Monday, April 17, 2017

Celier Xenon 4, N912XV: Accident occurred April 17, 2017 near Knoxville Municipal Airport (KOXV), Marion County, Iowa

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;   Ankeney, Iowa

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA156 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 17, 2017 in Knoxville, IA
Aircraft: LOOMIS Xenon 4, registration: N912XV
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 April 17, 2017, about 1341 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Loomis Xenon 4 gyroplane, N912XV, sustained substantial damage after takeoff from the Knoxville Municipal Airport (OXV), Knoxville, Iowa. The gyroplane climbed to about 500 ft above ground level when it experienced a loss of power, and during the forced landing, it hit a powerline and landed in a ditch. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The gyroplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which was not on a flight plan. The flight was departing OXV on a local flight.

At 1255, the surface weather observation at the Pella Municipal Airport (PEA), Pella, Iowa, located 10 nm northeast of OXV was: wind 270 at 6 knots; sky clear; 10 miles visibility; temperature 21 degrees C; dew point 3 degrees C; altimeter 30.16 inches of mercury.

Monday afternoon at approximately 1:40 p.m. emergency crews responded to a scene just south of the Knoxville airport after receiving reports of an experimental rotorcraft force landed.

Knoxville Fire and Rescue, Knoxville Township Rural Fire Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Knoxville Police Department, Marion County Emergency Management, and the Iowa State Patrol all responded to the scene.

Two people later identified as pilot Miles Loomis of Des Moines and passenger Jeffrey Lee Jorgenson of Pella were treated by emergency crews and declined to be transported to the hospital.

Chief Jim Mitchell with Knoxville Fire and Rescue tells KNIA/KRLS news shortly after takeoff the rotorcraft lost power and went down striking a powerline during descent.

The powerline sparked a small grass fire that was extinguished quickly by Knoxville Township Rural Fire Department. 

Dan Van Donselaar, Knoxville Airport Manager, tells KNIA/KRLS News it’s always a good day when everyone walks away from an aviation accident. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will be conducting an investigation. 



Emergency crews were called to a rotorcraft force landing near Knoxville early Monday afternoon.

The crash happened near the Knoxville Airport at around 1:45 p.m. at Nixon Street and Highway 14.

Monte Goodyk shot photos and video near the site and said a rotorcraft stalled at about 500 feet and went into an uncontrolled descent, clipped a power line and crashed into a ditch.

Two people were being treated at the scene and crews had to put out a small grass fire at the scene.

Goodyk said the pilot and passenger were shaken up but otherwise uninjured.

A gyroplane is a helicopter and airplane hybrid, with a propeller for thrust and a free-rotating set of blades, similar to a helicopter, for lift.

Story and raw video:

KNOXVILLE, Iowa  —  A gyroplane crashed near the Knoxville Airport on Monday.

At approximately 1:41, the helicopter went down at Highway 14 and Nixon Street. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department says the gyroplane lost power shortly after takeoff and came down abruptly.

The crash caused a small grass fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration is currently on the scene, and the pilot and passenger are both said to be okay.


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