Sunday, May 26, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Luscombe 8A Silvaire, N45729; accident occurred May 26, 2019 at Southern Illinois Airport (KMDH), Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Carbondale, IL
Accident Number: GAA19CA288
Date & Time: 05/26/2019, 1335 CDT
Registration: N45729
Aircraft: Luscombe 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, the airplane encountered a wind gust. He applied right rudder to counter the gust, however, his foot slipped "completely off" the right rudder pedal. A runway excursion to the left was imminent, and the pilot attempted to use only the right heel brake to realign the airplane's heading. However, he inadvertently depressed both the left and right heel brakes, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and the rudder.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Flight Engineer
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/18/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 20300 hours (Total, all aircraft), 32 hours (Total, this make and model), 16870 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 134 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe
Registration: N45729
Model/Series: 8 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2256
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/19/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1260 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2044.9 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: A65-8
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: KMDH, 416 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1831 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 38°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 330°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Harrison, AR (HRO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Carbondale, IL (MDH)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1100 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Southern Illinois (MDH)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 411 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6506 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.778056, -89.251944 (est)

JACKSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- Southern Illinois Airport officials say a small plane crashed while attempting to land at the airport in Murphysboro on Sunday afternoon. 

Airport Assistant Manager Patrick McDonald said the airport called for mutual aid for an accident at the airport around 1:35 p.m.

Jackson County Ambulance, Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Southern Illinois Airport Emergency crews reacted immediately, not knowing the condition of the passengers. 

The pilot and the passenger were both coming from San Diego making a quick stop in southern Illinois before making their way home. 

"This was just a stopping point, apparently he (the pilot) had just purchased the aircraft and was trying to get it back home," McDonald said. 

McDonald said the small aircraft was trying to land when it flipped over, but the good news is the pilot and the passenger were both able to walk away. 

"Any plane crash that you can walk away from is a good one," McDonald said. 

McDonald said the pilot did complain of pain in his wrist, but was not treated. 

"With the minimal amount of damage that happened to the plane, he got very fortunate," McDonald said. "You know that thing could have just crumbled."

A crane was brought in to flip the plane back over. 

McDonald said this type of model aircraft is around 1,400 pounds and can hold two to four people.

He said the plane won't be back up in the air anytime soon due to the damage and the pending investigation. 

Over the course of the next few days, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Agency will be at the airport to investigate the cause of the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤

JACKSON COUNTY, Illinois – Two men were able to walk away from a plane crash in Southern Illinois on Sunday afternoon. The assistant airport manager at Southern Illinois Airport Patrick McDonald says the passenger did not have any injuries and the pilot said he had slight discomfort in his wrist. He says the pilot refused medical treatment.

McDonald says crashes like this are rare, but the two men got lucky. About 1:35 in the afternoon, the pilot was trying to land his small plane he just purchased.

McDonald says Southern Illinois was supposed to be a pit stop before the pilot brought his new plane home to San Diego.

“From what I understand, he came in to land and it flipped forward. Once he flipped forward and was on his turtle shell – so to speak – he wasn’t going anywhere,” McDonald said.

The pilot and one passenger are not being named and the pilot declined to comment.

McDonald says first responders were there in under five minutes.

“Minimal amount of damage to the plane. He got very fortunate that thing could have crumpled,” McDonald said. “In the realm of crashes, yeah it was pretty smooth.”

He says this model can hold from two to four people. The cause of the crash is unknown.

“I think aviation is a risky proposition. Folks are up there doing what they do and learning how to fly so they can become more safe, but obviously doing what they do as pilots can be kind of treacherous at times and accidents happen,” said McDonald.

A crane removed the plane from the tarmac a few hours after the crash, but it will remain in Jackson County until the Federal Aviation Administration investigators can make a visit.

McDonald says FAA should be making a visit in the next few days. They will have to interview the pilot as a part of the investigation.

McDonald says the plane is in not able to fly in the condition it is in.

Original article can be found here ➤

UPDATED 3:05 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019

Southern Illinois Airport Assistant Manager Patrick McDonald tells News 3 that a Luscombe airplane flipped during landing. 

Two people were on board. McDonald says both are okay. 

Airport operations and fire and rescue are on scene. McDonald says a crane is in route to flip the plane back over. 

UPDATED 2: 45 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019

Our crew on the scene reports one small plane is upside down on the runway. 

First responders are on scene.

UPDATED 2:30 p.m. SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019

Sources confirm to News 3 a small plane flipped at the airport in Murphysboro.

Some of the departments that have responded are now clearing the scene.

News 3 is working to learn if anyone has been injured.


JACKSON CO. (WSIL) -- Multiple agencies have responded to an incident at the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro.

Officials tell News 3 agencies have responded but couldn't confirm any details at this time.

According to a post by the Southern Illinois Fire Incidents Facebook page, fire and ambulance crews have responded to a plane crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

MURPHYSBORO, Illinois  – Sunday around 2:30 pm a Luscombe flipped over after landing at the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro Illinois.  Two people were on board the plane. Both walked away uninjured

Rescue crews were called to the scene as a precaution.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.

Original article can be found here ➤

JACKSON COUNTY, IL – UPDATE: 5:00 PM  – Southern Illinois Airport manager says a Luscombe has crashed upside down on the tarmac. Two pilots were on the plane and did not suffer major injuries.

A crane is on the tarmac trying to flip the plane back over. A pilot at the scene says the wind or a mechanical issue could have been the reason for the crash. The cause is unknown at this time.

UPDATE: 3:18 PM – Jackson County Emergency Management say an airplane is upside down at the airport. No injuries have been reported.

A Facebook post from Southern Illinois Fire Incidents says a plane has crashed at the Southern Illinois Airport. Murphysboro Fire Department confirms there has been an “incident” at the airport and that crews have responded to the scene. They will not release any more details at this time.

The Southern Illinois Fire Incidents Facebook page says “Multiple agencies are responding to the incident and local hospitals placed on trauma standby” and that “ARCH helicopter crew stationed at airport en route to assist”.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. Did anyone else find the Airport Assistant Manager comments about as odd as you can get from someone in aviation? It's a two seater, not a four seater. It's totalled, with wing damage, fuselage and rudder damage. Yep, that will buff out. A poor impression of General Aviation's professionalism. I would hope he would get training in press relations.