Sunday, December 3, 2017

Titan Tornado II D, N2200T: Fatal accident occurred December 03, 2017 near Portage County Regional Airport (KPOV), Shalersville Township, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland FSDO; North Olmsted, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ravenna, OH
Accident Number: CEN18FA045
Date & Time: 12/03/2017, 1140 EST
Registration: N2200T
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 3, 2017, at 1140 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Piper Titan Tornado II D, N2200T, impacted terrain, while on final approach, about 0.8 miles from runway 27 at Portage County Airport (POV), Ravenna, Ohio. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The sport pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed from POV about 1110. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER, PAUL A.
Registration: N2200T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes 
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: POV, 1198 ft msl
Observation Time: 1133 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ravenna, OH (POV)
Destination: Ravenna, OH (POV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:

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Friends and family said Steve Paulus loved to fly.

His brother, Rootstown Trustee Joe Paulus, said Steve built his own plane about five or six years ago, and purchased a second craft, the one he was piloting Sunday night when he crashed, within the past two months. Both planes were stored at the Portage County Airport.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and FAA are investigating the crash of the homemade, single-engine Titan Tornado II that Steve Paulus, 60, was flying when he died in a crash Sunday evening on Nicodemus Road in Shalersville — less than a mile east of the Portage County Regional Airport.

Joe Paulus described his brother as a good pilot and said he rode in his brother’s craft a few times. He remembers talking to his brother’s flight instructor at the FAA, who described Steve’s knowledge of airplanes as “instinctual.” One time, the instructor said, Steve ran into cross winds, and immediately knew what kind of corrective action to take. “There are some things you can’t teach,” he remembers the instructor saying.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Paulus was a trained electrician who at one time owned Paulus Electric in Rootstown. He used to help maintain and repair the Record-Courier’s presses when they were located in Ravenna, former pressroom superintendent and current R-C Circulation Director Gary Hurst said.

Paulus also was an electrician for Portage County Water Resources from 2003 to 2011 said JoAnn Townend, director of the county’s Internal Services Department. He also did some electrical work on her home years ago, she recalled.

“He was such a nice guy, very easygoing,” Townend said. “Very laid-back and mannerly.”

Paulus most recently was working as an electrical technology instructor at the Portage Lakes Career Center in Uniontown. A secretary for Superintendent Benjamin Moore acknowledged Paulus worked there but said Monday the school would have no comment.

Paulus was born in Akron and had seven brothers. He was a Rootstown High School graduate, and he and Kim, his wife of 39 years, raised two sons in the township.

Joe Paulus said his brother was a skilled electrician who learned his trade while serving in the Air Force. In addition to his business and work for the county, he also taught at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna for a few years before moving on to the Portage Lakes Career Center two years ago. When a former Maplewood student called him looking for help, Steve told the young man that he’d be there in 10 minutes.

“That’s the kind of things he did,” he said. “Quiet, not a lot of fanfare, the kind of things people do that impact lives.”

North Coast Lite Flyers, a Northeastern Ohio-based ultralight and light plane sport club, sent an email message to members informing them of Paulus’ death “with deep regret and sadness.”

“Steve was a thoughtful and friendly flying companion,” the club wrote in the email.

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Stephen Paulus at MAPS Air Museum earlier this year with Experimental Aircraft Association chapter member Homer Lucas (left). 

Stephen Paulus at MAPS Air Museum earlier this year. 

Maybe it was his love for technology or his years working on airfield lighting fields while he was in the U.S. Air Force.

Whatever it was, Stephen Paulus couldn’t get his head out of the clouds.

“His passion for flying was infectious,” said Chris Mars, a fellow pilot and friend of Paulus' for the last three years. “He was just so fun to be around. I was shocked and saddened to hear what happened.”

The 60-year old Kent State alum was found dead Sunday night, after an apparent plane crash in the backyard of a home in Shalersville Township.

Residents of the home found Paulus in his 2017 Titan Tornado II D aircraft hours after the crash occurred. 

“Our initial report says the pilot was just flying out enjoying his day,” said Sgt. Scott Louive from the Ravenna Division of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Now, close friends and family grieve as they try to understand how this happened to Paulus, the man with snow-white hair, a telltale smile and a wicked drive to fly.

“He died doing what he loved to do, flying his plane,” said David Bedard, a cousin, in a social media post.

Paulus was an experienced pilot who was a regular at the Portage County Regional Airport, his “home away from home” when he wasn’t at his Rootstown residence.

“(Paulus) was a really nice guy and was always around here," said Jeff Cales, the owner of Jeff Cales Custom Aviation, an aircraft refinishing and painting company located within the port. He helped paint one of Paulus’ former planes.

Paulus volunteered at nearly every event and was heavily involved in the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter he co-founded with Mars.

“If someone was new, he would give them pointers,” Mars said. “He would always give them a hand. He was just like that.”

When talking about Paulus, Mars often tells others about the Young Eagles Flights, a yearly event where pilots can give young aviation enthusiasts a ride in an airplane.

“He would have his plane stationed on the ground (before the flight), and he would walk them around and show them how every part works,” Mars said. “He was a great volunteer.”

Paulus began teaching at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna, Ohio, before he taught at Portage Lakes Career Center, or PLCC, in 2015. He taught electrical technology, a skill he learned during his time in the Army working on voltage lines in Germany and the U.S.

He was known as being a hands-on teacher who rarely had students sit at desks.

Travis Murdock, a robotics student at PLCC, describes Paulus as strict, but in a good way, with a sarcastic sense of humor. While he never had him for class, the two would get coffee together every morning before school.

“He was kind and caring," Murdock said. "He had a big personality, but that is what made him extraordinary. Like I said, I wasn’t his student, … but I do know he was knowledgeable and consistent in his trade, and that made him a great teacher.”  

Paulus talked about his planes all the time in the classroom. When students were not working on assignments, he would often show the class the planes he wanted or the flight routes he took that week.

“He seriously flew every weekend,” said Matt Macerol, a junior high school student in the electrical technology class. “ ... It’s strange, him not being in the classroom. We always had an inside joke that he would be immortal and live out all of us. It’s very shocking.”

PLCC declined to comment on his death, and his immediate family was not available for comment.

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A small plane crashed near a home in Portage County after take-off at a local airport.

The crash occurred at 7979 Nicodemus Rd. in Shalersville Township, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The OSHP pronounced the operator of the plane dead at the scene.

A former owner of the plane confirmed Stephen Paulus, 60, of Rootstown as the pilot. Paulus was a Kent State alumni and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 

On the Portage Lakes Career Center website, where Paulus was employed as an electrical technology instructor, his profile says his hobby was “flying his own airplane” and he “..built his first airplane himself, and flew it for 5 years.”

“Our initial report says the pilot was just flying out enjoying his day,” said Sgt. Scott Louive from the Ravenna division of the OSHP.

No passengers were on the aircraft. EMS and FAA were also on the scene.

The plane is believed to have crashed hours earlier, but Portage County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call from residents of the home around 5:40 p.m.

The plane dropped down from the air, hitting the side of the deck and then veering off into the grass.

The single-engine plane, which officers described as a “home-built” plane, was taking off from Portage County airport.

Paulus attained his Sport Pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Association on Oct. 6, 2010. According to his record, he did not meet all of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s requirements — the minimum cabin safety standards.

The plane, a 2017 Titan Tornado II D, is classified as an amanter-built, experimental aircraft. It is still licensed to its former owner, Paul Piper, of Waynesfield, Ohio.

The OSHP said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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SHALERSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A plane crashed into the back deck of a home on Nicodemus Road in Shalersville Township, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Officials say they do not know exactly when the crash happened, but the family living at 7978 Nicodemus Road noticed the pane around 5:39 p.m. Sunday. The crash reportedly happened while the family was not home. They noticed the plane through the kitchen window after they had been home for awhile.

Authorities have identified the pilot as Stephen Paulus, 60, of Rootstown.

The single-engine aircraft had only Paulus inside, who died as a result of the crash.

He left flying westbound from the Portage County Regional Airport in his 2017 Titan Tornado II fixed wing single-engine plane when the plane struck a wooden deck attached to a private residence.

The home is about two-tenths of a mile away from the Portage County Regional Airport. Initial reports indicate the pilot took off from the airport, was flying around enjoying the day and heading back to the airport when the plane crashed.

Paulus was an electrical technology instructor at Portage Lakes Career Center and an owner of an electrical contracting company that he started in 1985. He began teaching at the Portage Lakes Career Center in 2015 after serving in the U.S. Air Force where went to Germany, Nevada and Texas.

His hobby revolved around flying his own airplane. He built his first airplane himself and flew it for 5 years, according to the Portage Lakes Career Center website.

Portage County sheriff's department and fire department were called to the scene. EMS and the FAA are also on scene.

The Portage County Coroner's office does not yet have an official cause of death. A full autopsy will be performed Monday morning.

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SHALERSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- When you live across the street from an airport, you get used to hearing planes flying over your house.

But when a plane crashed in their neighbor's yard in Shalersville Township on Sunday, Dave and Carrie Shanley didn't hear anything.

The couple lives across the street from the Portage County Regional Airport.

"I was home and did not hear a thing," Dave Shanley said. "It's very quite out here. Absolutely this is quite a surprise to me."

"My daughter and I were coming home from a choir concert that she had at the high school and we saw all of the lights and knew that something had happened," Carrie Shanley said.

"We've had balloons land in our yard, but never an airplane crash," Dave Shanley said.

Early Monday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol released the identity of the pilot killed in the crash as Stephen Paulus, 60, of Rootstown.

"Once we arrived on scene we observe that it was a single engine airplane crash and there was one occupant that was still inside the airplane," Sgt. Scott Louive, Ohio State Highway Patrol, said.

"The airplane from what we saw had actually dropped on the backside of the property. It did not strike the residence," Louive said.

"What it did was struck the back deck," he said. "The landing gear on the one side hit and it caused it to tilt forward and it struck the ground at the time."

Louive said nobody was home at the time of the crash.

"The homeowners arrived home and just happened to noise whenever they were in the backside of their home," he said. "They were inside their kitchen when they saw it."

Because nobody was home at the time of the crash, Louive said it's possible that the plane had been there for some time before it was discovered. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was called to the scene around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Louive said the family didn't know the pilot.

"They're doing pretty well at this point, however, they are emotional considering what has happened," Louive said of the family that discovered the crash.

It was believed that Paulus took off from the Portage County Regional Airport.

He "was just flying around and enjoying the day and may have been back en route to the airport," Louive said.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration did respond to the scene.

Louive said it would take a while before a full report was ready. He could not say what might have caused the crash.

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PORTAGE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -  Authorities have released the name of the pilot who was killed when he crashed his small plane into the backyard of a Portage County home on Sunday.

Investigators say 60-year-old Stephen Paulus, of Rootstown, died when his single-engine airplane crashed into the back deck of a home on Nicodermus Road in Shalersville Township after taking off from Portage County Regional Airport.

Sgt. Scott Louive from the Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said the family discovered the crashed plane in their backyard around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

"It's believed that the pilot took off from the Portage County airport," says Sgt. Louive. "He was just flying around enjoying the day, and may have been back en route to the airport."

Officials believe that because of the debris field, the plane crashed straight down and did not hit ground at an angle.

"From the debris we saw back there, it doesn't appear it was coming from any angle. It appears that it just dropped straight down," said Sgt. Louive.

Local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FAA and NTSB, are continuing the investigation into the circumstances leading up to the crash.

The Portage County Coroner is expected to perform an autopsy on the pilot Monday to determine the official cause of death.

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PORTAGE CO., Ohio (WKBN) – A pilot is dead after a single-engine airplane crashed into a Portage County house Sunday evening.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Shalersville Township, near Ravenna.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 60-year-old Stephen Paulus, of Rootstown, was piloting a home-built plane when it came down in someone’s backyard, crashing into a deck.

No one was in the house at the time of the crash. Paulus was the only person on board the aircraft.

“It is believed the pilot took off from the Portage County Airport and that he was just flying around enjoying the day and may have been back en route to the airport,” said Sgt. Scott Louive.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Portage County Sheriff’s Officer were back on the scene Monday morning.

An autopsy is planned for Monday.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The plane went into a stall and plummeted.