Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Cessna L-19E Bird Dog, N4431C: Accident occurred March 11, 2019 at Lloyd Stearman Field Airport (1K1), Benton, Butler County, Kansas

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N4431C


NTSB Identification: GAA19CA161
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 11, 2019 in Benton, KS
Aircraft: Cessna L19, registration: N4431C

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Veered into house.

Date: 11-MAR-19
Time: 18:45:00Z
Regis#: N4431C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: L 19E
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BENTON
State: KANSAS







BENTON, Kansas (KAKE) -  Authorities say no one was seriously hurt when a student pilot crashed a small plane into a home in Butler County.

The accident happened at around 1:15 p.m. Monday on the west side of Lloyd Stearman Field in Benton. 

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the pilot crashed the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog after landing.  

Witnesses who were eating at Stearman Field Bar & Grill said they saw the plane crash into the house but didn't know if it was landing or taking off. 

No one was in the home at the time. The Kansas Highway Patrol lists the pilot as Victor Riffel, 65 of Benton.  His passenger, Joseph Bertapelle, 35, of Derby, was taken to Wesley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this article has inaccurate information? Why was a student pilot carrying a passenger? Unless the passenger was a flight instructor?

Jim B said...


Another student with passenger?

Anonymous said...

Pilot flew in for the $100 hamburger but was in a hurry and decided to use the drive-thru. Glad no one was hurt except that old Cessna.

D Naumann said...

student pilot with a passenger on board??

Iron Jack said...

I guess it WAS a nice plane.... I wish I had one that wasn't so bent up.

Anonymous said...

I hope the press is wrong. That a student pilot didn't take a passenger aboard a precious one of a kind aircraft that is now beyond repairable damages.

Sad.

Anonymous said...

My bad he is a private pilot.

Fake news is incapable of searching the airplane registry of the FAA!!!

VICTOR RIFFEL III

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BENTON KS 67017-9410
County: BUTLER
Country: USA
Medical Information:
Medical Class: Second Medical Date: 8/2018
MUST WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES.
BasicMed Course Date: None BasicMed CMEC Date: None
Certificates
PRIVATE PILOT
Certificates Description
Certificate: PRIVATE PILOT
Date of Issue: 10/18/2007

Ratings:
PRIVATE PILOT
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

SFDRCM said...

According to news, pilot was licensed pilot and passenger was flight instructor. Pilot working on "advanced training" although I can't image what advanced rating an L-19 could provide. Glad no serious injuries.

Tom Ibach said...

Best chicken fried steak in the business there..