Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cirrus SR22, N929DE: Accident occurred July 09, 2017 at Corydon Airport (0E9), Wayne County, Iowa

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


NTSB Identification: CEN17LA263
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 09, 2017 in Corydon, IA
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N929DE
Injuries: 2 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 July 9, 2017, about 1615 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR22 single-engine airplane, N929DE, impacted trees during an emergency descent near Corydon, Iowa. The private pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight departed the Corydon Airport (0E9) about 1610.

According to local authorities and witnesses, the airplane departed 0E9 after a local fly-in event. Witnesses described the engine as "pinging or popping" during the takeoff roll. The airplane departed the grass runway and witnesses lost sight of the airplane. One witness became concerned based on his observation of the airplane during the takeoff about whether the airplane had crashed. The witness then departed in his airplane to search for the accident airplane. The airplane was located by search personnel about 1/2 miles east of 0E9. The airplane came to rest upright in trees about 10 ft above the ground.

CORYDON, Iowa — A northeast Missouri couple survived the crash of their small plane in southeast Iowa over the weekend.

That crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday shortly after the single-engine plane took off from the Corydon, Iowa airport approximately five miles northeast of Corydon.

The pilot is identified as Craig Comstock of Unionville, Missouri. His passenger was his wife, Mary Comstock.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says they both suffered serious injuries when their single-engine plane crashed into trees near the Corydon airport.

The FAA's preliminary report says following the crash, the Comstocks’ aircraft became stuck in the trees.

Craig Comstock was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where a hospital spokeswoman told KTVO Wednesday he remains in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit.

Officials at Mercy Medical say Mary Comstock was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

Corydon Airport Manager Benny Davis told KTVO Wednesday that he spoke to Mary Comstock earlier in the day. He said that she told him the plane's engine wasn't running right, and her husband did everything he could think of to get more power to the engine, but it didn't work.

Davis said Mary suffered cuts and bruises and a broken wrist as a result of the crash. Mary told Davis her husband underwent surgery on Wednesday.

The official cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

Those investigations often take up to six months to complete.

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