Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2, N525KT, registered to Van E Aviation LLC and operated by Integrated Flight Resources Inc: Accident occurred December 27, 2017 at Michigan City Municipal Airport (KMGC), LaPorte County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N525KT

Location: Michigan City, IN
Accident Number: CEN18LA062
Date & Time: 12/27/2017, 0650 CST
Registration: N525KT
Aircraft: CESSNA 525A
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning

On December 27, 2017, at 0650 central standard time, a Cessna 525A, N525KT, impacted an airport fence, highway barrier, and terrain during a landing overrun on runway 20 (4,100 feet by 75 feet, asphalt/dry snow) following an RNAV runway 20 approach at Michigan City Municipal Airport-Phillips Field (MGC), Michigan City, Indiana. The airplane came to rest in a corn field about 300 yards from the departure end of the runway 20. The airplane sustained substantial damage, which included separation of the left wing near the wing root and impact damage to the vertical stabilizer. The pilot and copilot received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Van E Aviation LLC and operated by Integrated Flight Resources Inc under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight and was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from DuPage Airport (DPA), West Chicago, Illinois, at 0622 and was destined to MGC for a Part 135 on-demand passenger flight. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N525KT
Model/Series: 525A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: INTEGRATED FLIGHT RESOURCES INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: I4FA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: MGC, 655 ft msl
Observation Time: 0635 CST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: -13°C / -16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1900 ft agl
Visibility:  4 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.65 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: West Chicago, IL (DPA)
Destination: Michigan City, IN (MGC) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.695278, 86.825556




MICHIGAN CITY — The pilot of a plane responsible for crashing through the guardrail at the Michigan City Municipal Airport on Wednesday attributed the mishap to the weather. 

According to a report from the Michigan City Police Department, the 27-year-old pilot said he attempted to land the plane in the airport around 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, but was unable to stop because of the formidable wind, snow and ice hitting the area.

He then attempted to take off, according to the report, but in the process hit a chain link fence and guardrail at the end of the runway. 

The plane then came down into the field across from the airport, and came to a stop approximately 200 yards south of U.S. 20.

The pilot and the plane's 28-year-old captain reported only minor complaints of pain, including a laceration to the lip of the pilot and refused further medical attention. 

The Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 experienced heavy damage, and after a determination by the Federal Aviation Administration, was towed away and impounded.

The Michigan City Fire Department, along with La Porte County EMS and the Michigan City Police Department, responded to the crash Wednesday morning, with Michigan City Command Vehicle Car 10 and Engine 3 first on scene. 

The pilot and the captain were already out of the aircraft when they arrived. Their injuries were initially treated by La Porte County EMS.

Damage was reported to the airport's south fence and guardrail. 

After an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, Dave's Garage was contracted to move and secure the airplane.


Story and photo ➤  http://www.thenewsdispatch.com



An attempt by a pilot of a Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 to abort a landing early Wednesday morning at the Michigan City Municipal Airport ended abruptly.

On its way, the plane crashed through a fence and guardrail and skidded across a four-lane highway, losing a wing and its landing gear.

The pilot of the plane and a passenger suffered minor injuries, but were taken to a hospital as a precaution and later released, said Jessica Ward, airport manager. The names of the two individuals involved in the crash were not released pending the conclusion of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation, according to Michigan City police.

The pilot was landing and then made a decision to abort, Sgt. Chris Yagelski said in a news release. When the pilot tried to take off again, there was not enough room left on the runway. 

According to FAA records, the plane is owned by Van E Aviation LLC in care of Land O'Frost Inc. According to the company's website, Land O'Frost is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Munster.

The plane took off from DuPage (Illinois) Airport west of Chicago at 6:22 a.m. Twenty-two minutes later, it arrived in Michigan City, according to FAA records.

It was a rough landing, though, with the pilot telling officials they overshot the runway, said Tony Drzewiecki, public information officer for the Michigan City Fire Department.

Ward said the plane, which could seat about six passengers, came in from the north and touched down on the 4,100-foot-long runway. The plane was unable to stop on time, went off the end of the runway and crashed through a 10-foot-high section of metal fence marking the southern perimeter of the airport property along U.S. 20, about a quarter mile west of Interstate 94.

Ward said the plane also took out a metal guardrail a few feet behind the fence and crossed all four lanes of U.S. 20 before coming to rest 300 yards to the south in an open field.

According to Michigan City police, the plane sustained extensive damage including a lost wing and landing gear.

"With that plane skidding across the highway, we're lucky there wasn't any traffic coming from either direction," Drzewiecki said.

Ward said the runway had no ice on it, had been plowed the previous evening and had just a slight dusting of snow when the crash occurred.

She said the pilot's destination was Michigan City.

"I'm just glad everybody is OK," Ward said.

Ward said about 22 small aircraft use the airport each week during the winter compared to roughly 24 per day the rest of the year.

Land O'Frost provided storage for people's meats when founded on Chicago's South Side in 1941. In 1952, the company began producing sliced beef along with frozen meat pies and TV dinners.

In 1969, it opened its first lunchmeat processing plant in Lansing. Another processing plant opened in 2007 in Madisonville, Kentucky. The headquarters relocated to Munster in 2014. 

According to the company website, Land O'Frost has more than 1,000 employees at three locations and has grown from a regional to a national brand.

Story and slideshow ➤ http://www.nwitimes.com



MICHIGAN CITY — A Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 took out a guard rail and sustained heavy damage while attempting to land at Michigan City Municipal Airport on Wednesday.

The pilot and passenger suffered only minor injuries.

According to a press release from the Michigan City Fire Department, on Wednesday at 6:45 a.m., the Fire Department, along with La Porte County EMS and the Michigan City Police Department, responded to a call of a downed aircraft in the field at U.S. 20 and Ind. 212. Upon arrival, there was a twin engine jet about 300 yards into the field across from the airport. Michigan City Command Vehicle Car 10 and Engine 3 were first on scene. The pilot and one passenger were already out of the aircraft. They were the only passengers in the plane. They were treated for minor injuries by La Porte County EMS.

The pilot said they had overshot the runway in attempting to land at the Michigan City Municipal Airport. The aircraft hit the fence that borders Ind. 212 and then skidded across the highway taking out a guard rail and then skidding about 300 yards into the field. The aircraft experienced heavy damage and everyone escaped with only minor injuries.

Story and photo ➤ http://www.thenewsdispatch.com




MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A plane slid off the runway at the Michigan City Municipal Airport Wednesday morning.

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department says the plane went through a fence, and into a cornfield.

They say both people on the plane refused medical treatment at the scene.

No word on what caused the accident, but there has been some lake effect snow in that area.

In fact, SkyCam9 was unable to fly to Michigan City because of the snow there.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://wgntv.com



MICHIGAN CITY — Two people suffered minor injuries early Wednesday after a small private jet crashed while attempting to land at the Michigan City Municipal Airport, officials said.

The pilot overshot the runway, hit a fence in the area of U.S. 20 and U.S. 35, skidded across a highway, took out a guardrail and continued about 300 yards into a field, said Tony Drzewiecki, spokesman for the Michigan City Fire Department.

Emergency personnel arrived and found the pilot and a passenger already had exited the twin-engine jet. They were treated for minor injuries by LaPorte County Emergency Medical Services.

The aircraft sustained heavy damage, Drzewiecki said.

It was unclear whether the weather was a factor.

The National Transportation Safety Board was notified, officials said.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.nwitimes.com



Police say they were called to the scene of a plane crash after a Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 slid off the runway in Michigan City.

Officials say it happened at the Michigan City Municipal Airport around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Only the pilot and co-pilot were on-board. Injuries are minor, say police. 

Police say they were called to the scene of a plane crash after a twin-engine jet slid off the runway in Michigan City.

Officials say it happened at the Michigan City Municipal Airport around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Only the pilot and co-pilot were onboard. Injuries are minor, say police.

The Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 overshot the runway, went through a fence, crossed a highway and took out a guardrail before skidding about 300 yards into a field.


The plane sustained heavy damage.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://wsbt.com




MICHIGAN CITY, Mich. (WNDU) - A plane slid off the runway at Michigan City Municipal Airport on Wednesday morning.

First responders were called to a downed aircraft in the field at Hwy 20 and US 212 at around 6:45 a.m.

The pilot and single passenger were already out of the twin-engine jet when crews arrived. They were treated for minor injuries.

The pilot said that they had overshot the runway in attempting to land at the airport.

The jet hit the fence that borders Hwy 212 and then skidded across the highway, taking out a guard rail. It then skidded about 300 yards onto the field.  The aircraft was heavily damaged.

Story and photo ➤ http://www.wndu.com



On Wednesday December 27, 2017 at 0645 hours the Michigan City Fire Department along with LaPorte County EMS and the Michigan City Police Department responded to a call of an aircraft accident in the field at US 20/35.

Upon arrival at the scene there was a Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 about 300 yards into the field. 

Michigan City Command vehicle Car 10 and engine 3 were first on scene. 

The pilot and one passenger were already out of the aircraft.

They were the only passengers in the plane.

They were treated for minor injuries by LaPorte County EMS. 

The pilot stated that they had overshot the runway in attempting to land at the Michigan City Municipal Airport.

The aircraft hit the fence that borders US 20/35 and then skidded across the highway taking out a guardrail and then skidding about 300 yards in to the field. 

The aircraft experienced heavy damage and again everyone escaped with only minor injuries.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...



Looks like "Tommy Boy" borrowed dads plane.

CJ Driver said...

Analysis:

Aircraft landed Runway 20 at KMGC at 06:44CDT (12:44z) according to Flight Aware.

Sunrise at KMGC was at 07:14 CDT or 13:14Z.

METARs for KMGC at time of Incident:
- KMGC 271235Z AUTO 29005KT 4SM -SN SCT012 BKN019 OVC031 M13/M16 A3065 RMK AO2
- KMGC 271255Z AUTO 28007KT 7SM -SN SCT012 SCT019 OVC031 M13/M17 A3066 RMK AO2

Runway 20 is 75’ wide by 4100’ long, but is displaced with only 3917’ available for landing. It has Runway End Identifier Lights and Medium Intensity Runway Lights (but only for the center 3560’ of the runway). It has a PAPI that was NOTAMED out of service.

NOTAM for KMGC.
- !MGC 12/002 MGC RWY 20 PAPI OUT OF SERVICE 1712062304-1803062300EST

Summary:
N525KT was attempting to land
- Very short and narrow runway only with only 3560’ lighted
- light snow fall
- dark conditions
- marginal VFR
- no PAPI

Nearby suitable airports include Gary and South Bend.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the distance he actually used would be about the distance actually required had he run the numbers

Anonymous said...

For CJ Driver and Anonymous: I don't see any info about runway condition. If contaminated I'll bet the numbers won't work.

Black Tulip said...

Problem One: The crew made a failed go/no-go decision to land at this airport. Following the aircraft's operating handbook would not have permitted landing on such a short runway contaminated by snow. Better to go to another airport with seven to nine thousand feet of runway.

Problem Two: The decision to go around was poor, jet pilot's are taught that once you have touched down on a short runway, you are committed. Better to skid off the end and embarrass yourself, than roar off the end and destroy the aircraft. These two young men are lucky there was no gasoline truck on the highway.

Black Tulip
Jet Pilot

Anonymous said...

Good Lord!! What were they thinkin'? -- Jeez-O-Meez --