane crash in Madison has been identified.

Steven Douglas Kreuzburg, 76, was identified through dental records. He died of a traumatic spinal injury consistent with a plane crash.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, leaving the small community mourning.

Jefferson County Indiana Sheriff John Wallace said, “Any loss of life is tragic and we worship all life and it is tough on the community, absolutely."

Indiana authorities said a small engine plane crashed less than a mile from the Madison Municipal Airport. They said it clipped high voltage power lines, and then hit the ground, bursting into flames.

It is not clear what caused the crash, but officials said getting those answers is a top priority.


NTSB and FAA officials are expected on scene Thursday night and Friday morning to continue the investigation.




MADISON, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Indiana authorities are investigating after a fiery plane crash that left one dead near Madison.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, leaving the small community mourning.

Jefferson County Indiana Sheriff John Wallace said, “Any loss of life is tragic and we worship all life and it is tough on the community, absolutely."

Indiana authorities said a small engine plane crashed less than a mile from the Madison Municipal Airport. They said it clipped high voltage power lines, and then hit the ground, bursting into flames. The pilot, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead on the scene.

"It’s always tough when you speak with family members of someone who has died in a tragic accident or in any other way for that manner,” Wallace said.

WHAS11 was there when the sheriff delivered the difficult news to a woman who approached the scene, claiming the pilot was her husband.

The scene was deemed dangerous for hours as electrical teams worked to secure the power lines and neighbors left home with their pets as a safety precaution.

"We'll do a thorough investigation through the coroner's office and through the NTSB and hopefully get all the answers we can for them. That’s not much anytime someone loses their life, but it’s the best we can do,” Wallace said.

Officials said getting those answers is a top priority.

NTSB and FAA officials are expected on scene Thursday night and Friday morning to continue the investigation.

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





MADISON, IN (WAVE) - One man is dead after his small plane crashed and burned in Madison, Indiana.

Air 3 captured images of the plane, a Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, on the ground and smoking just before noon on Thursday.

The small aircraft struck a wood beam and high-voltage power line after departure from the Madison Municipal Airport and crashed.

Jefferson County, Indiana Sheriff John Wallace said the crash happened at 11:20 a.m. The single engine plane burst into flames.

The name of the pilot has not been released. A woman came to the scene and told a sheriff's deputy that the pilot was her husband. 

Duke Energy crews were at the scene to assist authorities with the crash investigation. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash.

Story and video:  http://www.fox19.com






LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Indiana says one person has died after a small plane crashed near the Madison Municipal Airport.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace, the crash took place just after 11 a.m., near Grange Hall Road and Chicken Run Road. Wallace said a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft struck a wooden frame and then power lines near the airport, and that emergency responders had to wait for representatives of Duke Energy to arrive to secure the area before they could approach the plane.

"He had just taken off from the Madison Municipal Airport, which is just three quarters of a mile from the scene of the crash," Wallace said. "The plane was on fire when we arrived – and with the high-voltage power lines in play, we had to obviously play it safe for our first responders. Once we secure that area, we will be able to do an additional investigation to find out more."

Shortly after the plane crashed, a woman showed up at the scene, saying she believed the pilot who was killed was her husband, but his identity has not been released.

Late Thursday, the FAA and NTSB arrived on site to further investigate and determine what went wrong. 

The road is expected to be closed through Friday morning. 

Story and video:  http://www.wdrb.com

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