Thursday, August 18, 2016

Van's RV6A, N576RV: Accident occurred August 18, 2016 at Pekin Municipal Airport (C15), Tazewell County, Illinois

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Springfield FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA329
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Pekin, IL
Aircraft: COLLINS RV6A, registration: N576RV
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 18, 2016, about 1520 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Collins RV6A airplane, N576RV, impacted terrain during takeoff from runway 27 at the Pekin Municipal Airport (C15), near Pekin, Illinois. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damage during the impact. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight was originating from C15 at the time of the accident and its destination is unknown.

According to an initial first-responder report given to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the pilot indicated that he had forgotten to latch the canopy. The canopy opened during the takeoff and the airplane subsequently impacted terrain where it was substantially damaged.

After the accident, the pilot made an emergency radio call over C15's common traffic advisory frequency, which went unanswered. The pilot was able to make a cell phone call and was able to reach a representative from the fixed base operator who subsequently went to the accident site and notified emergency responders. The pilot was taken to a hospital for the serious injuries he sustained.

At 1454, the recorded weather at the General Downing - Peoria International Airport, near Peoria, Illinois, was: Wind 210 degrees at 12 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 31 degrees C; dew point 22 degrees C; altimeter 30.01 inches of mercury.

A Van's RV6A experimental aircraft crashed Thursday afternoon while trying to take off from Pekin Municipal Airport, injuring the pilot.

About 3:30 p.m., the plane was about 20 feet to 30 feet off the runaway when it came back down and crashed, said Detective michael Eeten, the Pekin Police Department's Public Information/Intelligence Officer. The white-and-maroon, two-seat propeller plane appeared to have landed nose first from the damage.

A LifeFlight helicopter was called shortly after the crash and took off with 68-year-old Stanley Tinker of Sheffield, a village in Bureau County, about 4:15 p.m. for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. It took a while for rescue workers to remove Tinker from the plane. He appeared to have suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening and was conscious when he was flown to the Peoria hospital, Eeten said. The man had been complaining about pain in his lower body and back, Eeten said.

Workers took more than an hour to defuel the small plane before it was lifted onto a flat-bed trailer and hauled back to the hangars. Afterward, a firetruck with the Pekin Fire Department hosed down the tarmac and the surrounding area to dilute whatever fuel remained.

It wasn't clear what caused the kit-built plane to crash. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and it was beginning its investigation into the crash. According to the FAA's national registry, which keeps a list of tail numbers, Tinker is the plane's owner.

Crashes at the municipal airport, which caters mostly to private pilots, aren't very common, Eeten said.

"It is something that happens ever so often. It's been several years since a plane has crashed here," he said.


A pilot escaped serious injury during a plane crash in Tazewell County.

Pekin police say the Van's RV6A experimental aircraft crashed during takeoff from the Pekin Municipal Airport around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

“The plane crashed into the runway,” said Pekin Public Information Officer Mike Eeten. “It was taking off at the time, got 20-to-30 feet into the air and came back down onto the runway.”

The pilot, who has not been identified, was the lone occupant. The pilot was life-flighted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

“He was alert and conscious when authorities arrived,” Eeton said. “He had some damage to the lower part of his body.” Eeten says the pilot’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The Federal Aviation Administration had the plane towed to a hangar so it can conduct its investigation.


TAZEWELL COUNTY, ILLINOIS   -    A man was taken by Lifeflight from Pekin Airport after a Van's RV6A experimental aircraft crashed.

It happened Thursday afternoon around 3:30.

According to Pekin Police detective Mike Eeten, the plane was taking off, when it crashed back onto the runway.

The pilot was trapped in the plane, but was removed before Lifeflight arrived.

WMBD has a crew headed to the airport.


The pilot is now alert and conscious.

The plane was 20 to 30 feet in the air until it crashed to the ground.

The FAA has been notified about the crash at the airport, but is not at the scene.

No word on what caused the crash.

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