Monday, November 6, 2017

Golden Circle Air T-Bird II, N618ER: Accident occurred November 05, 2017 in St. Marys, Kansas, Kansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA027
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 05, 2017 in St Mary's, KS
Aircraft: RIGGS KENNETH W T BIRD II, registration: N618ER
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 November 5, 2017, about 1150 central standard time, a T-Bird II airplane, N618ER, conducted a forced landing near St. Marys, Kansas. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the pilot and passenger had departed from a private airstrip. The pilot reported to the inspector, that during cruise flight, they heard a "pop", and the engine lost power. He attempted a forced landing; however, the airplane impacted terrain hard. An initial examination of the airplane found substantial damage to the fuselage, and a propeller blade had separated from the engine in-flight. 

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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