FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
NTSB Identification: ERA16FA297
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Sebring, FL
Aircraft: HEBERLEIN RONALD VANS RV 9A, registration: N379RV
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On August 24, 2016, about 0630 eastern standard daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-9A, N379RV, was destroyed when it collided with terrain while in cruise flight near Sebring, Florida. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The personal flight, which departed Sebring Municipal Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida, and was destined for Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport (PMH), Portsmouth, Ohio, was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to the spouse of the pilot, he was traveling to PMH to attend a class reunion. A review of SEF airport security camera video revealed an airplane departing at 0623 from runway 14. At the time of departure it was dawn and the registration number of the airplane could not be observed. Shortly thereafter, a witness southeast of the airport reported hearing the sound of a low flying airplane followed by a loud crashing sound. He subsequently contacted local authorities and advised them that he believed that an airplane may have crashed somewhere near his farm. A search ensued and the airplane was located a 1/2 mile south of the witnesses' location.
The airplane was manufactured in 2005. It was powered by a Lycoming O-320-D2J engine rated at 160 horsepower at 2,700 rpm, and was equipped with a Sensenich two-bladed fixed pitch propeller.
The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. He reported a total flight experience of 920 hours, including 2 hours during the last 6 months, on his Federal Aviation Administration second-class medical certificate application, dated May 4, 2015. The medical certificate indicated no restrictions.
The recorded weather at SEF, at 0559, included winds from 360 degrees at 5 knots; 7 statute miles visibility, scattered clouds at 1,700 feet, temperature and dew point were not reported, and an altimeter setting of 30.10 inches of mercury.
The initial impact revealed a ground scar that was identified with a series of three ground scars and a 28 foot perpendicular ground scar just forward of the three ground scars. The wreckage path extended beyond the initial ground scars and was on a magnetic heading of 030 degrees and continued for 250 feet. Fragmented pieces of the airplane's wings, fuselage, and engine parts were distributed along the wreckage path.
The engine was fractured from its mounts and displayed significant impact damage to the external sections of the engine. The propeller was fractured and separated at the propeller hub.
The airplane was retained for further examination.
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The National Transportation Safety Board’s report offered details about pilot Leon Adelstone’s flight experience and the aircraft he was flying.
Adelstone, 76, departed from Sebring Municipal Airport around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 24, according to the report.
Shortly after takeoff, a witness southeast of the airport reported hearing the sound of a low flying airplane followed by a loud crashing sound, the report states.
The experimental amateur-built Vans RV-9A was destroyed when it hit the ground while in cruise flight near Sebring and the pilot was fatally injured, the report shows. He was the sole occupant of the plane, which crashed near Scrub Pen Road.
The wreckage path extended beyond the initial ground scars and continued for 250 feet, the report notes. Fragmented pieces of the airplane’s wings, fuselage and engine parts were distributed along the wreckage path.
The engine was fractured from its mounts and displayed significant impact damage to the external sections of the engine, according to the report. The propeller was fractured and separated at the propeller hub.
The airplane was retained for further examination.
The RV-9A is a single-engine, two-seat, low-wing, home-built plane with a nose wheel.
It was manufactured in 2005 and powered by a 160 horsepower engine with a two-blade propeller, according to the report.
Adelstone held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane, the report notes.
Adelstone reported a total flight experience of 920 hours, including two hours during the last six months, on his Federal Aviation Administration second-class medical certificate application, dated May 4, 2015, the report shows. The medical certificate indicated no restrictions.
At the conclusion of its investigation the NTSB will issue a probable cause report.
LORIDA (FOX 13) - The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Highlands County was confirmed dead by the sheriff's office Wednesday afternoon.
The pilot was identified as Leon Adelstone, 76, from Sebring.
The crash happened just after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dispatchers got a call that a plane had gone down near Arbuckle Creek Road.
Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputies went to the scene, then called in an aircraft for help.
At about 8:30 a.m., the sheriff's office pilot spotted the crash site in a pasture west of Scrub Pens Road.
Deputies on the ground said they found the body of the pilot, but no one else seemed to be onboard the airplane.
Adelstone owned the Van's RV-9A experimental aircraft. Deputies said he took off from Sebring Regional Airport before the crash.
Highlands County Sheriff's Office detectives and the FAA were were investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jamie Davidson at 863-402-7250.
LORIDA — One person is dead following a plane crash early Wednesday morning. The crash, involving what was described as a small plane, occurred in a rural section of Lorida near Scrub Pens Road.
According to a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office press release, the pilot has been identified a Leon Adelstone, 76, of Sebring. No one else was onboard the airplane.
The aircraft is a single-engine experimental airplane owned by Adelstone. Adelstone had taken off from Sebring Regional Airport prior to the crash, the report said.
According to Chief Deputy Mark Schrader of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, the accident reportedly occurred sometime around dawn.
“We received a call from a resident in the area of Scrub Pens Road around 6:32 a.m. reporting a low-flying plane,” Schrader told the Highlands News-Sun Wednesday morning.
Deputies, however, were unable to locate signs of the plane from the ground and called for the HCSO’s plane to begin an aerial search.
Robert Jordan, the sheriff’s official pilot, began a search and located what appeared to be wreckage from a plane wreck around 8:30 a.m.
“He was able to guide our deputies on the ground to the crash site,” Schrader said.
A rescue unit from Highlands County EMS and the Lorida Volunteer Fire Department were called to return to the crash site around 10:15 a.m. to assist with extrication and recovery of remains from the scene.
Detectives were on scene securing the area and beginning the initial stages of an accident investigation; and an investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration is on scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board has also been called and is expected to respond, Schrader said.
Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jamie Davidson at (863) 402-7250.