Friday, June 21, 2019

Pitts S-2S, N540SS: Incident occurred June 20, 2019 near Dayton International Airport (KDAY), Ohio and Incident occurred October 30, 2018 at Millington-Memphis Airport (KNQA), Shelby County, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio 

June 20, 2019:   Engine issues forced emergency landing. 

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Date: 20-JUN-19
Time: 22:50:00Z
Regis#: N540SS
Aircraft Make: PITTS
Aircraft Model: S2S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

State: OHIO

UPDATE -- Pilot Skip Stewart was flying from the Detroit area into Dayton when he noticed something wrong.

His engine was dying and was forced to make an emergency landing miles away from the Dayton International Airport.

"It would've been much scarier if there wasn't a nice place to land," Stewart said. "If there wasn't a nice place to land. If I had waited until the engine was completely gone and then your choices are limited but it became evident I was losing engine power very quickly, I smelt the smoke coming off the engine and knew that I needed to get on the ground in a hurry.

The Memphis pilot was set to perform in this year's Vectren Air Show.

Stewart flies, "Prometheus", a highly modified Pitts S-2S bi-plane. He was prepared to show off what he describes as a seemingly out of control aerobatic show.

Now the 20 year veteran will have to sit this air show out.

"I'm disappointed I'm not going to be able to perform for the guys in Dayton this weekend. I'm extremely disappointed about that. I was looking forward to it."

Stewart has over 10,000 hours of flying experience under his belt and is an airline transport pilot full time. He says he's happy with the way things turned out because it could've ended a lot worse.

"I was fortunate I did have a good place to land because sometimes you don't. So I was lucky in that respect, but the rest of it worked out as well as it could I think.

UPDATE -- We have confirmed that the plane that went down was a part of the Vectren Dayton Airshow.

The air show media contact says engine failure forced the pilot, Skip Stewart, to make an emergency landing.

UPDATE -- Authorities confirm to us to that there was just one person on board the plane and they are uninjured.

The small plane went down on SR 202 near Tipp Elizabeth Rd.

ELIZABETH TWP., Ohio (WRGT/WKEF) - Emergency crews are searching for a plane that had to make an emergency landing near the Dayton International Airport.

Authorities tell us that the landing may have happened four miles north of the airport.

Story and video ➤

An airplane belonging to well-known air show pilot Skip Stewart sits on Tipp-Elizabeth Road between St. Rt. 202 and Tipp City on Thursday evening. 

Law enforcement officials on the scene congratulated Stewart, who was enroute to the Dayton International Airport where he was to fly in this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show on his skillful landing after Stewart apparently began losing oil just before he made the landing. He declared an emergency before making the decision to put the aircraft down on the roadway. 

Pilot Skip Stewart was not hurt.  After landing, he pushed the tail of the airplane of the road so that traffic could pass. 

A flatbed trailer was brought in to haul the aircraft back to the Dayton Airport. 

The report on the emergency landing on a highway is being handled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office took the initial call. 

The Dayton Airport Fire Department responded to the scene, as did Elizabeth Township, fire department.

Original article can be found here ➤

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

October 30, 2018:  While taxiing struck a parked unoccupied helicopter.

Date: 30-OCT-18
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N540SS
Aircraft Model: PITTS S 2S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91

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