Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Buckeye Dream Machine 582, N92048: Accident occurred January 19, 2018 near Liberty County Airport (KLTY), Chester, Montana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chester, MT
Accident Number: WPR18LA076
Date & Time: 01/19/2018, 1500 MST
Registration: N92048
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 19, 2018, about 1500 mountain standard time, a Buckeye Industries Dream Machine 582 powered-parachute, N92048, collided with wires near Chester, Montana. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The sport-pilot the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The local personal flight departed from Liberty County Airport, Chester, Montana about 1450. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and a flight plan had not been filed.

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office received a report of the accident at 1505. The powered-parachute came to rest entangled in the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) powerlines a mile south of Chester. The wreckage was oriented consistent with the aircraft heading in a southerly flight prior to impact. The pilot was found lying in the snow adjacent to the wreckage and had sustained severe burns. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BUCKEYE INDUSTRIES INC
Registration: N92048
Model/Series: DREAM MACHINE 582
Aircraft Category: Powered Parachute
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: KHVR, 2599 ft msl
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 48 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots, 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:  29.66 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Chester, MT (LTY)
Destination: Chester, MT (LTY) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  48.495278, -110.963889 (est)

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