Saturday, June 30, 2018

Champion 7GCAA Citabria, N9026L, registered to and operated by Last Pass Aviation: Fatal accident occurred June 29, 2018 in Arthur County, Nebraska

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Arthur, NE
Accident Number: CEN18FA242
Date & Time: 06/29/2018, 1245 MDT
Registration: N9026L
Aircraft: Champion 7GCAA
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 29, 2018, about 1245 mountain daylight time, a Champion 7GCAA airplane, N9026L, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Arthur, Nebraska. The pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by Last Pass Aviation under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions existed at the time of the flight, which departed without a flight plan from Thomas County Airport (TIF), Thedford, Nebraska about 1215.

Several witnesses attending a cattle branding event observed the pilot performing aerobatic maneuvers. Following a loop and rolling maneuver, the airplane began to climb with a vertical attitude. The airplane subsequently rolled left and made a series of left turning spins, which continued until ground impact. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N9026L
Model/Series: 7GCAA
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Last Pass Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOGA, 3250 ft msl
Observation Time: 1235 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Thedford, NE (TIF)
Destination: Alliance, NE (AIA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.562222, -101.599722

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The cause of a plane crash Friday near Arthur is still under investigation.

The crash, which occurred about 3 miles southeast of Arthur, killed Nick Hanson, 28. Hanson was originally from California, but was working in Alliance, said Arthur County Sheriff Bill Simpson.

Last Pass Aviation of Alliance owned the Champion single-engine, fixed-wing plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.

The plane crashed between 11:30 a.m. and noon MDT, according to initial reports. At the scene, witnesses said the plane appeared to stall out before crashing nose-first. The plane was traveling from Iowa and had refueled in Thedford, according to initial reports.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“It could take up to a year” to know details, Simpson said Tuesday.

A single-engine plane crash Friday near Arthur killed a man.

The crash happened between 11:30 a.m. and noon MDT about 3 miles southeast of Arthur, according to Jeff Headley, publisher of the Keith County News, who went to the scene.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Arthur County Attorney Rick Roberts of Grant. The man’s name was not released pending notification of kin.

Officials said the plane was flying from Iowa and had refueled at Thedford. People at the scene told Headley that the plane appeared to stall out before crashing nose first.

About a dozen people were working the scene, Headley said, including Arthur County Fire and Rescue and the Arthur County sheriff.

Federal Aviation Administration officials had not yet reached the crash site early Friday evening.

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