Friday, October 13, 2017

Oberg Murphy Rebel, N734R: Accident occurred October 12, 2017 in Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA013
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Fort Collins, CO
Aircraft: RUSSELL E OBERG MURPHY REBEL, registration: N734R
Injuries: 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 12, 2017, about 1058 mountain daylight time, an amateur-built Oberg Murphy Rebel airplane, N734R, was substantially damaged during the forced landing to a field near Fort Collins, Colorado. The pilot, the sole occupant on board, sustained minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight.

According to a statement from the pilot, while en route the engine started "sputtering" and lost power. He attempted to restore power by switching fuel tanks but was unsuccessful. During the forced landing to a field the airplane nosed over resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and vertical stabilizer.

A small airplane crashed just before 11 a.m. Friday in a field northwest of Fort Collins, east of Overland Trail near the road's intersection with U.S. 287.

David Moore, spokesman for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, said only one person, a male pilot, was on board at the time of the crash, and he was out of the plane, conscious and breathing with no apparent injuries when first responders arrived to the scene.

The plane ended up on its top. It was an experimental aircraft called a Murphy Rebel, and it crashed under unknown circumstances, said Allen Kenitzer, public affairs officer for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Murphy Rebel appears to be an aircraft kit for assembly that can be purchased from Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing.

The product is described on, which prices the full Rebel assembly kit at $24,650.

"The Rebel is an all aluminum, side-by-side, high wing, taildragger with several engine options, long range cruising capability and more leg, head, and shoulder room than you'll find in any comparably priced aircraft kit," the website says of the plane.

The crash was visible from U.S. 287, about 100 yards north of the roadway, Moore said.

The cause of the plane crash is not yet determined. Witnesses reported seeing a plane in distress, according to Poudre Fire Authority social media updates.

Poudre Fire Authority and LCSO personnel responded the scene, and the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will assist with an investigation of the accident, Kenitzer said.

No details of the aircraft's flight path or takeoff location were immediately available, both Moore and Kenitzer said, and will be released later by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Hazardous materials technicians with Poudre Fire Authority stopped a fuel leak on the plane. There is no threat to public safety at this time, Poudre Fire Authority said via social media.

Original article can be found here ➤

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — No one was injured after a plane crashed into a field northwest of Fort Collins on Friday morning, the Poudre Fire Authority said.

The crash happened just before 11 a.m. north of U.S. 287 and North Overland Trail Road, officials said.

The plane ended on its roof and several emergency responders were at the scene after people reported the plane was in distress.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane, an experimental aircraft called a Murphy Rebel, and was not injured. The name and age of the pilot weren’t released.

It’s not known where the plane originated or where it was going.

A hazardous materials crew was brought in to stop a fuel leak from the plane.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original article can be found here ➤

KUSA - No one was injured after a plane crashed in a field north of Fort Collins Friday morning.

The plane, which ended up north of US 287 and North Overland Trail, was seen on its roof. A photo tweeted by Poudre Fire Authority showed a large emergency responder presence in the area.

The pilot was the only person inside the plane at the time. There’s no word yet on what caused the crash. A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was an experimental aircraft called a Murphy Rebel. 

Poudre Fire Authority tweeted that a hazardous material team helped stop a leak coming the plane. 

"No threat to public health at this time," the tweet reads. 

Original article can be found here ➤

No one was injured in a plane crash that drew attention north of Fort Collins on Friday morning.

Calls came in for a plane in distress just before 11 a.m. Friday after a small fixed-wing aircraft crashed in a field by mile marker 352 on U.S. Highway 287, near Overland Trail.

The plane's pilot was its sole occupant and was reportedly uninjured, according to Poudre Fire Authority.

According to PFA, hazardous materials technicians stopped a fuel leak at the scene and there's no threat to public health.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

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