Sunday, May 26, 2019

Luscombe 8A Silvaire, N45729: Accident occurred May 26, 2019 at Southern Illinois Airport (KMDH), Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA288

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Carbondale, IL
Aircraft: Luscombe 8, registration: N45729

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On landing, aircraft flipped over.

Date: 26-MAY-19
Time: 18:35:00Z
Regis#: N45729
Aircraft Make: LUSCOMBE
Aircraft Model: 8A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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:

Mark said...

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.