Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Turbulence Encounter: Ercoupe 415-C, N2101H, accident occurred May 06, 2019 in Rosendale, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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



Location: Rosendale, WI 
Accident Number: GAA19CA245
Date & Time: 05/06/2019, 1220 CDT
Registration: N2101H
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415 C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Turbulence encounter
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that he made an off-airport precautionary landing due to turbulent conditions; during the landing roll in a pasture, the airplane's nose gear encountered a "line fence" and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

An automated weather observation station located 9 miles north/east of the accident location reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 080° at 8 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear of clouds, temperature was 13°C (55°F) and the dew point was 4°C (39°F).

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1174 hours (Total, all aircraft), 547 hours (Total, this make and model), 1174 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ercoupe
Registration: N2101H
Model/Series: 415 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2724
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 897 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2700 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C-75-12
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 85 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: KOSH, 782 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 47°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / Clear Air
Wind Direction: 80°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / Severe
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pulaski, WI (92C)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Juneau, WI (UNU)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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:  43.880556, -88.710556 (est)
 
ROSENDALE - A 70-year old Suamico man was able to walk away from a plane crash in a rural farm field in Fond du Lac County Monday afternoon with only minor injuries. 

Pilot Gary W. Dornfeld said he met wind sheer-like conditions that downed his plane at about 12:50 p.m. in the area of Triangle Road and Fond du Lac County M in the town of Rosendale, according to Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Lt. Chris Dobyns. 

A witness was able to reach the plane and reported to the sheriff's office that Dornfield was able to get out of the airplane and was standing in the field when he got there. 

Dornfeld was flying from Pulaski to Juneau when he encountered what he described as turbulent air or wind shear-like conditions. He tried to maintain control of the airplane, he said, but was unable to and attempted to make an emergency landing in the field. 

Dornfeld told officers he lost control of the airplane  — a 1946 Engineering & Research 415-C Fixed Wing Single-Engine airplane —  and it came to rest upside down in the field, causing significant damage to the aircraft.

 The 70-year-old was transported by ambulance to Ripon Medical Center Hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. 

The crash investigation will be conducted by the sheriff's office, along with National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.

Rosendale Fire Department and Ripon Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.fdlreporter.com

ROSENDALE, Wisconsin (WBAY) - The owner and pilot of a single-engine plane was checked at a hospital for minor injuries after a rough emergency landing in a field in Fond du Lac County.

A witness called 911 shortly before 1 p.m. Monday to report a plane crash near Triangle Road and County Highway M in Rosendale.

The sheriff's office says the 1946 Engineering & Research 415-C fixed-wing airplane sustained heavy damage, but 70-year-old Gary Dornfield of Suamico had minor injuries. He was able to get out of the plane on his own.

Dornfield was alone in the plane.

He told authorities he was flying from Pulaski to Juneau when he ran into turbulence or wind shear. The plane became difficult to control, and he continued losing control as he attempted to make an emergency landing in a farm field.

The crash will be investigated by the FAA, which is routine.

Online sales listings value the 415-C between $22,500 and $40,000 today.

The Rosendale Fire Department and Ripon Ambulance assisted the sheriff's office at the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wbay.com

FOND DU LAC COUNTY, Wisconsin (CBS 58) -- A 70-year-old pilot is being treated for minor injuries after a plane crash in Fond du Lac County.

It happened around 12:53 p.m. Monday in the area of Triangle Road and CTH M in the Town of Rosendale.

A witness told police that the plane had crashed in an agricultural field and that the occupant was able to get out of the plane on his own with minor injuries. 

The pilot was identified as a 70-year-old Suamico man who was flying from Pulaski to Juneau alone when he encountered what he described as turbulent air. The pilot attempted to maintain control but was unable to, so he made an emergency landing in the field.

The conditions he was experiencing allegedly made the landing difficult and he lost control. The plane came to rest upside with significant damage.

The pilot was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The plane crash remains under investigation. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.cbs58.com

A 70-year-old man from Suamico sustained minor injuries in a plane crash in the Town of Rosendale on Monday, May 6th. 

A caller first reported the crash near the area of Triangle Road and County Highway M just before 1 o’clock. The witness told dispatchers the airplane had crashed into a field and that the plane was still occupied. 

The man, who was identified as Gary W. Dornfeld of Suamico, was able to get out of the airplane on his own.

Dornfeld told Sheriff’s Deputies he was flying from Pulaski to Juneau when he encountered what he described as “turbulent air or wind shear like conditions.” Dornfeld said he could not maintain control of the airplane, so he attempted to make an emergency landing in the field – something that the conditions he was experiencing made even more difficult. The ERCO 415-C sustained significant damage as a result of the crash.

Dornfeld was transported by ambulance to Ripon Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of his injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kfiz.com

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