Sunday, July 01, 2018

Flight Control System Malfunction / Failure: Cessna 337F Super Skymaster, N107BL; accident occurred June 30, 2018 at Vinland Valley Aerodrome (K64) Baldwin City, Douglas 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:

Location: Baldwin City, KS
Accident Number: CEN18LA246
Date & Time: 06/30/2018, 1155 CDT
Registration: N107BL
Aircraft: Cessna 337
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 30, 2018, about 1155 central daylight time, a Cessna 337F, N107BL, struck trees and a fence during a forced landing near Vinland Valley Aerodrome (K64), Baldwin City, Kansas. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Vinland Aerodrome, Baldwin City, Kansas, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the airport about the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, he took off and climbed to 3,500 feet to practice single-engine operations. He shut down the rear engine and feathered the propeller. After doing some air work, the pilot attempted to unfeather the propeller and restart the rear engine but was unsuccessful. He returned to the airport and made a single-engine landing approach. He was unable to place the flaps in the full-down position. He then attempted a single-engine go around. The flaps retracted and he was unable to climb. The pilot maneuvered to avoid houses and made a forced landing in a crosswind. The airplane struck small trees, shrubs, and a fence. The left wing was bent and the fuselage was buckled.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N107BL
Model/Series: 337 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Vinland Aerodrome Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LWC, 833 ft msl
Observation Time: 1152 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Baldwin City, KS (K64)
Destination: Baldwin City, KS (K64)

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:

DOUGLAS COUNTY — A Kansas man avoided injury in an emergency landing just before noon Saturday in Douglas County.

Approximate location of Saturday’s emergency landing

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a plane piloted by David A. McFarlane, 67, Baldwin, was attempting to practice fail engine maneuvers.

He attempted to restart the engine and the engine failed to start. 

He tried to turn around and land at the airport, lost altitude and tried to land in a bean field.

The plane landed in a private residence, struck a wood fence and came to a rest in a field next to the residence.

McFarlane was not injured.

1 comment:

  1. Well that's kinda dumb. Attemping an actual engine out below pattern altitude? Darwin award for you.