Monday, June 20, 2016

Rockwell 112A Commander: JKM Enterprises Inc., N1299J; accident occurred June 20, 2016 in Dayton, Rhea County, Tennessee -Kathryn's Report


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA226
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 20, 2016 in Dayton, TN
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL 112A, registration: N1299J
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 20, 2016, about 1240 eastern daylight time, a Rockwell International 112A, N1299J, impacted trees during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power near Dayton, Tennessee. The private pilot was the only occupant and received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from Whiteside County Airport – Jos H Bittorf Field (SQI), Rock Falls, Illinois, with an intended destination of Pickens County Airport (JZP), Jasper, Georgia. 

In an interview with a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the pilot stated that while en route, about 5,500 feet mean sea level, the engine lost power and he elected to land in a field. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted trees and subsequently the ground, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and empennage. 

A witness reported that the airplane was flying low, slow, and seemed to be flying in a circle until it impacted trees. 

A postaccident examination revealed that the wings, rudder, and horizontal stabilizer had separated from the fuselage. The engine remained attached to the fuselage and the propeller remained attached to the engine. Two of the three propeller blades were bent aft and the third blade was bent forward. Furthermore, an odor similar to aviation fuel was noted on scene.

The engine was retained for further examination.


UPDATE: According to a Rhea County Sheriff's Department report, 71-year-old Theodore Owens is the pilot who crashed a Rockwell International 112A aircraft on Monday near Walkertown Road on Dayton Mountain.

He was transported for his injuries to Erlanger Medical Center. He's listed in critical condition.

Owens is from Jasper, Georgia and told authorities he was flying back from Illinois. He told first responders about his left arm hurting when they arrived. 

When they asked what had happened, Owens wasn't sure and said he didn't remember anything.

PREVIOUS STORY: A pilot is recovering after a plane crash in a rural part of Rhea County. It happened just before 1:00 p.m. on Monday near Walkertown Road on Dayton Mountain. 

The Rhea County Sheriff's Office said the pilot was traveling to Atlanta from Illinois when he suddenly crashed. Channel 3 spoke with 23-year-old Meredith Farnsworth who called 9-1-1.

"I was laying out tanning by the pool and there was a plane that flew very low, which happens kind of often around here, but I heard the crash and that's what triggered me to go run across the field to find it," Farnsworth said.

She rushed over to check on the pilot and talked with him until medics could arrive. Farnsworth said he appeared to be relaxed, given the situation.

"His left arm was broken, very likely at least. His face was cut up. Things like that, but mentally he was alert and he was with me, so, really, that was the important part, I think," Farnsworth said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the plane was a Rockwell International 112A aircraft. It's registered with the FAA under a business named JKM Enterprises, Inc. out of Rock Falls, Illinois.

"You only see plane crashes in movies and things like that, so to see it in person was definitely an experience. It was new," Farnsworth said.

The Sheriff's Office said the pilot had no one else in the plane with him. His identity hasn't been released yet.

The pilot was taken to the hospital. His condition isn't known. 

The FAA is also investigating the crash.

Story and video:

Plane crash investigators are en route from Chattanooga to Dayton Mountain in Rhea County to find out what caused a small, single-engine plane to crash a little after lunchtime today.

Rhea County Sheriff's Office investigator Rocky Potter said the pilot of the plane, identified at this point as a Georgia man, survived the crash with a suspected broken arm.

Potter said the aircraft was a single-engine plane with only the pilot aboard. No one else was injured and there was no known damage to property on the ground.

"A witness said they could hear the plane come in real low," Potter said. The aircraft hit the ground soon afterward.

Rhea County dispatchers said the crash was reported at 12:42 p.m. by a Walker Town Road resident living near Cranfield Road. The plane crashed somewhere around the 1700-block.

Potter said some county officers were working on an unrelated matter nearby and were able to respond to the crash scene quickly. They met the landowner who had already opened a gate to let emergency officials reach the plane and injured pilot, he said.

Potter said the man was transported to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment. Potter said officials at the scene said the man seemed "disoriented."

"They say he took a heck of an impact," Potter said.

National Transportation Safety Board officials are en route to the crash site from Chattanooga to investigate, he said.

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