Saturday, May 19, 2018

Van's RV-7A, N667AZ: Accident occurred May 18, 2018 near Schaumburg Regional Airport (06C), Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage

Aircraft landed in a field.

Date: 19-MAY-18
Time: 01:55:00Z
Regis#: N667AZ
Aircraft Model: RV7A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

As they gazed at the mangled wings and crumpled propeller of a Van's RV-7A that crashed near their Hanover Park homes, Longmeadow Lane residents considered themselves and the pilot lucky Saturday.

"It was close," Krista Torres said.

The Van's RV-7A crash-landed at 9:18 p.m. Friday in a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District field alongside Walnut Avenue, northwest of the Schaumburg Airport. The pilot suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. There were no passengers.

The FAA is investigating. The airplane is registered to Robert Wiemuth of Terre Haute, Indiana, but it's not known if he was flying the plane. FAA records show a Robert Wiemuth who is an American Airlines pilot, but authorities could not confirm if it was the same person.

If so, it could explain how the airplane landed at nighttime, without being demolished or catching on fire, and in a grassy area away from homes.

"The skills of the pilot saved his life as well as those that could have been in harm's way," said Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig, a former FAA manager.

Residents didn't recall hearing any impact, but the noise of emergency sirens drew them out onto the normally quiet street to see fire trucks, police cars and media trucks.

"It was Grand Central Station," said Jane Wogelius, who lives on Longmeadow Lane. Because of the proximity to Schaumburg Airport, she and her husband, Bill, are accustomed to small aircraft flying overhead. "We never gave them a second thought," she said.

"We were pretty lucky when you think about what could have been."

John Haslett, whose house on Walnut Avenue looks out on the water district property and is west of Schaumburg airport, said he was thankful the aircraft didn't explode.

"I am in the front row if anything happens. ... I prefer to be in the second row," he said jokingly. But "I've been here since 1985 -- it's one of the few times I've ever had a plane crash around here. It's pretty rare."

A flatbed tow truck took the plane and pieces of the wings away Saturday afternoon as neighbors watched with serious faces -- except for the youngest spectators.

"Mommy, next time a plane crashes, can you wake me up?" asked 5-year-old Christian, Torres' son.

Original article ➤ 

Hanover Park police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 8:45 PM Friday May 18, 2018 to a report initially by the involved pilot of a small aircraft crash in a field about 2 miles south of Schaumburg Airport with a pilot with apparent minor injuries. 

Police and firefighter/paramedics also received a report that a Van's RV-7A crashed near Schaumburg airport. However, the pilot with apparent minor injuries, and the aircraft were located west of Schaumburg Airport near Longmeadow Lane and Walnut Avenue, Hanover Park. The pilot reported no fire on the aircraft, which crashed in a field.

The aircraft crashed into a field northwest of Longmeadow Lane and Walnut Avenue, which is also south of the Hanover Park Metropolitan Water Treatment Plant, and just southeast of Hanover Highlands Elementary School.

The pilot walked north to Sycamore Avenue where he was discovered by a Hanover Park Police Community Service Officer. The pilot was transported to St. Alexius Hospital by Hanover Park Fire Department firefighter/paramedics.

Schaumburg firefighter/paramedics also responded to areas near Schaumburg Airport where earlier reports had the aircraft located closer to the airport.

Illinois State Police and lighting trucks are responding to secure the crash scene and to investigate the crash scene.

The location of the small aircraft crash site is about 1.5 mile west-northwest of the west end of Runway 11/29 at Schaumburg Airport.

Original article ➤

A small aircraft crashed in a field Friday night in Hanover Park, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

The Schaumburg and Hanover Park fire departments responded after the pilot reported the crash about two miles south of Schaumburg Airport. The pilot did not appear to be injured. 

The field where the Van's RV-7A landed is near Longmeadow Lane and Walnut Avenue.

The FAA said it would be on scene to investigate.

Original article ➤

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