Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Bushby Mustang II, N287BM: Fatal accident occurred November 02, 2018 near Erie Municipal Airport (KEIK), Weld County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado
Lycoming Engines; Pennsylvania 

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


Location: Broomfield, CO
Accident Number: CEN19FA022
Date & Time: 11/02/2018, 1153 MDT
Registration: N287BM
Aircraft: MUSTANG II
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 2, 2018, about 1153 mountain daylight time, an amateur-built MUSTANG II airplane, N287BM, impacted terrain while on final approach to the Erie Municipal Airport (EIK), near Broomfield, Colorado. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The airplane departed EIK at an unknown time for a local flight.

Multiple witnesses in the area to the south of EIK reported seeing the accident airplane just before the accident. These witnesses reported that the airplane was traveling from west to east at a low altitude. The airplane banked "hard" or "steep" to the north and the nose of the airplane came down or "dropped". One witness stated that the bank angle was near 90°.

The airplane impacted a grassy area and trees in a park near Anthem Ranch about 0.4 miles south of the approach end of runway 33 at EIK. The main wreckage included the right wing, left wing, instrument panel, fuselage, and empennage. The engine separated from the airplane and came to rest 18 ft to the north of the main wreckage. The left main landing gear tire separated and came to rest 50 yards north of the main wreckage.

A weather observation at EIK, taken at 1154 recorded wind from 300° at 7 knots. The observation taken at 1212 recorded wind from 310° at 10 knots, gusting to 15 knots. A weather observation taken at Boulder Municipal Airport (BDU), Boulder, Colorado, (located 8 miles west of the accident site), at 1130 recorded wind at 290° at 24 knots, gusting to 34 knots. A weather observation taken at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Denver, Colorado, (located 7 miles southwest of the accident site), at 1150 recorded wind at 270° at 26 knots, gusting to 35 knots. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MUSTANG
Registration: N287BM
Model/Series: II
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: KEIK, 5119 ft msl
Observation Time: 1154 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Erie, CO (EIK)
Destination: Erie, CO (EIK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 39.997500, -105.045833 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — The pilot who was flying a small plane that crashed in a field in Broomfield Friday afternoon had an invalid private pilot license, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

John Durward Campbell, 58, of Erie, was flying the plane when it crashed. According to Federal Aviation Administration documents, his pilot license had been suspended since 2012, though it's unclear why. 

Both Campbell and a passenger, 20-year-old Tobias Campbell of Erie, died in the crash.

The Bushby Mustang II was built from a kit. It is unclear why it crashed.

Original article ➤ https://www.thedenverchannel.com

The Adams County Coroner's Office has identified the two men who died last week in a plane crash in Anthem Ranch as John Campbell, 58, and Tobias Campbell, 20, both of Erie.

Cause and manner of death are still under investigation, according to the coroner's office.

The plane , a small Mustang II home-built aircraft, reportedly crashed just before noon Friday in a greenbelt area near Anthem Ranch Road and Aspen Lodge Drive. Preliminary investigation indicates the craft was being piloted for a landing at Erie Municipal Airport. Neighbors called the area an easement to the Erie airport.

Senior Air Safety Investigator Jennifer Rodi, with the National Transportation Safety Board, said the crash occurred about 11:50 a.m.

"We do not have a flight plan for this airplane at this time so we don't know where the plane departed from or what time the airplane departed," Rodi said Friday.

The plane was not communicating with air traffic control, nor was it required to, she said. She declined to speculate as to the probable cause of the crash.

Rodi said investigators will be looking into "man, machine and environment," including the pilot's health, experience and any toxicology findings. They also will examine the craft's frame and engine for mechanical anomalies and review radar data associated with the aircraft to understand how fast it was flying at the time of the crash and the course of flight.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and Adams County Coroner's Office will participate in the investigation.

They also will look at weather. Strong winds were present Friday, but Rodi said it was too early to tell if weather played a role in the crash.

Investigators were on scene Friday to examine the wreckage and talk to witnesses who reported the plane was flying west to east and initiating a turn north toward the Erie Municipal Airport.

Witnesses said the plane was both "fast in its speed" and was flying low, or lower, than what they normally expect for the area when planes are heading to Erie.

A preliminary report should be available on the National Transportation Safety Board website at ntsb.gov by Thursday or Friday, Rodi said, but a more-detailed report could take between 10 to 18 months.

Original article ➤ http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com

1 comment:

  1. I see his airman file indeed shows a suspended pilot's license but he seems to have switched over to BasicMed. What gives? Maybe he got it back and yet wasn't reflected in the site?