Monday, July 11, 2016

Loss of Control on Ground: Buckeye Dream Machine, N3519T; accident occurred July 10, 2016 at Ohio County Airport (KJQD), Hartford, Kentucky

View of powered parachute against a chain link fence.
Federal Aviation Administration

Front view of broken upper left frame support tube. 
Federal Aviation Administration

Left side view of broken lower left frame support tube.

Federal Aviation Administration

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Hartford, KY
Accident Number:ERA16LA254 
Date & Time: 07/10/2016, 1845 CDT
Aircraft Damage:Substantial 
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 10, 2016, at 1845 central daylight time, a Buckeye Dream Machine powered parachute, N3519T, was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff at Ohio County Airport (JQD), Hartford, Kentucky. The student pilot received serious injuries. The powered parachute was privately owned and operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight, which was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, he prepared for takeoff from a parking lot at JQD. He started the engine and began the takeoff roll. During the takeoff roll the engine started to "sputter" and the pilot decided to abort the takeoff. While attempting to abort the takeoff, he "lost control" of the powered parachute and collided with a chain link fence.

Examination of the powered parachute by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left frame support tube was broken from the main tube structure. A mechanic performed a cursory examination of the engine and test run was performed. During the examination and test run, no anomalies were noted that would have precluded normal operation.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age:62, Male 
Airplane Rating(s):None 
Seat Occupied: Center
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s):None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 30 hours (Total, all aircraft), 15 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BUCKEYE
Registration: N3519T
Aircraft Category: Powered Parachute
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: 4064
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/15/2016, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 197 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 582
Registered Owner: ROGERS JIMMY D
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: OWB, 536 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1856 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 138°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hartford, KY (JQD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hartford, KY (JQD)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1645 CDT
Type of Airspace:Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 536 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 37.458611, -86.849722 (est)

HARTFORD, Ky. (7/11/16) — Beaver Dam City Commissioner Keith Dale was injured in a light aircraft crash last night in Hartford.

According to Ohio County Emergency Management, around 7 p.m., last night, Ohio County Central Dispatch received a call about a light-sport aircraft that crashed during takeoff at the Ohio County Airport. Dale was the only person aboard the aircraft. 

Dale was transported to University of Louisville Hospital via PHI Air Medical and is listed in serious condition. The FAA and NTSB were notified and will be conducting investigations.

Ohio County EMA was assisted at the crash site by Ohio County EMS and PHI Air Medical of Greenville.

While the Ohio County EMA did not release the Dale's name to the public, his condition was discussed at tonight's Beaver Dam City Commission meeting.

Original article can be found here:

One person is recovering on Monday after a small plane crash in Ohio County.

EMA officials say a light sport aircraft crashed Sunday night during takeoff at Ohio County Airport in Hartford.

The victim was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital and is listed in serious condition.

The victim's name has not been released.

Federal officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

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