Thursday, December 21, 2017

Funeral home employee honored by fire department: Fisher Horizon 2, N428AP, fatal accident occurred October 04, 2017 near Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM), Eden Prairie, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Eden Prairie Fire Department Chief George Esbensen shakes hands with Chad Willard of Huber Funeral Homes & Cremation Services on December 12th. 

An employee of Huber Funeral Homes & Cremation Services has been honored for his efforts in responding to an Oct. 4 fatal plane crash in Eden Prairie.

Chad Willard of Huber Funeral Homes was presented with the Eden Prairie Fire Department's Award of Recognition during the Dec. 12 Eden Prairie City Council meeting.

"Mr. Willard's role in this emergency scene was invaluable," said Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen.

Philip Schaffer's, Fisher Horizon 2, an amateur-built experimental aircraft, crashed around 11:08 a.m on the south side of Resurrection Life Church, 16394 Glory Lane, minutes after Schaffer had departed from Flying Cloud Airport.

Schaffer, a 77-year-old Richfield resident was killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal crash, the first Eden Prairie has had since 2009.

Chad Willard of Huber Funeral Homes & Cremation Services was presented with the Eden Prairie Fire Department's Award of Recognition on December 12th.  Pictured, from left, are Fire Chief George Esbensen, Chad Willard and Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens. 

Esbensen said on the day of the incident, Willard was working at the funeral home, which is next door to the church, and heard the commotion.

Willard was first on the scene and assessed the situation. He notified authorities, used a fire extinguisher from the funeral home to try reducing the fire and secured the scene until police and fire crews arrived.

After being presented with the award, Willard said he was accepting it on behalf of all first responders.

"On behalf of all your professional work, thank you," he said.

Story and photos ➤

 Philip Anthony Schaffer

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Accident Number: CEN18FA003
Date & Time: 10/04/2017, 1105 CDT
Registration: N428AP
Aircraft: SCHAFFER Fisher Horizon 2
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 4, 2017, at 1108 central daylight time, N428AP, an amateur built Schaffer Fisher Horizon 2 airplane, collided with terrain in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The private rated pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The local flight departed from the Flying Cloud Airport (FCM), Eden Prairie, Minnesota, about 1103.

According to the FCM control tower controller, the pilot had departed on runway 28R. Several witnesses reported seeing the airplane takeoff and just prior to the impact. Witnesses on the airport that saw the takeoff, reported the airplane was "unstable" during the takeoff. They described the airplane pitching up and down, and banking as it climbed out. One witness stated he was able to see the top of the wings as if the airplane was straight up and down before it made a turn to the southeast. Other witnesses who saw the airplane just before the impact reported the airplane was a in a steep nose down, left descending spiral. The witnesses reported seeing the airplane complete between 1 ½ and 3 spirals before it descended below the trees. Several witnesses reported hearing the airplane engine sound. The FCM controller also reported the pilot had aborted a previous takeoff attempt, just prior to the accident flight. The reason for the aborted takeoff is unknown.

The initial impact point was in the parking lot on the south side of the Resurrection Life Church located on Glory Lane, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The wreckage debris path from the first impact to the main wreckage was on a magnetic heading of 30°. The initial ground impact consisted of scrape marks on the asphalt. About 20 feet further along the path was a gouge mark in the pavement which contained numerous pieces of splintered wood. The right wing was located wrapped around a light pole about 210' from the initial impact. Further along the wreckage path were the burned fuel tanks, the engine, what remained of the cockpit/fuselage, the empennage, and lastly the propeller hub. The wreckage from the right wing to the end of the wreckage path was mostly destroyed by fire. Pieces of the splintered composite propeller blade, plexiglass, and wood were scattered along the entire wreckage path. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SCHAFFER
Registration: N428AP
Model/Series: Fisher Horizon 2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: FCM, 906 ft msl
Observation Time: 1605 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 225 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.37 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Eden Prairie, MN (FCM)
Destination: Eden Prairie, MN (FCM) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 44.855833, -93.483889 (est)

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