Friday, July 13, 2018

Fuel Exhaustion: Cessna 182B Skylane, N2394G; accident occurred July 11, 2018 near Logan County Airport (KAAA), Illinois

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lincoln, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA421
Date & Time: 07/11/2018, 1437 CDT
Registration: N2394G
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation


The pilot reported that he departed with 60 gallons of fuel, and about 5 hours into an aerial observation flight, the airplane was not responding to throttle inputs, and he decided to head toward a nearby airport to land. He descended to 2,000 ft, the engine experienced a total power loss, and he realized he was not going to be able to glide to the destination airport. He turned toward a field, and about 50 ft above ground, the airplane started gaining power and climbed to 100 ft. The engine experienced another power loss, and he turned 180° toward the interstate, and the engine surged a second time before losing power again. During the forced landing on the interstate, the airplane struck a car and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the road.

Video provided by the Federal Aviation Administration showed no fuel drained from the left fuel tank and less than 1/2 cup of fuel drained from the right fuel tank.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left horizontal stabilizer.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper preflight planning, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and a subsequent total loss of engine power. 


Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)

Personnel issues
Fuel planning - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Ground vehicle - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Fuel exhaustion (Defining event)
Loss of engine power (total)

Off-field or emergency landing
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/31/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/29/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 724.6 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 489.7 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 193.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2394G
Model/Series: 182 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 51694
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2348 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Cont Motor
Engine Model/Series: O-470 SERIES
Registered Owner: KILO Aviation LLC
Rated Power:
Operator: KILO Aviation LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAAA, 597 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1935 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 212°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lacon, IL (C75)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lincoln, IL (AAA)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0930 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  40.195556, -89.304167 (est)

LINCOLN — There are no serious injuries reported after a small aircraft made an emergency landing and struck at least one vehicle Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Lincoln.

“We were traveling northbound on Interstate 55 after leaving Lincoln and saw this plane to our left near the cornfields,” said Ronald Childs, of Atlanta, a witness to the crash. “He was kind of low and then just started getting even lower and so we thought he might be a crop duster.”

But then, the plane ventured past the edge of a cornfield and onto the interstate, said Childs.

“He got really low, right above the cars and we saw his wheel hit the back of the car, knocking the window out,” he said. “We were still driving, but we couldn’t see him, but knew he wasn’t in the air anymore.”

The incident occurred around 2:40 p.m.

The plane is a Cessna 182B with four seats and was registered to Kilo Aviation out of Lacon.

Childs, who was traveling with his wife, Grace, stopped, turned around and returned to the crash scene. There, they saw the small yellow and black single-engine plane resting in the median with its wings still intact.

“He was out of the plane and he was fine,” said Childs, referring to the pilot. “The driver of the car had his son with him and they were both fine.

“But it was pretty intense.”

Police said William Farnsley, 51, of Austin, Ind., was attempting to land at Logan County Airport when for unknown reasons, the plane lost power and was forced to make the emergency landing in the southbound lanes of the interstate.

During the landing, the plane struck a passenger vehicle, causing minor damage to the automobile, owned by Jeremy Kampwerth, 42, of O'Fallon, who was traveling with his 9-year-old son.

The pilot tried to land the plane in the southbound lane, but it traveled through the median and came to rest on the left shoulder of the northbound lanes. The plane suffered damage to the landing gear and was towed from the scene, police said.

“It was an amazing thing to see,” said Bill Thomas, of Lincoln, who was also traveling northbound at the time of the crash. “It was surreal. It really took a minute to sink in to realize that you were witnessing something out of the ordinary.”

All lanes were re-opened by 5:20 p.m.

The investigation into the crash is continuing.

Original article can be found here ➤

LINCOLN, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — Update:

The plane was taken to Logan County Airport after being removed from the highway.

It took about 45 minutes to move the plane from the accident scene to the airport.

Illinois State Police officer, Sean Ramsey, knew that it was going to be difficult to move the small plane.

"This is going to be a bit of a undertaking there is an over 70 ft. wing span and with the width and length of this plane its going to be a major undertaking to get this on a tow truck and get it removed from the interstate."

Around 5:15 p.m., the plane was removed from the highway with a tow truck.

It arrived at the airport just before 6 p.m.


As of 5:28 p.m., all northbound lanes are now open.

According to police, the plane was trying to land in Logan County when the plane lost power.

The pilot, William Farnsley, 51, of Austin, Ind., tried to land on the southbound lane of I-55, and clipped a car.

The plane landed in the median of I-55, at milepost 132.5 near Lincoln and came to a rest in the northbound lane.

The clipped car, a 2016 gray Chevrolet Malibu, sustained minor damage is still driveable. Jeremy Campwerth, 42, of O'Fallon and a 9-year-old passenger were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is an 182B Cessna Fixed Wing Single-Engine plane and not a crop-dusting aircraft.

The plane is owned by Kilo Aviation LLC and is registered in Marshall County, in the city of Lacon, Ill.


As of 4:01 p.m., IDOT said the left lane of northbound traffic is still closed. The FAA has arrived on scene.

One lane of northbound traffic is still blocked on I-55, near exit 133.

Illinois State Police said this incident was a crash and so far, there are no injuries to report.

The car was struck while the plane was trying to land. 

ISP is waiting on the Federal Aviation Administration to give the all-clear before towing the plane to a local airport.


A small plane crash landed on on I-55 Wednesday afternoon, near exit 133 by Lincoln.

A car was hit from the landing and both lanes of northbound traffic are currently blocked.

Illinois State Police is urging the public to find alternate routes.

No injuries have yet been reported.

Story and video ➤

1 comment:

  1. Looks like the plane has not been taken care of. Looks like crap.