Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Kaminskas Jungster I, N3243; accident occurred April 15, 2019 at Boone County Airport (6I4), Lebanon, Indiana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N3243

Location: Lebanon, IN
Accident Number: GAA19CA215
Date & Time: 04/15/2019, 1550 EDT
Registration: N3243
Aircraft: Kaminskas RTH JUNGSTER 1
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that about 30 minutes into the flight, the oil pressure gauge needle entered the yellow (caution) arc. The pilot made a precautionary landing at the nearest airport. However, he decided to land on the grass on the right side of the asphalt runway.

Before landing, he overflew the grass surface to evaluate the surface condition, and he performed a touch-and-go to further assess the surface condition. The third approach and the landing were normal, but during the landing roll, the main landing gear wheels encountered, "a soft patch of muddy soil," and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The pilot reported that the only mechanical malfunction that occurred, was specific to the oil pressure gauge.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Flight Engineer
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/30/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/01/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 35000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2 hours (Total, this make and model), 30000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 250 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 80 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kaminskas
Registration: N3243
Model/Series: RTH JUNGSTER 1 I
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 3
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-235
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 hp
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: KTYQ, 922 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site: 81°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  6 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 10 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Bloomington, IN (BMG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Elkhart, IN (3C1)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1530 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Boone County (6I4)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 959 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Standing Water; Wet
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3600 ft / 30 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing; Traffic Pattern

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: 40.007222, -86.440556 (est)



LEBANON, Indiana (WISH) -- A small plane crashed Monday in Lebanon, leaving the pilot with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

A single-engine plane landing on a grass strip at the Boone County Airport, 1600 E 250 S, crashed around 4 p.m., Sgt. Ben Phelps with Lebanon Police Department confirmed. 

After the wheels of the Kaminskas Jungster I experimental homebuilt aircraft touched down, the aircraft flipped over and landed upside down. 

The pilot, 55-year-old James Petko, of Mishawaka, was the sole occupant, and was able to get himself out of the plane before authorities arrived. He was taken to an Indianapolis hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

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