Sunday, December 3, 2017

Pulsar 912XP, N912GR: Accident occurred December 02, 2017 near Olson Airport (LL53), Plato Center, Kane County, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Plato Center, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA069
Date & Time: 12/02/2017, 1650 CST
Registration: N912GR
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while making a straight-in approach to a private airport just after dusk, but before dark, he attempted to activate the pilot controlled lighting (PCL), but was unsuccessful. He added that he continued toward the airport, and while maneuvering for landing he lost sight of the airport. The pilot did not regain visual reference of the airport during the landing descent, and the airplane impacted a fence adjacent to the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The airport owner reported that the PCL antenna requires line-of-sight with the aircraft to operate the PCL system. Presently, due to the antenna's position and hangars on the airport, the antenna does not receive signals from the southeast, the direction from which the accident airplane was approaching. He added that, since the airport was private, he could not issue Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) to describe the operation of the runway lights. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/12/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/08/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 540 hours (Total, all aircraft), 490 hours (Total, this make and model), 500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: WEAVER DAVID A
Registration: N912GR
Model/Series: PULSAR   912XP NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 329
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/30/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1060 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 542 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDPA, 754 ft msl
Observation Time: 2252 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 121°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 1°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  8 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  3 knots, 200°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LAWRENCEVILLE, IL (LWV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:  Plato Center, IL (LL53)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport:  OLSON (LL53)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 963 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough
Runway Used: SW
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2400 ft / 70 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.007778, -88.456944 (est)

A 74-year-old St. Charles man was able to walk away without injury after crashing his home-built plane in Plato Township.

According to a report from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, David Weaver of St. Charles attempted to land his Pulsar 912XP experimental, home built airplane at around 5 p.m. Saturday at Olson Airport in Plato Township.

“When he came in for his landing, he advised there was an issue with lighting, causing him to misjudge his approach,” said Pat Gengler, Kane County Sheriff’s Office director of administration.

The plane crashed through a wooden fence surrounding a horse pasture and came to rest on its belly in the pasture, southeast of the landing strip, the news release said.

Weaver, who was the sole occupant of the plane, was uninjured.

SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office

A 74-year-old pilot was uninjured after he crashed a homemade aircraft in a Kane County field on Saturday, officials said.

David Weaver, of St. Charles, was operating a Pulsar 912XP experimental home built airplane about 5 p.m. when he started experiencing a problem with lighting, said Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler.

Weaver tried to land his plane at Olson Airport, but he misjudged the approach due to the lighting issues, Gengler said.

Instead, Weaver crashed through a wooden fence and came to a rest in a horse pasture, southeast of the landing strip.

Weaver, who was the only person inside the plane, was not hurt.

Original article can be found here ➤

PLATO CENTER, Illinois (Fox 32 News) - A homemade plane crashed in a rural area near Elgin, Illinois on Saturday night. No one was hurt.

The single-engine Aero Design Pulsar was being flown by David Weaver, 74, of St. Charles. It crashed in a horse pasture near Plato Center around 5 p.m.

Weaver told investigators that "because of an issue with lighting," he misjudged his approach to Olson Airport.

The plane's landing gear was damaged and the FAA is investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤

A St. Charles pilot walked away OK after misjudging his approach to a landing in Plato Township Saturday afternoon and flew through a fence.

According to a report from the Kane County sheriff's department, 74-year-old David Weaver was trying to land a Pulsar 912XP experimental homebuilt airplane at the Olson Airport.

He told authorities there was an issue with lighting. The plane crashed through a wooden fence and came to rest on its belly in a pasture southeast of the landing strip, at 9N670 Kendall Road.

Weaver, the sole occupant, was not injured.

Original article can be found here ➤

A man was not hurt when he crashed his plane in rural Kane County on Saturday evening.

The pilot, 74-year-old David Weaver, was flying an experimental plane near Olson Airport in Plato Township when he began his descent to land.

According to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, there was an issue with lighting at the airport, causing Weaver to misjudge the descent and to crash the aircraft.

The plane ended up crashing through a wooden fence, and came to rest on its belly, according to the sheriff’s office. Weaver was not injured in the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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