Sunday, March 5, 2017

Side Winder, N7524V: Accident occurred March 04, 2017 near Paynesville Municipal Airport (KPEX), Stearns County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA117 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 04, 2017 in Paynesville, MN
Aircraft: JUDE MIKE C SIDE WINDER, registration: N7524V
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 4, 2017, at 1444 central standard time, N7524V, an amateur built experimental Jude Side Winder, was substantially damaged during an off airport forced landing in Paynesville, Minnesota, following a loss of engine power. The private pilot was seriously injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Leaders/Clear Lake Airport (8Y6), Clear Lake, Minnesota, at 1400.

The pilot reported he flew to the Paynesville Municipal Airport (PEX), with the intention of performing a couple of touch and go landings. He made the first landing and was taking off when the accident occurred. He stated he turned crosswind and was beginning the downwind turn when the engine lost all power. He stated he did not believe he could make it back to the airport, for fear of stalling the airplane, so he chose a field in which to make a forced landing. The airplane contacted the rough plowed field during the landing.

The airplane is equipped with a Chevrolet LS-1 engine.

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) - A small experimental airplane crashed in Paynesville on Saturday, leaving the 71-year-old pilot with significant injuries, according to authorities.

The Paynesville Police Department arrived around 2:45 in the afternoon to find Michael Jude standing next to his crashed airplane, roughly half a mile from the end of the runway.

According to the Sterns County Sheriff's Office, Jude left from the Clear Lake Airport and was supposed to land in the Paynesville Airport when the engine started to overheat.

The plane's engine failed, and Jude attempted to land in a field. The plane's wings and landing gear were damaged in the rough landing, according to the Sterns County Sheriff's Office.

Jude was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment, according to a press release.

According to registration papers, the plane is classified as a fixed wing single engine amateur build experimental plane built in 2009.

The Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating the crash.


ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A small plane crashed into a cornfield on its approach to the Paynesville Airport on Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 2:45 p.m. as the plane was approaching from the west.

The plane crashed into the field quite a distance away from where the runway starts.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the pilot, Michael Jude, was standing outside the plane when emergency crews arrived.

The 71-year-old, from St. Cloud, suffered a cut to his head and other significant injuries.

He was taken to Paynesville Hospital, and then to St. Cloud Hospital for further treatment.

At the crash scene, the word EXPERIMENTAL could be seen written on the side of the cockpit.

Jude told responders that he was flying his experimental plane from Clear Lake to Paynesville when it began to overheat, the engine stopped and he had to set it down in the field.

The plane landed hard, damaging the nose, propeller, wings and landing gear.

The FAA was notified of the crash and is investigating.


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 71-year-old man was hospitalized after his experimental airplane crashed in central Minnesota Saturday afternoon.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Jude, of St. Cloud, received significant injuries when his plane crashed near the Paynesville Airport around 2:45 p.m.

Jude was taken to a local hospital before being transported to a St. Cloud hospital for further treatment. The hospital said Jude was in fair condition Saturday night.

Jude told police he was flying from the Clear Lake airport when his engine began to overheat. He was attempting to land when his engine failed. The wings and landing gear were damaged in the ensuing crash.

The sheriff’s office said the plane was an “amateur built experimental plane built in 2009.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.


PAYNESVILLE — A pilot was seriously injured when his small, experimental plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a field near the Paynesville Airport.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Michael Jude, 71, of St. Cloud was flying from the Clear Lake Airport to the Paynesville Airport when the engine of his fixed-wing single engine plane began to overheat.

Jude attempted to land but then aborted the landing.

As he was coming back around to land, Jude experienced engine failure and attempted to land in a corn stubble field about one-half mile southwest of the end of the runway.

The plane landed hard, damaging the wings and collapsing the landing gear, according to the sheriff's report.

When the Paynesville Police and Stearns County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene at around 2:44 p.m., they found Jude standing outside his crashed airplane with "significant injuries."

He was initially taken to the Paynesville Hospital and later transported to the St Cloud Hospital for further treatment.

The Paynesville Fire and Rescue and Paynesville Ambulance also responded to the scene.

The plane is classified as a fixed-wing single engine amateur built experimental plane that was built in 2009.

The FAA was notified and is investigating the crash.


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