Friday, January 18, 2019

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N6497P: Accident occurred January 18, 2019 in Beechwood, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Beechwood, WI
Accident Number: CEN19LA071
Date & Time: 01/18/2019, 1520 CST
Registration: N6497P
Aircraft: Piper PA24
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 18, 2019, about 1520 central standard time, a Piper PA24, N6497P, registered to a private individual, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power near Beechwood, Wisconsin. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The flight originated at 1430 from the Burlington Municipal Airport (BUU), Burlington, Wisconsin, and its destination was the J Douglas Bake Municipal Airport (OCQ), Oconto, Wisconsin.

Before takeoff from BUU, the pilot fueled the airplane with 24 gallons in the left tank, and 12 gallons in the right tank. After a pre-flight and runup, the pilot took off for the flight to OCQ. The pilot was cruising at 3,000 feet MSL when he noticed the carburetor temperature gauge moving through the yellow arc (cooling) toward the red arc (getting colder). About the same time, the engine was beginning to loose power and RPM's were dropping. The pilot pushed the mixture to 'Full Rich', pulled the carburetor heat 'ON', switched fuel tanks, and switched magnetos. After the application of carburetor heat, the engine roughness became worse. The pilot then turned off the carburetor heat and the engine seemed to run smoother, but was still losing power and dropping RPM's. The pilot pulled the carburetor heat 'ON' again and the roughness returned, so he turned off the carburetor heat. At this point, the airplane had descended down to 1,200 feet. With only partial engine power, the pilot selected a filed for a gear-up forced landing. During the landing the airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward part of the fuselage and the pilot exited with minor injuries.

The airplane wreckage was transported to a local facility.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N6497P
Model/Series: PA24 250
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: SBM, 755 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -7°C / -14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burlington, WI (BUU)
Destination: Oconto, WI (OCQ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 45.606389, -88.109167 (est)

TOWN OF SCOTT - Police have released the name of the pilot injured when a single-passenger plane made an emergency hard landing Friday afternoon in Sheboygan County. 

Michael Kruswick, 64, of Algoma was the pilot and only occupant of the aircraft.

Kruswick sustained non-incapacitating injuries, according to a press release from the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office.  

The reason for the crash is still not known and remains under investigation by the sheriff's office and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Sheboygan County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call about 3:20 p.m. on Friday about a plane that had an emergency hard landing in the area of County S and Ida Lane in the town of Scott, according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office.

The pilot told 911 operators he lost power and tried an emergency landing, according to authorities. The aircraft sustained damage upon landing and the pilot was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

The aircraft involved was a Piper PA-24-250 Comanche. 

In addition to the sheriff's office, Beechwood Fire Department, Town of Scott First Responders, Random Lake Fire Department and Orange Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Original article ➤

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — Sheboygan County officials tell FOX6 News a pilot was injured after making an emergency landing in a small plane near Ida Lane and County Road S in the Town of Scott. The crash happened on Friday afternoon, Jan. 18.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office says they received a 911 call from the pilot around 3:22 p.m., explaining he lost power in his  Piper PA-24-250 Comanche and attempted an emergency landing.

Officials say the pilot was injured upon landing and the aircraft was damaged.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash along with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office.

Original article can be found here ➤

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