Friday, September 9, 2016

Unregistered Sorrell SNS-8 Hiperlight: Incident occurred September 09, 2016 in Ronan, Lake County, Montana

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Helena FSDO-05 

UNREGISTERED ULTRALIGHT, CRASHED IN A FIELD UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, NEAR RONAN, MONTANA.  

Date: 09-SEP-16
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: UNREGISTERED
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: RONAN
State: Montana

RONAN -   A small aircraft pilot is in the hospital after his hyperlight plane crashed in a Mission Valley field Friday afternoon.  The single-engine SNS8 aircraft crashed just south of Ronan.  The pilot was identified as Robert Christensen of Ronan.  Christensen was not critically injured.  Ronan resident Dave Kauffman happened to be outside before the incident took place.  Kauffman says he thought something about the plane's flying pattern was strange, so he kept a close eye on the small aircraft.

"I first of all saw the plane flying over the field, and I knew he was fairly low.  I watched the plane swing around and head back toward the north, which was my direction,” said Kauffman.  “The plane disappeared behind a little hill, I heard a thump, and saw a big cloud of dust and knew the plane was on the ground."

Kauffman did not hesitate; He pulled his cell phone from his pocket and immediately dialed 9-1-1.  He says crews wasted no time:  "Within about eight minutes, the first responders were here,"

When emergency crews responded, they found the pilot pinned inside the wreckage; trapped, but alive, conscious and talking.  Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says the aircraft flipped during the crash.  They say there was no one else in the plane.  Crews were able to free Christensen and pull him to safety.  He was then rushed to a local hospital.  Kauffman says had the responders not acted as quickly as they did, this story would have ended in tragedy.

"It's the time of year when you, we all should really appreciate how those people respond to an accident.  They're friends, neighbors, part of the community."

Christensen is in stable condition with no life-threatening injuries.

(previous report)

Lake County authorities have confirmed that a small plane crashed southwest of Ronan early Friday afternoon.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell tells MTN News a single engine Hyperlight SNS8 aircraft went down shortly before 12:30 p.m. near Songer Road.

He reports it was the maiden voyage for the plane.

Officials say based on witness reports and evidence on scene, the plane kept losing altitude before hitting an embankment.

Sheriff Bell tells MTN News the wing hit the slope, spinning the plane sideways. The aircraft then flipped over on its top, with a single occupant trapped inside.

Law enforcement extricated the pilot from the plane on scene, and say he was conscious and taken to a local hospital with unclear injuries.

(first report)

MTN News is receiving reports that a small plane has crashed in Lake County.

An eyewitness tells MTN News that he saw a small plane go down in the area of Songer Road, southwest of Ronan.

One person was seen being removed from the plane crash site alive.

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



RONAN – A longtime Ronan resident who was taking his small experimental aircraft out for the first time crashed in a rolling grain field southwest of Ronan around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said Robert Christensen was conscious and alert in a local hospital a couple of hours after the crash near Songer Road, where Christensen lives.

A friend of Christensen watched as the aircraft got lower and lower and finally caught the left wing on a hillside about 1½ miles out of Ronan. The ultralight made mostly of aluminum and plastic spun to the left, sticking the rotor into the dirt and flopping over, sliding on its top for a short distance and leaving the pilot hanging upside down, Bell said.

“It wasn’t going very fast on impact,” Bell said.

The friend called 911 at 12:27 p.m. and sheriff, ambulance, fire and tribal law and order responded. The man was cut out of his harness and taken to the hospital, where Bell talked to him at around 2 p.m.

Bell said Friday's accident took place several miles to the east of the site of a light plane crash in December 2014 that killed two men. 

Source:   http://missoulian.com


A Ronan man was injured when the ultralight aircraft he was piloting landed hard and flipped onto its top.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says the aircraft came down in a field near the pilot's home on Friday afternoon. His family witnessed the crash. Bell says it was the first time the man had flown the aircraft.

Bell says that the man suffered a cut on his head, but he didn't know what other injuries he might have. He was taken to the hospital in Ronan.

Bell says the aircraft was about 18 feet long and 20 to 25 feet wide.

Source:  http://www.nbcmontana.com







RONAN -  Lake County authorities have confirmed that a small plane crashed southwest of Ronan early Friday afternoon.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said a single engine Sorrell Hiperlight SNS-8 aircraft went down shortly before 12:30 p.m. near Songer Road.

He reports it was the maiden voyage for the plane.

Officials say based on witness reports and evidence on scene, the plane kept losing altitude before hitting an embankment.

Sheriff Bell said the wing hit the slope, spinning the plane sideways. The aircraft then flipped over on its top, with a single occupant trapped inside.

Law enforcement extricated the pilot from the plane on scene. He was conscious and taken to a local hospital with unclear injuries.

Source:  http://www.kpax.com

1 comment:

gretnabear said...

“It wasn’t going very fast on impact,” Bell said. Considering stall speed is minimum 40-50 mph, and the limited pax protection, it is a wonder anyone survives a small acft accident.