Sunday, May 26, 2019

Rand Robinson KR-2S, N886MJ: Accident occurred May 26, 2019 near Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Boone 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; Des Plaines, Illinois

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Poplar Grove, IL
Accident Number: CEN19LA152
Date & Time: 05/26/2019, 1700 CDT
Registration: N886MJ
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 26, 2019, about 1700 central daylight time, an amateur-built Rand Robinson KR2 airplane, N886MJ, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Poplar Grove, Illinois. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated without a flight plan. The flight departed Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Poplar Grove, Illinois, about 1650 with the intended destination of Albertus Airport (FEP), Freeport, Illinois.

According to information provided by the pilot, shortly after departing C77, the airplane was not accelerating as normally expected. He smelled oily smoke and saw the oil pressure reading below normal and the oil temperature increasing. The oil began losing power, so the pilot performed a forced landing to a corn field. During the landing, the nosewheel dug into the field and the airplane nosed over resulting in substantial damage to the wings and vertical stabilizer.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RAND ROBINSON
Registration: N886MJ
Model/Series: KR2
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: KRFD, 743 ft msl
Observation Time: 1654 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Poplar Grove, IL (C77)
Destination: Freeport, IL (FEP)

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:  42.342778, -88.896667 (est)

POPLAR GROVE (WREX) — Poplar Grove Airport officials report a small plane went down in a field near the airport sometime Sunday evening.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of a crash in the area.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it responded to the area near Beloit Road.

Officials said there were no serious injuries reported. There is still limited information available at this time.

Original article can be found here ➤

POPLAR GROVE (WTVO) - Authorities are investigating a plane crash in Poplar Grove.

Around 5PM Sunday, several agencies were called to a corn field near Dawson Lake Road and Beloit Road where a small plane crash-landed.

The pilot suffered minor injuries but is expected to be okay. 

Authorities believe the plane took off from the Poplar Grove Airport, but airport personnel were not able to confirm.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤


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