Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bede BD-4, N311SD: Fatal accident occurred January 04, 2017 at Capitol Airport (02C), Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -   National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N311SD

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Milwaukee


NTSB Identification: CEN17LA067
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 04, 2017 in Brookfield, WI
Aircraft: Demmer BD-4, registration: N311SD
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 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 January 4, 2017, about 1208 central standard time, an experimental, amateur-built Demmer BD-4 airplane, N311SD, sustained substantial damage during takeoff when it veered off the left side of runway 21 (3,010 ft by 44 ft, asphalt) at the Capitol Airport (02C), Brookfield, Wisconsin, and impacted a parked vehicle. The pilot was fatally injured; one passenger received serious injuries; and one passenger was not injured. The pilot owned and operated the airplane under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was departing 02C under visual flight rules (VFR) with New River Valley Airport (PSK), Dublin, Virginia, as the destination. The flight had an instrument flight plan on file, but the pilot had not contacted air traffic control to obtain the clearance.

Federal Aviation Administration inspectors examined the airplane and the accident site. Their examination revealed skid marks on the runway and in the grass leading to the accident site. The total distance from where the skid marks began on the runway to the parked vehicle was 953 ft. The skid marks indicated that the airplane had become airborne momentarily twice before it traveled through the grass for 262 ft and impacted the parked vehicle. The entire wing separated from the fuselage during impact and came to rest 91 ft beyond the parked vehicle. 

A witness reported that he observed the airplane takeoff and drift downwind (left) of the runway. He saw the airplane became airborne but its altitude was less than 10 ft. He did not observe the crash due to obstacles that limited his view. 

At 1145, the surface weather observation at the Waukesha County Airport (UES), Waukesha, Wisconsin, located 4 nm southwest of 02C was: wind 280 degrees at 20 kts gusting to 28kts; visibility 10 miles; sky condition scattered clouds at 2,200 ft; temperature -13 degrees C; dew point -18 degrees C; altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury.



A Virginia Tech researcher has died after he and his family were in a plane crash in Wisconsin this week. 

Cory Papenfuss of Dublin died from injuries sustained during a plane crash in Brookfield, Wisconsin, on Jan. 4, according to a university press release.

The City of Brookfield Police Department responded to the crash at Capitol Airport about noon that day and found the 41-year-old pilot and his 37-year-old wife, Carmen Papenfuss, seriously injured, according to a press release from the department. Their 5-month-old son was found with less severe injuries.

The single-engine plane crashed into an unoccupied SUV parked in the grass east of the runway during takeoff. The adults were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and the child to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, also in Milwaukee.

An administration official with Froedtert Hospital declined to comment on Carmen Papenfuss’ condition on Saturday.

According to a website set up as a fundraiser for the family, the mother is in critical condition with serious injuries, but is conscious and stable, while the son, Ben, suffered two broken legs in the incident, but is otherwise fine.

Cory Papenfuss had been employed by Tech since 2006, where his work in the vibrations and acoustics lab was based on passive and active noise and vibration control applications that included commercial aircraft, military diesel generators, and prenatal hospital incubators, according to the university.

The family was attempting to return to Virginia after visiting extended family in Wisconsin at the time of the crash.

As of Saturday the fundraiser had already topped its goal of $5,000, reaching $5,490.

Source:  http://www.roanoke.com


Cory Papenfuss





BROOKFIELD, Wis. —  The pilot of a small plane that crashed into an SUV at Brookfield's Capitol Airport at midday Wednesday died several hours later, a hospital spokesperson said.

Dr. Cory Papenfuss, 41, was a research scientist at Virginia Tech. A colleague who asked not to be identified said Papenfuss was well-liked and very well respected in his field.

Papenfuss' wife and small child survived the 12:08 p.m. Wednesday crash, though the 37-year-old woman was said to be in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital. Their 6-month-old son was not injured but was taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin as a precaution, Brookfield Capt. Phil Horter told reporters about an hour after the incident.

Flight for Life transported at least one of the people, but Horter couldn't identify who it was.

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but wind speed and direction may have played a role.

"There's got to be some extenuating circumstances that would cause that problem today I would say," said pilot David Mann, who was out flying Wednesday in another plane that's a little larger than the one that crashed.

"I flew a light twin from here up to Waukesha just this afternoon, and it was quite bumpy out," Mann said. "You had to be careful, but I don't think it was too windy to fly."

Wind speeds at Mitchell International Airport and Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport exceeded 20 mph shortly before noon. A gust at Mitchell at 11:52 a.m. reached 29 mph.

No one was in the SUV that was struck by the plane, Horter said. A trailer attached to the SUV has a "Bad News Racing Team" logo on the side.

The airport at is 21500 Gumina Road in Pewaukee. Several dozen aircraft use the airport each day.

The FAA and NTSB are now investigating the crash. 


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



UPDATE: The pilot of the plane that crashed Wednesday afternoon in Brookfield has passed away.

Froedtert Hospital says he passed away Wednesday evening at the hospital. His wife remains hospitalized in critical condition. 

The couple’s son was treated at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and is in good condition.

The family has asked for privacy during this difficult time. 

BROOKFIELD, Wis.-- A small plane crash injured two adults with an infant on board at the Capitol Airport in Brookfield Wednesday.

Around noon Wednesday, police said a single engine airplane was attempting to take off when it ran off the runway. The plane crashed into a parked SUV with an attached trailer.

"The airplane itself appears to have significant damage," said Capt. Phil Horter with the Brookfield Police Department.

Police and fire crews arrived on scene to find three occupants of the mangled plane, a Virginia family that was in town visiting for the holidays.

The pilot, a 41-year-old man, and his 37-year-old wife were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

"I believe all of the patients were conscious,” said Horter.

Police say their 6-month-old baby was in the back of the plane in a child seat.

"The infant did not appear to be injured at all, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out," said Horter.

Horter said some of the victims were taken to the hospital by Flight for Life, others were taken by ambulance.

Chris Adams owns a small business across the street from the airport. He came back from lunch to a flood of police, fire crews and first responders covering the rural airport's property.

"Coming back from lunch it was really, really windy so I imagine that doesn’t help when you’re in a small experimental type of aircraft," he said.

Police said the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, however preliminary stages of the investigation are underway.

"I just hope everyone is OK I mean that’s obviously the first priority especially the infant and the family up there," said Adams.

Brookfield investigators reconstructed the crash Wednesday afternoon. The FAA will conduct its own investigation. 


Story and video:   http://www.tmj4.com



Two people were seriously injured in the crash of a small plane at the Capitol Drive Airport in Brookfield.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at approximately noon Wednesday, Jan. 4.

There were three passengers from Virginia aboard the single-engine aircraft — a woman, her husband and their infant son, according to a news release from City of Brookfield Police Capt. Phil Horter.

The 41-year-old man — the plane's pilot — and his 37-year-old wife were seriously injured in the crash, Horter said. Their son, approximately 6 months old, was in a child seat in the back seat with his mother and did not appear to have any obvious injuries.

Horter said the family had been in Waukesha County visiting family and were on their way back to Virginia after the holidays. The man and his wife were transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa and the infant was taken to Children's Hospital in Wauwatosa to be checked out.

Spokespeople for Froedtert and Children's Hospital declined to release any information regarding the names or the conditions of those involved in the crash.

Horter said the airplane crashed during takeoff, going off the east side of the runway and crashing into a parked SUV with a trailer attached. No one was in the vehicle, Horter said.

There did not appear to be any fire in the plane or the vehicle, but the plane did appear to have significant damage.

The initial investigation into the accident was conducted by the City of Brookfield Crash Reconstruction Team, Horter said, but has since been turned over to the FAA, which will be working with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The airport will be closed for 24 hours but the roads and traffic in the area will not be impacted, Horter said.

Story and video:  http://www.brookfield-elmgrovenow.com



BROOKFIELD -- A pilot and his wife were seriously hurt when a plane crashed while attempting to take off from Capitol Airport in Brookfield Wednesday, January 4th. Miraculously, their six-month-old child is OK.

It happened around noon at the airport on Gumina Road.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, while attempting take off from the airport, the single-engine plane ran off the runway, and crashed into a parked blue SUV that had a trailer attached to it.

The plane crashed to the east of the paved north-south runway, approximately mid-field.

There was no one in the parked SUV -- but there were three people in the plane.

"A husband and wife, approximately in their 30s, and they also had a small infant in the airplane with them -- approximately six to 12 months old," Brookfield Police Captain Phil Horter said.

Miraculously, the pilot -- a 41-year-old man from Virginia, his 37-year-old wife and the six-month-old baby boy were alive and conscious when first responders arrived. Officials said the baby didn't appear to be hurt. He was in the back seat with his mother -- in a child seat. The pilot and his wife were seriously hurt.

The two adults were transported to Froedtert Hospital, the child to Children's Hospital -- all were transported by Flight for Life or by the City of Brookfield Fire Department.

Police have not identified the family involved in the crash. Police said the pilot has family living in Waukesha County and had been in town visiting. They were headed back to Virginia after the holidays when this crash happened.

Chris Adams works at CCA Computers across the street from where this happened.

"As soon as we got here, we noticed Flight for Life was here already," Adams said.

Captain Horter said by no means is Capitol Airport a busy airport -- especially this time of the year.

"Certainly during the winter, it`s unusual to see planes going in and out of here in the winter," Captain Horter said.

The City of Brookfield Police Department has turned this investigation over to the FAA and NTSB.

Authorities say the airport is expected be closed for approximately 24 hours.

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A Virginia couple and their infant son were injured after their plane crashed while taking off at Capitol Drive Airport in Brookfield during the noon hour Wednesday.

Brookfield police said the single-engine plane may have been caught in crosswinds while taking off, causing it to crash midway along the airport's only paved runway, on the east side of the airfield. Strong westerly winds of 18 knots, gusting to 23 knots, were recorded at the airport, which has no flight control tower, at the time of the crash.

The pilot, a 41-year-old Virginia man, and his 37-year-old wife were seriously injured in the crash, City of Brookfield Police Capt. J. Philip Horter said in a release. The baby, who is approximately 6 months old, did not appear to have any obvious injuries but was taken to Children's Hospital by ambulance as a precaution, police said.

Flight for Life took the adults to Froedtert Hospital.

The mother was sitting in the plane's back seat with her son, who was restrained in a child seat.

The wings broke off the plane, which was laying in pieces Wednesday afternoon as investigators from the Brookfield's crash reconstruction team worked to learn what happened. The plane struck a vehicle towing a trailer that was parked in the grass at the side of the runway at the airport, 21500 Gumina Road. No one was inside the vehicle.

The couple was visiting family in Waukesha County for the holidays and flew out of the airport to travel home to Virginia.

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA.

Capitol Drive airport will be closed for at least 24 hours, police said.

Source:   http://www.jsonline.com




BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Three people were on board a small plane that crashed into a vehicle parked near a runway shortly after takeoff at Capitol Airport on Wednesday.

All three -- a male pilot, his wife and a small child -- survived the crash, Brookfield Capt. Phil Horter told reporters about an hour after the 12:08 p.m. crash.

The 6-month-old boy was not injured but was taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to be checked out, Horter said. The pilot, 41, and his wife, 37, were both injured and taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

The family lives in Virginia but has family in Waukesha, an official said.

Flight for Life transported at least one of the people, but Horter couldn't identify who it was.

Wind speeds at Mitchell International Airport and Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport exceeded 20 mph shortly before noon. A gust at Mitchell at 11:52 a.m. reached 29 mph.

No one was in the SUV that was struck by the plane, Horter said. A trailer attached to the SUV has a "Bad News Racing Team" logo on the side.

The airport at is 21500 Gumina Road in Pewaukee. Several dozen aircraft use the airport each day.

Source:  http://www.wisn.com



(BROOKFIELD, Wis.) — Three people, including an infant, survived after a small plane crashed into a parked car near an airport runway in Wisconsin, according to authorities.

A male survivor suffered the most serious injuries, according to the Brookfield Police Department. The extent of his injuries was not known.

The man’s wife was not as seriously injured, and the infant did not appear to be injured, police said. All three passengers were conscious when emergency responders arrived at the scene.

The man and his wife were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, while the infant was taken to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to be checked out as a precaution, police said.

The three were from out of state, according to police.

The single-engine plane had departed from Capitol Airport when it lost altitude, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson. It is not clear where the plane was traveling to.

It is not clear whether the plane struck something before it crashed into the parked car, police said. No one was in the vehicle when the plane crashed into it.

Both the plane and vehicle suffered significant damage, according to police.

The FAA is investigating the crash. The airport will be closed for the next 24 hours.

The plane and vehicle each suffered significant damage according to authorities.

Source:  http://www.wwgp1050.com




BROOKFIELD, Wis.-- A small plane crash injured two adults with an infant on board at the Capitol Airport in Brookfield Wednesday.

Around noon Wednesday, police said a single engine airplane was attempting to take off when it ran off the runway. The plane crashed into a parked SUV with an attached trailer.

"The airplane itself appears to have significant damage," said Capt. Phil Horter with the Brookfield Police Department.

Police and fire crews arrived on scene to find three occupants of the mangled plane, a Virginia family that was in town visiting for the holidays.

The pilot, a 41-year-old man, and his 37-year-old wife were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

"I believe all of the patients were conscious,” said Horter.

Police say their 6-month-old baby was in the back of the plane in a child seat.

"The infant did not appear to be injured at all, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out," said Horter.

Horter said some of the victims were taken to the hospital by Flight for Life, others were taken by ambulance.

Chris Adams owns a small business across the street from the airport. He came back from lunch to a flood of police, fire crews and first responders covering the rural airport's property.

"Coming back from lunch it was really, really windy so I imagine that doesn’t help when you’re in a small experimental type of aircraft," he said.

Police said the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, however preliminary stages of the investigation are underway.

"I just hope everyone is OK I mean that’s obviously the first priority especially the infant and the family up there," said Adams.

Brookfield investigators reconstructed the crash Wednesday afternoon. The FAA will conduct its own investigation. 

Story and video:  http://www.tmj4.com









BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) -   Police say three people on board a small plane have been injured when the aircraft crashed into an SUV and trailer as it tried to take off from a suburban Milwaukee airport.

Aerial video shows the plane was destroyed when it hit the SUV around noon Wednesday at Capitol Airport in Brookfield. Authorities say no one was in the SUV when it was struck.

Police say the three injured people were rushed to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Story and video:   http://www.nbc26.com

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