Monday, September 19, 2016

Piper PA-11 Cub Special, N4910M: Fatal accident occurred September 14, 2016 in Arcanum, Darke County, Ohio

PETER H. HEINS: http://registry.faa.gov/N4910M 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cincinnati FSDO-05


NTSB Identification: CEN16FA370
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in Arcanum, OH
Aircraft: PIPER PA 11, registration: N4910M
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 14, 2016, about 0915 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-11 airplane, N4910M, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Arcanum, Ohio. The student pilot and passenger were fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. 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. Day visual meteorological conditions existed at the time of the accident. The local flight departed without a flight plan from a private grass strip about 0800. 

According to onboard video posted by the passenger to his Facebook page, the airplane was maneuvering near the grass strip, with the student pilot in the front seat and the passenger in the rear seat. The airplane subsequently impacted into a cornfield about 300 yards north of the grass strip, which damaged both wings and fuselage. The airplane came to rest about 100 feet from the initial ground impact point.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



Clayton Heins

Jacob Turner

The plane being removed by accident investigators, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.



ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – The Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board will be giving an update on the investigation into the plane crash that killed two men Wednesday.

Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker released the names of the victims. The men who died were friends, according to Whittaker. Clayton Heins, 20 and Jacob Turner, 19 were in the plane and Whittaker said Thursday Heins was at the controls.

The NTSB said the crash site is about 100 yards wide and would not characterize the crash as a forced landing. Investigators will look at all of the factors that could have affected the flight of the aircraft.

Heins said Heines had a student pilot’s license and should not have been flying with anyone else in the plane.

On Wednesday, a plane was found crashed in a cornfield in the 7100 block of Dull Road near Arcanum.

Two people were killed in the accident.

Authorities say it appears the men took off around 8 in the morning from a private landing strip close to where it crashed.

The men and plane were missing until a family member flew over and found the scene, hundreds of feet deep in the field, just before 2PM.


Story and video:  http://wdtn.com

























ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – Two young men were killed when a small, single engine plane went down in a cornfield near Arcanum on Wednesday.

The crash happened about a mile south of Arcanum north of Dull Road.

Authorities say it appears the men took off around 8 in the morning from a private landing strip close to where it crashed.

The men and plane were missing until a family member flew over and found the scene, hundreds of feet deep in the field, just before 2PM.

“We do not know the amount of time that this plane has been down and crashed prior to being reported,” said Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office the bodies of those two men have been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, but the coroner for Darke County won’t release their identities until both bodies are positively identified.

The site is being secured by deputies until officials with the NTSB come to investigate on Thursday.

Once the FAA and NTSB arrive on scene, they’ll consider a variety of different factors to determine the cause of the crash.

Investigators will look at everything from the weather at the time of the accident to the pilot’s medical history.

They will also conduct witness interviews and obtain any communication between the plane and air traffic control to get a better understanding of what happened.

Those investigators will be on site reviewing the wreckage of the plane to see if that gives them any insight into what may have happened.

Investigations like these often take several weeks, or even months to complete. A preliminary report could be released in the next several months, but a final report might not be released until 2017.

Story and video:   http://wdtn.com



ARCANUM, Ohio (WRGT) -- The Darke County Sheriff's Office says a plane that crashed Wednesday had gone missing Wednesday morning and was spotted this afternoon in a cornfield by another pilot who was searching the area from the sky.

Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker of the Darke County Sheriff's Office said they were notified of a yellow Piper Cub single-engine plane that was missing, possibly since about 8 a.m. Sept. 14. About the time the Sheriff's Office was notified, Whittaker said, the pilot searching for the missing plane reportedly spotted the crash site.

The two occupants of the crashed plane have died, Whittaker said; however, as of Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office was not releasing any details to identify the victims or the plane. He said more information would be released, when it was appropriate to do so. Also, Dr. Tim Kathman, Darke County coroner, said he wasn't releasing the names until a forensic examination and positive identification was made.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday evening that the plane had taken off sometime in the morning of Sept. 14, 2016, from a private air strip near the crash site. The plane had been spotted earlier in the day flying around the Arcanum area.

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board was on the way to the scene and the FAA had been notified, which are standard procedures after a plane crash.

Whittaker said a farmer who owns the field where the plane crashed volunteered to use his tractor to clear corn in the area to allow easier access to the site.

Story and video:   http://abc22now.com



DARKE COUNTY — Two men have been identified in a fatal plane crash Wednesday in Darke County.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation into the crash of a small plane in Darke County on Wednesday that left two men dead:


  • The single-engine Piper Cub PA-11 went down in a cornfield off Dull Road, near Arcanum


  • The plane was removed from the site after 2 p.m. Thursday


  • The men took off about 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office


  • Clayton Heins, 20, and Jacob Turner, 19, identified as the fatalities

Michael Folkerts, an investigator with National Transportation Safety Board, said Heins only had a student pilot certificate and was not allowed to fly a passenger.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and Folkerts did not want to speculate on the speed of the aircraft. He did say the crash did not look like a forced landing.

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m. (Sept. 15):

Clayton Heins and Jacob Turner were friends, “known to each other for quite some time,” said Mark Whittaker, chief deputy, Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Heins was flying the aircraft owned by his father around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The crash happened sometime in the morning, according to witnesses interviewed.

NTSB investigator Michael Folkerts said the cause of the crash is still under investigation and he did not want to speculate on the speed of the aircraft.

UPDATE @ 4:27 p.m. (Sept. 15):

The two deceased men have been identified Clayton Heins, 20, and Jacob Turner, 19, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE @ 2:19 p.m. (Sept. 15):

Investigators with NTSB removed the downed plane from the cornfield after 2 p.m. Thursday.

The identifications of two men killed in the plane crash Wednesday are expected to be released this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 7 p.m. (Sept. 14):

The male victims have been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s office will not release the names of the victims tonight.

The single-engine, two-seater Piper Cub PA-11 went down “under unknown circumstances,” Tony Molinaro, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email earlier in the afternoon.

Molinaro also said the FAA does not have information about the names of the occupants or the flight plan.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration have been to the crash site and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected on Thursday.

The wreckage was found in a cornfield, about 150 yards east of a railroad bed and north of Dull Road by a family member in a search plane, which had been sent up because the victims had been reported as missing and unaccounted for, a deputy said.

The plane was believed to have taken off about 8 a.m. from a private landing strip on Dull Road, deputies said, and witnesses reported seeing the plane in the Arcanum area in the morning.

According to sheriff’s officials, a family member of one or both of the victims contacted the sheriff’s office after failed attempts to make contact with the two in the aircraft.

Deputies and emergency crews were dispatched to the cornfield about 1:45 p.m. and discovered the wreckage and the victims. When the crash occurred is not known, according to the preliminary investigation by the sheriff’s office.

Frank Brown, of West Carrollton, identified himself as the best friend of one of the victims. He said they were flying from Darke County to West Carrollton to meet him because they were planning to surprise a female friend of theirs and take her up for a ride.

Story and video:  http://www.daytondailynews.com

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