Wednesday, September 21, 2016

American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon, Flying Blank LLC, N126WB: Incident occurred September 20, 2016 in Benton, Texas Township, Crawford County, Ohio


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cleveland FSDO-25


Date: 20-SEP-16
Time: 21:49:00Z
Regis#: N126WB
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 8KCAB
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Ohio

BUCYRUS, Ohio -- The La Crosse pilot, who performs his annual airshow during Riverfest, has survived a crash landing in an airplane. Again.

William Blank was the only one on board when he put his single-engine plane down in a farm field just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The 73 year old's plane flipped onto its top upon landing, but he was uninjured. The plane, however, suffered significant damage, because it nose-dived before coming to a stop after hitting uneven ground in the field.

Blank's 2005 American Champion Super Decathlon single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft was taken from the scene by an aircraft recovery service and the FAA was contacted.

The plane needed to be put down in Bucyrus, Ohio, after Blank left La Crosse because of apparent fuel problems.

The last time Blank crash-landed, he was a passenger.

Happened near Pickwick, Minn., in 2009. That plane had left La Crosse when it began having mechanical troubles. 

The plane crashed into a grove of trees on the edge of a field, but neither Blank nor the pilot was injured in the crash. 


A pilot from Wisconsin had an unexpected and bumpy ride through Crawford County Tuesday evening.

Troopers from the Bucyrus Highway Patrol Post are currently investigating a single engine, fixed-wing airplane crash. At approximately 5:49 p.m. the Bucyrus Post received a call of an aircraft on its top in a tilled field on Marion-Melmore Road between Benton Road and Brokensword Road.

Troopers determined that the pilot of the aircraft, William A. Blank, age 73 of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was travelling from Wisconsin to Mansfield Lahm Airport when the aircraft’s engine sustained a possible fuel starvation issue. The pilot attempted to restart the engine without success and was forced to make an off airport landing in a tilled field west of Marion-Melmore Road. The pilot was successful in the landing, however prior to the aircraft coming to a complete stop in the front of the aircraft nosedived due to striking an area of uneven terrain causing the aircraft to flip its top.

The pilot was secured in the cockpit by a five-point harness and did not sustain any injuries from the crash. The 2005 American Champion Super Decathlon single fixed wing aircraft sustained moderate damage to the propeller and wings. The FAA was contacted and the plane was removed from the scene by an aircraft recovery service.

The Highway Patrol was assisted on the scene by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Sycamore Fire and EMS.


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