Sunday, November 26, 2017

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N11188, Flying Hawks Inc:Accident occurred November 26, 2017 near Palmyra Municipal Airport (88C), Jefferson County, Wisconsin

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Palmyra, WI
Accident Number: CEN18LA038
Date & Time: 11/26/2017, 1430 CST
Registration: N11188
Aircraft: PIPER / LAUDEMAN J3C 65
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 26, 2017, about 1430 central standard time, a Piper J3C-65 airplane, N11188, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Palmyra Municipal Airport (88C), Palmyra, Wisconsin. The airline transport pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Flying Hawks Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which departed without a flight plan about 1400.

The pilot stated that he performed a normal takeoff and then flew west to a nearby area to practice maneuvers. After completing these maneuvers and returning to 88C, the pilot noticed a loss of engine power while on downwind to Runway 27. The pilot and passenger attempted unsuccessfully to restore engine power and then turned the airplane toward Runway 27. During the forced landing, the airplane struck a tree about 1/3 mile prior to the runway threshold and nosed over. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER / LAUDEMAN
Registration: N11188
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:  Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBUU, 779 ft msl
Observation Time: 1430 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots, 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Palmyra, WI (88C)
Destination: Palmyra, WI (88C) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  42.883889, -88.585000 (est) 

Emil Johnson (Good Samaritan) 

The 76-year-old pilot, David Kemna, from Fort Atkinson and the 75-year-old passenger, William Frison from Whitewater remained hospitalized as of Wednesday. 

The Palmyra Public Safety Department will not be releasing any additional information on their conditions.

The FAA continues to investigate the cause of the crash.

The Palmyra Public Safety Department in a news release publicly thanked Emil Johnson of Palmyra who assisted responders in locating the crash scene and then cutting a path through the underbrush to assist emergency responders in accessing the scene. 

In addition, they thanked representatives from the Flying Hawks Flying Club who provided assistance to the investigation.

The Flying Hawks is a Flying Club located at the Town of Palmyra Airport.

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Authorities say two people are in the hospital after a plane went down in a wooded area in Jefferson County Sunday afternoon. 

Officials say the tough terrain made first responders' jobs difficult. The plane crashed in a swampy area in the village of Palmyra, near the airport. First responders had to trudge through brush and mud to cut the two crash victims out of the plane.

"If they stood in one place for too long, they would sink in. So we're talking mud halfway to their knees," said director of public safety James Small.

Small says this is the second plane crash in his three years on the job. It's a two-seater recreational aircraft. The agency has trained for crashes of the exact model, because there is a lot of recreational traffic at the Palmyra airport. 

The crash victims are at a trauma center, according to officials, who have not released any details on their conditions. The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and Palmyra Public Safety Department. 

PALMYRA (WKOW) -- Authorities say two people are hurt after a plane crashed in the woods in Jefferson County.

According to Village of Palmyra officials, the plane went down around 2:45 p.m. Sunday near the Palmyra Airport. It was found in a wooded swamp. One person was trapped in the plane and responders had to cut the plane to get the person out. 

Both people were taken to a hospital with injuries. 

The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and Palmyra Public Safety Department. 

Story and video ➤

PALMYRA, Wis. – Investigators are working to figure out what caused a plane to crash in Jefferson County Sunday afternoon.

The plane crashed around 2:30 p.m. in a swamp-like area about a half-mile away from the Palmyra Airport. 

Neighbors tell TODAY’S TMJ4 they heard a plane sputtering before it crashed.  

Witnesses say there were multiple people on board. 

Emergency officials remain at the scene.

Story and video ➤

PALMYRA -- A dramatic story of rescue out of Palmyra features a man who saw a plane go down in a swampy area Sunday, November 26th before springing into action.

Emil Johnson lives near the Palmyra Airport.

"You heard the pop, pop, popping -- like there wasn't a full engine going," Johnson said. "I saw him make the turn to the west to head to the airport. But he was too low."

On Sunday afternoon, two men in a Piper Cub were lucky Johnson was watching.

"They had the window open in the cockpit and I heard one say, 'Oh, (blank),' and they knew they were in trouble," Johnson said.

The next thing Johnson knew... "I saw the plane come down at a slight angle and just nosedive right in there," Johnson said.

Johnson called 911, hopped into his golf cart and led rescuers to the crash site in a wooded, swampy area. He and a police sergeant helped clear the brush so they could reach the victims.

"She yelled to me, 'do you have any nippers at your house?' I'm cleaning this all by hand and I had nippers on my golf cart, so I handed them to her and she started cutting," Johnson said.

Rescuers were able to get the men in the plane out -- and take them to a nearby hospital.

Johnson said the plane had been headed right towards his house and his neighbor's house before it hit. The pilot was able to veer away.

"I did my job, I hope, just by getting the people to 'em," Johnson said. "I credit the guy -- whoever was flying it. I think he saved a lot of mayhem that could have happened if they'd have kept going."

The plane that crashed belongs to the Flying Hawks Flight Club, a club of a few dozen members based out of the Town of Palmyra Airport.

The two men in that crashed plane are being treated for their injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤

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