Friday, April 27, 2018

Skystar Kitfox V, N181TW: Fatal accident occurred April 27, 2018 near Kalkaska City Airport (Y89), Kalkaska 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:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N818TW

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Kalkaska, MI
Accident Number: CEN18LA150
Date & Time: 04/27/2018, 1416 EDT
Registration: N818TW
Aircraft: WOLFE Kitfox V
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 27, 2018, at 1416 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Kitfox V, N818TW, impacted terrain about 4 miles south of Kalkaska City Airport, Kalkaska, Michigan, after witnesses reported that the airplane was in a spin. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The private pilot and a passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight's origination and destination are unknown. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: WOLFE
Registration: N818TW
Model/Series: Kitfox V
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ACB, 623 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 310°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1400 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


Thomas & Mary Lynn (Medearis) Wolfe

GREENFIELD - Thomas Wolfe, age 71, and Mary Lynn (Medearis) Wolfe, age 70, of Greenfield, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Kalkaska, Michigan. Tom was born on March 21, 1947 in Terre Haute, Indiana, as the son of Walter and Dorcas Anne (Fink) Wolfe. Mary Lynn was born on October 11, 1947 in Slaton, Texas, as the daughter of Dale and Mildred (Swenson) Medearis. The two were married in 1973.

Mary Lynn graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1972, studied music history at Butler University, and earned a Medical Doctorate in the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1992. She continued her medical training in the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Radiology, including a fellowship in neuroradiology, completing her training in 1997. Mary Lynn practiced radiology with Irvington Radiologists and was the chief of radiology at Hancock Regional Hospital, retiring in 2013.

Tom was proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1969, he earned his Medical Doctorate in the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his medical training in 1978 in the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, including a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology. Tom enjoyed his career as a highly respected teaching physician in the Department of Anesthesiology at Riley Hospital for Children. He also retired in 2013. 

Both Tom and Mary Lynn were consummate hobbyists. Tom was a dedicated pilot, building several of his own planes, and an active member of the EAA Chapter 1121 in Greenfield. He was also passionate about forestry and enjoyed working his tree farm and woods, dog Lexi by his side. Mary Lynn loved music. She played the piano and was active in two local handbell choirs. Mary Lynn had an ever-expanding list of leisure pursuits, from sewing, knitting, and quilting to doll making and ribbon embroidery. She also loved planning elaborate trips, especially in their RV. Above all, they treasured hosting friends and family at Sunday brunches, birthdays, and Thanksgiving and Christmas parties at their Greenfield home.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A private Celebration of Life event will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to one of several organizations which were meaningful to Tom and Mary Lynn. These include the Harpoon Restoration & Museum at the Indianapolis Regional Airport (www.AMHF.org); the IUF-Wolfe Pediatric Anesthesia Education Fund, administered by the IU Foundation, PO Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7072; or the music programs of the Cross of Grace Lutheran Church (3519 S. 600 W., New Palestine, IN 46163) and Old Bethel United Methodist Church (7995 E. 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219). Envelopes will be available at the mortuary. Friends may share a memory or a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com.

Read more here: http://www.erleweinmortuary.com


Thomas Wolfe

Mary Lynn (Medearis) Wolfe


Two people are dead after a plane crashed in Kalkaska County on Friday.

The sheriff tells us they got a call that a Skystar Kitfox V went down around 2:15.

Thomas and Mary Wolfe, from Indiana, the only two on board, were killed.

The plane crashed near U.S.131 and Vroom Road.

“We were just in the house, in the office here, and all of a sudden we heard a noise and we were not sure what it was, either a big clunk noise, backfiring or something and Dylan was standing at the door and he opened it up and looked out and said an airplane crashed next door,” says Polly Piltz.

Polly Piltz lives next door to where the plane crashed. She immediately called 911.

“There was a little bit of smoke. There was a man and woman in there because our guy that works for us, and our son Mike went over there and they were trying to see what they can do,” says Piltz.

The Kalkaska County Sheriff tells us Thomas Wolfe and Mary Wolfe from Indiana were found dead inside.

They tell us Thomas was flying the plane.

The FAA showed up on scene to start investigating how the crash might have happened.

“Looking at today and the weather, I don’t even understand, I don’t know anything about aviation, but gorgeous day and no big wind gusts,” says Belinda Mercado, lives near crash.

The sheriff tells says they’re working to find out where the Skystar Kitfox V was coming from and going to.

And everyone on the ground is thankful more people weren’t hurt.

“Wow that could have hit our house, but it didn’t thank God, and we just pray for the people and their family that did get in the accident,” says Piltz.

Mercado added, “it’s very sad. It’s kind of shocking to hear that someone lost their life, of course prayers go out to the family and everyone involved just wow, wow.”

Story and video ➤  http://www.9and10news.com



KALKASKA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A small plane crash killed two people in Kalkaska County Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Pat Whiteford said the Skystar Kitfox V crashed just after 2 p.m. just west of US 131 and Vroom Road in Boardman Township. 

Thomas Wolfe, 71, Mary Wolfe, 70, were killed. They were from Indiana. 

Deputies secured the scene until the FAA arrived. The FAA then cleared the aircraft and removed the victims. 

Investigators say Mr. Wolfe was the pilot and the cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

The Kalkaska Airport is about 5 miles north of the crash site.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://upnorthlive.com



SOUTH BOARDMAN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two Indiana residents were killed when their Skystar Kitfox V crashed in northern Michigan.

Officials in Kalkaska County identified the victims of Friday's airplane crash as Thomas Wolfe and Mary Wolfe. The relationship of the two was not given.

Sheriff Pat Whiteford says the plane crashed near U.S. 131 about 20 miles southeast of Traverse City. The plane crashed on private property without hitting any houses or other structures. Whiteford says Thomas Wolfe was flying the plane.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying it was investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board

EARLIER STORY:

SOUTH BOARDMAN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died after a single-engine airplane they were on crashed in northern Michigan.

Kalkaska County Undersheriff Harry Shipp confirmed the fatalities after the crash Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Pat Whiteford says the plane crashed on private property without hitting any houses or other structures. It occurred near U.S. 131 about 20 miles southeast of Traverse City.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports law enforcement officials were waiting for Federal Aviation Administration officials to arrive at the scene.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

Story and video ➤  http://fox17online.com




KALKASKA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A small plane crash killed two people in Kalkaska County Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Pat Whiteford said the Skystar Kitfox V crashed just after 2 p.m. just west of US 131 and Vroom Road in Boardman Township. 

Thomas Wolfe, 71, Mary Wolfe, 70, were killed. They were from Indiana. 

Deputies secured the scene until the FAA arrived. The FAA then cleared the aircraft and removed the victims. 

Investigators say Mr. Wolfe was the pilot and the cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

The Kalkaska Airport is about 5 miles north of the crash site.

Story and video ➤ http://wwmt.com




SOUTH BOARDMAN — Authorities believe two people were killed when a Skystar Kitfox V crashed near South Boardman.

Sheriff Pat Whiteford said emergency personnel responded to reports of a plane crash near the west side of U.S. 131 near Vroom Road at about 2:16 p.m. Friday. Whiteford said first responders believe two people inside the plane were killed in the crash.

Law enforcement officials must wait for Federal Aviation Administration officials to arrive at the scene before investigating the crash and determining a cause.

Whiteford said the plane crashed on private property without hitting any houses or other structures. The crash and investigation will not impede traffic on either roadway, he said.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.record-eagle.com

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