Thursday, June 1, 2017

Airdrome Aeroplanes, Nieuport 28, N6165: Accident occurred May 31, 2017 at Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport (KVER), Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Boonville, MO
Aircraft: KENNETH B HINES NIEUPORT 28, registration: N6165
Injuries: Unavailable

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 1, 2017, about 1920 central daylight time, a Kenneth B Hine Nieuport 28 airplane, N6165, experienced a loss of engine power on takeoff and collided with terrain near Boonville, Missouri. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information provided to the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the flight was the first for the airplane since built. The airplane had departed and was about 30 ft in the air when the engine began to run rough. The pilot reduced power to land on the runway. The airplane landed hard collapsing the landing gear. The airplane nosed over and came to rest upside down. Substantial damage was sustained to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

BOONVILLE, Mo. - A pilot is unharmed after his plane landed upside down at Boonville's airport Wednesday night.

Lt. James Deckard with the Boonville Police Department said a 911 call was made about the crash-landing around 7:20 p.m. 

Emergency crews arrived at the Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport to find a single prop experimental plane upside down on the runway.

According to Deckard, the certified pilot had taken off and was about 100 feet in the air when he noticed the engine failed.

He was able to bring the plane back down to the runway but was unable to control it as it landed. 

Once on the ground, the pilot was able to get out of the plane and call for help.

He suffered no injuries and was the only occupant of the aircraft.

The runway was shut down while crews investigated and the Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the crash.

This incident comes more than a month after a separate Cooper County crash that left two dead.

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