Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Aeronca 7BCM, N2558E: Accident occurred June 20, 2017 near Mahnomen County Airport (3N8), 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; Fargo, North Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA238
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Mahnomen, MN
Aircraft: AERONCA 7BCM, registration: N2558E
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 June 20, 2017, about 2030 central daylight time, an Aeronca 7BCM airplane, N2558E, sustained substantial damage during initial climb from the Mahnomen County Airport (3N8), Mahnomen, Minnesota, when it impacted terrain. The sport pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was owned 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 on a flight plan. The airplane was departing 3N8, but the destination is unknown.

A witness reported that he observed the airplane departing the airport. He stated that the airplane appeared to be going slow and not climbing. Then the airplane banked to the right and the airplane impacted the ground in a nose down attitude. 

At 2015, the surface weather observation at 3N8 was: wind light and variable; visibility 10 miles; sky clear; temperature 20 degrees C; dew point 8 degrees C; altimeter 29.94 inches of mercury.

Mahnomen, Minn. (WDAY/WDAZ-TV)--A pilot is in a Fargo hospital after a plane crashed in a field near the Mahnomen Airport. 

Mark Habedank, 55, of Twin Valley crashed around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening according to Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office. 

Two MNDOT employees were first on scene and pulled Habedank from the cockpit. 

Habedank was then airlifted to Sanford in Fargo where his condition is mostly unknown. 

We do know that he has broken bones and lacerations which will need surgery to be fixed.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. 

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