FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03
NTSB Identification: CEN16FA241
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 04, 2016 in Buena Vista, CO
Aircraft: BOEVE EARL SEAWIND, registration: N46EB
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 July 4, 2016, about 1128 mountain daylight time, an amateur-built Seawind airplane, N46EB, was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire, during a forced landing near Buena Vista, Colorado. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The aircraft was registered to Boeve Enterprises, Inc., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Lake County Airport (LXV), Leadville, Colorado, at an unconfirmed time, and was destined for the Central Colorado Regional Airport (AEJ), Buena Vista, Colorado, when the accident occurred.
It was reported that the pilot flew the accident airplane from AEJ to LXV earlier in the day, and was on the return flight to AEJ when the accident occurred. A witness at AEJ reported that she heard the pilot declare a mayday on the airport common traffic advisory frequency, and that he stated that he was straight in for runway 15. The witness stated that the pilot did not state the nature of the emergency during the radio transmission.
The accident site was located about 4 miles and 330 degrees from AEJ. The accident site was an open, flat field with sparse vegetation. The initial impact point was located about 15 feet south of the main wreckage and contained the airplane's nose landing gear. The airplane came to rest in an inverted position. Based on the position of the airplane and the impact point, the airplane was heading in a northerly direction at the time of the impact. The entire airplane was almost completely consumed by the postimpact fire that ensued. Remnants of all of the major airplane components and control surfaces were located in the immediate vicinity of the main wreckage. The control system of the airplane consisted mainly of cable controls which were traced from the cockpit control to each respective control surface. All of the cables and end attachments remained intact except for one aileron cable turnbuckle. The fractured turnbuckle exhibited signatures consistent with overload failure due to impact forces. The elevator control had a bellcrank and pushrod that was mounted in the vertical tail that actuated the elevator. The pushrod was intact; however, the composite bellcrank was mostly consumed by fire. The engine control push-pull cables were traced from the cockpit to the engine. The throttle and mixture cables remained intact and attached to the throttle arm, and mixture arm of the fuel control unit. The fuel control unit itself was consumed by fire and only the steel components remained intact. The propeller control cable was intact from the cockpit to the propeller governor. No anomalies could be found with respect to the airframe, flight control system, or engine control system; however, the extent of the fire damage precluded a complete examination and testing of components.
The engine of the airplane was examined on-site. It was still attached to the steel tube engine mount structure. The oil sump, and rear accessory case portions of the crankcase were consumed by fire. The accessory gears remained in position and no anomalies were noted. The remnants of the dual magneto were still in-place on the rear of the engine; however, the aluminum components of the magneto had been consumed by fire. The fuel control servo had been almost completely consumed by fire with only the steel components remaining. The upper spark plugs were removed and examined. The right side spark plugs were covered by oil due to the resting position of the engine. The oil was allowed to drain from the plugs and the combustion deposits that remained indicated a normal burn signature. The left side plugs were dry and also exhibited normal combustion deposits. The valve covers were removed and the right side cylinders contained oil, indicating that oil was present in the engine prior to impact. No anomalies were noted with respect to the valves or valve rocker arms. No anomalies could be found with respect to the engine or engine accessories; however, the extent of the fire damage precluded a complete examination and testing of components.
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Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze says 63-year-old Jay Jones was the only person on board the plane that went down in a field about 4 miles north of the airport.
He says one witness reported hearing the engine sputter, but authorities are still trying to determine the cause.
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A single-engine plane crash near Buena Vista about noon Monday, July 4, killed the pilot, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said mid-afternoon Monday.
The pilot of the plane was identified as Jay Jones, 63, a local pilot and resident of Buena Vista in press release sent by the sheriff early Tuesday morning.
The Chaffee County Communications Center received the first call that a plane was in trouble about 12:15 p.m. and very shortly thereafter calls that a plane had crashed, Spezze said Monday afternoon. There were several witnesses to the crash, he said.
"We're doing a preliminary processing of the scene and securing the area, which we have to do in order to remove the body," Spezze said.
The plane crashed about 1.5 miles north of Buena Vista and south of CR 356 and just west of U.S. 24.
The sheriff's department was securing the scene for investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and The National Transportation Safety Board. Spezze said the FAA was expected sometime today and NTSB Tuesday.
"We'll be here securing the area overnight until they get here," Spezze said.
There were no other fatalities or injuries, she said.
The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it was investigating the crash and identified the plane as an experimental model.
The incident happened about noon as the plane, flying from Leadville to Buena Vista, was attempting to land, Van Deel said. The crash occurred in open space about 3 miles northwest of the airport, she said.
"It was an explosion" upon impact, Van Deel said of the crash.
Authorities know the pilot's identity, but aren't releasing it until family members are notified, she said.
Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said his office received calls about 12:15 p.m. When deputies arrived, they found the plane had crashed in an open field about 2 miles north of Buena Vista, and that there was one fatality.
Authorities assume it was the pilot, although there have been no determinations made on the victim's identity, Spezze said.
There were no other injuries, he said.
A witness told deputies she heard what sounded like a sputtering engine as the plane approached, Spezze said.
The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating along with the NTSB, he said.
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