Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Avid Flyer, N430WT: Accident occurred August 02, 2016 in Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA South Bend FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA300
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 02, 2016 in Bluffton, IN
Aircraft: WINGS AN THINGS INC AVID FLYER, registration: N430WT
Injuries: 1 Serious, 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 2, 2016, about 2055 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Avid Flyer, N430WT, sustained substantial damage when it impacted a cornfield after takeoff from Miller Airport (C40), Bluffton, Indiana. The student pilot and passenger received serious injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight departed from C40 about 1935 on a local flight. 

At 2054, the surface weather observation at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA), Fort Wayne, Indiana, located about 14 nm north of the accident site, was wind calm, 10 miles visibility, few clouds at 6,000 ft, temperature 26 degrees C, dew point 19 degrees C, altimeter 30.05 inches of mercury.

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