Friday, March 23, 2018

Sonerai S1L, N197X, registered to and operated by a private individual: Fatal accident occurred March 22, 2018 in DeWitt, Clinton County, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Michael Mills:

Location: Dewitt, MI
Accident Number: CEN18LA123
Date & Time: 03/22/2018, 1830 EDT
Registration: N197X
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 22, 2018, about 1830 eastern daylight time, an amateur-built Star-Lite S1L airplane, N197X, collided with power lines while attempting to land at a private airstrip near Dewitt, Michigan. The pilot initially survived the accident but later succumb to his injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight.

While on short final to the pilot's private airstrip, landing to the west, the airplane collided with power lines about 200 ft short of the runway. The airplane descended and impacted terrain.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MILLS MICHAEL
Registration: N197X
Model/Series: S1L NO SERIES
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: KLAN, 874 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage:Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.887500, -84.716944 (est)

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WESTPHALIA TOWNSHIP - A pilot is dead after the small plane he was flying crashed in Mid-Michigan.

The Associated Press reports that 69-year-old Michael Mills was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after the single-engine plane he was flying hit power lines and crashed while trying to land in Clinton County's Westphalia Township north of Lansing. He was later pronounced dead.

The plane was described by the Clinton County Sheriff's Office as an experimental aircraft, the AP reported. It was heading from Owosso Community Airport to a landing strip in Westphalia Township.

The crash is under investigation, but investigators say it's believed that the sun was a factor, the AP reported.

Original article can be found here ➤

WESTPHALIA TWP. – A Clinton County pilot who struck power lines while attempting to land his plane at a private airstrip Thursday evening has died.

Michael Mills, 69, was flying a Sonerai S1L experimental aircraft between the Owosso Community Airport and an airstrip on his property in the 8000 block of South Bauer Road prior to the crash, said Lt. Jeff Clarke of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

As he brought the Sonerai S1L experimental aircraft in for a landing around 6:30 p.m., Mills struck a set of power lines and crashed.

“We believe the sun was a major factor in that,” Clarke said.

Mills was airlifted to Sparrow Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

The crash is being investigated by the sheriff’s department, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article ➤

CLINTON CO., Mich (WLNS) - One man is dead after an plane crash in Clinton County Thursday night.

Pilot Michael Mills, 69, was traveling from the Owosso Airport to a landing strip at a small airport when the plane hit power lines just before 6:30 p.m.

The single engine experimental plane crashed at 8998 S. Bauer Road in Westphalia Township.

Investigators believe the sun may have been a factor.

Mills was airlifted to Sparrow Hospital and died last night.

The Clinton County Sheriff's Office, National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating

Original article can be found here ➤

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