Friday, June 28, 2019

Stinson 108-3, N6116M: Accident occurred June 27, 2019 at Caldwell Industrial Airport (KEUL), Canyon County, Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Caldwell, ID
Accident Number: WPR19LA179
Date & Time: 06/27/2019, 0630 MDT
Registration: N6116M
Aircraft: Stinson 108
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 27, 2019, about 0630 mountain daylight time, a Stinson 108-3 airplane, N6116M, landed short of runway 30 at Caldwell Industrial Airport (EUL) Caldwell, Idaho. The private pilot/co-owner received minor injuries. The airplane incurred substantial damage to the fuselage and wings when it struck the airport boundary fence and nosed over. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the airport about the time of the accident. No flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from EUL.

According to the pilot, he departed EUL and remained in the traffic pattern for runway 30, practicing takeoffs and landings. When the airplane was in the turn from the downwind leg to the base leg with the flaps deployed, the engine ceased developing power. The pilot applied carburetor heat, switched fuel tanks, and attempted a re-start, but the engine did not respond. The pilot reported that when he turned the airplane from base leg to final, he realized that the airplane would not be able to reach the runway. The airplane made a "hard landing" in a field short of the runway, and then bounced onto a road that was perpendicular to the flight path. The airplane then struck the airport boundary fence which was approximately 8 ft tall; this resulted in the airplane somersaulting over the fence, and coming to rest inverted on airport property just inside the boundary fence. The pilot shut down the airplane and exited without aid.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane singe-engine land rating. He reported that he had about 300 hours total flight experience, including about 250 hours in the accident airplane make and model. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third class medical certificate was issued in April 2018, and his most recent flight review was completed in March 2018.

FAA records indicated that the airplane was manufactured in January 1948, and that a Lycoming O-435 series engine replaced the original Franklin engine in February 1963. The airplane was registered to the pilot and the other co-owner in September 2012. The pilot reported that the airplane had a total time (TT) in service of about 2,481 hours. The engine had a TT of about 2,500 hours, and a time since major overhaul of about 25 hours. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed in March 2019.

EUL was situated at an elevation of 2,431 ft above mean sea level, and was equipped with a single paved runway, designated 12/30. The runway was asphalt, and measured 100 ft by 5,500 ft. EUL was not equipped with an air traffic control tower.

The 0556 EUL automated weather observation included winds from 280° at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 14° C, dew point 8° C, and an altimeter setting of 29.93 inches of mercury. The 0656 EUL observation included winds from 310° at 10 knots, and the same temperatures as the 0556 observation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stinson
Registration: N6116M
Model/Series: 108 3
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: EUL, 2431 ft msl
Observation Time: 0556 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Caldwell, ID (EUL)
Destination: Caldwell, ID (EUL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:

CALDWELL — A pilot is lucky to be alive following a plane crash at the Caldwell airport early Thursday morning.

It happened about 6:30 a.m., according to a Canyon County dispatcher. The pilot was attempting to land at the airport near Interstate 84 in Caldwell when his engine failed.

“He lost altitude and could not get the speed to get back to the runway,” said Caldwell Airport Manager Rob Oates. “His landing gear struck our perimeter fence, and the aircraft (crashed and) ended up upside-down.”

The pilot, a Canyon County man whose name was not available, was reportedly uninjured. He was the only person aboard the plane at the time, Oates said.

The aircraft is heavily damaged.

Oates said the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be sending an inspector to the scene.

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CALDWELL, Idaho — No one was hurt when a small airplane struck a fence and crashed at the Caldwell Airport Thursday morning.

Caldwell Airport Manager Rob Oates said the pilot, a local Caldwell man, had been flying in the traffic pattern, practicing landing and takeoff, when the Stinson 108-3 engine cut out. 

The pilot tried to reach the runway, but did not have enough altitude, Oates said. As it came in low, the plane's wheels hooked on a fence at the airport, flipping the plane forward. It landed on the ground on its roof.

The plane crash happened in full view of drivers on the nearby Ustick Road, and multiple alarmed passersby dialed 911. Police and firefighter responded to the airport, Oates said, but luckily there was no fire or fuel spill.

Oates said it was not immediately clear what caused the plane's engine to fail. The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Crews brought out a crane to lift up the crashed plane and get it upright.

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