Saturday, July 29, 2017

American Champion Xtreme Decathlon, N555XD, XD Aviation LLC: Incident occurred July 27, 2017 in Sioux City, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

XD Aviation LLC:

Aircraft force landed on a road.

Date: 27-JUL-17

Time: 14:58:00Z
Regis#: N555XD
Aircraft Model: 8KCAB
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State:  IOWA


SERGEANT BLUFF | The pilot of a two-seater airplane made an emergency landing on a Woodbury County blacktop Thursday morning after running out of fuel.

After getting about nine gallons of fuel, the pilot took off from the road and flew to Sioux Gateway Airport, where he planned to refuel and continue to Wayne, Nebraska.

The pilot, who was flying alone, was not injured, and there was no damage to the Xtreme Decathlon said Gary Brown, Woodbury County Emergency Services director.

"It was a good place to land because the power lines are a long way away," Brown said.

Brown said the pilot was flying from Platteville, Wisconsin, to deliver the plane to a friend in Wayne. The pilot stopped at the airport in Ida Grove, Iowa, for fuel, but could not find any and decided to take off.

"He thought he could make it to Sioux City," Brown said.

Before he could get to Sioux City, the pilot radioed air traffic control to inform them he would have to make an emergency landing. He landed the plane at about 10:15 a.m. on Woodbury County Road D-38 near the intersection with Carroll Avenue, about three miles east of Sergeant Bluff and six miles from Sioux Gateway Airport.

Because of bridge construction just east of the landing site, D-38 is closed to through traffic and the normally busy road served as a clear landing strip, Brown said.

After the fuel was delivered to the scene by a worker from Hawthorne Aviation, the pilot was able to restart his plane and he took off at about 11:30 a.m.

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