Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cessna 150L, N19366, registered to and operated by Sky Soaring Inc: Accident occurred May 27, 2018 at Sky Soaring Airport (55LL), Union, McHenry County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Union, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA205
Date & Time: 05/27/2018, 1815 CDT
Registration: N19366
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Glider Tow 

On May 27, 2018, about 1815 central daylight time, a Cessna 150L airplane, N19366, was substantially damaged during an in-flight collision with power lines and terrain after an attempted go-around at the Sky Soaring Airport (55LL), Union, Illinois. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by Sky Soaring Inc. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 glider tow flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from 55LL about 1800.

A witness reported that the pilot was returning from a glider tow flight at the time of the accident. The pilot had executed a go-around from runway 27 (3,000 ft by 50 ft, turf) and was climbing out when the airplane impacted powerlines about 600 ft from the end of the runway.

The airplane came to rest upright in an agricultural field about 200 ft from the power lines. The nose landing gear was partially collapsed. The engine and cowling were dislocated downward; the engine mount and firewall were damaged. The top of the cowling exhibited a linear dent and loss of paint consistent with impact from a powerline. The cowling damage appeared to be aligned with a dent and tear in the left wing leading edge near the wing strut attachment point. The fuselage exhibited localized deformation and buckling. Both wings displayed buckling at the wing roots and upward bending near the wing tips. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N19366
Model/Series: 150L L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Sky Soaring Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DKB, 913 ft msl
Observation Time: 1815 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Union, IL (55LL)
Destination: Union, IL (55LL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  42.154167, -88.511389 (est)

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