Thursday, July 28, 2016

Van's RV-4, N54CV: Accident occurred July 27, 2016 at Dwight Airport (KDTG), Livingston County, Illinois

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Springfield FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA397
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Dwight, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: OLMSTED CHARLES A RV, registration: N54CV
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that after landing on a 1,900-foot grass strip she determined she would not be able to stop prior to the end of the airstrip. The pilot reported that during the aborted landing she added full power, but the airplane settled into a bean field and subsequently nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage, and empennage. 

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's delayed action to perform an aborted landing, which resulted in a nose over and substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage, and empennage.

DWIGHT, Ill. (WLS) -- A small plane crashed and is upside down in a field near Dwight Airport in Grundy County.

The crash took place along Scully Road near Route 47. The plane is flipped over in a field at the end of a grass runway. Police have responded.

An FAA spokesperson says the RV4 aircraft crashed in a bean field at 7:20 p.m.

The Dwight fire chief says the small plane attempted to land at Dwight Airport when the pilot believed they wouldn't make the runway and tried to go back up. 

The plane wasn't able to gain enough altitude and crashed into the bean field. 

Fire officials say the pilot, a woman in her 50s from south suburban Oak Lawn, was briefly trapped inside but not injured. The fire department was able to get her out.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating.

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