Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cessna 150J, N50609: Accident occurred October 18, 2017 near Willmar Municipal Airport (KBDH), Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA015
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Willmar, MN
Aircraft: CESSNA 150J, registration: N50609
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

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 October 18, 2017, at 1045 central daylight time, a Cessna 150J airplane, N50609, nosed over during a forced landing in Willmar, Minnesota. The certified flight instructor received minor injuries and the private pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The airplane was registered to an individual and was operated by the CFI as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional 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 departed from the Willmar Municipal Airport (BDH), just prior to the accident.

The instructor stated they checked the magnetos and carburetor heat during the engine runup, at 1,500 rpm, and both functioned normally. They initiated the takeoff on the grass runway which was soggy due to rain. He took control of the airplane during the takeoff and lifted the nose off the ground because they were getting "bogged down" in the soft terrain. The airplane became airborne about 2,000 ft down the 3,000 ft long runway. The instructor stated he lowered the nose in ground effect to gain airspeed, but the airplane did not accelerate.

The instructor stated there was a road and a field on which to land. He turned the airplane, but had to level off because he was concerned the airplane was going to stall. He stated that during the landing in the plowed field, he flared too high and the contacted the terrain hard on the main gear. The nose gear dug into the soft terrain and collapsed when it settled to the ground. The airplane then nosed over.

The instructor did not notice the tachometer, but he reported that the private pilot stated the rpm never increased above 1,900.

WILLMAR — Eric Rudningen, who was one of two individuals in a plane crash Wednesday morning, said he is just fine after suffering minor injuries.

Rudningen, of Kerkhoven, said in a voice mail Friday morning that he is unable to comment further on the incident while the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board conduct their investigations.

According to the FAA preliminary report, the C150 Cessna made a forced landing in a soybean field along 75th Street Southwest, just southwest of the Willmar Municipal Airport. The other individual in the plane has not been identified, but was not injured, the report said.

The plane, owned by Todd Michael Asche of Spicer, suffered substantial damage, according to the FAA report.

As of late Friday morning, the plane was still lying upside down in the field where it crashed.

Rudningen, along with his partner Paul Beck, are the fixed-base operators at the Willmar Airport and owners of Oasis Aero. Rudningen is a certified commercial pilot, flight instructor and mechanic.

Asche is a certified private pilot.

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(Willmar MN-) One man was slightly injured when a small plane crashed in a field near the Willmar Airport Wednesday morning. 

Eric Rudningen was doing a flight check with a fellow pilot when the Cessna 150 reportedly lost power and crashed in a soybean field about an eighth-of-a-mile east of County Road 116 and flipped onto it's top. 

The crash site is just east of the Willmar Wastewater Treatment Plant, and southwest of the Willmar Airport.

Rudningen, of Kerkhoven, works for the airport's fixed base operator Oasis Aero Inc, and his partner Paul Beck took him to Rice Memorial Hospital to be checked out for a bump on his head. The other pilot was not injured. Beck says the plane will remain in the field while the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board investigate. The crash happened at approximately 11 a.m.

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