Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Culver LCA Cadet, N29272: Incident occurred July 25, 2019 near Viroqua Municipal Airport (Y51), Vernon County, Wisconsin



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft landed in a field and flipped over.


https://registry.faa.gov/N29272


Date: 25-JUL-19

Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N29272
Aircraft Make: CULVER
Aircraft Model: LCA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: VIROQUA
State: WISCONSIN



Two men were seriously injured Thursday when their Culver LCA Cadet heading to the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh crashed in Vernon County while trying to make an emergency landing.

The crash was in a soybean field along Highway Y near Old Highway 14, close to the Viroqua Municipal Airport, where the plane was heading because of engine problems.

Pilot in command Alton Akers, 70, of Worley, Idaho, and his son and co-pilot, Cabe Akers, 41, of Chicago, were first taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital and then to Gundersen Health System. The two remained hospitalized Friday.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office said a 911 call came in about 3:35 p.m. Thursday reporting a plane crash on private property.

“They were en route from Idaho to the EAA air show in Oshkosh, piloting a Culver LCA Cadet airplane,” said Sheriff John Spears.

The engine started experiencing problems so the pilots headed toward the airport to land.

“Both pilots reported the emergency locator device was activated when they knew they were not going to make it to the airport,” Spears said.

The engine quit on descent.

“At that point, the landing gear was deployed and an emergency landing was attempted in the nearby soybean field, but shortly after touching down, the wheels sunk into the dirt, causing the aircraft to flip over onto its top,” Spears said.

Both men were able to get out of the wreckage.

The plane was taken out of the field by officials from the airport, the Sheriff’s Office and the Viroqua Fire Department, under guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crash remains under investigation by the FAA and the Sheriff’s Office.

Original article ➤ https://www.kenoshanews.com



VERNON COUNTY -- Two people, a pilot and co-pilot, were hospitalized with serious injuries after a Culver  LCA Cadet crashed in a field in Vernon County on Thursday, July 25. It happened on private property near Highway 14 and County Road Y, north of Viroqua.

When crews arrived on scene they found a Culver LCA Cadet in a soybean field. The aircraft was in one piece and was laying on its top.

The pilot, a 70-year-old man from Worley, Idaho, and his son and co-pilot, a 41-year-old man from Chicago, were en route from Idaho to the EAA Oshkosh Air Show.

The pilot and co-pilot told officials the aircraft began to experience engine problems, and they were trying to make it to the Viroqua Municipal Airport for an emergency landing. Both pilots reported the emergency locator device was activated when they knew they were not going to make it to the airport.

The pilots reported the engine quit on descend. At that point, the landing gear was deployed, and an emergency landing was attempted in a nearby soybean field. Shortly after touching down, the aircraft's wheels sunk into the dirt, causing the aircraft to flip over onto its top.

Both pilot and co-pilot were able to free themselves from the wreckage.

They were transported by Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance to Vernon Memorial Hospital to be stabilized, and were later transferred to Gundersen Health System. Both pilots remain hospitalized in stable condition with serious injuries.

Under FAA guidance, the aircraft was righted by officials from the Viroqua Municipal Airport, Vernon County Sheriff's Office, and Viroqua Fire Department. George's Auto Repair was called to haul the aircraft from the crash site. US Highway 14 and County Road Y East were shut down, and restricted for approximately 20 minutes to move the over-sized load.

The crash remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Vernon County Sheriff's Office.

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