Friday, May 17, 2019

Chance Vought F4U-7 Corsair, N965CV: Accident occurred May 14, 2019 at Jerome County Airport (KJER), Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Location: Jerome, ID
Accident Number: WPR19LA157
Date & Time: 05/14/2019, 0919 MDT
Registration: N965CV
Aircraft: Vought F4U-7
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 14, 2019, about 0919 mountain daylight time, a tailwheel equipped Vought F4U-7 airplane, N965CV, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion following an aborted takeoff at Jerome County Airport (JER), Jerome, Idaho. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to BA 1945 LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported that following an uneventful engine runup, he taxied onto runway 09 (5,001-ft long by 75-ft wide) and performed a last-minute power check, before starting his takeoff roll. The pilot stated that the airplane accelerated normally, however, after he had passed the mid- point on the runway, he felt a vibration followed by the airplane decelerating, and a sudden engine "cough." The pilot reduced power and applied the brakes to abort the takeoff. Subsequently, the airplane exited the right side of the runway, and impacted a dirt berm and fence, before it came to rest upright.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the left-wing's aft spar was structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vought
Registration: N965CV
Model/Series: F4U-7
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: KJER, 4048 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 11000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Jerome, ID (JER)
Destination: Jerome, ID (JER)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.725278, -114.447222 (est)

JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A vintage airplane crashed Tuesday morning at the end of the runway at the Jerome County Airport.

The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot was the only individual in the aircraft, and that the individual was treated by Magic Valley Paramedics and then released. Jerome Rural Fire District and sheriff’s office responded to the crash.

A sheriff's deputy said the fixed wing aircraft, an F4U Corsair, was traveling eastbound on the runway getting ready to take off. However the pilot was not able to complete the takeoff, and the plane hit a ditch before going air bound and belly flopping on the ground. He said there was no fire but the breaks were smoking. Emergency responders were notified at about 9:19 a.m.

"The pilot appeared to be either very minor injury, or no injury," said Jerome County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Nicholson. "Maybe a slight abrasion to the hand, but that was about it that I observed. I didn't know anything else that was too damaging."

Nicholson said however, it's possible the individual could've sought out or needed further medical treatment following being released by paramedics.

The National Travel Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified and are believed to be coming to investigate. Deputy Nicholson, confirmed that the investigation has been handed back over to local authorities.

Story and video ➤

JEROME — A vintage aircraft didn’t quite make it off the runway at the Jerome County Airport early Tuesday morning.

Jerome County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash of the 1950s-era F4U Corsair with Marine Corps markings at 9:19 a.m, according to a press release from Sheriff George Oppedyk. The plane attempted to take off when, for unknown reasons, it veered off the runway and through a fence.

John O’Connor, 70, was the pilot of the plane. He was the sole occupant and declined to be taken to the hospital by paramedics. The plane had significant damage to the landing gear, propeller and wings, Oppedyk said.

The Chance Vought F4U-7 Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines.

Jerome Rural Fire Department and Magic Valley Paramedics assisted the Jerome County Sheriff with the incident, which is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Bureau.

Crews used a crane to lift the damaged plane Tuesday afternoon.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. Always sad to see a vintage, historic airplane crash. However, this pilot did the exact right thing. He saved his life, possibly the lives of others.