Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Fairchild (Howard) PT-23 Cornell (M-62C), N64176, registered to and operated by the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum: Accident occurred May 28, 2018 at Westport Airport (71K), Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

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


Location: Wichita, KS
Accident Number: CEN18LA197
Date & Time: 05/28/2018, 1215 CDT
Registration: N64176
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 28, 2018, at 1215 central daylight time, a Fairchild (Howard) M-62C (PT-23A) airplane, N64176, collided with a fence during a forced landing while on approach to land at the Westport Airport (71K), Wichita, Kansas. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight originated from 71K.

The pilot stated the purpose of the flight was to fly over several cemeteries in observance of Memorial Day. The engine suddenly lost power while on final approach to land at 71K. The airplane contacted a fence and came to rest about 150 ft from the approach end of runway 17. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: FAIRCHILD(HOWARD)
Registration: N64176
Model/Series: M 62C(PT-23A) UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ICT, 1332 ft msl
Observation Time: 1153 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots/ 21 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wichita, KS (71K)
Destination: Wichita, KS (71K) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 37.651667, -97.383889 (est)

WICHITA, KS (KWCH-DT/CNN) – A World War II-era plane crashed after taking part in Memorial Day services in Kansas.

The 1943 Fairchild PT-23 was attempting to land at Westport Airport in Wichita when its engine went out Monday.

The pilot struck a pole during the crash, breaking off a wing. He and a passenger suffered minor cuts in the accident.

Police said the plane had just finished doing flyovers to commemorate Memorial Day.

Story and video ➤ http://www.waff.com


Anonymous said...

Seems like a lot of historic airplanes have been crashed by museums and personnel.

Anonymous said...

Kind of like another government sponsored program I have read about. Hint, c182 red white blue usually trying to take off or land but crashed.