Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thorp T-18, N600HH, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred February 08, 2018 at Woodland Airstrip (MU89), Troy, incoln County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Troy, MO
Accident Number: CEN18LA095
Date & Time: 02/08/2018, 1152 CST
Registration: N600HH
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 8, 2018, at 1152 central standard time, a Henderson Thorp T-18 amateur-built airplane, N600HH, collided with trees and terrain during landing at Woodland Airstrip (MU89), Troy, Missouri. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed.

The first responders reported that after the accident the pilot stated that a gust of wind pushed the airplane into the trees during landing.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector performed a postaccident examination of the airplane and accident site. There was evidence of broken tree limbs about 30 to 40 yards east of the main wreckage. The airplane came to rest next to a tree line in a nose low, vertical attitude (figure 1). Flight control continuity was confirmed and no preimpact anomalies were evident.

Figure 1 – Accident airplane 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: HENDERSON
Registration: N600HH
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KFYG, 489 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.4 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Troy, MO (MU89)
Destination: Troy, MO (MU89) 

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
Latitude, Longitude:  38.912222, -91.033333 (est)

LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. — A single-engine plane crashed into some trees near Wolf Creek Road and State Highway U Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reports that the pilot suffered a broken arm and was taken to the hospital.

There is no word yet on what caused the crash.

A pilot was hospitalized after his small plane crashed Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County.

The pilot was the only person on board when the single-engine plane came down and skimmed some trees before crashing.

The plane crashed nose down on a gravel road parallel to a private landing strip. It happened just before noon in an unincorporated area of Lincoln County near Wright City. Several fire departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

By the time they got there, a neighbor was helping get the pilot out of the plane. The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he heard two loud noises and saw the pilot's wife running to the crash.

"He was still in the plane he was standing up out on his our the front of it where the front windscreen would be and he says, 'I need to get out of here, but I can't because my hand hurts.' So I went over there and he put his arm around my shoulders and we lifted him up," the man said.

The pilot was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. His name has not been released.

"He has a fractured arm and a head injury of some sort. As far as the rest of the extent of his injuries, I don't know," said Wright City Fire Protection District Chief Ron MacKnight.

The FAA was on the scene trying to determine the cause of the crash.

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LINCOLN CO. ( – A pilot suffered a broken arm after a small plane crashed in Lincoln County Thursday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said pilot Mike Fleming was the only person on the plane when it crashed at Wolf Creek Road and Highway U around noon. According to authorities, the narrow private road doubles as a private airstrip.

"I was in the house making lunch and I heard what sounded like an empty dump truck coming down a gravel road," said Fleming's neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous.

The crash happened just a few feet from the man's home. 

"I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I just stood over here," he said. "So I went over there and he put his arm around my shoulders and we lifted him up and got him out over it."

Following the crash, Fleming was taken to the local hospital for treatment. Despite the heavy damage done to the aircraft itself, Fleming suffered only a broken hand and arm. 

"Could definitely have been a lot worse. when we got over there fuel was pouring out and it could've caught on fire," said Ron MacKnight, Fire Chief for Wright City. "We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and this is one of those best case scenarios."

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