Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Quad City Challenger II, N582L: Accident occurred June 11, 2019 near Shawnee Field Airport (1I3), Bloomfield, Greene County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Plainfield, Indiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Switz City, IN
Accident Number: CEN19LA163
Date & Time: 06/11/2019, 2115 EDT
Registration: N582L
Aircraft: GRIFF Challenger
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 11, 2019, about 2115 eastern daylight time, an amateur-built Griff Challenger II airplane, N582L, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Switz City, Indiana. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological condition prevailed and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight departed from Shawnee Field (1I3), Bloomfield, Indiana, at an unconfirmed time.

The pilot informed local authorities that he was maneuvering in the vicinity of the airport prior to landing when the engine suddenly lost power. The airplane was about 2,000 ft above ground level at the time. His efforts to restore engine power were not successful and he setup for a forced landing to a field. However, the airplane touched down short of the field and encountered a two-lane paved road and a ditch, which caused it to nose over before coming to rest. The forward fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GRIFF
Registration: N582L
Model/Series: Challenger II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: BMG, 845 ft msl
Observation Time: 2153 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bloomfield, IN (1I3)
Destination: Bloomfield, IN (1I3)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 39.064722, -87.053333

WORTHINGTON, Indiana (WISH) -- A 52-year-old pilot was injured Tuesday night in a plane crash in Greene County.

The crash happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of county roads 600 West and 300 North. That's west of the town of Worthington. 

Robert L. Millsaps of Coal City suffered fractures and possible head injuries, Indiana State Police said Wednesday. Millsaps was transported by ambulance to Terre Haute Regional Hospital with complaints of pain, Chief Bryan Woodall with Switz City Volunteer Fire Department said Tuesday night. State police Sgt. Curt Durnil said Tuesday night that the pilot's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Woodall said the pilot had taken off from nearby Shawnee Field, 3416 W. State Road 54, Bloomfield.

Millsaps piloted a one-passenger 2010 Quad City Challenger ultralight, state police said in a Wednesday news release. The aircraft had engine failure and lost its propulsive power about 2000 feet in the air. The pilot attempted to land the aircraft, which bounced over County Road 600 West before plunging into a ditch and inverting. The frame of the aircraft was severely damaged.

Indiana State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are leading the investigation.

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