Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N70803: Accident occurred June 23, 2019 at Vine Grove Airport (70KY), Hardin County, Kentucky

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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


Location: Vine Grove, KY
Accident Number: CEN19LA184
Date & Time: 06/23/2019, 1748 EDT
Registration: N70803
Aircraft: Piper J3C
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 23, 2019, about 1748 eastern daylight time, a Piper J3C airplane, N70803, impacted a tree and terrain during an approach to the Vine Grove Airport (70KY), near Vine Grove, Kentucky. The private pilot and a passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane received substantial wing and fuselage damage during the impact. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from 70KY at an unknown time.

According to initial information given to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane impacted a tree near the approach path to the airport and then impacted terrain. The impact was observed by a witness who subsequently called 9-1-1.

At 1756, the recorded weather at the Godman Army Airfield, near Fort Knox, Kentucky, was: Wind 110° at 6 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; temperature 22° C; dew point 21° C; altimeter 29.90 inches of mercury.

70KY was a private, non-towered airport, which was owned by Vine Grove Airport, Inc. It was located about one mile northeast of Vine Grove, Kentucky. The airport had one runway and a surveyed elevation of 680 ft above mean sea level. Runway 11/29 was a 2,700 ft by 60 ft runway with a turf surface. The airport listed a 25 ft power line, 10 ft from the runway end as an obstruction in reference to Runway 11. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N70803
Model/Series: J3C 65
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: KFTK, 755 ft msl
Observation Time: 1756 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Vine Grove, KY (70KY)
Destination: Vine Grove, KY (70KY)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 37.815833, -85.964722 (est)

VINE GROVE, Kentucky - Two men remain hospitalized after they were seriously injured in a plane crash. It happened just before 7 p.m. Sunday as the plane was preparing to land at the Vine Grove Airport in Hardin County.

Layton Pfost lives nearby and had seen the Piper Cub just moments before the crash.

"I looked up in the sky, and I seen him coming in, he was coming down. Next thing I know I heard this smack and straight down he went," Pfost told WLKY.

He called 911 as he rushed to the scene. Two others were already there. The men worked to hold up the plane's wing in an effort to get the pilot and his passenger out, but it did not work.

"The pilot he's sitting there with the engine on his lap basically. He wasn't near as hurt as the older guy was, the older guy was real hurt. He was crying, moaning a lot - real loud," Pfost remembered.

More than a dozen first responders worked for more than 45 minutes to free Daniel Brooks, 34, and Josef Schroeder, 75, from the mangled wreckage.

Both men were conscious but badly hurt. They were airlifted to University Hospital.

Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly told WLKY, "They have multiple broken bones, internal bleeding - one of them already went through surgery a while ago and will have to have surgery later on today."

"I think they're lucky to be alive, the way it looked," Pfost said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was at the scene Sunday night and expected to return Monday afternoon. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Story and video ➤ https://www.wlky.com

Two Hardin County residents are in stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville after the Piper J3C-65 Cub plane they were in crashed Sunday night at the Vine Grove airport.

Josef Schroeder, 75, of Radcliff and Daniel Brooks, 34, of Rineyville, suffered multiple fractures in the crash that occurred around 6:30 p.m., according to Vine Grove police, one of several agencies on the scene.

Vine Grove Fire Department Chief Steve New said he wasn’t sure what led to the crash aside from the yellow Cub plane clipping nearby trees by the landing area as it descended.

“It was a very small plane and it clipped some trees,’’ New said.

He said two representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on the crash scene Sunday night and were expected to return. The plane belonged to Schroeder and frequently was seen flying at the airport, witnesses said.

Schroeder and Brooks were trapped inside the plane for “a lengthy period of time,’’ New said. “I don’t really know how long it took to get them out.”

“It was a lengthy extrication,” he said. “You’re dealing with fuel and a plane. It’s one of those things you don’t do every day or very often.”

A Vine Grove man, Jeff Lincoln, said Sun­day night he was the first person on the scene and called 911. He lives adjacent to the airport.

“It clipped a tree, that’s the first noise that I heard,’’ Lincoln said. “I heard it and then saw that it was going down. When it hit the tree, it stalled.”

Part of the top of a tree had limbs stripped of bark from the impact of the plane.

Several emergency crews responded to the crash scene, including the Vine Grove fire and police departments, Radcliff fire department, Hardin County EMS, Hardin County Emergency Management, Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Air Methods.

Original article ➤ http://www.thenewsenterprise.com

VINE GROVE, Kentucky (WAVE) – Two people are recovering after their plane crashed at the Vine Grove Airport in Hardin County.

Vine Grove Police said Josef Schroeder, 75, of Radcliff, and Daniel Brooks, 34, of Rineyville, were onboard a single engine plane that crashed around 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

A witness told the News Enterprise the plane clipped a tree and plunged to the ground.

Schroeder and Brooks had to be extricated from the plane and were taken to University of Louisville Hospital.

Police said both men suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries

The Vine Grove Police Department, the Vine Grove fire department, Radcliff Fire Department, Hardin County EMS and Ky 6 Air Medical all assisted in the effort, according to police.

The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing to investigate the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wave3.com

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