Monday, May 28, 2018

Aeronca 0-58B Grasshopper, N47252: Accident occurred May 28, 2018 in Tekamah, Burt County, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tekamah, NE
Accident Number: CEN18LA199
Date & Time: 05/28/2018, 0915 CDT
Registration: N47252
Aircraft: AERONCA 58B
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 28, 2018, about 0915 central daylight time, an Aeronca 58B, N47252, impacted terrain during a forced landing near Tekamah, Nebraska. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries; and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The airplane departed about 0830 from Tekamah Municipal Airport (TQE), Tekamah, Nebraska, on a local flight.

At 0854, the surface weather observation at TQE was wind 260° at 3 kts; 10 miles visibility; few clouds at 8,500 ft; temperature 26° C; dew point 18° C; altimeter 29.92 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AERONCA
Registration: N47252
Model/Series: 58B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: TQE, 1026 ft msl
Observation Time: 0854 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tekamah, NE (TQE)
Destination:  Tekamah, NE (TQE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  41.768611, -96.241389

TEKAMAH, Nebraska  — Authorities are investigating a plane crash in a bean field near Tekamah on Monday.

Two men were in the plane at the time of the crash and were transported to a nearby hospital. 

The victims have been identified as Dennis Westergaard, 62, and Delmar Chamberlain, 87.

The Tekamah Police Department, Tekamah Fire Department and Craig Fire Department responded to the scene.

The Burt County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

May 22, 2018  

Tekamah to greet guests:  Ceremonies and celebrations

Recent temperatures approaching 90 notwithstanding, the unofficial start of summer arrives this weekend.

While the Memorial Day holiday signals a change in wardrobe for many, most of the area’s holiday observances remain the same.

Families gather to remember loved ones at ceremonies and cemeteries, graduates return to their hometowns for banquets and the chance catch up with friends from long ago.

The weekend’s last ceremony is the annual Memorial Day Program at Tekamah Cemetery.

The program, sponsored by the local veterans organizations, begins at 8 a.m. at the VFW plot in the northeast corner of the cemetery.

Retired Air Force general Tom Tobin will be the featured speaker.

In addition to the many American flags that adorn the cemetery at this time of year, another more recent addition also will be on display. Tekamah Veterans Association has placed a white steel cross at the grave of every veteran. More than 680 of the crosses dot the cemetery. Veterans buried there range from the Civil War forward.

The service also will feature a fly-over by Craig pilot Dennis Westergaard in a vintage military aircraft—a 1944 Aeronca Defender. The aircraft is a two-seat light observation airplane that was used for rapid communications and in support of ground forces. Tekamah veteran Delmar Chamberlain will again fill the second seat.

Following the firing squad, the playing of taps and the benediction, coffee and rolls will be served at the Vets Hall downtown.

In Herman, holiday observances start at 9 a.m., followed by a service at the cemetery.

In Decatur, ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m. with community singing at City Hall. A program follows at 10 with concluding ceremonies at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Services in Craig will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the cemetery. Services also are planned in Craig, Oakland and Lyons.

Original article can be found here ➤

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