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Fokker DR 1, N500PY: Accident occurred September 04, 2016 in Plain City, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N500PY 

Location: Plain City, OH
Accident Number: CEN16LA353
Date & Time: 09/04/2016, 1840 EDT
Registration: N500PY
Aircraft: Stanton DR-1
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 4, 2016, about 1940 eastern daylight time, a Stanton DR-1, an amateur-built replica of a Fokker Triplane, N500PY, was substantially damage when the engine lost power and collided with objects and terrain near Plain City, Ohio. The pilot was seriously injured. There were no ground injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot had been building the airplane for several years. For several months, he been conducting taxi tests in preparation for its maiden flight. He told a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that the airplane inadvertently became airborne during his last high-speed taxi test.

Witnesses saw the airplane in level flight about 200 feet above ground level and headed towards a tree line when the engine lost power. The airplane abruptly nosed straight down, struck a backyard playground set and hickory trees, and impacted the ground.

FAA inspectors said the airplane came to rest upright about five feet from the initial impact crater and about one-half mile from the departure end of the pilot's private runway. There was a slight fuel leak but no fire. The inspectors were unable to determine why the engine lost power. The pilot did not respond to inquiries. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/15/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stanton
Registration: N500PY
Model/Series: DR-1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 02272007
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/01/2015, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1291 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 0 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Subaru
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: EA 81
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 73 hp
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: OSU, 905 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 117°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Plain City, OH (None)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:  Plain City, OH (None)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1940
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Stanton (NONE)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1012 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 14
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3300 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  40.153889, -83.274444 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA353
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 04, 2016 in Plain City, OH
Aircraft: STANTON DR-1, registration: N500PY
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 4, 2016, about 1840 eastern daylight time, a Stanton DR-1, amateur built Fokker Triplane replica single-engine airplane, N500PY, had a complete loss of engine power during initial climb and was substantially damaged during an off-airport forced landing near a rural residence in Plain City, Ohio. The pilot sustained serious injuries. No persons on the ground were injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had not been filed.

The pilot had been building the airplane for several years and had for several months been doing taxi tests in preparation for a first flight. He told witnesses that the airplane inadvertently became airborne during his last high-speed taxi test. The airplane was in level flight about 200 feet above ground level and was about one-half mile from the departure airport when several witnesses heard the engine "sputter" and suddenly stop. After a few seconds the airplane abruptly "nose-dived" straight down into the ground, then impacted a backyard playground set and hickory trees, coming to rest upright about five feet from the initial impact crater. There was a slight postimpact fuel leak, but no postimpact fire.

The witnesses called 9-1-1 emergency and immediately went to render aid to the injured pilot until the emergency responders arrived and removed him from the wreckage.

The closest official weather reporting station was at KOSU, Columbus, Ohio; located 10 miles southeast from the accident location, At 1853 the Automated Surface Observation System at KOSU, reported wind from 110 degrees at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear of clouds, temperature 27 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 13 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 30.19 inches of mercury. Astronomical data from the United States Naval Observatory indicated that sunset occurred at 1959.

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