Friday, April 7, 2017

Piper PA-28-180, Green Castle Aero Club Ltd, N9179J: Fatal accident occurred April 07, 2017 in Oxford, Johnson County, Iowa

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa
Piper; Vero Beach, Florida 
Lycoming; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

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

Green Castle Aero Club Ltd: http://registry.faa.gov/N9179J 

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA147 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 07, 2017 in Oxford, IA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N9179J
Injuries: 2 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 April 7, 2017, about 1507 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180 airplane, N9179J, collided with the terrain in Oxford, Iowa, following a loss of control. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and private pilot were both fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to Green Castle Aero Club LTD and was being operated by the CFI as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 training flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed for the local flight. The airplane departed the Green Castle Airport (IA24), about 1445.

A witness located about one mile east of the accident site stated he heard an engine popping and backfiring which drew his attention to the airplane. The airplane appeared to be heading south-southeast and it looked like it wasn't moving. The nose of the airplane then dropped and it entered a "downward spiral." He stated he did not hear the engine at this point. The airplane made eight or nine spirals before it stopped rotating and continued in a nose down descent. He lost sight of the airplane behind the hillside and shortly thereafter heard the impact followed by seeing black smoke. The witness stated he believes the airplane was spiraling in a clockwise rotation.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



Jim Spicer (left) and Terry Kroehn



CEDAR RAPIDS — Funeral services have been set for two men killed Friday in an airplane crash near Oxford.

A funeral Mass for James A. “Jim” Spicer takes place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ludmila Catholic Church, 211 21st Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church with a scripture service planned for 3 p.m.

A funeral service for Terry J. Koehn takes place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 Eighth St., Coralville. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lensing Oak Hill, 210 Holiday Road, Coralville.

Spicer, 53, of Cedar Rapids, and Koehn, 70, of rural Iowa City, were killed in the crash of a single-engine, 1965 Piper Cherokee 180 around 3:08 p.m. Friday, according to a statement issued by Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.

Koehn was a longtime Coralville police officer and also was one of the people who ran the Green Castle Aero Club in Oxford. A full obituary is to be published Tuesday, according to the funeral home.

According to his obituary, Spicer was born Sept. 25, 1963, in Luverne, Minn. He served for six years in the National Guard and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University in 1986.

He went on to work for Interstate Power & Light, Alliant Energy and ITC Midwest, which brought him and his family to Cedar Rapids in 2008.

According to his obituary, Spicer enjoyed coaching baseball and officiating football. He loved cars, traveling, concerts, sporting events and flying.

He was a past president of the Mason City School Board and was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 5677.

He is survived by his wife, Laura; children Brian and Ashley; parents Mary Ann Hustad and Gene Spicer; and siblings Val Carmody and Melissa Spicer.

Interment for Spicer is at the Linwood Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Arrangements are by Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids.

Pulkrabek said the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and medical examiner are continuing to assist the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board in investigating the cause of the crash, which remained unknown as of Sunday.

On Friday, Sgt. Brad Kunkel of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, said the plane took off from the Green Castle Airport, 2154 250th ST. NW, Oxford. The plane was on fire when authorities arrived at the scene at 2383 IWV Road SW.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.thegazette.com

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – UPDATE (4/8): The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims of Friday's plane crash near Oxford.

The victims were Terry Koehn of rural Iowa City and James Spicer of Cedar Rapids.

The airplane was a single engine, 1965 Piper Cherokee 180. The FAA and NTSB have custody of the airplane and are handling the investigation.

Koehn is listed as one of the Green Castle Aero Club’s board members.

Koehn's family sent TV9 this statement:

"Terry gave much to his family, community, and church, and especially enjoyed time he spent with his grandson, Liam."

Authorities haven't released who was flying the plane yet, but if it had been Koehn-- his son Aaron told TV9 he doubted the crash had been caused by pilot error. Koehn’s son told TV9 his father was an experienced and meticulous flyer.

TV9 has also reached out to Spicer's family. They declined to comment.

As of Saturday afternoon, authorities were still investigating the scene. The FAA had yet to release any preliminary data on the crash.
Johnson County deputies were expected to have more details, later Saturday evening.

UPDATE (4/7): Two people are confirmed dead after a plane crash in Johnson County. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office tells TV9 they aren't releasing the victims' identities until family is notified.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened just after 3:00 pm Friday at 2383 IWV Road SW and that the plane took off from Green Castle Airport in Oxford.

It's not known where the plane was headed or what caused the plane to crash.

The agencies that responded included the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa State Patrol, Tiffin Fire Department, Oxford Fire Department and the Johnson County medical examiner. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are expected to join the investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY (4/7): A plane has crashed in a rural area of Johnson County just west of Iowa City.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office confirms the plane went down south of Interstate 80 shortly after 3:00 pm Friday. It is unclear the type of plane, where it was headed or how many people were onboard or if anyone was hurt.

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



The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has identified two people who were killed in a plane crash Friday afternoon.

Terry Koehn, 70, of rural Iowa City, and James Spicer, 56, of Cedar Rapids, were killed in the crash in rural Johnson County.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m., according to a news release.

The airplane was a single engine, 1965 Piper Cherokee 180.  The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Bureau have custody of the airplane.

Koeh and Spicer were the only passengers aboard the single-engine plane that took off from the Green Castle Airport, Johnson County Sheriff Sgt. Brad Kunkel said at the scene Friday afternoon. The airport is a small, private airfield in Oxford, about 15 miles northwest of Iowa City, near Kent Park.

The Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center received a report of the crash shortly after 3 p.m. Friday near 2383 IWV Road SW in Oxford, Kunkel said.

The plane was on fire when officials arrived, and the blaze was extinguished by both the Oxford and Tiffin fire departments.

The sheriff's office and the Johnson County Medical Examiner will continue assisting federal agencies with the case.


Original article can be found here:   http://www.press-citizen.com






OXFORD — Two people are dead after a single-engine airplane crashed into a field near Oxford in rural Johnson County Friday afternoon.

Sgt. Brad Kunkel of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said authorities responded to the crash site after a call was received at 3:08 p.m. by the Johnson County Joint Communications Center.

Kunkel said the plane, which took off from the Green Castle Airport in Iowa City, was on fire when authorities arrived to the scene at 2383 IWV Road SW. The destination of the plane is unknown and there are no known radio calls from the plane before the crash, Kunkel said. The sheriff’s office is working with Iowa State Patrol in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration to investigate.

Officials are not releasing the identities of those killed in the crash, pending notification of family members. Kunkel said autopsies are to be performed.

First responders included the Oxford and Tiffin fire departments.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.thegazette.com





Officials are investigating a plane crash in rural western Johnson County on Friday afternoon, but they are releasing few details

The Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center received a report of the crash at 3:08 p.m. Friday near 2383 IWV Road SW in Oxford, Sgt. Brad Kunkel said in a news release.

The identities of the passengers and their injuries are not being released at this time, Kunkel said. The type of plane, where it flew out of and where it was headed are also not being released, Kunkel told the Press-Citizen by phone.

The Johnson County medical examiner is at the scene.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol are investigating the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will also assist in the investigation.

A Press-Citizen reporter and photographer are at the crash site.

Story and photo gallery:  http://www.press-citizen.com 










IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - UPDATE: The Johnson County Medical Examiner has arrived on the scene of a small plane crash west of Iowa City.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened just after 3:00 pm Friday at 2383 IWV Road SW. The Office says it will not release the names or injuries of those involved.

ORIGINAL STORY: A plane has crashed in a rural area of Johnson County just west of Iowa City.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office confirms the plane went down south of Interstate 80 shortly after 3:00 pm Friday. It is unclear the type of plane, where it was headed or how many people were onboard or if anyone was hurt.

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

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