Saturday, December 23, 2017

X-Air XA85, N20XA: Fatal accident occurred December 23, 2017 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa (and) Ankeny, Iowa

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Bruce G. Devick:

Location: Oskaloosa, IA
Accident Number: CEN18FA060
Date & Time: 12/23/2017, 1415 CST
Registration: N20XA
Aircraft: X-AIR LLC XA85
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 23, 2017, about 1415 central standard time, a X-Air LLC XA85 single-engine airplane, N20XA, collided with power lines while maneuvering at a low altitude near Oskaloosa, Iowa. The private pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that departed Oskaloosa Municipal Airport (OOA) about 1345 with the intended destination of Marshalltown Municipal Airport (MIW), Marshalltown, Iowa.

There were several witnesses who reported seeing an airplane flying at a low altitude in the general area of Oskaloosa, Iowa. One witness, who was driving south on Highway 63, reported seeing an airplane flying westbound at a low altitude near 210th Street. The location of the witness was about 1/2 mile east of the accident site. There were no witnesses to the final portion of the flight.

A preliminary review of available Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC) radar data revealed no transponder data associated with the flight. Further review of available radar data did not reveal any primary track data that could be conclusively associated with the flight. The lower limit of ATC radar coverage at the accident site was about 2,000 ft above ground level (agl).

The accident site was in an open agricultural field. The initial impact was with a power line located about 35 ft above the ground. The damage to the airplane was consistent with it impacting the ground in a nose-down pitch attitude on a south heading. The airplane subsequently came to rest inverted about 230 ft from the initial impact with the power line. The main wreckage consisted of the entire airplane. A 80 ft section of steel-braided power line was found wrapped around the main landing gear. The nose gear had separated from the airframe. All major structural components and flight controls were identified at the accident site. Flight control continuity was confirmed at the accident site. The wing flaps were found fully retracted. First responders reported that they turned the electric master switch from ON to OFF. The electric fuel pump switch was in the ON position. Both electronic ignition switches were in the ON position. The starting fuel control was in the OFF position. The carburetor heat control was in the OFF position. The cabin heat control was in the ON position. The altimeter's Kollsman window was centered on 30.24 inches of mercury. The communication radio was turned-on, and the active frequency was set to the common traffic advisory frequency (122.8 MHz) for the departure airport. First responders reported that they observed fuel leaking from the estimated half-full fuselage tank. The fuel tank was subsequently removed from the fuselage. The fuel selector was found in the ON position. The engine remained attached to the fuselage through its engine mounts. An external examination of the engine did not reveal any damage. The two-blade, carbon-composite propeller was fragmented. The damaged propeller was removed from the engine to facilitate an operational engine test run. The engine, a 85-horsepower Jabiru 2200J, serial number 22J795, started and ran at various engine speeds without any hesitation or anomalies. The postaccident airframe examination and operational engine test run revealed no evidence of a mechanical malfunction or failure that would have precluded normal operation.

The airplane was equipped with a Dynon EMS-D10 electronic engine monitor. The undamaged device was removed from the instrument panel and its non-volatile data was downloaded. A review of the recovered engine parameter data revealed consistent readings throughout the approximately 36 minute flight and no anomalies with engine operation. According to the engine parameter data, recorded at 10-second intervals, the engine was operating at a typical cruise power setting (2,850 rpm) before it experienced a sudden decrease of engine speed and oil pressure, consistent with an impact with a power line and terrain.

The airplane was equipped with a Garmin GPSmap 396. The GPS device was normally installed in a cradle located on the right-side of the instrument panel. The GPS device was recovered outside of the airplane cabin with no apparent damage. The device had separated from its antenna coaxial cable and external power supply during the impact sequence. The device was powered-on using its battery, and its non-volatile track data was downloaded. A review of the downloaded data established that the last recorded flight was on December 16, 2017, from MIW to OOA. There was no track data recorded on the day of the accident. Further examination of the last recorded map position, alerts, and calendar/clock established that the GPS device was not powered-on during the accident flight. A review of the device settings revealed that it was configured to automatically power-on when an external power source was detected and to automatically record the airplane's flight path. The GPS device normally received power through the airplane's electrical system, and was protected by a 3-ampere, fast-acting fuse installed on the primary buss. A postaccident examination of the fuse associated with the GPS external power supply revealed that it had blown. However, the GPS battery remained installed and was capable of powering-on the device when the power button was depressed.

A postaccident review of available meteorological data established that day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The nearest aviation weather reporting station was located at OOA about 12 miles southeast of the accident site. At 1415, the OOA automated surface observing system reported: wind 350° at 9 knots, a clear sky, 10 miles surface visibility, temperature -6°C, dew point -11°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.24 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: X-AIR LLC
Registration: N20XA
Model/Series: XA85 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: OOA, 840 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -6°C / -11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Oskaloosa, IA (OOA)
Destination: Marshalltown, IA (MIW) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  41.344167, -92.662778

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Obituary for Bruce Gene Devick

Bruce Devick, 70, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. A public visitation will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be used at a later date. For condolences please visit 

 Bruce was born on October 31, 1947, to Clair and Ione (Tarrence) Devick in Marshalltown, Iowa. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1965. Bruce honorably served his country by enlisting in the Armed Forces and serving two tours in Viet Nam. Upon his return from the Armed Forces, he settled down in Marshalltown, IA.  Bruce retired as President/CEO of Bruin Mfg. of Marshalltown, IA, after 42 years of service. He loved to fly and was a member of the Experimental Air Craft Association. Bruce loved to take his family out to eat and enjoyed driving long distances just to find a great seafood place. 

Left to cherish his memory are close friend Carol Berg of Marshalltown, IA; his children Theresa (Paul) Hays of Redfield, IA, and Sam (Marci) Devick of Laurel, IA; grandchildren Abigail, Aaron, & Alexandria Hays of Redfield, IA, & Emily, Erik, & Ben Devick of Laurel, IA; siblings Dennis (Betty) Devick of Des Moines, IA, Diane Devick of Fairfax, VA, Tedd (Marilyn) Devick of Ames, IA, Nadine (Clelland) Looney of Kent, IA, & Toby Devick of Marshalltown, IA; and extended family.

Bruce is preceded in death by his parents Clair & Ione, step-mother Lucille, & son Chris.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa —  Authorities in Mahaska County are investigating a plane crash in which the aircraft struck a power line and crashed into a field, killing the pilot.

Emergency rescue personnel were sent at approximately 2 :20 p.m. to the 2000 block of 210th Street on reports of a plane crash.

When officials arrived, they found the pilot, who was the sole occupant, dead at the scene.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification. The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office has been contacted, and an autopsy is pending.

Mahaska County officials said they are not speculating as to why the aircraft was flying so low before it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will assist the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

The Oskaloosa Fire Department, the Mahaska Health Partnership ambulance services, the Iowa State Patrol and the Mahaska County Emergency Management Agency assisted at the scene.

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MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa  —  Investigators are working to determine the cause of a plane crash that claimed the life of one person.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office officials responded to the 2000 block of 210th Street in Oskaloosa on a report of an aircraft having crashed. The preliminary investigation indicates the aircraft hit a power line, which then caused the plane to crash into the ground, but there is not yet information as to why the aircraft was flying so low.

First responders found the pilot deceased when they arrived on scene. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of family members. No one else was in the aircraft at the time of the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting in the ongoing investigation into the crash.

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NEAR OSKALOOSA - The Mahaska County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating after a pilot is killed after crashing a small plane in a field.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the crash happened shortly before 2:20 p.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of 210th Street just north of Oskaloosa.

Officials say the pilot was dead when they arrived on scene.

The Sheriff's Office says a preliminary investigation has revealed that the plane hit a power line nearby and, as a result, crashed into the field. There's no word yet on why the plane may have been flying this low.

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A Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

On Saturday, December 23, 2017, at approximately 2:20 PM officials of the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 2082 210th Street about an aircraft that had crashed. Upon emergency personnel’s arrival, it was discovered that the pilot was deceased.

The results of the preliminary investigation indicate that the aircraft struck a power line causing it to crash to the ground. Officials are not speculating on what caused the aircraft to be flying this low.

The identity of the pilot is being withheld at this time, pending notification of family members. The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft. The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted, and an autopsy of the victim is pending.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and are assisting the Sheriff’s Office with this investigation. The Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by members of the Oskaloosa Fire Department, the Mahaska Health Partnership ambulance services, the Iowa State Patrol and the Mahaska County Emergency Management Agency.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a pilot whose body was found in the wreckage of his small plane in south-central Iowa.

The Mahaska County Sheriff's Office identified him as 70-year-old Bruce Devick, who lived in Marshalltown.

Authorities say the single-engine aircraft crashed Saturday afternoon after striking a power line about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Oskaloosa. First responders found the wrecked plane upside down in a farm field.

Devick had been flying alone. It remains unclear why he was flying low enough to strike the line.

Federal authorities have joined the crash investigation.

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