Sunday, July 30, 2017

Acro Sport II, N896JC: Accident occurred July 30, 2017 in Loudonville, Ashland County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Olmsted, Ohio
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA295
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Loudenville, OH
Aircraft: STEELE ACRO SPORT II, registration: N896JC
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 July 30, 2017, about 1900 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Steele Acro Sport II biplane, N896JC, nosed over during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Loudenville, Ohio. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial wing damage during the nose over. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area of the accident site about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Smith Field Airport (SMD), near Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was destined for the Holmes County Airport, near Millersburg, Ohio.

According to operations personnel at SMD, the airplane had landed there and self-serve fueling had been conducted at 1543. The airplane was serviced with 15.8 gallons of fuel.

At 1852, the recorded weather at the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, near Mansfield, Ohio, was: Wind 340° at 8 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 26° C; dew point 14° C; altimeter 30.17 inches of mercury.

LOUDONVILLE, Ohio – Rick Wolf said he was out in his yard in Loudonville, enjoying a peaceful summer evening until he heard a strange sound.

“I looked up and saw a plane and I could hear the engine sputtering,” Wolf said. “It barely missed the woods.”

He said he ran to help, and saw two men walking out of the field.

“It was a man and his son,” Wolf said. ” They were flying from Wisconsin to Millersburg to spend the night.”

He said they had some injuries but appeared to be ok.

The Loudonville EMS transported them to the hospital.

The Ashland County Sheriff is investigating. 

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