Saturday, September 3, 2016

Van's RV-6, N676DT: Fatal accident occurred September 02, 2016 in Viborg, Turner County, South Dakota

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA344
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 02, 2016 in Viborg, SD
Aircraft: AVES DOUGLAS JAMES RV 6, registration: N676DT
Injuries: 2 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 September 2, 2016, about 1000 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built AVES DOUGLAS JAMES RV-6 airplane, N676DT, impacted a corn field near Viborg, South Dakota. The commercial rated pilot and passenger were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed from Marv Skie-Lincoln County Airport (Y14), Tea, South Dakota about 0900. 

The airplane was located in a mature corn field about 10 miles west of Viborg. Outside of the main wreckage area there was no noticeable damage to the corn stalks. The cockpit, engine cowling, and a majority of the fuselage were consumed by fire. The wings and empennage were mostly intact and sustained some thermal damage where they connected with the fuselage. 

Witnesses near the accident reported hearing the engine "sputtering" and then heard and "thud" and saw a fireball. They did not observe the airplane in the air. 

The occupants' family reported that the purpose of the flight was personal and not instructional. The pilot and passenger frequently flew together because the passenger wanted to be a pilot. It was very common for them to take local flights on the weekends. 

At 0955, the automated weather observation station at the Chan Gurney Municipal Airport (YKN), Yankton, South Dakota, located 18 miles southeast of the accident site, recorded wind from 150 degrees at 12 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear sky, temperature 66 degrees F, dew point 55 degrees F, altimeter setting 30.17 inches of mercury.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - There is no worse loss than losing a child, but what if you lost your father and daughter at the same time?

It’s the heartbreaking situation the Karpinen family is in right now.

Friday morning 62 year-old Allen Bucholz was flying with his 14 year-old granddaughter when the plane crashed near Viborg.

14 year-old Destiny Karpinen was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

People at her church says even though she lived a short life, it was a life well lived.

The Sunday service at Asbury United Methodist went on as planned, but there was something missing and everyone knew it.

“Our hearts are breaking. You know you always have those questions of why and we're just trying to love each other and support each other,” Sunday school teacher Barb Roozen said.

People who knew her say Destiny Karpinen was a beacon of light at the church.

“Everybody knows Destiny because of her smile, even if they don’t happen to have a personal relationship with her, everyone knows, oh yeah Destiny,” Roozen explained.

For being so young, Destiny was a big part of the congregation.

She sang in the choir for a decade and was the lead in several productions.

“She loved to sing. She was a very gifted singer, a really bright, bright young person,” children’s choir director Julie Ashworth said.

Destiny was recently confirmed.

The church shared videos of that process with KSFY News.

“I felt God's presence and when I did, I was just helping people there,” Destiny said in the video.

A teacher who worked closely with Destiny says the teen's touching story of finding faith is something she'll never forget.

“She talked about her faith journey, but she took a moment to talk about each and every one of her classmates,” confirmation teacher Annette Vollan-Kerber noted.

“They all are very amazing people even if they didn’t want to be there Sunday mornings. Owen was always tired, but he knows more about God than he thinks. He’s really smart,” Destiny said in part of the video.

“And I thought that was uniquely mature,” Vollan-Kerber said.

Vollan Kerber says Destiny's strong faith is an example to everyone who knew her.

During that confirmation ceremony the teen spoke wise words her loved ones can now use.

“I like to think there is a reason for everything. When I have rough patches in my life, I would think to myself just because it's rough now doesn't mean it will always be,” the teen said during her confirmation.

There will be a gathering at seven o’clock Tuesday night to honor Destiny's memory.

It is being organized by the youth group director and they are inviting all young people who knew Destiny to come to the church and share memories about her.

The family has also made funeral arrangements for both Allen Bucholz and Destiny.

A visitation for the family will be held Thursday night from 5 to 7 pm at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls.

There will be a prayer sever ice held at 6:30 pm.

The funeral will be held Friday morning for both Destiny Karpinen and Allen Bucholz at 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls.


VIBORG, S.D. (KSFY) - Authorities have identified the victims in a fatal plane crash that happened Friday in Turner County.

Sixty-four-year-old Allen Bucholz and 14-year-old Destiny Karpinen were killed in the crash. Both were Tea residents.

Bucholz was the pilot, and Karpinen, his granddaughter, was the passenger.

Original Story:

Two people died in a small plane Friday in Turner County, authorities say.

The plane crashed around 10:00 a.m. just west of Viborg. According to Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier, two people were on board the plane. Neither survived the crash.

The plane was a small single-engine plane, according to Lincoln County dispatch, which handles emergency calls for Turner County.

"The death of somebody when that happens is tragic," said Sheriff Nogelmeier.

A loud boom and the ground shaking -- that's what neighbors say they heard and felt Friday morning.

"The call came in about 10 this morning from a neighbor here that heard the plane sputtering and making some engine-type noise, like it was having difficulties, and then he thought he heard a crash," said Sheriff Nogelmeier.

Sheriff Nogelmeier says there are still a lot of unknowns.

"I have no idea where they were coming from or where they were going to," said Sheriff Nogelmeier.

The wreckage deep in the corn field, payloaders are being used to pave a clear path to the plane.

"It's kind of scary. It gives you goosebumps to think that a plane crash happened so close to you," said Juanita O'Gorman.

Living just one mile away from the fatal crash, O'Gorman can't believe this is the second plane crash this week.

"The other one was a happy ending but this one wasn't. I feel bad for the family and people in the crash. I do," said O'Gorman.

"We feel bad for the individuals on the plane and their families when they find out what happened. Our prayers go out to them," said Sheriff Nogelmeier.

This is the second plane crash in southeast South Dakota this week. Two people aboard a small airplane escaped injury when it crash-landed near the Sioux Falls airport Tuesday.

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VIBORG, S.D. - The second plane crash this week in the Sioux Empire happened this morning in Turner County. This time, the outcome was deadly. Two lives were claimed in the fiery wreck.

“People told me it looked like it just nosedived into the fields,” says resident Ordell Oswald.

Friday morning, a plane crashed into Oswald's cornfield in rural Viborg, just off Highway 18.  The Turner County Sheriff's Office says a neighbor alerted authorities about the wreck after hearing a "thud" and other noises outside.  Investigators say the plane burst into flames on impact and the two people on board were pronounced dead at the scene.

“We're still looking into it.  We're really early into this investigation so we don't know exactly where it came from for sure,” says Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier.

Officials are working to figure out the details, like what type of plane was involved, why it crashed and the identities of the two victims.

Investigators needed Oswald’s help, since he owns the land.

“They asked me to take my payloader and I went through the field and knocked down the corn to the site,” he explains.

But, even as he approached the scene, Oswald didn't learn much about the crash.

“I was within about 50 feet of the site within the cornfield and I did not see anything.”

Leaving many questions that officials say they'll work to answer as the investigation continues.

The FAA and Turner County Sheriff's Office are heading up the investigation.

A separate plane crash happened Tuesday north of Sioux Falls.  Two people were on board and were not hurt.


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