Sunday, August 7, 2016

Van's RV-4, N924WZ: Accident occurred August 07, 2016 at Miles Field Airport (3KY9), Waddy, Shelby County, Kentucky

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Louisville FSDO-17

Date: 07-AUG-16
Time: 21:09:00Z
Regis#: N924WZ
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV4
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Serious
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
State: Kentucky


WADDY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A pilot called for help shortly after crashing his small plane over the weekend in a Shelby County field.

DISPATCHER: "Shelby County 911. What is your emergency?"

PILOT: "Hello, I'm in a plane crash."

Investigators released the call Monday that Steve Roberie made to 911 on Sunday.

The 59-year-old Owen County pilot said he had fueled up in Frankfort and had engine trouble shortly after take-off.

That's when he went down in Waddy near Miles Field.

During the call, it's clear the pilot has no idea where he went down.

DISPATCHER: "Do you see any houses or anything around you?"

PILOT: "No."

DISPATCHER: "No? Ok, is anyone injured?"

PILOT: "I'm injured. I'm in the airplane."

DISPATCHER: OK and um, the plane crashed?

PILOT: "Yes. Engine trouble."

The pilot is at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. His girlfriend says his injuries include broken bones, but he is expected to survive.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials say a pilot has suffered several injuries after making an emergency landing at a small air strip in Shelby County.

News crews were kept far back from the scene on Grubbs Lane, near Miles Field in Waddy.

Waddy Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief James Riddle said the pilot of the small plane was able to call 911.

The pilot has not been identified but told crews he had been to Frankfort and back on Sunday, and was logging some miles in the plane.

When crews arrived they say he was confused, but alert. 

Riddle said the pilot suffered lower extremity injuries and was trapped in the plane. Crews used extrication equipment to free his legs and feet.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Riddle says the pilot told him he thought something was wrong with the engine. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to visit the crash site Monday.

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WADDY, Ky. (WHAS11) – The FAA is investigating a plane crash just southeast of Shelbyville. It happened at the Miles Field airstrip in Waddy, Kentucky Sunday evening.

According to FAA officials, the experimental aircraft crashed 200 feet from the end of a private airstrip in Shelby County around 5 p.m. Sunday. The aircraft was taking off when the accident occurred.

Officials said only the pilot was on board the plane. He was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital. Earlier Sunday evening, officials described his injuries as critical, but there's no update on his condition at this time.

As far as the investigation goes, it's still too early to say what could've led to the crash.  Officials have confirmed fuel was leaking from the plane, but the leak was contained. So, it didn't pose a danger at the crash site.

The woman who lives in a home at Miles Field said it’s been a private grass strip for years. She told WHAS11 it’s very common to hear the sound of planes outside her home. She didn’t hear a loud bang or burst when the plane crashed, just the sirens that followed. She said she’s shaken up by the accident and just hopes the pilot survives.

The pilot’s name hasn’t been released. The plane’s tail number is also not available yet, but the woman who lives at the airport said small, recreational aircraft are common at Miles Field.

The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash starting Monday morning. 


One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries Sunday evening in a small plane crash that occurred in Shelby County.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Medical Services, and local fire departments responded to a report of a plane crash on Grubbs Lane, just southwest of Shelby County, at 5:09 p.m. The plane, a two-passenger aircraft with a single occupant, was located at the end of a private grass runway, according to a statement from Shelby County police.

The pilot of the plane, whose name has not yet been released, was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the crash and will be handling the investigation, the statement said.


WADDY, KY (WAVE) - A small plane had to make an emergency landing in a field near Waddy, according to WAVE 3 News in Louisville. 

Few details were immediately available, but a spokesperson from Frankfort's Capital City Airport confirmed that a plane that took off from there and made an emergency landing near Miles Field, a small airport in Waddy, at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

The spokesperson said the pilot was alive but unsure how severely he or she was injured.

It's not clear what caused the pilot to make the emergency landing.


SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. —Emergency crews converged on a field in Shelby County Sunday after a pilot made an emergency landing.

The pilot of the two-seat plane made the landing around 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Grubbs Lane.

First responders said the pilot left Frankfort's Capitol Airport and radioed for help shortly after takeoff.

The pilot, who was the only one in the aircraft, said he was experiencing engine trouble.

Officials told WLKY that the pilot had to be extracted from the plane. He suffered injuries to his legs and has a possible fracture.

They said he would be transported to the hospital by helicopter.

Emergency medical services personnel and firefighters remain on scene.


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