Friday, February 16, 2018

Thorp T-18 Tiger, N89ER: Accident occurred February 16, 2018 at Vance Brand Airport (KLMO), Longmont, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Avation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Longmont, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA102
Date & Time: 02/16/2018, 1320 MST
Registration: N89ER
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 16, 2018, about 1320 mountain standard time, a Scheineman-Van Buren T-18 airplane, N89ER, was substantially damaged while landing at Vance Brand Airport (LMO), Longmont, Colorado. The pilot and flight instructor were seriously injured. 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. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which departed without a flight plan about 1220.

According to the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to orient the pilot to the airplane, which he had recently purchased. The pilot made a normal takeoff, departure, and flew several area maneuvers. After descending into LMO, the pilot executed about eight landings to a full stop. During the final landing, the airplane turned to the right during rollout. The pilot attempted to correct with left rudder, but the right turn continued, and the airplane ground looped, departed the runway surface, and nosed over. Examination of the airplane revealed the rudder cable was fractured. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SCHEINEMAN-VAN BUREN
Registration: N89ER
Model/Series: T 18 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KEIK, 5132 ft msl
Observation Time: 1318 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Longmont, CO (LMO)
Destination: Longmont, CO (LMO) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  40.164444, -105.163611 (est)

On Friday, February 16, 2018, Jay was involved in a serious accident. During a seemingly routine landing, Jay’s airplane skidded of the runway and flipped onto its roof, trapping him inside. He was taken by ambulance to the ICU and underwent surgery on the same day. While the Jay we know and love is still very much here, he has lost the use of his legs due to a spinal cord injury and multiple spine fractures. He is still recovering in the ICU, and will continue to need extensive rehabilitation therapy once he is released.

Paving Jay's Road to Recovery:

The pilot of a small plane that crashed on Friday remains in serious condition and the flight instructor has since been released from the hospital, according to hospital officials.

A GoFundMe campaign created Monday for Jay Davis — an engineer, cyclocross competitor and longtime pilot — says that he underwent surgery in the intensive care unit the same day of the crash and has "lost the use of his legs due to a spinal cord injury and multiple spine fractures."

"While it promises to be a long journey, Jay's perseverance and resilience, as well as the on-going support of all those who love him, will aide in his road to recovery," according to the page.

Davis remains at Longmont United Hospital, said LUH spokeswoman Kirsten Pfotenhauer.

Davis' flight instructor was Billy Mitchell, who was transported to UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital with less serious injuries. He has since been released.

According to a police report, officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to an overturned small airplane at the Vance Brand Municipal Airport at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Eyewitness Carl Harris, who said he knew Davis and Mitchell, told police that the two had been flying for the past hour or so and he had seen them make several successful landings at the airport.

Harris said he had just seen another landing when he began driving back toward his hangar. But when he looked back, he saw the plane overturned.

He said he then positioned his red pickup truck underneath the tail of the aircraft to lift it in an attempt to access the men.

One of the men was able to pull himself from the airplane and rescuers lifted up the plane to remove the second man, according to previous reports, but it is unclear who was who.

The aircraft, a Scheineman-Van Buren T-18, is registered to Mark D. Russell, of Denver, according to the FAA. It is described as a single-engine, fixed-wing airplane.

A friend of the pilot previously said that his friend had just bought the plane from Russell and was conducting a "check ride" for insurance purposes.

The police report says Davis is the owner of the plane.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. 

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Two men were taken to area hospitals on Friday afternoon after a small plane crashed while landing and then flipped onto its top at Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont.

Longmont Police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said that the crash was reported at about 1:30 p.m. and one of the men was able to pull himself from airplane, but rescuers had to lift up the plane to remove the second man.

Satur said the older of the two men was taken to UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the more seriously injured of the two was taken other to Longmont United Hospital. Airport Manager David Slayter identified the pilot as the more seriously injured of the two.

Slayter said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, and the plane has since been removed from the scene and will be stored in a secure location as the federal authorities investigate.

He said that the pilot was practicing landings and for unknown reasons the plane went off the runway and flipped over.

A group of police, fire crews and airport officials had gathered around the small airplane, which sustained damage to its top. Police were seen wrapping crime scene tape around the plane before it was removed later in the day.

The plane did not catch fire, according to the Longmont Fire Department.

The aircraft, a Scheineman-Van Buren T-18, is registered to Mark D. Russell, of Denver, according to the FAA. It is described as a single-engine, fixed-wing airplane.

Steve Lowe, a friend of the pilot, said his friend had just bought the plane from Russell and was conducting a "check ride" for insurance purposes. He did not identify his friend by name but said he was undergoing surgery on Friday afternoon and is an experienced pilot.

Lowe added that he did not know the other person in the plane.

Friday's incident marks the second time in slightly more than a month that a small plane has gone down at the airport. On Jan. 13, a single-engine aircraft lost power shortly after take off and crashed in a grassy area west of the runway. A preliminary NTSB report stated that one of the two people on the plane suffered serious injuries in the crash.

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