Friday, June 28, 2019

Cessna 150L, N5256Q: Accident occurred June 28, 2019 near Omaha-Millard Airport (KMLE), Douglas County, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Omaha, NE
Accident Number: CEN19LA186
Date & Time: 06/28/2019, 0451 CDT
Registration: N5256Q
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 28, 2019, about 451 central daylight time, a Cessna 150L, N5256Q, was damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power while approaching to land at the Millard Airport(MLE), Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot received minor injuries. The airplane struck a fence and building during the forced landing resulting in substantial damage to the airplane. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was operated on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Southwest Minnesota Regional Airport (MML), Marshall, Minnesota, about 3 hours prior to the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5256Q
Model/Series: 150 L
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: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMLE, 1050 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Marshall, MN (MML)
Destination: Omaha, NE (MLE)

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: 41.196111, -96.112222

Pilot Eugene Puttbrese and his Cessna 150L.

OMAHA, Nebraska  (WOWT) -- A Minnesota man flying his small aircraft from Fargo, North Dakota to Omaha got a rough introduction to the metro Friday morning when his plane made a hard landing on a Millard street.

Eugene Puttbrese of Frazee, Minn. was aiming for the Millard Airport but around 4 a.m. he knew there was something wrong.

"I couldn't figure it out," he said, “I thought I picked up a heck of a head wind and the plane just wasn't doing what it should do.”

Puttbreese believes he ran out fuel. "I know it was the fuel, pure and simple."

The plane came down on Discovery Drive, about a quarter mile away from the airport.

“I really should have made it to the airport,” he said. “When I came in I had plenty of altitude. It shouldn’t have been a problem but you start messing around doing things, like trying to get the engine running, you probably shouldn't be doing. You should just be flying the plane.”

It was supposed to be a quick stop to pick up his son.

“He had an appointment down here and we were going to fly back this afternoon. And it didn't quite work out.”

It could have been a lot worse but as Puttbrese said, “All is well that ends well.”

Puttbrese is an experienced pilot. He's been flying for nearly 40 years without incident. He was not injured and the damage on the ground was limited to a backyard fence.

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Pilot Eugene Puttbrese, right, of Frazee, Minnesota, stands with Omaha Police after Puttbrese had to make a force landing with his Cessna 150L on June 28th.

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a small plane landed in a southwest Omaha neighborhood, a few hundred feet short of a runway at a small airport.

Pilot Eugene Puttbrese, of Frazee, Minnesota, says he's sure his Cessna 150L ran out of fuel around 4 a.m. Friday, and he came down on a residential street.

Ground damage was limited to a backyard fence. The front gear was crunched up under the engine as the plane pitched forward onto its nose. The propeller blades were bent and another tire was flat.

Puttbrese says he'd intended to land at the nearby Millard Airport, having flown from Fargo, North Dakota, to pick up his son and return to Fargo.

Original article ➤

OMAHA, Nebraska — No one was hurt after a small plane made an emergency landing early Friday northwest of the Millard Airport on Discovery Drive.

Crews responded to the area around 4 a.m.

Pilot Eugene Puttbrese told KETV NewsWatch 7 the aircraft ran out of fuel on a flight to Millard from Fargo, North Dakota.

"I'm sure it was out of fuel. There are a lot of things that come together that do that," Puttbrese said. "I noticed some problems early on (in the flight)."

Puttbrese did not elaborate.

The pilot said he had full control of the aircraft until he hit a fence on Discovery Drive, on approach to the Millard Airport.

The plane then stopped in front of a driveway a few feet down the road.

Darrin Bengtson's house was attached to that driveway.

"My little brother comes in to my room and says 'There's a plane crashed into our driveway'," Bengtson said. "I didn't believe him 'til I looked out the window and saw the plane in our driveway."

He said he called 911 while his brother rushed to help the pilot.

Zach Barrientos woke up to learn from police that the plane crashed into his backyard. The plane damaged his fence and shed, but he says he's glad no one is hurt.

"At least (the damage) is minimal and nothing personal, as far as people," said Barrientos.

"It was unbelievable. I've never seen something like that," Bengtson said.

The plane stopped on the street, with its nose on the ground and one flat tire.

Puttbrese said he was flying here to pick up his son with the intent to return to Fargo later Friday. In 37 years of flying planes, Puttbrese said he never had to make an emergency landing.

He was not injured. Damage on the ground was limited to a backyard fence.

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken over the investigation. It is ongoing at this time.

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  1. Another classic gone forever. This kind of thing won't happen once they design an engine that runs on air.

  2. FAA should enact moratorium on all part 91 operations - shut it down contingent review of training/screening for iq. smdh

  3. another beautiful classic ruined due to stupidity!