Saturday, August 6, 2016

Aero Commander S2R, Lakeview Aviation Inc., N5599X: Accident occurred August 05, 2016 in Valley City, Barnes County, North Dakota

LAKEVIEW AVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N5599X

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fargo FSDO-21

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA314
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, August 05, 2016 in Valley City, ND
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER S2R, registration: N5599X
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 August 5, 2016, about 1500 central daylight time, an Aero Commander S2R airplane, N5599X, made a forced landing to a wet field following a total loss of engine power. The pilot sustained minor injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to an operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. 

The pilot reported that he was completing an aerial application run and was returning to his home base when he noticed the fuel quantity indicators showing 1/4 on one side and 1/8 on the other side. About 450 ft above ground level (agl) the engine "sputtered" and then experienced a total loss of power. He made a forced landing into a field and the airplane nosed over when it entered a swampy area. The airplane came to rest inverted and the pilot pushed out the windscreen in order to exit. 

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the engine and found no presence of fuel in the fuel lines to the engine. The propeller blades did not sustain any leading edge damage or chordwise scratches. The fuel filler caps were removed and no fuel was noted.




VALLEY CITY, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The pilot of a crop duster was reported to be alert and walking after crashing the plane near Valley City Friday afternoon.

Brian Welken, 45, of Valley City was flying in the Sanborn area when he experienced difficulties with the aircraft and attempted to set the plane down in an open field. While doing so, the plane clipped a corn field, flipped over onto its top and crashed in a slough in about 3-4 feet of water.

Lance Peterson says he was one of the first people on scene. He took pictures of the plane and shared them with Valley News Live.

Barnes County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Fiebiger, told News Dakota that Welken used an air pocket trapped in the craft to breathe before escaping from the plane. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Source:  http://www.valleynewslive.com 






On Friday, August 5th, 2016, at approximately 2:48 pm, ND Highway Patrol and Barnes County Sheriff’s Office officers responded to a report of a plane crash one mile south of I-94 exit 283, approximately 8 miles east of Valley City.

A 1974 Thrush cropduster was flying in the Sanborn area when the pilot experienced difficulties with the aircraft and attempted to set the plane down in an open field. While doing so, the plane clipped a corn field and came to rest in a slough, upside down, one mile south of I-94 Exit 283.

The pilot, Brian Welken, 45 YOA, Valley City, was able to extricate himself from the aircraft and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Valley City for non-life threatening injuries.

In addition to the HP and SO, the Sanborn FD & 1st Responders, Valley City FD & 1st Responders and the Barnes County Ambulance Service responded to the crash scene.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The NDHP will not be releasing any other details about the crash.

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