Thursday, May 18, 2017

Unregistered CGS Hawk: Accident occurred May 17, 2017 at Weaver Airport (9OH6), Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA297
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Findlay, OH
Aircraft: CGS HAWK, registration: Unreg
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during takeoff, the "wind got more gusty than [he] could handle being too low and slow". The airplane aerodynamically stalled and impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 5 nautical miles west of the accident airport reported that, about 42 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 200° at 18 knots, gusting to 28 knots. The takeoff direction is unknown.

FINDLAY — A small airplane crashed Wednesday evening near Findlay after high winds affected its path.

Dale Weaver, 79, of Findlay, flew a 1983-1984 CGS Hawk ultralight aircraft in Marion Township near Findlay, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy T.J. Brooks said in a press release. He was flying the plane low above the field east of township Road 242, near Forest Lake Drive in Marion Township.

High winds and the slow speed of the aircraft caused the engine to stall, crashing the plane into the field. 

The aircraft landed on both tires and sustained minor damage.

Weaver was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital with unknown injuries by Hanco EMS. The hospital didn’t have Weaver listed in its directory Thursday morning.

The investigation continues through the sheriff’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

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