Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Quartz Mountain Aerospace Inc 11E, N515BW, registered to and operated by Oracle Aviation LLC: Accident occurred January 24, 2018 in Millard, Omaha, Nebraska

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Oracle Aviation LLC:

Location: Omaha, NE
Accident Number: CEN18LA085
Date & Time: 01/24/2018, 1415 CST
Registration: N515BW
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On January 24, 2018, about 1415 central standard time, a Quartz Mountain Aerospace (Luscombe) 11E, N515BW, struck trees and a fence during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power in Omaha, Nebraska. The certificated airline transport instructor pilot and a certificated flight instructor were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Oracle Aviation, LLC, Omaha, Nebraska, and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Millard Airport (MLE), about 1100.

Preliminary information indicates the airplane was serviced to capacity, and the pilots had filed an IFR (instrument flight rules) flight plan prior to departing. After about a 3 hour flight, the pilots returned to the airport and were on approach when the engine lost power, The instructor assumed control and made a forced landing in a school ball park near 138th and Millard Avenue. During the forced landing, the airplane struck trees and a fence, incurring wing spar damage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N515BW
Model/Series: 11E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No
Operator: Oracle Aviation, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MLE, 1051 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 CST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Omaha, NE (MLE)
Destination: Omaha, NE (MLE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.196111, -96.112222 (est)

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Federal Aviation Administration inspectors are investigating what caused a small plane to force land in a Millard ball field Wednesday afternoon.

Officials got word of the emergency landing at Anderson ball field near 137th and Millard Avenue around 2:20 p.m.

6 News has learned the single-engine plane is owned by Oracle Aviation. An Oracle spokesperson told 6 News a student pilot and his flight instructor were inside the plane. They were returning to Millard Airport from a 2 to 3 hour cross country training flight. Both the instructor and his student were unharmed and walked away from the landing.

Jim Bolamperti was working in the area when the low-flying plane caught his attention. He told 6 News: “I look up and he’s just barely clearing those treetops. And it sounded like he was clipping some of them. And then I heard some other loud noises which might have been him hitting that wire, there. I ran over here and sure enough there he is – right up there against the fence."

The circumstances of the incident remain under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating an incident last Saturday in which engine trouble forced a small plane, also owned by Oracle Aviation, to land in a field near 144th and Giles Road. A flight instructor and student were also involved in Saturday's incident. They were both unharmed.

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Anonymous said...

At 1st glance I thought this was a Cessna but then after searching the "N" number came to find it is a Luscombe 11E. I've never seen or heard of this model. Must be a rare plane and hope it will be back in the air soon. Congrats on the safe emergency landing!

Anonymous said...

First time for me too - I haven't seen this aircraft model before this posting. Nice looking plane :)