Friday, August 5, 2016

HPL-1 High Wing-Para, N9095U: Accident occurred August 04, 2016 in Owensville, Brown County, Ohio

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cincinnati FSDO-05

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA313
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 2016 in Owensville, OH
Aircraft: LIMING LOUIS L HPL 1 HIGH WING PARA, registration: N9095U
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 0745 eastern daylight time, an Liming Louis L HPL-1 experimental airplane, N9095U, registered to the pilot/owner, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power near Owensville, Ohio. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured. The personal local flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated at 0730 from the Brown County Airport (GEO), Georgetown, Ohio.

Prior to departure from GEO, the pilot reported that he fueled the aircraft with M94 fuel. After takeoff, the pilot flew to the north for about 9 miles and began circling a private residence at 1,500 feet AGL. Suddenly, the engine power went to idle. The pilot checked to make sure that he had not bumped the idle control with his left knee and attempted to increase the engine RPM. The engine RPM did not increase and the pilot chose a grassy field to land while the engine remained at idle. Upon initial touchdown in the rough vegetated field, the airplane's speed was relatively high. The airplane became airborne and the the left wing struck a small stand of trees, spun around about 360 degrees, and struck the ground before coming to a stop. Substantial damage was incurred to the left wing and right wing strut and the pilot exited without injury.

Fuel samples were taken from the GEO source and no contaminates were found.


Federal and state authorities are investigating two separate small plane crashes in Brown County Thursday night.

Both aircraft went down at scenes about 20 miles apart just minutes apart starting at 8:04 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Georgetown post.

The first plane crash occurred in the area of Fryer Road, near Russellville.

A 1973 Cessna piloted by Timothy Howser, 46, of Batavia, crashed into a field after reportedly having engine trouble, the patrol said in a prepared statement. 

Howser suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Clermont Mercy Hospital by Russellville Emergency Medical Services.

Timothy Howser’s passenger, Tony Howser, 44, of Highland Heights was not injured,according to the patrol.

The second plane crash was reported about 8:07 p.m. in the area of Carpenter Road, near Mount Orab. 

The experimental aircraft, piloted by Kristopher Cooper, 42, of Hamersville also crashed into a field after reportedly having engine trouble, patrol officials said.

Cooper was not hurt. He was the only one in the aircraft. 

Both pilots had reported refueling their planes before they departed the Brown County Airport, according to the patrol.

The highway patrol was assisted at the scene of both crashes by Russellville Police and Fire Departments, Mount Orab Police and Fire Departments and the Brown County Emergency Management Agency.

The Federal Aviation was notified of both crashes, which remain under investigation.


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