Sunday, June 17, 2018

RGJ Aviation LLC Johnson Air Cam, N81047: Accident occurred June 16, 2018 at Galt Field Airport (10C), Wonder Lake, 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; DuPage, Illinois 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Two If By Sea LLC:

Location: Greenwood, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA228
Date & Time: 06/16/2018, 1040 CDT
Registration: N81047
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 16, 2018, at 1040 central daylight time, an RGJ Aviation LLC Johnson Air Cam, N81047, impacted terrain during an initial climb at Galt Field Airport, Greenwood, Illinois. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries and a passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Two If By Sea LLC and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was originating at the time of the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: RGJ AVIATION LLC
Registration: N81047
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BUU, 875 ft msl
Observation Time: 1035 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Greenwood, IL (10C)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.402778, -88.375000 (est)

A 42-year-old pilot from Fox Lake was injured in a plane crash Saturday morning.

The man and a 15-year-old from Plainfield were on a plane that crashed at Galt Airport in unincorporated Greenwood, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s office.

The pilot was taken by Flight for Life to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville with injuries that were not life-threatening. The passenger was checked by emergency medical staff on scene and released, police said.

It’s unknown why the Lockwood AirCam crashed, FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said in an email. He said the plane crashed during takeoff, and the FAA’s investigation of the crash could take a few weeks.

The Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District, Woodstock Fire Rescue District, Mercy Health Field Physician and police were called to the scene at 10:36 a.m., according to the release.

The fixed-wing, multi-engine Johnson Air Cam that crashed is registered to Two If By Sea LLC in Wilmington, Delaware, according to FAA records.

The airport was hosting its annual Barnstormer’s Day 2018 Fly-in and Drive-in when the crash occurred. The event features an old-style fly-in with a pancake breakfast, displays of vintage aircraft and more.

Crystal Lake resident Travis Patenaude had been at the event taking photos and was in the parking area when the crash occurred. He went back to see what had happened.

“From what I heard, the plane had lifted off and either the wind caught it or it tried to bank and hit some bushes along the side of the runway and started to cartwheel,” he said. “It’s supposed to be a nice event with all the old-style planes and things. I was taking pictures at end of runway all morning, and when I went to switch lenses, that is when the plane crashed.”

Gait Airport is a private airport that offer hangars, aircraft maintenance, a flight school and discovery flights, according to its website.

Original article can be found here:

UNINCORPORATED GREENWOOD, Ill. (WLS) -- A small plane crashed in northwest suburban unincorporated Greenwood on Saturday morning.

Police responded to Galt Airport at about 10:30 a.m. for a small plane that had crashed. The Air-Cam plane was being piloted by a 42-year-old man with a 15-year-old passenger.

The cause of the crash was immediately unknown.

The pilot was taken to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville. Both he and the passenger are expected to be OK.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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