Saturday, March 30, 2019

Cessna 140, registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, N76268: Accident occurred March 26, 2019 near Newton City-County Airport (KEWK), Harvey County, Kansas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Newton, KS
Accident Number: CEN19LA111
Date & Time: 03/26/2019, 1723 CDT
Registration: N76268
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 26, 2019, about 1723 central daylight time, a Cessna 140 airplane, N76268, nosed over during a forced landing near the Newton City/County Airport (EWK), near Newton, Kansas, following a loss of engine power. The private pilot was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial wing and empennage damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from EWK.

According to initial information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot reported a loss of engine power during an approach to EWK. This was the first flight after an annual inspection of the airplane. The airplane landed short of EWK in a field and nosed over. An FAA inspector examined the engine and found that he could only rotate the propeller through 270° of rotation. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N76268
Model/Series: 140 Undesignated
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: EWK, 1533 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Newton, KS (EWK)
Destination: Newton, KS (EWK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.056944, -97.275278 (est)

NEWTON, Kansas (KSNW) - Emergency crews responded to a plane crash in Harvey County Tuesday. 

The Kansas Highway Patrol said a Cessna 140 suffered total engine failure at a low altitude and low speed. 

The 68-year-old pilot, identified as Billy V. Patton from Wichita, attempted to land in a field north of the runway at Newton City-County Airport. 

The plane touched down just prior to reaching a fence. It struck the fence and a small tree.

The Cessna flipped over the nose and came to rest on the top.

The pilot was not hurt.

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