Saturday, August 04, 2018

Extra EA-400, N13EP: Fatal accident occurred August 04, 2018 near Ponca City Regional Airport (KPNC), Kay County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
 Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ponca City, OK
Accident Number: CEN18FA310
Date & Time: 08/04/2018, 1045 CDT
Registration: N13EP
Aircraft: Extra EA 400
Injuries: 5 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 4, 2018, about 1045 central daylight time, a Extra EA-400 airplane, N13EP, impacted terrain near Ponca City, Oklahoma. The private rated pilot and 4 passengers were all fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Jeremiah 29:11 Inc., Independence, Kansas, and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from the Ponca City Municipal Airport (KPNC), Ponca City, Oklahoma, and was en route to Independence, Kansas.

A witness saw the airplane depart KPNC on runway 17. He reported that the airplane was slow to climb as it departed to the south. He watched the airplane turn right and fly to the north. Another eyewitness reported the airplane impacted a soybean field and a post impact fire ensued. All major airplane components were found at the accident site.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Extra
Registration: N13EP
Model/Series: EA 400 500
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Private Individual
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPNC, 1000 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 21 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ponca City, OK (PNC)
Destination: Independence, KS (IDP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 4 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  36.763611, -97.150278 

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INDEPENDENCE, KS (KTUL)-- A small community is trying to cope with the loss of five of their own.

Five people from Independence, Kansas, died when their plane crashed Saturday morning in a soybean field.

A black ribbon hangs from two pictures on the wall at the Independence airport.

A ribbon on Bill Warner's plane and another on Tim Valentine's.

Both were killed in a place crash Saturday morning along with Warner's son, Nic, a Sycamore firefighter and Nic's two sons, Corbyn and Hayden.

"I can't imagine, three generations in one fell swoop," family friend Dale Wilkens said.

We met Wilkens at the airport, a favorite spot for them.

"I worked on their cars and their aircraft's," Wilkens said.

Wilkens says Warner was an agriculture pilot and Valentine committed his life to giving back to those in need.

Their love of flying brought them together.

"They both were the salt of the earth," Wilkens said.

Valentine, Warner, his son and two grandsons took off to a breakfast fly-in in Ponca City on Saturday.

Their plane went down shortly after take off, killing all five.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

"It is devastating to this community," Wilkens said. 

Folks in Independence could talk for hours about the Warners and Mr. Valentine, but many were too devastated at the loss to interview.

"Every text, every phone call, every conversation ended the same way, those were some good people," Wilkens said.

The black ribbons will stay on the pictures, honoring Warner, Valentine and their families.

Flying buddies like Wilkens will continue to do what they loved.. fly.

"They wouldn't want us to change," Wilkens said.

Valentine's memorial is on Friday at 1:15 p.m. in Independence.

The funerals for the Warner family has not been announced.

A GoFundMe page is set up for the Warner family.

Original article can be found here ➤

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Officials say a Kansas firefighter, three of his family members and a family friend were killed in the weekend crash of a small aircraft in northern Oklahoma.

The Independence Rural Fire Department says Sycamore, Kansas, firefighter Nicholas Warner, two of his sons, his father Bill Warner and family friend Tim Valentine died when the aircraft in which they were traveling crashed about 10:45 a.m. Saturday near Ponca City.

Officials say the plane, registered in Kansas, was leaving the Ponca City airport when it suddenly lost altitude and crashed about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says investigators plan to wrap up the on-scene portion of their investigation on Monday. Investigators have been at the crash site since Sunday.

PONCA CITY, Okla. — The Kay County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) confirmed a plane crash near Ponca City about 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities on the scene say three adults and two children, from Independence, Kansas, died in the crash.

The plane was taking off from Ponca City airport, to return home, when the crash occurred according to the Highway Patrol.

Sheriff Steve Kelley said sheriff personnel secured the scene, near Hubbard road on U St., wile waiting for the FAA to arrive.

The National Transportation and Safety Board is expected to have a team at scene before long to investigate the crash.

John Hercyc, a witness, said he was cutting grass when he first heard the plane fly by.

"The engine you know was, I got the impression it was full throttle”, he said, "I heard a loud boom. And I stopped and looked around and I saw the fire and black smoke coming from east of us here in the soy bean field”.

Hercyc says he called 911 and immediately drove down to where that Extra EA-400 plane had just crashed.

“One of my neighbors was right behind me. We went down there and I started to look to see if I could render aid to anybody”.

Investigators are expected to give more information on the crash Sunday Morning.

Original article can be found here ➤

KAY COUNTY, Okla. (AP) — Three adults and two children died Saturday after a small passenger plane crashed in a Kay County field, according to the Kay County Sheriff's Office.

The plane crashed shortly before 10:45 a.m. in a field near Hubbard Road and U Street, which is north of Ponca City, according to officials. The plane is registered out of Independence, Kansas, deputies said.

The plane was leaving the Ponca City airport when it crashed, according to the Sheriff's Office. The cause of the crash is unknown.

The victims' identities have not been released.

Deputies with the Kay County Sheriff's Office and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are holding the scene, waiting for officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to arrive. Officials with NTSB are expected to arrive Sunday to investigate.

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KAY COUNTY, Okla. — John Hercyk was mowing his lawn Saturday morning when something in the sky caught his attention.

"Had my earplugs in and the mower was going, and I heard an airplane," Hercyk said. "I thought it was unusual because I had my earplugs in."

He said he looked around for a little bit when; then, seconds later, Hercyk heard a loud boom. Moments later, he called 911.

"I told them I thought a plane had crashed," Hercyk said.

After calling police, Hercyk said he immediately went to the scene of the crash.

"I went down there to see if I could render any aid or anything like that, but by the time I got there, the plane was engulfed in fire," Hercyk said.

Three adults and two children who were on the plane died in the crash just north of Ponca City. Their identities have not been released.

A team of investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are coming Sunday from Denver to take over the case.

Kay County Sheriff's Office officials said the cause of the crash is unknown.

PONCA CITY, Okla. - Two children were among five people killed in a plane crash near Ponca City.

Multiple agencies including the Kay County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the area near Hubbard Rd. and S. U St. on Saturday around 10:40 a.m.

Th plane was identified as a 2000 EXTRA EA-400 aircraft.

Officials say the plane, registered out of Kansas, was leaving the Ponca City Airport to travel north when it, for an unknown reason, lost altitude and hit the ground.

According to authorities, three adults and two children were killed in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will arrive in Ponca City Sunday to investigate.

Names of the victims are being held until they are released by the medical examiner.

Story and video ➤

PONCA CITY, Okla. (KTUL) —  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating a plane crash in Ponca City.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said there are five fatalities, three adults and two children.

The plane crashed in a soybean field near Hubbard Rd. and S. U St. around 11 a.m.

The small aircraft left the Ponca City Airport and was heading to Independence, Kansas.

Troopers said the aircraft is a private plane and they're not sure why it went down.

The plane also caught fire, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The Kay County Sheriff's Office is also at the scene, along with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be there Sunday to investigate.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. I believe this aircraft was N13EP, registered to the "Jeremiah 29-11" corporation. Doesn't seem as if the bible reference was too fitting in this case.

  2. Owner/pilot was a prominent businessman, philanthropist and was a major participant in the EA-400 community. He had previously owned and flown a Cirrus SR-22 for many years. He was involved as pilot in a very anomalous CAPS activation where, as a result of aerodynamic forces, (speed/attitude/roll rate) the chute did not extract from the bag after rocket extraction from the aircraft. He was able to recover the aircraft and fly it back for a successful landing.

    There is currently anecdotal information that the mishap aircraft’s engine had recently been rebuilt due to significant cylinder issues and that he had a major inflight issue with one of the rebuilt engine cylinders that caused him to divert to Appleton on the way into Oshkosh a few weeks ago.

  3. This is so sad. I spoke with him at Oshkosh this year after his issue with the Extra 400. He said the CHT’s had spiked to 500F and I remember asking him if he was concerned about any possible damage from that. When I saw the news about an Extra 400 going down, I immediately thought of him. This is a huge loss to the community. My condolences to the family and friends.

  4. To Anonomous....Christians believe our real "home" is not found on the earth, so those who may or may not hold this belief cannot say whether these deaths were a "prosperous occurrence" or not. ( one of the promises found in Jeremiah 29:11 This "earth life" is all we've ever known, so most feel separation from this earth life is a terrible thing when in fact it sit's like being let out of prison. If these five people ( believers it seems ) went to be with Jesus in His Kingdom, then the life that is in them NOW is indescribable and full of WONDER !! There were two criminals crucified with Jesus, one who mocked the Lord and the other asked Jesus to "remember him" in His Kingdom ( talk about being present in the moment ) and because of that mans humility and awareness of his sin, the Lord Jesus looked at him and said these wonderful words "Today you will be with me in paradise !" Somewhere in the Book of Revelation the scriptures say that Jesus holds the "key" to death and hell....snatched from the devil in the three days before the Lords resurrection. All I can say is "Thank you, Jesus !"

  5. Just wondering, when will this rich people are going to stop killing themselves in this small plane crashes? If you want to fly, buy an airline ticket.

    1. Disrespectful. Keep your comment to yourself especially if you dont/cant fly.

  6. Brick, if "Earth life" is so bad and the heavens are so great, just kill yourself and be done with it. Just teasing you, The truth is that neither of us know if there's actually a heaven or not.

  7. 17 people dies this weekend in a commercial plane In Switzerland. Things happen, people die. More people died this weekend in cars. When will rich people go back to walking. Tim is a friends and a great guy. He will be missed. I am also a prior and it allows me to do things you can’t with a car. To each his own.

  8. Did Tim pass away in this crash? Although we had never met he called me numerous times for advice prior to purchasing the Extra 400 as I have about 700 hours in type and I believe there are only 4 flying in the US and only 27 were ever built. It is a complex airplane with TSIOL 550 (water cooled turbo charged) engine and required more maintenance than the average recip. Redline for CHT was 425 and my CHT temps never got beyond 300 (mostly in the 250-275 range). as the water cooled engine operated cooler than its air cooled brethren. Truly tragic and my condolences to Tim’s family and friends if he was among the victims.

  9. Sorry in previous comment redlline for CHT should have been 350 amd not 425.


  10. "FAA records show the plane is registered to Jeremiah 29:11 Inc., a ministry run by Pastor Tim Valentine."
    All respect due to the deceased. By virtue of the fact that the Valentine had the airplane registered to the church it would be safe to assume the church paid for it. It's not likely a pastor could afford it on his meager salary, right? Or was the "good pastor" using the church as a tax shelter. Either way, maybe God got tired of the way the pastor using >his< resources.

  11. I am shocked by some disrespectful comments here from people who are assuming things and blaming without knowledge.
    I have known Tim personally and he certainly deserves everyone's respect.
    May his soul rest in peace and may he forgive the insults I just read.
    Tim was a successful businessman AND a pastor, so no, he was not on a "meagre salary" - he did it for free and he had some very good and noble reasons.
    Look him up on youtube and you'll understand and hopefully apologize for your pathetic comment.

    And as to this:
    "Just wondering, when will this rich people are going to stop killing themselves in this small plane crashes?"
    Why don't you get yourself some grammar lessons first, and then start using this thing called "brain".
    And then maybe you'll find a notion called "respect" and realize you've just insulted 5 dead people and their families mourning them?
    Jealousy and stupidity are a bad combination...

  12. This is just another one of the religious pilots that think god is their copilot, arrogant Jesus better then thou types. He obviously wasn’t concerned over his engine cht issue, so arrogant as he was he killed everyone, God’s way I suppose. I know several Mennonite pilots, vert arrogant, blatant disregard for rules, vfr flying in ifr, ice in lite se airplanes, 5 people in 4 seat airplanes, no fear whatsoever. This guy was looking for a place to happen. How’s god feel about murder, because essentially this is what he did, if there was even the slightest issue with that engine recently as mentioned above he should have not flown it. Look at the Moody Bible Cessna 172 crash a few weeks ago, god pilots, one witness described barrels and stunts, no mention of that anymore in print, how do you pull the wings off a 172? Arrogant stupidity that’s how, no worries though, they went to that paradise described above, it’s all clear to me now when I see the stupid dangerous things these mennonites do, I didn’t realize that earth living was hell, sure seems good to me.


  13. One can mock the Creator of Heavens and Earth all they want.

    He lets you do it without interference. He is that patient.

    The truth is "His ways are not our ways".

    Those that believe die just like everyone else.

    I/we mourn, but do not live as one(s) without hope.

    Keep on mocking. It will end soon enough.

    I/we will not get in your way so keep on smiling big guy. You will not remain anonymous to the One that knows.

  14. Yes spout your catch phrases, doom us all to hell.....why don’t you quote some of the far’s or some common sense sayings, your better then me, your straight for the mind doesn’t fit us all, especially in Aviation, I’m sure glad the Airlines aren’t following your beliefs

  15. Wow. How depressing to see all the bad grammar and to read the even worse judging of people, God, religion, and others who've taken the time to comment on this tragedy.

    It must be very empowering to hide behind a keyboard and spew hateful, condescending, and cruel comments, especially if (like me) you know nothing about these people. It is so empowering, in fact, that I have a couple of comments of my own, and I'll even sign my name at the end of them

    1) How do we know or why do we care who paid for this crashed plane? How is this relevant to the crash?
    2) How can anyone know that God-fearing or God-denying people deliberately crashed a plane to kill themselves and/or others? Really, people. (This isn't the first time I've read comments that accuse the pilot of deliberately crashing a plane.) Having such inward hatred (self hatred too?) is bad enough, but to arrogantly claim these things in print really says a lot about the sad condition of your very being--your soul, as it were. I'd think you wouldn't want anybody to know how dark your heart and mind really is.....but here it is, for all of us to read and be subjected to the depravity of it all.
    3) It sickens me to read the blatant religious intolerance/bigotry (persecution, actually). Apparently anybody who claims to know God or do work for God is automatically called out as an evil, stupid, careless person who shouldn't be allowed to drive a car, fly a plane, have a job or a family, etc. How very wrong this is on so many levels!

  16. Just remember folks - What comes around, goes around.

    Capt. Nuf Said
    ATP, CFI
    San Jose, CA

  17. Amen, Brick Jockey.

    As for the poor soul who said "Brick, if "Earth life" is so bad and the heavens are so great, just kill yourself ...The truth is that neither of us know if there's actually a heaven or not."

    Actually, Christians DO know God exists and that there is a Heaven based on God's Word, the Holy Bible.

    You might be "just teasing", but you are seriously in error with your beliefs as they are now. Wise up and read the Bible - because one nano-second after your last breath, you'll know the truth as we know it - and you won't be able to change your eternal destiny.

    Prayers for God's grace on the families and friends left behind. One of the greatest tributes that a pilot can give to a deceased pilot is to learn from their possible mistakes and why they crashed. Here's to you my fellow aviators - blues and tailwinds as you head west into the Presence of the Lord...

  18. I knew Bill Warner but not the other folks. I am a commercial pilot and I am astounded at the stupid remarks made by some concerning this terrible accident. Two persons were especially callous and ignorant in their posts.

  19. "Just wondering, when will this rich people are going to stop killing themselves in this small plane crashes? If you want to fly, buy an airline ticket."

    Sorry if my comment felt offensive to some of you. It wasn't my intention. I apologize. My condolences to those who perished in this accident.

  20. Condolences to the loved ones of those killed in this crash and to their families left behind - what an awful experience to have to go through. I believe that having faith in a higher power is a good thing, whatever it may be. That being said, there is no doubt Christians DO know God exists and that there is a Heaven based on God's Word, the Holy Bible. No doubt Muslims know Allah exists and that there is a heaven based on Allah's Word, the Quran. No doubt Hindus, Sikhs, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, those of the Jewish faith, Buddhists and all other believers are just as certain about whatever their particular faith says about what happens when a human being's biological life ceases. People can believe whatever they want to believe, and they will. Is there any doubt God is pleased with all those that have come to Heaven after being murdered by those of a different faith in His name, too ? I have an idea - let's all try to love one another and treat others as we would like to be treated while we're here on this Earth and put all the dogma and righteousness aside - save that for when you're in Heaven, Hell or whatever other afterlife you might believe exists.

  21. "Just wondering, when will this rich people are going to stop killing themselves in this small plane crashes? If you want to fly, buy an airline ticket."

    What a terrible comment. 5 people died. You don't have to be rich to fly, just love aviation. Many planes cost less than most new cars. You have a 1 in 2800 chance of being killed in a car. Maybe you should get a bus ticket.