Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bristell E-LSA, Sport Flying USA Inc., N167BL: Accident occurred July 24, 2016 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Milwaukee FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA283
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Oshkosh, WI
Aircraft: BRISTELL E-LSA, registration: N167BL
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 have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 24, 2016, at 1805 central daylight time, a BRM Aero S R O, Bristell E-LSA, collided with the terrain following a loss of control while landing at the Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The aircraft was registered to Sport Flying USA, Inc. and was operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which not operated on a flight plan. The last leg of the cross country flight originated from the Watertown Municipal Airport (RYV), Watertown, Wisconsin. 

The airplane was one in a flight of two that were landing on runway 36L at OSH during Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture. The pilot in the lead aircraft stated they were cleared to land on the purple dot located 3,052 feet down the 8,002 foot long runway. He did not see the accident occur.

Witnesses reported the airplane was low and slow as it approached the runway. They stated it stalled, rolled left, and descended to impact with the terrain.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A pilot suffered injuries that were not life threatening when his small plane crashed at the Oshkosh airport.

Thirty-nine-year-old Richard Maisano of Pennsylvania crashed at Wittman Regional Airport after his HXA-Bristell Light Sport stalled on Sunday. 

Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski says Maisano was taken to a Neenah hospital after the crash. 

Federal Aviation Administration Great Lakes Region spokesman Tony Molinaro told USA Today Network-Wisconsin that Maisano was the only occupant in the aircraft when it stalled as it approached the runway.

Oshkosh is hosting the EAA Airventure air show this week. 

The airport was briefly closed Sunday night after the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – A plane accident during a landing at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh caused a pilot to be transported to the hospital Sunday evening.

EAA Airventure spokesman Dick Knapinski says the pilot was in a small aircraft when it went down the south end of the north-south runway. It did not go off the runway.

The pilot was conscious and alert after the accident and is now fine, Knapinski said.

The accident caused the airport to temporarily close. However, the east-west runway reopened around 7 p.m. before the entire airport closed at its scheduled time an hour later. The the north-south runway remained closed after the accident.

Wittman Regional Airport has two main runways.

Planes that were scheduled to land at Wittman Regional Airport for EAA Airventure were being diverted to other nearby airports during the time of the accident.


OSHKOSH - The main runway at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh was closed today after a small aircraft came up short on the runway and crashed.

EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski says there was only one person on board and they were alert and conscious but taken to a hospital.

It happened on the north/south runway just after 6 PM.

The plane did not catch fire. 

The entire airport closed for about an hour and just after 7 PM the east/west runway reopened. 

Normally, the airport closes at 8 PM so it is unclear if it will reopen again tonight.

Knapinski says the incident will not affect opening day tomorrow for EAA Airventure.

The FAA and NTSB are currently leading the investigation into what happened.


OSHKOSH - A pilot was taken to a hospital after a small aircraft crashed early Sunday evening at Wittman Regional Airport.

The unidentified plane was arriving at the airport about 6 p.m. Sunday when it came down short of the south end of Runway 36, Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski said. A lone occupant, who was conscious and alert, was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Wittman Regional Airport was completely closed for about an hour, with the east-west runways reopening about 7 p.m., Knapinski said.

It was the airport's second partial closure of the day after an aircraft touched down without its landing gear on Runway 27, Knapinski said.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 officially kicks off Monday at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We were less than a half minute behind and landing on the parallel 36 R runway when the Bristell stalled about 50 feet above the ground. We were relieved to hear of his survival. A testament to the Light Sport's crash integrity.