Monday, July 31, 2017

Golden Circle Air T-Bird II Tierra, N204BC: Accident occurred July 31, 2017 near Washington County Airport (8WC), Potosi, 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; Saint Louis, Missouri

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA293
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 31, 2017 in Potosi, MO
Aircraft: CHAPMAN T-BIRD II, registration: N204BC
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 July 31, 2017, at 0835 central daylight time, an amateur built Chapman T-Bird II, N204BC, collided with the terrain shortly after takeoff from the Washington County Airport (8WC), Potosi, Missouri. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The local flight was departing at the time of the accident.

A witness reported the takeoff and initial climb looked normal. The airplane then entered what looked like a right crosswind turn, which was the normal procedure after takeoff on runway 02. He stated the wing "dropped" in the turn and the airplane continued a descending turn until it disappeared behind the terrain. The witness, who had flown the accident airplane, stated that the airplane had a tendency to "drop a wing" in turns and that you had to be quick to recover.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper interviews an eyewitness to the crash of an ultralight aircraft that occurred Monday morning in a field not far from Washington County Airport outside Potosi. The pilot is hospitalized with serious injuries. 

The pilot of an ultralight aircraft was injured Monday morning when the small plane he was flying crashed in a field not far from the end of the Washington County Airport runway outside Potosi.

A Potosi Correctional Center worker reportedly saw the plane impact around 8:30 a.m. Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff's Department, Washington County 911 and Potosi Fire Department were on the scene shortly after the crash occurred.

The pilot, whose name has not been released at this time, sustained what was deemed serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment, according to Cpl. Juston Wheetley with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

According to the FAA, which is overseeing the investigation of the incident, the homemade plane crashed soon after takeoff.

No other details are being released at this time as the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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