Sunday, February 19, 2017

Taylor J.T.1 Monoplane, N62888: Fatal accident occurred February 19, 2017 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

 Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Springfield, OH
Accident Number: CEN17FA108
Date & Time: 02/19/2017, 1603 EST
Registration: N62888
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 19, 2017, about 1600 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built airplane, N62888, was destroyed when it impacted terrain about 470 ft south of a private grass airstrip in Springfield, Ohio. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was privately owned and was being operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal local flight, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from the grass airstrip at an unknown time.

Multiple witnesses saw the airplane flying low about treetop height heading east. Two witnesses stated that the airplane's nose pitched up, and then the airplane descended to the ground. One witness stated that the airplane "began to sway and lost control." Another witnesses reported that the airplane made a "spiral turn" as it descended. According to a third witness, he heard "a loud motor revving," looked up, and saw the airplane in a nose dive; he heard the engine until just before the airplane impacted the ground.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 24, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/13/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  271 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0 hours (Total, this make and model)

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating that was issued on September 20, 2015. The pilot also held an airframe and powerplant mechanic certificate. His Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued August 13, 2015, with no limitations.

The pilot's logbook indicated that he had 281 hours of flight experience as of November 15, 2016, which was the date of the last entry in the logbook. According to the logbook, the pilot's flight time was mostly accrued in Cessna 150, 172, and 182 airplanes with his most recent 10 hours accrued in a Piper Archer. No flight time had been logged in the accident airplane.

According to the airplane owner, who was the pilot's uncle, the pilot had flown the accident airplane about 10 to 15 hours. The pilot began flying the airplane while he was completing his private pilot license. Initially, his training in the home-built started with the pilot flying about 5 ft above the ground down the runway in ground effect and then landing. The owner estimated the pilot completed these "pop ups" about 50 times. Once the pilot received his private pilot license, the owner explained the pilot would fly in the local area around the grass strip for 15 to 20 minutes. During these flights, the pilot's uncle and father would fly alongside in their "motor gliders." The owner was not sure when the pilot last flew the airplane before the accident. The owner stated he had shared his knowledge of the airplane's flight characteristics (i.e., critical airspeeds, glide ratio, fast approach procedures, short-wing roll limitations, etc.) with the pilot, and the owner believed the pilot flew the airplane "very well." 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MACLEOD
Registration: N62888
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: JORGI-1
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/14/2016, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: A-65-9
Registered Owner: SPIER RONALD B
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

The airplane's experimental airworthiness certificate was issued on October 4, 1976. The airplane was a single-seat, low-wing, fixed-gear design. It was powered by a Continental Motors A-65-9 reciprocating engine and equipped with a McCauley fixed-pitch, two-bladed propeller. The airplane did not have an electrical system; the pilot had to hand prop the airplane to start the engine.

No maintenance logbooks were available for review during the investigation. The owner stated that he had completed a condition inspection on the airplane on September 14, 2016.

On the day of the accident, the pilot called the owner to discuss anomalies that he was experiencing after starting the engine. There was no oil pressure indication, and the engine was running rough. The owner stepped the pilot through how to fix the oil pressure indicator and clean the carburetor. The owner stated both issues were remedied before the pilot flew the airplane. 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSGH, 1051 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2056 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 234°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Springfield, OH
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Springfield, OH
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

The closest official weather observation station was located at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport (SGH), 8 miles southeast of the accident site. At 1556, the automated weather observing system at SGH reported wind from 260º at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, temperature 14ºC, dew point 8ºC, and an altimeter setting of 30.09 inches of mercury. 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 39.915556, -83.704444 (est) 

The wreckage was in a plowed field on the south side of the private airstrip. The airplane sustained aft crushing of the nose and forward fuselage section and impact damage to the leading edge of the right wing from the wingtip to the main gear strut. The damage appeared to be consistent with a nose-low and right wing-low attitude at ground impact.

Flight control continuity was confirmed for all flight control surfaces up to the cockpit. The ailerons and elevator were actuated using the control stick. The rudder pedals inside the cockpit were crushed by impact forces and could not be moved. The rudder cables were intact from the cockpit to the rudder attach point.

The shoulder harness assembly was found wrapped around the rudder cables in the tail section of the fuselage behind the forward bulkhead. There was wear on the shoulder harness consistent with the cables rubbing on it. The shoulder harness was not accessible to the pilot from the cockpit. Additionally, first responders reported that the lap belt was not buckled around the pilot when they arrived on scene.

The engine was rotated by hand, and thumb compression was observed on all four cylinders. The propeller hub had dirt embedded on the spinner attachment bolts. One of the propeller blades was bent rearward about 20º; the blades displayed no rotational scoring or scratching.

Both the left and right fuel tanks were breached during impact, and there was no visible fuel in either tank. The smell of auto gasoline was present at the accident site. Fuel was observed in the clear plastic tube that was the airplane's fuel quantity indicator and in the gascolator. The fuel filter in the gascolator appeared clear of debris. The fuel shutoff valve, a silver pull-handle on the instrument panel, was in the retracted (ON) position. The throttle plate was found in the full open position with no obstructions. During a subsequent examination, an FAA inspector removed and opened the carburetor. The carburetor float was intact; the gasket was intact; and the carburetor appeared to operate normally with full travel.

The left magneto switch was found in the "ON" position, and the right magneto switch was found in the "OFF" position. According to the owner, standard procedure for the airplane was to use the left magneto to start the engine and to use both magnetos when flying. 

Medical And Pathological Information

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office, Dayton, Ohio, performed an autopsy of the pilot. The cause of death for the pilot was attributed to "multiple blunt force injuries."

The FAA Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicology testing on specimens from the pilot. The toxicology results were negative for carbon monoxide, ethanol, and drugs.

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA108
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Springfield, OH
Aircraft: MACLEOD HOMEBUILT, registration: N62888
Injuries: 1 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 February 19, 2017 about 1600 eastern daylight time (EDT), a Macleod Homebuilt, N62888, was destroyed when it impacted terrain approximately 470 feet south of a private grass airstrip in Springfield, Ohio. The airplane was based at the private airstrip. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was privately registered and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan had been filed.

Jordan Spier

UPDATE at 3:28 p.m. (Feb. 20):

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the plane to crash that killed Jordan Spier, 24, of Wilmington.

Family members said Jordan Spier was the nephew of the plane’s owner, Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon.

A view from Sky 7 showed the plane still down in a field near Interstate 70 in Clark County Monday with investigators remaining on the scene.

Investigators plan to look into the pilot, maintenance records for the plane and weather as part of their investigation.

UPDATE at 11:25 p.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the pilot killed as 24-year-old Jordan A. Spier of Wilmington.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane, a Macleod homebuilt fixed wing single-engine experimental plane crash near a private airstrip at a residence in the 300 block of Titus Avenue. The pilot was the only occupant of the plane and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the patrol’s Springfield Post.

The FAA will be investigating the cause of the crash.

OSP Sgt. Richard Dixon said Spier had a valid license. The plane was registered to Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon, but the patrol did not release how the pilot and aircraft owner were related.

Harmony Twp. Fire and EMS, Pleasant Twp. Fire and EMS, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene.

UPDATE at 7 p.m.

A 25-year-old man was killed in a small plane crash this afternoon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The aircraft was registered to a Springfield surgeon, but he was not the pilot. The patrol’s Springfield Pos
t is investigating the crash, but has not released the pilot’s identity, nor the pilot’s relationship to the registered owner.

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spoke to the doctor’s neighbors, Brian and Debbie Miller, who said their neighbor has two hangars and an airstrip on his property.

UPDATE at 5:18 p.m.

The small plane that crashed in a field near I-70 in Harmony Twp. and resulted in a fatality this afternoon is registered to a Springfield resident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Information connected to the plane’s tail number is registered with the FAA. The registration information indicates the plane was homemade in the 1970s and was considered an experimental aircraft.

UPDATE at 4:58 p.m.

At least one person was killed in a small plane crash in Clark County this afternoon, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on the scene.

UPDATE at  4:45 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a small plane crash in Clark County has resulted in at least one fatality.

Emergency crews and the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post are on scene, which is in a field not far from I-70 in Harmony Twp.

Emergency dispatch centers are unable to confirm the number or severity of injuries that are being reported from the scene.

According to emergency scanner traffic, CareFlight was called for one person who had suffered a head injury. A short time later, emergency scanner traffic indicated an official at the scene reported to dispatchers the incident has resulted in a fatality. The medical helicopter was then canceled.


The Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post is responding to the report of a small plane crash near South Charleston.

The crash was reported in a field near the 600 block of Fletcher Pike.

Early reports indicated emergency crews were responding to an area west of I-70.

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HARMONY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A pilot died after crashing into a Clark County field Sunday afternoon.

24-year-old Jordan A. Spier, of Wilmington, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It happened around 4 p.m. about a mile north of I-70 at mile marker 61.

Investigators say it took off from a nearby private airstrip on Titus Road.

FAA records indicate it was a fixed wing single-engine plane that went down. It’s listed as an experimental, amateur built aircraft.

It’s registered to a Ronald B. Spier of Springfield.

According to Sgt. Richard Dixon with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, no one witnessed the crash, however, drivers on I-70 saw the mangled plane in the field and called 911.

“We received some calls from motorists on 70 that saw the plane in the field and one person on Titus Road that saw the plane appeared to dive to the left and disappear behind the trees and never actually saw the plane crash,” Sgt. Dixon said.

It appears when the plane hit the ground it was going at a slow speed, according to officials.

“There wasn’t any debris thrown anywhere it was all contained right there.Tthe plane hit the ground and pretty much stuck. Didn’t spin, twist, roll,” Sgt. Dixon said.

The FAA and the NTSB are expected to investigate the cause of the crash Monday morning.

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Springfield — The Ohio State Patrol confirms a 25-year old pilot of a single-engine experimental aircraft appeared to have died instantly when his plane crashed in a Clark County field just after 4PM Sunday afternoon.

Investigators say people driving along Interstate 70 West saw the wreckage in the field, then called 911 for help.

Sgt. Richard Dixon with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the pilot was not from Clark County, but the airplane was locally owned and registered and had taken off from a nearby private airstrip.

"A witness said he had taken off and landed several times, but they didn't see the particular incident where he crashed" Dixon said.

He says no one else was on board the older-model aircraft when it happened.

He adds weather conditions were clear, and there were no apparent signs of any distress calls.

OSP plan to secure the scene around the crash site throughout the night.

NTSB and FAA teams will arrive Monday morning to begin their investigation to determine a cause.

The victim, who's name hasn't been released, has been taken the Clark County Coroner's office for an autopsy according to investigators.

HARMONY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A 25-year-old pilot died after crashing into a Clark County field Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 4 p.m. about a mile north of I-70 at mile marker 61.

FAA records indicate it was a fixed wing single-engine plane that went down. It’s listed as an experimental, amateur built aircraft.

The aircraft is registered to a Ronald B. Spier of Springfield. 2 NEWS is working to confirm whether the man it’s registered to is the victim.

Officials say no one witnessed the crash, however, drivers on I-70 saw the mangled plane in the field and called 911.

Some passersby jumped the fence to see if they could help the victim who died on impact, according to officials.

The plane took off from a nearby flying field, which is a small landing field for aircraft, with short runways and more limited servicing facilities than an airport.

The FAA and the NTSB are expected to investigate the cause of the crash Monday morning.

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