Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rutan Long-EZ, N754T: Accident occurred November 11, 2017 at Weedon Field (KEUF), Eufaula, Barbour County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location:  EUFAULA, AL
Accident Number:  ANC18LA008
Date & Time:  11/11/2017, 0935 CST
Registration:  N754T
Injuries:  2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 11, 2017, about 0935 central standard time (CST), a Cloud Jeffery Ferrell Long EZ, an experimental amateur-built airplane, N754T, landed short of the runway during a forced landing at Wheedon Field (KEUF), Eufaula, Alabama. The private pilot and sole passenger sustained no injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was being operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed Marianna, Florida (KMAI) destined for Falcon Field, Atlanta, Georgia (KFFC) about 1000 eastern standard time. However, due to deteriorating weather conditions en route, the destination was changed to KEUF while airborne. No flight plan had been filed.

According to a statement from the pilot, while flying about 7,500 ft msl, about 9 miles northeast of KEUF, "suddenly and without warning the aircraft violently began shuddering." The pilot immediately shut down the engine and turned the airplane towards KEUF. During the turn, he noticed the right rudder control surface was damaged. Due to winds and orientation to the runway when the engine was shut down, the airplane was unable to reach the runway and landed about 200 ft prior to the runway edge in a rough, grassy area. Upon exiting the airplane, the pilot discovered a portion of the trailing edge of the propeller had separated and penetrated the lower half of the right rudder control surface, which resulted in substantial damage. The separated portion of the propeller was not located at the accident site and is still missing.

The remaining portion of propeller was removed and retained for further analysis.

The closest official weather observation station is Columbus Airport (KCSG), Columbus, Georgia, which is located about 35 miles northeast of the accident site. At 0851, a METAR was reporting, in part, wind 090° at 11 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and ceiling clear; temperature 50° F; dew point 39° F; altimeter 30.35 inches of Mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CLOUD JEFFREY FERRELL
Registration: N754T
Model/Series: LONG EZ
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCSG, 392 ft msl
Observation Time: 0851 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots, 90°
Lowest Ceiling:  None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.35 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: MARIANNA, FL (MAI)
Destination: EUFALA, AL (EUF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.958611, -85.128333 (est)

EUFAULA, AL (WSFA) -  A small plane crashed in a Eufaula field Saturday morning.

According to the Eufaula Alabama Police Department Facebook page, an experimental type aircraft had engine trouble about four miles north of Eufaula while traveling from Marianna, Florida, to Atlanta, Georgia. 

The pilot managed to glide to Weedon Field, but a gust of wind forced the plane to the ground just short of the runway. 

Eufaula police and fire crews responded to the scene, and the airport was temporarily closed. 

The two people on board the plane sustained minor injuries. 

The crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Original article can be found here ➤

A plane went down near Eufaula Saturday morning.

Weedon Field was temporarily closed as the Eufaula fire department and police department responded to the crash.

According to Eufaule PD’s Facebook page, an experimental type aircraft en route from Florida to Atlanta experienced engine trouble approximately 4 miles north of Eufaula.

The pilot was able to glide to the airport where a gust of wind forced the plane to the ground just short of the runway.

Two people on board walked away with just minor injuries.

The incident will be investigated further by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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