Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Van's RV-8A, N918KS: Accident occurred December 27, 2016 at Farmington Regional Airport (KFAM), St. Francois County, Missouri

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: ST. LOUIS

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA061
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in Farmington, MO
Aircraft: MEAD RV 8A, registration: N918KS
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

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 December 27, 2016, about 1300 central standard time, a Mead RV 8A experimental amateur-built airplane, N918KS, impacted terrain during takeoff at the Farmington Regional Airport (FAM), near Farmington, Missouri. The pilot was uninjured and his passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial wing damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which did not operate on a flight plan. The local flight was originating from FAM at the time of the accident.

At 1256, the recorded weather at FAM was: Wind 340 at 9 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 9 degrees C; dew point -6; altimeter 30.27 inches of mercury.

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- A southeast Missouri man and his teenage grandson escaped serious injuries Tuesday afternoon when their experimental plane crashed in Farmington.

Festus resident Mike Dutton has a hangar at the airport and was taking off at about 1:50 p.m. when the crash happened.

“We’re just making a normal takeoff and we lifted off and the plane did a sudden jaw,” Dutton says. “And wasn’t for sure what caused it, if it was the mechanical part of the plane or maybe a wind gust. I don’t think it was a wind gust because it’s pretty nice out. Lost lift and then touched back down and hit the tail and then bounced across the field here.”

Dutton spoke to Missourinet Farmington affiliate KREI Radio minutes after the crash.

“We’re both in good shape, so that’s what counts. We’re just glad it was no worse than what it is, right on take off for whatever reason it did what it did and got it back on the ground,” says Dutton. “And my grandson and I are just fine.”

Supertalk KREI Radio (AM 800) reports the plane has visible damage on nearly all sides, especially to the tail section. Dutton and his grandson sustained cuts and scrapes to their faces.

Farmington airport manager Chuck Sitzes says a full investigation will take place.

“We don’t know much, we’ll have to assess the situation. I didn’t see if happen, and the pilot’s not quite sure what happened either,” Sitzes says. “The plane’s dinged up pretty bad, as you can see, but luckily nobody’s hurt.”

Farmington is located in St. Francois County, about 70 miles south of St. Louis.


UPDATED AT 4:25 P.M.:Emergency personnel were dispatched to the Farmington Regional Airport around 12:41 p.m. on Tuesday for the report of a plane crash off the runway.

Farmington Fire Chief Todd Mecey said the pilot had called 911 dispatch that they had been involved in a minor crash at the airport.

“It was reported there were no serious injuries and it was a single engine aircraft that went off the runaway approximately 100 feet,” explained Mecey. “It went off to the left of the runway and the plane did not strike any other objects. It was just in a grassy field.”

Mecey said they did notify EMS and they came to the area where the plane had crashed just to check the people who were in the airplane. A 911 dispatch indicated that one of the people in the plane had a laceration to the head.


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