Saturday, July 16, 2016

Aeronca 7BCM Champion, 2576E LLC, N2576E: Accident occurred July 16, 2016 near Vance Airport (KLMO), Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado

2576E LLC:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA267
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Longmont, CO
Aircraft: AERONCA 7BCM, registration: N2576E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 July 16, 2016, about 1020 mountain daylight time, an Aeronca 7CBM airplane, N2576E, impacted terrain while departing from Vance Brand Airport (LMO), Longmont, Colorado. The pilot suffered minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by 2576E LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions existed at the time of the accident. The local flight departed without a flight plan. 

Shortly after departing from Runway 29, the pilot noticed the engine was only producing 2,000 rpm, versus the 2,200 rpm he typically noticed. The pilot was unable to climb normally and executed a forced landing, during which the airplane hit power lines, skipped across a road, and nosed over.

On Saturday morning, July 16, a small plane crashed in west Longmont after taking off from Vance Brand Airport. As the red and yellow single-engine airplane took off, it failed to gain enough power to climb. Pilot David Shenk of Longmont said the engine did not have enough power to gain altitude but he wasn't scared when he realized he was going to crash. 

"We're trained to fly the airplane to the site of the crash," Shenk said. As the plane started going down, Shenk was able to maneuver it over traffic and under power lines before crashing west of 75th street in a ditch between two open fields. Shenk was the only person in the plane and walked away from the crash with only a few minor scratches on his wrists. 

The Longmont Police Department, along with the Longmont Fire Department, responded to the scene to treat and release Shenk after he was evaluated. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

The pilot of the crashed plane talks on the phone along 75th Street. A small plane went down just west of Vance Brand Airport in Longmont today. The pilot was able to walk away.

LONGMONT, Colo. — A pilot suffered minor injuries after his single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday morning near Longmont.

The 1946 Aeronca Champ piloted by 75-year-old David Shenk of Longmont suddenly lost power around 10:51 a.m., the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shenk maneuvered the plane between cars and power lines on N. 75th Street, coming to rest nose-down in a field.

Shenk was able to get out of the plane on his own. He was treated for his injuries at the scene and released.

The NTSB and FAA will investigate the crash. The plane will remain in the field until the investigation is complete.


A Longmont pilot crashed his single-engine airplane in a field west of N. 75th Street this morning, though he managed to escape the wreck with only minor injuries.

The pilot was the only person aboard the plane at the time of the 10:15 a.m. crash, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. The cause of the crash is unknown.

David Shenk, 74, was taking off from Longmont's Vance Brand Airport, when the engine of his 1946 Aeronca Champ lost power. Unable to climb, Shenk was forced to navigate the aircraft through traffic on N. 75th Street, passing between nearby power lines before crashing in a field some 20 yards west of the roadway.

Sheriff's deputies, as well as Longmont Police and Fire, responded to the crash. Shenk had been able to exit the plane, and was waiting for emergency personnel when they arrived. He suffered only minor injuries to his lower arms, and was released after an evaluation, Boulder Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Wagner said.

The plane, based out of Vance Brand, came to rest on its nose and was slightly inverted. The crash ended its first flight of the day. Shenk intended to fly locally, ending at Erie Municipal Airport.

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane will remain at the scene of the crash until the on-site investigation is complete.


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