Friday, July 12, 2019

ICON A5, N83BA: Accident occurred July 11, 2019 near Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Wheeling, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

Pilot declared low fuel then crashed in a wooded area.

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https://registry.faa.gov/N83BA


Date: 12-JUL-19
Time: 01:03:00Z
Regis#: N83BA
Aircraft Make: ICON
Aircraft Model: A5
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: CHICAGO
State: ILLINOIS

Pilot declared minimum fuel inbound to land Runway 16 and subsequently crashed in a wooded area approximately 1.3NM north east of Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK).

Date: 12-JUL-19
Time: 01:30:00Z
Regis#: N83BA
Aircraft Make: ICON
Aircraft Model: A5
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CHICAGO
State: ILLINOIS



Cook County Forest Preserve police block access to forest preserve drive near Dam No. 1 in the woods along the Des Plaines River near Chicago Executive Airport, Friday, July 12, 2019.



A small plane crashed in a Cook County forest preserve near Wheeling around 9 p.m. Thursday (July 11) while trying to land at Chicago Executive Airport.

It is believed the pilot was the only person aboard the plane when it crashed.

Chicago Executive Airport Executive Director Jamie Abbott said that the pilot survived the crash and was taken to Lutheran General Hospital last night.

The pilot of the Icon A5, a light sport aircraft, was attempting to land on Runway 16 at Chicago Executive Airport when the plane crashed 1.3 miles northeast of the airport, according to Tony Molinero, a spokesman for the FAA Great Lakes Region.

Abbott said that the pilot was in communication with the airport’s communication tower.

The FAA could not disclose further information related to the ongoing investigation.

Illinois State Police are also currently investigating the crash, according to Stacina Stagner, communications manager at Cook County Forest Preserves.

The plane has not yet been recovered from the forest preserve, Abbott said. It will be up to the pilot and his insurance company to determine how best to get it out.

Abbott said some of the potential options include removing trees or airlifting the plane out of the treetops.

Original article ➤  https://www.journal-topics.com




Prospect Heights, Wheeling, and Northbrook firefighter/paramedics responded about 8:47 p.m. Thursday July 11, 2019 to a report from the Chicago Executive Airport control tower that a small plane apparently crashed, and was last seen a quarter mile northeast of the airport. Initially, the control tower report was the only call to 9-1-1. The control tower reported the aircraft was last seen over the top of trees. 

Wheeling police reported the pilot was the only person aboard the plane, and that initially he showed no signs of injuries. The elapsed time to located the pilot and the plane crash site was about 18 minutes from the time of the 9-1-1 call from the control tower. Rescuers determined the crash scene was located in dense trees about half-way between the Des Plaines River and Interstate 294, and about 1,350 feet south of Dundee Road. Emergency vehicles from several police agencies, Wheeling and Prospect Heights fire agencies, and airport support vehicles lined up along the shoulder lane of eastbound Dundee Road. The emergency operation did not require a road closure for Dundee Road.

Initially there was no information available regarding where the flight originated. NBC’s Natalie Martinez reported that they were also “aggressively” asked to leave the airport property. NBC’s Natalie Martinez and crew weren’t able to get any official information from the airport, but NBC and WGN were able to review the tower communications online and reported that Chicago Executive Airport control tower communications just before the crash involved two pilots that were approaching in tandem in two separate aircraft. A male pilot reported he was low on fuel, and was trailing an aircraft piloted by a female pilot. After the female pilot landed, she asked about the other pilot named Tom when she realized he didn’t land as expected.

After the pilot crashed, rescuers did not get a pinpointed report of the location of the crash — only that the aircraft was about one-quarter mile northeast of the airport, and possibly near I-294 and Dundee Road. Firefighters were also dispatched to search Dam 1 Woods near Dundee Road east of the Des Plaines River. Firefighters also searched the woods north of Dundee Road east of Portwine Road until it was confirmed that the pilot was south of Dundee Road. 

At 8:58 p.m. the pilot contacted the control tower, and reported he was safely out of the plane. At 9:05 p.m. firefighters were able to identify a cell phone ping from the pilot’s 9-1-1 call between Dam 1 Road and I-294, south of Dundee Road. Firefighters shared screen shots of the location on their phones. 

Police found the pilot and joined the pilot in the woods by 9:21 p.m. Police and firefighters escorted the pilot out of the woods, and the pilot reached the shoulder of eastbound Dundee Road by about 9:40 p.m. 

A Wheeling fire lieutenant encouraged the pilot to be evaluated by firefighter/paramedics as he was walked out of the thick woods with rescuers. 

The pilot, wearing an Icon A5 aircraft T-shirt was placed on a gurney and transferred to an awaiting Wheeling Fire Department ambulance. He was then transported by Wheeling firefighter/paramedics to Glenbrook Hospital.

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


CHICAGO (CBS) — Emergency responders were on scene after a small plane crash was reported in a wooded area in Wheeling near Chicago Executive Airport Thursday night.

The plane reportedly went down near Milwaukee Avenue.

A spokesperson for the airport said the flight did not originate there and officials were still working to gather information.

Video from the scene showed what appeared to be the pilot walking out of the woods between two police officers.

Story and video ➤ https://chicago.cbslocal.com

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe wearing sunglasses at night isn't such a good idea.

Anonymous said...

People like this have made me leave the business

Anonymous said...

"I fully expect every A5 built to wind up in an accident eventually. It's part of the Icon culture."
I made this comment on the July 7th (5 days ago) crash of an A5 before this story even published. This is one time I don't want to be right.

Anonymous said...

90 have been built... I think I count at least 10 crashes so far including 2 fatal.

that means more than 10% of the fleet has been destroyed. And more than 3% chance of dying in one (3 dead i.e 2 in that lake and that baseball player).

Anonymous said...

Very good article on the A5 and risks associated with an non IFR LSA with newbie pilots exposed to all the usual suspects i.e getherithis, LOC, CFIT, SA...

http://www.aviationsafetymagazine.com/issues/38_3/features/The-ICON-A5_11471-1.html

Anonymous said...

Those glasses are probably thermal imaging. Helps bring in the plane when you have a problem, like this incident. Flight of two, at least the one other landed safely.

Anonymous said...

Apparently this is a husband and wife couple each flying their own icon a5. The wife landed fine at the airport. The husband did not.