Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, registered to and operated by private individuals under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N750R: Accident occurred March 12, 2019 in Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Ann, Missouri

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Waterloo, IL
Accident Number: CEN19LA098
Date & Time: 03/12/2019, 1440 CDT
Registration: N750R
Aircraft: Piper PA32R
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 12, 2019, about 1440 central daylight time, a Piper PA32R-300 airplane, N750R, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Waterloo, Illinois. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM), Mobile, Alabama, at 1118. The intended destination was the St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS), Cahokia, Illinois.

The airplane came to rest inverted on the grass shoulder along a road near a road intersection. The airframe sustained damage to the nose and forward fuselage, both wings, and empennage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N750R
Model/Series: PA32R 300
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: CPS, 413 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Mobile, AL (BFM)
Destination: Cahokia, IL (CPS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  38.362778, -90.100000 (est)

Three people, including a toddler, were pulled from the wreckage of a small plane, which crashed Tuesday afternoon northeast of Waterloo.

A woman and child were pulled from the wreckage. A man later was freed.

Emergency responders were on the scene where the plane carrying the three people crashed at the intersection of Floraville and Gilmore Lake roads. The plane was upside down when it came to a rest.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Major Jim Lansing said injuries sustained are not life-threatening and added that the adult female and male were taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the boy was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

He described the man and woman as being in their mid-50s and said the boy was 4 years old. All three individuals were responsive and talking after being pulled from the wreckage.

Lansing said the woman in the plane told authorities that a warning light went off and oil was spewing onto the windshield, and they couldn’t see anymore. The engine also may have died, he said, but he wasn’t sure.

The pilot circled a few times and may have been trying to land on the road. The plane clipped a tree on its descent, Lansing said.

The plane crashed into Trin Daws’ yard. He’s a Waterloo police sergeant who was off-duty at the time. He said he got home right after the plane crashed and ran to it.

Daws said he and another unidentified man heard a young boy screaming. The two broke the windows of the plane with a fire extinguisher that had ejected from the plane.

“It was really disturbing to hear a child screaming in there,” Daws said.

The boy was in a child car seat when Daws and the other man pulled him from the wreckage. The empty car seat sat at the scene after he had been taken to a hospital.

A preliminary statement from the Federal Aviation Association said the fixed wing single-engine Piper PA-32 was on its way to St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.

“It breaks my heart there’s a baby seat over there,” said Lynn Kalbfleisch, who lives nearby the crash site.

The plane is registered to an individual from Fairhope, Alabama. FAA investigators were on the scene of the crash site, and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

An Arch Rescue helicopter responded to the crash site and airlifted the male pilot, Lansing said.

Daws said it was luck that he and others were able to be on the scene so quickly.

“A lot of us were in the right place,” Daws said.

Sherry Evans, of Columbia, saw the plane before it crashed Tuesday as she drove to Waterloo to pick up her daughter from school. She said that area will often see small “crop dusters” overhead, but the way the plane was flying Tuesday was “abnormal,” according to Evans.

It was flying low and slow, and Evans said she saw it turn to the left sharply before she lost sight of it below the treeline. She didn’t witness the crash, but she did see the aftermath as she drove by.

“It was very alarming because it just looked like a pile of metal,” she said. “It was upside down, compacted.”

She started praying.

“There’s no words to see something like that, let alone be someone going through something like that. By the grace of God, it went a lot better than one would assume by looking at the wreckage,” Evans said.

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The FAA and NTSB are investigating a small plane crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon in rural Waterloo.

The Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance flying from Alabama to Cahokia, was carrying three people ­— pilot Michael Stodard, 62, of Fairhope, Ala., his wife Angel, 61, and their 4-year-old grandson. All survived.

At about 2:45 p.m., local residents Kyle Blanchard and Ross Goessling were heading south toward Waterloo. At the same time, off-duty Waterloo Police Department Sgt. Trin Daws was headed north toward his home at Gilmore Lake and Floraville roads, where his wife, Cathy, was outside raking leaves. Tom Falk was out in his Waterloo Lumber delivery truck and Mark Fortman was poking around for deer antlers.

“I saw the plane and it looked like it was flying low and gliding,” Daws said. “I lost sight of it and when I came around the corner on Gilmore Lake Road I saw it had crashed and was upside down.”

Goessling and Blanchard were heading to their respective homes in Maesytown after finishing up their work day in Smithton.

“I saw the plane and I said, ‘That plane’s way too low,’” Blanchard said. “It looked like it was trying to land on the road. When we made a left turn on Waterloo Road we could see it upside down right by the road.”

The Dawses, Blanchard and Goessling were all on the scene within a minute of the crash. Goessling and Cathy Daws called 911. Blanchard and Daws ran toward the plane. That’s when they heard a baby’s cries.

“When we heard the child crying, we busted two windows out of the side of the plane,” Daws said.

Falk, who had been driving past in a Waterloo Lumber Co. truck with a forklift on it, quickly unloaded to lift and drove it to the plane. Blanchard crawled in and used his shoulder to push up on the little boy to he could unbuckle him from his carseat.

“I let him fall onto me and handed him to (Trin),” he said.

Falk used the forklift to lift the wing just enough for the men to get the baby out. Trin Daws passed the 4-year-old to his wife.

The pilot was airlifted by Survival Flight medical helicopter to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and the passenger was transported there by ambulance. A second ambulance took the toddler to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

The wreckage was left overnight on the Daws property, awaiting arrival of investigators and a reclamation team.

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MONROE COUNTY • Rescuers pulled three family members, including a toddler, from a small plane crash in rural Monroe County on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was sometime before 3 p.m. at Gilmore Lake Road and Floraville Road, northeast of Waterloo. On board were a 4-year-old boy along with his grandmother and grandfather, who was flying the plane, said Maj. Jim Lansing of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. All three were taken to a hospital. They were all talking and conscious, Lansing said.

The woman on board told authorities a warning light came on in the plane and oil began covering the windshield so that the pilot couldn’t see, Lansing said.

The plane clipped a tree before it nose-dived into the ground and flipped, according to the sheriff’s office.

After the crash, a neighbor pulled the toddler out of the wreckage, Lansing said.

The plane seen in images of the crash left an airport near Mobile, Ala., at 11:18 a.m. and was set to arrive at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia on Tuesday afternoon, according to online flight tracking site FlightAware.

The plane is a Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash.

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1 comment:

  1. Granted ... If you can believe the reporting ... "Non life threatening injuries"

    Yet one of the ems helicopters shows up to carry the male to the hospital.

    Probably more need to "justify" the helicopter than to help the patient.

    Glad they will be ok ... Well ... Until the bill for the helicopter arrives.