Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Van's RV-7A, N20342: Accident occurred July 24, 2018 at Princeton Municipal Airport (KPNM), Mille Lacs County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Princeton, MN
Accident Number: CEN18LA295
Date & Time: 07/24/2018, 1456 CDT
Registration: N20342
Aircraft: Vans RV7A
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 24, 2018, about 1456 central daylight time, a Schmidt Vans RV7A, N20342, nosed over during landing at Princeton Municipal Airport (PNM), Princeton, Minnesota. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and was being operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.The flight originated from Schmidt Ranch Airport (1WN0), Northport, Washington, and was destined for Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), Oshkosh Wisconsin, but diverted to PNM.

Pilot stated he and his son departed 1WN0 at 0515 Pacific daylight time, and were en route to OSH. They decided to stop in PNM. The winds were gusty. The Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) was out of service, so the pilot was not sure of wind speed. The approach to PNM was normal. As they landed, a gust of wind caused the airplane to drift left. The nose wheel got stuck in the soft soil and the airplane nosed over. The pilot stated there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N20342
Model/Series: RV7A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PNM, 980 ft msl
Observation Time: 1456 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 14 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Colville, WA (1WN0)
Destination: Princeton, MN (PNM) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  45.559722, -93.608333 (est)

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