Monday, January 29, 2018

Cessna 172F Skyhawk, N8559U, registered to a private individual and operated by a brokerage firm: Fatal accident occurred January 27, 2018 in West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis
Textron Aviation (Cessna); Wichita, Kansas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N8559U

Location: Williamsport, IN
Accident Number: CEN18FA088
Date & Time: 01/27/2018, 0120 EST
Registration: N8559U
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry 

On January 27, 2018, at 0121 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172F, N8559U, collided with trees and terrain while maneuvering near Waynesboro, Indiana. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was being operated by a brokerage firm under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a ferry flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident. Although no flight plan had been filed, the pilot was receiving flight following services. The flight originated from Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), Columbus, Ohio, at 2141.

Track data retrieved by NTSB indicates the airplane took off and flew northwest, climbing to around 4,500 feet msl (mean sea level). It continued on a northwest heading to around Tipton, Indiana, then it turned left to a west-southwesterly heading, and remained there until about 25 nm (nautical miles) east-northeast of Danville (DNV), Indiana. It then began a slow descent that continued to about 12 nm east-northeast of DNV, where it made a slight turn to the left, then turned back to the right, then back to the left until track data was lost at about 0121. The last recorded altitude was 1,475 feet msl when the airplane was about 8.8 nm east-northeast of DNV. The airplane average ground speed was about 60-65 knots during the first half of the flight, then dropped to 40-50 knots throughout the remainder of the flight. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N8559U
Model/Series: 172F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: Kent Cook
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Kent Cook Aviation
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDNV, 697 ft msl
Observation Time: 0135 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 21 knots/ 29 knots, 200°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Columbus, OH (KLCK)
Destination:  Danville, IL (KDNV) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 40.230556, -87.411111

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


George Irick


PEKIN — At least twice a week, George Irick Jr. drove 40 minutes from his Congerville home to Pekin Municipal Airport, where he kept his Cessna 172F Skyhawk plane.

He’d fly, “and just hang out for hours, talking aviation,” said his friend Nick Keith. “He just loved to fly.”

The mood among several employees in the airport’s service hangar remained somber Wednesday, three days after Irick, 68, was found deceased in the cockpit of a plane that crashed Saturday night in thick woods along Indiana’s western border. He’d been flying alone.

“Aviation is a very small community,” Keith said. “A loss like this hits home.”

Irick, Keith said, “was just a kind person ready to help somebody whenever he could. He was a volunteer at heart.”

Irick served on both the Pekin and the Marshall County Airport commissions, said Keith, owner of Keith Aero, the maintenance and service company that operates at the Pekin airport. He met Irick seven years ago at the Marshall airport in Lacon. Irick transferred his plane, which Keith said he helped Irick select for purchase, to Pekin when Keith moved his business there four years ago.

“He was very multi-dimensional, a great and selfless man,” said John Boch, executive director of Guns Save Life, an Illinois firearms advocacy organization in which Irick was active. “He was involved in so many things. He’ll be missed by many.”

Irick, a retired information technology analyst for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, was appointed to the Woodford County Board of Appeals in October.

Keith, who spoke with Irick’s wife, said Irick spent Saturday flying a Cessna 172 single-engine craft from Virginia with plans to deliver it to its owner in Marshall County. He had performed those ferrying duties often, Keith said.

A federal investigation will seek to reveal what caused the plane to crash 12 miles northeast of Danville after it disappeared from radar monitoring at about 10:30 p.m. Keith, however, said he’s confident two possible factors were not involved.

“It wasn’t a medical issue, I know that for certain.” Irick, he said, was in good health.

Nor did Irick likely crash in the woods hidden by the night because he ran out of gas, Keith concluded.

“He was not one to push a fuel tank” to its limit, Keith said. “That’s just not George.”

Irick had stopped to refuel in Columbus, Ohio, and planned to do so again in Danville before his trip’s last leg to Lacon. Punching numbers into his cellphone’s calculator, Keith said the Danville stop wouldn’t have been necessary.

His plane carried 36 “working gallons” of fuel. “He would’ve had enough to get to Marshall” from Columbus, Keith said.

He acknowledged that “it was a very long day” of flying for Irick, who left Virginia about 11 hours before his plane disappeared.

Alerted that the plane was no longer being tracked, rescue workers searched through rough terrain and resumed Sunday morning. After a police helicopter spotted the wreckage, Irick was found dead in the overturned craft, heavily damaged by trees it struck.


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January 28, 2018


Plane Crash in Warren County has Claimed One Life 


Warren County-Today at approximately 10:15 a.m., Indiana State Police Helicopter located a plane reported late yesterday evening as missing and presumed downed in the area of Warren County’s CR 575 south and SR 263 (this is near the West Lebanon area). 


Preliminary information has revealed that at approximately 10:29 p.m. yesterday, Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois notified Warren County Sheriff’s dispatch of a possible downed plane in the area of CR 450 south and CR 400 west.  Warren County notified Indiana State Police at the Lafayette Post and troopers were sent to the scene to assist in locating the downed plane.  Troopers, Deputies, West Lebanon Fire Department and local volunteers searched the area for about six hours.  Due to the rugged terrain of trees, ravines and fences the search was called till 8:00 a.m. this morning. 


Police, fire and volunteers met at the West Lebanon Fire Department to receive search information and resumed the search.  The ISP helicopter arrived on the scene and after about 20 minutes, located the downed plane.  Search and rescue was guided into the location by the helicopter and arrived at the scene to find the pilot deceased.  The pilot was the lone occupant.   


The FAA and NTSB have been notified.  It will take a while for positive identification of the pilot due to the terrain and the distance off the road to extricate the body.  


Further information will be released as it is available.  Nothing else will be released at this time.  The investigation is continuing. 


Departments that assisted were Warren County Sheriff’s Department, West Lebanon Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol, Warren County EMS, American Red Cross and the Warren County Coroner’s Office.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://content.gov




WARREN CO., Ind. (WLFI) -- One person is dead after a plane crash in Warren County Saturday. That's according to Sheriff Bill Miller.


EMA director Phil Astell said the plane crashed in the early morning hours Saturday, and it was found early Sunday morning.


The pilot of the plane has been identified as George P. Irick Jr, 68, of Congerville, Illinois.  The family has been notified.


Astell said the small four-seat plane crashed near County Roads 450 South and 400 West.


That's just south of West Lebanon.


More than 50 people were called out to look for the wreckage.


The search, which started around midnight Sunday, was called off at 4 a.m.


Indiana State Police then returned to the scene at 8 a.m. with a helicopter and located the plane.


Warren County Sheriff Bill Miller said the search took an extensive amount of time because of the remote area the plane crashed in.


"The area we are currently at is at a remote part of our county, heavily wooded with deep ravines," he explained. "There are not any houses around for quite a distance out so it would have been hard for anyone to have heard the plane crash."


Police are still waiting on the Federal Aviation Administration to release any further information.


The National Transportation Safety Board is set to begin its investigation Monday.


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


CONGERVILLE — A pilot from Congerville was killed when his plane, reported missing late Saturday night, crashed in central Indiana, according to a statement from the Warren County (Indiana) sheriff’s office.

Authorities on Sunday night identified the pilot as George P. Irick Jr, 68. Congerville is in southern Woodford County northwest of the Twin Cities.

The Civil Air Patrol said the single-engine Cessna departed from Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday morning bound for Peoria, Illinois. The plane was expected to refuel in Danville.

But it dropped off radar later on Saturday and officials in Illinois with the Vermilion County sheriff’s office notified their counterparts in Warren County around 10:30 p.m. “of a possible downed plane in the area of CR 450 south and CR 400 west,” according to the statement from Warren County.

Emergency workers from the county sheriff’s office, the Indiana State Police, the West Lebanon Fire Department and local volunteers searched for six hours in “rugged terrain of trees, ravines and fences.”

The search was called off due to difficulty and resumed about 8 a.m. Sunday, officials said. Indiana State Police sent up a helicopter to get an aerial view, and after about 20 minutes, the downed plane was located, officials said.

“Search and rescue was guided into the location by the helicopter and arrived at the scene to find the pilot deceased. The pilot was the lone occupant,” Sgt. Kim Riley of the Warren County sheriff’s office, said in the statement.

Officials said the National Transportation Safety Board planned to arrive Monday; Federal Aviation Administration investigators arrived Sunday to continue the investigation.

Departments that assisted included Warren County sheriff’s department, West Lebanon Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol, Warren County EMS, American Red Cross and the Warren County coroner’s office. Warren County borders Illinois near Danville, with Bloomington and Champaign not far away.

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

WARREN COUNTY, Ind. -- A pilot was killed when his plane crashed in Warren County late Saturday night.

Warren County dispatch got word around 10:30 p.m. of a possible plane down from the Vermillion County Sheriff's Department in Illinois.


The search was called off after about six hours due to the rough terrain and resumed around 8 a.m. Sunday.


A helicopter arrived on scene and located the wreckage about 20 minutes later in the area of CR 575 south and SR 263.


Search and rescue crews were guided to the area and found the pilot's body.  He was the only one on plane.


The pilot has been identified as George P. Irick, Jr., 68, of Congerville, Illinois.


The Civil Air Patrol says the single-engine Cessna took off from Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday morning headed for Peoria, Illinois.


The plane was expected to refuel in Danville, Illinois, but dropped off radar late Saturday.


Original article ➤ https://www.theindychannel.com


One person died when a plane, reported missing late Saturday night, crashed in central Indiana, according to a statement from the Warren County (Indiana) sheriff’s office.


Officials in Illinois with the Vermilion County sheriff’s office notified their counterparts in Warren County around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night “of a possible downed plane in the area of CR 450 south and CR 400 west,” according to the statement from Warren County. Emergency workers from the county sheriff’s office, the Indiana State Police, the West Lebanon Fire Department and local volunteers all searched for six hours in “rugged terrain of trees, ravines and fences.”


The search was called off due to difficulty and resumed about 8 a.m. Sunday, officials said. Indiana State Police sent up a helicopter to get an aerial view, and after about 20 minutes, the downed plane was located, officials said.


“Search and rescue was guided into the location by the helicopter and arrived at the scene to find the pilot deceased. The pilot was the lone occupant,” wrote Sgt. Kim Riley of the Warren County sheriff’s office, in the statement.


Authorities on Sunday identified the pilot as George P. Irick Jr, 68, of Congerville, Illinois.


Officials said the National Transportation Safety Board planned to arrive Monday and the Federal Aviation Administration had arrived Sunday.


Departments that assisted included Warren County sheriff’s department, West Lebanon Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol, Warren County EMS, American Red Cross and the Warren County coroner’s office. Warren County borders Illinois near Danville, with Bloomington and Champaign not far away.


Riley said the investigation will continue.


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

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