FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Rapid City FSDO-27
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA275
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Huron, SD
Aircraft: MEYERS 200, registration: N229RS
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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On July 19, 2015, about 1900 central daylight time, a Meyers 200B airplane, N229RS, conducted a forced landing near Huron, South Dakota. The airline transport rated pilot and passenger received minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.
The pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that the flight originated from Nevada. During the flight, he noted a little oil on the windscreen, so he stopped in Casper, Wyoming, for maintenance personnel to look at the airplane. After an en route stop at the Huron Regional Airport, (KHON), Huron, South Dakota, he continued his flight. However, shortly after departure, the airplane's engine lost power, he added that the engine did not stop, but went to idle power.
The pilot conducted a force landing in a field; the airplane came to rest upright, with the landing gear retracted. Substantial damage was noted to the airplane's fuselage.
The airplane was retained for further examination.
HURON—A Hawaii woman suffered minor injuries Tuesday in the emergency landing of a small plane near Huron.
Bruce Mayes, of Hawaii, was forced to conduct an emergency landing after experiencing engine troubles shortly after takeoff, according to Beadle County Sheriff Doug Solem.
Solem said Mayes was unharmed, but his wife, whose name authorities declined to release, sustained a cut to the head in the landing.
Solem said Mayes and his wife had touched down in Huron to refuel during a trip from Hawaii to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when Mayes experienced engine trouble.
According to Beadle County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Olerud, Mayes was able to land safely despite skidding an estimated 200 yards in the pasture east of 27th Street Northeast and Sherman Avenue.
Olerud said the female passenger was then transported to a Huron hospital. He also said the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.
The Beadle County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Huron police, fire and ambulance, as well as Beadle County Emergency Management.
Two people received minor injuries Tuesday night as the small plane they were flying was forced to land in a pasture northeast of Huron. First Assistant Fire Chief Howard Alter says crews were dispatched around seven P-M.
Alter says the two on board had just taken off from Huron Regional Airport.
The plane crashed about three-quarters to a mile of the intersection of 27th Street Northeast and Sherman Avenue and was hidden by the terrain.
The crash site is approximately two miles northeast of the Huron Regional Airport. Responding to the scene were units from the Huron Police Department, Beadle County Sheriff, Huron Ambulance and South Dakota Highway Patrol.