Friday, October 6, 2017

Preceptor Ultra Pup, N484HC: Fatal accident occurred October 05, 2017 near Samuels Field Airport (KBRY), Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

John D. Hall:

NTSB Identification: ERA18FA005
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 05, 2017 in Bardstown, KY
Aircraft: BRYANT C CROSBY BC ULTRA PUP, registration: N484HC
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 5, 2017, about 1830 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built BC Ultra Pup, N484HC, collided with terrain following a go-around at Samuels Field Airport (BRY), Bardstown, Kentucky. The airplane was substantially damaged. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local, personal flight. The flight originated about 1815.

A pilot-rated witness observed the airplane in the traffic pattern at BRY. He reported that the pilot flew a left-hand pattern for runway 3, and the first approach appeared normal. During the flare, the pilot appeared to be "over controlling the plane," and performed a go-around without touching down. The airplane remained in the traffic pattern for a second approach. The witness momentarily went inside the airport's fixed base operator (FBO), and when he returned to the ramp, he observed the airplane climbing. The airplane was about two-thirds of the way down the runway, and was not climbing at the same rate as the previous two departures. As the airplane passed the departure end of runway 3, the right wing dropped and the airplane appeared to "go straight down at a high rate of speed with the nose generally pointing east." The airplane descended below a stand of trees, then reappeared, with the nose slightly up and pointing generally north before it disappeared behind the trees for a second time and crashed. The witness reported that the engine sounded normal during the entire flight.

The airplane crashed in a soybean field, about 1,635 ft northeast of the departure end of runway 3. The airplane came to rest in a near vertical nose down attitude at the location of initial ground impact. There was no fire. All components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. Flight control continuity was confirmed from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit controls.

The pilot, age 68, held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. He was seated in the aft cockpit seat. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot did not hold a current medical certificate; however, he reported 800 hours of total flight experience on an application for an FAA second class medical certificate on October 2, 2014.

The high-wing, single-engine, two-seat, tandem cockpit airplane incorporated a tailwheel landing gear. The airplane was equipped with a Revmaster 2100-D, 65-horsepower reciprocating engine, which was modified for aviation applications from a Volkswagen air-cooled engine core. The engine was fitted with a Tennessee Propellers fixed pitch wooden propeller. The airplane was built in 2013 and was purchased by the pilot in May 2017. The total airframe time was 54.3 hours. A condition inspection was completed on September 22, 2017, at 52.4 hours total time.

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Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 — A Bardstown man was killed Thursday evening in the crash of an experimental plane on the north end of the Samuels Field airport runway. Police, Nelson County Fire and Nelson County EMS were dispatched at 6:26 p.m. when the crash was reported.

The plane came to rest near the farm of Kent and Holly Bishcoff off Ben Irvin Road. The airport manager contacted Nelson County Dispatch to confirm a plane had crashed off the end of the runway.

The plane that crashed was a experimental aircraft owned and flown by the Bardstown man who died in the crash, John Hall, 68, of Bardstown. According to the plane’s registration, the plane was a 2013 Bryant C. Crosby BC Ultra Pup single-engine aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted to investigate the accident.

Original article can be found here ➤

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One person is dead after a plane crash in Bardstown.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a private field off Ben Irvin Road near Samuels Field Airport.

The Nelson County Sheriff said  the plane crashed in a private field near the airport. 

The pilot, 68-year-old John Hall, died in the crash. He was the only occupant of the plane

There's no word on why the plane crashed. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.

Original article can be found here ➤

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A pilot died in a plane crash just outside Bardstown Thursday night.

The sheriff's office says the plane went down just before 6:30 p.m. in a field near Ben Irvin Road and Samuels Field Airport.

That is just outside the Bardstown city limits.

Multiple emergency crews arrived at the scene of the crash, but the pilot was declared dead.

He has been identified as John Hall, 68, of Bardstown.

Police say Hall was alone in the plane.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration will go to Nelson County to look into what went wrong.

Original article can be found here ➤

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