Thursday, February 08, 2018

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N1409U: Accident occurred February 08, 2018 at Centralia Municipal Airport (KENL), Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Centralia, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA092
Date & Time: 02/08/2018, 1145 CST
Registration: N1409U
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry

On February 08, 2018, about 1145 central standard time (CST), a Cessna 172M, N1409U, experienced a loss of control on takeoff at Centralia Municipal Airport (ENL), Centralia, Illinois. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a flight school under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a ferry flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N1409U
Model/Series: 172M 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: AIRGO INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
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CENTRALIA  -  A plane has crashed at the Centralia Municipal Airport.

Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison says the only person in the plane was the pilot. The man's name has not been released.

Centralia Fire Officials say he was taken to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital and later airlifted to a St. Louis Hospital. He appeared to have sustained head and leg injuries and possible internal injuries.

Atchison reports the Centralia Municipal Airport was closed pending completion of the investigation. Atchison says it's too early to speculate on what may have happened.

Centralia Police and Fire Officials along with State Police handled the accident scene. The National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been contacted, but Atchison says it was not immediately clear what type of investigation would be conducted.

Airgo officials at the airport are not releasing any information on the crash.

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