Sunday, November 6, 2016

Zenair STOL CH 801, N801KJ: Accident occurred November 06, 2016 at Northport Airport (WI38), Royalton, Waupaca County, Wisconsin

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Milwaukee FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 06, 2016 in Royalton, WI
Aircraft: JOHNSON KENNETH R STOL CH 801, registration: N801KJ
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 November 6, 2016, about 1600 central daylight time, an Zenith 801 homebuilt experimental airplane, N801KJ, registered to the pilot, was destroyed by a post impact fire after it impacted the ground while on approach to Runway 18 at the Northport Airport (WI38), Royalton, Wisconsin. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. The local personal 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 about 1530 from WI38.

The pilot stated that after initial takeoff from WI38, he was practicing slow flight and stall maneuvers in the local area. After practicing the maneuvers for about 30 minutes, the pilot initiated a traffic pattern approach to runway 18. His intent was to execute a short filed landing on the grass airstrip. While turning on base leg to the runway, the airplane stalled and impacted the ground about 300 feet from the approach end of the runway. The pilot exited the wreckage and a post impact fire ensued. The pilot did not report any mechanical anomalies prior to the accident, and that the flaps were extended when he initially entered the pattern for landing.

Neighbors freed a New London resident from a crashed experimental aircraft moments before it exploded, according to Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred at the Poppy’s Flying Acres airfield in the town of Mukwa before 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

The man, who is not yet being identified by Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, was transported to ThedaCare Medical Center-New London, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Pete Bosquez told the New London Press Star. Bosquez declined to comment on the man’s condition.

An “ear witness” heard the plane backfire, and a couple neighbors ran to the field to pull the pilot from the plane, Bosquez said. They and the pilot, who was the lone occupant of the plane, retreated 25 feet from the plane before it exploded and became fully engulfed, he said.

Bosquez called the neighbors’ response a “heroic” act. The sheriff’s office will only release their names with their consent, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will investigate the crash, Bosquez said.

Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, New London Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the crash.


MUKWA, Wis. (WBAY) – The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office says neighbors came to the rescue on Sunday after a single-engine plane crashed in the town of Mukwa. 

It happened at 4:22 p.m. on the N4100 block of Faskell Road, near a private airport.

The pilot was flying a new, home-built plane with less than 50 hours of flight time when it crashed. Neighbors who heard the crash helped remove the pilot from the cockpit moments before the plane’s fuel tank exploded.

The plane then erupted in flames. It’s considered a total loss.

The pilot, who was the only person inside the plane, was transported to a hospital in New London. The extent of the pilot’s injuries is unknown.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will be on site to investigate the cause of the crash.

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