Monday, March 20, 2017

Cessna 120, N1915N, registered to Aeronca Champ Club LLC and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred March 19, 2017 at Sackman Field Airport (H49), Columbia, Illinois

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

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Location: Columbia, IL
Accident Number: CEN17LA145
Date & Time: 03/19/2017, 0955 CDT
Registration: N1915N
Aircraft: CESSNA 120
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On March 19, 2017, at 0955 central daylight time, a Cessna 120 airplane, N1915N, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion at Sackman Field Airport (H49), Columbia, Illinois. The pilot receiving instruction and the flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was registered to Aeronca Champ Club LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that operated without a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information provided by the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to complete a tail-wheel endorsement for the pilot. The accident occurred on the fourth full-length runway departure, after about one hour of total flight time. While taking off from runway 21, the airplane was 2/3 down the length of the runway when the flight instructor assessed that the engine was not developing enough power for a successful takeoff, so he took control of the airplane and began braking. With full brake application and about 700 ft remaining, the airplane slowed down but not enough to remain on the runway. The airplane exited the end of the runway and collided with a drainage ditch, entered a cultivated field and nosed over.

Inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and visually examined the airplane. No anomalies were detected.

On the NTSB Form 6120, the flight instructor suspected carburetor icing as the reason of the loss of engine power. The flight instructor reported that carburetor heat was applied on each landing and after each landing, the carburetor heat was turned off as they taxied for departure.

A review of the Carburetor Icing Probability Chart located in the FAA's Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin CE-09-35, Carburetor Icing Prevention found that the airplane was operating in an area conducive to the formation of serious icing at cruise power.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Ann, Missouri 

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

Aeronca Champ Club Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N1915N

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA145 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Columbia, IL
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N1915N
Injuries: 2 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 March 19, 2017, at 0955 central daylight time, a Cessna 120 airplane, N1915N, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion at Sackman Field Airport (H49), Columbia, Illinois. The pilot receiving instruction and the flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was registered to Aeronca Champ Club LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that operated without a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information obtained by the Federal Aviation Administration, while taking off from runway 21, the pilots reported that the engine was not producing sufficient power. The pilot attempted to abort of takeoff, but insufficient runway remained for the airplane to stop on the turf strip. The airplane overran the strip, collided with a ditch, and nosed over in a field.

The airplane was retained for further examination.


Columbia, IL (KMOX) A single engine plane ended up on it’s roof Sunday while landing at Sackman Field in Columbia Illinois.

KMOX’s Brian Kelly was on the scene shortly after it happened. 

Kelly says the plane’s pilot told him he had “just run out of runway”. 

He says he hit a berm and flipped over. 

At the end of the grass runway there is a freshly plowed field ready for tomato planting.  

The pilot called it a minor incident.

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