Friday, October 6, 2017

Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V, N4136D, registered to Echo Bravo LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred October 06, 2017 near Aurora Municipal Airport (KARR), Sugar Grove, Kane County, Illinois

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Echo Bravo LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA008 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 06, 2017 in Sugar Grove, IL
Aircraft: PIPER PA 34-220T, registration: N4136D
Injuries: 2 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 6, 2017, about 0706 central daylight time, a Piper PA34-220T airplane, N4136D, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing in a corn field following a loss of engine power on its right engine. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to its fuselage, and both wings. The aircraft was registered to Echo Bravo LLC, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight was originating from the Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR), near Sugar Grove, Illinois, and the Wichita Dwight D Eisenhower National Airport (ICT), Wichita, Kansas, was the intended destination.

A Geneva couple endured a harrowing experience shortly after embarking on a trip to Arizona in their Piper Seneca plane. Pilot Edward Bonifas, 58 and his wife Carmella Bonifas, 65 began their ascent at the Aurora Municipal Airport when they suddenly encountered an emergency, forcing Bonifas to land in a corn field located a half-mile west of the airport, south of Scott Road. Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies, Sugar Grove, Aurora, Big Rock, Elburn and Sugar Grove Fire Department’s responded to a call of a plane down at approximately 7:10 a.m.

Kane County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Pat Gengler said the tall corn stalks obscured the plane wreckage from first responders. Although the pilot was able to communicate with first responders through his cell phone, they were still unable to locate the couple. “An Aurora Fire Department Ladder Truck was used to get a view from above the field,” Gengler said. A thick morning fog however, continued to prevent firefighters from finding the plane. Police say Bonifas was able to see the ladder and was able to direct fire fighters using an ATV to locate he and his wife.

“The pilot advised that he had just taken off from the Aurora Airport and was flying to Arizona when he experienced some sort of emergency in the air.  The FAA and NTSB are conducting their investigation into the exact cause of the crash,” Gengler stated. In an interview, Gengler noted the couple had thankfully missed a row of power lines not far from their crash. Authorities said both Edward and Carmella did not sustain any injuries and were cleared to leave the scene after paramedics checked them out. Police say the crash remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

SUGAR GROVE – A plane went down west of the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove this morning.

At about 7:10 a.m., Kane County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Sugar Grove police and the Sugar Grove Fire Department responded to the area of the airport for a report of a small plane that had landed in a nearby corn field

The pilot and his wife were unharmed, but left pretty shaken up, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Lt. Pat Gengler.

“The pilot was in contact with people, so we knew he was OK,” Gengler said.

Emergency personnel on scene originally had a hard time locating the pilot and the plane, because the unharvested corn obscured the line of sight, according to Gengler. An Aurora Fire Department ladder truck arrived on the scene; the pilot was able to direct the fire personnel to where he was in the field after seeing the ladder truck.

The fire department was able to get an ATV and drive out to the scene to pick up the pilot and his wife. They were brought back to an ambulance where it was determined they didn’t need any medical treatment, according to Gengler.

Gengler stated that shortly after the plane took off from the Aurora Municipal Airport on its way to Arizona, the craft experienced some type of failure, which is still undetermined. The pilot put the plane down into the field.

“We really don’t know what happened in the air that caused him to go down,” Gengler said. “We’ll wait for the federal authorities to come out and put all those pieces together.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will examine the aircraft and interview the pilot to determine the cause of the accident, according to Gengler.

He noted that this could have been much worse.

"There is a set of power lines right there," he said. "When the pilot went down, he missed the power lines. He was able to put it down into the corn field.

“If he clipped those power lines or if it was the other direction where there are houses … this could have been a lot worse,” Gengler said. “The fact that the plane went down with two people in it [who were unharmed] speaks to his skill as a pilot.”

Original article can be found here ➤

A Geneva man and his wife were uninjured after their plane had to make an emergency landing in a cornfield west of Aurora Municipal Airport Friday morning on their way to Arizona.

Kane County Sheriff's Department Lt. Pat Gengler said authorities were called at about 7 a.m. for a report of a the Piper Seneca propeller plane that crash-landed in an unharvested cornfield west of Dugan Road and south of Scott Road in Sugar Grove.

"The pilot was actually, I believe, talking to the tower when he landed by cellphone," Gengler said. "He had no idea where he was and we couldn't see him from the road."

The Aurora Fire Department responded to the area and extended a large ladder from the truck to look for the fallen plane, Gengler said. The pilot was able to see the ladder and rescue crews used an ATV to fight their way through the tall corn to bring the couple to safety, Gengler said.

The couple were evaluated at the scene and allowed to go home, Gengler said. They had planned to fly to Arizona today, with the first stop after departing to be an airport in Kansas to refuel and continue their trek west, Gengler said.

"The fact that they walked away from the scene is pretty cool," Gengler said. "The corn can dissipate a lot of energy."

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤

An Aurora man and his wife were unhurt early Friday after the man landed his small plane in a cornfield shortly after takeoff from the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove.

Kane County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said the pilot took off about 7 a.m. Friday and developed some kind of problem with the aircraft almost immediately. He managed to get the plane up over some utility wires, and then land in the middle of a cornfield west of Dugan Road and south of Scott Road.

“He went up and over,” Gengler said.

The pilot and his wife were on their way to Arizona, he added, flying a Piper Seneca.

Within less than an hour, the Sheriff’s Department had sealed off the section of Dugan Road just north of the intersection with Wheeler Road, and the Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene.

Gengler said the Sheriff’s Department will send out more information later today.

Original article can be found here ➤

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